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Monday, February 27, 2012

U.S. States Begin To Prepare for Collapse Of Federal Government

Sinking of the Titanic
(Trib.com) - State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.

House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government. 
The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, has said he doesn’t anticipate any major crises hitting America anytime soon. But with the national debt exceeding $15 trillion and protest movements growing around the country, Miller said Wyoming — which has a comparatively good economy and sound state finances — needs to make sure it’s protected should any unexpected emergency hit the U.S.

Several House members spoke in favor of the legislation, saying there was no harm in preparing for the worst...

read full story here
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: This is very intelligent, and if you live in the United States, you need to forward this story to your state congressmen, urging them to support similar measures in your state. As the article says, there is no harm preparing for the worst, and I'm afraid that in all likelihood, the worst will indeed happen, with the only question being 'when?'

Yes, the United States federal government in Washington DC, what many are beginning to call 'The Columbian Empire,' will collapse eventually. With a federal debt surpassing the GDP, combined with over a trillion dollars in annual deficits, and matched by a trade deficit that is just as large, it is clear that America's eventual demise is inevitable. Combine this with political and social unrest in the Union, and these problems are just compounded all that much further.  Just as sure as I am writing this, that day will come. What we don't know is when it will come. Will it be sooner (within 20 years) or later (beyond 20 years)? That is unpredictable right now, but it WILL happen. That much is sure.  The watery grave of history demands it.

WHEN it does happen, it will be kind of like the sinking of the Titanic, and it will be hard for the world to watch. When the USA goes down, it will likely take Canada and Mexico with it. Much of North America will be thrown into economic, social and political chaos. The effect of this will reverberate outward economically, bringing great harm to America's primary trading partners. Other regions of the world will be thrown into economic upheaval as well. The European Union will not likely survive such upheaval, that is, if it still exists at all by the time this happens. China and the Pacific rim will also be negatively effected, as well as South America. However, the effects of America's sinking will vary on different regions, directly related to their economic dependency on the United States. I suspect the worldwide economic upheaval (when it finally happens) will last approximately five years, before the world settles down into a new economic-political paradigm. This upheaval will likely include war in some places. Hopefully, it won't be a world war. Of course, there is always the chance that the United States could go out with more of a whimper than a bang. The upheaval may simply be localised to North America, while the rest of the world seeks ways to manage the new world paradigm without the United States. The first order of business however, would be moving the United Nations out of New York and into some other international metropolitan. It may involve changing the charter of the UN as well. Who knows how the world will handle this. The best advice I could give to people of other nations is that if you want to reduce the effect of this catastrophe on your nation, pressure your leaders to get your nation less dependent on the United States.

As for Americans, our time has come to get ready, and the smart people of Wyoming are on the right track. With just a handful of exceptions, most U.S. states are economically solvent, or very close to it. Many states, including my own (Missouri) are energy independent when it comes to electricity. We actually sell our electricity to other states. Most states have access to coal and natural gas as well. Then of course there is crude oil. States liberated from the restricting powers of Washington DC (The Columbian Empire) will have unhindered access to their own oil reserves and the ability to sell it or build refineries as needed. Timber is abundant in many states, and then of course there are farmlands that can be used to sustain our local population. Yes, for the most part, many states do have what they need to not only survive, but even flourish and thrive, in the absence of the United States federal government. As for military defence, this will not be a problem either. The emerging independent states of America will have the finest retired military veterans to draw from, including leftover equipment from the imperial arsenal, and that will include nuclear weapons. Of course these will have to be secured somehow, and it is highly unlikely that the independent states of America will allow some foreign power to do that for them. So you see, unlike the Titanic, the sinking United States of America has plenty of lifeboats available for everyone. The sinking process will be painful to be sure, but when it's finally over, there will be a new beginning. Yes, it will be the end of an era, but not the end of the world. Personally, I believe the sinking of America actually began in September of 2008. That's when we hit the iceberg, so to speak, an iceberg of economic collapse thanks to reckless government policies, and the chambers of the ship have been flooding ever since. However, thanks to the Federal Reserve, we have good pumps that are keeping the ship afloat for now, but just barely. Those pumps WILL fail eventually. It is inevitable. Sooner or later, we are all going to have to get on the lifeboats.

