Liars, Conspirers, Despair, Oh My! – Political and Domestic Affairs

By Charlie Johnston

When the movie, “Jaws,” first came out in 1975 I was still a teenager. I saw it in the theatre three times, both because I loved the movie and because of an astonishing phenomena I had never seen before and have not seen since. At the end of the movie, when Chief Brody fires a rifle at the oncoming shark and finally hits the scuba tank in its maw, blowing it to smithereens, the audience in the theatre spontaneously broke into loud applause and jumped to a sustained standing ovation. It was as if their own community had been delivered from the terror of the rampaging shark. It happened all three times – and at different theatres.

A shark is a remarkably simple, but efficient, killing machine. Unlike most fish, it cannot move its gills independently, so it has to swim constantly to force water through its gills. If it stops swimming for any length of time, it dies. It has a multitude of teeth, layered in rows behind the line that shows. If a tooth is broken out, another pops up to take its place. Sharks mainly participate in two types of activity, breeding occasionally and eating constantly – maintaining dominance over the denizens of the sea.

Leftist Democrats are more sophisticated than sharks. They know how to pretend to care about others as they set about feeding on them. Last week’s absurd political theatre featured sustained serial lies from leftist officials and media about what happened on the day of the Jan. 6 kerfuffle where the only people killed were Trump supporters by Capitol Police. Last Friday, as Justices of the Supreme Court heard initial arguments about Joe Biden’s Covid shot mandates, three justices demonstrated they have no clue about what they were talking about, even from contrived CDC standards – and also have no clue what their Constitutional role is. Though the upshot was that the Jan. 6 theatrics were met with a yawn by the few people who watched in the first place and that even some in the leftist media were shocked at how colossally dumb Justice Sonia Sotomayor truly is, there was a far more ominous takeaway: Democrat officials and media now tell easily demonstrable lies and are neither embarrassed nor willing to retract them after they are shown to be obviously false.  

Leftist Democrats and media know they cannot win the day with facts, evidence and logic. They no longer care about anything but amassing and holding power. Because they have completely abandoned any form of faith in God, power is the only thing that gives their lives some semblance of meaning. So they are on a suicide run. If they can’t prevail with facts and evidence, they hope to gaslight enough people with their brazen, unashamed lies to prevail. And they have a chance – because of Republican officials.

It is not that many Republicans will actively start parroting leftist provocations to liberty but that they do not understand this is an existential fight. Most will make great speeches in committee, but if the immediate assault is turned back, will celebrate their “victory” and rest, tacitly conceding all the ground that has been lost. After the Battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln anxiously awaited word that Union General Meade had entirely smashed Confederate General Lee’s army, thus effectively ending the Civil War. Instead, Mead cautiously followed Lee until the latter had safely crossed the Potomac River to safety in Virginia. After this, Meade sent a telegram boasting that they had driven “the invader from our soil.” Lincoln was despondent, angrily demanding, “Will our generals never get that idea out of their heads? The whole country is our soil.” And so the war continued for two unnecessary years because Meade was too cautious to end it when he could have. I guess this is a common Republican trait; focus on the ancillary so obsessively that you lose the main point. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is a brilliant tactician who has moments of strategic competence. He understood the strategic importance of getting judges appointed, so adopted the tactics to accomplish that masterfully. Yet he rescued Democrats from the consequences of their depravity by twice giving them the Republican votes needed to raise the debt ceiling. He has consistently refused to investigate the massive vote fraud of the last election – and looked with disdain at any who think there should be a real investigation. On the debt ceiling, some have argued that doing that robbed Democrats of the chance to change the narrative to Republican “obstructionism.” There is something to be said for that, but how long can we continue to give cordial aid to a party that has been in “take no prisoners” mode for the last six years? On the bright side, after McConnell’s second helping hand on the debt ceiling, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) went on and savaged him in a press conference anyway. That led McConnell to vow to give no more aid to the Democrats. While I would prefer that he had come to that conclusion based on the systematic assault on Americans’ basic rights rather than from the callous personal insult, I am glad he got there somehow.

Sen. Ted Cruz got a whole lot of blow-back when he called the events of Jan. 6 a “violent terrorist attack.” It didn’t entirely surprise me – either that he called the Jan. 6 events that or that he got such serious blow-back. I spent most of election season in 2018, when Cruz was challenged by Beto O’Rourke, in Texas working with Texas Right to Life and Republicans in the State House and State Senate. I discovered that while Cruz has a great bark, he doesn’t have much of a bite and has little concern for helping others in his party. On the bright side, the blow-back Cruz received from this seems to have motivated him to get more serious about defending basic American rights. He is suddenly a real point man in finding out if the Feds provoked a tiny slice of the million people protesting to get out of hand – and has suddenly found himself concerned about the hundreds held as political prisoners in appalling conditions for “parading” inside the Capitol Building.

The problem is that Republican officials, as a group, show little desire to vigorously defend against political persecution even though it is un-American and tatters liberty, but only get animated when their personal future is endangered. That is far too leaky a vessel in which to entrust our liberty. Bottom line, I do not trust Republicans to defend the liberty of citizens just because they are citizens of the United States. If the Democrats are so foolish as to provoke them to that defense for personal reasons, after the left is pulverized in the elections this fall, I expect Republicans to say, with General Meade, that they have “driven the invader from our soil” without lifting a finger to recover the rights of ordinary people that have been lost in the process.

