By Charlie Johnston
It was a busy week last week, with the National Zoom Meeting and two international Zooms. We had a bad glitch in the National Zoom when it only allowed 100 people into the meeting rather than 300. Zoom gets kind of glitchy with the bigger meetings. It would have been a problem, regardless (though not as bad) as we had a lot more than 300 people trying to get in. MP, CORAC’s Executive Director, and I spoke the day after and decided to go a different direction for these national meetings. I authorized him to get a special system for these that he has worked with before. It has no limits on attendance. I will try to get another national meeting in place before the elections.
I have several upcoming talks. I will speak this Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11:30 am in Colorado Springs. For information, contact Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, Oct. 7, I will speak in Fort Collins, Colorado at 5 pm at the Parkwood Clubhouse, 1314 Buttonwood Dr. Use the linked signup sheet for more information.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, pilgrims will be coming to see the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Catherine’s Chapel on the Rock at St. Malo’s in Allenspark, Colorado, in the shadow of Mt. Meeker. That program will begin at 9:30 am. I will not speak there but I will be greeting pilgrims who come to, perhaps, my favorite spot in the world.
Fourteen years ago Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. Anyone paying attention to his actual policy preferences rather than his knack for saying them soothingly could see he was proposing a command police state in which individual rights were tossed to the curb and an elite class would decide what we could and could not do – and what was good for us whether we liked it or not. Throughout his two terms, America got progressively more divided along racial and other characteristics that were entirely ancillary to actual character. Obama did a fabulous job of getting minorities and leftists to cheer as their economic interests were damaged, as he spawned more hate and discontent at all levels of society. He proclaimed all his supporters to be “victims,” no matter how much power and money they had. His solution was to victimize them harder. Amazingly, the people he continued to victimize cheered and were heartened as their lives got worse and their freedoms were sapped.
Donald Trump’s election put a kink in Obama’s plan to fundamentally transform the country, but it was not a disaster for the left. Almost all the federal bureaucracy was still loyal to Obama – and spent four years waging war on Trump, undermining his efforts to restore American liberty, prosperity, and its pre-eminent place in keeping world peace. Another kink in the program of fundamental transformation came when the front man for the program became a desiccated, old pervert suffering from senior dementia. Joe Biden could not provide a soothing sugar coating over any bitter medicine. But he was determined to shove it down our throats, regardless. He openly began to mount hostile operations against American freedom and prosperity – and America’s standing in the world – using the Injustice Dept. and the FBI as his primary brownshirts to force ordinary people to his will. But those are not the only Orcs in his service. He also has the establishment media, the social media giants, the colleges, woke corporations and almost every formerly independent institution – including large swaths of our church leadership.
America has been occupied by a bureaucratic and administrative state that is hostile to traditional religion, the family, the American Constitution and the American Bill of Rights. The American government, itself, has become the greatest of the enemies of the people, supported by its Orc army from the institutions I mentioned in the last paragraph. The government’s raid on Donald Trump’s home was the bureaucratic state’s Pearl Harbor attack against American liberty. It was designed to demonstrate that it can and will go after anyone for any or no reason according to its imperial whim. Since then it has raided scores of Trump allies, seizing phones and property often without warrants.
Last week, the FBI sent almost 30 armed agents to raid the home of pro-life activist and author, Mark Houck. Houck sometimes protests outside abortion clinics. A few years back, he had his 12-year-old son with him. A clinic “escort” started verbally assaulting his son and getting in the boy’s face. After warning the “escort,” several times, Houck finally pushed the man. Naturally, the precious leftist pressed charges. Those charges were laughed out of the state court and dismissed. Ah, but Joe Biden and his Stasi-FBI apparently thought this was a useful way to drive home the point that they can get anyone who disagrees with them, particularly Christians. So they sent the armed, politicized agents to raid him at gunpoint. In the aftermath of the overturning of Roe v Wade, there have been almost 100 crisis pregnancy centers firebombed and otherwise seriously vandalized. There is even a leftist group, Jane’s Revenge, which has claimed responsibility for the firebombings. So how many FBI raids have there been against actual and extensive leftist violence against pro-lifers? Zero. I don’t think the FBI has even interviewed Jane’s Revenge activists.
