This week someone close to me asked exactly the right question. It threw me for a loop, so I deflected and evaded it, not quite sure how to respond. I have been pondering it ever since – and concluded it is time to be completely candid. The question she asked was, “Has the storm already begun?” The short, candid answer is yes.
Social upheaval is a process, not a single event. It is somewhat akin to a tumor. When a tumor first appears, it is rarely noticed. As it grows, it can cause discomfort. It is a problem that needs to be addressed, but not life-threatening. There comes a point when it may go malignant. If caught early, it is still not fatal, but will grow aggressively and begin to eat away at systems that the body needs to function properly unless it is dealt with equally aggressively. Strangely enough, a malignant tumor is rarely painful in the early stages, giving it opportunity to grow even as it numbs the body to the danger it poses. If it is not caught in time, the only hope is radical surgery or treatments so aggressive that they, themselves, cause damage and distress to the body. With luck, those radical measures may defeat the malignancy, but if they fail, death follows.
I have a private vocabulary for the stages of catastrophic collapse. First there is the breaking of the storm. That is the when the tumor reaches the point where a routine examination would uncover it. The storm began in May of 2009, when North Korea ran another round of nuclear tests. I did not recognize it for what it was at the time. It was not until June of that year when Gabriel came and corrected me when I spoke of the storm breaking sometime in the future. He explained that N. Korea had not just tested nuclear weapons; it had invited observers from rogue Middle Eastern regimes to witness the test, in a bid to act as nuclear arms merchant and technical consultants to those regimes. This, he said, was the breaking of the storm. In the last year and a half, American intelligence services have repeated what Gabriel told me then; that representatives of Iran and Syria were present for those tests. It had begun raining internationally. I realize that when I speak of the Storm publicly, people think of the crash, so except with certain spiritual counselors and advisors, whenever I speak of the Storm now I say it in the context of the final crash so as to avoid confusion.
For me, collapse is when the tumor becomes malignant, the moment when the normal defensive mechanisms of the body are no longer capable of fighting it effectively. This too, is a process – and a very dangerous one. In the early stages, there is little or no pain – and the body’s systems continue to work almost normally even as they are being eaten away by the cancer inside. It is perilously easy to deceive yourself that nothing is really wrong at all. Our social and political systems began the process of collapse last May – and the malignancy was complete before the end of the year. A little thought experiment for Americans: if you had gone to sleep just a year ago today and not woken up until now, you would be stunned at our new “normal.” A year ago, you did not know and would not have believed that the IRS was intentionally targeting and harassing Christians and ideological conservatives. Today, the government not only concedes it, but seeks to institutionalize it as the soul of justice. A year ago you would not have believed that the NSA was intercepting every call and email anyone in America makes and storing them all in a massive data base. Today, it is the subject of jokes, but no one envisions stopping it. A year ago, if you were told that Obamacare would result in 6 million losing their insurance, at least a net gain of 4.5 million more uninsured than when it was implemented, the people who had insurance paying on average 40 percent more for the privelege with double the deductibles and fewer things covered, often losing their doctors and their hospitals, you would have considered it a right-winger’s ludicrous dark paranoia. That is the reality – and federal officials threaten to sue dying cancer patients who dare to speak publicly about what has happened to them.
My first real political job was as an aide to the late Congressman Robert McClory, the second ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee in the early 70s and the only Republican author of an article of impeachment against Richard Nixon. Let me review the three articles of impeachment against Nixon.
– First was the obstruction of justice article. This accused Nixon of failing to faithfully execute the laws duly passed by the Congress – and using the justice department to try to obscure investigations rather than honestly carry them out. Both Republicans and Democrats considered that a serious matter then. Recently, our current attorney general was instructing state law officials which laws they must NOT enforce. He has been held in contempt of Congress twice for obstructing investigations.
-Second was the attempted abuse of the IRS article. This article charged that Nixon’s aides attempted to use the IRS to harass major political enemies. He did not succeed because the then-honorable IRS refused. But the very attempt was considered impeachable. The IRS concedes it targeted Christians and conservatives – from 2009 on. Left-wing officials try to contradict the IRS’ own admission, and now try to codify the IRS as a proper agency to police acceptable speech.
-Third was the contempt of Congress article. This was the one my old boss wrote. Neither Democrats nor Republicans shrugged with indifference when administrations officials defied lawful Congressional orders concurrent with a lawful investigation then. It was an impeachable offense. Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS enforcement arm in the targeting of Christians and conservatives has refused to co-operate with Congress. They threaten to hold her in contempt. Does anyone believe that will have any consequences? The attorney general himself has been in contempt twice and he rolls merrily along.
The internal political safeguards of our system have collapsed. Those with power do what they will and dare you to do anything about it. If you appear on the radar screen of the administration, you can expect audits from the IRS and visits from the FBI, BATF, OSHA and whatever other agencies they can think of to sic on you. National Park Rangers, once nobly non-partisan in their devotion to our national treasures, gleefully acted as genuine brownshirts last fall, harassing veterans trying to visit open-air monuments and even holding a group of foreign tourists hostage in the west. And the watchmen who are supposed to protect your rights? They may howl a bit in outrage, but you are pretty much on your own.
Socially, even prominent Republicans such as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sen. John McCain came out in support of legislation that would fine, imprison or take their business away from Christians who refused to actively participate in celebrations of “gay marriage.” Not for refusing to serve gays, but for refusing to participate in their celebrations. The left has quite nicely hijacked the language of tolerance to enact their new Jim Crow laws against Christians. The aggressors are filled with passionate intensity while the guardians of liberty often can’t even muster an objection – and never an effective defense.
Our internal defense systems have collapsed. The social compact has collapsed. We continue forward for a time, like a car whose engine seized up while coming down a mountain. We continue to move, but it is only the residual momentum of a once vigorous vitality that is now dead that propels us. It’s already gone but we deny it because the car has not yet quit coasting.
About six weeks ago I went into a very deep funk for about three and a half weeks, dismayed at all that has happened and the sheer inability of even the best people to see it. I let things overwhelm me for a time.
What people are waiting for is the crash – the final stage of collapse when denial is no longer possible, even for the resolutely delusional. My friend’s pointed question helped me realize that when I speak of collapse, I had best confine it only to mean the crash, the last stage, for that is what most are hearing when I speak of it. But that, too, dismays me. For if you will not believe anything seriously is wrong or has collapsed until federal agents are at your door with the paddy wagon to take you to the FEMA camps, there is really nothing I can say that will be of help to you and you should look elsewhere for solace.
If you recognize the signs of the times for what they are and are willing to help others endure this great trial that is ALREADY upon us, then I have things to say that are useful. The rain is falling ever harder, the systems that safeguard us have already collapsed. If you are disappointed that it has not yet all crashed, you will be edified before more than a few months have passed. But if you wait that long to take it seriously, you squander time you could be using. I am going vigorously about the business of helping people prepare in a variety of ways.
When I got to Colorado almost a year ago, I was frantic to get things into place. My angel told me after about a month that I could do nothing big until the crash had already struck, but that the discipline and preparation from what I was doing would lay an invaluable foundation for that moment. As always, he was right.
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