Glenn interviews candidate Doug Hoffman

GLENN: From high above Times Square, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. We have Doug Hoffman. Doug Hoffman is a conservative candidate running for special election for New York's 23rd congressional district seat special election. Here's the recent poll: Democrat, 33, Republican 29. Conservative 23. And he's hacking off the GOP. Here's the interesting part of this. SEIU has endorsed the Democrat. ACORN and Newt Gingrich have endorsed the Republican who is pro card check and pro stimulus package. Huh.

PAT: Newt Gingrich?

GLENN: Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich.

PAT: That's disappointing.

GLENN: I have to tell you you are going to start running into this game. And God bless Newt Gingrich. I mean, I like Newt Gingrich. I think he is a brilliant strategist, et cetera, et cetera, but you are going to go into the old thinking here and that is if you don't if you start splitting up the eggs, you are going to have somebody else, you know, that has you know, that gets the bacon. So knock it off. Don't even think it through.

PAT: We're splitting up the eggs

GLENN: Get the bacon. I don't know what it means. So Doug Hoffman is on the phone with me now, and I don't know anything about Doug. I don't want to imply that this is an endorsement because I don't know him yet. But I thought we would get to know him because this is a this really is the moment that if the Republicans can get an ACORN endorsed Republican to run against the SEIU endorsed Democrat, and you actually fight about that like, oh, well, there's a good choice, then nothing's been learned. Nothing's been learned.



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Let's go to Doug Hoffman. Doug.

HOFFMAN: Good morning, Glenn. It's a pleasure to be on your show this morning.

GLENN: Got to ask you some simple questions and I apologize to do this but we have very little time together and, you know, people are going to have to make a decision.

HOFFMAN: Sure.

GLENN: Have you ever slept with any interns?

HOFFMAN: No.

GLENN: No?

HOFFMAN: No, I haven't.

GLENN: Have you ever been arrested?

HOFFMAN: No.

GLENN: You smoke dope?

HOFFMAN: No.

GLENN: What else? Have you ever embezzled?

HOFFMAN: No.

GLENN: Are you just an attorney?

HOFFMAN: No.

PAT: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?

HOFFMAN: Absolutely not.

GLENN: Do you believe in the free market system?

HOFFMAN: Absolutely do.

PAT: Are you a fan of Chairman Mao?

HOFFMAN: No.

PAT: All right. Is he your favorite he is not your favorite political philosopher?

HOFFMAN: Absolutely no.

GLENN: What do you think you would do if Van Jones, you found him in your administration?

HOFFMAN: I would fire him immediately.

GLENN: In the middle of a night, on a Sunday, holiday weekend?

HOFFMAN: Publicly.

GLENN: Publicly? Okay, good. All right. So Doug, have you ever run before, for anything?

HOFFMAN: Absolutely not. I have never wanted to be a politician, and I never had the desire until recently. But I do believe that our founding fathers envisioned that normal people would go to Washington to represent us, and I think it's time for people like you and me to stand up and do something about it.

GLENN: Okay, not me. Now, you can stand up.

HOFFMAN: You don't want to do it?

GLENN: Ron, I think people will lose their soul. I really do. You've got to get out. You have to make a promise to yourself. You have to have respect for what you're entangled with. You know what I mean? You are going to go if you go to Washington, you are going to be I think with damn near if not the actual powers of darkness, and you have to know that you are human and that you are not invincible, and the day you start to say, hey, you know what, I think I'm important, is the day you begin your soul begins to die.

HOFFMAN: Right. That's what happens to them. But I think I can go and represent the people and be one of the people, and I believe this is a defining moment for the party. As a lifelong Republican it's time for me and everybody else to reclaim the soul of the Republican Party.

GLENN: So you didn't leave the Republican Party; they left you?

HOFFMAN: Absolutely. Especially in the candidate that they picked.

GLENN: Tell me about the other candidate and then tell me about you.