Those states, like Wyoming, which are officially exploring this, are getting ready in advance. They are inspecting the lifeboats, so the speak, which is a restoration of power to state governments, and securing the supplies they need from the ship before the inevitable happens. Of course, it would be wise for such independently thinking states to start looking at alliances with neighbouring states with a similar culture. Cultural alliances (based on language, values and religion) have historically proved to be much more reliable than proposition alliances (based entirely on economics and politics) as currently exist in the United States and the European Union. Proposition alliances (such as USA and EU) have a history of falling apart sooner or later.  Sometimes they even result in civil war. Cultural alliances have a long-enduring history. Fortunately, besides what we know to be the obvious cultures in America, there have been studies of the dominant cultural make up of the North American continent. The following is a map created in 1981 by Joel Garreau and was published in a book entitled 'The Nine Nations of North America' (read more here).  It is a map of culture. This is not a prediction of political divisions. As we know politics will likely produce different results than what is seen here. However, it would be wise for the future political entities of the independent states of America to use cultural maps such as these to help them determine what will produce the most lasting and reliable long-term alliances....


As I said, this is a cultural map.  It is not intended to represent future political boundaries.  Rather, it is designed to outline the cultures that already exist as expressed in religion, values, music, art, dispositions and temperaments.  You will notice that much of this has to do with how North America was settled by European immigrants.  For example; the Germans and Swedish settled much of the green area labelled as 'Breadbasket,' while the Scots and Irish settled much of the red area labelled as 'Dixie.'  The English settled much of the light blue area labelled as 'New England,' while the Spanish originally settled much of the brown area labelled as 'Mexamerica.'  The area labelled as 'Empty Quarter' simply means there is currently no dominant culture there, and so it's open to whatever culture wants to settle it.  As you can see, Mexico is not labelled, simply because Mexico is already established as a dominant Spanish culture.  This in no way insures the survival of the political entity known as 'Mexico.'  Who is to say what will come of that?

Whatever balkanisation comes from the fall of the United States will inevitably be drawn up somehow along these cultural lines.  Of course, political boundaries will likely look a bit different than the general cultural boundaries we see here.  For example, I cannot, for the life of me, imagine the State of Texas allowing itself to be divided three ways.  Texans will fight and die to keep their borders intact.  Missouri on the other hand, is a different story.  Missourians are less particular about political boundaries, and are more inclined to 'go along with whatever works,' as the state has a long history of political compromise.  That being said, I can easily see a cultural split between the German north, and the Scottish south, turning into a political division if Missourians are so inclined to go that route, and I can guarantee, based on cultural temperaments, that such a split would not only be peaceful but agreeable as well.  With Missouri however, you never know.  Missourians may simply decide to stay together in spite of their cultural differences, as they do have a lot in common, and there has never been any significant problems between them.

In the mean time, before the sinking is complete, individuals states would do well to imitate Wyoming and simultaneously explore interstate alliances in the absence of The Columbian Empire (Washington DC).  In my own region of Dixie, the League of the South and the Southern National Congress are designed to do just that.  It would be wise for other regions of the United States to explore the creation of similar organisations.  The time has come to start thinking outside the box.  The ship is sinking and it will go down eventually.  The damage is too great to repair, and the pumps keeping us afloat will fail eventually.  Start getting the lifeboats ready.  Talk to your local state congressmen.  Tell them to imitate Wyoming.  Then start exploring interstate alliances based on cultural similarities.

14 comments:

Justin said...

On that map, what is called The Empty Quarter is really the home of the Kingdom of Deseret.

Harry said...

That Titanic picture is so appropriate considering that this coming April will be the centennial (100th anniversary) of the sinking. Knight, did you have that in mind when you posted this?

Anonymous said...

Dear Knight
Thank you for your insightful posts that remind us that our hope is in God. Often when I check in to read your latest posts I leave renewed in that hope. Australia like the US is in the midst of a great change, politicians remain focused on there own agenda but have lost the faith of the people. A choice presents itself to the world, we cannot continue as before therein lies disaster. The voice of countless mystics and saints are calling us to turn to God and away from sin,despair,death. Thank you for repeating there warning and preparing the way! Please pray for us down under as we pray for you.
Family man

The Catholic Knight said...

No. I knew it had been about a hundred years since the event, but I didn't know the anniversary was in April. The truth is, I have for years thought of America as a kind of Titanic -- the ship they said was unsinkable -- built so well that God himself couldn't sink it. To me the Titanic was inviting disaster with those kinds of sayings. America seems to do the same with all the nonsense talk about the Constitution being a divinely inspired document, and America being the last great hope for the world. Seriously!?! Really!?! I thought the Church was the last great hope for the world, the the Scriptures were the only written things that were divinely inspired. Oh how far we have fallen, when the president takes the place of the pope, a document that enshrines slavery as 3/4 of a person replaces the Bible, and the US Congress stands in for the magisterium of the Church.. No. America is not that important, and no, God doesn't 'need' us for anything. We are just asking to be humbled.

