Musings – Trolling for Armageddon

by charliej373


By Charlie Johnston

I have come to believe that elements in the administration are intentionally trying to foment a crisis that would allow them to justify a declaration of Martial Law. They think they would easily and quickly prevail in subduing the entire population to their imperial will in such a confrontation. It won’t work out that way, but I understand why they are doing it. What I do not understand is why so much of the establishment media and celebrity blacks so gleefully join in the toxic, racist narrative they push in the Ferguson case.

Both the media and many black celebrities would have you believe that black folks are mainly thugs and bums, easily provoked into a murderous rage, who must be indulged when they riot and burn. This empowers the actual thugs and bums, who quickly pick up that there will be no consequences for their behavior, but victimizes anew the great majority of black folks who want their families, homes and stores protected from criminals. It also locks away the notion in most minds, whatever they say, that inner city blacks are deadly dangerous and to be avoided – a lesson that middle class and upwardly mobile blacks are taking to heart, too, however quietly. It teaches all but the most selfless of cops that, if they get a call of a confrontation in a rough section of town that might involve blacks, they would be well-advised to find a speeder to stop. For if they go to the confrontation, at best they are going to be called racist; at worst, they will have to use deadly force to defend themselves and lose either their life or their job and good name in the media frenzy that follows. That only means more blighted neighborhoods will be left to the wolves.

The formula the president, attorney general, and media propose for their “conversation about race” would make every predominantly black neighborhood in America into East St. Louis and Detroit. In the process, it cements a vicious stereotype that black folks are dangerously unstable maniacs who insist on the right to riot at will and to raise a lynch mob if someone is so presumptuous as to try to protect the rest of the community from their rage. In the end, it will be black folks in rough neighborhoods who are most victimized by the toxic racism of the media and black celebrities and the administration.

It is not to the advantage of anyone to enforce the law in a way that indulges rioting, violence, thuggery and looting. That is not “black” legislation. That is “thug” legislation – and it primarily victimizes black and other inner-city folks who want to raise a family, protect their homes and shops, and build a working community. For the administration, it provides the hope of provoking a crisis they can use to assume emergency authority – and callously does it on the backs of black families. But what is the advantage to the media to foment this vicious racial stereotype, to encourage the mob? Both the administration and the media might benefit from a little history. They would learn the lesson of Robespierre, that when you call forth the mob, it ends by consuming those that called it forth. Robespierre played a critical role in introducing the terror and the guillotine into revolutionary France. The terror ended when Robespierre was sent to the same guillotine he summoned forth.

Here [ SEE BELOW] is a useful little piece by our own Dan Lynch on the subject.


The left is now mocking what looks to be the Republicans surrender to the president on his massive imperial grant of amnesty to illegal aliens. It seems all the sound and fury Republicans made about enforcing the law and curbing the president’s imperial ambitions really did signify…nothing, except to gain the perquisites of office in a dying empire.

The Bishops in America enthusiastically supported the president’s power grab in this case. After having served as co-conspirators in foisting the health care law on us, a law that has driven thousands from the medical profession, sent the cost to patients through the roof, denied coverage and care to millions who had it under the old system, and reduced access to care for all but the richest – while serving as a useful cudgel to attack religious faith and institutions, one would think the Bishops might have learned that wishing a happy thought does not make it so. I take them at their word that they thought the health care act would give everyone health care.

Teenage beauty queen contestants always wish happy things. But there is a reason we do not entrust policy-making to teenage beauty queens. It requires hard-headed analysis and the confrontation of hard questions to form policy that actually accomplishes happy ends. Turns out that giving government more power, money and control in the field of health care does not actually result in better health care for anyone – and results in less freedom for everyone. But our Bishops, the optimistic dears, are not to be deterred by experience. Though concentrating huge power to a central government did not work out so well in health care, surely supporting a huge grab of imperial, unreviewable power on immigration to a president who has always been caustically hostile to Christianity will solve all problems with immigration and lead to prosperity and peace for all. What could go wrong?

I don’t much question our Bishops’ good intentions on matters of political policy. I just wish they had more insight into the consequences of various choices than your average teenage beauty pageant contestant.


What is commonly called “crony capitalism” has nothing to do with market capitalism. It is just an acceptable term for the sort of economic fascism that was the system used by Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany. The term is doubly useful because it both hides its origins while smearing capitalism. The American Spectator’s Ross Kaminsky has an edifying piece on it.


The American Spectator also has a marvelous piece by Hal Colebatch on the breathtaking cultural suicide in Great Britain. Once the forward outpost of Western Civilization, Britain now leads the way of surrender.


Finally, William Doino Jr. puts together the most balanced and insightful article I have yet read on what Pope Francis is about over at First Things Magazine

Obedience Is the Answer to Ferguson Style Violence

Dan Lynch

As a former lawyer and judge, I believe that obedience to the law is the answer to Ferguson style violence. If there had been obedience to lawful authority, there would not have been any death and violent mayhem in Ferguson.