HOFFMAN: Okay. The candidate that they picked is an assemblywoman in the Albany legislature. She's been in it for 10 years, 11 years. She's a career politician obviously, and the conservative party in New York State which, by the way, is a very strong party, and candidates can win on that line, ranks all the New York State legislators and out of a possible score of 100, this lady received 15. And 46 Democrats had a better conservative rating than she did. She's endorsed by the Working Families Party, which is related to ACORN.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. It's an absolute socialist nightmare.

HOFFMAN: And one of her biggest supporters during this campaign is the Daily Kos.

GLENN: Oh, you've got to be kidding.

HOFFMAN: Absolutely. So

GLENN: Wait a minute. I may vote for the Democrat. If those are my two choices, tell me about the Democrat.

HOFFMAN: Well, the Democrat is probably more conservative than she is, but unfortunately the Democrat is heavily supported by the National Democratic Party to the tunes of millions of dollars in advertising, and he's going to be a Pelosi puppet by the time he gets to Washington.

GLENN: Okay. So Doug, Democrat is pulling at 33%, Republican 29, and you're at 23. The GOP is very upset with you, right?

HOFFMAN: Well, they were originally. The GOP leaders are upset with me, but the Republicans around the district are thanking me for stepping up to the plate and giving them a choice in this election of a real common sense conservative Reagan Republican.

GLENN: Give me some of the common sense. What are the problems and then your solutions?

HOFFMAN: All right. Well, basically my platform is for less government regulations and red tape, less spending, less taxes and basically getting our freedoms back that are being taken away one by one by the legislation that we've been we see passing lately.

GLENN: What would you do with healthcare?

HOFFMAN: Healthcare, I would not vote for any of the bills that have been coming through or any of the changes to it because of the amount of money that it's going to cost us. What I would do with it first before I passed legislation is to go after tort reform, number one. Number two is competition between states of the insurance companies. There's over 1300 insurance companies providing insurance.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. Hold on. Pat.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Are you thinking about leaving Jackie F. For him? Because I'm thinking about leaving Tania right now for him. I mean, he is talking about competition between insurance companies with different states.

PAT: He hasn't fed me steak yet.

GLENN: He hasn't fed me steak, but I'm still thinking about

PAT: I'm not quite there but I'm getting closer.

GLENN: Let him keep talking. Go ahead. Give me another drink.

HOFFMAN: Okay. And basically if there's $120 billion of waste and fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid system, let's find it before we spend it. We're not going to spend it before we find it. Show me.

STU: That's a great point because that is something that is consistently thrown around. If you save $120 billion, do that first. Prove it and then maybe we'll think about giving it to you back.

HOFFMAN: Exactly.

PAT: What about cap and trade? How do you feel about that?

HOFFMAN: Cap and trade I'm totally opposed to it. More government regulations, more red tape, more hidden fees and penalties which are really taxes.

GLENN: Do you need another drink? Do you need another drink? I mean, does he need to take you

PAT: Maybe one more.

GLENN: Give one more, give him another gin and tonic here and Ingle be yours for the night.

PAT: Comprehensive immigration reform. How do you feel about comprehensive immigration reform? Because family values don't stop at the Rio Grande.

HOFFMAN: Exactly, exactly.

PAT: Where do you stand on amnesty?

HOFFMAN: I do not believe on giving amnesty. I do believe, again, in giving better easier regulations and red tape to make workers that want to come into this country, giving them green cards easier so that we know they're in here legally and we know that they go out when they're

PAT: You know what? That's the discussion we should be having.

GLENN: Okay. Now hang on just a second. So you want to make it easier for immigrants to come here through the front door, which I'm totally behind.

PAT: Yep.

GLENN: Well, Doug, how are you ever going to get everybody who's already here out?

HOFFMAN: Well, that, I don't have an instant solution for but we certainly have to find a way that we don't have people sneaking across our borders.

GLENN: Okay, I got one for you.

HOFFMAN: Coming in.

GLENN: Got one for you. Doug, let me help you out. I'm going to give you a drink. I'm buying a cocktail for you.

