The Post-Election Public Mood: It's About to Hit the Fan

Freedom Outpost has previously reported on the fact that gun sales represent at least one booming sector of the American economy since the re-election of Barak Obama. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to interpret that piece of data in terms of sociology: What must people be thinking? That’s a legitimate question, and it's easy to think of an answer.

Horror icon, Stephen King, has a theory that the same sort of “weather vane” indication of the public mood can be discerned from the popularity, or lack thereof, of current scary movies. In his nonfiction book about creating horror fiction, Danse Macabre, King theorizes that if horror flicks are enjoying a great deal of success, that’s an indication that the public at large is nervous or fearful. If the horror industry tanks, that means the public is generally optimistic about the future. (And, by the way, horror flicks have been doing really well since about 2008. I'm just sayin'.)

I believe I’ve stumbled onto another bit of information that says a great deal about the public mood. And that is, as a writer whose wares are on sale at, it behooves me to keep an eye on what’s selling and what isn’t. What are the hot topics?

Well, before the November election, books about President Obama and about political theory in general were flying off the shelves. But now, checking the same bestseller lists that used to show those books doing well, it is plain that the mood has shifted. Those sorts of books have been supplanted and upstaged to a large degree. And the genre or theme that has replaced them is [insert drumroll here] Disaster Preparedness.

Books about how to assemble a “survival preparedness kit,” or more popularly, a “bug-out bag,” are all the rage. Freedom Outpost, as always, is here to help. Save your money: the information is widely available for free. In fact, here is a link to the aptly named Bug Out Bag List website which has done a good job of consolidating it for you.

Caution: As I perused the provided links, I noted that my computer started acting “wonky” when I tried to access the list provided at the Ready.Gov site (the third link on the “other lists” list.) You might stay away from that.

So, here you go: A short list that represents what experts seem to agree are the absolute essentials of disaster preparedness. Of course, the number of other items that might well be extremely useful is endless. But this seems to be the general consensus on critical items:

  • Water. Shoot for at least a 72 hour supply per person at about 2 gallons apiece per day. Don’t forget pets.
  • Food: Again, 72 hours is the consensus minimum. You want stuff that won't go bad, is lightweight, and won’t require cooking or the addition of water.
  • A manual can opener.
  • Crank or battery-powered flashlight (with extra batteries.)
  • Crank or battery powered radio.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Special needs items like critical medication, and infant care supplies.
  • A supply of cash in small bills.
  • Extra house and car keys.
  • A lighter.
  • A pocketknife.
  • Duct tape.

As you’re considering this, recall that the folks affected by Sandy were without basic services like water and electricity for a lot longer than 72 hours…

Is this the perfect list for you? That’s doubtful. The perfect list is the one that fits your needs to take care of your family.

But back to our sociological experiment. Let me ask, what’s going on in the public mood that prepping is suddenly all the rage? I’m guessing the answer is probably the same as with all the gun sales. Is there some alarmism involved? Probably. But I think it’s more about people simply coming to the realization that they can’t really depend on anyone, especially the government, to make sure they survive a crisis. It’s still good American advice: Trust in God and keep your powder dry.

For more discussion about how Bible-believing patriots specifically ought to respond to darkening skies, caused by their own government, get the book, Resistance to Tyrants: Romans 13 and the Christian Duty to Oppose Wicked Rulers, for less than a decent cup of hipster latte’.

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  • darkcyder

    Interesting that the same masses who did not get out and vote are willing to prepare for disaster...

    • Phillip_in_TX

      Who said they are one in the same? However, there is nothing wrong with preparing. I sure as hell did not vote for "it's not my fault Obama" and would not even if he was the only person on the ballot.

    • darkcyder

      Being from Texas also, All i can say is my vote did not count. It never does. Too many logical people have moved here and away from teh liberal states. So now the liberal states get to elect the presidents.
      However, it is a fact that republicans stayed home in droves this election. I find it ironic that the very ones who stayed home (i.e. did NOT take the time in their day to get out and vote the jerk out of office) now seem to have plenty of energy to prepare for the disaster they let fall on all of us.

