An effective tool to aid in dividing the truth from a lie

To someone concerned about practical wisdom, there are many lessons to be learned from the story of Eve and the serpent. You don’t have to believe the Bible is true to acknowledge the practical lessons in the story. You need only be objective in your judgement. And all people are capable of objectivity.

     I don’t think anyone will disagree when I say that making the right choice and actually following through with it is usually more difficult than making the wrong one. We all know that the lawful earning of money is the right thing and stealing the money you want is the wrong thing. Likewise, consistently treating others with fairness and respect is often harder than making a choice where you aren’t required to compromise any desire of your own.

     There is such a thing as absolute truth. It is everywhere, all at once and is normally in plain view for all to see. It is absolutely true that regardless of any circumstance, if you wrongfully take the life of another human being, you are guilty of murder. If you wrongfully take another persons property for yourself you are guilty of theft. There are many more.

     I believe our culture is in agreement about the definitions of things like murder and theft. The problem is that our culture has forgotten that absolute truth reigns supreme regardless of circumstance. Truth is true, whether it is acknowledged or not. Too many people in our once mostly wholesome culture no longer understand the terms of what makes something good or evil. Murder and theft, in their many forms, can become lawful if a legal team can convince enough people that there was a justified reason for a perpetrator to commit a crime. Those with the power to decide lose their focus on truth or even ignore it. And what was once a crime for all people has now become lawful to a certain person, but not others. This is not the sense of justice that makes a people great, or a society fair and equal. It is subjectivity that erodes an advanced people and culture into an animal-like state.

     Absolute truth to an animal is survival of the fittest. It is base, it is brutal and it is devoid of elevated concepts like integrity, fairness or reason. It is simply the way it is and there is nothing more to it. But man is capable of much higher levels of thinking. If we as men are to actually occupy these higher levels of thought, we must at least acknowledge our own absolute truths as well as the animals acknowledge theirs.

     In the story of Eve and the serpent, there is an absolute truth for those who want to know more. It is for those who commit themselves to finding more in an already interesting story. Not spoken of, but nestled comfortably underneath the circumstances of the story is a valuable pearl that is easily missed. A 6000 year old story, as relevant today as it ever was, the word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than any blade, able to divide the soul and spirit. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of mans heart.

     The truth I speak of is that for evil to succeed in its goal, it only needs to create a little doubt about what good is. Evil does not have to prove itself as good does. This is one reason why evil is often the easier choice. There are MANY ways to create doubt about what the right choice is. Adam and Eve had been given only one rule by their creator. “Do not eat this”. That’s it. No other rules. They were given one reason. “You will die”. No other explanation.

     A perfect thing had been created, and the forces of evil wanted to destroy the perfection of this thing. It is my personal belief that God placed the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden for one reason only. God did not want man to be a slave without a choice to serve something other than him. He wanted man to FREELY CHOOSE to serve him. He had to give man an opportunity to choose to disobey in order to make it true that man was not simply a slave, or an animal without higher understanding. God created man to be more than a slave or an animal.

     The forces of evil exploited this. Evil was able to create just a twinge of doubt about Gods command not to eat the fruit. The possessed serpent said “Surely you won’t actually die if you eat the fruit. God isn’t being completely truthful to you in this matter. He knows that if you eat the fruit, that you will become like him. And you will know good, as well as evil”. It was partially true what the serpent said. Man would come to know good and evil, but the details had been twisted to create a viewpoint that was incomplete. By commanding man to not eat the fruit, God was actually protecting man from the curses of evil which would come if man could no longer fellowship with God as he had done before. It was true that man did not know evil up to this point. He was innocent. But the serpent said nothing about what the consequences of evil actually were. The serpent knew, but withheld information about what God actually meant when he said “You will die”. The forces of evil were able to create enough doubt about what the right choice was to cause man to make the wrong choice. And God himself, through his own integrity and because he isn’t a liar, was forced to PROVE what he told man. Satan didn’t have to prove anything to succeed. Man quickly learned that what God meant by death was not that his physical body would die immediately, but that man would die spiritually and would fall out of fellowship with God because of his association with evil. Satan was nowhere to be seen and was unaccountable to man for his trickery.

