My Thoughts

Ask a stupid question and you can quite mindlessly expect a stupid answer. There are, however, those who are firmly convinced that the only stupid question is the one never asked; this raises the obvious when such a question, though unasked, receives an unsolicited, unquestioned response. There are of late an overwhelming number of stupid answers to stupid questions, either asked or unasked; there are an abundance of reasoned and reasonable questions (rational and of some intelligence) that are left unanswered or summarily dismissed ad hominem, undeserving any reasoned, rational response from the unquestioning people.

But it is far worse than one might well first imagine. There is a demonic possession that runs throughout the unquestioning demos,[1] “a possessed demos lusts to annihilate the shining ‘City upon a Hill’ that Massachusetts Bay Colony founder John Winthrop dreamed would become a light to the world.”

Manic demons tear at the nation’s cardinal principle that all men are created equal before God and the law. The fecundity of the American idea is under assault. Blind negation greets any assertion of the nation’s virtues. A generation has been schooled to see our history as a parade of hypocrites and racists whose heirs are due their turn at the back of the bus.

Among the infernal enthusiasms the left brings to this election, none is more satanic than the mystique of race. From the media come dark hints of civil war or revolution—as if those terms related to the future. We are already in the trenches. We simply fear to call things what they are: a low-grade race war.

The word racism no longer denotes the totemic hostility between different ethnic or racial groups that has plagued humanity since Cain slew Abel. Nowadays, every reference to racism has pertinence to whites alone. Black racism toward whites goes unacknowledged or excused. It is protected by the trinity of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and advanced in its name.[2]

Back in September, federal agencies were ordered to cease training government workers in Critical Race Theory (CRT) for obviously rational reasons: CRT is anti-white, anti-American propaganda roiling through our institutions (both government and academia). “And it challenged the dominion of promiscuous free speech claims over the moral obligations of truth-telling. … The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is one federal agency already flouting the order.” This is telling. That the CDC has bitten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil raises serious questions, doubts and suspicions on how truthful and verified the “science” they have been selling to the thoroughly possessed demos might be. Let me be clear, I am not saying the science is wrong (though science is by definition a continuous search for the truth because science is never perfect or perfectly understood,) only that there are questions that need to be asked and answered, succinctly, clearly, honestly, forthrightly, and truthfully by actual scientists. Too much of what has spewed forth from the mouths of “experts” of the CDC and other public health agencies as “proven” science is, in fact, “unproven” conjecture at best and left-wing propaganda at worst, all issued to support a narrative by erstwhile public health bureaucrats (Immunologist Anthony Fauci who has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 36 years and controversial AIDS Researcher Robert Redfield top the list of faux public health scientists). Meanwhile, the Great Barrington Declaration, with signatures by 11,930 respected medical and public health scientists (real bona fide scientists), 34,425 medical practitioners, and 625,566 concerned citizens, is ignored and dismissed by the sycophant disciples of Fauci and Redfield because it simply does not fit their masters’ preferred political narrative.

I cannot now count how many conversations I have had with friends (and some not so much) concerning the pandemic and the correct approach we should take to return to normalcy. How many times have we heard from the left that Trump failed to address the pandemic fast enough, failed to take the necessary steps to prevent the number of deaths, etc., etc., ad nauseam? I keep asking the same two questions: What could he have done differently? What are your solutions? To date, I have received no answers. None, nada, zip. Nothing but ad hominem attacks on his character. Likewise, any attempt to explain the relationship and correlation between the increase in testing and the increase in positive cases compared to the decreasing mortality rates meets with the tired, lame argumentum ad misericordiam, an appeal to pity. Someone recently tossed this at me saying, “So, if you get Covid and give it to me and some days later I die, how will you feel?” All too many play that pity party game much too often and it is wrong, wrong, wrong. It is a fallacious appeal to pity when and if you use emotions as a substitute for facts or as a distraction from the facts of the matter. It is in effect an attempt to place the monkey on my back, to make your health my responsibility, not your own. If I come down with a bad case of COVID, know I have it, and deliberately sneeze in your face causing you to come down with coronavirus and die … then I should be justifiably hung, drawn and quartered, burned at the stake until I am nice and crispy. If I know you are infected with the coronavirus and send you to a nursing home which results in thousands of deaths because you were infected, are you responsible? How should you feel? Who is responsible? Just asking for a friend.

Wakeup America.

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

[1] How similar the words look—demos (Greek for “the people”) and demon.

[2] Maureen Mullarkey, Politics as Spiritual Warfare, Chronicles, November 2020, 11.

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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