The Catholic Knight said...

Family Man, thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

Anonymous said...

My fellow Australian readers here and Sir Knight,

Cause for hope - Brick by Brick, our commencement of semester mass was had at my Catholic university campus today; the local bishop preached and reminded us that wea are a Catholic institution first and foremost, this shapes us, what is taught and how it is taught, how the student body is to relate to one another, how things ought to be, and reminded us of the Catholic blaze at the heart of education in the West from the 11th century down to the founding of the institutions that merged to form our university back in 1991.

Oh me!! Beautiful Polyphonic chant - call and reply responsorial Psalm, Greek polyphonic call and reply Kyrie, the gloria sung likewise with the great organ accompanying, a stonkingly good homily (as mentioned above), polyphonic call and reply responsorial Agnus Dei...and beautiful hymn to the tune of 'the Lord is My shepherd). We had piano or organ accompanying, and only a very little bit of guitar right at the beginning (played almost classically). Was there what I would term 'silliness and Frippery'? yes, there were several things that fell into this category (since when did we all hold hands for the Lord's prayer, kidos????) (don't know wha to make of remembering the traditional indigenous owners of the land before things commenced (not done at all masses, just major university events like this one - think they've got to because we receive public funds but...Its for god to convict and convince our good bishop and Arch Bishop Card. George Pell on this one one way or the other). I received communion on the tongue (our wonderful Tuesday and thursday Chaplain is honoured to do this for our Lord and is efficient, professional and experienced at doing this seemlessly) As Fr. Z. over at WDPRS says 'Brick by Brick'. little bits at a time. think stupid extreme interpretation of Oh&S prevents incense, but I can pray that they use it next time... The atmosphere was very different from that of other commencement masses I've been to at the university over the years...much more reverent. The settings I've menntioned; several sounded Renaissance polyphonic, and several sounded very much in the vaein of rutter, Britton, Granger or Dulce Holland...as we're down under, wouldn't be surprised if the latter two were contenders.

Pray for ACU Mt. St. Mary's Campus Strathfield, for the academic staff, for the hermeneutic of Continuity to continue seeping in, brick by brick, rubric by rubric, lecturer by lecturer, chaplain by chaplain and student by student. (there is much heterodoxy to be corrected and cleaned up, but the Holy Spirit is in charge and I just might be witnessing the very early stages of a Catholic rebirth at this institution) A supertanker takes a long time to stop and turn onto a new course...the chaplains are changed in 2013, pray we get ones as good if not better than the wonderful tue. and thu. chaplain.

I heartily echo the thoughts of my fellow australian commenter here and pray for the future of both our nations. We are at a crossroads; a Godly or ungodly choice is about to be made by leaders as our culture changes.

St. Mary MacKillop, Pray for us.

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Confederate Papist said...

Sir Knight,

I wrote to my state legislator and gave her the link to the WY bill. Hopefully she will respond. After looking at her bio, I seem to think she may be receptive to the idea. Florida, if independent, would be one of the largest economies in the world with a chance to grow bigger without the shackles of the Columbian Empire.

Deo Vindice!

The Catholic Knight said...

Good job CP!

Hopefully more of my readers will follow suite with similar action. Based on the size of Florida's economy, that is the key isn't it. You see, Alabama and Georgia are going to 'need' Florida in the event of a federal collapse, and in a way, Florida could use the resources of Alabama and Georgia to keep its economy chugging along. A similar situation exists with Texas. The point I'm making here is that independence is one thing, but we clearly have a regional dependency on neighbouring states. So when it comes to alliance (or confederation) the only question that remains is 'which states' should we join together with. I argue that in the absence of economic and political stability (the proposition alliance) the only thing that remains is cultural ties (the cultural alliance). Dixie is a culture unto itself, and while the people of the various Southern states may choose to go independent for a while, I think there will inevitably be a natural tendency to gravitated back toward each other in some kind of alliance/confederation. The same goes for New England states and West Coast states. Since Wyoming seems to be leading the way on independence planning, it may by default become the dominant political force in the 'Empty Quarter' when the inevitable collapse of Washington DC (The Columbian Empire) finally happens.

I am pleased that Wyoming has decided to lead the way at bringing state sovereignty back to the political forefront again, demonstrating that it is the last hope for law and order in the absence of the empire. Wyoming is right in the middle of the 'Empty Quarter' culturally, and has no history of secession. So it is doubtful the paranoid Columbian Empire will feel threatened by their action. Having paved the way, Wyoming has opened the door for other states to follow suite, including Southern states. Had a Southern state initiated this process instead, such as South Carolina for example, I'm sure the paranoid Left-wing fascists in the media and the federal government would have cried 'treason!' We've all seen them do it before for lesser reasons.