A North Dakota man admitted to murdering a teenage boy who he claimed was a MAGA Republican – because the boy was a Republican. This was in the aftermath of Joe Biden demanding that MAGA Republicans be destroyed. Did the murder sober Biden or give him pause? No. In fact, a few days after the murder Biden renewed his call to destroy MAGA Republicans. He doubled down. Did the FBI at least raid the confessed murderer’s home? No, the man was released on $50,000 bond. Biden apparently does not want the FBI getting distracted from raiding conservative opponents, pro-life activists, and parents who complain at school board meetings by investigating actual left-wing violence or stopping mass shootings or arresting actual terrorists.
The FBI is so enjoying its role as political enforcer for the current regime that it continues to lie to judges to get warrants to seize innocent people’s things and money. Why wouldn’t it? It suffered no consequences for having been proven to lie to judges to get warrants to stick it to Trump – and a partisanly corrupted D.C. jury, presented with proof of the lie, decided lying to a judge is not a crime if the purpose is to get Donald Trump or one of his associates.
Clearly, at this point, the FBI and Injustice Dept. are not at all embarrassed to be openly seen as the political Stasi for the occupying regime. In fact, their brazenness demonstrates that they WANT you to know and to fear them. America is become a police state, although a nascent one that is currently feeble. It can cull the herd, but it cannot yet pen them. Joe Biden and the FBI are betting that you will keep your head down and let them solidify their power. If you will just remain docile enough long enough to let them get their new enforcers in the IRS hired and replace hard currency with the White House’s proposed digital currency, they will have sufficient power to begin penning the herd of formerly free people.
So what do you do when you love your country? Aleksander Solzhenitsyn loved his country, Russia, while hating what the communist takeover had done to it. When your country is taken over, externally or internally, by a force hostile to its traditions and principles, with the determination to destroy them and rule over you imperiously, you revoke your consent and cooperation with that government – not to bring down your country, but to rescue it. The reality is that when an illegitimate, brutal regime seizes power it does hold coercive power over you. Not every offense is one you should be willing to go to jail for. You have to take the long view while revoking your WILLING cooperation with all federal agencies. That also means you have to repudiate, as much as you can, any benefits offered by the federal government. It is not trying to help you, but to make you its dependent so it may more easily control you.
For me, I will not cooperate with any federal law enforcement. If I witness an actual crime, I will speak to state and local authorities, but not to federal law enforcement. If they want to put me in jail, I have no dependents and have some deep experience in living hardship and deprivation. But that is not everyone’s situation, so I don’t seek that all should do it. But never help them willingly. That means ANY federal agency, from the BATF to the EPA to the CDC. It is they who have forfeited their legitimacy. The old ex-patrioted Soviet comedian, Yakov Smirnov, used to joke that in the old Soviet Union, the government would pretend to pay them and in return, they would pretend to work.
State and local law enforcement should cease cooperating with federal agencies. If the feds are going to proudly take on the role of an American Stasi, they should be treated with the contempt such politicized thugs deserve. Beyond this, states, which have enormous theoretical authority under the Constitution – far more than the federal government – should withdraw their consent and cooperation, focusing on protecting their citizens and voluntary institutions, including churches, they are honor-bound to defend. Start declaring states to be energy sanctuaries, prosperity sanctuaries, and civil liberties sanctuaries. Detain any federal law enforcement or bureaucrats who try to enforce their will on free people. Already the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano, has pledged that he will protect Pennsylvania citizens from political persecution by federal law enforcement if he is elected. Of course, the weenie Republican establishment has condemned him for it. They do not think it is their job to protect you from tyrants, large or petty. American author James Howard Kunstler wrote a primal scream of a column about America’s current – and rapidly diminishing – standing at his blog (Though I regularly read him, I have never linked to his blog before because its deeply vulgar name offends me. You have been warned).
Many, including me, are putting a lot of hope into the midterm elections. My hope, however, is not founded in the belief that it will turn the tide, only that it will buy us time. The Republican Party is far too leaky a vessel to entrust your fortune and freedom to. All it will do is turn down the heat for a while. Joe Biden’s handlers will still hold the executive power to persecute you for your beliefs unless the Republicans are ready to impeach federal officials, including judges who make laws with a wave of their gavels, and defund offending agencies. I don’t see that happening. Then they would need to get to work putting America back on an actual Constitutional basis (and not the “living” Constitution of leftist fever dreams). That’s 10,000 pounds of heavy lifting for a group that hits the fainting couch if called on to carry a water jug. I do not see it happening.