Many conservative commentators are celebrating the Supreme Court’s order vacating Biden’s Covid shot mandates for private businesses while allowing those for health workers in facilities that receive federal disbursements to stand. I am not among them. Three questions that count are:

  1. On what Constitutional basis does the federal government have the power to force medical therapies on unwilling people? Historically, that has been a state power. The justification here is that facilities receive federal money. By that logic, what depravities could the Feds not enforce on citizens who receive any sort of social security or federal assistance? And if that is the case, when exactly did we cease to become a government run by the consent of the governed rather than by the whim of the bureaucrat with the only check being the Supreme Oligarchic Council which calls itself the Supreme Court?
  2. What criteria constitute an emergency? If the definition of a crisis is not clearly elaborated and tightly constrained, ambitious officials will keep us in a state of perpetual emergency and liberty is at an end.
  3. In a medical emergency, is the treatment to be mandated effective and fully tested? If there are no serious standards for this, what is to stop a tyrant from mixing arsenic and strychnine into a cocktail, putting it in a syringe, and calling it a “vaccine?”

Frankly, the Supreme Court addressed none of these problems to my satisfaction. They, too, are working from political grounds. Chief Justice John Roberts does not decide critical cases on the merits, but based on preserving the “legitimacy” of the court (a practice that has made him widely regarded as the worst chief justice since Roger Taney). Roberts now votes more for the left than the right. Brett Kavanaugh seems to want to be the “swing” justice, perhaps figuring if he votes for enough liberal claptrap, they won’t call him a gang rapist anymore. The Democrat appointees are candid now about believing the Court is the final determination on what is good policy. Only Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have proven themselves to be consistent originalist jurists who will stay in their lane. With the notable (and dangerous) exception of voting law, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett show signs of being reliably conservative. What a motley crew – unmoored from the Constitutional purpose of the Supreme Court and the principles of restraint in a government by the consent of the governed.

We are headed for a great collision. Almost all officials believe they are rulers rather than servants. The Republicans promise to rule more gently than the Democrats – and more effectively – but conceptually they all see themselves as rulers. Until that mindset is utterly destroyed – and rule by bureaucrats consigned to the dustbin of history – we will not again be a free, self-governing people. Officials will only be as conservative and protective of human liberty under natural law as we force them to be. Sadly, once God has been effectively banished from the mix, there is only the will to power. For most officials, office is no longer about service, but about self-actualization, a way to mine meaning from their otherwise callow, empty lives. I say that this year is when all our illusions will be swept away. By the end of the year, we will know that no one will defend our liberty for us; we must do it ourselves.

Alas, serious political dysfunction is prelude to massive and basic dysfunction. Shut down energy pipelines and companies and you get high energy prices and reliance on hostile foreign powers again instead of being a net exporter of energy. Set up all manner of regulations that slow trucking and shipping down and you get supply chain problems. Spend trillions of dollars that don’t exist and inflation shoots through the roof. Mandate that people get shots (that are not, but that you call, vaccines) that have been poorly tested and already show hideously large adverse reactions and you have a shortage of workers in critical industries and professions. The whole Biden “Build Back Better” slogan is best translated into normal speak as “Tear Down Faster.” Make no mistake: while 2020 and 2021 were years when the left gleefully destroyed thousands of small businesses and millions of peoples’ lives in order to seize permanent control, this will be the year when large businesses and institutions that you thought would last forever will topple. People who are freshening up on home and frontier-type skills are not withdrawing from the world, but getting a head start on navigating the new economy that the “Tear Down Faster” crowd is crafting. By the end of the year, you will see (or be on the verge of seeing) much more intimate, smaller, local economies and organizing principles. The left is governing by suicide vest, unaware that they go, too, when it blows. So back off and get out of their way.

Fortunately, the psychodramas that play out intensely in our politics, media, business and cultural institutions have not been able to completely shut down ordinary Americans’ basic goodness and decency. I travel all over the country. People I meet casually are almost uniformly friendly, cheery and with a lively sense of humor. Most of these people don’t know me at all, but are happy to get into a lively, fun conversation. And this covers all ethnicities and genders. What the left is accomplishing is convincing ethnic minorities (who had until recently credited them with good intentions, anyway) that leftists are neither competent nor allies. Rare is the person who I meet that I don’t have a good, friendly encounter with – and many are relieved that a normal fellow can laugh and talk about things that matter to us all. So we start with a larger pool of good will than one would think by watching the media or public officials speak. We’re going to need it because the government and formal culture is disintegrating faster than you think. Ernest Hemingway told the story of asking a man how he went bankrupt. “Slowly, at first,” the man replied, “then all at once.” We are just about done with the slowly phase.

The disintegration of social function is happening most rapidly in deep blue urban cities and the bluest states. I have said before that, from a political standpoint, nullification of federal laws by rational states is critical to slow the fall and that, if, the left is determined to crash everything, the temporary “panic room” strategy of secession. I emphasize the temporary nature of the latter tactic. On the one hand, red states do not need to follow blue into complete collapse when it is willfully done by their arrogant but ignorant officials – and separating will buy red states some time. But it is not a long-term strategy. Like a lion, demonic leftists are always on the prowl. Incapable of building anything, they restlessly seek to tear down what others have built. Making red and blue countries would simply be, for the red country, like having the old Soviet Union on its border, constantly trying to subvert the free states. The only way through in the long term is to utterly defeat destructive leftists. The only way to do that is through a religious renewal with personal initiative.

