Programming Notes: Reboot

Long-time readers know how things work around here in mid-June, early July. We prepare to celebrate the Fourth. This year, the Run will use the Fourth as the checkpoint for the country it always has been, and the re-calibration it needs to be.

This week saw a meeting between all of the InSov crew and I have walked away from it with a ton of material for Blowback and the rest of the July. With that in mind, this week we put the news on hold to discuss the immediate future of the Midnight Run.

1.) Blowback. Blowback will mark a return to form for the annual broadcast. This year, a brass-tacks discussion on the history of our nation. Specifically, the Flag of the United States. Its history, what it represented then and represents now, and yes, how to hang it properly. The rationale for this topic as Blowback is threefold. Firstly, there is simply no way to look at the current election cycle positively, even polls have repeatedly suggested that this year’s “choices” have the highest negatives in history. Secondly, the Flag has an obvious (yet barely known) historical significance.

But most importantly, going into the history of the Flag allows us to bring Blowback back to the Revolutionary Era. It allows us a way to get back to the ideals of the era, and sets the backdrop for the rest of the month.

2.) Second Amendment. The Second Amendment to the Constitution is not complicated. It can be easily broken down grammatically, it states its reasoning first and its intent second, and we have a ton of info from the authors to back up its stated intent.

And yet we have managed to make reading twenty-seven very specific words almost impossible. After Blowback, we remain in the Revolutionary Era, and get back to basics on the Second Amendment. The original “militia,” the motivations behind the Amendment, and how the Amendment breaks down grammatically. We look at recent rulings, including the landmark Heller case.

But we can’t discuss the history of the Second Amendment, and its motivations, without getting into tactics. On a macro level, we’ll get into asymmetric warfare (“well how can a tank be beaten by a rifle”? Quite easily if you do it right.). On a micro level, we go back to the tactics of self-defense.

3.) First Aid/Survivalism. No, the Midnight Run is not going to try to sell you gold. We’re not here to insult your intelligence with “it has never been worth zero” or any of that other garbage that was used to get people to buy gold at record prices. (Because why wouldn’t you buy stuff at its most expensive?)

No, here we shift from self-defense to self-reliance. Basic first aid, trauma, where to learn the skills, etc. will all be covered.

Basic skills, like swimming and how to treat even minor wounds in the field have become stunningly rare. (A recent Red Cross survey showed that half of all Americans literally cannot swim to save their lives. Adult Americans, folks. If they can’t swim well enough to save their own lives, logic says they won’t be able to save someone else’s.) What is tragic (aside from the obvious inability of most Americans to save their own lives or the lives of others) is that learning the skills necessary to step up in a disaster or when someone is injured is incredibly easy. In short, we will discuss the skills themselves and where to learn them. We will discuss specialized training as well.

July will be a big month for the Midnight Run. If major news breaks it will be covered briefly before the meat of the Run gets underway.

But, on occasion, it is good to stop discussing the news, and focus on why you follow it. We follow the news to be aware of intrusions on our right to defend ourselves and rely on ourselves. We aim to be able to help ourselves, but also to help and defend others in the same way, and being informed of what is going on around us forms a rock-solid foundation to build upon.

Stated another way….

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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