[Editor’s note: Last weekend, Gail and I had the honor of being invited to the Philip Ludwell III Society, in beautiful Tobaccoville, NC. I was privileged to give a lecture, entitled “Should We Take the Black Pill? Or is there Hope for the Future?” It was an honor to be in the presence of eminent men such as Buck Johnson, Clark Carlton, Don Livingston, Frs John Whiteford and Mark Mancuso, and His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah. What follows is my talk. I hope you enjoy it.
Your Eminence, Reverend Fathers, fellow speakers and beloved attendees. First of all, I would like to thank the Philip Ludwell III Soctety for graciously inviting Gail and myself to the lovely town of Tobaccoville and giving me permission to address this fine assemblage.
A special thanks must go to Mrs Dillingham (also known as “Dissident Mama”) for putting together this conference, the first of what we hope to be many, annual conferences. Axia!
As you may know, Monomakhos, the blog which Gail and I operate (and which I could not do without her tireless support), is concerned with three major aspects: politics, culture and religion. My talk today will likewise include all three of these but not necessarily in that order. All three present challenges and so, must be addressed on all fronts.
I hope you forgive the abruptness but the times demand such. So let’s get right to it, shall we?
Let’s begin with Culture.
You don’t have to be a social scientist to suspect that things are very grim in the American polity. I for one, don’t believe that we can ever recover normative American culture, which in my humble opinion, reached its apogee during the Eisenhower 1950s. This was a time when one of the most highly-rated TV shows was Bishop Fulton J Sheen’s Hour of Power. A show that was not only on one of the three major broadcast channels, but was on at the same time as Milton Berle’s Your Show of Shows, regularly beating it in the ratings.
Think of it, people would rather hear a Catholic bishop speak about theology (and culture) than be entertained by one of America’s most beloved comedians.
This was an ostensible Golden Age for America; in retrospect, an almost paradisical moment in our history, when the only contender for the snake in the grass in that American Eden was Elvis Presley’s swiveling hips. The only difference between the Democrat Party and the Republican was –to be honest with you, I can’t think of any.
Oh I’m sure that there were minor differences around the edges but in retrospect, none come to mind. Maybe one of you can think of one. (I was born at the tail end of that decade so you’ll have to forgive me for pleading ignorance here.)
Of course, radicals incubated in the petri dishes of the Frankfurt School would later conjure up dark images of horrible “conformity”, of intact families, of women working inside the home for their families instead of being chained to cubicles in order to enrich Corporate America, of homosexuals being forced to live in closets instead of being free to parade naked on bicycles in front of children, and so on.
In short, compared to the officially-sanctioned bacchanalia that we are confronted with every day, things were normal. At the very least, people knew what a woman was. (Hint, if you can push a miniature human being out of your birth canal, you’re a woman,)
Oh sure, there was the Army-McCarthy Hearings, in which Communists and their sympathizers were hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee and forced to give testimony about their, you know, seditious, un-American activities. Liberals and those sympathetic to the Soviet Union learned to speak in code; many had their careers curtailed, but nobody (to my knowledge) wound up in prison. And anyway, if they did, it’s because they were actually Communists who –and this must never be forgotten–were actively engaged in sabotage against the American nation. They not only infiltrated Hollywood and Academia but subverted the Federal government. That last thing is a crime, i.e. sedition, as defined in 18 US Code 115. In other words, a real crime, like rape, murder, burglary, fraud and so on.
For many on the Left, the 50s were a Dark Ages. The “angelic Left” fought the good fight and supposedly made America a freer, more open country where people could speak their minds and live their lives without having to be forced onto some procrustean bed of a stultifying conformity. Or so we have been led to believe. That’s all hogwash.
Yeah, we’re so much freer today.
Back then, Alger Hiss felt compelled to commit perjury because he didn’t want to admit that he was a Communist and actively subverted the Administration. Today, Ketanji Brown-Jackson felt compelled to prevaricate about what a woman is. Saying that she “wasn’t a biologist”; she did so in order to get on the Supreme Court. (Spoiler alert: Hiss went to prison, she is now an Associate Justice.)
I could go on and on about how much less freer we are today than we were then.