As I said, leftists can’t build anything and they don’t do anything to actually help anyone. They try to find meaning in their lives by hating and denouncing others for not doing enough. It is a bitter, joyless type of satanic idealism that progressively spirals down into deeper despair. We must defend ourselves while, at the same time, evangelizing those unfortunates caught in this vicious spiral of despair by showing them a better way: the way of love. I am speaking of the real love of giving and helping – not telling others what they should do, but doing it ourselves with joy. Nor is it the false love of serial and progressively more depraved lusts. The self-sacrificial love I speak of breeds contentment, fellowship and joy. We are already halfway there. As I noted earlier, most ordinary people are not in the grip of the angry madness that afflicts the leftists. Reach out to people you run into and most all will be relieved that you act normally and gladdened that you can laugh and interact with them as fellows. We are going to have to build new social structures very locally to replace those that just don’t work anymore and attempt to tear everyone down.

If you live in a deep blue city, do your best to move out – or at least have a bug out plan. That is where the violence and suffering will be worst and where people have the fewest skills to survive even an extended power outage. Be prudent, but understand that your security is in God – and is manifested here by the friendships you make with those around you, working collaboratively to help each other. Learn some basic skills. Know how to read a map. If you don’t know how to read cursive (shockingly, a common thing among young people these days) learn it. Ironically, young folks often chuckle over the struggles older folks have with electronics. Watch for the tables to turn, as young people have to lean on older folks to teach them baffling old-school ways.

As government restlessly seeks more ways to coerce people, it progressively paralyzes itself, making it less and less capable of doing anything. If you depend on the dying state, you will have serious problems, as it can’t deliver for anyone anymore. To the extent you can, try to wean yourself away from dependence on it. In those areas where you are not ready to do that, start to visualize what you would do if there were no social security checks, no Medicare, no effective police force, no effective medical system. This country was founded by people who often had none of those things. You can do it. And you will “build back better” by collaborating with those around you for the basics you need to both survive and thrive. One of the most powerful motivators is fear of loss. One of the things government has done effectively is to create dependents who are fearful of losing the pittance government provides them. As far as you can, divest yourself of such dependence now and visualize how you would proceed if it stopped because of a crash of incompetence.

Do I think all these things will come to pass this year? I don’t know. But I know the left is on a suicide run and would like to take us with them. I have no confidence that the right will do anything other than make a brief pause in this trajectory even if they win overwhelmingly. They will simply work to secure their own little fiefdoms of self-actualization rather than devote themselves to securing your liberties. The old system is dying, collapsing before our eyes. The new will be built by your dependence on God and your fellows around you. The quicker you can re-orient yourself to that reality, the closer we will be to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the renewal of the world. What is the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart other than the triumph of fairest love?

The existing system does not serve humanity: it feeds on it. When a multitude re-orient themselves towards God and collaboration with their fellows, divesting themselves from dependence on it, there will be a lot of spontaneous standing ovations as that system falls in on itself.


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121 thoughts on “Liars, Conspirers, Despair, Oh My! – Political and Domestic Affairs

  1. You know, the “slowly” collapsing action has been mightily painful so that it will be a mercy when the “all at once” point hits. Onward to the “religious renewal with personal initiative!” We CAN do it, for we can do all things in Him Who strengthens us.

    Love your closing counsel, Charlie. Sanity and wisdom reign in this cyber home with Christ as King.

    Teach us, Mama. Teach us how to live “fairest love” the Love beyond all telling.

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    1. Beautiful picture, Beckita! Our mama is protecting us and i love her, making sure to stay in her mantle. I am much better, thanks to her, St. Philomena and St Padre Pio. Love and hugs to you!

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    2. Beckita, The picture you chose of Mary above is beautiful. When you mentioned “fairest love,” I was reminded of this video by Fr. Ripperger: ( edit: As much as possible, in keeping with the 30 minute rule for vids here, I’ll give the key search words – in place of posting the video here – which people can use over at You Tube. They are: “Mother of Fair Love ~ Fr. Ripperger”)
      I know it is long and most will not watch it but there is so much in it that relates to these times and, among them, the real reason why the satan hates her so much, how our sins steal the glory from God and how Mary always works to get us to heaven.

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    1. Great clip, Sean! Thank you for the much needed laugh and encouragement that there are some in government who are not stupid and brave enough to let others know it!

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  2. Recall how George dealt with his old comrade in arms Benedict. Being a surveyor on the frontier taught him a lot as did his pre-Revolutionary military experience. Remember too he was a man of many skills, including finding skeletons in bronze armor in a river bed. He did not spend all his weekends in Gadsby’s Tavern or Christ Church in Alexandria.


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  3. I truly appreciate your continued analysis, Charlie. I have to agree with Beckita–the slowness is wearying and, while it may be harder, I look forward to the all-at-once breakdown. At least I will know what to do then. Patience is not my strong suit. 🙄

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    1. That seems to be my frame of mind, Jewel. It’s like slow torture right now.

      As always, a lot to mull over, Charlie, and a much appreciated analysis and insight.

