My Thoughts

An Orwellian ill wind is ablowin’ across the land; you can see it, taste it, touch it, but beware! Like acid it blinds the eye, dulls the tongue, numbs the hand and stills the tell-tale heart. Some may rightly claim this “hate” speech because it speaks of disturbing, unpleasant truths, truths still true no matter how much you demand them not. You can mask yourself against the bitter blow or stay the distance as prescribed, the insouciant wind cares not a whit for such feeble nonsense.

You may want to deny it. You may wish to wish it away, but you cannot. The war is here, it is upon us, violent and surreal. Believe what you will until you discover what you believe are no longer your thoughts. The thought police are coming, and they are coming for you. If you think this is nonsense, think again. Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary under President Clinton recently tweeted: “When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.” This is what many influential Democrats want, full blown show-trials and purges, same as the communists pioneered (thus the reason for packing the court.) What really motivates the progressive left is not so much of socialism’s false promises of equality and redistribution—purges, show trials, Gulags and re-education camps are what really gets their cold blood pumping.

And it makes sense. Socialism has failed everywhere it’s ever been tried, every time, every place, every place it’s ever been practiced, people are poorer, unfreerer and less advanced than in places with capitalism. They’ve got a 100% record on failure for that. But where they don’t have a record of failure is on a reign of terror, where neighbor spies on neighbor for a secret police, thought crimes are punished, mass imprisonment and re-education camps are a way of life, show trials appear where groveling people stand before people’s commissars and profess to love what they hate and hate what they love, and the yin and yang of violence to reinforce lies and lies to cover up violence. There are also party purges to keep everyone in a state of fear.[1]    

It is the mask that pretends to shelter, the wind replies with gales of laughter. The Mask of the Red Death is no fairy tale. Nineteen Eighty-four has passed us by. Wake up America.

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

[1] Monica Showalter, “Robert Reich vows purges and show trials of conservatives if Biden is elected,” American Thinker, October 18, 2020.

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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