He’s a Second Amendment proponent who has never owned a gun.
We laugh, and I, at least, find this man's politics and many of his actions in congress revolting, but this article does trigger my deep-seated fear of societal collapse. I find it hard to come by information about this on the internet that isn't propagated by racist, fanatic survivalists hoping to act out their grim power fantasies, but what are the actual scenarios we'd face if an EMP from an errant solar flare or some kind of bomb knocks out power in North America in the long term? Will I starve, freeze, or be eaten by marauders? Or is there a better scenario?
ricochet biscuit: Harry Truman (having retired before ex-presidents were entitled to a pension, a staff, or any other benefits) lived for years on his modest army pension, as he and Bess travelled the US in a camper. It sounds like a brilliant idea for a sitcom, in my view.
Without power, many people discovered that their first source of support was not their government, but their neighbors, who banded together in homes with generator-powered heat or woodstoves.
In an outage, generators are precious. During the ice storm, they saved thousands of lives and businesses, and the effort to distribute, install, and fuel them was perhaps the most pivotal service that government performed.
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