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The old year has ended and the new is beginning. For some, this is a time of retrospection, looking back on the year they just lived through. For others, it’s a time of looking forward, making plans for getting through the new year. But for those of us who are preppers, it’s time to take out the crystal ball that we don’t have and try to figure out what the new year is going to bring.
I don’t know about you, but God never issued me one of those crystal balls. Instead, I have to try and figure things out for myself, except in those cases where He chooses to show me. That’s why my prepping is so broad-based. I can’t simply prepare for one or two disasters; like you, I have to prepare for everything that’s likely to come my way.
One of the ways I do that is to take a look at the world situation at the beginning of the year and try to decipher what’s likely to be coming down the pike. While my track record isn’t perfect in guessing what’s coming, I do have a perfect record in getting ready. So, I guess I’m doing all right.
“Trump Take-Down” Attempts
One of the defining moments of 2018 was the November elections in which the Democrat Party regained control of the House of Representatives. Considering that they’ve been plotting President Trump’s downfall for the last two years, it’s really no surprise that they are already working on how they can use their newfound power to cause him harm.
There’s just one thing… they don’t have the power they think they have. Currently, Nancy Pelosi  and Chuck Schumer are busy posturing before the television cameras about their “legislative plan.” The truth is, they can’t pass a single bill into law without the cooperation of the Senate and the President. Since the things they are talking about doing are reversing what the President has accomplished… the chances of that happening are exactly zero.
Are They Secretly Pushing Mob Rule?
Notwithstanding, the political left has never depended on passing their agenda legislatively; theirs is the politics of mob rule. That’s why they keep pushing the false narrative that we are a democracy rather than a constitutional republic. These folks seem to want mob rule, as the major population centers are mostly Democrat.
The other part of mob rule is to use violence when they don’t get their way. We’ve actually been seeing a reduction of this in the last few months. Nonetheless, you can be sure that it will increase once again when Pelosi and Schumer discover how little power they have. The collective rage from the left will spill out on the streets.
If your EDC (Every Day Carry) doesn’t already include a means of defending yourself, it should. Get your concealed carry permit and the necessary training so that you can defend yourself. This is already an essential in areas where there are ANTIFA strongholds. It will become more of a necessity as the left screams out in their combined temper tantrum.
The Threat Of EMP Coming Back
Many have relaxed about the risk of EMP, mainly because of North Korea coming to the bargaining table. Yet, as anyone who is watching can see, those talks are going nowhere. Shutting down a few border points and reducing their manning levels is nothing when compared to the real, substantive issue of denuclearizing North Korea. They have merely taken a symbolic action to make themselves look good. Really, it’s just to cover up the fact that they aren’t following through as promised.
This is not the first time that North Korea has come to the bargaining table. As a consequence, we should not be surprised when they do the same as they have at other times and leave it as well. When they do, the threat of EMP will be even higher than it was before Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un.
For all we know, the North Koreans could be preparing for an EMP attack right now by getting the pieces in place. If that’s the case, they could signal that they are leaving the bargaining table by initiating that attack. Of all the countries in the world, theirs is one of the most likely to survive such an attack.
Now is an excellent time to review your plans for surviving the aftermath of an EMP and to make sure you’re completely ready. This isn’t something to wait for the last minute on, as it takes too much to get prepared for.
More Natural Disasters
It is easy to forget about natural disasters in the light of TEOTWAWKI events. Those major events are much more spectacular and preparing for them is much more interesting. Nevertheless, the reality is that any of us are more likely to be struck by a natural disaster than we are to suffer a world-changing catastrophe.
Predictions for the 2019 hurricane season show a slight increase in hurricanes compared to the last couple of years. Considering how devastating some of those hurricanes have been, this is something to be concerned about. There are parts of the country which are still reeling from the last hurricane season. Now they already have to start worrying about the next.
But hurricanes, as horrific as they are, are not the only natural disaster to be worried about. Every year that the Yellowstone Supervolcano doesn’t erupt brings us one year closer to the time when it will. As it is already overdue, this could literally happen at any time. We will hardly have any advance warning (merely a few days) when it does.
Wildfires Still A Threat
The wildfires in California are a significant concern as well. The Camp Fire that just occurred was horrific, taking more lives than it should have. Nonetheless, there is little likelihood that this situation will get any better in the near future. California is more driven by leftist politics than any other state in the Union, and those leftist policies are working against being prepared for or defeating forest fires. While other states may make progress in that regard, California will only get worse without federal intervention.
Finally, the incidence of earthquakes seems to be on the rise. Whether or not that has anything to do with fracking, as leftists claim, is immaterial. I tend to think it doesn’t, simply because the incidence of earthquakes is also on the rise in parts of the world where there is no fracking.
Of course, different kinds of these disasters affect different groups of people, depending on where we live in the country and what calamities are likely to strike there. Let’s keep ourselves ready at all times, as these disasters are something we are likely to face… if not this year, then next.
Financial Instability On The Rise
The economy has been going strong ever since President Trump’s inauguration. His business acumen, coupled with his concern for American business, has led to the lowest unemployment rate and the highest financial growth in decades. However, that may very well all be coming to a close.
Democrats are planning on attacking everything that the President has done to improve the economy. This includes tax cuts as well as deregulation. While they are not as powerful as they think they are, their actions are causing some instability in the financial markets. Granted, that is not the only thing which is, but the leftist news media is faithfully ignoring that it wasn’t until the Democrats won control of the House that those instabilities in the markets emerged.
While the Democrats don’t have the power to reverse Trump’s successes, they do have the power to block many of the things that he still wants to do. With our country’s financial success so closely tied to what happens in politics, we can expect more instability in the stock market and within other financial institutions. I’d say it’s a good time to pull money out of those places and to get out of debt before you lose your shirt.
Increase In Violent Crime (In Some Places) As The Population Becomes More Polarized
As we all know, the country is becoming more and more polarized along political lines. Furthermore, left-leaning states are becoming more and more extreme. Again, those of us on the right are simply trying to hold our ground. That’s the way it always is, but the extremism of the left is growing stronger than ever before.
The two ways in which this extremism is manifesting is the left’s anti-gun efforts and the whole idea of sanctuary states; both things are extreme leftist positions. There is ample evidence to prove that an armed population reduces crime. In addition, illegal immigrants are more likely to commit those crimes. Right now, states which are controlled by the Democratic Party are seeing an increase in violent crime. This plight is occurring at the same time that the country as a whole is seeing it diminish.
With Democrat politicians pushing both of these policy areas so hard, citizens of states which they control can expect to see an increase in all types of violent crime. If you live in such a state, you may want to seriously consider finding somewhere else to live. If you can’t, then find some way that you can defend yourself, preferably without breaking the law.
You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: House Democrats Plan Big Gun Control Push In 2019 
What are your thoughts on the increase in violent crime along with other issues that we face in 2019? Let us know in the comments below.