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The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

Bartlett never gained much traction with his scary talk of electromagnetic pulses and solar storms. More immediate concerns always seemed to preoccupy his colleagues, or perhaps Bartlett’s obsessions just sounded more like quackery than real science, even coming from a former Navy engineer who had worked on the space race. Whatever the reason, Congress’s failure to act is no longer Bartlett’s problem. The octogenarian Republican from western Maryland—more than once labeled “the oddest congressman”—found himself gerrymandered out of office a year ago and promptly decided to take action on the warnings others wouldn’t heed, retreating to a remote property in the mountains of West Virginia where he lives with no phone service, no connection to outside power and no municipal plumbing. Having failed to safeguard the power grid for the rest of the country, Bartlett has taken himself completely off the grid. He has finally done what he pleaded in vain for others to do: “to become,” as he put it in a 2009 documentary, “independent of the system.”


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Comment by PureTrust
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Proverbs 29:25 (NIV 1984):"Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe."

What was the first sin? You know, the one that Adam and Eve did in the Garden? Was it eating the fruit of the tree? Or was it not trusting in God to provide whatever they needed and wanted, especially in the face of God's command to NOT eat the fruit? Prepping is great! But when the "they" of this life come for you, are you ever prepped enough?

Consider a person who has been fatally shot, but doesn't die for several hours. And consider one such person who is conscious and awake most of that final time. As the person nears death, and the body starts to shut down, there is often a growing cold, a numbing of the extremities. In the final moments there may be great clarity of thinking as the brain makes its last great mental surge to find some way out of the dilemma of death. Old age is something like this. Only, it may take a bit longer.

There is a saying, "Nobody gets out of life alive." So, what good is all the prepping? Perhaps it extends better living conditions for awhile. Perhaps it even extends life for a time. Prepping is for the living, for your family and friends, for principles, but it ISN'T for the LOOOONG TERM.

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." The safety? Trust in the Lord keeps one safe for eternity, for an eternal life with the Lord. Fill up on the Bible to find out how it works. This is true prepping... prepping by trusting in the Lord, and then prepping in this life BECAUSE OF trusting in the Lord.

Comment by J E Andreasen
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Roscoe Bartlett has among his notable ancestors, one Josiah Bartlett, signer of the Declaration.  My wife Liz has Josiah Bartlett among her ancestors, as well (via her mom).  Roscoe Bartlett was also proud ally of Gun Owners of America; one of the better 2A organizations.

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