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    2. It’s a sentiment that gets expressed here from time to time, but one I’ll never embrace. If the current challenges are tiresome, what makes anyone think a complete breakdown with its accompanying woes will be a relief? We rise and fall by degrees… not all at once. All things in God’s perfect timing. If we could only see the grace in each moment of this conversion process, we’d think differently. I’m talking about actually living. Not looking at some faraway horizon imagining how we’d really live then.

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      1. I know you’re right, MP, but it’s like being pregnant in month nine–you know that baby is going to come, that it’s going to be painful, that a baby outside the womb carries it’s own challenges, but HOLY MOLY! Come on baby! 😂 (As I said, I’m not good at patience.)

        That said, I am trying to focus more fully on prayer and being united to God’s Will in the now…trying is the key word here. 😏

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        1. Well, consider that impatience has its root in pride. At best a bad habit, at worst a disease that spreads and kills. Oh, I know, some will object that it’s an honest human response. Sure, but we’re not just human. We’re spirit made in the image and likeness of God. Judas was impatient, and who wants to be counted in that company?!

          Since America continues to slide, it seems that the majority lack the will and good habits to make any meaningful change. Thus the suffering (tragic on the surface, but more merciful than we deserve and potentially renewing if it kills our pride).

          Luke Skywalker got impatient with Yoda too. You know what Yoda said?

          “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

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          1. Ouch! Okay, MP, I’m convicted. I will be patient. 😁

            (However, in my defense, you have never been pregnant. 😜 Trust me, it’s not pride wanting that baby to be born.)

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            1. Choking on my coffee in laughter, Jewels and MP. I love the people who make this place a home. 🙂 This is a really important discussion given that we’re entering the very toughest phases of this Storm and I appreciate both of your perspectives.

              My lens considers what’s in the heart. Emotions are, well, God-given… every last one of them. How do we process them? How do we harness them? Do we take them to the Lord seeking understanding about what He is calling us to as we experience them? Do we let them hijack our will and drive the train of our decision-making? If we do, we run the risk of repeating the nastiness of some of our ancestors in faith, blaming God for their misery and testing HIM, instead of submitting to His rightful testing of us. I pray this verse in the Invitatory Psalm in the Divine Office every day before the Readings and in these days it presses on my heart every time:
              If only, today, you would listen to his voice:
              “Do not harden your hearts
              as you did at Meribah,
              on the day of Massah in the desert,
              when your fathers tested me –
              they put me to the test,
              although they had seen my works.”

              If, on the other hand, we are lamenting in the sense of grieving, expressing sorrow or regret, that’s simply a feeling and I have found Abba to be a God that appreciates our authentic dialoguing with Him. That can be done respectfully as we process, coming to understand from whence it came and for how it can direct us in a fruitful way. On the other hand, if we choose to cling so hard to the feelings, becoming stuck in turning our lamentations into criticizing God and blaming Him for our own failings or the test which He allows to come to us for His purpose(s), we have lost the plot of what it means to be a faithful son or daughter of God.

              Jesus, the Master, Our Lord, fully human and fully God, knew very well that He would be raising Lazarus from the dead, yet He stood at that tomb of His dear friend and wept.

              For anyone who gets stuck in fear, sorrow, impatience, anger or any difficult emotion, I cannot recommend enough Sonja Corbitt’s Freedom from Anxiety Series, found here, because I believe there will be ample opportunities coming right up in which we’ll need to emotionally process, in healthy human ways integrated with mature spiritual ways, what is happening around us.

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              1. We are creatures of the present and future. Jesus lived this and patiently awaited for the fullness of time before becoming man and then lived in the day-to-day moment of fulfilling His mission. He sometimes “impatiently” hoped in the future: (“…how I wish it were already kindled! Luke 13:49). Christians live the three principals of Faith, Hope and Love which are actions of the present (Faith) the future (Hope) and the resulting (LOVE) which remains eternally.

                “Let us be blunt, even at the risk of being misunderstood: the true Christian is not the denominational party member but he who through being a Christian has become truly human; not he who slavishly observes a system of norms, thinking as he does so only of himself, but he who has become freed to simple human goodness. Of course, the principle of love, if it is to be genuine, includes faith. Only thus does it remain what it is. For without faith, which we have come to understand as a term expressing man’s ultimate need to receive and the inadequacy of all personal achievement, love becomes an arbitrary deed. It cancels itself out and becomes self-righteousness: faith and love condition and demand each other reciprocally. Similarly, in the principle of love there is also present the principle of hope, which looks beyond the moment and its isolation and seeks the whole. Thus our reflections finally lead of their own accord to the words in which Paul named the main supporting pillars of Christianity: “So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13:13).
                (Pope Benedict XVI)

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            2. Ha, JEWELSWORD13 I have been pregnant and I can relate. My first born love was two weeks late. I was begging, get the baby out, get the baby out. Those who took time off to help me around the “due” date were back at work when my sweet baby girl came into the world. Grandparents were not an option for us unfortunately. I was so overwhelmed and suffered a mild postpartum overwhelm. I think it was referred to as “baby blues” at the time. Then I was begging, put her back, put her back!
              An example of another human condition that we all experience of *wanting* what we do not have. Blue versus brown eyes, another digit in our salary, bigger..better…. To which I warn, be careful what you wish for, you might just get it along with a new list unhealthy cravings. Truly, as Saint Augustine states “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
              Life is really a beautiful lesson plan. When we learn and evolve, we are on the right path! ❤

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            3. Few things compare to the joyful anticipation of the birth of a child, though if some are tempted to think that exercising the virtue of patience in that process is the sole purview of the woman, then they have obviously never been a man. I don’t compare (and partly joke), but the devil wants us isolated, feeling that no one suffers like us and no one could possibly understand our suffering.

