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Obamas Prepare for Societal Breakdown, Plant Survival Garden

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Following the example of thousands of concerned families around the country, the Obamas are preparing for the worst-case outcome of complete social collapse by starting a garden on the White House lawn. In past eras presidents have put in swimming pools and bowling alleys, but times are grimmer and their choice of lifestyle enhancements represents an awareness that for many survival and keeping food on the table have become bigger concerns than entertainment or exercise.

The Obamas' victory garden is going to be 1100 square feet and visible from the street, like a beacon to the homeless and hungry who congregate in Lafayette Park in ever-growing numbers. It follows in the tradition of presidential vegetable gardens maintained by Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt, but with a more modern and fashionable selection of vegetables, including a healthy selection of soul food greens and trendy peppers and leaf vegetables. They hope to turn out enough vegetables to provide for family meals and lay some organically grown pride on the table for visiting dignitaries.

Of course, the rest of us who may be following the Obamas' example by necessity, rather than as a hobby or symbolic gesture, might want to focus on more practcal food sources than arugula and exotic herbs. For us, it's likely to be potatoes for the high carb content and chickens for the eggs and occasional bit of meat protein. Add in winter cabbage, onions and summer tomatoes and you've got a viable peasant diet. Since the current goal of our government appears to reduce us all to living like peasants, being prepared with low-cost, high volume garden items is essential.

If the Obamas are setting an example by planting a garden to feed their family they are also sending a message, and maybe not the one they intend. They're telling us we'd better learn to be self-reliant, because while there are many things which government may take from us, we really can't count on it to take care of us, to feed our families or provide us with any real security. It's a little hint of the truth which Obama can't admit to the followers for whom he promised to create an all-encompassing nanny state — the truth that if times get really hard there's a limit to what the government can do and when it gets as bad as his policies are going to make it, we'll be on our own and relying on our little gardens.

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About Dave Nalle

Dave Nalle is Executive Director of the Texas Liberty Foundation, Chairman of the Center for Foreign and Defense Policy, South Central Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus and an advisory board member at the Coalition to Reduce Spending. He was Texas State Director for the Gary Johnson Presidential campaign, an adviser to the Ted Cruz senatorial campaign, Communications Director for the Travis County Republican Party and National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. He has also consulted on many political campaigns, specializing in messaging. Before focusing on political activism, he owned or was a partner in several businesses in the publishing industry and taught college-level history for 20 years.
  • Clavos

    I’m glad you brought up Eleanor Roosevelt’s garden, because, cynic that I am, the first thought I had upon reading the news of Mrs. Obama’s, was that, in light of the dozens of parallels which have been drawn in the MSM recently between Mr. Obama and FDR, at least part of Mrs. Obama’s motivation for starting her garden may have been to reinforce that comparison further.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    “if times get really hard there’s a limit to what the government can do and when it gets as bad as his policies are going to make it, we’ll be on our own and relying on our little gardens.”

    Well, that’s a touch of realism, wouldn’t you say so, Dave? So he is coming around in a round-about kind of way – for which you should only give him credit. Admitting that government may not be the end-all-and-be-all, that’s a big step, I should say.

    Nicely written article, BTW. Your one-page pieces seem to come off the best.


  • 1/2 Naked Patriot


  • Aichebomb

    Independance is good. It takes us back to our roots. Something many have lost track of, and more have never known. In time our foundation will rebuild, communities will heal and our nation will grow stronger.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    If more of us retuned to reliance on our own resources and our local communities and told the feds to screw off, we’d probably be a lot better off as a nation.

    And Roger, I don’t doubt that Obama is well-intentioned. But even Robert Reich on Meet the Press this morning agrees that Obama and congress are doing exactly the wrong things in dealing with the crisis, and if Reich has seen the light it’s time for them all to wake the fuck up.


  • M ar k

    The idea that you’re gonna grow an organic garden in the politically toxic White House soil is absurd.

    They’re going to poison themselves and their guests.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    It’s a mixed metaphor, Mark, but a nice shot.

  • zingzing

    my mom has a garden. has for years. it’s got nothing to do with the economy. but i think everyone knows that. another cheap shot, dave.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    I don’t think Robert Reich and Dave Nalle would agree on a solution for the economic crisis, although it was eyebrow-raising to see Reich and George Will more or less agree that the answer is to put several of these institutions into receivership, i.e. bankruptcy, immediately.