So where does my hope lie? It is in the scores of ordinary people in this country wanting to live their lives without constantly being assaulted and purged by the denizens of the left who have gone stark, raving mad in a demonic frenzy of destruction. Again, I am not interested in any “insurrection.” Why bother when the people in charge of the federal government are doing such a great job of destroying everything, themselves? The madmen in charge of the left are like an angry mob demanding that you quit blocking their way to jumping off the cliff. If they insist, I am not vested in stopping them. But I am not going to willingly let them drag me with them. So, my attention must be focused on those who do NOT want to jump off the cliff and are willing to work with each other to build a healthy society anew. I am not very enthused about pure political activism because I think it is to kick a horse that is already dead – at least on the federal level. Its only hope is resurrection – and that is well beyond my pay grade.
At CORAC, we are doing things we can to work with and help people who are vested in building a healthy society amid and atop the ruins of the wreckage the left is set on. That is rarely glamorous work. In Region 4, as the hurricane grows closer to Florida, our coordinator, Tom Kuipers, rallied people to put together 15 shelters – long before there was ever a need for any. And now that the need is there, we have resources to offer people who may have to take refuge. I spent the early part of this week checking to make sure that Mark Houck had solid legal representation – and more than a few CORAC leaders were more deeply engaged in that than I was. Thanks be to God, the Houcks are happy with their representation. People on our teams have set up lines of communication if there are other needs. Meantime, I spent time lobbying pro-life leaders that it is time to stand together in a mutual security pact, so that an assault on one of us is an assault on all of us. I am gratified to see that Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has formally demanded that Biden’s DOJ cease targeting pro-lifers. Frankly, I would like to see a class action suit filed on behalf of pro-lifers who have been targeted by the government, including those crisis pregnancy centers that Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, among others, have publicly called for the destruction of. It is not because I have any confidence in the corrupted legal system, but because I want to get pro-life leaders talking and collaborating with each other outside their own lanes. I think we have reached the point that Benjamin Franklin spoke of after the signing of the Declaration of Independence: we must all hang together or we will all hang separately.
This brings us to the much larger issue – one that St. Augustine often highlighted. The Kingdom of God is among us, right next to us. The Jews of Christ’s day almost unanimously expected the Messiah to forge a political kingdom through military means. When He told us the Kingdom was right at hand, breaking out among us as we chose to make common cause together, that changed history – and it changed philosophy in a way that we still seem pained to grasp. I know far too many conservatives who have good policy prescriptions, but they have bought into the satanic leftist deception and think everything is merely a political battle about who is to rule. God gives us to choose whether we will be citizens of the City of God or the city of man. When we choose the City of God, it brings life and the political leaders we choose will come from that soil. When we choose the city of man, everything falls apart in madness and chaos – and the leaders chosen from that soil simply add to the madness and chaos. What that means is that too many of us insist on putting the cart before the horse. Politics cannot lead us to a more Godly nation; Godliness can lead us to a more healthy politics and government. Unless we put the Godliness first, our work is in vain. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33).
That is what CORAC is all about. People of good will who work and collaborate with other people of good will to build anew a healthy society of faith and opportunity through rigorous focus on faith, family and freedom. We are building a parallel society as the old one crumbles so that even as the federal government tanks, the nation Abraham Lincoln spoke of, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, shall not perish from the earth.
I call on you to help. Join CORAC now if you have not already. Work with your friends and neighbors across this country and the world to bear fruit that will last. We operate very frugally, but we need financial help to keep the light of hope on as the world grows darker. I know many of you have contributed. Go beyond that. The people you know who are likeminded and have resources, get them connected, even if just to the website and ask them to financially help us. As the light of liberty grows darker throughout the world, the need for what we do grows stronger.
When I was doing serious politics, I took a very pragmatic view of things. Whatever best served the mission was what I would do. Sometimes it best served the mission that I be front and center. At others it was best to stay in the background. Whatever best served the mission was the course I took. Let the other organizations you belong to know about CORAC. I am not the least interested in stealing their thunder. Rather, when they have an event or project that we can help and augment, we will do it. When coordinating what will best serve the larger goal of returning together to the City of God, let us coordinate together than act like a pack of lone wolves. Faith is under public assault. The family is under public assault. Freedom is under assault. Let us stand together effectively rather than just curse the darkness. Let us be the light to a world in darkness that many may find their way back to health and hope.
America has, indeed, been transformed. As for the pagan culture the American establishment has become, I have come to take St. Paul’s counsel literally to heart: “What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate from them, says the Lord. And touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters.” (2 Cor: 16-18)
If communication goes out for any length of time, meet outside your local Church at 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Tell friends at Church now in case you can’t then. CORAC teams will be out looking for people to gather in and work with.
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