  • FlatFoot

    Pray for the best -- be prepared for the worst.

    Sage advice -- that everyone should have already definitively learned by the time they became a teenager.

  • Mike Slaney

    I personally am not a fear monger, but it doe not take a rocket scientist to prognosticate the clouds. A torrent is coming and it will happen over-nite, please prepare, do not put your faith in this economy, it looks good on top but it is a sink hole ready to cave in and there will not be enough dirt to fill it in. GET OUT NOW!, and please get out of debt. Our only hope is the Christ now and ever will be, GET OUT NOW!

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  • PastorBobCeleste

    Your site is a good way to make money, but lacks creditability. You appear to take the position that men in the US have the manhood to stand up to tyranny. Now let's face some facts. Men looking for freedom for them and theirs would first rad every state constitution of every state that is not landlocked. They would then find that there are two states that, by their constitutions, can secede with nothing more than a vote of the people, as in Maine, or by the politicians, as in Texas.

    If there was a movement for freedom, these two states would be bulging at the seams with new voters. Neither Maine, nor Texas is being overrun by freedom seekers, qute thye contrary.

    Now think about it, if a man will not move to a state that can be free, a state where all he would have to do is vote to be free, where in the world do you think you are going to get the men to stand up and move against this communist, sick, republic hating, Christ denying g0vt?

    The first step to achieving freedom is honesty. You cannot deceive cowards into fighting for a freedom they do not deserve and will never have here on earth.

    • 44rd11

      No state can secede - NOT Texas - not Maine. the civil war proved that. Secondly - the Texas "treaty" that made them a state was before the civil war - and they lost that.

      and last - no state or group of states is prepared to secede. They have NO money and no room full of gold and silver to back any paper they might print. They have no way to support any military - and you are having a wet dream if you believe that any significant portion of the current U.S. Military will desert to a state that cannot pay them or support them with armament. AND, which nation in the world, outside China or Russia perhaps, would recognize such a country that seceded from the U.S.?

  • regulus30

    THE ONLY PROBLEM with King's hypothesis is it reflects the mood of the 48%;; the dumba66ed 52% are too stupid and uninvolved to read anything other than a cereal has pictures usually......

  • Disgusted

    It is too late to buy a gun and be sure to be able to keep it. It is now just a voluntary tax you are paying when they confiscate it. And you would need a thick nickel case to hide it from their metal detectors.

    • danimal

      Thats why you get several weopons and hide in different places. Who says you have to have them all close at hand, oil and burlap, wrapped in plastic. I buried one a few years back, dug it up, shot it a few times, re-oiled it and back in the hole it went. I got 140 acres, think they will find it...not likely

  • Erik Osbun

    O.K., here's my thinking: unless we stop massive election fraud like we have seen the liberals do in the swing states, civil war is possible.

    • jerseygirl

      It happened and wasn't stopped...Another Civil War...
      All the hairs are standing on the back of my neck...

    • 44rd11

      All things are possible - probable - no.

  • J J

    If this is the mood of the country post election, why did over half of the country vote for Obama??? They fell for his lying rhetoric and now have buyers remorse?? Elections have consequences and to the ones who voted for Obama - it's your fault - what did you think was going to happen??!!!

    • jerseygirl

      Voter Fraud..Plain and Simple...

    • RH6194

      Unfortunately, roughly half of Americans are "grasshoppers" and half are "ants" Not everyone is preparing. Be prepared to defend YOUR preparations from the looting and other attacks that will occur when the grasshoppers finally realize they are starving and desperate. It should be very interesting when the foolish start trying to rob and kill the wise so they can survive!!!

    • 44rd11

      Perhaps 20% are "ants" - you will discover that many of those you consider Ants - will not survive - they believe food/groceries come from the store and are packaged ready to cook in their microwave.