    Then Reich and Will immediately got into an argument about their agreement. Unity was fun while it lasted.

    And I do think the condescending comments from Nalle and others along the lines of “I’m sure Obama means well, but…” should be accompanied by disavowal of useless hyperbolic rhetoric [represented in a milder form in this very article] like claiming that the president is a socialist or is out to subvert the capitalist system, ruin small businesses, and drive us all back into the stone age.

    There may actually be more than one way to solve our problems and move forward. Rigid ideological responses, like the idiocy of ‘populist rage,’ will accomplish little or nothing that is good.

  • Clavos

    You’re right, zing. What Michelle is really after is drawing the parallel between herself and Eleanor Roosevelt.

    ‘cept Mich is waay better looking.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    But, Handy.

    As I mentioned earlier, it may be a tactical move to generate sufficient public support and the momentum that until now may have been lacking.
    Anyway, something to consider.

  • M ar k

    …you’ve found another way of saying that Barach is lame, Clavos?

  • Clavos

    Rigid ideological responses,like the idiocy of ‘populist rage,’ will accomplish little or nothing that is good.


    So why were the flames populist rage lit by, and are now being fanned by government officials, not a few of whom are in the administration, including the President himself?

  • Clavos

    LOL! Good one, M ar k!

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    With a new garden, guess there’s finally an opening for a Special Olympics hire.

  • Arch Conservative

    Gee I’m truly surprised no racial demagogue libs have come along and attempted to paint you as a racist because the tagline for this article had the word spade in it Nalle.

    Must all be repacking the bongs………

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Arch, not everyone is as racially conscious as you are.


  • zingzing

    [blowing a full bong-load back through the bong and out of the pipe]

    ooohhhhh! damn! smack!

    shit. sorry guys. i blew bong water all over the place. i’ll repack. my bad. damn, man, when’s the last time you changed the water? that shit stinks.

    well, yeah, i’ll clean it up. jeez, this happens to everyone now and again… stop being such a… alright, alright.

    for fuck’s sake, “pal,” where’s the damn carpet cleaner then? yeah, i know it’ll stain! that’s why i want THE FUCKING CARPET CLEANER! chill out, damn it.

    shut the fuck up about your circular motions! you want to clean it! i’m sorry, goddammit!

    no, man, fuck you. you need to goddamn chill out. your mom is going to come down here if you don’t calm the fuck down. what are you doing still living with her anyway? she got a new boyfriend yet?

    oh yeah? oh yeah? come on, stoner, i’ll kick your damn ass. alright… fuck… don’t you dare… oh, man, you hit my balls… and look… you turned the bong over… haha… fuck you… oh man… my balls…

    yeah, lick it up you fuckin dickhead.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    Wow, zing, Bongwater! I thought I was the only one here that is a fan!!

  • zingzing


    they were certainly a creative band. i can’t follow all their little tangents… sometimes, they just went off into their own thing, regardless of whether or not anyone wanted to follow them there. but that’s cool. creativity is often its own reward.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    B.A.L.L. were really good too.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Yet another “Obama’s evil because…” by the conservatives. Yawn.

    They apparently don’t see how ludicrous, how very desperate these accusations are when seen by rational people – but that doesn’t matter to the conservatives, does it? All that matters is “Obama’s evil because [put accusation here]”. The truth or sense of the accusation doesn’t matter – all that matters is that the accusation is made.

    So far, Obama’s evil because:

    – Rev. Wright was his pastor (but nobody cared about McCain/Hagee/Parsley)

    – Obama’s Muslim (never mind that he isn’t)

    – Obama wasn’t born in America (no matter how much proof is provided otherwise)

    – Obama “pals around with terrorists!” because he happened to be on the same planet as a one-time terrorist (who is now a respected professor at a major university)

    – Obama’s actually willing to talk to Iran and other eeeeeeevil nations! (never mind that ALL presidents did this…before Dubya)

    – Obama wants to reform health care so that all Americans have access to it – such a socialist idea! (never mind that ALL other modern industrialized democracies already have it…and almost all have the longer life expectancies that come with it for a MUCH cheaper price)

    – Michelle Obama’s evil too because she allows her bare arms to be shown! (never mind that Jackie O. did, too)

    and in Dave’s article above, Obama “promised [his followers that he would] create an all-encompassing nanny state”! (never mind that he did no such thing)

    the list can go on for days…


    Gee whiz, Dave, I mean, come on! You know that I do my best to refrain from personal insults, so please understand that this is constructive criticism. Such nit-picking over little things like growing a doggone garden is NOT conducive to a political discussion. Instead of proving any particular point against Obama or the democrats or the American government in general, such an article makes the author look rather petty (“Gasp! Obama didn’t wear a flag pin!!!”) and/or alarmist like my fellow rednecks who are buying up every scrap of ammunition in sight (“Obama’s comin’ to take away yer guns!!!”).

