For the far right (and for many on the far left, especially the radical environmentalists), America is always just teetering on the edge of collapse, and never more so than with Obama in the White House. Mother Jones has the story of a company trying to get rich from that paranoia by teaching people how to survive the coming Obamacalypse.
But one company has been particularly aggressive about capitalizing on preppers’ paranoia, particularly those preppers who see Barack Obama as the first horseman of the Apocalypse. Last week, an anonymous email solicitation went out to readers of the conservative news site, GOPUSA.gov. It warned:
There are three hidden signs that Obama
is about to throw you into a FEMA camp.
They’re on his secret agenda.
But once YOU know these three signs…
youre already one step ahead.
You’re in control.
You can beat them at their own game.
Click here to check them out now,
before its too late.
The link leads to a slick marketing website-cum-infomercial for a video called the Patriot Survival Plan, which is also being promoted on popular conservative sites, such as World Net Daily. The infomercial claims that America is about to experience “a crisis unlike any other in history, a catastrophe that will overshadow, Katrina, Pearl Harbor, 9/11, the Great Depression, even the Civil War.” What’s more, this “financial Hiroshima” is “barreling down on us like a freight train in just 10 months or less…Unless you take some very specific steps it’s virtually guaranteed that you will be left penniless, hungry, and fighting desperately for your life.”
What steps are those? The infomercial doesn’t say.
But for a few hundred dollars, they’ll tell you. And if you don’t, prepare for “living the rest of your life under the surveillance of a drone made just for you, ordered to track you and kill you if you make the wrong move.” I’m sure the drone will be run by the United Nations. Or the Illuminati. Or the Chinese. But I repeat myself…