Assuming the Worst

Sometimes it pays to assume the worst. Jews who assumed the worst about the Nazis in the early days of Hitler’s rule fled Germany to safe havens and survived. Most of those who assumed that the situation couldn’t get any worse stayed put and did not survive.

The disposition to assume the worst goes against the grain for Americans. Except for a small minority of conspiracy theorists, Americans tend to be of the optimistic sort. It would be difficult to convince most of them that bad times lie ahead. That may be because nothing really bad—bad in the sense of large-scale devastation and loss of life—has happened on these shores since the Civil War. The next most trying time for Americans after that conflict was the Great Depression. But very few living Americans have a clear memory of that period. For that matter, few Americans have any sense of history and, thus, no measuring stick against which to compare the present. We could be slipping into the next Dark Ages and many would be none the wiser.

Speaking of the Dark Ages, you may have noticed that they seem to be staging a comeback. Sex slavery, crucifixions, beheadings, and other seventh-century Arab customs now vie for headline space with computer hacking and space probes. The recent resurgence of Islam version 1.0 is just one of many reasons why it might not be wise to assume that better times are right around the corner.

Any event or series of events can be looked at from either a glass half-full or a glass half-empty perspective, but there are a number of trends about which we may be justified in assuming the worst. Take the matter of rising racial tensions and divisions. The optimistic way to look at recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, Tampa, Oakland, and elsewhere is to assume that they result from misunderstandings. Those of a Pollyannaish disposition further assume that those in power are doing all they can to restore calm. That’s one way of looking at it. Another view—more gloomy, yet probably more accurate—is that many of those in power want to exacerbate racial tensions.

Why? Because more tensions translates into more power for them. Crime and chaos provide governments with an excuse to expand their power. When things get out of control, law-abiding citizens will gladly cede more control to the authorities. In the worst possible scenario (which from one point of view is the best possible scenario), widespread race riots will create an opportunity for the federal government to impose martial law and assume near-dictatorial powers.

To presume that some of those in power actually desire chaos means that one has already made the prior assumption that these individuals do not have the best interests of the American people at heart. That, increasingly, seems to be a reasonable assumption. Either that, or one would have to assume that their idea of what is good for Americans is radically at odds with what all past generations have believed. President Obama’s promise that he would “fundamentally transform” America suggests that he believes there is something fundamentally wrong with it. And one way to convince others about the fundamental wrongness of American society is to take measures that will hasten its breakdown.

The Obama administration’s attack on law enforcement and its insistence that we live in a racist society is one way to put stress on the system. Another way is Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act seems tailor-made to ensure that health care becomes so unaffordable that the government is the only provider left standing.

The idea of precipitating a collapse in the economic system as a means of introducing socialist solutions was first proposed in the mid-1960s by two Columbia University professors, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. The Cloward-Piven strategy was originally aimed at the welfare system. The idea was to drive up welfare enrollments to the point where state and local governments could no longer handle the strain, and the federal government would be “forced” to take over public welfare.

Obama’s contribution to the Cloward-Piven strategy is to extend it to every area of life. In other words, if you can overload the local welfare system, why not overload local law enforcement? Why not overload the health care system? Why not overburden the immigration system by letting in hundreds of thousands of illegals? Then you can claim that all these systems are broken and have to be totally rebuilt—preferably in the image of some imaginary socialist utopia.

It seems that you can’t go wrong in assuming the worst about this administration’s domestic policies. How about its foreign policy? The worst possible assumption would be that the President and some of his key appointees don’t really like America: that they actually believe all the hype about America being the sum of all evil, and therefore want to weaken its power on the global stage.

Once again, the worst assumption is the one that best fits the facts. Let’s start with the fact that the administration has been radically cutting back our military force at a time when world threats are on the rise. There are fewer troops, fewer tanks, fewer ships, and fewer planes than at any point in recent history. That should raise a red flag even for the most optimistically inclined. Moreover, at the same time that we were reducing the size of our own army, the President was planning to even up the global balance of power by sending F-16s and Abrams tanks to assist the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Fortunately, the more moderate forces led by General el-Sisi were able to topple the radical Morsi government before Obama was able to prop it up. Undeterred, the Obama administration embarked on a series of steps seemingly geared to improving our enemies’ standing in the world while weakening our own. Among other things, the administration has:

  • Lifted the ban on Libyans attending flight school in the U.S. and training in nuclear science.
  • Traded five high-level Taliban leaders for one low-level private, Bowe Bergdahl.
  • Released Mohammed Zahir, a nuclear terrorist who had, before his capture, been working on the production of an atom bomb for the Taliban.
  • Conducted negotiations with Iran in such a way as to practically guarantee that Iran will soon have nuclear weapons.
  • Prematurely pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq, allowing ISIS to take control of large swaths of the country and to wreak havoc on Christians and Yazidis.
  • With the results of an abrupt Iraqi withdrawal staring him in the face, Obama decided to do the same thing in Afghanistan.

Whatever your views on the wisdom of sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place, you don’t have to be a Nostradamus to predict what will happen next in Afghanistan. It will fall back into the hands of the Taliban, who, with the help of all the top-level talent Obama is returning to them, will soon be back in the business of exporting terror to the rest of the world.

It’s not just paranoid right-wingers in America who worry about the intentions of the Obamites. So do many of our allies—including allies in the Middle East. Obama’s terror-friendly policies have convinced them that they can no longer rely on the U.S. For example, in August 2014, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates teamed up to launch airstrikes against Islamist forces in Libya without, as would normally be the case, informing the U.S. or asking for its consent. Apparently, they were worried that Washington, still in the grip of Arab Spring fever, would give the Libyans advance notice. So Obama trusts Libyans to study nuclear science in the U.S., but the Egyptians don’t trust Obama to keep secrets from Libyan Islamists.

The Saudis are also having second thoughts about their fickle ally. Along with Egypt and the UAE, they have been working to undo the effects of Obama’s Arab Spring policy. One of their initiatives is to convince the Emir of Qatar to discontinue his support for the Muslim Brotherhood and to shut the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera TV network, which, critics say, is a mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt has already shut down its own Al-Jazeera channel.

Whereas Obama has done everything in his power to promote the Muslim Brotherhood, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia have designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The UAE list of terrorist organizations also includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society—two Muslim Brotherhood affiliates which have long worked closely with the White House and the Justice Department. Meanwhile, Egypt and the Gulf States are also deeply concerned about the administration’s continued outreach to Iran and its seeming unwillingness to thwart Iran’s nuclear agenda.

The Saudis and the Egyptians seem to be assuming the worst about the current administration. Maybe the rest of us should do the same. Among the possibilities we should contemplate are the following:

  • President Obama and his closest advisers want to weaken America’s position in relation to the rest of the world.
  • They want Iran to have nuclear weapons.
  • They want Islamists (such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban) to prevail over more moderate Muslims in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

That’s only on the foreign policy front. On the domestic front, it’s difficult to avoid concluding that:

  • They want dumbed-down schools which will produce dumbed-down citizens who will have no idea that their rights are being hijacked.
  • They want to encourage racial division and animosity.
  • They want to wreck the health care system.
  • They want to overload the immigration system—not because they see it as a justice issue, but because they see it as an opportunity to “fundamentally transform” America into a different kind of society.

For many Catholics, such conjectures may seem overly cynical, if not over-the-top. After all, many Catholics support administration policies which purport to help minorities, migrants, and the marginalized. According to various polling data, a majority of Catholics voted for Obama in the last two presidential elections. All that talk about social justice, hope, and change was difficult to resist. On the other hand, Catholics who gave Obama the benefit of the doubt over issues that are often considered (mistakenly) as specifically “Catholic”—birth control, abortion, same-sex marriage, religious liberty—have been proven to be more than a tad naïve.

