Almost every society that has collapsed has seen such a fall heralded by severe economic turmoil. We are seeing such turmoil in the freefall of the U.S. economy and, from a bigger picture, the world economy. The world is about to enter into a period of global depression unlike anything seen before, and the necessary element to cement such a depression will soon be present: the element of war. With that element present the final link will have arrived in Obama’s grand plan to enslave the citizenry completely and destroy the U.S.
Warfare is necessary to provide the justification needed for the administration to declare martial law. Little by little Obama has been chipping away at every cornerstone of the foundations of American society. He originally had both houses of Congress, and now he’s down to just one; however, his actions have not abated. If anything they’ve increased, especially in rapidity as he has (we hope!) only a year left.
Just the other day, the administration announced that it was giving $1.5 billion back to the Iranians for interest owed during the time that Iranian assets and accounts were frozen. In essence, the administration is using the public funds to do this. The administration has also won a hiatus with the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of permitting citizenship to be conferred “temporarily” on “anchor babies,” that is those children born in the U.S. to illegal alien parents.
The case will not be heard until the election, and this affects (rather temporarily pardons) at least 5 million illegal aliens. In the meantime, they stay: complete with green cards, they’ll be part of the public dole. Cloward and Piven strategy at its best. Everything…from the phony jobs numbers to the amount of first-time jobless claims… all of the numbers are being manipulated. Soon the question of the Syrian “refugees” will be front and center, and from the look of things Congress is not going to be able to prevent the incursion (even if they indeed did want to prevent it).
As of this writing, the price of crude oil has fallen below $28 per barrel and the BDI is at 363. We have no true domestic manufacturing base and domestically even the consumer marketing-based businesses are suffering. Wal-Mart recently announced the closings of 154 stores domestically; the closures are slated for January 17 through January 28, and affects more than 10,000 employees. Other big-box and department stores are suffering: Target, JC Penney, Macy’s…all are purging themselves both of employees and facilities.
All of this is forced: direct or indirect results of the administration’s actions or policies. We are at the twilight of our nation’s existence. The corporate interests and their oligarchs, the administration, the congress, the media, and foreign interests are all bringing the country to its knees. We are seeing the abolition of the middle class and the slow, inexorable grab of private property by the federal government. Surely there is not much time before all of it comes to a screeching halt.
What is your opinion? There are some very well-versed individuals who comment on this site (DK, and Kevin2 to mention a couple). What do you think we will see before the bottom drops out completely? What is your take on the BDI, and the price of crude…how will transportation be affected? [keep in mind a great piece Mac wrote about when the trucking in the U.S. stops] Give some of your thoughts on what will happen with shipping of durable and nondurable goods. Tie it in to the world economy. Your opinions and input are both welcomed and valued, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com.