July 4th 2019

Independence Day. The day The founders of our nation told the king of England that we had a higher standard for our national identity than what his monarchy provided. The day that a declaration of our independence from England was read to the, soon to be, Citizens of this land mass known as the United States of America. A declaration that espoused what all of mankind was entitled to by it’s Creator in the form of rights due to mankind’s very existence.

All men are created equal: Although true that all men start out equal, some excel in life and their endeavors. Some are content with status quo. Finally, some are miserable failures because they can’t get out of their lazy, socially entitled, mindset of mental victimhood.

Life: You have the Right to exist and survive through your own efforts. No person or government has the right to end your existence without clear proof that you violated Malum In Se law. Any government that tries to inhibit your ability to own and use effective and efficient means that aid in that survival is in the same “sinking boat” the King of England was a couple centuries ago.

Liberty; The freedom to do what you want, when you want, without fear of a person or government entity telling you that you are prohibited from it is a primary directive in the Declaration of Independence. The caveat is that it cannot interfere with another individual’s freedom or property, without their consent, in the process.

Pursuit of Happiness: What gives your life meaning and makes you happy? As long as those activities don’t interfere with another person’s freedom, liberty and property, it is supposed to be OK.

You cannot read the Declaration of Independence shown below without realizing the Founding Fathers believed in a Creator (Nature’s God) and that the Creator expected and encouraged human beings to be responsible for their own actions in all things. When you believe there is an expectation of certain responsibilities from a Higher Power, not of this earth, it changes your perspective greatly. The “Ends justify the means” and “Eat, drink and be merry because nothing matters” goes out the window if you have that belief.

Although our Nation has made many mistakes, it is still the freest and most opportunity-centric nation on earth. If you believe that it needs overthrown, my question is, “By whom and what are you replacing it with?”. “By whom”: What country will your support come from? Go ahead, tell me a nation that has the capability requirements and will support that endeavor, but then give you the freedom you desire after the act is complete. Doesn’t exist.

“What are you replacing it with?”: I’ve heard from many people that have trained with MDT or interacted with me, through MDT, concerning “Revolution this” and “Civil War that”. The dark humor I find in saying, “Then what?” to those guys is probably greater than it should be. They have no plan. Their end goal is “NoGov” with all the issues that includes. It’s a “Squad Assault” after you’ve reach the “Limit of Advance” (LOA), without acting on the follow on requirements “post assault”.

When I mention that not only would their fantasy (It’s a fantasy because they neither have the ability to carry it out, nor the will to follow it through) taking place opens a pandora’s box of invasions by other nations bent of having what we’ve built and possess. It would create a plethora of unintended consequences that would decimate the population of our nation through disease and starvation, just to mention a few issues.

Best case in that scenario is an organized secession and balkanization of this country with all regions keeping a decisive ability to defend themselves. THAT, unfortunately, is a pipe dream. The only way those balkanized American regions would survive is if the chaos that initiated our situation here was due to a world wide cataclysm which would obviously vie for the attention of every nation’s leadership, and point it inwardly.

Answers? I don’t necessarily have an answer for what YOU should do, I can only tell you what I am doing.

  1. Find the positive things that make this the greatest nation on earth, AND APPRECIATE THEM AND THOSE THAT HAVE SACRIFICED TO EARN THEM. All the while, remembering our history, both good and bad. It is prerequisite to forging a good, positive future.
  2. Find the positive things in your life and identifying things you’d like to change to make it more productive and enjoyable.
  3. Don’t let the fearmongers put your life on hold because…..APOCALYPSE! I can show you videos and articles from TV I watched as a child and magazines I read as a teenager (still have them) that said things were “Ending in the 80’s”, “Ending in the 90’s” and “Ending in 2000”. They were complete BS.
  4. PREPARE. Prepare for general survival concerns, as this can cover you if you lose your job. Prepare for specific survival concerns you’ve researched and believe could happen. Learn as much as you can about survival under different circumstances.
  5. Speak out about what you think is wrong in our Nation, and don’t let some vocal minority keep you from voicing your opinion. If you want to have a say in what the government does, either become the elected official you’d like to see, or just continue to participate in the voting process. If you don’t vote, you have no realistic standing to criticize those who get elected by the ones that did.