Allow me to be a little parochial if you will.
As you may know, I am a practicing pharmacist with almost 40 years of practice under my belt. Did you know that the average patient who is on pain therapy is treated like a criminal, how I have to run background checks on all my patrons? Are you aware that if your regular pharmacy is out of your opioid medication, you can’t transfer the prescription to another pharmacy unless you transfer all your other non-narcotic meds as well? Even if you don’t want to because your regular pharmacy will have them in stock next month?
This doesn’t sound very free at all.
Surely you know that speech codes are enforced in Academia, the corporate world and the military. When Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter were invited to speak at Berkeley –the epicenter of the so-called Free Speech Movement of the 1960s –the resulting violence was so catastrophic that there were hastily disinvited.
So much for “free speech”.
The conformity that we are forced to submit to is far worse than anything that obtained during McCarthy’s “Red Scare”. For one thing, there really was communist infiltration of the State Department and Hollywood. The modern regime of moral anarchy on the other hand is based on unreality. I for one, know what my pronouns are, I’m sure you do as well. But if we choose to not answer that idiotic question when applying for a job, our application goes right into the round file. So much for your employment prospects.
And so on.
Last year, Gail and I did a podcast on COVID. It was a two-parter. Within 12 hours, Part II was taken down. So much for the First Amendment. YouPorn videos are allowed but not YouTube videos which questioned the then-prevailing COVID narrative. I told Gail that I felt as if the doors to our house were broken into during suppertime and our dessert was confiscated just as I was getting ready to take my first bite. This is reminiscent of the East German Stasi.
As for the women’s movement, it’s pretty much DOA. The leviathan that is the Federal government worked overtime in the 70s to make it possible for young women to compete in collegiate sports and receive scholarships for doing so. Now of course, men are allowed to “identify” as women and compete against them. To add further humiliation, they are able to enter their showers in all their tumescent glory. All of this is to the applause of the best and the brightest among us. Where is NOW? Why aren’t feminists screaming bloody murder at this anti-woman outrage? As my dear, departed Aunt Frida used to say to us boys to cut off any further discussion when we were too rambunctious: “oute hik, oute mik”.
But I don’t want to depress you nor bore you with more sordid details. You know the drill. And don’t get me started on the normalization of pedophilia. The very fact that Hollywood moved heaven and earth to suppress The Sound of Freedom should tell you all you need to know about what our Oligarchs feel about that abominable practice.
The ACLU used to scream bloody murder in order to allow odious groups to march in broad daylight. It was OK for neo-Nazis to march in Skokie, Illinois in the late 70s but the ACLU was nowhere to be found when members of various rightist groups wanted to march at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017. In fact, I can’t think of any time in the last twenty years in which they’ve raised a ruckus about anything at all. Why? Because (as I’ve long suspected) they were nothing but a communist front group from the outset. Now that Cultural Marxism has won the day, they can safely exist stage left.
I could go on, and on, and on: the mainstream denominations have been thoroughly infiltrated by the Cultural Marxists. Even the Catholic Church is nothing but a shadow of itself, hurriedly trying to imitate the Episcopal Church in all matters sexual. If Archbishop Elpidophoros has his way, soon Manoli and Dimitri will be able to have their homosexual relationship blessed at your local Greek Orthodox parish.
It’s a depressing picture. But I’m not here to depress you. I paint such a picture in order to make you aware of where we are. But as I told you, I’m in the health care field. And you can’t prescribe a cure unless you have an accurate diagnosis.
And the diagnosis is bleak.
Politically, it’s bad. I definitely won’t waste your time talking too much about politics. Mainly because I agree with the late Andrew Breitbart of blessed memory: politics is downstream of culture.
In other words, our Congress and political class would not have been so supine in the face of the feminazi, homosexualist and now, transsexualist juggernaut, had our culture not been hollowed out in the first place.
I for one don’t believe that if we “vote harder” we will turn this ship around. The GOP has proven itself to be utterly worthless in the face of the cultural rot. Mike Pence has announced that it’s because of his “Christian and libertarian” beliefs that parents should be left alone to castrate their sons and perform mastectomies on their daughters. He’s not the only one.