     This pearl is as relevant today as it was then. Evil only needs to create doubt to succeed. Good has to prove itself to succeed. The lesson gives us a powerful tool of discernment for a complicated situation. Knowing this assists us in analyzing the motives and actions of evil people, and helps us to rightly divide the word of truth from a lie.

     I turn now to the matter of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I tell you the truth, that the very thing that happened in the Garden of Eden 6000 years ago is happening again in the U.S. Congress, this very moment. The circumstances are different, but the goal is the same. Evil wants to destroy something good, or prevent something good from happening. The forces of evil are working hard to create doubt about what the right choice is. An objective person doesn’t need to dig deep to know the right choice in this matter. We judge men by their past conduct. Because we are not able to read the mind of any other man or truly know what is in his heart, we must judge other men in this manner. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. And likewise, the body acts. If misconduct is within a mans heart, he will be given to it outwardly. If not already, then in the future. The real truth here is that the forces of evil know this, and are counting on the public to fail to rightly divide the truth from the lies. If the general public had a better understanding of what credibility was, this giant scam may not even exist. The politicians making this happen know there is no credibility and want the public to forget what we have traditionally considered “credible” in our centuries long history.

     The truth is also that the forces of evil hate Kavanaugh because he is a good man. They are compelled by their own hatred of good. He occupies a higher level of thought than they do and they hate him for it. They don’t want him to have the authority to impose upon them what they hate. True, they have a right to think what they want. But they don’t have a right to take the life of another human being (abortion). They don’t have the right to steal a mans labor and give it to another (socialism). They don’t have the right to force others to think like they do (radical feminism, sexual perversion in all its forms, the idea that everyone has their own truth). They don’t have a right to stifle peoples religious beliefs, particularly Christians, which is the only religious group they persecute. They know that Kavanaugh will fight against their agenda to conform the American people to their evil will.

     I offer some advice for anyone having trouble sorting through all the garbage.

1. Remember that the system which reasonable men use has worked well for us. Judge a man by his past conduct. It is a good tool for discerning his inner character. Don’t pay attention to sources that aren’t credible. If a source is credible, listen carefully.

2. Realize that if you or someone else has to bend the truth or create lies, or suddenly feign offense after a long period of silence to get what is wanted from someone else, that choice is probably the wrong choice.

3. Be diligent in searching for the truth. It is very important. Because in the eyes of a liar, one transgression of the truth makes the next transgression easier and more likely. The liar forgets that absolute truth never actually loses its power. But the liar will be reminded when he reaps what he sows.

4. Just because something is legal, doesn’t mean it is right. False witnesses may not be held accountable legally, but that doesn’t mean they are justified in telling lies. 1000 men can vote that one should die, but their voting merely makes it legal amongst themselves, not right.

5. Remember that justice is blind. She should not know the station or identity of the accused. She only needs to know the law. Justice will lose its legitimacy if a popular public figure is not punished for breaking the law in the same way that an ordinary citizen would be. It will also lose legitimacy if an unpopular figure is wrongfully punished.

6. If you know something is true, know also why it is true, and be prepared to prove it. Because good is always required to prove itself. Hold onto it tightly. Don’t let a lie dilute your understanding of the truth. This is not close-mindedness. It’s

called integrity. Be open-minded, but not impressionable. No one is going to convince you that a blue sky is black, right? So don’t let them convince you that what you know is wrong is right.

Matthew 5:11

Blessed are you when people revile you, persecute you and falsely accuse you because of me. (Jesus’ words)

Psalms 37: 5-7

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn and your vindication shine like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Isaiah 5:20, 23

Woe unto those that call evil good and good evil, who put darkness in the place of light and light in the place of darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

1SG Clint Gilbert

CMM Desoto County

CMM Handbook

I believe, as members of the family, we need to read the handbook as often as possible. It was not written to sit on a shelf or be hidden in your phone somewhere. It needs to be taken out and read through, if not daily, at least weekly.

Knowledge will make us a better militia. Much like our daily devotionals and Bible reading, it will keep us in line with that for which we stand. If you have questions about procedures, dues or rank, it’s in the handbook. Reading the handbook charges my batteries.

It is amazing what twenty minutes of reading can do.

