By Charlie Johnston
Donald Trump was not my first choice for president. Neither was he my second choice, nor even my third. The only reason I took him seriously at all was because he was the enthusiastic first choice of a man in the Midwest whose judgment I much respect and whom I deeply admire. I have been surprised and grateful that Trump has been a solidly conservative president, restoring real rationality back to economic, foreign, and social policy. My friend’s insight into what we needed at this moment of history was far shrewder than mine in this instance. But even if I still held the same distaste for Trump that I did two years ago, this article would read pretty much the same.
Serious columnists in serious national magazines have started to discuss seriously the prospects of splitting the country in two (here and here) or the possibility that our cold civil war will turn hot.
Evidence developed over the last year and a half from the various investigations have not shown what the left intended, but rather have exposed that the left and the Obama holdover bureaucracy have been intently engaged in a coup attempt against a sitting president. Even now, as it is fully exposed, they do not stand down, but press on, determined to gain by raw force what they can’t win by honor and justice. They think if they just strong-arm the matter, they can wipe out Christianity, arrest and punish dissenters, and establish a fascist utopia. (One of the weirdest things about this whole lawless assault is that the very left-wing American fascists who mimic perfectly the murderous Jacobins, Bolsheviks, and brown-shirts, who are their spiritual forebears, pretend – and even persuade themselves – that they are ‘anti-fascists.’) Robert Mueller’s coordinated effort with the Justice Department to trash attorney-client privilege in order to get Trump is a declaration of never-ending war. Democrats and chump Republicans claim that if Trump fires Mueller it will spark a Constitutional crisis. Sorry, Mueller and the deep state ARE Constitutional crises. Failure to bite the bullet and put an end to this farce will spark a hot civil war. And so, an irrepressible conflict is at hand. The left would make war rather than acknowledge and respect your rights. Most normal folks will accept war rather than meekly bend the knee and forfeit their liberty. So the war will come.
I have been working on “The Ballad of the Ordinary Man.” What started as a trenchant piece has evolved into a sort of manifesto. It goes into detail about where we are, what we are called to, and how to fortify ourselves to get there. It will be in three, or maybe even four, parts. My intention is that you be able to print it out and, perhaps, take heart from it when the convulsions come. The spark that sets off the strife could come tomorrow – or could we could limp along until mid-summer.
As of the first of this year I ceased to make any new prophecies. I certainly continue to analyze political and cultural events. But I want you to know that never, for a moment, did I abdicate what I perceive to be my duty before my God. In her better days, America has been a beacon of liberty to the world. If she were divided, that would be the beginning of the end of the hope that a self-governing people could endure in liberty. She cannot be divided: to do so would be to break faith with those citizens of the states, formally part of this union, who this nation promised to secure liberty for and to uphold their God-given rights against all assaults, foreign and domestic. If the precedent of such a division were established, than anytime a tyrannical group took control of a state in the free nation (as has happened in California), we would just let her go, too, abandoning our solemn commitment to secure the blessings of liberty for ALL Americans. Soon enough, there would be no free states left, just the American Balkans.
Therefore, before I begin the publication of the “Ballad,” I want you to know that, if the left succeeds in its coup attempt, I will begin the Jericho March I described a year and a half ago. For as long as it can, this site will cover my progress and the people I meet along the way – and those who join me in our march on an illegitimate government. With God’s help, I will stand resolutely against tyranny until death. If the leftists fail in their coup attempt – and make war as they threaten to do (and again, have already begun bureaucratically) I will stand as a faithful patriot with the lawfully elected government of this nation. Understand something: American liberty was not secured by establishing elections; it is secured by establishing elections while ensuring that officials may NOT trample people’s fundamental rights. I love and am devoted to my country. I hold much of the government of that country right now in utter contempt. I will do my duty, to the best of my capacity to see my duty, until death, praying not that God is on my side, but that I ever remain on His side.
I saw the original of the painting at the top of this piece during a Rembrandt exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago 14 years ago. No picture or replica of the original comes anywhere near doing it justice. I stood and stared at this painting for over a half hour, trying to figure out how Rembrandt accomplished his feats with light just using color. It was apparent in most of his work, but was simply amazing in this piece. The fire was completely alive. You could feel it crackling and almost hear it popping. Quite apart from the subject, I studied the fire in fascination trying to get some clue as to how he accomplished this amazing feat. If it is ever exhibited near you, you really need to go see it.