HOFFMAN: There it is.

GLENN: Well, they seem to find their way here. I'm guessing they will be able to find themselves going the other direction. It's just reverse the map. However, we need an incentive for doing that and that is why we're going after all of the companies that are hiring these people. They came here for jobs. If the jobs dry up, they will go home. And those jobs are currently being needed by Americans who are here and we know that pay taxes. So let's go after the giant corporations who are living on the 21st century version of the slave trade, huh? Huh?

HOFFMAN: Okay.

GLENN: Now how much do you want to

HOFFMAN: That's a good drink.

PAT: How about these three words: Enforce the law.

HOFFMAN: Absolutely. That will work.

GLENN: That's good. That's good. There you go.

PAT: They self support. And it's worked in every, virtually every city that's tried that.

HOFFMAN: Right. But one thing I was trying to get across, Glenn, is that we need to make it easy for skilled professionals and doctors and scientists and engineers that can come in here and help us out and then go home after they've done the job, we need to make it easier for them to come in.

GLENN: Absolutely. Look, before all of this was in the news, what's his name, gates, Bill Gates was saying Microsoft is going to fall behind because we can't get the green cards, we can't get the Visas for it to come in and work. We're losing all of these big brains that have always gone to colleges here and then wanted to stay here because of the opportunity. And we can't keep them here anymore and our government has been saying, well, we need to send them home, we need 0 send. What? Let's keep the best and the brightest here.

HOFFMAN: That's what I'm saying, that's absolutely what I'm saying is America's the melting pot and we need to get highly skilled people that can help us out to stay here.

STU: Isn't the biggest thing you have to cross here, the biggest line, though, is to convince people in your district that it's not a wasted vote to vote for you?

HOFFMAN: That's true. But I think we crossed that line about a week ago. The polls that you were quoting shows that my numbers are going up and her numbers are dropping like a rock.

GLENN: All you have to do is just say she is endorsed by ACORN and the Working Family Party. I think that's all you have to do.

HOFFMAN: Right.

GLENN: Hey, what are you going to do about nuclear proliferation? "My opponent was endorsed by ACORN and she's a Republican."

HOFFMAN: Right. Well, that certainly helped a lot.

GLENN: Yeah.

HOFFMAN: The recent ACORN problems.

GLENN: Yeah.

HOFFMAN: But you have to understand that this is not a typical two way race. We can win this, and historical precedent shows that a conservative candidate running against two liberals can win. And probably the best example of that was Senator Buckley. And also you have to understand that this is a rural conservative district and that that it has an army base in here. I'm an army veteran. The 10th Mountain Division is stationed here. That's one of the highest deployed units to Afghanistan and Iraq, and I am the only candidate that really matches the ideals and values of the voters of the 23rd district.

GLENN: Why do you do for a living now?

HOFFMAN: I'm a CPA and I'm a small business owner and

GLENN: Have you thought about just living off the government dole? At any time have you just thought, I'm just going to live, sponge off the government and take money from other people?

HOFFMAN: Well, I tell you I started out as the poorest kid in my community, and I always, I was taught that hard work and the American dream is possible, and I've lived the American dream. And no, I never thought of living off the government.

GLENN: All right. Now, let me ask you this, because this is what Katie Couric will ask you. You've said in the past on hate shows like Glenn Beck that you were the poorest in your community. Well, we looked into your community. It was Greenwich, Connecticut.

HOFFMAN: Well, Sernack lake, New York is not Greenwich, Connecticut. And the economy up here is probably one of the most difficult economies to survive in in the nation. And, you know, furthermore, we this community was basically high unemployment and low opportunities in the 1980s when the Olympics came back to Lake Placid and I came back here as a young accountant and became the corporate controller, and I started working for the Olympic committee when they only had 12 people and we put on one of the most successful Olympics, and I was the CFO of the Olympics. At 27 I handled a budget of $150 million, and we put on one of the best Olympics we ever saw. We created the foundation for the Miracle in Lake Placid when the U.S. hockey team beat Russia. And that's the type of people we are around here.

