Defending Ourselves in Case the Country Falls Apart

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In her article “How to Prepare for a Communist Coup,” Judith Acosta advises we arm ourselves, build a cache of supplies, be ready to take a stand if necessary, and prepare in the Spirit. She asked a friend, whose father fought in the Dutch Resistance during World War II, what she would tell Jews or Ukrainians if she could travel back to that time. “Her response surprised me: 'Keep your eyes open, look for the truth, don’t be afraid to speak up, keep the faith and trust in God.’”

Excellent advice all around.

In the event of an attempted radical coup in the United States, which some now think a possibility, or to prepare for the chaos that may follow November’s election, we should own weapons, know how to use them, and be willing to use them. We should store survival essentials in our homes – everything from water to canned and dried foods – and then be ready in our hearts to take a stand for freedom. We should ferret out the truth of things rather than automatically believing the mainstream media, speak for that truth when we can, and for the believers among us, keep our faith in God.

Acosta offers some solid advice in her article about how to prepare for a coming shake-up. Now let me add my own thoughts on how to prevent or fight against a communist coup.

Bombard politicians at all levels of government with letters, emails, and phone calls. Your child’s school is closed for the fall? Contact the officials who made that decision and unleash on them. Your mayor has allowed weeks of riots and protests, causing millions of dollars in property damage? Send an email voicing your rage.

Right now many progressive leaders are leading the charge to “fundamentally” change our country while conservative members of Congress and our state and local governments often appear gutless or bemused. Let them hear your voice.

Double check all the news you read before you buy into it. Your political persuasion doesn’t matter – conservative, progressive, radical. Before you accept any news story as true, find at least two other independent reports that confirm that story. The mainstream media, particularly television, selects the news they wish you to hear, and then twists it into a narrative suitable for the editors and reporters.

Sometimes even that cross-checking can be a waste of time and effort. Coronavirus provides the perfect example. The number of cases, the number of deaths, and the developments of vaccines and effective treatments: contradictions are everywhere. We often hear the expression “The science says…” but the science in this case has gone missing in action, a casualty of misinformation and politics.

Decide the truth for yourself.

Embrace the normal wherever you can find it. When I sit in the late afternoons on the patio of the house I am tending in Virginia, I can hear the hoots and laughter of neighbor children and teenagers playing in a recently installed swimming pool. Their exuberance gladdens my heart.

Let’s celebrate life even in the midst of our present chaos.

Keep a sense of humor in the midst of the ridiculous. This one is tough for me, because the drumbeat of absurdities that greet me every morning on my online news sites is depressing.

For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued new regulations requiring that bars must serve “substantive foods” to customers who want only a cocktail or a beer. He decreed that “chicken wings” don’t qualify as substantive foods, which means the meal I shared with my grandchildren last week wouldn’t bring me a gin-and-tonic in a Manhattan tavern. Can the governor please explain for the enfeebled among us what this measure has to do with coronavirus? And can he explain why he is indulging in such trivialities while parts of New York City are being destroyed and the murder rate is skyrocketing?

Associations of encouragement. Multitudes of Americans, including myself, are at times afflicted with gloom over the plagues of disease and riot inflicted on our country in the last five months. Some may feel isolated as well, which deepens our depression.

To fight that darkness, we must seek out like-minded folks among our family, friends, and neighbors who also understand where this madness is leading us, and gather with them to regain a sense that we are not alone and that the crazies do not include us. When we live near these people, we should make pacts pledging our assistance and loyalty to one another in times of trouble. We should also get together with such people for suppers and parties, seeking laughter and gaiety as antidotes to the ugliness of our age.

Numbers and unity give us the strength and willpower to resist attacks on the country we love.

Are we undergoing a radical revolution in our country, abetted by some of our politicians? I hope not.

But like Judith Acosta, I think we should hope for the best and prepare for the worst.


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Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick lives in Front Royal, Virginia, and may be found online at He is the author of two novels, Amanda Bell and Dust on Their Wings, and two works of non-fiction, Learning as I Go and Movies Make the Man.

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Great article. We , as a Nation, have a substantial cadre of trained patriots. They are the millions of war veterans from the last 20 plus years. These loyal citizen soldiers await leadership that must come to the front. Who controls the military controls the country. I have a fear that our senior military leaders will turn left... only the battle hardened veterans have a chance to thwart the coup.


As a younger man, I would never have believed in the need to take up arms IN America, but times have changed faster than I could have ever believed. Stock up my friends...I'd rather have something I don't need than need something I don't have...


Its a good article, and its a good idea to be prepared for disruptive "events". What if Biden wins, and instead of chaos and civil war, we just go back to the quiet corruption in Washington that has been going on for years? Is that also a likely scenario?


Rowana F
The one thing this article mentions as a "bad" could actually be the cloud's silver lining: Schools. I know it's a great hardship for millions of parents who have been accustomed to sending their kids off to school and/or some form of daycare (anything where the kids are not at home). It's a huge adjustment, having their kids home so much more of the time, and I'm not being sarcastic. However, the physical closure of schools (even if they continue operating via some version of online teaching) is showing parents that there is an alternative way to educate: Some version of home schooling (pod schools, online curriculum, etc.). Just knowing that there is a workable (and very beneficial) alternative is a good thing. It's something that I'd wager tens of millions of parents weren't aware of, or didn't believe could work, before the craziness of 2020.


A communist coup ? I think you better worry about a coup by Trump and the rest of the right wing, with help from the Federal thugs now leaving Portland for some other city and new victims.


Wow, you have no concept of what happens out here in the real world. Leave the city, visit people who work for a living, it'll open your eyes to things that will make you appreciate your fellow man.