Below I’ve posted what was written so many centuries ago. Are we to that point again? In some aspects, yes. Do I think it’s enough to do what they did? No. As much as I have a problem with a number of the firearms laws and other legal and regulatory nightmares that exist on the books. I don’t believe it’s time for a fight. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not ready for one if it is thrust upon us.

The rampant socialist and communist influence in this country, and the overt presence of it in Congress and government positions can’t be denied. Will the day come when the “Kill a Commie for Mommy” T-shirt I owned and wore as a teenager will come true for me in this country? I pray to God “No”! Will I take up arms in defense of our Nation from a communist takeover? YES! I planned on fighting communists when I joined the military in 1988 anyway, but I never planned on it being here (unless “Red Dawn” because…..”RED DAWN”!).



When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Enjoy the day. Appreciate what it took to earn the freedoms we have and what the men who signed the above document put on the line for us. Prepare for a better tomorrow by teaching our youth what it means to be an American using our history.


“Parata Vivere”-Live Prepared.


Because They Deserve Today

Because They Deserve Today

Today (the last Monday in May) is the day the Nation memorializes those of us who have died in active military service. Although we automatically think about those who died in combat, we also need to remember those who died preparing for combat that never came (the Cold War, etc.). Their basic service was no less than the guys who died while on the battlefield (you generally don’t pick and choose when or where you are sent), and their commitment had already been shown by voluntarily enlisting.

This was brought home to me while my unit prepared for it’s first Iraq deployment in 2005. While in training there was a vehicle accident, and one of our Company’s newest soldiers (out of Basic Training for a month and a half, and 18 years old) was ejected from a vehicle and the humvee rolled over him. This event hit my Squad especially hard, as that guy’s best friend (since they were 5 years old and also the guy who went through Basic with him) was the newest member of my Squad.

As a surrogate parent (as a Squad Leader, that’s what you are to soldiers that are that young), what do you say to a guy who has never experienced needless loss? You don’t say anything, you listen (and that’s also what you do with an older Vet who is reliving his loss). The only thing I did that night was try to get him to talk about the good memories he had of his friend, help him to realize that those memories are forever, and give him a shoulder to cry on.

On Memorial Day, I remember the Brothers I have lost. I remember why they were my Brothers, and I remember that regardless of how we try and rationalize why we should not have lost them at the moment that we did, God has a plan in everything that happens. Remember our Honored Dead who died in the service of our great Nation. It wasn’t what it once was, but it is still one of the freest and greatest places on earth, and it is our responsibility to keep it that way and continue to make it better.

Quit making excuses about how the last generations allowed our nation to get this screwed up, and just figure out how you can make it better. It starts with your family, neighborhood and community. Honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice by being the proper example to those who feel entitled to what others have (that is a learned mindset, and volunteering for the military is the exact opposite). You can talk all you want, but unless they have a visible example to emulate, the only thing they can “see” is talk (that’s what politician’s do). Enjoy your time today with family and friends, and remember those who gave us this freedom and opportunity.


"Parata Vivere"-Live Prepared.
Raising Kids With The Survivalist Mindset

Raising Kids With The Survivalist Mindset


This was taken the day before my first deployment after having children.

One of the toughest and most rewarding jobs you can have is raising a child from infancy to adulthood, and finding out that you “Did it right”. When my children were born, the biggest thing I remember thinking was how much greater a sense of love and protectiveness I felt for them than I had ever imagined I could. While raising them, there have been many lessons I’ve learned, but I think the greatest one was that of teaching them how to think, not what to think, and how to figure things out for themselves.


Make Survivalist oriented things fun for them.

As much as we’d like to indoctrinate our children, giving them the freedom to come to their own conclusions about different topics is prerequisite to setting them up for success. The biggest hurdle is being a good example and living “what you preach”. You can say whatever you like, but if your actions don’t reflect what you’ve said, it will eventually fall on deaf ears (especially with teenagers), and maybe even push them in the opposite direction.


Top, Bryco “Jennings Jr”, Center “Red Ryder”, Bottom is a Cabelas double barrel cap gun

My children started shooting at the age of 3. Initially, they started out with a Bryco “Jennings Jr.” .22LR (I used a .22, because they could cock the action themselves, Red Ryders were too difficult) shooting Aguila Colibri rounds at cans 15 feet away (kids love and I believe need the immediate feedback of reactive targets, especially at that age).