    • Phillip_in_TX

      A true "ANT" knows the difference. : )

    • danimal

      The answer to your question, BAAAAAA

    • 44rd11

      is that in goat or sheep?

  • Phillip_in_TX

    The FIRST thing you put into the bag is a GUN & plenty of AMMO.

    • 44rd11

      NO - that's the last thing and the first thing you want to be able to get at.

    • Phillip_in_TX

      I stand corrected. I should have phrased it "the first thing on your list." However, my gun & ammo are going to be on my person, not in a bag.

  • freedomringsforall

    God help us to rally to try to preserve our rights and freedoms.

    • 44rd11

      God helps those that help themselves.

    • PastorBobCeleste

      That is not from the bible, that is from Aesops fables. Now as for no state being able to secede, this is from Maine's Constitution, it is a direct wroute:

      Section 2. Power inherent in people. All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.

  • har82

    That little list in the article only counts if you are staying stationary. It would behoove most people to be on the move if TSDHTF.

    • 44rd11

      not "if", WHEN TSDHTF

    • Phillip_in_TX

      Amen to that!

  • Ruth

    Yes, Another Great Depression is coming soon, And All the young people who voted Obama in won't have the 1st clue how to survive, because they have been handed most of everything in their lives, have never had to do Anything manually, most can't even make change/count without a calculator, Most have NO commonsense, Most have NEVER had to EVER do without in their lives.....So, when the times get hard, they will either just parrish, or turn to crime to survive...And Most according to polls and statistics have NEVER attended church or have a religious foundation...So you can only imagine what will be in their hearts and minds...The NEW show "Revolution" is also a mild glimpse of what our world will be like....But it doesn't add the Bibical catastrophic things that are prophesized....Like Oun Kwan who post here has said....It is now"God Have Mercy On Us", Because We Have Sinned and Fallen Short of the Glory of God, Our ONLY Hope is, II Chronicles 7:14 before it is too late !

    • jerseygirl

      Not all spoil our children, True Hope Will Prevail...
      Unfotunately, it may take 75 years... Again...
      Our children will suffer for the good of us all, to be reversed, and so on and so on...

  • ARMYOF69

    Whoever made up that list is missing something which is absolutely vital.
    The list looks like they would want me to protect myself using a " penknife".

    • jerseygirl

      Crossbow, learn how to use it for those w/out gun license...Food is essential...

    • 820 REDHORSE

      Something else ARMY, Spacebags! You see'em on T.V. infomercials, But they are great fro Ammo,grits ,rice,roman noodles,seeds, first aid kits ,handguns,etc,etc,They keep stuff dry,free of bugs,and fresh! been using them for the past 5 years for storage and all the provisions I mentioned above was still in great shape! I put the items in various size bags hook up vac-hose and store in coolers in my shed and it works great and easy to stack & store ,also coolers provide extra protection. If any of you have other ways of storing stufff pass'em along on the thread, we'd better help each other out all we can, cause there damn sure ain't nobody else we can count on! Plus only the strong & prepared survive!

    • danimal

      Another thing that MUST go on the list, is fuel, can't have a cocktail without it

    • 44rd11

      Don't worry so much about protecting yourself - you better figure out how to kill, clean and gut animals.

  • Bob Marshall

    It is too bad Obama's two books were not flying off the shelf before he became president the first time. Unfortunately,we know who would have read them and who wouldn't. America is short on critical thinkers but long on those loyal to the government but not the country." When the people realize they can vote themselves money,that will be the end of the republic." Benjamin Franklin

    • jerseygirl

      Unfortunately,most of those that voted BHO arn't on a reading level...

  • KayDeeBEau

    Here's a news flash - I have been warning everyone I know about the coming storm. I am preparing. I am warning you to prepare. If you aren't prepared, sorry - tough love started Nov 7 - I will not feel guilty and I will not enable you to be stupid....