Article XIV Our Core Values and Article IV Purpose mean so much to me. There are few things in this world that can bring me back in line; but the Bible, our motto, Article XIV and Article IV do every time.

If you need to know it, you’ll find it in the handbook.

~2nd Lieutenant Matthew Lane Griffin Acting Commander of Calhoun County Company

Walking In The Woods

As I was walking through the woods over at Private Chester Russell’s place, I started thinking about pioneers and all they had to live through. I thought about what it was like for them crossing this country before there was anything. They came from the East Coast on their way west across what had to be worse than any of the woods we walk through today. We have it made in the shade. We have the ability to to take a break every once in awhile. We have provisions that are lighter, more portable, better tasting and last longer than anything the Pioneers ever had. Yet we still complain every time we get outside our comfort zone. It’s too heavy, it’s too far or it’s hot. It’s too bad really. If you think about it, you really get to see another perspective when you’re walking in the woods. I’ll be spending as much time as possible walking in the woods this summer.

~2nd Lieutenant Matthew Lane Griffin, Acting Commander of Calhoun County Company.

WHY GUNS

A few days ago, I was scanning social media and looking at various posts on random keywords.  A certain post caught my eye.  It was written in a manner that made it appear to be a genuine question to gain perspective rather than incite arguments.  The post was addressed to “pro-gun people” and basically asked for polite responses around what gun control they would be willing to entertain considering recent events.

Since I’m a glutton for punishment I decided to read on and check out some of the responses.  There were the usual guttural grunts of “MAGA” and “MURICA” and so forth.  There were also a lot of equally unintelligible response from obviously anti-gun people.  However, in the middle, there were shining stars of intellect, on both sides.  There was also accuracies and inaccuracies mixed within responses from both sides and all the while the original poster is getting all this feedback and being left to sort out what’s right and what isn’t.  How on earth is someone who doesn’t know, supposed to gain knowledge when people they’re asking can’t even conjugate an intelligent statement.

We see this all the time.  Mainstream media, Hollywood socialites, sports stars, all pick a side of an argument and start repeating whatever they hear, regardless of the reality or authenticity.  Soundbites and totally unrelated images are melded together in a newscast with the sole purpose of ratings.  People use these soundbites, these images, these stories, to form opinions and define their reality.  When all these inputs are misleading, or mix truths, half-truths and flat-out misinformation, is it any wonder there are so many misguided people today?  Sadly, this runs rampant in my own circles.  People are so quick to share a picture, a headline, a meme, with no thought or care of the story behind it.

So why guns?  Are you ever asked why guns?  Do you wonder why guns?  How about, why an AR? Why a silencer?  Why a ghost gun?  If you have questions about guns, don’t ask someone who’s against them.  If you wonder why someone needs a certain type of gun, ask someone who owns one of them.  Don’t stop there, ask a bunch of people that own them.  There are millions of gun owners in this country with hundreds of different types of guns.  Ask them why.  If you feel you’re against guns, I ask you why.  There are legitimate reasons, but ask yourself, “Why am I against guns?”.  But then, you need to be honest with yourself about why you’re against guns.

Are you against them because someone close to you was hurt by someone with a gun?  Are you against them because they’re loud?  Maybe you tried shooting one once and whoever took you was a fool and stuck the wrong gun in your hands as a beginner.  Maybe you listen to the news about how certain things need to be banned or that certain weapons are made only to kill people….  At the end of the day, your opinion is yours.  I would hope your opinion is based on facts and not soundbites.  I would hope you would find an avid gun owner and have a conversation about your views with them and be willing to listen and maybe, just maybe learn something you didn’t know that might change you mind about not only guns but the vast majority of the people who own them.  Maybe you’ll never want to own a gun or maybe you’ll never want to own whatever gun is currently being demonized by the uninformed and that’s ok, but hopefully you’ll learn that what’s going on in this country isn’t a gun problem, it’s not a mental health problem, it’s a societal problem and restricting law abiding citizens will have no effect on the problem.

