Lazarus, Come Forth!

By Charlie Johnston In the weeks before Napoleon’s invasion of Moscow, the aristocratic and military grandees of Russia both shined and stank like the proverbial rotten mackerel in the moonlight. Ambitious young grandees and lieutenants schemed against their superiors (and betters) hoping to usurp their authority by sliming them. Self-absorbed, arrogant little snots either did […]

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Letter to a Friend

By Charlie Johnston I drove from west central Illinois today up to the Chicago area. It was pleasantly nostalgic to be driving roads I had driven hundreds of times before. I passed by places where we had had picnics and gatherings in my political days – and a memorable debate site. Passed through Galesburg, where […]

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The American Iron Curtain

By Charlie Johnston A quarter of a century ago, fearful of my capacity to confront the challenges I saw on the distant horizon, I resolved to work to banish sin from my life. When I told my original spiritual director, the one I call Towering Intellect, he looked at me in absolute exasperation. “I thought […]

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The Lion in the Streets

By Charlie Johnston Of late, I have taken to warning people that a key reason for deliberation and restraint is that the devil is inspiring people on the left to float specific false instances of evil practices they generally use in order to discredit criticism of those practices altogether. They hope that over-aggressive folks on […]

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Your Audience is God

By Charlie Johnston When I departed on my pilgrimage across the country 10 years ago this February, I only did two things to physically prepare for the journey (other than getting basic equipment necessary for an extended hike). First, I read a little about nutritional strategies for such a thing. Second, a couple times a […]

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First Tragedy, Then Farce

By Charlie Johnston One of the few things that Karl Marx ever got right was when he said that, “history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce.” As dumb as I know they are, I think I may have over-estimated the cultural revolutionaries – in Washington and in the world. At less than […]

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A Couple of Things…

By Charlie Johnston I started a piece a few days ago on some hard realities facing us that I thought was going to be of relatively short or medium length. It has grown like kudzu and is a lot more complicated than I originally expected. In the interim, I have decided to give you an […]

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The Armor of God

By Charlie Johnston Joe Biden has been inaugurated as the first fully fraudulent president in the history of this country. He is now the Pretender in Chief. ISIS understood the implications of that, as on Thursday in Baghdad they launched two suicide bomber attacks – for the first time in years. It won’t be the […]

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