My Thoughts

Last week was a wakeup, like a dream turned nightmare and I don’t mean presidential, though that has developed into a nightmare on its own. Lots of battles to be waged and hopefully won, we just need to wait and see, hope and pray for some honesty and truth to come out of this. The worst of it is, as a nation, we have lost (no matter what side of the toast you butter) trust in our government, in our religious leaders, and in our electoral system, in addition to the existing cynicism and distrust of the mediocracy, the bureaucratic and technocratic oligarchs that control our every move, wink and nod.

Two things jarred me to the core. I can honestly say, “I am frightened to my innermost being.” I am not certain which frightens me more: eternity in hell or either of these two things.

Over an otherwise enjoyable dinner Friday last, friends spoke of how earlier one of them had her gmail account shutdown without notice. Politically active through email, she suddenly, and without so much of a howdydoo, was locked out of her account. Google responded to her inquiry with instructions on how to unlock her account but when it was successfully reactivated, the account was inexplicably wiped clean. That is what you might well call “cancelled” folks. Free email ain’t necessarily free. Just sayin’.

Someone asked me whether I was afraid of the same thing happening to me. Maybe, but it is highly unlikely because I don’t rely on big tech for services. My website and email are with a small private provider with whom I know personally and trust. Although I still use Facebook, my go to social media platform is now Parler.com[1], a growing competitor to Twitter. An up and coming competitor to Facebook and YouTube is Rumble.com, though I currently have no videos on either (I’m working on that though, so stay tuned.) Both Rumble and Parler have virtually all the well-known conservative commentators (e.g. Dan Bongino, Dinesh D’Souza, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, The Epoch Times, Breitbart News, Ben Shapiro, Matt Walsh, etc., etc.) and more every day. It is time to give big tech a wakeup call of their own, leave them, find other outlets (they are out there).

The other thing is the last best hope for the next two and four years: the Republican control of the Senate. It is absolutely imperative that the Senate majority remain Republican otherwise I am deeply afraid we will lose our country. It is that big a deal. It is looking right now as though the Georgia senate races will require a runoff. This may change with a recount (at least for one of the seats) but either way, both seats are critical to preventing a progressive socialist tsunami come 2021.

Wake up America!

Just my thoughts for a Monday, for what it is worth.


[1] You can find me at parler.com/ChuckLanham or parler.com/#dadeacon.

Deacon Chuck

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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