A hur­ri­cane’s les­son in self-re­liance

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Bill O’reilly

Here’s the big les­son from mega-storm Sandy: Mother Na­ture sneers at high tech, mocks mod­ern con­ve­nience and couldn’t care less about what kind of per­son you are. She will smack you if she wants to. As we have be­come ad­dicted to ma­chines, many of us have for­got­ten about na­ture. We must have giz­mos. Sandy laughed and took them away. Power, gone. In­ter­net, dark. Cell­phones, not hap­pen­ing. Even your land­line phone, not avail­able, be­cause “all cir­cuits are busy.”

Sud­denly, it’s 1850 with one ex­cep­tion: bat­tery-op­er­ated flash­lights and ra­dios. So what is the les­son here? Ac­tu­ally, there are a few. First: No gov­ern­ment agency can help you when dis­as­ter strikes. Any as­sis­tance will be af­ter the fact and painstak­ingly slow.

Sec­ond: In or­der to ride out any storm ef­fec­tively, you should be self-reliant and re­silient. That means you have to an­tic­i­pate prob­lems and have some so­lu­tions at the ready.

For ex­am­ple, where I live on Long Is­land, the power in­fra­struc­ture is a dis­as­ter and has been for years. The power com­pany, LIPA, sim­ply can­not keep the juice flow­ing un­der duress. I have ac­cepted that, and so I bought a gen­er­a­tor. How­ever, dur­ing Sandy, the gen­er­a­tor did not work. You can imag­ine how many four-let­ter words were ut­tered. But I had a Plan B. I know some guys who can re­pair gen­er­a­tors, and they fixed mine very quickly. I have a long-term re­la­tion­ship with these guys and will re­ward them.

So, I rode out the storm pretty well, and that’s good be­cause there are chil­dren in my home.

Not once did I think the lo­cal, state or fed­eral gov­ern­ment was go­ing to help me in any way. When Pres­i­dent Obama speaks about gov­ern­ment be­ing there for you, I roll my eyes. In the his­tory of mankind, no gov­ern­ment has ever been there for the in­di­vid­ual. Ever.

Sadly, we are be­com­ing a na­tion de­pen­dent on other peo­ple and very reliant on ma­chines. Sandy’s de­struc­tion brought us back to the 19th cen­tury, as the col­lapse of the ma­chines was some­thing to see. Many peo­ple were lost with­out their ap­pli­ances be­cause they are not self-reliant. They do not think ahead. They do not fig­ure out Plan B be­cause they don’t even have a Plan A.

Life is hard, and then you die. But while you’re alive, you’ll be far bet­ter off if you for­get about the big-gov­ern­ment non­sense, deem­pha­size the ma­chines and be­gin in­cor­po­rat­ing the dis­ci­pline of self-re­liance into your life.

Sorry for the lec­ture, but my fa­ther al­ways said that out of bad things can come some good. Amer­i­cans need to wise up.

We the peo­ple need lead­er­ship that will solve prob­lems, be fis­cally re­spon­si­ble and pro­mote in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­ity. The char­la­tans that prom­ise big-gov­ern­ment pro­tec­tion will al­ways be around, but they are no match for Sandy and her fu­ri­ous friends.

That is the les­son of this ter­ri­ble storm. Bill O’Reilly is the au­thor of “Pin­heads and Pa­tri­ots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama”.

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