By Charlie Johnston
If you lost your job, but had $250,000 in the bank, you could live normally for quite some time if you are middle class, by drawing down on your capital. Every week you did that, though, you would be headed towards a precipitous cliff. Do it long enough and you would plunge over the cliff to your doom. What we have done the last five months is to dramatically cut back on actual production while simultaneously injecting huge amounts of currency into the system. That is the textbook formula for murderous inflation – the type that topples nations. So, you might ask, why have we not felt any serious consequences yet (though the more than 100,000 businesses that have closed permanently since the start of this might disagree with that assessment)? We are drawing down on the capital of our economy’s vast reserve capacity. Most of our Republican officials and all our Democratic officials are so economically illiterate that they really do not understand this. We are headed at breakneck speed towards the cliff of complete, sudden and utter collapse – and the idiots who hold the levers of power in our society think they can just print more money up to solve the problem. You have already seen some hiccups in the supply chain. When we run out of a commodity because we are not producing it anymore or have reduced its production to a trickle, then all those dollars we have created will be in competition for the very few of those commodities available – and the prices will skyrocket.
Let me give you a small metaphor. Suppose there is an island with 100 people on it. Those people are dependent on a total of 100 widgets a week between them to survive. For decades, the island’s widget factory has pumped out 110-120 widgets a week. Some folks enjoyed the luxury of buying more than the one widget they actually need each week. Meantime, the island elders bought up the excess capacity to create a strategic reserve in case of emergency. Suddenly, in some panic, the island’s elders cut the production of widgets back to 50 per week. Alas, several of the widget producers go out of business entirely. Even if things ever got back to normal, they now only have the productive capacity for 75 per week. The elders soothe the islanders by sending out bonus cash to everyone. They do nothing about the fact that the island is no longer capable of producing the basic number of widgets islanders need for survival. After all, there is still plenty in reserve, so everything seems normal. What happens when the strategic reserve runs out? I’ll tell you what happens: life on the island suddenly gets very savage, brutish and nasty. This is what we have done to ourselves – and our officials are too drunk with power to even be aware of that deadly cliff that is still so far away on the horizon, but to which we draw closer each day. The officials just LOVE the feeling of issuing arbitrary edicts.
Don’t think our global enemies are not paying attention to what we do. While we have been fighting over a virus, China has crushed freedom in Hong Kong and is aggressively trying to expand its military presence outward.
CDC Director Robert Redfield confirmed last week that our draconian shutdown approach is more deadly to Americans than Covid. Astonishingly, he did not say it in context of amending our approach, but with the threat that if we do not obey, they will crack down harder and let even more people die. The left – and the “experts” without expertise – don’t care how many people must die in order to force the little people to bow to their imperial will. Enemies must watch with amazement as our national nervous breakdown shows that Americans have so little tolerance for risk that they will inflict enormous pain and damage on themselves in order to stay “safe;” that America has become incapable of adopting targeted defensive measures that do minimal harm to itself; and that vast swaths of power-hungry minor functionaries are downright eager to brutally punish the people they are supposed to serve in order to secure and expand their power, even to the extent of intentionally letting some under their authority die needlessly.
If I were China or an organized Jihadist group, I would do everything in my power to inject more chaos into the American system while this golden moment (for America’s enemies) lasts. One good, hard shove might well topple the American experiment – and if Donald Trump is re-elected (especially if it is by a decisive margin) this golden moment will pass away.
Whether we dodge this particular bullet or not, the odds are overwhelming that next year is going to be harder and uglier than this year, whoever wins the election, as we reap the bitter harvest we have sown this year. Our troubles have become systemic rather than transient. Cal Thomas wrote a thought-provoking book asking if we have nearly reached “America’s Expiration Date.” Its premise is that most great empires have lasted for about 250 years before entering into steep, irreversible decline. America has had an amazing vitality and capacity for renewing itself, but having hobbled itself with vast bureaucratic parasites, having maliciously bowdlerized its economic system, and having chosen to cede power to self-absorbed idiots rather than govern itself rationally, we have grave, extensive troubles ahead. I suspect that this year will NOT be remembered as the year of troubles in America, but as the prelude to the troubles. For a time, the landmass of America may not be governed at all, but ruled by roving bands of rival warlords.
I honestly do not believe restoration is in the cards for us. The best hope is for transformation and renewal. That is why I am taking great pains to form CORAC so that it can thrive in both a high-tech and a low-tech environment, with or without modern means of communication. You would not believe all the contingency plans I am building in without talking about them. We will not ultimately solve this problem economically, politically or technically. Only resurrecting a common ethos and vision of the good will lead us to renewal – and I fear many of the neo-savages among us will have to be consumed by their own self-destructive violence before their fellows realize that this is a way of death, not of enlightenment or hope. It is ours to gather together the ambulances to show the broken survivors of this madness a better way – a way that leads to life rather than destruction. The first Christians started calling themselves The Way. Our duty now is to help people find The Way once more.