Around 6, they received “Red Ryders”, and were able to go on their own mini safaris while camping or in the back yard. At the age of 10, they both started with an M4 (low recoil, adjustable stock and I have the .22 kit for it) and a Springfield XD 9mm (high capacity, smallish grip, and I like the grip safety for kids). By the time they reached the age of 12, they could put many an adult to shame with their shooting ability.


Many a “hunt” they took their “Doubles” on.


Getting ready for the “Big Hunt” in the back yard.

Safety started with Cabelas toy side by side cap shotguns at 4 years old (they didn’t walk around the house with any “gun”, toy or otherwise, before that) These toy guns had a working safety and cartridges that could be loaded and unloaded, and if they were playing with them, a surprise inspection better show they were in a safe condition.


Kids love those reactive targets with the Red Ryder or the .22LR.. “Enemy bottles, 12 O’clock!”

By the time they received their M4’s and Springfield XD 9mm’s, they were about as safe as one can be in handling a firearm (Muzzle, Trigger, Safety). They have continued to practice and get better over the years, and I have never had to worry about whether they were safe (the most important aspect of firearms training) when given a loaded firearm.

From 10 to 12 years of age, they never did any rapid fire shooting with any semi automatic (but they sure wanted to!). Slow aimed fire was the rule (only hits count, right?), so when they finally got to the point of being able to rapid fire, they always hit the target they shot at.


100 Meter practice with the M4


First time rapid fire with the xd. 6 shots, 5 hits at 15 meters

When it comes to survival firearms training, it is important to give them experience on all types of weapons. My children have learned to use most military and civilian type (actions) firearms, simply because you never know what you might pick up and have to use in an emergency.


Springfield Model 1922 .22LR


Shooting the AKMS

I have given my children training in basic Small Unit Tactics (they have gone through the same stuff I teach in the Rural Buddy Team Essentials Course [RBTEC].) They have learned the basics of wilderness survival, simply because it is the most basic individual survival skill a person should know. Even if you are anti-violence, ant-gun, an ExCon or whatever, you should know how to survive in the woods.



Down time during a Survival class.


Practicing patrolling techniques


If you can combine survival skills with having fun, what’s not to love?


Cuz deer is yummy, and huntin’ is fun, right?

Although teaching good habits and solid techniques with firearms and other survival skills is important, we have to know how to keep it in perspective, or you will make them sick of it and probably grow to hate it. I am not really a “sports guy”, but I understand it is important to give kids a sense of camaraderie and “team”. Being involved in sports is a good way for them to do that. Another thing about the sports stuff that is important is requiring that they keep it in perspective in regards to what’s really important in life.



When you’re 5, and one of your favorite movies is “Blackhawk Down”, and you’re going on a Halloween “Op”.

I always encourage my kids to find out why something is the way it is. Don’t take anything earthly on blind faith. Question what is the truth, and toss out things that don’t stand up to realistic scrutiny. Do they sometimes question things that I tell them? Sure, what kids don’t? Do I give them places to go to find the same truths I did? Most definitely. That’s my job. Another thing I have stressed is learning the history of where we’ve been as a nation specifically, and the world in general.


Teaching them our national history has a huge part in giving them direction. You can’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you’ve been, right?

If you give your kids a solid foundation that includes personal survival skills, understanding how the real world works, and to always be prepared for the worst outcome happening, while still hoping for the best. You will have given your children something upon which to build a lifestyle that exudes confidence, and is free of a lot of the fears the average person has about their future.

A Survivalist should be someone people look to in a time of trouble. They are people who can be decisive because they have the confidence that only being prepared gives them. They have prepared and thought through the possibilities and the probabilities of future bad situations, and they have a plan for the continuity of their lives during those situations. Don’t we owe our children that?


Back from a deployment…….AGAIN!

Don’t be a talker, be a DOER! Back up what you say with an example that endorses your words. These are just some thoughts I have based on how things have gone with my first two children. My Wife (WMD) and I actually have one on the way now, and what I’ve written about above will be the exact way our next child will be raised. This is the least that we owe the future generations.


"Parata Vivere"-Live Prepared.