My Purpose

By Charlie Johnston – First published on September 4, 2014 (As we embark on the path of discerning the role to which each one is called in this new season of activism on the streets, the wisdom of a triad of pieces which Charlie posted at TNRS deserves review.  They provide an insightful panorama of […]

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The Mob Asserts Itself

By Charlie Johnston A few years back, I was struck by the previews for a movie called “The Purge.” It was about a dystopian society in which, once a year, all crime (including murder) was legalized for a day. It was not something I was interested in, but the concept was striking. What I did […]

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Feed My Lambs

By Charlie Johnston During the Q & A session of a presentation I was giving in the spring of 2016, someone in the southwestern crowd rose to say that she thought Donald Trump was God’s plan for America. I was not a Never Trumper, but at the time I was decidedly skeptical about the Donald. […]

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Bear Fruit That Will Last

By Charlie Johnston A friend who is a very effective activist said to me the other day that he was worried that we were going to go around kicking every barking dog so much that we miss the central point and come unprepared to the critical moment. I was delighted, for that concern has been […]

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Cry the Beloved Country

By Charlie Johnston One of the things that this Corona Virus business has illuminated, but is rarely commented on, is that there are reasonable precautions we could have and should have been taking all along to defend vulnerable populations from the ravages of ordinary flu seasons. In the aftermath of all of this, I seriously […]

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The Never-Ending Story

By Charlie Johnston As things get crazier, living prudent and calm discernment becomes more, not less important. As Abraham Lincoln said in his House Divided Speech in 1858, just over two years before the American Civil War broke out, “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then […]

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Lockdown Ruminations

By Charlie Johnston Sometimes I am glad people know so little about history. Quite frankly, it is horrifying – mostly an unending tale of brutality, cruelty and strife. Thomas Hobbes was just being frank when he said, in his Leviathan, that life is “nasty, brutish and short.” At other times, it pains me, for if people knew […]

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Just a Couple of Things…

By Charlie Johnston Over a decade ago I was running two Congressional campaigns at opposite ends of the state. I would bounce back and forth. On a Monday morning when I was opening a weekly meeting at the western one, I was furious at some things that had been bobbled over the weekend – several […]

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