Catholics have, so to speak, been fooled once. According to the old adage, the blame for being fooled once can be assigned to others—in this case, dishonest politicians and manipulative media. But Catholics who persist in believing that Obama and his left-wing machine have the country’s best interests at heart when it comes to racial matters, health care, immigration, and foreign policy will have no one to blame but themselves when the next bill comes due.

Sometimes, assuming the worst is the best policy.

(Photo credit:President Obama, State of the Union address, 2015 / AP Photo / Larry Downing.)

William Kilpatrick

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William Kilpatrick taught for many years at Boston College. He is the author of several books about cultural and religious issues, including Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong; and Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Catholic World Report, National Catholic Register, Aleteia, Saint Austin Review, Investor’s Business Daily, and First Things. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation. For more on his work and writings, visit his website, turningpointproject.com

  • Adhemarde

    Sadly, drawing any other conclusion would only be possible by ignoring the facts, which too many people are still doing.

    • Malcolm

      The facts?
      Between the time Obama took office and November 24, 2014, the Dow increased from 7,949 to 17,830. Unemployment dropped from 7.8% to 5.8%. GDP growth went from -5.4% to 3.5%. The deficit fell from 9.8% of GDP to 2.8%. Consumer confidence rose from 33.7% to 94.5%. US teen pregnancy, abortion, and birth rates are at historic lows. The US crime rate is at its lowest point in decades. The violent crime rate is at its lowest since 1978. Millions more people now have health care because of the ACA. Bin Laden is dead. Two pointless, protracted, and bloody wars are finally winding down. Ebola was quickly contained in the US. Obama has signed fewer executive orders than any other president in the last 100 years. Last year, Obama brokered a historic pact with China for joint reduction of greenhouse gases. Obama has done more than any other president to combat climate change.
      These wild claims that “They” want to destroy America are nuts!

      • Adhemarde

        What in the world are you smoking? I’m not even going to waste time answering you!

      • St JD George

        I just went to whitehouse.gov and noted all those same talking points, thanks for repeating again here so we all know. I kept reading though and could not find any information on: accumulating more debt than all of his predecessors combined; any real plan for how to retire the $20T in debt and $200T in unfunded entitlement obligations coming due in the next decade; any discussion on the crises he created by irresponsibly leaving Iraq creating the vacum for IS to thrive and murder thousands of innocents; any explanation of why he sat in a church for years with a preacher who kept saying GD America; why he went to the industry convention of baby killers and said God bless you for all you do; why he adamently supported bills to allow mothers to kill their babies even after birth; why he supports immoral marriages and has forced dozens of his top generals for not supporting his plans to socially engineer the military; why he never takes responsibility for anything; why he refuses to associate terrorism with Islamic extremists; why he never admonished those delegates (half) who booed God at the DNC convention; why he is making friends with the mortal enemies of our allies in the ME; why nobody really takes him seriously as a leader of the free world; why he continues to push policies which poll after poll show are wildly unpopular with the citizens of this country; who oversaw the largest increase in income inequality in decades; who destroyed high paying jobs while creating more low paying jobs; who oversaw the expansion of working Americans grow to almost 100M; and who has the audacity to say after a historic elecection where the public repudiated him and he can say with a straight face “to the 2/3 who didn’t come out to vote, I hear you loud and clear.” Charles Krauthamer was to kind in calling this man a pathological narcissist. You can have him if you like him.

      • erudite_recondite_eremite

        “The US crime rate is at its lowest point in decades. The violent crime rate is at its lowest since 1978.”
        1978
        is when the “baby boomer” generation (1946-1964) began to age.
        Whenever you have a large increase in the 18-35 age group, violent crime
        and rape increase. As that demographic bulge ages, the crime rate
        decreases. And the decrease in abortions is hardly because of the
        “abortion on demand and without apology” Obama supporters.

        Let’s not forget:

        “I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”.

        “I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.”.

        “I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”.

        “I will remove earmarks before I sign any bill.”.

        “I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”.

        “I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!”

        “I’ll have no lobbyists in my administration.

        I’ll close Guantanamo Bay.

        I’ll resign if I don’t cut the deficit in half by the end of four years.

        I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.

        I won’t seek re-election unless unemployment falls below 5%.

        I’ll unite the people of this great country.

        “If you like your insurance you can keep it”

        “If you like your doctor you can keep him.”

      • mollysdad

        Obama doesn;t want so much to destroy America. He wants the Muslim Brotherhood to capture it intact. Even though he’s not an observant Muslim, nor even a believing one, he’s politically an Islamist, as are Hilary Clinton and Grover Norquist. They think that Islamic law would be good for America.

  • D. Morgan

    well thought out analysis. It is a sad testimony to the current state of regression in the world. But, I would suggest, it is the logical conclusion of the modernist, enlightenment philosophical tangent that abandoned God and His Church for the ideology of man.

  • St JD George

    Bill, the only thing scary to me is that when I read your columns it’s as if I’m reading someone who is parroting back my own thoughts.

    • jacobhalo

      Great minds think alike.

      • St JD George

        Flattery will get you nowhere. I’d much rather read Bill’s columns to learn something than read my own rants pretending I know more than I do.

  • Don

    I have concluded that facts, logic, reason are an illusion to this administration. Liberals insist the world is as they would like it to be rather than what it is. Basic math associated the debt or weight of unlimited immigration is like some cute parlor trick to them. For crying out loud, the president of the United States took the time to do an interview with a woman who bathes in Fruit Loops and posts it online! What is really troubling is the large numbers of American youth that STILL seem to think the king is sporting a hip wardrobe. Despite all of this, we have no real option but to roll up our sleeves and do what we can every day. Spread the gospel a little today and every day and let’s see what happens.

    • jacobhalo

      “Liberals insist the world is as they would like it to be rather than it is.”
      So true. They also think with their hearts, not their heads.

      • They feel. The surest way to identify a liberal (by this I mean a statist, relativist, collectivist, atheist) is to ask them a question on some philiosopical disposition or public policy question. If the answer starts with “I feel”, look for a shovel. You’ll need it for what’s to follow.

        • Glenn M. Ricketts

          I usually look for a bulldozer.

  • Jane

    Mr. Kilpatrick, you are my new favorite Catholic author. You hit the bullseye in every possible way. Thank you for your boldness and fearlessness in writing the Truth!

  • Robert Boehm

    In 1946, Professor William Thomas Walsh, while doing research for his book on Fatima, asked Sister Lucia about one of Our Lady’s promises should her requests be ignored-the errors of Russia will spread. His question: Does this mean the whole world will become communist? Sister’s short answer: YES! The professor followed with: Does this include the United States of America? She again answered YES!

  • Andy Kornkven

    The truth is that the Jews who left Nazi Germany survived, and so did the Jews who stayed behind. Please, Mr. Kilpatrick, get yourself a copy of Arthur Butz’s book, ‘The Hoax of the Twentieth Century,’ so that in your historical analysis you can be dealing with reality instead of “Jewish fables” (Titus 1:14). If you’d like an example of a group of people who were exterminated because they chose not to flee their country, try the tens of millions who tried to “make the best of it” when the Bolsheviks took over the Russian Empire in 1917.

    • John Albertson

      What vile Jew-baiting. Ask the Allied troops who liberated the concentration camps. Eisenhower was sick to his stomach and Patton could not bring himself to look at the corpses. As one reviewer of Butz’s disgraceful screed put it:
      If you enjoyed “Mein Kampf,” you’ll LOVE this book. If you were born
      without a brain, you might believe that the Holocaust never happened. Holocaust
      denial is an attempt to negate the established facts of the Nazi
      genocide of European Jewry.