On the other hand, if as a pro-gun advocate, you are asked why, take the time to have the intelligent conversation.  We need people on our side or at the very least, not against us.  If the best you can do is utter “2A” or “Shall not be infringed”, you’re not helping the pro-gun society. Study the second amendment and what it really means.  It’s not about you are being able to conceal carry, or hunt, or walk through Wal-Mart with an AK slung over your shoulder.  It’s about ensuring the people of this great nation will never again be forced to live under a dictatorship because they don’t have the ability to stand up.  You also need to understand there is an entire generation of people that are being misled about history, the struggles our ancestors went through to make this country what it is.  There are entire generations and demographics that are enamored with the ideal of a life of leisure, where work doesn’t exist, where violence doesn’t exist, where everyone is equal because nobody has anything more than anybody else.  They have bought in to the positives that a One World Order following the Agenda 21 ideologies could provide.  At the same time, they don’t understand the price.

All these concepts are in direct conflict of the conservative, constitutional patriot beliefs.  Our young people are being deprived the education of the past.  History is being erased, re-written and created to fit a new way of thinking.  People believe the rhetoric that guns are the root of all our problems.  They are taught to believe that without guns, the problems will go away.  They are being taught that government is supposed to rule over the people.  They are being taught that the way it should be, is the way it was before we signed our independence.  They are being taught that America is a democracy.  Tens of thousands of students are being taught this every day.

We need to be able to have the intelligent conversation about “Why Guns?”

Cpt. Will Sweatfield

CMM Desoto

How Do You Carry?

How do you carry?

If you’ve ever spent any time on social media sites related to concealed carry or prepping, you’ve probably seen countless arguments for and against carrying a handgun with a round ready to fire.  Most of the arguments against the practice claim it’s a safer way to carry for people new to firearms or it can’t accidently fire if there isn’t a loaded round.  On the surface these are valid points, but they have some very critical flaws.

You can’t possess a firearm without tremendous responsibility.  I’m not saying everyone that possesses a firearm is responsible and therein lies the heart of the problem.  You are legally and morally responsible for every single round fired from your weapon, whether in your possession or not.  Every single round has the capability of ending a life, intentionally or otherwise.

From this point forward, in this article, so as not to create confusion a firearm will mean a handgun or pistol.

People should carry a firearm for the defense of themselves and people around them.  Period.  But it’s not that simple.  Let’s say you’re walking down the street in the middle of the night and someone starts following you.  You hear them, you see them, they’re gaining ground on you.  Your heart starts to race.  You get shaky.  You get scared.  You get tunnel vision because of the adrenaline coursing through your veins.  Maybe their talking smack, yelling profanities, yelling threats.  What do you do? Do you walk faster?  Do you run?  Do you duck into a crowded business?  Do you turn on them and yell back?  Do you fire a warning shot?  Do you shoot at them?  What do you do?

There is no one correct answer because every situation is different, fluid, dynamic.  In every case, regardless of the laws in your community you have a moral responsibility to escape the conflict.  Many places, but not all give you the legal authority to stand your ground in defense of life and property, but not every place is the same.  Not every encounter is the same.  Do you know the difference?  Castle Laws don’t give you the right to kill.  They simply don’t generally require you to run away.

What does this have to do with how you carry?  Loaded or not?  By loaded I’m mean ready to fire.  You draw, you pull the trigger, a life is changed.  Some people say they are not comfortable carrying loaded.  They are afraid the firearm will “go-off” on its own.  It won’t.  And if it does, you as a responsible person are not doing your part.  You should never carry a firearm that doesn’t work the way it is supposed to.

You see, when you carry, like I said before, it’s for the protection of yourself and those around you.  When you decide you need to draw a firearm in public you have decided you must stop an attack immediately.  You must be ready to pull the trigger.  Note I said be ready, not simply pull the trigger.  The sole intent is to stop the encounter.  To stop your life from being ended.  To stop another person’s life from being ended.  The threat may stop when they see your weapon.  You can’t shoot.  Maybe they continue to attack, you shoot, they stop or retreat.  You must stop shooting.  The attack is stopped.  If you continue to shoot, you have now become the threat, the aggressor, the felon.  Everything you do from this point forward will be held against you.