The ripple effects of Ferguson’s violence continue to go out through the nation because of the alleged racism that led to the death of Michael Brown. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines racism in its Glossary as “Unjust discrimination on the basis of a person’s race; a violation of human dignity, and a sin against justice.” Racism is a sin. Acting in self-defense is not. Officer Darren Wilson acted in justifiable self-defense against the assault of Michael Brown.

Michael Brown did not die because of racism. Michael Brown died because he assaulted a law enforcement officer who acted in the legitimate line of his duty. Officer Wilson lawfully ordered Michael to leave the middle of the public highway and to walk on the sidewalk. Michael’s companion obeyed the order, but Michael did not. He assaulted and battered Officer Wilson who was in his police car with the door closed. Officer Wilson justifiably shot Michael in legitimate and lawful self-defense, as the Grand Jury found. Not one witness testified that Michael held up his hands in a surrender position and said, “Don’t shoot.”

New Orleans football star Benjamin Watson said, “Ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem.” Mr. Watson is Black. He also said that he was confused, because he didn’t “know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!!”; that he was “embarrassed because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment”; and that sin is the reason we rebel against authority.”

Black communities such as Ferguson need to obey legitimate authority and not rebel against it. They need to respect the rule of law rather than to resort to violence. They, the St. Louis Rams football players and all of the other protesters need to put down their “Hands up Don’t shoot” posture and slogan and get to work to bring peace to their communities. 

St. Joseph appeared to Sister Mildred Neuzil, the visionary of the devotion to Our Lady of America. He told her, “Fathers must come to me, small one, to learn obedience to authority: to the Church always, as the mouthpiece of God, to the laws of the country in which they live, insofar as these do not go against God and their neighbor. Mine was perfect obedience to the Divine Will, as it was shown and made known to me by the Jewish law and religion. To be careless in this is most displeasing to God and will be severely punished in the next world.”

Moreover, all communities are bound to obey the law, especially for the protection of life and property. Discharging firearms in a public place, arson, looting, assault and battery are all violent criminal acts that the Ferguson community committed. Violence is evil and an unacceptable solution to community problems.
In 1979, Saint John Paul II visited the war-torn nation of Ireland to decry its years of violence. He said, Violence is unworthy of man. Violence is a lie, for it goes against the truth of our faith, the truth of our humanity. Violence destroys what it claims to defend: the dignity, the life, the freedom of human beings. Violence is a crime against humanity, for it destroys the very fabric of society. St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson had good advice for the Ferguson community. It could have remained at peace if it had followed his advice. He told them, Commit to learning how to truly love each other. If we do this, then we will learn to love our neighbor. Show children the path of forgiveness and we will see walls of division crumble. Your homes are the foundation of our community. If your homes are full of forgiveness, they will be temples of peace. Our communities, cities, state, and nation will enjoy a lasting, fulfilling peace only if it begins in the home.

I echo the words of St. John Paul II, ‘Make your streets and neighborhoods centers of peace and reconciliation. It would be a crime against youth and their future to let even one child grow up with nothing but the experience of violence and hate. The Ferguson protesters need to stop calling for public protests and boycotts. The Ferguson community needs to work with their families, their faith leaders and law enforcement officials to see how they can build trust amongst each other and work together towards peace.

Parents, especially fathers, should set a good example to their children of obedience to the law. The highest example of obedience to the law in our country should be set by our highest law enforcement officer, the United States Attorney General.

On December 1 our Attorney General, Eric Holder, encouraged disobedience to the rule of law. There was a public assembly at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church to listen to Mr. Holder deliver a speech. The public assembly was rudely disrupted by disorderly protesters who shouted slogans to such an extent that Mr. Holder could not speak nor his audience listen. This infringed on the rights of him and his audience to free speech and listening. Despite their rude and criminal behavior, Mr. Holder said that the group should not be criticized.

Mr. Holder said, “There will be a tendency on the part of some to condemn what we just saw, but we should not. What we saw there was a genuine expression of concern and involvement. And it is through that level of involvement, that level of concern and I hope a level of perseverance and commitment that change ultimately will come.” He then concluded by ingratiating himself to these protesters and said, “And so let me be clear, let me be clear, I ain’t mad atcha, all right?”
Black football star Benjamin Watson said that in spite of the Ferguson violence, he was encouraged “because God has provided a solution for sin through his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’m encouraged because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”

So let us be encouraged and pray for true change and hope and for transformed hearts and minds. December 8 is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. Let us pray to The Immaculate One, Our Lady of America, our national patroness, for racial harmony and peace. Please click here to pray her novena for True Change and Hope for America.

Dan Lynch is the Director of Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and St. John Paul II. He is an author, public speaker and a former judge and lawyer in Vermont. He has appeared many times on radio and television and has spoken at conferences throughout the world.

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