      The Holocaust is one of the most well-documented events in history. Holocaust denial and distortion are generally motivated by hatred of Jews, and build on the
      claim that the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated by Jews as part of a
      plot to advance Jewish interests. This view perpetuates long-standing
      antisemitic stereotypes by accusing Jews of conspiracy and world
      domination, hateful charges that were instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Holocaust. Who can deny the possibility of a SECOND
      Holocaust if these vile and hate-filled distortions are accepted as
      real?

    • End Times

      St. Edith Stein, pray for us.

    • You are a disgusting vile liar. We’ve seen the pictures and the films, the ruins and had the testimonies of returning GI’s

      Moderator: This post is so invidious as to beg for removal.

    • St JD George

      Ahmadinejad, is that you … what are you doing here? I hope the Ayatollah’s aren’t monitoring for your sake. In fairness, part of hopes they are.

  • elarga

    This post takes conspiracy theorizing to a new level of (to be nice about it) intensity. The problem with the conspiracy theorist is that he attributes far more skill, knowledge, foresight, control and authority to his adversaries than they could possibly have. Notice also the amorphous identity of the enemy; exactly who is he? Whoever “he” is, you can be sure his ranks are also divided. Even if (for the sake of argument) the enemy actually hoped for all the bad outcomes that this author claims (and that is a very generous assumption), it is inconceivable that all of them could actually be fulfilled — the world is too complicated for that, and the enemy has lots of enemies. In short, to “assume the worst” is no less irrational than to “assume the best.” The smart money assumes neither.

    • maineman

      What nonsense. A century of wildly “successful” and conspiratorial Marxism, with incalculable consequences for all the world, and some still think putting their head in the sand makes sense.

      • elarga

        Sadly, Crisis Magazine is more and more seen as the wingnut corner of the Catholic blogosphere — frequented by people who know far less than they think they know. Marxism wasn’t a “conspiracy” any more than conservatism was a conspiracy. Anyone who thinks as, as Kilpatrick seems to, that Obama is somehow encouraging the ISIS beheadings, the police shootings, and computer hackings, or welcomes them, because they provide opportunities for more government control is, not to put too fine a point on it, a nut case.

        • maineman

          I see. So Lenin and Stalin were not killing and stealing to consolidate power but to make everyone’s lives better, just like they said? And Hollywood wasn’t riddled with party members and fellow travelers in the 50’s, and our textbooks and “art” are not now filled with the residue of Gramscian damage unleashed by Soviet psychops? And, for that matter, Obama’s thinking doesn’t wreak of warmed over Franz Fanon, even as he protests to the contrary?

          Why do you think Reagan was so successful? Because he called them out, on the campus at UCLA and then when he said those two simple, revealing words “evil empire.”

          I came of age in the 60’s. I was there to see the dishonesty that permeated the campuses, watched as it cannibalized the Democratic party, and see it all around me now in the boomers who won’t let go of the convoluted thinking and perverted rationalizations that continue to destroy the moral and cultural fabric around us.

          You are free to take Obama at his word, but that his lying is the stuff of legend is undeniable. His pedigree is derived from the great lies of the last century, and the notion that it can’t happen here, as it has everywhere else in the world, is just naive.

    • Malcolm

      Someone finally said it.

  • BillinJax

    Facts facts and more facts make the eventual outcome of this administrations policies obvious but as you have noted once those who have taken the bait of the compassionate open minded and enlightened secular progressives which is dripping with the scent of purported social justice and anti-discrimination it becomes too distasteful for the duped Catholics who put it all in motions to admit they didn’t read the ingredients label on their would be messiah.

  • AcceptingReality

    Speaking of having a sense of history….I thought the Dark Ages were so-called because we know very little about them. Not because they were “known” to be particularly barbaric. And I am wondering what “event involving racial tension” happened in Tampa? Whatever it was, it never made the local news. You probably meant Sanford. Which is nowhere near Tampa. It’s about two hours away. Would be better for you to get your facts straight. Your article would be more credible. You maligned Tampa with your lack knowledge and due diligence.

    • Kalpurrnia

      Trapped in the details.

  • Captain America

    This is all a lot to handle and take in. To some extent, Naomi
    Wolf’s made the same assertion about the Bush administration grabbing executive power after 911, and the whole “Security” business seems a good way to send federal funds to private businesses/campaign supporters and a good way to invade personal privacy. All this is being continued, of course.

    I just tell myself, times have changed and it’s a neopagan society we live in. Expect to suffer in various ways.

    • Your typical history book portrays Herbert Hoover as a parsimonious executive would wouldn’t “rescue” the economy through federal spending. The truth is Hoover was actually a spendthrift, and FDR ran on a balanced budget, but expanded the government.

      Similarly, Obama ran against the surveillance state and exploded it. He complained about a 9 Trillion dollar federal debt as “unpatriotic” and doubled it.
      What’s that they say about history not repeating but rhyming?

      • abfab1001

        Gee, a democrat lied about what his true intentions were? Say it isn’t so!!!!

  • Seamrog

    I am very glad to start seeing essays like this, and the others authored by Mr. Kilpatrick becoming more prevalent.

    It is though we have been living is a dense fog that crept up slowly, and the fog affected our ability to discern:

    Me: “I know I am looking at a dog.”

    Not me: “No, silly. That is a cat.”

    Me: “I’ve had dogs all my life and I know a dog when I see one. That is no cat. It is a dog.:

    Not me: “You are a hateful bigot and cats will no longer tolerate you.”

    Let us not ignore facts any longer. Holy Spirit, open our eyes with the Light of Truth.

    • Then they call you a felinophobe.

      • Vinny

        Afraid of cats.

        • Seamrog

          I do hate cats, but that is beside the point.

          I saw on the TV last night, our President being ‘interviewed’ by a woman with green lipstick who was previously sloshing around in a tub filled with milk and Fruit Loops.

          My reaction when I learned that the President actually selected this person to ‘interview’ him was instant:

          “This man hates us – he hates our country, and he is mocking us with nearly everything he does.”

          There is no other explanation for it.

          • St JD George

            I saw that too and shook my head, again. The only positive was that whoever she was did call him out for appeasing the dictator in Cuba. Time for her (it was a her, right?) but not for for Netanyahu, great priorities.

          • I believe that Obama is a narcisstic sociopath, and the product of serial abandonment and an abusive upbringing.

            His father abandoned him when his mother found him insufficiently radical. His mother abandoned him to his grandparents. Somewhere in this, he became the stepchild of Sotero.

            His grandfather showed himself to be a racist in outsourcing his paternal responsibilities to a radical, because the grandfather’s skin was a few shades paler.

            In a just world, he would have been removed from his unfit parents and grandparents provided the stabilty and affection he was so deprived of- instead, he was directed into increasingly deeper realms of politics, where the politics of resentment and envy took easy grasp of his disordered pyche. He is an autotheist, and quite frankly, history is full of them.

            • St JD George

              You forgot to mention his other adopted father who mentored him in Hawaii, good old card carrying Comrade Frank.

              • I did, just called him the radical.

                • St JD George

                  Ah ha, didn’t catch first time.
                  Video was great by the way, like Watter’s world. I didn’t follow up on the story but saw a headline the other day along those lines people if they knew who he was … and got answer’s like he was the first black astronaut, etc. Can’t make this stuff up.