GLENN: All right. So

HOFFMAN: We don't sit back. We work hard.

GLENN: Are you a man of faith?

HOFFMAN: Yes, I am.

GLENN: Can you look at your wife you have a wife and children?

HOFFMAN: I have a wife of 36 years. I have three grown children and four grandchildren. And by the way, I'm a member of the 9/12 group.

GLENN: God bless you. Is there anything and you don't have to answer this. Just ask yourself this. Is there anything that you're afraid of?

HOFFMAN: I'm afraid of the liberals ruining our country, afraid of them spending money we don't have, and I'm afraid of the resulting taxes that are going to come about.

GLENN: Is there anything that you are personally afraid of?

HOFFMAN: Personally afraid of?

GLENN: Yeah.

HOFFMAN: Uh...

GLENN: You don't have to answer that. The reason why I ask you that question is because you are going to face it. If you actually get in there and you actually are trying to make a difference and you are going to face it now. If you actually start to rise above these people in the polls, they will bring whatever it is you are most afraid of to play in your life. You just have to know at this point if you can conquer that.

HOFFMAN: I know I can conquer it. As I said, at age 27 I conquered the Olympics, and I had a tiger by the tail then, and I can take the tiger now.

GLENN: Okay. Doug Hoffman is his name. Doug Hoffman for congress. Are you how is your fundraising going?

HOFFMAN: Well, that's we're certainly not getting the money that the Republicans and the Democrats are pumping in this area, but we're getting money from all around the country.

GLENN: Isn't the, one of the things that was happening here in Washington in New York City yesterday with the president where he did that $30,000 or $15,000 a plate dinner, wasn't that to raise against you?

HOFFMAN: Isn't that amazing? Little old me. The president has to come in and try to beat me.

PAT: So what's how do people contribute if they

HOFFMAN: Well, they can go to DougHoffmanforcongress.com and with your help we can win this.

GLENN: All right. I tell you what, Doug, I'm going to have you on tomorrow. I'll have you on the television show tomorrow and introduce you to people. But not because I necessarily support Doug. He seems like a nice guy. But that's for you to decide. But you'll see tomorrow night on the TV show.

Palestine launches a record number of rockets into Israel

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Here's what you're about to hear from the media, multiple world leaders, and probably even the UN over the next few days. Are you ready? Here it goes: ISRAEL ATTACKS GAZA… THE IDF HAS LAUNCHED MULTIPLE AIRSTRIKES AIMED AT PALESTINIANS… WILL ISRAEL INVADE PALESTINE?!

It's the same old song and dance. And people actually have the balls to call ME an anti semite for criticizing George Soros?! These same media outlets, world leaders, etc. etc. will actually call Donald Trump an inciter of anti semitism… forget the fact that he moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and scuttled the Iran deal. They'll prop up people like President Obama for giving real anti semites - people like Ayatollah Khomeini - billions of dollars that have literally no other purpose for that money than to go kill Jews. Has the world gone absolutely insane? Totally a rhetorical question by the way… the world has definitely gone insane.

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Now here's what's really going on right now in Israel. First, this is kind of long, but allow me to quote from the Hamas charter. I also want to point out that Hamas… is a terror organization:

The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine (Israel) is an Islamic Waqf (land) consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf (land) consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day … Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.

So in other words this is the "no justice no peace" declaration for Hamas. And "justice" for them is the destruction of Israel… and they will pursue that regardless of whether the international community tries to broker a peace deal. It will never stop! Hamas wants Israel destroyed simply for existing. They want Jews dead simply for being alive.

This is hurtling towards a much larger conflict.

Over the past 72 hours, over 400 rockets have been fired by Hamas into Israel. Rockets fired directly at Jewish civilians. It is the largest escalation of rocket fire Hamas has ever done. They shoot at Israeli civilians and then they hide behind Palestinian civilians. How does a terror organization get a pass by the global community with this behavior? Who but an actual anti-semite would justify the killing of Jews by terrorists?

