ReadyNutrition Fans, this piece is an important exhortation to you – a sort of plea, if you will – to not lose your focus in preparations and your readiness-stance during these times. With the Dow-Jones Industrial skyrocketing, the Christmas Holidays in full gear, Donald J. Trump about to be inaugurated, and the glow of a new patriotic dawn, everything seems OK, right? Wrong. This is not alarmist, but pragmatic. We cannot allow a burst of patriotic positive fervor to dull the perception of the last 8 years.
Losing our focus is what allowed those 8 years in the first place.
The Unemployment Rate
The welcoming of a new President brings renewed hope in our government system; however, there is a lot of road to travel before the country is fixed. While many preppers feel relieved and are slowing their preparedness endeavors down, many preparedness experts  are stressing the importance of not giving up. As preppers, we must keep an eye on indicators like the economy and unemployment. Bear in mind that unemployment is deliberately under-reported. The economy is in bad shape. Everyone is focusing on the happy times of Christmas cheer and family festivities. I adjure to your intellects: do not relent in your focus or your activities to prepare for what is still around the corner.
They’re not celebrating festive, happy shopper days in Venezuela, where women are cutting off their own hair and selling it just to buy loaves of bread, or where a whole shopping bag full of Venezuelan Bolivars will not even buy a few days’ worth of essential supplies.
The economy of the United States will take quite some time to recover. You can continue in the true economy that you have started: the acquisition of supplies, materials, and resources that always hold their worth and have an intrinsic value. Gold, silver, and precious metals…in physical form…these have worth and lasting, intrinsic value. For an excellent analysis of just where the United States is economically, I highly recommend an article written by Shaun Bradley on December 8, 2016 entitled “Cash is No Longer King: The Phasing Out of Physical Money Has Begun ,” and downloadable for your files.
Another article worth mentioning was written by Susan Duclos of All News Pipeline, entitled “We are Facing the Most Important Battle of All at the Most Dangerous Moment in History ,” released on December 10, 2016. Here is an excerpt from that article:
“We at ANP are noting a lot of optimism from investors with stocks soaring , to economic confidence reaching new highs , to small business owners , to household spending and even prepping has hit a “multi-year low,”  all the articles I am reading are crediting the election of Donald Trump as reason for all this optimism, but as much as I hate to rain on everyone’s parade… now is the most dangerous time in history, not a time to assume just because one man was elected, all the wrongs will be made right, the failing economy will automatically just magically fix itself.”
These timely and sagacious words show that the battle is not over yet. In this vein, do not lose focus! Don’t allow the holiday cheer and festive atmosphere to leave you blindsided and thinking that the battle is over! Other blogsites have reported that sales of emergency equipment and supplies have been drastically on the decline since the election was finished. Remember: North Korea, Russia, and China still pose a viable threat in several areas of the world, the world economy is quite bad, and the U.S. has by no means recovered from the nightmare of two consecutive Obama terms.
Stay the Course for 2017!
Stay focused. Gear your shopping and holiday activities to always take a back seat to awareness of the overall situation. Stock up  on your precious metals and long-term food supplies and water procurement capabilities. Continue to locate and obtain the tools, medicines, and equipment you and your family will need. Just because the “Captains” are about to change does not mean that the ship will change its course…the one taking it toward a wreck on the reefs. Don’t let that reef loom up and blindside you to take you unawares. Enjoy your holidays, but do so with one eye on the festivities and another one on the horizon…aware of what is going on around you. Do not stop the preparations for even one minute. Happy holidays, and keep up that good fight! JJ out!