        • In leftspeak, a phobia is an irrational hatred not a fear. It’s a preface to their desire to make opposition to the agenda a disagnosable mental defect.

          http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-21/if-you-question-authority-you-are-mentally-ill-report-finds

  • s;vbkr0boc,klos;

    The forsaken cry from the cross is Christ’s gift to us. The despair that is offered upwards
    and not downwards. There IS a difference. From 30’s Russia and Stalin’s terror:

    THE LAST TOAST
    -Anna Akhmatova

    I drink to our ruined house,
    to the dolor of my life,
    to our loneliness together;
    and to you I raise my glass,
    to lying lips that have betrayed us,
    to dead-cold, pitiless eyes,
    and to the hard realities:
    that the world is brutal and coarse,
    that God in fact has not saved us.

  • Susan

    Bravo! Obama was without a doubt anti-America from the very get-go. Those who voted for him were, and are, the gullible American without a sense or history. When 911 happened, Americans reacted as if it were a nightmare, an illogical attack. Unfortunately, Anerica had lived in a bubble for too long, concerned – if even that- for what went on outside their own home or work place. The questions: “who”, “why”, “where”(?!) repeated over and over, without any idea of even where the Middle East was on a map.
    Since then, many have turned to the history books but most remain indifferent (hence, voting this person back into office a second time)- HISTORY is so important as a platform from which to utter opinions and practical thinking.. geography isnt taught in schools by the way…
    His recent State of the Union speech was infested with the term “workers”, with a focus on economic ‘goals’ – a recurring scene floods my mind: Dr Zhivago’s Russia…Castro’s Cuba, Central America unrest and political corruption… It’s on its way here unless we begin to think once again like a Daniel Boone, a Kit Carson, a John Wayne character…..

  • cloonfush

    An excellent summary of what those of us who have been paying attention already know. Now, how to get the rest of the Catholic community, starting with the very pastoral Pope, to read and understand this?

  • The most outstanding aspect of the SOTU was the intransigent immaturity.

  • maineman

    Sadly, the writing was on the wall well before his first election, and what has happened since has reaffirmed those early assumptions again and again. As I said to a friend over 6 years ago, America has attempted suicide, and the only question is whether it will succeed. Less and less in doubt, sadly.

    But two things: First, let’s stop talking about Catholics as if they are one group. We all know that a lot of Catholics (just like most reform Jews) are really just Democrats.

    Second, we need to keep in mind that Americanism is a heresy and that the Constitution is not a bible. As she has become post-Christian, the US has been shriveling up in every way. Perhaps the Church will pick up the pieces after the secular culture completes its collapse, or perhaps the resurgence will take place elsewhere, say, in Africa. At any rate, we need to keep our eye on the real prize and cleave to that which is good, true, and beautiful.

    • The constitution was never meant to be a bible. It is a political charter.

      It is however, more mindful of that that peculiar manifestation of orginal sin-Libido Dominandi-than most contemporary American Catholic Bishops, who seem to believe that paradise is the product placing unlimited kleptocratic powers in the hands of politicians.

      • St JD George

        It’s normal behavior to abdicate or capitulate when you are not a leader. It’s easy for leaders who are manically or narcissistically inclined to take power that you give them freely … well, not free, just at first … the pound of flesh is always extracted later.

      • St JD George

        Better chose his route carefully. If he travels N to S he might get arrested for not having proper papers, the other way he might not even get noticed.

        • I feel sorry for the Mexican people that want to escape the corruption, the drug cartels, etc. If they come legally, good for them. However, I feel a hell of a lot sorrier for the Guatemalans and Salvadorans who cross Mexico’s border.

          That having been said, I know the Mexican government merely wants to remove those who aspire to something better in order to maximize the pliability of its citizenry.

          • St JD George

            Could not agree more. Straight from the pages of Alinski (agitation) and Piven (bankrupt the nation). He learned well.
            I know there are bad actors out there, but my experience through labor and church is all positive, ie they are here mostly seeking a better life escaping poverty for their families, are generally hard workers, and do desire to integrate somewhat, or at least don’t create no-go zones to hide in a different culture hostile to the host country that took them in.
            All that is fine but doesn’t address the responsibility of sovereign nations to also be accountable to the citizens who elected them and to determine how many can we absorb. When I read about how our government was flying and busing them around the country in chartered unmarked vehicles to hide their intent like some covert operation I was aghast. It was like watching a criminal enterprise supposedly accountable but thumbing their noses at the people they were elected to represent with disdain.

      • TheWhiteLilyBlog

        Or Maradiaga. I heard him preach once in New Orleans, of all places. Scary!

  • Gorsm

    “The idea of precipitating a collapse in the economic system as a means of introducing socialist solutions was first proposed in the mid-1960s by two Columbia University professors, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.”

    Having read “The Shock Doctrine – The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” by Naomi Klein, I found the above to be an interesting thought.

    • Just so people know who (and what Naomi Klein) is…

      The summary: a malevolent screwball with itinerant interests formed as the result of spending much of her early life in shopping malls.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Klein

      • Gorsm

        Thanks DE for the insight. Wikipedia is not usually my first choice for a primary reference, but, as a contrast, you might want to check out the more than 50 pages of references at the end of her book.

        • Thanks, but I prefer nonfiction.

  • cestusdei

    With Obama assuming the worst means you will never be disappointed.

  • Harry

    One has to assume that the enemies of the United States realize that a weak, incompetent, anti-American President of the United States is a tremendous advantage to them. It is an advantage they probably won’t have in a couple of years. Don’t be surprised if they strike while the iron is hot.

    • The only enemies threatening America is the average American who elects psychopaths to manhandle the state.

      • St JD George

        It doesn’t help when they/we are lied to or told half truths with cunning and deceit to hide true intent. But I agree, why the average person doesn’t see through the charade is beyond me. It is like watching Santa Claus promising toys and goodies to everyone, forever, no strings attached, no effort required, never ending, good times forever, no consequences for irresponsibility. Then again, watching the Lie Wintess News clip courtesy of USS Eldridge says all that needs to be said about that.

        • Watch the Lie Witness episode about Godzilla, especially the one that supported spending hundreds of millions of dollars to equip the military with “anti-reptilian” capabilities, and the onc that attributed Godzilla’s appearance to Global Warming.

      • Obama is a sociopath. Not much different from Chavez, Peron or Kirchner.

  • AdMaioermDeiGloriam

    Some contend that this president and his administration are delusional. Make no mistake, they know EXACTLY what they are doing to further their agenda. Fundamental transformation cannot come to fruition without a very calculated plan.

    • St JD George

      Funny thing is that it’s all laid out in black and white if one takes the time, it’s not hidden … it’s just not ever spoken lest people who don’t read start to catch on to what the real consequences are for all these wonderful things that are being rained down on them now will eventually do to them later once their trapped.

  • It was reinforcing for me to see the facts marshaled in this way — that is, via our common human faculty of REASONING. I had already come to all these very same conclusions, but much more quickly via en entirely different route — and I’m speaking in Jungian terms here — which is the faculty of INTUITION. Viewed by means of this faculty, all the President’s actions fairly scream what Kirkpatrick concludes by Reason! Now, everybody is able to deploy a certain amount of dependable Intuition. I bet virtually millions of voters deployed it for the 2014 election. And while Intuition is not nearly as superficially negotiable in our culture as is Reason, it does have its own unique and wonderful powers. It can motivate a population powerfully and deeply.

    • Tamsin

      Perhaps “well-formed” intuition, or call it conscience? People have an instinct for what is right and just, but labels can trick them. I was interested to read the following,

      Given that nine in ten African-American women voted for Democrats in 2014, it may be no surprise that a focus group of urban, female, African-Americans had mostly contempt for all things “Republican” or “conservative.” But what was shocking is that this group also, unprompted, uniformly opposed both extended unemployment benefits and a minimum wage increase, and volunteered conservative economic and moral arguments about their potentially destructive impact on job creation, costs, and conduct.

      http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/conservatism-can-win-more-people-over-you-think_824223.html

    • abfab1001

      Think of all the imports that come into our country, and very little of it being checked. Something is gonna happen. Not if but when….

