My Thoughts

Growing up in the fifties and sixties, I never understood tyranny, couldn’t wrap my mind around all the isms of hate (communism, socialism, fascism, nazism, cronyism, fanaticism, elitism, etc., etc.). Never understood the crucifixions of victimhood, the litanies of oppression, the rosaries of grievances, and the chains of cruel ignorance. I grew up poor, though never knew poverty of spirit; I grew up rich in all that mattered: family, friends, love, faith and God. Grew up wondering why any people would allow themselves to be so enslaved by bitterness and hate. Now I have begun to understand. Apathy, complacency, silent acquiescence and a willingness to believe the “experts” because … well, they are experts (in what, they seldom admit) after all … so, who am I to judge?

Just saw a headline; made my head spin. “Trump’s efforts to subvert the election are unprecedented and—experts say—damaging to democracy. Here’s what you need to know.” Makes me angry, not for what you might think, but because it is so disingenuous, so deceitful, so blatant in its blind hatred for the man while ignoring the large elephant stuffed in the ballot box. Let’s face it, everyone (including those who refuse to admit it) knows that this past election has been an exercise in fraud–big or small, deliberate or accidental, no matter there is ample evidence that the stink we are smelling is not deodorant. All the experts shouting “nothing to see here folks” convince no one, there simply is too much there, there. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck, but all the “experts” call it a Thanksgiving turkey, well, … that only makes it a fowl carcass. Win, lose, or draw, I want to know that my vote, and every legal vote, counted (only once.) No matter who you were for, or against, no one should accept a basketful of rotten apples and call it applesauce. Let’s face it, no one wins when everyone loses, and we have all lost big time this time. Not in who will ultimately be decided, but in our disenfranchisement, in the loss of our freedoms and individual liberties, in the triumph of the mob.

We must never consider this a game of Family Feud, and yet, that is what we have allowed it to become. “Survey says” is nowhere found in the Constitution, neither explicitly stated nor implied. There is hope. I passionately believe that. I feel tremors from a tectonic shift, a great disturbance in the force, millions of long-suffering silent voices crying out in anger and disgust against principes tyrannidis (rulers of tyranny). Some may ask, what can I do? Simple, really. Do not do nothing, do something, even if it is simply to become better informed. Do what Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and others have done, peaceful civil disobedience. Speak up and speak out, loud and often. Above all, seek the Truth for the Truth shall set you free.

Wakeup America.

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

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: 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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