This is hurtling towards a much larger conflict. The IDF is moving additional troops and armor to the border. A limited ground invasion is possible. Will Hezbollah join in the fight from Lebanon? Will Iranian troops that have been setting up shop in Syria join in as well? We have to stand with Israel because, if we don't, history has shown - time and time again - that no one else will.

Here's a story about rampant intolerance toward LGBT people, who were harassed, bullied and assaulted so much that they had to flee.

Those two sentences are the kind of scenarios that virtue-signaling leftists get worked up about. They hear words and phrases like that and, boy, they are ready to go and fight the Trump supporters who are bullying those LGBT people.

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Only, the bullies I am talking about are not even Americans. In fact, by most leftist accounts, they are victims. Of course, it should not surprise us anymore that the left is siding with bullies, under the guise of fighting bullies, by the way.

I'm talking about the migrant caravan. About 76 LGBT people fled the main migrant caravan that is moving through Mexico. They faced constant verbal abuse from their fellow migrants for being LGBT. Homophobia. Not very tolerant. It's almost as if this caravan is not the doe-eyed group of angelic wanderers that the media would lead us to believe. Because that is some real intolerance.

Boy I hope they get sensitivity training before they get to California—maybe Starbucks will pay for it. I hope they're reading Michel Foucault while they're marching this way, prepping for the enlightened new world they're about to encounter.

The LGBT caravan members had plenty more to say about the living conditions of the caravan.

As if this whole tangle of events needed to get any more complicated: Here we are.

One of them told NBC, "Even to bathe was a big problem, and when we wanted to shower there was no water...same with food."

As if this whole tangle of events needed to get any more complicated: Here we are. The irrational left—despite its obsession with protecting disadvantaged and bullied people—is defending a horde of people who have elements of homophobia so strong that a contingent of its members had to flee for their safety.

10 survival lessons from the Great Depression

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As we've seen with the 2008 Great Recession and the stock market ups and downs the past few weeks, our society will never be immune to negative economic outcomes.

Whether it be a stock market crash or a foreign attack on our banking systems, there are a variety of potential situations that could negatively impact our financial well-being as individuals and as a country.

Fortunately, there's a lot we can learn about preparation for economic worst-case scenarios simply by looking at the recent past—the Great Depression, for example.

The Great Depression started when the stock market crashed in 1929 and lasted until 1939. By its lowest point in 1933, roughly 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half the country's banks had failed.

Thanks to human resilience and creativity, many people were able to survive this tough time in U.S. history.

That's why today I'm sharing ten concrete survival tips we can glean from the Great Depression. Understanding what people did to survive during this tough economic period helps us to prepare in advance for similar situations.

With tightening monetary policies and geopolitical risks, Morgan Stanley analysts have determined that 2018 is on track to be the most volatile since the financial crisis.

There's no better time to read this list and prepare yourself and your loved ones.

And with that, here they are...

#1 Grow your own food

During periods of economic hardship, the last thing you want to do is rely on external systems for your own food sources.

During the Great Depression, the United States' industrial production dropped by half.

Farmers couldn't afford to harvest their crops, and bread lines, soup kitchens, and rising numbers of homeless people became fairly common in America's towns and cities.

About 20 percent of the population lived on farms. Fortunately, many city dwellers still had gardening knowledge from their country days. If your family had a cow and a garden, you were considered rich.

Today, with a growing urban population, it's less common to possess basic gardening knowledge. We've lost that skill overall in our culture.

But in the case that grocery stores become too expensive or simply run out of food during a financial meltdown, it will be essential to know how to grow your own food.

Take the time now to learn how to plant and harvest foods—whether in your house, backyard, or on your rooftop.

At My Patriot Supply, we have a product called the Survival Seed Vault by Patriot Seeds, which are perfect for gardens like those grown during the depression.

Containing 21 varieties of USDA Certified Organic Heirloom Seeds, they can last 5+ years in proper storage.