  • HartPonder

    As I read all the disappointments about the state of past and present nations, Psalms 146:3 kept appearing…”Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.”

    The Lord’s Prayer takes on even more meaning as the Church’s Mission moves forward into the world. The Creed we cite at each Mass teaches us not only our steadfast beliefs as Catholics, but we are also reciting God’s plan of salvation.

    Regarding the fate of Nations, you can assume the worst (Daniel 2:44, Acts 17:26). The fact is Jesus’ mission is the Church’s Mission. What does that look like? (CCC 780-782, Matthew 25, Matthew 28: 19, 20).

    How can we help the world situation while keeping our Catholic mission goals? Now that would be something to write about.

    • Be ready to be imprisoned, tortured and die. It is coming.

      • Malcolm

        This is just bat**** crazy talk!

        • Have something factual to offer or just visceral reaction?

          • Malcolm

            The irony!

            • So you have nothing? Mosul ring a bell

      • TheWhiteLilyBlog

        They have already turned us back into slaves.

    • abfab1001

      But the liberals tell me Jesus was a redistributionist socialist…..He would have voted for Obama….

      • TheWhiteLilyBlog

        Listen: socialism and distributism are not the same at all! Read Belloc’s The Servile State. A distributed economy is one where everybody has either land or some other way to make their living, and then THEY HAVE TO. There is no big government to give them a living, socialism. The two economies are completely different! Europe had a distributed economy before the protestant rebellion, and half that rebellion was to overthrow not the physical Church but its state’s regulation of profits and wages, and to privatize the charitable work–hospitals and universities–of the religious orders. They did it the first day! There was much free service, that is why distributism is associated with socialism in that way only. But it was not run by the government, it was run by religious orders.

        We gotta get that back!

        • Distributism is a fantasy.

          • TheWhiteLilyBlog

            Why do you say that? What economy do you think the medieval states had? And not only that, but there are modern expressions of the principles of distributism applied to modern production methods and banking whose only flaw is that the economists who devise them don’t understand distributism must have a Catholic state for success. I have an email file full of correspondence from these gentlemen and their ideas are brilliant. But with Belloc we can’t administer them in our secular states because we dare not make them stronger. Capitalism eats reform. It’s all or nothing. No, it is not a fantasy. But it’s a compelling goal!

            • No, it wasn’t the economy of the “medieval states”. The Medieval States had variations of feudalism and servitude and later mercantilism.

              If for a minute, I thought people were suddenly going to start consulting Pesch’s 19 volumes, Chesterton and Belloc to organize their lives, and I believed that their ideas were workable and without unforeseen consequences, since there has been no natural emergences of distributism, It would have to be imposed deus ex machina and require a government that had absolute power.

              As for this statement: “I have an email file full of correspondence from these gentlemen and their ideas are brilliant.”
              There is a certain irony in citing using the possession of a tree you think rotten. For all the governmental impingements on modern economies ( I don’t use the term “capitalism” because it is indefinite and a Marxist term of disparagement), the IT industry has been among the most free. It is also the most dynamic. We each possess computers that could replace those that launched Apollo 11 many times over.

  • Marie Dean

    Sounds like my blog for the past several years. I wrote this past week that this is 1938.

  • CadaveraVeroInnumero

    No change until the run-of-the-mill Catholic (even the daily mass goers) see their bishop peach a sermon as Pope Urban II did on that field in France: a clarion call for all good Christian men to armor up and battle the foe barreling down upon our parish halls.

    A martyred bishop or two can’t but help..

    • We need more fishermen and shepherds and fewer philosophy majors.

    • JP

      We should also remember the fact that Peter the Hermit heard Pope Urban’s call at Claremount and led a 10,000 peasants to slaughter during the First Crusade.

  • abfab1001

    They have already succeeded in dumbing down the electorate here. What else could explain the reelection of The One?

    • Dependency helps, but this will make you laugh and cry at the same time:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4LnwRE5oeg

      • bonaventure

        How did I know that they were all Obama voters?

    • Or the appalling prospect of Bush vs. Clinton redux…

      • abfab1001

        I say we just make Obama Papa Doc for life…….

        • More like baby doc. Big Baby Doc.

      • The prospects of that re-run are enough to make one wish that Cardinal Kasper would lend his crooked pen to the service to a revision of the prohibition against suicide.

        That’s better if you pronounce the word as former California Congressman Tom Lantos did.. SOO-EEEE-CIIIDE.

  • Winston

    Thank you, you have the boldness to speak the truth of the “Hope and Change” most are too blind to see. The many correlations to early 1920’s Germany and the rise of fascism are frightening. Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it.

    • Do you chose your pseudonym from Winston of 1984?

  • Beginning with Bush’s Patriot Act and culminating with the use of the military and de facto martial law in the Boston area, in utter violation of the law, after the terrorist attack, America is now a basket case fascist banana oligarchy.

  • SnowCherryBlossoms

    I’ve read a thousand articles on this topic on as many political sites and this, on Crisis, is one of the best I’ve seen. Mr. Kilpatrick, you nailed it! You really did a good job of laying it all out, making it crystal clear that what we all fear is coming together into this perfect storm. That worst part-it’s world-wide in its scope so this leaves us nowhere to run. Seems Divine intervention will ultimately be our only hope.

  • ColdStanding

    Why do you worry about these things? We all, every one of us, are under a sentence of death. Why fear those that can only kill the body and afterwards can do no harm? Fear Him who can kill both the body and soul in hell. H/T St. Matthew 10.

    I’ll tell you why. You are, the lot of you, not heeding the Word of God. St. Vincent Ferrer, with a licence from the Pope, went around Europe preaching that the end of the world was at hand. Was he wrong? By no means. Catholics dropped to their knees and fervently beseeched God to stay the destruction, offering His only begotten Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to placate His Father’s wrath. Penance, fasting, and alms giving were done with great piety. Crisis averted.

    If the Lives of the Saints were part of your daily reading, you’d have abundant other examples to fortify the point.

    Yet you do not believe the Word of God. Faithless you are. You even have His works to prove it to you and still you don’t believe. Which can only mean that the love of Jesus is not in your heart. St. John’s epistles are unequivocal on this point. Gainsay the beloved disciple at the peril of your immortal soul.

    The Catholic faith isn’t adding a little time of prayer before doing exactly what every other lost soul is attempting. It is a comprehensive, all bases covered message about who you are, how you got there, where you should be going, how to get there, and where you would end up if you don’t repent. Answer: Hell!

    The saints, who know better than you, are very skeptical of the prospects of your salvation. I’m inclined to agree. I tremble at the thought of my own salvation and beg your prayers.

    His Father’s house is a house of prayer. Know ye not that you are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Yet you go about a money changes and sellers of animals to sacrifice to idols. Go then, repent, fall to your knees and pray for your enemies. It matters not if no one else joins you. Your conscience will be clean. You will have followed Jesus Christ’s commandments.

    Yes, praying for your enemies is a commandment. Yes it is universally required.

    Political ‘c’atholics, sheesh!

    • St JD George

      Is there folly in noting that there is a wolf in the pasture who would lead his sheep to their slaughter, astray from the one who leads to true salvation?
      Trust me when I say that I do pray for my enemies conversion to Christ, and I pray for strength and wisdom because of the dark thoughts that creep in to my mind when I try and to be true in my prayers for them. Truly, there can be no harder commandment than the second greatest one, me thinks.