    Fortunately, most of us know you’re better than that. Please don’t prove us wrong.

  • AmericanEagle50

    Hello to all of my American Kindered Spirits eveyrwhere,
    Self-Reliance! Its never been a problem for us throughout history. The problem with this present day thinking is this! When we as Americans in the past had to rely on self for our personal survival was in extreme dire need. When our country was young and building one in this fashion the new adventure of adventures! Not brought about by the means of those wishing to inject a ‘Failed’ dream tried by so many individuals in dreams gone before us. This social experiment has been tried and it has failed before, Oh…. This Dream of the Socialist State! When we the Americans of this America begin the full and total restoration of this grand experiment known as Freedom we the people of an imperfect union will finally tear off our shackles and begin to breathe the full and free air, Will then and only then begin to push back from those whom have taken from the grand lady known as “The United States of America”. Then and only then will the national garden of survival begin to bear her fruit!
    Take Care and God Bless to all!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Yep! SUCH a ‘failed socialist state’, huh? That’s why we’re down below two third-world countries on the life-expectancy list, while the top twenty-seven ALL have universal health care for much less than what we’re paying now….

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy


    As I mentioned on another thread here, I think it’s just wrong to accuse the administration of fanning the flames.

    Following the flames, yes. They were caught short by the intensity of the reaction to the bonuses story and the longevity of it.

    I think the president and his staff are politically astute enough to see that AIG Rage could derail their entire economic policy — so they are most likely to try to deal with the anger, defuse it, not fan it.

    [Thus the president’s words on Wednesday: “I understand why people are angry. I’m angry. But we need to try to channel this anger into constructive policy.” Also note how he has so far avoided embracing the ridiculous, blatantly unconstitutional tax bill passed in a bipartisan frenzy by the House this week.]

    Whether you agree with the president’s policies or not, having them fly apart in a sideshow of a scandal will not do any of us any good. It will, in the short term at least, make things much, much worse.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman


    I don’t think anyone said that. Or hinted toward that. Or farted within two area codes of that.

  • bliffle

    Dave finally wakes up: “But even Robert Reich on Meet the Press this morning agrees that Obama and congress are doing exactly the wrong things in dealing with the crisis, and if Reich has seen the light it’s time for them all to wake the fuck up.”

    Reich has been one of the best economics commentors for about 8 years. He’s pretty straight thinking, and so was disfavored by the Clinton boyos, as you might recall.

    Reich could see the lights a long time ago.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/heloise Heloise

    I saw this on facebook Dave and thought you were kidding. I see you weren’t this is an article. Okay. And I asked myself the same question why plant a garden? The first family is the model for the country. And yes JFK had a mural of the French Rivera commissioned for the pool (now bricked over I heard…ouch), how’s that for class warfare?

    Not sure why a garden should be the target of a political argument. I think MO is sorely out of touch because poor black people (Iknow because I taught their kids) all eat at freakin’ Mickey D’s or “some kind of chicken” place. That was my first thought.

    They DO not, I repeat do not prepare meals at home. They all eat on the run at McDonalds.

    My advice would be to perish the thought that poor people (you have to have space to plant and someone to watch your back!) were not going to buy this from Michelle. Why, because they don’t even cook. Cooking first, gardening second.

    Middle class people on the other hand might not be such a hard sell on gardening. As for myself, I am strictly a flower/plant gardener, as I have tons of outdoor space at my disposal. It is so hot here. I tried tomatoes and so did my neighbors but the heat and sun killed them.

    I don’t mean all poor people eat fast food (just 75%). In my survey they were eating there more than 5 times a week. Compared to my vegan self on the other hand, my kids ate there maybe 5 times a year! I eat there never, except to buy a dessert once a year.

    So, my point–the Obamas