Skip to comments.Kick Washington Out of Your Life
Posted on 08/18/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT by SovereignSociety
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) grades our drinking water a D in their annual report card. Local systems leak an estimated 7 billion gallons of water daily. And more than 850 billion gallons of sewage escape into surface water annually.
And I wouldnt rely too heavily on our electric grid.
ASCE gives that a D+ due to outages and disturbances that cost up to $180 billion in annual economic activity. The electric grid is at risk of cascading failures until energy production becomes decentralized.
These risks are growing by the day. The government that is supposed to be protecting and serving our most basic needs is failing, while it remains only too eager to bow to the whims of lobbyists and big corporations with fat wallets.
We are vulnerable, but we dont have to be. We can protect ourselves from what I call Washington Risk. With some wisdom, we can remove Washington Risk from our kitchens, bedrooms and bodies.
Our Financial Puppet Masters Make Me Nauseated
Each day, our financial-centric system grows increasingly complex and fragile. Policymakers dictate the direction and volume of capital through open-market operations, interest-rate targeting, nefarious legislation and government-loan guarantees. Their actions are crowding out the market process.
Think of the too big to fail mentality and the $700 billion in bailout money promised to insure insolvent financial institutions like Citigroup, Bank of America and AIG. Or think of the roughly $70 billion poured into the boondoggle that is the Department of Education, which places the U.S. no higher than 14th in various global rankings that show South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong leading the world. Or just think of the $39 billion it costs to operate the Department of Homeland Security, which in its short life has garnered the fifth-largest budget of all Federal agencies.
And it doesnt stop there
Washington has Invaded Your Bedroom and Your Body
Just food for thought: Much like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is supposedly watching over the safety of our financial markets, the Food and Drug Administration is making sure our food system stays safe too. Protecting and promoting your health is their mantra, yet they arent holding the rotten apples in agribusiness accountable.
They refuse to require labeling on genetically engineered food while countries such as Germany, China, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia and 59 others already require GE labeling because of myriad potential health risks to humans. Its worth noting that a long list of industry giants including Nestlé, Monsanto, Coca-Cola, General Mills and Kelloggs have spent more than $70 million to fight individual states proposals that would require labeling.
Similarly, the Department of Agriculture has a vision to expand economic opportunity, promote nourishment in the U.S. and abroad, and preserve natural resources yet they appear complicit in a biotech system that emphasizes quantity over quality. China, a country not known for stringent environmental and health regulations, since November 2013 has blocked import of more than 1 million tons of an unapproved GMO strain of corn (MIR162) produced by U.S.-company Syngenta.
That corn is likely destined to be used as animal feed, which is a problem because genetically modified corn poses health risks to the animals that eat it. Besides the fact that cows arent meant to eat corn, the risks are partly due to the genetic composition of the feed and partly to whats used as a supplement for animals on a GMO diet. One such supplement, a beta-agonist drug called Ractopamine used to enhance livestock before slaughter, is prevalent in supermarket meats (beef, pork and turkey) and is banned in 160 countries but not in the U.S. It and other beta-agonist drugs are known to affect a humans cardiovascular system and cause increased heart rate, insomnia, headaches and tremors.
Our public officials and prominent federal institutions arent exactly feeling burdened by their consumer protection responsibilities. To the contrary, much effort and money is spent maintaining their positions of disproportionate influence. Last year, more than $150 million was spent lobbying agribusiness. And in the current election cycle, more than $13 million was donated to politicians by political-action committees in the agribusiness sector.
But you can say "no more." You can easily sidestep all of the risks and the consequences, just as I have, with a bit of wisdom. Let me explain
Make the Decision to Become a Sovereign Individual
I have four daughters; the oldest is six years old. My wife and I have taken responsibility for the environment in which we raise them. We strive to do everything within our power to provide for and protect our kids. Most concerned parents do.
For us, this has meant doing things to reclaim control of our food sources. Weve learned to raise backyard chickens for egg production and even rabbits for meat. Those are merely steps toward what we believe will amount to greater resiliency. Eventually, we want to raise more animals, grow our own food and generate as much of our own energy as possible.
Until were in a position to make those things happen, our efforts are focused primarily on taking our consumer choices seriously, namely the things that affect our health and well-being. We eat food without common yet harmful preservatives and additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG), an excitotoxin that, among several other things, damages cells and aids the proliferation of disease. We buy or create our own cleaning products with castile soaps (olive-oil-based soap) and other ingredients so we can avoid phosphates, sulfates and phthalates, the latter of which are endocrine and hormone disruptors that influence the bodys development. We seek out farmers markets and local farms for foods that arent laden with pesticides and arent trucked hundreds of miles across the country or the world.
And you can do the same
without making massive life changes or spending hundreds of dollars.
Reclaim Your Sovereignty, Restore Your Life
Luckily, a movement to take back control of our consumer choices is gaining traction. Its less difficult to access foods that arent corrupted by the self-serving interests of agribusiness and politicians. Alternatives to the products we use every day are little by little making their way onto shelves in our local stores. Information on the benefits of living a life thats more natural and sustainable is spreading too.
Understanding how government initiatives crowd out the private sector and understanding the market process will increase our natural desire to live healthy lives independent of the directives thrust upon us by Machiavellian policymakers. Sovereign Living is designed to easily show you how to remove the Washington Risk from your daily life. Ill do the research, seek out the industry experts and make sure youll have simple access to the best tactics, solutions and more.