              The popular interpretation of Jesus’ weeping at Lazarus’ tomb is that He was weeping for His friend. An honest human response. But as B pointed out, He was fully God too. Have folks considered that He was weeping for the lost in Israel? Those so opposed to Him that not even raising the dead would be sufficient to convert their hearts? Those for whom His Sacrifice would be useless?

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              1. Sobering reflection, MP. How He must have wept, repeatedly, throughout these recent times replete with disorder… so much so that our Mother showed those kids at Fatima the vision of hell and reminded us all that too many go there. Prayers aplenty that more and more are awakening to God as events continue to unfold.

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                1. Which is why I don’t rely on ‘feelings’ as reliable guide. Shoot, they’re at the fickle whim of so many things… some as ridiculous as the weather and what we may or may not have eaten the night before. Let the Spirit guide.

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                  1. Ah! But they can be a very reliable way the Holy Spirit gets our attention to turn to Him and seek counsel. And when these emotions are processed with Him, this clears the path to greater ability to rest in God.

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                    1. Sure, which is why I said “guide” vs. “gauge.” When Spirit speaks to our spirit, you can be sure it is to help us become more like Him. More spirit, less human weaknesses that weigh us down.

                      “God transcends all creatures. We must therefore continually purify our language of everything in it that is limited, image-bound or imperfect, if we are not to confuse our image of God –– the inexpressible, the incomprehensible, the invisible, the ungraspable –– with our human representations. Our human words always fall short of the mystery of God.” (CCC 42)

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              2. Interesting point, MP, about Jesus weeping, and I was instantly reminded of an incident in my life. Many years ago I was giving a talk at a Life In The Spirit seminar, some of it personal testimony. At one point I began to weep and could not stop; I felt so stupid. Someone from the prayer group came up to pray for me. The Lord showed me the reason later (it was not anything to do with me that I felt sadness at the time). The Lord was weeping for those who would ignore His invitation to a deeper spiritual journey, who would walk away from this training and brush it all off. (The “gift of tears” is not always convenient!)

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                1. During the homily at the Latin mass today our pastor was particularly excited about today’s Gospel and he mentioned having looked up multiple resources during the week and had grown anxious to share his insights with us.
                  Alas, at one point he stopped, looked around the pews and lamented that he didn’t feel he was getting through to us judging by our neutral expressions.
                  Near the end, he started to choke up and get teary-eyed.
                  After mass, my daughter commented on this and I opined it reminded me of Jesus at the tomb with Martha. After asking her if she believed that He was the Resurrection and the Life she obviously did not understand Him nore truly believe this. Here was one of His closest disciples and she had her doubts about His power.
                  So He wept.
                  As Latin mass attendies, Father (I believe) thought he was preaching to whom he expected to be as excited about the Word of God as He was, but he failed to see this in us.
                  And so, he too wept.

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      2. I’m with you, MP. I know things are coming apart, but I also know that a single big collapse will be hugely difficult and dangerous. In this, patience in letting things unfold more slowly than more quickly is truly a virtue. What I’m hoping for is that the Old System falls in sequential mini-collapses even as the New World rises in sequential jumps to replace it (as began to happen last year). An ongoing series of concurrent collapses and replacements will be hard enough to handle.

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        1. I see it sequentially too, but more spread out and not very interconnected but based on region and the cultural, moral and diversity make up of those in these different areas. Resources and the fair use of them will effect areas as well.
          Hoarders and bands of rogues could potentially shut down a thriving area pretty fast.
          I see a multifaceted change, no different than life is right now for individuals, towns, cities and nations but through this difficult global turn of events.
          The big picture will probably be a cascading event, but like any catastrophe, some will come out practically unscathed but I think no one will be left unchanged in some way or another and hopefully for the better.

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  4. Charlie, Your analysis here is wonderfully comprehensive and accurate on all counts, but yet maintains the inspiration that love of God, and our obligations under Him to support all of our neighbors– while avoiding the typical get even theme of opposition.

    What does puzzle me is how the next three years will unfold as Brandon’s mental and physical deterioration is accelerating. Does he die outright, or does he get removed as obviously senile? Does Harris then replace him, with Pelosi possibly elevated to VP and then running the show? If enough voters in the ’22 election replace the evil acting Democrats even with the slothful RINO Republicans (such as the ilk of Romney), then Harris and Pelosi might yet be impeached, with a Republican leader of the House elevated to the Presidency.

    My hope is that Brandon and his Democrat party are screwing up so obviously across the board (e.g., supporting trans females to compete against genetic females, causing painful inflation, mandating ineffective and dangerous gene therapy as a King unfettered by law, and destroying the county’s peace with race bating, rampant crime in our cities, and weaponizing the Justice Dept against parents and ordinary citizens who disagree with their Socialist/Communist policies), the ’22 elections may become a decisive turning point.

