While reading up on the Connecticut school shooting these past couple of days, I saw various references to this article: Gunmen's Mother was a Doomsday Prepper.
As America searches for answers, investigators are turning towards Nancy Lanza's supposed identification as a survivalist. The Daily Mail reports Ms Lanza stockpiled weapons and food for what she saw as America's coming economic collapse. The 'prepper' revelations may provide one insight into Adam Lanza's motive for taking so many innocent lives.
I'm certainly what one would call "a prepper." I've stockpiled food, water, toilet paper, fuel, firearms and ammunition (well, as a hunter and gun enthusiast, I've actually always "Stockpiled" those...heh.) I began doing so when I watched the coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and I saw how many folks had to go to the New Orleans Superdome and wait for the Government to come and feed them. An entire stadium full of people helpless and unprepared for extraordinary events. After that, I enthusiastically went into "prepper" mode. But after reading this smear job of "Doomsday Preppers" by the MSM, I realized something else - this is the same MSM that has reviled and attacked the Boy Scouts of America for being a hate group. And what is the Boy Scouts Motto? No, it's not GOD HATES FAGS. It's BE PREPARED.
"Be prepared for what?" someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, "Why, for any old thing." said Baden-Powell. The training you receive in your troop will help you live up to the Scout motto. When someone has an accident, you are prepared because of your first aid instruction. Because of lifesaving practice, you might be able to save a non-swimmer who has fallen into deep water.
But Baden-Powell wasn't thinking just of being ready for emergencies. His idea was that all Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead. Be prepared for life - to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That's what the Scout motto means.
I'm a Boy Scout's of America drop out. I began scouting when I was 6 years old (Cub Scouts), but quit when I was 16. Only in hindsight do I really understand how much of an impact that program had on my life. I fired my first rifle at 10 years old at Boy Scout Camp.
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I learned first aid, lifeguard techniques, CPR, fire making, wood chopping, knot tying, shelter improvisation, rappelling, and the woodsman's ethos. Archery. Leatherwork, water purification, camp cooking, and this fantastic knife throwing game, mumbelty peg.
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What I really learned though, was A lifelong love of the outdoors and the development of so many self-reliant and independence promoting skills.
I learned that the organization's motto was much more than that. It is a way of life. BE PREPARED
Which is precisely why the organization has been under attack for quite some time by the Cultural Marxists and their agenda of fostering mass dependence on the State. More importantly, the Boy Scouts WAS the most popular and formative all-male space (No Gurlz Allowed) organization most Boys of my generation experienced growing up. When I think back on it, I now realize it was the ONLY all male space organization I've ever truly belonged to. As we all know, the feminist equalitarian movement could not let any all-male space go unmolested.
They don't want young boys to learn these skills. They don't want young boys to have positive masculine influences and all male leadership and to experience male group camaraderie. That might lead to independence and self-reliance! God forbid there's an organization dedicated to teaching boys how to be:
That's the Scout Law.
This kind of exclusionary hatred must not be allowed to continue! How dare they make young boys pledge to these principles?!?! To take such hateful oaths pledging to abide by such principles in the Scout Law!
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Such Hateful Thought Crimes must be expunged from the minds of the boys in today's Brave New World Order.
The Cultural Marxists may hide behind the rationale that they don't want the Boy Scouts to be "exclusionary" towards teh Gayz, teh Gurlz and teh athiests, but what they really aim to do is mitigate an organization that affirms positive masculine development.
And they have been succeeding.
...with just 2.8 million members, Scouting is half of what it was in 1972 when enrollment peaked. That means that Boy Scout membership in the US is down by 11% in the past decade and Cub Scouts have seen their membership drop by 23% during the same time.
The Cultural Marxist activists would claim this is PROGRESS. They probably feel a sense of victory and claim their attacks on the organization's HATE CRIMES have had an effect and stifled enrollment and membership. No doubt they've played their part in the ongoing societal revolution.
But I would venture to guess there's another reason for the decrease in membership - the increase in Single Mother households. The Boy Scouts program I remember really promoted a lot of Father and Son activities. Single Mom's were never allowed to participate or substitute in those activities if their Boys were in the program. Maybe the relationship is not causal, but I wouldn't doubt the correlation with the rise in Father-less homes has something to do with the decrease in Scouting membership.
In any case, the Boy Scouts of America is one of the last bastions of positive masculine development.
It's decline may be one of the answers to the question posed by many folks around teh interwebz about what's going wrong with today's young men.