Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at the sea-washed shores of the United States at it sunset gates, stands A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the lightning of Freedom, and her name is Liberty. From her beacon-hand Glows a world-wide light of welcome; her mild eyes command the famed new city of the world.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe Free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" You have now entered the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.
In the days and months that approach keep in mind preparation is not just about you, it is about all the people you save by not becoming part of the problem. The more Americans prepare, the less Americans starve in the midst of calamity. Fewer empty stomachs means less fearful minds and less panic when the other shoe drops. In this sense, survival preparation is not a hobby, or a mode of self interest, it is a duty to humanity. Frankly, if we care at all about the continuity of our ideals, our belief in freedom and independence, then we should also feel obligated to become more self-sufficient. As the economy slips into oblivion tomorrow, will you be a pillar of strength, or just another frantic helpless man-child waiting desperately for a handout from the nearest criminal bureaucracy? Would you be a strong-point in the protection of liberty, or a weak link holding the rest of us back?
The strength of one can have reverberations in the lives of thousands. Preparation makes us strong. Adaptability and knowledge makes us unafraid. Training and experience makes us successful. These are the principles upon which America was founded, and these are the principles which will allow America to live on.