As for conservative thought leaders, David French years ago came up with a “conservative rationale” for so-called gay marriage. He’s a fool. His job, like George Will’s, is to “conserve” whatever idiocy has been enacted, either by law, diktat or by custom.
The only candidate at present who has chosen to fight the culture war is Ron DeSantis, and it’s become clearer by the day that his heart is not in it. He’s a plastic figure who has focus group-tested his culture-warrior bona fides in order to get to the right of Donald Trump. In fact, I’m going to go further and state that this lane was purposely created for him by the GOP establishment.
In other words, neither Asa Hutchinson, Mike Pence or Ron DeSantis (or anybody else presently running in the Republican Party) would use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to push back against the cultural Left. That’s the bad news. The good news is that none of these men have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever occupying the Oval Office. In fact, the Establishment has so rigged the system against authentic conservatism –i.e. nationalist populism–that there’s very little chance that any Republican can win the Presidency going forward. And if, by some chance, a Republican were elected, we could expect more of the fecklessness that the GOP is known for.
Since I’m speaking before the Ludwell Society, I would like to add a word or two here about Nikki Haley. It was she who found the unsweet spot back in 2015 when, as governor, she took the Stars and Bars down from the State Capitol in Columbia. In doing so, she unwittingly unleashed a Maoist-like Cultural Revolution across this land: not only were Confederate statues taken down but even Union ones as well. Several years ago, I reported on a statue of Lincoln that was desecrated. And here I thought that Lincoln was the Great Emancipator. In the meantime, the good people of Seattle erected a statue to Vladimir Lenin. True story.
Even the Founding Fathers are today considered to be personae non grata. Thanks to Haley’s feckless desire to suck up the the Left, we no longer have a history we can be proud of. 2020 is the Year Zero for them; anything that happened before the Summer of Floyd was evil. If I may paraphrase Winston Churchill, “a nation which denigrates its past has no future”.
In other words, there simply is no political program, party or ideology which can turn this ship around, no matter who is President. The best that a re-elected Trump can do is continue to throw a spanner into the works. If that’s that we can hope for, then we have no choice but to support Trump –win or lose.
So, is all lost? Do we have no future? Should we take the Black Pill?
My answer to the first and third questions is “no”. Not ever. As to the second question, we do have a future but only if we have the fortitude to fight, and if need be, to die.
I can hear some of you right now saying “George, you’re being a Pollyanna. You’re contradicting yourself. Didn’t I hear you say that ‘voting harder’ is not going to work”?
I am many things but I assure you, being a Pollyanna is not one of them.
Mind you, I’m not an optimist. Neither am I a pessimist. I am however, a realist and one of the attributes of being a realist is objectivity.
Marcus Tullius Cicero famously said: “A nation can suffer its fools, but it cannot suffer its traitors”. Our nation is not ruled by fools but it is ruled by traitors. They just look and behave like fools.
I try to look at the world with a cold, hard eye of realism and one thing I see is that the present culturally Marxist regime cannot last. The present nonsense that passes for politics, culture and religion is not long for this world. It can’t be. Why? Because it’s based on ideology, not faith.
Historically speaking, civilizations last only as long as they recognize reality. This means that everyone agrees that there is such a thing as common sense and behaves accordingly. Under this type of moral regime, people recognize there are rules and that they are binding on everyone. Even in a feudal regime, the serfs knew that they can’t sue the lords but at least they’re cognizant of where they stood. Today, we operate under delusions such as “democracy”, “equal justice under the law” and other such platitudes. The reality is that the government is weaponized against us.
I can’t stress this enough. Nothing like “justice” obtains today. It’s not chaos, it’s anarchy, or more correctly, anarcho-tyranny. Anarchy for the favored groups, tyranny for everybody else.
One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that the fundamental building block of any viable civilization is the nuclear family. Unless a government makes it possible to subsidize said nuclear family then bastardy, welfare dependency and sexual anarchy will rule the day. But here’s the catch, the silver lining if you will: only until that society collapses.