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    1. Thanks Jack. I think you have a bit of normalcy bias left. A BIG upshot of what I am saying is that the federal government is getting more and more irrelevant. That is why localized organizing principles will become so much more important. I suspect that, by the end of the year or soon thereafter it will be far more important who your governor is than who the nominal president is.

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      1. Things are all crumbling everywhere on the federal level. The executive branch, legislature, courts, investigative and enforcement federal agencies, including health agencies, have all truly earned loss of confidence. They do not serve us as you say, Charlie. Rather they intend to rule over us and, at the same time, they tend to work for pure self interest. As far as 2022 elections,there is no guarantee that the vote will not be controlled and tarnished just as big money has controlled many D.A.’s and subverted so many institutions in blue states. I find it to be a grim horizon as far as temporal history is concerned. Yes, the relative peace and security the majority of U.S. citizens have known in our homeland is but a postage stamp on the long and broad canvass of the turmoil of human history. However, if there were no hopeful people like Jack, no one would still be fighting. And I still think one has to fight as well as pray and trust in God’s plan.

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      2. You are so right, Charlie. This is already entirely true in Florida with DeSantis. In some notable respects, DeSantis has already declared independence from DC while retaining the forms. Not quite the obvious secession you have mentioned as a temporary solution but a general success so far.

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  5. Charlie,

    For many of us who have listened to you over the years, we are ready as we will ever be. Just keep saying the rosary and stay in our Lady’s mantle. Just one observation I would like to note: I have locally in the last year seen an outpouring in people openly parading their embrace of witchcraft and satanism. It has put me on a higher spiritual alert, as I can feel the evil and the demons associated with these people.

    Having had COVID and gotten deathly sick from it back in November has been a blessing. It helped me to clean my spiritual house of some bad habits I acquired and to make a greater priority for my prayer life.

    And my ole buddy Patrick of SD, I will reply to your email. Goodness gracious as Father Hunwicke is wont to say, I have a pile to answer!

    I also have to get the “Charlie J” seeds to my sister Mick in the next month. Charlie, I named a pumpkin variety I developed after you, the Charlie J.” It is a cross between a delicata squash and an amish pie pumpkin. So, you end up with a squat rather flat pumpkin with green strips (Instead of orange like a blaze) on a yellow background. If your climate is warner, it will eventually turn orange. Very tasty for pies, cookies, bread and muffins.

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  6. I will revisit this post several times, Charlie. I’ve picked up several insights you’ve shared previously that escaped me. It’s bundled up in this major piece in a fashion that my mind was better able to grasp which has made it so much more meaningful. An aha moment or two for me here! Thank you for that.
    I will suggest that even on a smaller scale, the plan unfolds slowly (as a grace to cope with it all) and then hits you/us all at once too. I’ve been keeping a stiff upper lip, however the incremental refinements added to the cold and dark month of January in R7, difficult life/work situations on top of a sore neck from sleeping, it really cut to my core the last few days. The clincher was to have people who matter so much to me suffering dearly. It’s been a bit overwhelming. God-willing, I’ve shaken it off and onward we go in defense of the truth and being a small part of rebuilding sound and sacred new structures from the ash heap of filth and rot.

    An aside, I just answered the door bell and a neighbor, Jeanelle across the street, is handing out flyers sharing that Chris her next door neighbor is missing since going out to take a walk to the park last night. He lives and cares for his dying mother and also suffers from cancer. It is believed that he may be disoriented/paranoid due to medication. Please say a prayer for Chris to be found safe and sound and for healing for him and his mother Diane. Thank you. Lord have mercy. ❤

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  7. Your conclusions are mine … though I could never have written this so well. Yes, the R’s should rename the party after General Mead because they follow the pattern! I have written many emails to the very few elected officials who carry on a fight against the destruction of this republic. I do not live in their district but a letter of encouragement can go a long way to heartening a weary fighter. I think that we have to continue to fight though it appears that the die has been cast.

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  8. Praying that I am able to use this “slowly at first” time efficiently.
    You are right, Beckita, we have wood to chop.
    Continuing to take the next right step, katey 🙏🏽

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          1. Seriously, it is, jewelsword13. So much was lost in translation in the flurry of emotions yesterday in the community’s best intentions. We have a lot of wood to chop if this was an indication of how we will have to pull together.
            When the time is right I will visit Chris’ family personally and console them. I will share how Chris was loved and prayed for here. Thank you, sincerely. ❤

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  9. Charlie, once again, a very good summation of current events. I laughed reading your initial thoughts. You sound very Seditious (you’re not) but most likely will be visited by our FBI for a casual conversation. Don’t let a leftist reaction stop you. I only wish I could write like you and I would be spattering all over the social internet. You’re a good man and Patriot Charlie. We need you right at this time and place.

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    1. Ha, 24! The feds are imploding themselves…so why would I want to go to the trouble to push them along? As Napolean advised, when an opponent is destroying himself, just get out of the way and let him finish.