      • ColdStanding

        There can be no excuse for not knowing the faith. It is amply recorded and taught by completely reliable teachers. The Church, in Her wisdom, good and faithful house keeper that She is, has stored up ample supplies for this time.

        We have been given the shepherds we deserve. A bad bishops, as much of a trial as they are, should be no obstacle. If you have a faithless bishop, turn to God and repent of your own faithlessness. He, Jesus Christ is a stumbling block out of which the hearts of many will be revealed.

        The saints all teach, after their Master, that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. He, being God, sustains you at all times. He is, even now speaking to you (not by me but in your own heart). Pray to have your ears opened to hear Him.

        Friend, don’t justify yourself to me. I can do nothing for you. Trust that you can never pray enough for your enemies. Pray for forgiveness that you can’t and have not pray enough for your enemies.

        • St JD George

          It’s about to be tested.

    • JP

      True. We should just return to our prayer beads and ignore the world. But, paraphrasing Lenin, you may not be interested in the World, but the World is interested in you.

      • ColdStanding

        You say yes and then no. Who is like God? What is the world to God? Who would strengthen you against the world? What cause, then, do you have to doubt or gainsay?

        I see none.

  • NickD

    The Jews in Germany could get to safe havens, because they still existed. Where would modern, faithful Catholics in America (and the West) go, though?

    • ColdStanding

      Heaven.

  • Castilleon

    We can feel it in our bones. A persecution of the Church in America is coming. I personally believe that it will begin when the American definition of marriage makes its final break with God’s definition for it this summer. I can easily see the possibility of the Church in America, and even elsewhere (at least those who faithfully refuse to burn incense before this modern idol of Caesar) becoming once more like the Church of the catacombs.

    But this time will not last forever. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Psalm 115:14 D-R) This utterly corrupted society, born from the Protestant rebellion and so-called “Enlightenment” will either be transformed and remade in Christ, or it will collapse into dust. In either case, it will fall to the Church, as it always has, to rebuild society from ground up. And we are the only ones who can do it.

    But what should we faithful Catholics do now? We should stay close to Our Lord and Lady, praying for strength to see us through the coming storm.

    • It’s going to come to Europe before here. Grand Cathedrals will be razed or turned into mosques in our lifetime.

  • St JD George

    Ralph Peters wrote an interesting article with a perspective that will no doubt resonate with most and compliments Bill’s gift to us today:

    Pundits agonize over President Obama’s resistance to calling Islamist terror “Islamist terror.” How can he not see the obvious? How can he ignore the overwhelming and ever-increasing evidence? How can he insist that his subordinates continue their buffoonish insistence that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam and that they—secularized Christians and non-observant Jews—know Islam’s character better than Muslims themselves?

    It’s easy. President Obama and his commissars fit the longstanding pattern of behavior (insistence, denial, castigation) that the hard left has embraced for generations. In the mid-20th century, leftists, bereft of God and desperate for a new faith, insisted for decade after decade that Comrade Stalin was a paragon of political virtues and that the Soviet Union was Utopia. All reports of purges, terror, man-made famines and the Gulag were fabrications of capitalists and their servants.

    President Obama and his commissars fit the longstanding pattern of behavior (insistence, denial, castigation) that the hard left has embraced for generations.

    Even after Premier Khrushchev revealed Stalin’s crimes to the world, hardcore leftists excused or ignored the truth, insisting still that Red terror wasn’t terror and that Communism was a movement (religion?) of peace and progress, that humankind’s hope still waited in the east. Only the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet collapse briefly sobered a few on the extreme left—the milieu in which our president spent his youth and pre-presidency adulthood.

    But leftists need a utopia, a fantasy heaven on earth, to comfort them and to give their lives purpose. Robbed of the Soviet dream, the forlorn left was in need of a new redeemer.

    Welcome, Comrade Usama! The left—and young Barack Obama — already saw Islam as an oppressed religion, the noble faith of the wretched of the earth, while casting Christianity and Judaism in the role once occupied by capitalist imperialists: that of oppressors. Bin Laden gave the left a new torch to carry. While it remained necessary to condemn terrorism in public, the left simultaneously justified it in a globalized version of the Marxist construct of a class struggle.

    Really, didn’t American deserve 9/11?

    Islamism fit the left like a tailored glove. Just as Western Reds didn’t need to endure life in the Soviet Union (“Pass the foie gras, Comrade!”), so today’s leftwing cadres need not actually live in the Middle East or North Africa. From the comfort of Cambridge or the splendor of California’s coast, they can rationalize radical Islam, a creed that would, if imported here, exterminate them as surely as Comrade Stalin would have purged the old American left.

    The staff of Charlie Hebdo? Stalin would have killed those pranksters, too. The only difference is that “Uncle Joe” would have gotten them all.

    When you take the long view, it’s disheartening (to put it mildly) that the Western left simply cannot live without dreaming of an impossible utopia to be imposed by one ideology or another on the rest of us. Radical Islam? It’s a “religion of peace.” Just as Soviet Communism was an ideology of peace, justice and brotherhood.

    So President Obama’s just playing by the time-honored rules, substituting Muhammad for Josef Stalin or Mao: Never criticize the Party. Ignore the facts. If the facts can’t be ignored, deny or twist them. No matter what, stick to the script (let them laugh for now, they’ll see soon enough…). And anyone who strays one inch must be neutralized, whether as a Trotskyist yesteryear or slandered as an Islamophobe today.

    The left’s existential bleakness and its resultant need to embrace horrid schemes for man-made heavens on earth form a peerless argument for humankind’s need for religion. In the absence of belief there is only a desert of the soul. And Red terror gives way to Islamist terror. The Communist International cedes pride of place to the global caliphate. Comrade Stalin fades into Comrade Muhammad.

    Truth is malleable. Facts are nuisances to be exterminated, along with troublesome people. Middle-class notions of freedom must be shouted down. The rule of the intellectuals must be imposed. Never, ever criticize the cause. Deny everything. Never forget that Islam’s a religion of peace.

    The future is ours, Comrades.

    Fox News Strategic Analyst Ralph Peters is a retired U.S. Army officer and former enlisted man.

  • jerryg

    Oh boy-I remember during JFK’s and LBJ’s terms, the same drivel coming from the right when Civil Rights, Medicare and Medicaid was being talked about and finally became law. It seems the narrative never changes that we are on the road to perdition because we are stretching out a hand to those less fortunate than the readers of this forum.
    As far as Iran is concerned, 8 years’ ago it was Democrats sniping at a Republican president, now it’s Republicans’ sniping at a Democrat. As Churchill once said, “jaw, jaw, jaw, is always better than war, war, war.”

    • thebigdog

      A significantly greater percentage of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Democrats… Oh, and here’s an interesting quote: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” – Audacity of Hope

      Obama and most of his inner circle would love to see Muslims destroy Israel.

    • Tony

      You mean the fear that expanding the Welfare State would permanently ensconce a large percentage of the population in dysfunction, would encourage and reward the deeply antisocial behaviors that give rise to broken or never-formed families, and would do so at an immense expense of goods wrested from the (somewhat) more responsible citizens, played for chumps? That it would leave the country with an enormous and unsustainable debt?

      We aren’t on the road to perdition. We’re at the destination already. We are drowning in porn, young people don’t marry, our mass culture is beneath coarse, our educational system produces young people who would not be able to read a high school textbook from 100 years ago (I have dozens of those to prove the point), and we are, what, 18 million million dollars in debt, or about 60,000 dollars for every single breathing person in the country. That is not debt held against a good, such as a mortgage on a house. That is ALREADY SPENT money on things already used up. It is like a family of four having a credit card debt of $240,000, run up on buying things THAT NO LONGER EXIST.