Let’s step back a little bit, shall we? To say, the early Aughts when Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Will and Grace became “must-watch TV”. Once homosexuality is normalized then all the stops are removed. Think of it as an accelerant. We heterosexuals bear much of the blame in that we wanted heterosexual anarchy for ourselves. We didn’t realize that eventually homosexuals would demand the same thing. If we were being intellectually honest, why would we expect anything else?
And once homosexuality became normalized –nay idealized– then, yes, pedophilia reared its ugly head. It was ever thus. To pretend otherwise is nonsensical.
Let me give you an example of a society built upon a lie: the First French Republic. Then 120 years later came the USSR. Both states were founded upon principles of egalitarianism, a concept that is impossible to realize and which must be enforced by totalitarian violence. The Jacobin government fell in less than a decade when the revolutionaries carried out a genocide in the Vendee, to the tune of 200,000 civilians dead (out of a population of 28 million). That’s just shy of 1% of the French population at the time. In today’s terms, that would be the equivalent of 2.5 million people being slaughtered in America.
That’s a sobering statistic.
Then the revolutionaries turned on themselves. Despite their devotion to the Cult of Reason, they were unable to sustain their experiment. It was only a matter of time before a certain artillery captain from Corsica came in and righted the ship (in a manner of speaking). Since then, the French have had one empire, two kingdoms, and five republics. One thing they don’t have is a desire to go back to the whole egalitarian nonsense of the Terror. They still have titles of nobility, how’s that for a kick in the head? So much for Egalite, Liberte and Fraternite.
As for the Soviet Union, it survived three generations. It too believed in the nonsensical ideas of egalitarianism, but Herr Hitler disabused them of that on June 28, 1941. At that point, Marshall Stalin, with his back against the wall, loosened restrictions upon the Church and created an army that was extremely hierarchical. Oh sure, soldiers paid lip service to Marxism when they addressed their superiors as “Comrade General”. Otherwise, it was back to the bad old days of a rigid, military hierarchy. Marxist ideologues who believed that this was a step back were lined up against the wall and shot within short order.
There was a Great Patriotic War, not a “War of International Liberation”. It was a war between two mighty nations and as far as the Soviets were concerned, there was no place for illusions about the class struggle. It was about saving Mother Russia, nothing else. Otherwise, they’d all be speaking German today.
What Stalin and his successors couldn’t do was eliminate the economic stranglehold on the means of production. They held on to that for dear life. By the 1970s, the grocery shelves were empty but Soviet citizens who had TVs were told outright lies about the latest Five-Year Plan. And if the government was forced to concede anything to reality, they were told that “at least we don’t hang negroes here like they do in America”.
The final nail in that coffin was the inability to get toilet paper. “Yeah, I know the Americans are beastly to blacks but I can’t get toilet paper”. Then the Berlin Wall fell. When you can’t wipe your ass, then all ideology flies out the window, lickety-split.
As for Communist China, nobody there wants to go back to the time of the Cultural Revolution, where upwards of 40 million people died in a bloody orgy of recrimination and revenge-seeking.
Today in America, we have DIE (Diversity, Inclusion and Equity). These are equally destructive programs that, unless they are reversed, will ensure the demise of our nation. Our universities are absolutely worthless. When I attended college, I was often confronted with things I didn’t want to hear. My most cherished beliefs were challenged. Nothing wrong with that, after all, that’s what the university is for. Many of us pushed back. Some didn’t. Regardless, the university was viewed as a place of free thought, free inquiry and open debate.
That is no longer the case.
Our military is nothing but an expensive baby-sitting service for soy-boys and feminists who retreat to their “safety spaces” when confronted with the reality of war. Luckily, I hear Col Douglas MacGregor has been speaking openly about the homosexualization and feminization of our military. Though he is no longer allowed on FOX news (the so-called conservative network), so far, he has not been thrown down the stairs. Frankly, I’m astounded and dare I say it? pleasantly surprised.
Things are as bad on the other side of the pond. In Britain for example, the Royal Air Force has stated that “we have too many white men in the cockpits”. Good luck with that.
It’s also spiritual. In Eph 6:12, St Paul tells us that we are not merely fighting against flesh and blood but against dark, spiritual forces, “principalities and powers in high places”.
We must always keep our eye on the ball. Andrew Breitbart may have said that “politics is downstream of culture” –and he was right–but upstream from all of this are those dark, spiritual energies which have been unleashed on the world at present.
