By Charlie Johnston
Elite sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died in jail over the weekend, reportedly of suicide. That it was possible for him to commit suicide at all strains credulity, given the prominence of his case and the supposed close watch he was supposed to be under. Since the unsealing last week of previous court proceedings implicating a multitude of prominent Democrat officials and contradicting former Pres. Bill Clinton’s claims that he was never on “Pedophile Island,” many people credibly suspect foul play. The establishment media, which just spent three years pushing a false “Russian Collusion” storyline and now accuses everyone who is not hard left (including conservative black folks) of being a racist, calls this a conspiracy theory. Well, I reckon if anyone should know conspiracy theories, it would be the establishment media and prominent Democrat legislators.
Of course, the media always points out that Donald Trump had known and been at events with Epstein. What they almost never mention is that, in 2003, after finding that Epstein had been hitting on underage employees at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago property, the future president banned Epstein from all his properties. Hardly the behavior of someone who had been compromised or could be blackmailed. If you google the subject (or in my case, bing it), the first things to pop up are always the thin connections to Trump – with no mention of his ban on Epstein. Buried are the mountain of solid connections to Democratic officials and global leftist elites who flew in Epstein’s “Lolita Express” jet or cavorted on his “Pedophile Island.” Already the search engines are at work altering reality. Ah well, the media has a narrative to feed, no matter how meager the fodder.
Epstein plundered what was left of a lot of young girls’ innocence, both personally molesting them and trafficking them to other members of the elite to be molested. I say “what was left” of their innocence because it is a dicey proposition how much innocence anyone over 12 has in this sex-saturated, love-starved culture. Oh, I don’t blame the kids. They don’t know any better. It is we who have either built this toxic culture or allowed it to prevail.
Epstein was universally condemned for his predations, which is strange, because the left does not oppose plundering children’s innocence: they are the foremost advocates in favor of it. Whether it is 11-year-old “drag queens,” taking children to sexually explicit gay pride parades, or subjecting pre-schoolers to “drag queen” story hours, the left is all for it. If that is not an assault on children’s innocence, nothing is. So I’m not sure whether the left’s pro forma denunciations of Epstein are: A) anti-male bigotry – assault boys’ innocence with impunity but leave the girls alone, B) a pragmatic sop to what they think are the rubes’ remaining sensibilities about sexual exploitation or C) prelude to the left advocating to drop prohibitions against exploiting girl-children as well as boy-children. What I know is they are not, in principle, opposed to plundering the innocence of the young. They have no objective standards, only arbitrary and capricious standards – which is ever prelude to no standards at all. If the left finally gets its way on sexual standards, it will be all predation, all the time. None would ever be loved for their own selves. All would be co-conspirators in mutual exploitation – and everyone would treat everyone else as a thing instead of a person.
The suicide or murder of Epstein (either actively or by neglect) will not be the end of this. Atty. Gen William Barr has launched a two-tiered investigation, both by the FBI and an independent Justice Dept. task force. (It has become clear in the last decade that the FBI cannot be trusted with an investigation that could seriously damage Democrats). Epstein’s death means there is no one left to oppose search warrants on “pedophile island.” If this was a conspiracy, the conspirators may well have only added wrongful death to the raft of charges in their future. That is, if Barr is serious about getting to the bottom of all of this. I am cautiously optimistic that he is.
I may be the only Christian conservative who is disappointed that the movie, “The Hunt,” will not be released as planned to theaters next month. The movie featured rich liberal elites who had set up an enclave where they could hunt and kill “deplorables” – Christians, conservatives and Trump supporters. Most conservatives, including the president, were completely outraged. As for me, when my opponent’s hubris persuades him to gleefully drop the mask of compassion and show the fullness of his barbaric malice, I prefer to step out of the way and let him have at it.
There are only two possible endings for this movie; either the ‘deplorables’ heroically rally and fight back to beat their oppressors or the elites savagely murder them all. Either way works for me. The former would unintentionally portray people Hollywood and the left hate in a heroic light while the letter would portray the dark, murderous bloodlust at the heart of the left’s brand of “tolerance.”
I have been thinking for some time that the left’s descent into a peculiarly bloody form of decadence is more than madness – it is demonically fueled. The left has become a form of death cult. They demand the right to kill pre-born and just-born infants on demand. They demand assisted suicide and even forced euthanasia. I spoke above of their demand to plunder the innocence of, at least, boy children. Actor Mario Lopez was shouted down and bullied into apologizing for saying in an interview that three-year-olds should not be allowed to “choose” sex-change surgery. A hallmark of the satan’s tactics are to try to negate what God has created and to make humanity repugnant – both to God and to each other.
