There are so many crazy things going on in the world right now, and it feels like it must have felt back in the late 1930’s when the nations of the West watched as Germany began flexing its muscles and expanding out into the lands surrounding their borders. As Vladimir Putin continues his invasion of the Ukraine in an attempt to secure his legacy as one of the great leaders of a bygone era, our attention remains fixed on that conflict while other forces in the world are moving to dismantle everything we’ve spent centuries building up. While we watch with a kind of sick fascination as the first real war in decades continues to play out, our attention is not focused on the things that are going on alongside this conflict that are setting us up for a terrible tribulation here at home.

We have been watching as our economy spirals down the drain due to record inflation, and most of us don’t really understand what’s going on or why things are becoming so much harder. I’m certainly no finance expert, but it doesn’t take a genius to understand that it is the rarity of something that makes it valuable, and the more there is the less each of a thing is worth. Our government is printing money like it’s an unlimited resource, and with each new dollar, the ones you have in your pocket are worth just a little bit less than it was before. Just because the government says it’s the same value doesn’t make it so. Value is determined by those who have resources to sell, not by an out of touch official who thinks they have the right to play God.

Of course, that isn’t even the worst of it. Energy prices are skyrocketing as the conflict over in the Ukraine continues to rage, but that isn’t even the biggest reason for $5.50 per gallon diesel prices here in Southern California. Just a couple of years ago, the United States was not only a major producer of oil, but also a growing exporter, our energy independence on the rise and continuing on toward a level where we could shrug off the chains that the other side of the globe traditionally placed on us. Now, though, the current administration has put every roadblock they can in the way of that progress, and we’ve returned to being primarily dependent on foreign oil to run our country, and they’re going to use the growing global crisis to extract every dollar they can from our economy to bolster their own plans, regardless of whether it’s good for the United States or not.

It isn’t just the sinister machinations of foreign governments that make our lives harder, though. Our own local governments are making life so much harder on the average American through ridiculous taxes that make it so much harder to make ends meet. Consider the exorbitant fuel tax here in California, which adds an additional $.50 per gallon on top of the nearly $.25 per gallon from the federal government. We pay far more here in the Golden State than even our next door neighbors, which means that if you own a vehicle that uses a lot of fuel, you can’t afford to go anywhere. I filled up my truck right when the Ukraine invasion began, and I haven’t really gone anywhere since because I want to be able to get out of California in a hurry if things get really bad. What kind of life is that?

Things seem so bad, and the reality is that they are, but that doesn’t mean that we have to just lay down and resign ourselves to that fate. It’s not too late to turn things around, but it does require that more people start paying more attention to more of the sinister things that are going on around us. I’m not talking about weird conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality, but the cold hard facts that are emerging in our lives. You don’t have to go down some crazy rabbit hole to see what’s going on around us in real time. It’s on clear display if you know what you’re looking for.

Renewable energy, for example, is a primary goal of the zealots who currently reside in our federal government, and from their perspective it is the single most important thing they can accomplish during their time in office. Even if it destroys our economy to do it, they will continue to attack our energy sector until it comes crashing down around our ears, because they believe that if they take away any other options, they can force renewables on us. All it takes is a little bit of reason and some serious push back to counter their unrealistic dreams. Don’t be afraid to call them out for what they are, and tell your friends why renewables aren’t a replacement for our current technology. You can find all kinds of information on the subject in various YouTube videos that discuss the various reasons why we’re still dependent on oil and gas.

Another example is our ridiculous level of government spending, especially on the welfare programs we run here at home. It is certainly reasonable to have compassion for people who fall on hard times, and I certainly want to have a safety net in place to catch us when we fall, but how many people are we supporting who do nothing but sit around their houses, eating and having more children that end up being supported by the state? Why shouldn’t they be required to figure out their own lives, just as those of us who provide for our families do? The system has given a lot of leeway for excuses for people to remain part of it, but human beings tend to rise to the challenge if they have no other choice. There is something to be said for survival of the fittest.

And of course we continue to have to worry about the ever increasing possibility of World War 3 as the West seriously considers making acts of war against one of the most nuclear armed nations on the planet. There is some hope as we watch the citizens of Russia rising up in protest over the insane actions of Putin, but that doesn’t mean things can’t go very badly, very quickly. Just like the first World War, all it takes is a single incident that angers enough people badly enough and the entire powder keg ignites into chaos. It isn’t helping that our leadership and media are spoiling for this kind of war, but whether it’s to further this “Great Reset” agenda or just to increase their own ratings or public opinion with a distraction ahead of the midterms this year is anyone’s guess.

The main point I’m trying to make with this article is that there is certainly a lot going on in the world that is scary and hard to understand, but that doesn’t mean that we have no choice but to just hunker down and wait for it to happen. All of these things are unreasonable actions being taken by unreasonable people, and fortunately it’s only able to happen because enough reasonable people aren’t paying attention to stop it. If we can increase awareness of the stupidity that’s going on in our leadership today, it’s quite possible to turn back the tide and move our world back toward the amazing place it’s been for the last half century. We don’t have to lose it all if enough people stand up and say NO.

It just takes a bit of courage and a willingness to speak your mind.

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