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  10. Your political parties (like other such entities around the world) prefer their own agendas rather than the agendas of whom they claim to serve, They perform magic tricks using smoke, mirrors, & trap doors to quell their chosen bases and invigorate their influencers as well as force through their own intentions upon everyone else.. In our own dealings with such people and their henchmen over the years we have found them always to be filled with ulterior motives, lies, and under skewed presumptions about the world outside of your borders. In short they are politicians, nothing more and nothing less. Your constitution implies a bottom up power structure, perhaps the people may call for a second constitutional convention. Should they choose to do so it may be best to lose about 537 or more invitations to attend. So they do not feel so left out let them all tune into their favourite evening news broadcast to learn of the outcome. At the end of the day it was prayer, fasting, & self sacrifice that brought about the conversion of Rome from pagan empire to Christendom, Somewhere along the line the people gave up on prayer, fasting, & self sacrifice which has placed this world in it’s present state. Our hope is not in Princes or the machinations, science, & structures of the present age. God has permitted this whole world to collapse, He has permitted the loss of many seemingly just battles, He has permitted His own great Ark to thrall about and take on water, He has permitted the smoke of Satan to envelop the ship darkening the eyes of those aboard. He is also permitting the very world on which we all live to openly rebel against it’s own stewards. These are chastisements which are beginning to take on a global scale. If God has permitted such, then it will not matter what we dodo in a worldly sense because He has better plans in mind. It will apparently be monumental and we must not find ourselves in a position where we may be getting in the way, This Era is now over. Perhaps prayer, fasting, & self sacrifice are the better way.

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    1. Let us be blunt, even at the risk of being misunderstood: the true Christian is not the denominational party member but he who through being a Christian has become truly human; not he who slavishly observes a system of norms, thinking as he does so only of himself, but he who has become freed to simple human goodness. Of course, the principle of love, if it is to be genuine, includes faith. Only thus does it remain what it is. For without faith, which we have come to understand as a term expressing man’s ultimate need to receive and the inadequacy of all personal achievement, love becomes an arbitrary deed. It cancels itself out and becomes self-righteousness: faith and love condition and demand each other reciprocally. Similarly, in the principle of love there is also present the principle of hope, which looks beyond the moment and its isolation and seeks the whole. Thus our reflections finally lead of their own accord to the words in which Paul named the main supporting pillars of Christianity: “So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor 13:13).

      Pope Benedict XVI,

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      1. In the time of our Lord the Priests were divided between Pharisee and Sadducee. The Pharisee believed the entirety of the Law and Prophets whereas the Sadducee also did but ejected many if not all of the Traditions. Our Lord still addressed the Pharisees and even won over a few of them, though most remained with Caiaphas. Oddly enough the High Priest was probably more often a Sadducee rather than a Pharisee. Both groups proclaimed the Torah, one group recognised life after death, angels, miracles, etc. The other group did not. Both groups or parties if you will claimed authenticity of the inner workings of God. & of Judaism. While both groups can rightfully say they are true to their word that does not mean they are correct. They were both in grave error. The Pharisees at least believed in everything, their error was truly a lack of love and mercy. Which may be why our Lord took the time to admonish and correct them, whereas the Sadducees were simply just too far gone theologically to the point of When you die you’re done, this world is all there is. It is the very nature of people to place themselves under a party or group. This is why parties and systems of thought tend to grow out of control and simply takeover everything. Parties and groups must be subject to the Jew or Christian, not the other way around which unfortunately is what we presently have. There are no parties or such groups or systems in the Heavens, only the family of God. These entities like many other plagues start off seemingly well and good, but then against so does eating Fig that grows on a an unusual beautiful tree atop Mount Zion around a million years ago. There is an old saying Judaism “you can look but don’t touch”, let us go one step further, simply don’t even look and if you do get an axe then toss it into the fire.

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    1. Sure. If technology fails and keyboards don’t work for a time, it will be (as it was for centuries) the prime means of written communication. Being unable to read cursive will be the equivalent of being entirely off-line.

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        1. Patrick it’s also for those who can’t read it a kinda. Secret code especially those socialist communists running FB now Meta, Twitter, etc. just laughing out loud on this subject. So many times at the checkout counter, a young clerk has watched me write a check and commented on my cursive. “How do you do that”, I’ve been asked. (But of course I hardly write a check nowadays.) But they are also befuddled by the ability to tally up the grocery prices and get very close to the bill’s tabulation. But thanks to all for the spiritual thread comments.

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          1. bill’s tabulation in my head or multiple by 11’s, 12’s, 13’s, 14’s, 15’s etc. God bless those flash cards and drill &mental math exercises in grade school. Generation gap , i guess.

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            1. Hear, hear joanne1950. The U.S. public *education* system is a failure. It clearly does not have our children’s best interests in mind. The dark forces and their willing minions are dumbing-down and indoctrinating our children and mind-numbed society at large.

              If we want to “Make America Great Again”, we should be adding to the school curriculum, not taking away from it. As far as extra-curricular activities go – how does this one strike you?

              ‘After-School Satan Club’ Targeting Children Ages 6 to 11 at Illinois Elementary School Sparks Outrage


              We are fighting this tooth and nail in our wretched blue state. Lord have mercy on us and on the whole world. ❤

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      1. It has been put on my heart lately to start writing letters again. Technology can so easily be ignored if the receiver doesn’t want to receive it. I, of course, remember when that was a most common means of communication (and phones did not have caller ID 🙂 . It also helps if one needs to think before one impulsively communicates information or emotion.