When you draw your firearm, it must be ready to shoot.  You don’t have the luxury of time to make the weapon ready.  In the time it takes to make the weapon ready you are either killed, disabled, disarmed, or at the very least give the prosecuting attorney an argument for intent which is the basis of a felony conviction of attempted murder.  Why?  Because the time it took you to make the weapon ready was time you could have used to do something else.

Do yourself, your family and anybody that may ever encounter you right.  If you choose to carry a firearm for protection.  Learn how to use it.  Practice with it.  Learn how to carry it, how to draw and re-holster.  Obtain quality gear.  Don’t go for the fashion show or what’s trendy.  Gun stores often have ranges where you can rent different models and see what fits.  Find something that works for you and get a holster appropriate for the weapon and how you’re going to carry it.  Get a holster that doesn’t interfere with the trigger when re-holstering but stays in place when you’re drawing.  Practice, practice, practice.  You can dry fire most modern pistols without damage or you can get snap caps to protect the firing pins.  Learn how to draw without your finger hitting the trigger.  Always carry in a holster of some sort.  Don’t just jam it in your pants or in your purse.  You need to prevent the trigger from being activated before you are ready to take a life.  That’s what a good holster does.  It keeps the firearm where it’s supposed to be and protects it from the “junk” that may be around it.  When you carry, carry the same way, in the same position all the time.  Carry the same firearm all the time.  If you do change firearms, make certain they function the exact same as the others you carry, and their holsters work the same way too.  In the heat of the moment you don’t have the luxury to try to remember if you have your 1911 with it’s slide lock safety or your Glock with just a trigger safety or which holster you’re using.  Is it your Alien Gear kydex or is it your Blackhawk Serpa?  Consider how you’ll react if you’re attacked in your car.  Can you get to your firearm as quickly while belted in as you can while standing?  You need to be able to.

Responsible carry calibers range from .38 to .45.  Anything less can be troublesome in reliability.  Anything more is unnecessary.  9mm’s can over penetrate and have unintentional consequences, .45s make recoil too hard for some and stovepipe.  Practice with your gear.  If it isn’t 100% reliable, find something that is.  If your gear ever misfires, figure out why and fix the issue.  Get professional instruction.  Go to a class and get your concealed permit.  The instructors share a wealth of knowledge about local regulations at these classes.  Eliminate the excuse that you’re not comfortable carrying with a round ready to fire.  Eliminate the excuse that it is safer to carry without a round ready to fire.  You are the safety.  You are the reason it fires.  If you don’t think it’s safe to carry loaded, then you’re the reason it isn’t safe.  You can fix that reason.  It’s your responsibility.

It’s your responsibility.  How are you going to carry?

Cpt. Will Sweatfield

CMM Desoto

Trust Your Freedom, Not The Press

Our news has changed over the years. What we read has not only changed but where we read it has as well.
Older Americans will remember sitting down at the breakfast table with the morning paper. That is a thing of the past. Newspapers are going under in most markets across America. Television and the internet have taken over. So much has changed and many want to know why.
When asked about the news being different, most point to the agenda of one side or the other. Liberals blame conservatives and vise versa.
“People want unbiased news and can’t seem to get it.” said Jessica Wettig, a former Journalism student who chose not to pursue a career in the field. She went on to say, “It’s common knowledge that certain news sources are more liberal or conservative and people don’t trust them.”
Kylie Price, a former University Journalism instructor, thinks all news is biased and always has been. She said,”I think people gravitate toward the voice that validates theirs.” That could be a huge reason readers and viewers trust the media they encounter. Trust seems to be a large problem with our news these days. Why is trust given so easily? Kevin Hunsperger, WSIL NEWS 3 in Southern Illinois, imparted this on the subject,”I think part of it is the fact that anyone can become a “journalist” It’s not unlike people who offer legal, medical and educational advice on social media and the internet without having the background or training to do so.” Every blogger, vlogger and internet star can say something one day and it be almost set in stone the next. Even when some of it is comedic in nature, some will take it as gospel. Hunsperger believes another problem is there’s no sourcing or fact checking a lot of the time. He thinks alternative sources are fine, but wonders if they truly vet who they’re interviewing. How would we know the information they are providing in the article or video is accurate? We really can’t. Anyone can write a blog or post a YouTube video. Which media is the best or worst? Price said,”I wouldn’t say internet news has become more biased than print or broadcasting, for I think all media outlets can be biased.”
It all boils down to what you like. Today’s people like it all. Conservatives tend to not trust any of it and liberals seem to believe everything. Some have said a little personal fact checking could fix both sides.
The fight for ratings or sales in the information business has been going on since early on in America. With Muckrakers (defined by Wikipedia as those who investigates and exposes issues of corruption) getting great readerships in the early days, the competition began to build among local markets. Leading to the Yellow Journalism (a pejorative reference to journalism that features scandal-mongering, sensationalism, jingoism or other unethical or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or individual journalists- Wikipedia) starting soon after. American readers in search of information as well as entertainment fanned the flames of the war between the newspapers in New York. The war for sales, ratings and popularity has been going on since way back when. Politicians have been using the press and media to sway voters from day one. But not until President Ronald Reagan(R California) did it explode into the circus it is today. The movie star brought political sensationalism to the American television news. Jimmy Carter(D Georgia) never had a chance. The world was hooked on the TV waiting for more news about the presidential race. Carter had many fine qualities that would has swayed thousands of voters if they had looked his records up. They were blindly following the media of the day. The ability to do research and make an informed decision is one of the reasons we have the election system we have. The founding fathers studied multiple governments and read many historical documents before deciding on our election process. Our individual thoughts, ideas and choices are what make us a free country. Trusting media outlets and not excercizing our GOD given decision making skills has put us in a terrible spot.

