Today I delivered a chicken coop to a couple in Pittsboro, NC. They were a normal, everyday couple, about 50ish, and they were forting up. They expressed real concerns about the efficiency and resolve of our government to protect us citizens from, well, the government.
In the past couple of years, I have delivered a lot of chicken coops to people who felt the same way. In fact, chicken coops have kept me and my family from becoming homeless. I have run in to some very interesting people in the past two to three years, from upper class to below poverty level, and they all have one thing in common - they don't trust our government.
Some of them are getting chickens because they want to be more self sufficient. They feel that having a few hens and a little garden will help them get through hard times. Others are wanting chickens because they want to live healthier, and don't want to do so Michelle Obama style. People are worried about whats in their food, from simple high cholesterol, to complicated sugars and preservatives, to possibly dangerous hormones and antibiotics.
We created a couple of organizations called the USDA and the FDA to protect us from stuff like whats now in our food, but both of those organizations are responsible for the crap we are being fed. As more and more research is done on food and drugs, it becomes more obvious that our great grandparents knew what was best (surprise!) and that was growing your own food.
So now Americans are starting to fort up. They are getting chickens and growing gardens and taking canning lessons at the community college (because no one had the foresight to ask Granny, and now she's gone) and they are stocking up on staples like flour and sugar and oh yeah, bullets. Because they believe that when times get any tougher than they are now, they are going to have to protect the hard work they've done to prepare for the coming government induced disaster.
My advice to those of you who aren't forting up:
1. Get to know someone who is.
2. Help them.
3. Hope they share with you when the time comes.
Start forting up.