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      2. I’ve been teaching my grandchildren cursive for years. I write them letters in cursive and they can read them. Plus its very important for their cognitive development. 😉

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  11. Excellent post Charlie. Are we heading towards a complete destruction of the current system? It looks like Democrats got to the point that even if in minority they will openly bully the timid Republicans into submission by indirectly or even openly threatening to launch another wave of riots and burning down the cities, fueling and feeding on racial tensions within the society, portraying themselves – the gang of thugs in white gloves – as defenders of democracy and humanity.

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    1. Pawel, you asked,: “Are we heading for a complete destruction of the current system?”
      I hope so. I think we are heading for God’s Plan of governance as before the fall – the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven – living in the Divine Will. Humanity acknowledging Christ as King of all Nations. Not Him coming here again in the Flesh, that comes later with His Glorified Body in Heaven. Regrettably, we will still have our sinful nature to contend with. It will be sooooo much better than our current system. The satan blinded. I think there will be a hierarchy much like the early Church. I am sure my thought fall far short of the reality. Just my thoughts on the coming era of Love.

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      1. Monarchy?

        Being serious here.

        I have been taught to take it as a given that “democracy” and “the republic” are here to stay.

        Then I look and listen to Mitch McConnell and Paul “mom jeans” Ryan and see no future in it.

        Heaven is a Monarchy
        The Church is a Monarchy

        why is the Nation State an exception?

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        1. Interesting thinking, Timothy. I vividly remember the discussion before the 2016 election and how some commenters, back at TNRS, were stunned to think that our country’s current governing system could actually fall. The vivid part was the calming words of Charlie: (paraphrasing just a tiny bit) If the government falls, God has a better way.

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  12. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Really!?? Will ANYONE be held accountable if THEIR BS Estimates prove to be bogus?

    It is beyond belief how Democrat Party USA (Media usually) will twist themselves into Pretezels in efforts to NOT offend ANY of THEIR radical fringe cogs. THEY know without The Radical Fringe THEY are lost! …. Good for US 😉
    The RaptureReady Gang don’t care for Catholics much but we can agree on What’s Happenin’ Now USA and many of US will be sharing “Lifeboats” with these people.


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  13. Can I please ask for prayers for a relative of mine named Tommy? He is actively dying. Although Catholic, I do not think he was attending Mass, etc. Please pray for God’s mercy. Thank you all.

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  14. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    Nice Try, Bill! The scandal ain’t over and The Scandal Mongers are STILL in High Places …. Rome ……. Chicago ….. DC …….. & past damage will take decades to repair!
    ……. from Feb 21 ….

    All part of the planned “Great-Reset”!
    …. Speaking of which …… Our Davos Master meet!

    THEY are not interested in dialog or reason! 98% Jabbed & Controlled is The Agenda!
    ….. Yep!


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  15. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … 😉

    THEY have always had a problem with the Jews and their Christian cousins!
    THEY control the Democrat Party and DC Alphabet Agencies ;-(

    More Supply Chain disruption …… as planned??

    Yep!! There be lots of Disinfo Out-There … most of which thanks to Dr. Death and his Ilk in the WHO, NIH, CDC and Chinese Commie Party/PLA!
    …… THEY hate Ivermectin and ANYONE who attempts to use it! …… & Florida is supposed to be a State where the Light of Freedom is still burning!?

    Resistance to and division within ………… 😉


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  16. I am no longer receiving Charlie’s posts and all of the other responses in my email. Any suggestions? When I go to wordpress a blank page shows up.

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      1. Thanks, Beckita.
        I went in on my laptop and changed a setting. It had been flipped to off for some reason. the messages are now back in my inbox. However, when I type in the wordpress url in the omnibox just a blank page for WordPress shows up. I’m good with that as long as I’m getting the messages in my inbox. It’s odd but don’t want to spend anymore energy on it cuz the ASOH bookmark still works.
        Thank you for your help.

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        1. HTTP, sometimes, randomly, I will get a fully downloaded web page that shows nothing, just a blank page. Quitting and reopening my browser can sometimes help. Sometimes, I never do figure it out.


  17. Recently I got at least two text messages from my insurance prompting me to get a flu shot. This is today’s exchange with the automated system, I guess it worked:

    Insurance text message:
    “Did you keep your promise to get a flu shot? Text YES or NO. It’s not too late. Get your flu shot today. ”

    I replied (and btw I made no promises, no clue why they insist I did):
    “Yes, straight in my butt.”

    Insurance text message:
    “Thanks for taking charge of you and your family’s health by getting a flu shot this season! We won’t send you any more texts about the flu.”


  18. JESUS = GOOD NEWS! … PM 😉



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  19. Considering that Charlie started his article with an examination of the story of the movie, Jaws, the following is quite apropos. It’s an article found in LifeSiteNews that they, in turn, picked up from the WND News Center.

    The writer proposes a movie story board of events that will ultimately bring about the promised worldwide Great Reset. It opens in the following manner;

    “This article is presented for readers to consider a possible scenario that may occur in the coming months. Recent developments and statements emanating from the World Economic Forum have given indications that the next step on the way to implementing the Great Reset may be imminent – an engineered world economic collapse as a necessary prelude to the imposition of a digital world currency, which Klaus Schwab and the WEF have frequently been discussing and promoting.”


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  20. I’m astonished that JP is still allowed on YT. I first watched him several years ago, occasionally, because he’s truly funny. He’s been getting more and more bold. This one is serious:

    God bless and keep you, friend.

    Sister Bear


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