Anonymous said...

Why does Wyoming need an aircraft carrier?

The Catholic Knight said...

Anonymous, I thought that was odd too? Why would Wyoming need an aircraft carrier? Aircraft carriers are primarily seen as a tool of an empire these days, as they allow nation-states and unions to assert their political hegemony around the world. I saw this in the article and thought about why? I came up with some ideas, but I still don't know the answer.

1st. Wyoming may simply be considering a way to secure the assets of a crumbling empire so as to prevent these assets from falling into foreign hands.

2nd. If Wyoming happens to be the only forward-thinking state in the 'Empty Quarter' that is prepared for the collapse, while everyone else is still trying to figure out what happened, Wyoming may become the default government of the entire region! That would make it a very large continental power, and they may need an aircraft carrier to help ensure the defence of North America.

3rd. Wyoming politicians may still be stuck in empire mentality, as they may have difficulty imagining a world where American powers don't have big toys to play with.

I don't know which one explains 'why' or if it's some combination of two or all three, but it is a curious proposition. Why does Wyoming need an aircraft carrier?

Young Canadian RC Male said...

Sir Knight,

This isn't good for me, saying that Canada will be taken down with the States. Further, why would we ever join the Foundry? I don't think Tyrant lord McGuinty would ever concede in losing his power to the USA, and neither Harper would either allow anything Canadian to be part of the USA. (and wizely so right now with supreme overlord Obama at the helm. Maybe with a republican like Santorum he'd ease up a bit ...)

However, I think we are in deeper destruction because Harper is trying to secure us economically by doing international trade, including with the self-centered government of China (not most of the people. We have many immigrants who've flocked to Canada since pre-confederation as some were even killed in building the CNR). The government is communist, and to me communist = evil. Man there's no hope. Worse the Gays want to crush us on a social scale and have infiltrated the provincial governments and even school systems, with the latest example being the TCDSB sadly under the watch of newly elect Cardinal Collins in Ontario.

Knight, at least in the USA you can purchase firearms freely and many of you Southerners won't go down without a fight and the States is overall better with homeschooling in a traditional Catholic Fashion. Not as good here in Canada unless you live outside of the major cities or worse, join up with a SSPX associated school/culture. Seriously I think we'll be metaphorically "screwed up the wazoo" worse than you guys and the Queen and her monarchy is just symbolic now.

Guess the question behind my rant is "We're screwed north of the border. What now when the whole world is going to be chastized?" I feel like it is a catch 22.

The Catholic Knight said...

YCRCM, just a few words of encouragement and advice...

1). Cheerful Defiance - remember, just your very existence as a traditional Catholic is an abomination in our enemies eyes. They can't stand the very fact that we exist, and living well is the ultimate revenge. Stick to your guns with a smile on your face, knowing that every time they look at you, it's driving them crazy!

2). Be a rebel. Join a peaceful secessionist movement if you can find one. If not, consider starting one. The enemies of freedom begin losing power INSTANTLY the moment one man decides to abjur the realm - even if it's just in thought and speech. More power is lost with each follower you gain. Remember, you are a citizen of King Jesus first, as the pope is his prime minister. Though you must live under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, remember, you have no obligation to a swear your allegiance to a heretic. That is what she is after all - no offense to you. My president is a heretic too. You only obey your government because King Jesus and his prime minister tell you to. The King and his prime minister have instructed us in America to disobey the government on Obama's HHS mandate. So that is exactly what we intend to do.

3). Accept martyrdom, understanding that this is the governmnt's absolute loss of power over you. If they must imprison you than it's an admission that they cannot contain you. You and your ideas are too dangerous for them and they view you as a threat. Guess what!?! That means you won.

Confederate Papist said...

I think they scrubbed the air craft carrier....I think I read that somewhere...

Anyway, Sir Knight, you're right. Florida needs Georgia and Alabama and we can all rely on each other and still maintain our sovereignty. We cannot do that now with a suffocating federal regime determined to run every aspect of our lives, but with prayers and actions we can obtain our independence...maybe not in our lifetimes (although I prefer it) but in our children's.

Anonymous said...

Dear CK,

Do you feel that perhaps this collapse is wishful thinking on the part of those that see DC as a corrupt empire and who want it to collapse?

I can understand the reasons for saying its corrupt but I'm not sure sufficient evidence exists as to any inevitable collapse. Could you please clarify?