Many, but not all, who have adopted the principles of this cult are lost. Some have just completely lost their way, infected by a group madness of the times – kind of like “the terror” in revolutionary France. It is for each of us to live the Gospel, to proclaim the kingdom. At the heart of any just, prosperous and joyful regime is faith, family and freedom. It must be based on truth. No one has the right to casually murder children. There are two genders – male and female – and God decides which each of us are. Sexual lust and depravity are not love. Only when we understand, live and promulgate these things can we reclaim a culture that works – a culture firmly anchored in God.
There have been more murderous generations than our own. The Mayans, Rwanda and French revolutionaries come to mind. I do not include such regimes as those run by Stalin, Hitler, or Mao, because murderous as they were, these were imposed from the top down rather than infecting the entire culture. I can’t think of any that have been so casual in their murderous depravity while simultaneously self-righteous, absurdly claiming their depredations were for human rights. Our struggle truly is not with flesh and blood, but with powers and principalities.
With all the sound and fury accompanying the rise in public shootings, the very best piece I have seen on the subject is this one by Daniel Greenfield at Front Page Magazine. I am not familiar with this publication or this writer, but I was deeply impressed with an article that actually gets to the roots of the problem rather than just chopping away at the branches for political advantage.
Things are heating up between China and Hong Kong. Though there has not yet been an invasion from mainland China, things are getting more tense with each day. Citizens of Hong Kong are not relenting in their refusal to give up their liberty – and China is progressively tightening the noose (like ‘progressives’ always do when anyone defies them).
One might wonder why China has not just stomped in murderously, as it did in Tiananmen Square a generation ago. Some think that China is leery of the consequences on the mainland of invading and losing. I have considered that possibility, but find it ultimately inadequate. In a contest of raw military power, Hong Kong would not stand a chance against the Chinese Army. Yet Hong Kong DOES have something China desperately needs – money.
The Chinese economy is tottering on disaster. Hong Kong is the economic engine that keeps the wobbly Chinese economy from imploding disastrously. China cannot invade without destroying that economic engine and, thus, its own hopes of righting its economy. So, if China invades, its own economy tanks and its dreams of world hegemony are set back at least a generation – or lost entirely to the foreseeable future. It is lucky, indeed, for Hong Kong that U.S. economic sanctions because of unscrupulous Chinese trade practices and intellectual property theft have been enacted now. China can pretend to a trade war for a while, in hopes that customary American timidity will prevail in time to keep it from tanking. But the loss of Hong Kong’s productivity would expose the hollowness at the core of Chinese economic “power” more quickly and dramatically than Ronald Reagan’s military build-up did to the Soviet Union.
Ignore the ignorant media. Do not lift trade sanctions on China at this critical moment. To do so would make it much easier for them to invade Hong Kong. In fact, I think the ante ought to be upped. I think Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ought to start circulating chatter about the possibility of offering diplomatic recognition to Taiwan as an independent nation. That would be a mortal blow to China’s immediate hopes for military pre-eminence in Southeast Asia and all along its Pacific rim. I don’t say do it right now; just use it as a stick to make clear what awaits China if it does invade Hong Kong – both economic and diplomatic ruin.
China did not miscalculate badly in its 30-year stealth effort to become the world’s major superpower. Had the delusional foreign policy fecklessness of the Obama years continued into a Hillary Clinton administration, China probably would have prevailed in its machinations, at least in the short term. But almost no one foresaw the Trump presidency coming – and Trump is neither a feckless chump nor worried about seeming sophisticated to the American eunuchs of foreign policy. He is set on defending American interests and the American people.
If you really wanted to bust up this China shop, begin negotiations to significantly build a strategic alliance between America and Russia. Russia is militarily the weakest of the three powers – but so was China when Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger forged an alliance with her that checked Soviet dreams of grandeur. We could make the world a much safer place, but the left cares for none of that.
I close with this marvelous piece that insightfully dissects the state of the world and the Church today. It was written by Sr. Charista Maria of the Missionaries of Our Mother of the Eucharist. This small, missionary order in Mississippi is dear to me. I have visited it on a couple occasions – and correspond occasionally with Sr. Mary Wax there.