2nd Lt. Matthew Griffin, CMM

What If?

We like to think we’re ready, that we’re prepared for anything the world can throw at us.  We learn primitive skills, we gather supplies, we learn to do without the most basic conveniences progress has afforded us.  We carry tools with us everywhere we go to survive whatever we think might happen.  We know how to make safe water to drink from most any source.  We know how to make fire and shelter.  We can move a group through the wild and find a specific place using just a map and if we need to, we can protect ourselves from most… or so we think….

No matter how prepared we are.  No matter how heavily armed we may be.  No matter how strong, or vigilant, time and time again we see that people intent on doing harm will do so.
You see it’s not enough to train or prep.  It’s not enough to stock up on food, ammo, weapons and gear.  It’s not enough to have a plan for when SHTF.  Any moment of any day, you can be targeted by someone you may never see.  These attacks come swiftly, from hiding, from behind, and most recently, from high above.
Now whether you believe the official narative about the Vegas massacre or not.  Whether there was a lone shooter or a group.  Whether it was a depressed man gone mad or a government cover-up, it doesn’t really matter.  The scenario shows us just how vulnerable we are to evil.  Evil thrives on chaos.  Chaos is fueled by fear & confusion.  Nearly 600 lives were affected that night and nothing a patriot in the crowd could’ve done would have stopped the shooting.
At nearly every large public gathering, steps are taken to ensure good, law-abiding citizens are disarmed and for what?  For the protection of the people around?  Since when has a law-abiding citizen ever been a risk to the safety of others?
But let’s say, in the case of the Vegas situation, that people were not disarmed.  Would the outcome had been different?  Honestly, no.  The shooter was too far away, concealed in darkness and had an overwhelming advantage of mass hysteria on his side.  So what do you do when you’re truly helpless?  What do you do when nothing you can do can stop the rampage?
Live with your eyes open.  Maintain a constant state of suspicious alertness.  Always search for the answers to “What if?”.  If you’re able, get training, be armed, be ready.  Sit with your back to the wall, eyes on the door.  Plan escape & concealment, know where cover is.  “What if?”  Do you stop the madness?  Do you help the helpless flee?  Do you simply hide then run away when your opportunity presents itself?  “What if?”
Do you stop living?  No.  Stop going to the night spots you grew up in?  Maybe… The world is an ever changing and dangerous place.  It’s alright to avoid dangerous areas.  It’s alright to live a safe life.  You don’t need to go looking for a reason to be in a fight.  You don’t need to go looking for trouble.  Eventually, it will likely find you, one way or another, you’ll find yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in… “What if?”
Driving down the highway, “What if?”, shopping at the mall, “What if?”, walking in the park, “What if?”, praying in a church…….
“What if?”
Cpt. Will Sweatfield
CMM Desoto

The Stages of a Major Disaster – What would you do?