#2 Learn to hunt, fish and forage

Like learning to garden, it's equally important to learn to find and hunt your own animal protein sources...before disaster strikes.

If you have a family member or friend who's experienced, there's no better time than now to ask for a lesson in the basics. Who knows? Maybe you'll discover a new hobby along the way.

During the Great Depression, foraging for edible plants helped many people sustain themselves.

For example, nuts and wild asparagus were common findings for families that would go out foraging for the day. Identify the areas in your local community where you can find and harvest additional food. Keeping a deck of Edible Wild Foods Playing Cards nearby would be of help as well.

#3 Turn to a barter system if banking systems shut down

In the years and decades before the Great Depression, banks were revered. No one ever considered the idea that they could fail and that their money would simply disappear. When many of the banks closed down as a result of the crisis, the only cash people had was whatever they had on hand or stored up at home. This was unfortunate, because the banks would close down with virtually no warning—leaving no time to go make cash withdrawals from accounts. And people were forced to rely on other forms of value exchange.

Bartering is an age-old practice that human civilizations have used for generations—even before banks were created.

During the Depression, payment was often made with eggs, fresh milk or produce. Bartering was also beneficial because it meant that families could add different types of food to their meals—expanding the variety of produce they could consume.

Bartering makes an additional case for learning to grow, hunt and forage for food—it gives you more of a base to use in negotiations and trades. Bear in mind that food isn't the only valuable item—during the Depression, things like wood could be collected, split and exchanged as firewood.

In our modern-day context, everything from additional fuel for camp stoves to ammunition for weapons can be valuable barter items. See our recent Survival Scout article on the Top 15 Items That Disappear When Disasters Strike for more valuable barter items.

#4 Be as resourceful as possible

If you have a grandparent or parent that lived through the Great Depression, you've likely heard or seen them express values of resourcefulness and frugality. They were our last, truly self-reliant generation.

For example, they might tell stories about how they used...

  • Pieces of rubber tires as replacement soles when shoes were worn through.
  • Anything and everything you might find in the kitchen or that was donated by others to make what became known as "Depression Soup."
  • Flour-sacks to make dresses.
  • Newspapers to wrap presents.

Knowing how to reuse and recycle everything was the name of the game in those days—and something we can all benefit from.

Challenge yourself to see everything as multifunctional, and get creative with what various items can be used for, in the event that your resources are depleted.

#5 Sleep outside during heat waves

Air conditioning is a luxury many of us take for granted. In the case that it becomes too much to afford or your unit breaks and replacement parts cost you a small fortune, you'll need to find ways to beat the heat.

During the summer months of the Great Depression, it wasn't uncommon to see whole families sleeping on their front lawns or in local parks.

Additionally, they would use other cool-down tactics such as hanging wet sheets over doorways. Hot air was slightly cooled as it passed through the wet fabric.

#6 Strengthen family and community bonds

During the Great Depression, it wasn't uncommon to have grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins living in the same house or vehicle. With so many displaced, it was critical to rely on extended family for help.

The same was true of neighbors, and you'd see people donating meals and money whenever possible. Some communities even organized what they called "surprise parties." They would collect food and necessities (including cash), and then designate a particular family to receive the collection at each surprise party.

This spirit of generosity and community bonds is apparent in many stories from the Depression. The people who did well during this difficult time were often those who depended on family and friends and were able to be depended on by others.

Take the time to establish and strengthen these bonds, with neighbors and your local community, now—don't wait until an economic collapse makes everyone desperate.

#7 Be a jack-of-all-trades

When it came to finding work during the Depression, it helped to be a jack-of-all-trades. These people could often find work when others couldn't.

The following skills will come in handy during periods of hardship:

  • Sewing/knitting
  • Fixing plumbing
  • Home or car repairs
  • Gardening, canning/food preserving
  • Sharpening or making tools
  • Butchering and curing meat
  • Metal- or woodworking
  • Gunsmithing
  • Cheese or candle making
  • Recognizing wild edibles

In our knowledge-based economy today, handymen and jacks-of-all-trades are harder to come by. Develop a competitive advantage and learn these skills now. They will certainly come in handy (no pun intended) later.