I was both pleased and a little upset that our ZOOM capacity of 100 was filled up within five minutes of opening – and before my Sunday presentation began. I am working on vastly expanding that capacity with a more secure system before we have the national conference.
By the way, the national conference will almost certainly be in Limon again, on the weekend of September 12 and 13. My main concern had been not allowing hostile bureaucrats to be able to pull the rug out from under us at the last minute. That is what they did to the Republican Party of Texas for their annual convention. It is clear to me that, until the election, all Christians, conservatives and pro-lifers are fair game to fully politicized and corrupted bureaucrats at all levels. I developed a certain confidence with authorities in Limon this last weekend. While somewhat remote, it is only 70 miles east of Denver International Airport on the Interstate. It has a lot of hotels, as it is something of a crossroads for travelers. I like the small-town feel combined with the ease of access. Plus, if worse came to worst, I have a large, private warehouse available less than an hour away. Attendees would not even have to switch hotels. I have just a couple of boxes left to check – and will formally decide over the weekend and announce it on Monday.
The video of the talk will be up, along with the written transcript, on Friday. The download and upload capacity where I am at is a little slow, so I will wait until I have more speed. Inset here is my painfully primitive map of the Regions I have broken the country up into. It was 15, but is now 16. I had some folks from Alaska contact me wanting to know who their coordinator would be – and informing me they had had a group of about 20 meeting regularly in association with this website. I had no clue it even existed…so lo and behold, we now have a team in Alaska!
I had one very astute fellow note that I came out hard on the vital importance of the Virgin Mary for all Christians in these times. I did, indeed, for honoring Mary and calling on her is in the vital roots of all Christians; Catholic, Orthodox AND Protestant. It is a rich part of the heritage endowed to all of us by God. I reprint below, without comment, what I said on the subject:
“…the fourth home truth concerns the mother of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary. Many modern, otherwise faithful, Christians are, at best, indifferent to Mary and, at worst, downright hostile to her. This baffles me. It was not part of the Reformation and, in fact, has only arisen over the last 200-300 years. In his last sermon in 1546 Martin Luther, the founder of Protestants, said, “Is Christ only to be adored? Or is the Holy Mother of God rather not to be honored? This is the woman who crushed the serpent’s head. Hear us – for your Son denies you nothing.” Yes, Martin Luther called her the Mother of God, for there were plenty in that day who maintained that Jesus was not God at all, just a man born of a woman who grew to become a profound moral teacher. But serious Christians – both among the Catholics and the Reformers – knew that when the 2nd Person of the Trinity, the Eternal Son, chose to take on our humanity, He chose to be born of a human woman, a woman chosen from all eternity to become Mother of the Eternal Son – who took on our humanity without abdicating His divinity.
If the phrase, “Hail Mary, full of grace,” offends you, your quibble is not with Catholics, but with the Archangel Gabriel, for this is the salutation with which he greeted her at the Annunciation. If the phrase, “Mother of God,” offends you, you are offended not just at Catholics, but at Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwengli and the rest of the founders of the Protestant movement, who all referred to her under that title – often, admittedly, to emphasize Christ’s divinity rather than her maternity – but the three I mentioned by name were all serious Marian devotees.
In the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, during her Canticle of Praise, Mary says, “Behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” You cannot coherently claim to believe in the inerrancy of Scripture while simultaneously implicitly denying the truth of this passage.
The prejudice against Mary that has grown strong in some Christian circles once filled me, too, with dread at properly acknowledging her. Wanting neither to be deceived nor to offend God, I humbly told the Lord that I was going to pray the Rosary (which is not so much a paean to Mary as it is an extended contemplation of the life of Our Lord WITH Mary) for the next three weeks. I told no one else. I asked Him to show me, during this period, whether this was approved by or offensive to Him – and that I would abide by what He showed me. I have been a Marian devotee ever since, joyfully going with her to her Holy Son.
I strongly recommend this method to all serious Christians. I know that, for some men, Christianity is just the pretext they use to justify their efforts to impose their will on others. For these, my cry will fall on deaf ears. But for those who are serious, this method leaves the matter safely – and intimately – between you and God.
Our Lord is offended by many things in the modern world. One of the things He is most offended by is the general contempt and indifference with which so many who call themselves Christians treat His mother.
I have said many times that God calls all faithful Christians – Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox – and all faithful Jews to act as full and equal partners in the work before us. And to treat all men of good will, whatever their faith, as true neighbors. I mean it. But this is urgent. God told Job’s seemingly pious friends that, “…you have not spoken rightly of me as has My servant, Job.” God told these men He would not hear their prayers; that they must go to Job and ask Job to pray that they be forgiven, for God would hear Job’s prayers. I tell you, if you call yourself Christian and hold Mary in contempt, your prayers will fall on deaf ears. Go with Mary to her Son and your prayers will be heard – and you will be re-connecting with the deepest roots of your faith, whether you be Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant.”