Being prepared for disasters, major and minor, is something we all should pay attention to. Just in this past year we have seen graphic examples of the disruption weather can cause, both with tornados and hurricanes. Most people have some emergency equipment, if only candles and a generator for power outages, but these are strictly short term aids. Let’s take a realistic look at the stages of a major disaster such as an EMP strike.
The first stage is simple – getting home, and dealing with others who need to get home.
Personal security is paramount. Looting will be rampant and so will beggars and thieves. This is when the survival bag you keep with you can easily be the difference between life and death. There are so many articles about what you should carry with you that I don’t need to cover it. The goal at this stage is simply getting home, or wherever you family plans to meet. This is very short term and fairly specific. Even in the case of tornados, this can be a real challenge.
The second stage is survival as a family, or small community. Readjusting your thinking to conserve and protect what resources you have, and figuring out how you are going to manage on your own, is the main goal. This stage is a little longer and requires more resources and knowledge. In the event of an EMP, there will be no communications and
the grid may be down for years. Looting and roving gangs will be widespread, this can occur even with floods and hurricanes. Chaos will be everywhere. The second stage is as much a matter of developing the mental toughness to do what you have to do, as it is physical preps of stored food and preplanned water filtration. The only thing I have to
say about actually being prepared for this stage is – lifestyle. Yes, lifestyle. My grandparents were farmers. My parents always grew a huge garden and we stored enough vegetables to see us through until the next year. It’s not especially hard, and the food’s much better, which is why I have always tried to do it, before the idea of prepping became common. For the second stage, you need enough stores to get you through till the next growing season and for that, you need a really good idea of how much your
family eats in a year. And that’s only one area of prep.
The third stage is rebuilding a community and system of exchange for goods, services, and knowledge for the long term. The real key to this is going to be knowledge and skill. Where will you go if there is no Walmart? No Lowes? What are you going to do when your shoes wear out, or your shovel breaks? It wasn’t so very long ago that families and
small communities had the skills and knowledge to take care of themselves in all basic areas. Human beings have been doing that for thousands of years without any fancy tech at all, not even electricity, and managed not only to survive. but to thrive in reasonable comfort and security from human predators. Reclaiming the knowledge and skills of our ancestors is ultimately the most important thing we can ever do for our own
  • survival.
    It has long been said that Knowledge is Power. In a survival situation, Knowledge is
    Life!

Laura Brewer, CMM

 

CMM Support Members Are Vital

 

What is a CMM Supporter?…. defined by a Support Squad member….

 

When I became a member of CMM approximately two years ago, I knew I would be unable to participate in the physical aspects of the organization. I was concerned about what the expectations would be for me, personally. The level of Support Squad member was where I was placed due to my physical disabilities. I didn’t want to be in a squad with the expectations of doing absolutely nothing to contribute to the organization (support in contrast to supporter). The meaning of support is “to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction”. I then looked up the meaning of “supporter” to see what it really means and confirmed what I thought. Supporter means, “ someone who ACTIVELY supports a particular idea, group, or person. A person who gives encouragement and approval to someone or something.” I thought about that meaning and realized that even in a “support” level, I am still physically able to encourage, and give spiritual and mental support to the organization. Support is given in many ways. It can be just placing a get well card or sympathy card in the mail to a discouraged or mourning member. It can be by ordering a beautiful flower arrangement for someone who just experienced a death or illness.  It can even be just picking up the phone and calling a discouraged member. It can be just telling someone, “I’m praying for you.”  I always appreciate it when someone takes a minute to just acknowledge I exist in CMM.  It must be very discouraging to be in an organization that is not actively staying in touch with each other. I am happy to know that every step possible is being made to keep us connected to each other from south MS to north MS. We must have interaction to know each other. That’s why I really enjoy social media like Facebook. I know firsthand that it takes individual commitments to just check in every day. I have found that the older I get the shorter the day seems to get. I want to be an asset. I want to be needed. I believe everyone’s inner being has that desire. I remember an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” where Aunt Bea had gone out of town to take care of a sick family member. While she was gone, Andy and Opie made a mess of the house but cleaned it up before she headed home. However, they came to realize that she would think she “wasn’t needed” if the house was clean when she got back so they messed it up again. Now-a-days, that is a far reaching example, but the point is we all want to be needed. We all want to be included. Being a support member shouldn’t be an excuse for thinking, “they don’t need my help.” Or, thinking, “someone else can handle it.” The Lord has been so good to us. We need to look around at our surroundings, and say, “thank you Lord! I am still breathing. I am still able to get up. Let me make a difference today!”