Unfortunately, the mainstream Protestant denomination have been completely hollowed out. I don’t want to say this as there are Protestants who are far holier than myself, but except for a few brave pastors who fought back against the COVID lockdowns, Protestantism cannot rise to the task. Let me be frank: this is so because Protestantism is self-refuting. It is, for all intents and purposes, the last waystation on the road to atheism.
The Catholic Church is no better shape. As you know from my writings, I am no anti-Catholic bigot, far from it. That said, as much as it pains me to say the following words, they must be said: even without its current Pontiff, it has been compromised for decades by a pedophilia scandal that is nothing less than horrific. And from which I don’t believe it will recover from, at least for several generations.
Sadly, I do not look for respite from this quarter.
But what about the Orthodox Church? Are we any better? We should be, after all, we possess the fullness of the faith. Unfortunately, for those who think that I have come here to praise American Orthodoxy, let me disabuse you of that expectation.
We make up less than 1 percent of the American population. We are, in other words, statistically insignificant. What’s worse is the fact that the largest Orthodox denomination in America (the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese) has gone into overdrive to comfort the comfortable vis-a-vis the current cultural morass. Their Fordhamite brain trust has advised them in ways too abominable and numerous to mention here.
You know the drill: the GOA’s current primate has openly allied himself with the present cultural regime. Worse, he has given aid and comfort to the enemies of Orthodox Traditionalism, both here and abroad. I’m going to come right out and say it: he is an asset of the American intelligence community, the so-called Deep State. And I fear he will do whatever he can to make life miserable for those traditionalist Orthodox jurisdictions which will not kowtow to him or his boss in Istanbul.
As far as American Jewry is concerned, the overwhelming majority of that ethnicity is secular in all its aspects. To put not too fine a point on it, this cohort has all-too-often been the tip of the spear in degrading our culture. For reasons that escape me, they have no adherence to the Old Testament; would that they did.
Interestingly, it is among the Islamic community in America where there have been some significant wins against the homosexual juggernaut. But these victories have been localized; basically, in townships where they are either a majority or a near-majority. To think that they will ride to the rescue and help us turn back the clock is unrealistic given their paltry numbers. And even if they did, it would come at too a high cost.
I for one, don’t wish to live under sharia law.
So, enough of the diagnosis. What are we to do? Simply take the Black Pill and watch our civilization crumble before our eyes? It’s certainly tempting to grab a bucket of popcorn and soda pop and watch this spectacle. We’ll even get to see the demonic Left turn upon itself. But make no mistake: when they go down (not if), they will take a whole lot of us down with them. The Fall of Rome in AD 476 wasn’t pretty. Lots of good, moral people died in the ensuing collapse. We cannot expect otherwise for ourselves.
If we are to go down, then let us go down fighting to the last. Let us be like the Aesir, the Norse gods, who knew that they would lose at Ragnarok but yet fought to the last. For Christians, the glory is in the battle. If I may quote Winston Churchill again, we should take this position: “In defeat, defiance”.
The Left has the high ground at present, of this there can be no doubt. Worse, they have trained their guns on the Red States, make no mistake about that. You will see more mass-shootings, more ecological catastrophes, more civil strife in the Red States than you will in the Blue States. All of this is by design by the way.
OK, so here’s the battle-plan.
First, live intentionally. Don’t accept the lies they spout out. Solzhenitsyn said it best: “live not by lies”. Some of us may lose our jobs. For those who have families, that’s a daunting prospect. But don’t give in. You should, however, be prudent. Know which hill you are willing to die on. That will be a different hill depending on if you’re single or a family man. That hill will also differ from state to state as well. Know the terrain.
Honestly, if you’re older (like me), it will be easier. As the Greeks say, “ephagai to psomi tou” (“he has eaten his bread”). To my mind, it’s up to those of us who are of this cohort to lead the battle, to flatten the tall grass in order to make things better for our posterity. Death is just over the horizon for us anyway.
