By Charlie Johnston
Obviously I have been quiet this week – and probably will be pretty quiet the rest of the week, as well. Some have speculated on personal matters – and there have been plenty of those…but I have written through various crises before. People are feeling the deep dysfunction in their family, personal and workaday lives as the darkness grows thicker. It has come time for a more deliberate and intensive preparation. Following are some excerpts from an email I sent to a few people I take counsel from:
“When you are in the midst of chaos, as the whole world is now…the key is not to jump, but be deliberate…when you speak, make it tell. Things have gotten very chaotic, very complicated and very ugly very fast – at the same time that I find myself giving counsel and reassurance to a record number of people while trying to keep my private struggles private…that my crosses don’t become a burden to others. Also, I am getting far more material popping up from trolls. No biggie, but that has to be handled with a certain aplomb. Yesterday all day long was a constant phone call. Oddly, it was one after the other and no one called while I was on the line with another. We have reached a very perilous moment, dangerous times. We need to take the next step very carefully.
Right now, revolutionary pressures have gotten thick and broad throughout the country. Administration figures are intentionally trying to stoke those pressures with things like Jade Helm, to give them a justification to invoke emergency power. Economically, Greece threatens to tank the EU in a moment – and at this point whether the EU appeases it or not it could trigger disaster. The new Chinese import-export bank that everyone is signing up for could cause cascading collapse. There are a good four or five more immediate triggers. The Middle East is worse than almost anyone knows – and the west is busy with its delusions about it…such as that Iran can be an ally against ISIS. Yes, ISIS is a competing entity with Iran…but this is like a primary election, not a general. Both Iran and ISIS have the same goals…a huge caliphate that can bring on nuclear winter so as to bring forth the 12th Imam who will usher in Islamic hegemony. They are merely in an argument over who should run that apocalyptic show. Meanwhile our slackers dismiss this as nonsense because they can’t imagine it being true. Talk about temporal provincialism! Our situation now is not as if someone has their finger on a hair trigger, but as if 30 gunmen each have their fingers on a hair trigger. I can’t say with certainty that final crash comes soon…but purely temporal analysis suggests it. There are too many people in power who just want to watch the world burn. Meantime, there is a lot of churn and turmoil in the religious world – and some religious leaders are folding or, worse, turning on the very flocks they are called to defend. When destruction comes it will come suddenly and with furious intensity. How to prepare people for the worldwide blitzkrieg assault unlike any we have ever seen? That is the question. When I begin writing seriously again, it will come in a flood. “
The plans of the statists will not go as they expect. They are tactically pretty solid but strategic illiterates. But there will be a very ugly, dicey period. They are depending to a certain extent on the military to enforce their will domestically, but more largely on the vast array of new federal police they have created in the last few years for agencies that have no need for police. The Dept. of Education has several SWAT teams. You read me right. I am not making that up. That is because as much as officials have gutted much of the honor in the officer corps, they know the culture of honor that has been ingrained in the military for centuries will likely assert itself. But that is a role of the dice. I was shocked a few years ago during the “shutdown” at how eagerly officers in the National Park Service were willing to play brownshirt and bully their fellow Americans. The effort to demonize local police forces has been a part of the effort to prepare the ground for assuming emergency powers. The most serious initial blowback federal rent-a-cops will get will be from local police forces, most of which will end up siding with their neighbors rather than the vain grab for power by federal rogues. If the administration can sow hatred of local cops it adds to the confusion and makes them less effective in defending their neighbor’s liberty.
There are things that will seem important that are actually irrelevant – and vice versa. There are fundamental issues that need to be discussed soberly, such as the legitimate duty of the Christian Citizen. There are practical matters that need to be touched on, such as what to do if ordered to evacuate or report to a relocation center. I will begin speaking of such things next week – and at my pace. In the meantime, if anyone has been wanting to pitch me a guest column, the next few days will be the right time. Otherwise I will post articles and reprints that strike me as germane to the times.