 

Finally, our CMM family is gifted with so many talents. We have survivalists who are willing to share their knowledge by volunteering to give up their daily time to train CMM members on survival techniques. I know that this type of training in the private sector is very expensive. However, in this organization, we have people willing to GIVE the training FREE. Why anyone would even think not to accept that gift is above my grade level. It is very confusing to me. As a SUPPORTER of CMM, I am not eligible to participate in the training (according to the bylaws). However, any time someone asks me if I would like to attend something special, like an out of town meeting or event, I try to go. I enjoy getting to meet our CMM families as often as possible.

 

I pray that I may be able to be a supporter to CMM. I want to be an asset as a Support(er) Squad member.

 

MARSHA ERRINGTON

RMH CHAPTER

10/30/17

Who will come to Your Call for Aid?

Most of us are here because we believe our American spirit is disintegrating before our very eyes. So, we keep informed, make preparations, and see that we are capable of at least defending ourselves. Being proactive as we are, we know we can’t go at things alone, so we’ve sought one another out, and many of us have gone through a lot to get to this group; a sense of pride and accomplishment in itself.
Dutifully, we go about our meetings and activities, and we’re comfortable in that. It gives us a sense of security to know that we have such knowledgeable and capable members, who will come for us in our hour of need.
All those other things that CMM does; organize training, fundraisers, and arguably the most important, politics, are things that other members do. The problem with that idea is it puts too much burden on the leaders and a highly motivated core to do the heavy lifting.
It’s an understandable trend though seeing how ammunition and weapons prices are still falling since the 2016 election, and interest in patriotic organizations as a whole has dropped off. Meanwhile so many people are ready with criticism and commentary of every action the President makes, but who steps up and says, “let’s help him out,” or, “this is what I’m doing to help with that.”
After Trump was elected and Obama removed from office, enters this misguided belief that the pressure is off. Someone else is going to solve the problem for us, and maybe that someone is Trump. So basically we are hiring political mercenaries to run our Government for us, and we are witnessing the fruits of that effort, or lack thereof.
The fact is that all the evil in every country in the world is being held at bay by about eighty to one-hundred million Americans who are willing to pay taxes to hold that line. Only sixty-two million voted in the last election for Trump. Three percent of that is only one-hundred-eighty-six thousand people across the country: the proverbial blades of grass.
Mississippi’s share of that works out to about nine hundred and change. And if my ratio of Facebook friends to likes and responses is any indication, it’s closer to one percent, or just over three hundred people. By that math, we’re it folks.  We are the cavalry. We are the only ones who will come for us. No one else cares. That is the reality.
Therefore, we must increase our individual capabilities and participation.
It’s been said that every person brushes their teeth every morning and puts their pants legs on one at a time just like everybody else, so we’re all the same, in many regards. If we can make time to brush our teeth, we can make time to do the things that not only hold that worldly evil back, but more importantly, begin to reknit the fabric of society that’s still being torn away.
But how do we do it and what can one person do? CMM is the answer to that question.
The level of organization in this group is impressive, and it’s our best asset. With increasing involvement from our members, we are answering those questions from the ground up, not the top down. With continued development of skill and specialization we multiply our capabilities as well as become more interesting to new people who also seek to learn, grow, and contribute.
This organization is unique as it has no centralized control, it’s purely voluntary and focused on relationship. That’s powerful, because those are the qualities that government lacks the most. Many of us are doing things with this group now that we never dreamed we would do, and we have opportunities to learn from people we never would have met on our own. We must continue to give back to this organization our time, involvement and patience, because we, nor the organization are the beneficiary, it is our American way of life that we’re fighting for.
We are the front line for Mississippi.
Eric Mc Donald
Public Relations Director, CMM