#8 Stock up on supplies

During the Great Depression, housewives could be judged by how many jars they had "put up" during harvest season.

When things go awry, you can bet that items will be flying off the shelves at local stores. Don't wait until then to stock up on the essentials, or to start canning and jarring your own food. Make sure you have enough stored up to last you for several months, at the very least.

To get you started, at My Patriot Supply, we sell a Three-Month Emergency Food Supply that can provide you with a strong hedge against economic downturn. With a 25-year shelf life, this supply includes delicious meals that average 2,000+ calories per day for one person.

#9 Don't rely on credit cards or loans

Too many of us rely on credit cards and loans from the bank to make big-ticket purchases.

However, during the Depression, many people had to buy their first cars and homes in one lump sum since they couldn't rely on a bank to give them a loan. To do this, they would live with family members and save whatever cash they could as they worked.

Avoid taking out a loan and going into debt—and start saving a supply of cash now.

You should also make sure you have a supply of assets outside of cash or credit. Whether it be houses, land or precious metals, make wise investments into long-lasting items of value. As we've seen with the Great Depression, keeping the majority of your wealth and money stored at the bank isn't exactly the most secure solution.

#10 Remain positive 

Aside from relying on barter systems, growing your own food, and learning to hunt and scavenge, there's a great deal of mental resilience needed to survive tough events like the Great Depression.

According to Murray Hunn, head of global research at Elliott Wave International, "We think the major economies are on the cusp of this turning into the worst recession we have seen in 10 years."

With predictions like this, there's cause for preparation.

And as one woman who survived the Great Depression shared, "Poppy always said the world turns and everything that has happened would happen again. I am sure if he were still with us today he would be warning us to start a garden and buy some chickens."

Take these lessons in stride, and learning from the past makes all the difference when life as we know it changes drastically.


This article originally appeared on MyPatriotSupply.com.

Betting on Beto

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If you're a Republican candidate and you lose a national election, it's pretty much curtains for you.

Not so if you're a Democrat! In fact, losing on the national stage is almost a prerequisite for becoming president. Take Hillary Clinton for an example, just off the top of my head. She had her coronation stolen in 2008 by some guy named Barack Obama. If she'd been a Republican she would've gone the way of, well, Sarah Palin. Instead, Hillary scrapped and clawed her way back to the nomination. Surely, surely her 2016 loss would be the final nail in the coffin of her presidential dreams. Except Democrats are so unsure of themselves, and so terrified of President Trump, that it would not be that surprising if they handed her the keys to the party machine for the third time in 2020.

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Many Democrats would like to see Hillary's revenge in 2020, but a lot more dream of a world in which Barack and Michelle Obama rule as king and queen for life. Since a constitutional amendment to abolish term limits is unlikely, however, Democrats are ready to run with the next best thing – Hope & Change 2.0 himself, Beto O'Rourke. They're already spinning his loss to Ted Cruz in the Senate race as a huge positive because now he's freed up to focus on running for president! And by that, they really mean he's freed up to start raising boatloads of cash for the party.

Granted, if Bobby Frank had defeated Cruz, the Democratic primaries would already be over. His presidential nomination would've been a done deal. But Dems won't let a little Senate race loss deter destiny. Yesterday, one Democratic strategist said:

"I hate to say this because it would piss off a lot of Democrats but the fact is, we have so many people and we really have nobody that's thrilling, nobody that would send a thrill up Chris Matthews' leg except for Beto."

That pretty much sums up the left's presidential criteria – Chris Matthews' level of leg-thrill.

That pretty much sums up the left's presidential criteria – Chris Matthews' level of leg-thrill. That and universal health care.

Beto told MSNBC last week that he won't run for president in 2020. Playing hard to get is another Democratic prerequisite for a White House run. Beto-mania is just getting started.