      Jabba the State is nobody’s friend but Jabba’s. Never was, never will be.

  • cap gem

    A federal judge in Alabama has become the latest to strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage, ruling against the Yellowhammer State’s prohibition on gay nuptials on the basis that it violates the Fourteenth Amendment. In a 10-page decision on Friday, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade, an appointee of George W. Bush, issued summary judgement in favor of a plaintiff same-sex couple, finding Alabama marriage laws violate the couple’s right to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. “There has been no evidence presented that these marriage laws have any effect on the choices of couples to have or raise children, whether they are same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples,” Granade writes. “In sum, the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama.”

    LOL, a Bush appointed “activist” judge just struck down the same sex marriage ban in Alabama.
    Note how she complexly dismantles the stupid arguments about children.

    • GG

      How did she dismantle it? Her analysis reveals she is a moral idiot.

  • tabithakorol

    A brilliant laying out of the situation for those who take the time to read because they want to be informed. How do we reach the inane, the ignorant, the students who don’t even know the location of the Great Wall of China. How do we overcome the media like the BBC, Guardian, New York Times, that are intentionally misinforming the citizens? How does England boycott their only ally in the Middle East and protect the reputation of their mortal enemy? And, we Americans voted in this president twice! Can we survive.

  • John

    It is important to remember what Pat Buchanan told us all last week: The Charlie Hebdo
    publication in France was also insulting and blaspheming every version
    of orthodox Christianity when it depicted the God the Father and His
    Son, Jesus Christ, as being involved in an incestuous sexual
    relationship. Who has a vested interest in blaspheming both
    Christianity and Islam as part of a world-wide ideological and political
    game plan? Clearly, it is the global Zionist network which desires to
    assert the Talmudic doctrine of Jewish racial supremacy on a global
    basis, and to convince comatose Westerners that their primary enemy in
    the world is Islam, and not the Zionist hijacking of their own banking
    system, culture, government, media, and educational establishments. The
    Frankfurt School and its Institute of Social Research which
    destroyed the older Christian civilizations in the West in partnership
    with the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith (ADL) by subverting
    Europe and the United States with pornography, sexual perversion
    including the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transsexual) agenda, and the
    abortion/euthanasia industries, is working its demonic magic through all
    kinds of Jewish-funded media outlets and NGOs to solidify its hold on
    the Western world, even as it also seeks the subversion of the Islamic
    societies and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Eric Margolis concedes that the Charlie Hebdo publication is financed by Rothschild banking interests in France. Simply follow the trail of the money.

    Charlie Hebdo’s
    financiers and handlers clearly seek to falsely equate mainstream Sunni
    and Shia Islam with the Wahhabi and Takfiri fanatics comprising the
    ISIS and al-Qaeda organizations, and to discredit Islam generally in the
    West, even as orthodox Christianity is also lampooned. Both Islamic
    and Christian movements must be infiltrated from within with sexual
    decadence, paid intelligence assets, and internal disorder. The final
    strategy in the quest for Zionist global supremacy and the final victory
    of the so-called New World Order will involve the realization of the dream of launching the War of Civilizations envisioned by the Project for the New American Century
    and its bedfellows. This will necessitate pitting Sunni Islam and Shia
    Islam against one another as adversaries, and pitting what remains of a
    Christian remnant in the West against both Islam and Putin’s Russia. Divide and Conquer is the age-old methodology used by this evil monolith.

    While I cannot absolutely prove it, I agree with Ron Paul and Paul Craig Roberts that the Charlie Hebdo
    affair has all the earmarks of a False Flag operation conducted by the
    Israeli Mossad, the British MI6, and the American CIA. It is ludicrous
    to believe that the national security police states erected in Europe
    and the United States would be providing money, political, and
    logistical support to ISIS in a clear attempt to overthrow President
    Assad in Syria (a clear Zionist objective as a prelude to attacking
    Iran), and then would subsequently fail to effectively monitor the
    comings and goings of hundreds of these Wahhabic terror elements
    traveling with apparent impunity between Syria and both Europe and the
    United States. These travels are being allowed for a purpose, which is
    to deliberately enact incidents of this kind, diverting Western public
    attention from the Hidden Hand financing and directing these operations,
    as well as diverting public attention from ongoing Israeli atrocities
    in Palestine, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. Additionally, I believe France
    was being punished for its public deviations as of late from the
    wholesale support of the Zionist agenda demanded by the power elite in
    the West. I refer to the French Parliament’s recent pro-Palestinian
    vote (s) in public session, and President Hollande’s urging of a
    reassessment of the wisdom and utility of the economic sanctions being
    imposed on Putin’s Russia.

    I
    believe there are additional cracks in the canvas being painted by the
    real perpetrators of this incident, including the convenient leaving
    behind of an Identification Card in a getaway car by the alleged
    assailants, and the equally convenient killing of the accused by the
    French police. Dead Men Tell No Tales. . . . Just ask Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Netanyahu
    is a war criminal and murderer simply taking advantage of the Zionist
    controlled media in France specifically and the West generally. He
    obviously wants to justify his regime’s criminal policies in Palestine
    and Gaza by posing as a defender of human rights and freedom of
    expression in the West against “Islamic Jihadists”. It is the established Zionist strategy to make the aggressor and the criminal perpetrator appear as the aggrieved victim.
    This is especially outlandish, given the legal persecution and
    economic marginalization of scholars and political activists in the West
    who have criticized Israel, or who have questioned aspects of the
    establishment Zionist narrative on what happened in World War II and
    during the runup to the establishment of the Zionist state in 1948. What Dr. E. Michael Jones of Culture Wars refers to as the “Jewish control of narrative” has served Netanyahu and his predecessors quite well, especially in the United States.
    How many Americans know about the Zionist bombing of the King David
    Hotel in 1946? The Lavon Affair in 1954? The dispute between JFK and
    Ben Gurion in 1963 over the Israeli nuclear weapons plant at Dimona in
    the Negev? The Meyer Lansky Jewish Crime Syndicate connection to the
    anti-Castro Cubans, to James Jesus Angleton of the CIA, and the
    Giancana-Trafficante-Marcello-Roselli led crime syndicates in the United
    States who were all provably involved in the JFK assassination? The
    NUMEC nuclear raw materials thefts in Pennsylvania in the United States
    for Israel’s weapons program? The Pollard-AIPAC-Ben Ami spy cases? And
    the Arnon Milchan financing of Oliver Stone’s JFK movie which diverted
    public attention from the Israeli connection to the events in Dallas in
    November of 1963? What about the Israeli role in 9-11
    and the subsequent coverup of this fact by the Israeli citizens
    assigned to direct the official American governmental investigation of
    the event?

    The
    Zionist-controlled Western media has perfected the Orwellian inversion
    of truth and falsehood, victim and perpetrator ongoingly. Look at Syria, where the existence of “Jihadic extremists” being decried in France and the West for involvement in the Charlie Hebdo
    affair are being simultaneously financed, trained, and introduced into
    that country by the United States, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation
    Council (GCC) states, Turkey, and Jordan for the express purpose of
    overthrowing the Alawite regime of President Assad. Look at the
    criminals installed by coup d’etat last February by the
    United States, Israel, and the EU in the Ukrainian regime headquartered
    in Kiev, with all of the atrocities committed by this regime in the
    eastern part of that country since, including the shootdown of Malaysian
    Airlines Flight MH17 falsely attributed by Western media to Vladimir
    Putin or Russian ethnics under his control, and the horrific Odessa Trade Union building burning.

    It is noteworthy that the mastermind of these crimes, Petro Poroshenko, joined Netanyahu in Paris for the Charlie Hebdo protests.