To kick off this initiative, Im crafting a series of exposés about how to keep Washington out of your life. Im still assembling my research, but my goal is to have them ready by the end of July.
Recognize the Dangers
Stop making choices that threaten your health.
Its been estimated that 70% of the American diet is processed food.
With that in mind, I want you to raid your kitchen this week. Find out how much chemically-processed food youre eating (hint: the majority of prepackaged items fall into this category). Specifically, try to determine if youre consuming a lot of foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oils, sodium nitrates or nitrites, and enriched flour three of the most common and threatening ingredients in processed food. Between them, theyll damage cells and inhibit the natural processes of the body. Basically, your ability to stay fit or ward off illness and disease is dramatically compromised.
As a society, we are called on to inspire and encourage one another to choose quality lest we be sold a cheap excuse to surrender the ability to choose for ourselves.
Editor, Sovereign Living
Agreed with some of it, but this post is full of anti-GMO crap and nature woo.
You only eat foods grown in your area?
I'm not sure where you live, but you eschew oranges, or bananas, for example?
“You only eat foods grown in your area?”
Bingo, a spear of reality punctures the liberal bs only eat locally raised food.
We have an excellent farmers market, and about 80-90% of the produce and other products come from more than the 25-30 miles of artificial limit for consumption set up idiots who hate other people..
Our county has a population of about 200,000 and only a dozen or so small farms which raise produce on a limited basis and 2 ranches which produce meat for the local market.
We have some real farmers and ranchers in our extended family, and they have told us that the ranches and farms in our county might be able to produce enough total food for a maximum of 5,000 people during our growing season. Which means 195,000 people would go hungry and starve if we went on only total locally raised produce and meat.
Also, the local produce and meats cost anywhere from double to triple the cost from Safeway/Lucky and more than that from the two locally owned grocery stores. This would eliminate a large % of the people in our county being able to buy the higher price produce and meat.
Even in California we have winters which have frost and freezing. Our growing season ends in October and September in some areas. Where we live, we can have killing frosts until the middle of May.
Re the GMO bs, we have been blessed with Luther Burbank’s GMO work and similiar work. None of us have grown a second green head and extra arms and legs eating his wonderful genetically modified produce.
The impossible goal of eating only local products is probably pushed by people, who love abortion and population control for the general population including the death committees coming with Obozo Care. People living in apartments and condos usually have zero arable land to grow food. So they would have to starve if we didn’t have big farms and ranches.
As much as possible! What I don't grow, we get from local sources whenever possible. You're right that there are just some things that hafta be trucked in though. My wife and I have gone back and forth over including these items in our diet, or cutting them out where possible
People also need to realize how much they really need to eat. In this day of over-sized portions and food waste the average family of 4/5 can get by with a modest garden and some access to beef, poultry, and fish. Down side is you cannot grow those in a downtown brownstone or high rise condo.
You pretty much summed up the problems with only eating food grown locally.
I have no problem with those who are wealthy enough to eat those types of local, ‘organic’ foods, in fact I think it’s a good idea to ‘spread their wealth around’ by voluntarily purchasing or growing such foods.
As long as they don’t begin pushing the Food Luddite (a term coined by Steve Forbes) bandwagon and leave the real feeding of the rest of the nation to real farmers.
You only eat foods grown in your area?
I'm not sure where you live, but you eschew oranges, or bananas, for example?
Don't forget COFFEE!
“I have no problem with those who are wealthy enough to eat those types of local, organic foods, in fact I think its a good idea to spread their wealth around by voluntarily purchasing or growing such foods.”
I had never looked at buying fresh produce and local beef/pig and lamb as spreading our wealth. You are correct.
“As long as they dont begin pushing the Food Luddite (a term coined by Steve Forbes) bandwagon and leave the real feeding of the rest of the nation to real farmers.”
I hadn’t heard of the term Food Luddite before. It is a great use of word power to isolate/identify the Nazi Food Luddites.
It is about power and control when liberals or pseudo conservatives try to regulate what we can eat and can’t eat!
This control battle over food is a classic cui bono example, or who benefits.
Below are the differences between rabid Rats and Republicans regardless of the issue.
If a Republican is a vegetarian, he does not eat meat. If a DemocRat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a Republican does not like guns, he doesnt buy one. If a DemocRat does not like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a DemocRat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.
If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. If a DemocRat is down-and-out he wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a Republican does not like a talk show host, he switches channels. A DemocRat demands that those they do not like be shut down.
If a Republican is a non-believer, he does not go to church. A DemocRat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced banned from everywhere.
If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. If a DemocRat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his health care.
Food Luddite is a term Steve Forbes used in an article he wrote about the dangers posed by the anti-GMO forces.
I was challenged on that one time here on FR. The challenge was that the Luddites of old used to throw monkey wrenches in the machinery, and all that person was doing ‘was attempting to protect our food supply’.
I enjoyed giving the answer so much that I’ll do it again.
The American Farmer has built the greatest Food Producing Machine in the entire world. In fact, the best machine in the entire HISTORY of the world. We have the widest array of food available to the widest array of people at the very lowest prices ever, ever, since the world began.
We spend less money on food than anyone else.
Now the Food Luddites have come along, and are attempting to destroy the machine, they are tossing into the works everything they can think of, from wrecking research labs, to legal actions, all of which are designed to wreck our food machine. Do you really want to be associated with this bunch of Luddites?
I never heard back.
Anyway, that’s what I told them. Please, use any and all of the words and ideas I presented to spread the alarm.