    • jerseygirl

      Tough love started before I was born, Unfortunately, 2008 was the official date for my generation...
      Been preparing ever since...
      Uncontaminated water is my major concern...
      Tainted Kool Aid water is even bigger...

  • Bobseeks

    I believe that horror shows like Walking Dead and Falling Skies do so well because people realize that things are so fouled up that nothing short of starting over is going to save us. The idea that some sort of invasion or disease might eliminate the parasitic, lazy and the stupid (democrats) and give the smart and hard-working (conservatives) a chance to start over is actually quite interesting to me and I am sure a lot of other people.

    • jerseygirl

      Yes, surviving in disaster is key...Live and Learn, don't Die and Burn...

  • retiredmillwright

    A storm is coming straight at America on its present course.
    This storm is going to be called a great depression. This depression will last
    a long time. many grasshopper type people won’t live through it, it’s going to
    even be hard on ant type people. My father, who as a young man lived through
    the last great depression, said the roads were full of people, carrying bundles
    walking to the next town to try to find and job, so that they could send a
    dollar home to their hungry families. People were hungry and desperate; this is
    what America is going to be faced with in the future, except with a lot more people when the politicians spend
    us completely dry. People keep electing
    the same mistakes over and over again. Prepare as best as you can for long term
    survival. Long term food, gardening, guns, long lasting antibiotics, food
    canning gear and basic survival gear will always get used. Also never forget to
    help the young and those ants who will work to help themselves. Forget about the grasshoppers, you just can't fix stupid.

    • Mike

      I seen and been "preaching" about this for 20 years!! People USED to call me crazy..conspiracy theoryist etc, etc. But now?? But folks..I'd advise doing what I've been doing for the past 20 years..invest in precious metals!! BRASS & LEAD!! God Bless & help America!!

    • Phillip_in_TX

      Don't worry. The ones who thought that, will find out who the "crazy" ones are.

    • 44rd11

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been "preaching" this almost since it's inception.

    • Phillip_in_TX

      What we have coming down the pike is going to make the "Great Depression" look like a church social.

    • 820 REDHORSE

      Right on both comments,Phillip. You must be "THE GURU!" LOL!! Like my Pop always said " Never underestimate the power of Ants,They can make something 100 times their size dance around like a fool, and take your picnic away one piece at a time" I'll be one of them there Ants myself!

    • Phillip_in_TX

      : ) Welcome fellow Ant!

    • Phillip_in_TX

      Hey, thought of an acronym for ANT - Americans Nullifying Tyranny. What do you think?

    • 820 REDHORSE

      PERFECT!!! I'm in!

    • DWinch

      You got that right! What this nations leaders are doing , "I do not consider them leaders" Is pure insanity! this is being done for a reason. We are already over the cliff, we just haven't hit bottom yet but we will. This is a mess no man can or will fix. Prepare for the worse because it's coming.

    • Phillip_in_TX

      Going off the cliff (falling) is not the problem. It is the "SUDDEN STOP" that gets you! ; )

    • 44rd11

      and the rocks and sharpened stakes at the bottom

    • Phillip_in_TX

      Don't forget to stock up on some "Colloidal Silver." It has plenty of uses and was widely used before antibiotics. They have both liquid (internal) & cream (for cuts, etc.)

  • Oun Kwon

    When someone (like North Korea) wants to drop A-bomb, I want to know the ground zero so that I can rush there on time to welcome it coming down on my own head.

    Prepare for a big disaster? We should not kid ourselves. USA just needs deservedly a few Sandy, Irene, and Katrina a year and every year on the east, on the south, on the west, and in the mid-west, to make people really wake up. Don't any more raise a voice 'God bless America', because that's now past. Cry out 'Have mercy on us'.

    • jerseygirl

      The Ozarks, at least kill youself trying to survive from the inside...
      (Look it up Patriot)...