The first full day

Trump said a few days ago that he expects to be arrested today. That — the timing, and even the indictment itself — is by no means a sure thing, given the convoluted legal play being made by Manhattan’s anti-American district attorney. We also have to admit that Trump, in the hyperbolic style we’ve come to know, may have “truthed” the news — IN ALL CAPS, of course — only for effect.

Anyway, I wouldn’t bet the farm on anything dramatic happening today. I mean, it could, but there are (as they say) a lot of moving parts here.

One thing’s certain, however — what’s unfolding in New York is political persecution, not application of law. Everything about this bastard-child case is upside-down and ass-backward, from ignoring statutes-of-limitations to the alchemy being employed to transform a minor misdemeanor (if true) into a felony.

I’m not sure that even the DA believes the scheme will result in a trial, let alone a conviction. Like Trump’s March 18th “truth,” it’s more about effect than results.

We do know that this prosecutor is a radical progressive Democrat. His 2022 campaign was funded in large part by a well-known and fabulously wealthy communist who’s bent on unmaking this country. He declared and is waging war on law-abiding residents of New York. He hates America.

Trump, for his part, isn’t easy to like. Though he could stand on a strong four-year record of making America great again, he persists in lobbing unimaginative insults at anyone who opposes him, coming off as a combination of a spoiled child and the drunk at the end of the bar. And, specific to this case, he may have cheated on his wife with a two-bit stripper whose silence he bought with a big check.

Thing is, you don’t have to like Trump, or vote for him, or approve of his behavior to stand behind him right now. What’s happening in New York is a perversion of American justice. It represents a threat to our constitutional republic, and true Americans won’t stand for it.

Remember, it’s not Trump they’re really after — it’s us. They hate us.

Like our new hats say, we need to “take America back.” Deb and I will be wearing them today.

Two years ago today, our new American Life began.

It was around 11am, if memory serves, that Deb and I cast off from Second Chance Ranch on our “shakedown cruise” to Tennessee and back. This first leg was short and unambitious, ending in Cincinnati, but it was a moment we’ll never forget.

We owe everything to that day.

My first experience with “investing” was a passbook savings account when I was a kid. The good people at the First National Bank of Dalton made me two promises — that they’d keep my money safe and that they’d make it grow.

It was a step beyond the piggy bank on the dresser in my bedroom. Though the interest rate was modest, I could watch the pennies I’d earned picking fruit and baling hay grow into dollars. I didn’t need my funds to be liquid, so that was enough.

I trusted the bank. It kept its promises.

Since then, of course, I’ve had other accounts and made many investments, as adulthood imposed its financial demands. The investing landscape now is radically different and life is much more complex. And often I’m reminded that placing trust (and money) in financial institutions isn’t always wise.

Sooner or later, we all learn that if we can’t hold it in our hands, we don’t own it.

That realization comes with a dilemma. While we may be able to protect a stack of cash, as I guarded my childhood piggy bank from my grubby sibling, it still just sits there. It doesn’t grow. In fact, inflation saps its value every day.

Precious metals offer an alternative. Though not for everyone, gold and silver are tangible, negotiable assets with an opportunity for growth.

Naturally, there are no guarantees. Even precious metals always will be worth only as much as someone else is willing to pay for them. But history shows that even during the worst of times, precious metals have held at least some value.

Let me say right up front that gold’s not my thing. If you have enough money to take a significant position in it (and I don’t), then gold may be a good choice. It’s just not for me.

Silver, on the other hand, is a much more accessible precious metal. Almost anyone can afford to put back silver, a little at a time, and experts are optimistic about its future. What’s more, the same things that make silver easier to acquire also make it more useful than gold in a worst-case scenario.

Stay with me here.

What we want is something that’s negotiable, fractional and transactional — that is, it should have value that’s widely recognized, can be acquired (and spent) in relatively small amounts, and matches the types of exchanges common in a particular marketplace. Silver checks all those boxes.

Looking at the markets as I write this, one ounce of silver is going for $22.42. (For comparison’s sake, the market price of one ounce of gold is $1,970.20.) A one-ounce US Mint “Silver Eagle” coin can be had for around $35 or less, with coins from other countries’ mints priced lower. Fractional (sub-ounce) silver “rounds” are going for anywhere from $7 to $16 (give or take, and depending on weight).

Keep in mind that I’m not talking about collectible or fine uncirculated coins here. Though a Silver Eagle, for example, bears a face value of one dollar, that’s not its value to us. Putting aside a bunch of collectible precious-metal coins is, in my opinion, a poor investment. After the collapse, no one will care — metal will matter, not provenance.

Conceivably, I guess, there may come a time when even the metal won’t matter. That’d be the first time in human history, so I seriously doubt it.

If you’re not ready to take the plunge into buying bullion, you already may own precious metals that someday could prove useful. Pull together and secure your gold or silver jewelry. (Don’t get sentimental, just do it.) Also, take the time to sift through any legal-tender coins you have and set aside dollars, halves, quarters and dimes minted before 1965.

Coins like that are referred to as “constitutional” or “junk” because they’re only 90% silver. Compared to today’s “clad” coinage, however — which contains no silver at all — they definitely have value, both perceived and real. Just don’t run out and buy them, ’cause you’ll end up paying considerably more than the silver is worth.

What about nickels and pennies? Sure, if you want. Old (pre-1982) pennies were made almost completely of copper. The nickel remains the only circulating US coin with a face value lower than the value of the metals it contains (five cents versus eight). Still, you’d be better off saving those coins in your reserve of legal tender, or using that money to buy silver.

To put a cap on this, I want to be clear that personally I’m not a fan of those precious-metal IRAs. If it’s not physical silver (or gold), in my hands, it doesn’t interest me one bit.

Please don’t construe any of this to be financial advice, much less financial expertise. You also shouldn’t depend on a foot locker full of precious metals to save your ass after society collapses — this is just another tool in the box, and I believe it’s worth considering.

And the way I see it, silver is where it’s at.

Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath

#LetsGoBrandon #FJB

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