Second, learn a trade. Don’t waste your time in college, which is nothing more than a finishing school for the intellectually dishonest. There, you (or your children) will not earn a degree but only a credential. With said credential, you will be shunted into a sinecure where nothing much is accomplished; your only product will be to appear on NPR or your local newscast every now and then and mouth silly platitudes. Maybe you’ll have a useless job in the HR department at one of the Fortune 400 companies. At best, you’ll be bored out of your skull. Know this however: you will know that you’ve wasted your life doing nothing.
Instead, learn to do something with your hands. Learn a trade. Dig a well, grow a garden. Try not to get into debt. You will be better off living in a 1500 sq ft house than a McMansion.
Third, get your kids out of the public schools system NOW. I can’t stress this enough. The government schools cannot be fixed. If you can’t afford parochial schools, learn to homeschool. It’s not that hard. Join a church that has a homeschool co-op. Teach your children the humanities (the real ones). If nothing else, make sure that your children are taught critical thinking. They’re going to be the ones to pick up the shards of our civilization and rebuild.
Fourth, find a Bible-believing church. If you’re Orthodox, a ROCOR mission would be your best bet but don’t discount the other jurisdictions (even the GOA). If you live in the South or the Midwest, basically a Red State, you’ve got a better chance of finding such a parish. If you live in the Northeast or the West Coast, seriously consider creating a home church; that is to say, set a part of your home which can serve as a worship space for a couple of dozen worshipers. If your house is too small, erect a tool shed on your property.
If there is no priest, an ordained Reader can lead a Typica service. Because there is no Eucharist, it is a low-intensity service which can appeal to Protestants of all stripes, as well as Catholics. (Yes, there is nothing wrong in my book with praying with non-Orthodox.) It’s also only 45 minutes long. In all cases, it is essential that you have a potluck afterwards.
Fifth, invest in metals. I highly recommend small- denomination silver coins. Learn to trade with others of like mind. There’s nothing wrong with barter. If a CBDC goes through, black markets will inevitably arise. Dollars, cigarettes, moonshine, and who knows what else will become valid currencies. Don’t laugh, this is what happened in the Soviet bloc; if it happened there, it could happen here.
Sixth, when it comes to “investing in metals” I also recommend investing in lead. The only thing we conservatives have been able to conserve is the Second Amendment. We are the most heavily armed populace on the planet. While I don’t believe that we could withstand the military might of the Federal government, the 2A is the ultimate wild card that will make the Feds think long and hard about putting us in cattle cars and sending us to concentration camps.
Seventh, if all else fails, don’t hesitate to resort to mockery. If it’s one thing the Left hates, it’s mockery. We saw glimpses of that in the 90s, when Jocelyn Elders, Clinton’s Surgeon General suggested that school children be taught how to masturbate. The laughter was universal. It was also at this time when we were told with a straight face that Ebonics was a legitimate dialect. This too, was humiliating for the intelligentsia. They hated it.
Eighth: don’t hesitate to go on the offensive. Since the Left lives on lies, they often make unforced errors. Examples at present include the whole Dylan Mulvaney/Bud Light nonsense. Target likewise shot themselves in both feet with their “Pride” merchandise. Larry Fink of Blackrock has had to backtrack on his ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) agenda. Defund the Police has been swiftly flushed down the toilet.
In other words, the Left can’t help themselves. They honestly don’t see the insanity of their beliefs and because they’re delusional idiots, they will continue to make stupendous errors. Be on the ever-ready to push back.
Ninth: act locally, not globally. If you live in a Red State, get on the school board (even if you don’t send your children to government schools). Try and get on the local city council or zoning board. Make life miserable for the elites. To borrow a page from Saul Alinsky, make them live by their rules. We can gum up the works quite easily on the local level. Make them waste time on pronouns whenever they meet. Hannah Arendt called this “the banality of evil”. The leviathan can die by a prick of a thousand cuts. Be the prick.
Along these lines, it’s high time to stop looking reflexively at the local police forces as our friend. That was a sensible default position in the past, but as the COVID lockdown taught us, the police were not necessarily our friends. Learn the law of omerta. It’s Sicilian for the code of silence. They can and will lock you up, especially if you live in a Blue city. They will do so even while Antifa and BLM are going on murderous rampages right in front of God and everybody. Instead, know who the candidates for the local sheriff are and vote for them.
Tenth: think long and hard about a military career for your sons. For one thing, they hate you. Especially if you’re white, Christian and straight. The military is almost as complete a joke as is the modern university. I fully understand why high-T young men don’t want to join the military and be forced to march in high heels. But make no mistake, the American armed forces are still a most lethal fighting force. That said, barring a catastrophic military defeat overseas, our armed forces will continue along the path of degeneracy. That much is true. However, at the end of the day, it might be advisable to have a few thousand stalwart Christian men lying in wait for a moral resurgence. I may be wrong but is my intuition that despite all the woke nonsense, it is the military which will be the first institution to shake off the shackles of cultural Marxism.
I can’t say one way or the other, that’s up to each and every parent to make that decision. Regardless, know what you’re getting into.
Despite our fortitude, we may still lose our country. We will face outright persecution, it may be soft at first but it will get worse, especially if the Oligarchy loses control. As Christ said, “Is the servant better than the master?” (Mt 10:24). Contrary to what many Evangelicals think, there will be no Rapture to come spirit us out. In other words, “what they did to me, they will do to you”.
He also said that “there will come a day in which they will bring you before the synagogues and say that they are doing God’s work” (Lk 12:11). This means that not only our enemies will turn us over to the State but tragically, some of our co-religionists will do so as well. Do not be surprised when this happens. If so, pray for courage. Christ goes on to say that when they do so, to not be afraid because He will give you the proper words to say.
In other words, “fear not”.
So, are things that dire? Yes. Can it be turned around? I believe so. I see a silver lining; namely the fact that the Establishment is getting desperate. How do I know? Because they’ve pulled out all the stops and are trying to enforce their rule by draconian measures.
Keep that in mind: governments which resort to such measures are not secure. As to whether our government’s demise will be due to an external event, is difficult to say. I don’t know what will actually push them over the edge. But it’s inevitable. As William Butler Yeats wrote one hundred years ago: “The center cannot hold”. There is no center.
Regardless of how it all ends, it’s important to realize that we live in exciting times. We should be grateful to be here. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo wishes that he would not have had to be in the predicament that he was in. Gandalf rebukes him: “many wish so as well, but this is the fight to which we are called”. I for one, am happy that I have lived to see this day, for Christians are not mere followers of dry propositions found in academic papers written by our friends at Fordham University. We are called to be warriors. Spiritual warriors to be sure but temporal ones if necessary.
I also am grateful to live in this time for this reason as well: the scales have fallen from my eyes and now I see things clearly. I see the kabuki theater that the elites have used to pacify us. To put a Southern spin on this, I’m not ever going to accept the fact that they’re pissing on my leg and telling me it’s raining. If the normies and conservative ideologues want to go on playing that game, that’s their problem, not mine.
In Romans chapter 1:28-32, we read that St Paul experienced a world much like our own, where moral insanity ruled the day. When all that was evil was upheld as good. A world predicted by St Antony the Great who likewise said that in the last days, sane people will be grabbed by the throat by those who are insane and persecuted. “They will scream: ‘you are insane, why are you not like us?’”. It’s now obvious, the veil has been pulled back. And no one has an excuse anymore. Not them, not us.
Let me repeat myself: we are well on the road to complete ruination but, we are not there —yet. If it’s one thing I’ve learned from operating our blog, it’s the lively commentary and insights we gather from our readers. One of them, Misha, pointed out one thing that is quite germane to the topic at hand, and that is that the present-day Left simply doesn’t have the ferocity of their Jacobin and Bolshevik forebears. Lenin and his ilk had no problem with ruling by terror, by killing innocents by the hundreds of thousands. The Left today has been so feminized and soyified that they don’t possess the demonic fury that is necessary to make their program complete.
So, there is hope. There’s always hope.
Regardless of the outcome, don’t despair. Ultimately, it’s in God’s hands. Take a page from Tucker Carlson and pray 10 minutes each day for our country and peace in the world. And if it’s God’s will for us to continue suffering under the present globalist regime, then so be it. I for one pray that the Lord gives me the fortitude to remain faithful –and defiant–till the end. I ask that you do so as well.