    These
    illegal actions continue the NATO encirclement of Putin’s Russia in
    complete contravention of George H. W. Bush’s explicit promises to
    Gorbachev and Shevardnadze after the end of the old Soviet Union. This coup d’etat is
    also another way of punishing Putin for effectively stymying (for now)
    American and Israeli plans to employ overt military force against Assad,
    even as Jewish and CIA financed NGOs in Russia are attempting to
    subvert Putin and Russian Orthodox Christian resurgence from within by
    employing the Frankfurt School types like Pussy Riot and Elton John to
    attack nationalistic culture and morality in that country. It is all a
    part of the playbook of the New World Order, as is the False Flag Charlie Hebdo incident and the Orwellian inversion of truth and falsehood, victim and perpetrator, that has predictably followed.

    • Greg Groebner

      John, I do not follow Crisis Magazine closely, but it seems to me that you have here exceeded many of the audience’s collective reading comprehension. This article by Kilpatrick is so naive as to border on unbelievable in its sincerity. I have a difficult time understanding how people with access to libraries and the Internet can publicly write such boiler-plate tripe, as if we’d be somehow winning if someone other than Obama was president. Obama is a problem, sure, but a drop on the surface of a deep bucket — something that you have more or less have pointed out in your post.

  • If not the United States, then where? Where will the safe haven for Catholics be? It is a thought I have had, I see the writing on the wall, if not for me, then for my children.

    • TheWhiteLilyBlog

      I am just publishing a novel where we find the perfect asteroid from the springboard of Earth’s first space colony. I wish it were true. How I wish it. But have you considered getting land in the rural south? That’s what I would do if I were young. Actually I have also thought of moving to Hungary, now that I am old. But they are doing something very good and interesting. The reports of quality of life in the last several months are very positive. You should check it out. They have constitutionally protected very many things dear to Catholics.

  • TheWhiteLilyBlog

    This post has everything but a solution. And it suggests that we can fight Islam through our secular country’s government. We cannot. We too need a religious state, and this post does not call for that or call for any disruption of the agenda of secularism other than in the specified areas identified by Mr. Kilpatrick. Our way forward is to imitate Hungary and re-write our constitution to recognize the Christian God. That one justice will right our boat. Then we could move forward on other issues. Otherwise, fine Catholics will be drawn into a global war against Islam, complete with bloodbaths in Europe, and atheism’s goal there is to destroy not the excesses of Islam, but the religious heart in us, our demand for laws that protect our country’s morals and Christian values, and most importantly, any possibility that we would do the only logical thing we could do, raise, ourselves, the demand for a religious state in which personal freedom is limited by the ten commandments. Our populace wants this, Gallop asked them that question in 2008, when it conducted its poll of a ‘Billion Muslims.’ It believe it was called, Who Speaks for Islam, but they surveyed the US too.

    No Catholic teaching may be applied in a secular state. Demands for social justice ends up being, not demands for ownership and responsibility by the poor (as in the old Catholic states where the economy was Catholic, and profits and wages controlled by the local guilds with an eye to the common good), but demands for government-run socialism. Belloc’s pure Servile State.

    Whatever we do to strengthen THIS government will be used against us. We must build a third party like FIDESZ in Hungary and we must do it now.

    • Greg Groebner

      Another excellent post. Thank you.

  • TheWhiteLilyBlog

    PS: to wish for a Catholic state is to wish to redact Vatican II.

    • Crisiseditor

      On the contrary, Vatican II did not reject Catholic tradition on Church and State: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/vatican-ii-separation-church-state-rupture-continuity

      • TheWhiteLilyBlog

        Crisiseditor, please investigate further. I m hoping recent developments will encourage you to do so. It was the most devastating change of the Council, and equally forcefully denied (didn’t you notice the same pattern in the Family Synod? “We uphold tradition, but we’ll just offer this pastoral adjustment. Which reverses tradition.).” Certainly you do not need me to direct you to the numerous links demonstrating the chapter and verse in the constitutions that have gradually permitted the reversal, and they do it better than I could. But let me speak as a veteran in the abortion war. The proof is in the practice, and the practice is evident in the trenches. We (as a Church) don’t call for laws against abortion. We have ceased to assert our muscle even in secular states for laws which may be seen as restrictions on religious liberty (over the traditional call for religious tolerance), that is, ecumenism in constitutional terms rather than theological. We have ceased to call for a religious state, but that has been true for a very long time, of course, although five still existed at the time of the Council (much deformed economically by the pressure from outside), but added to that is the new variation, that in our secular states we do not even call for protective laws that reflect Catholic morality. Bishop Cupich demonstrated the change in directing the priests under his authority NOT to participate in 40 Days for Life. Why? It’s not Catholic enough!(I held my breath–I thought for a moment he might call for a general uprising!) And why is it not Catholic enough? Because we Catholics are wise enough to allow people freedom of action following their conscience, not to call for laws that limit it. I have summarized, but google it, I am accurate.

        See the point? We now deny the need for laws that limit anyone’s freedom to act “according to their conscience.” That’s the Council. It’s the opposite of the Catholic state, where everyone regardless of what they believed could not act on their beliefs, it’s the opposite even of politics in our secular age where Catholic domination of a secular government went a long way to protect us. Since the Council we only ‘form consciences.’ How the predators love it. In the Middle East our bishops will not cooperate with local religions in fighting pornography on the same grounds. The Middle Eastern Synod of three years back urged them instead to modernize as we have done (they shot back).

        It is so interesting to me, speaking of the middle east, that the media never gives any details on ISIS except the horror that they demand a religious state. They drum it into us every hour: those horrible fundamentalists, they want a religious state! It is almost as if they want to make sure we get the point, as if the lesson were for us (altho our Church taught us–Pius XI–that wherever we are in the majority, we have a right to a Catholic state, and that’s a measurable goal we could work toward here or anywhere). By ‘they,’ let me say before you ask, I mean the one percent of Americans who control our media, our government, our schools, our working conditions, and our lives. Against whom a religious state would surely take some measured steps. It is the one thing they fear above all. Our collaborationists at the Council caved in on that, and I urge you to learn more about it and to use your influence to give us the good word in Crisis magazine that we are not locked into this forced choice between socialism and imperialism, or corporatism, what we have now: hell on Earth.

        • Greg Groebner

          ***** five stars *****
          This needs to be a feature article.
          It is such an obvious thing, and yet the writers in Crisis Magazine seems to be oblivious to it, from what I’ve seen. Surprising ignorance, and yet not really so surprising, however, as it is deeply engrained in the USA especially. In fact, it has its own name in the list of heresies: “Americanism”. The problem is that with the success of the USA, this false praxis-as-dogmatic-principle has been forced upon the rest of the world.

  • St JD George

    I was reading from Acts this morning while trying to reflect on God’s 2nd greatest commandment when I stumbled on this passage again. I couldn’t move past it as I contemplated it in the context of the world as it is today, and leaders who would have us believe they are wise shepherds but are not inspired by our good Shepard.

    I know that after my departure fierce wolves will get in among you, and will not spare the flock. And from among your own selves men will rise speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. (Acts 20:29-30)

  • elarga

    Notice that the “Cloward-Piven strategy” was a complete flop; Congress and the Clinton administration vastly reduced the welfare rolls in the 1990s. Some conspiracy.

  • Minnesota Mary

    I don’t think that most Catholics, who voted for Obama, gave him the benefit of the doubt at all on “Catholic” issues. They liked what he was peddling on everything from tax payer funded abortion on demand to socialism. And they are not disappointed. They would vote for a third term for Obama if they could.

  • realist

    Nothing wrong with my memory: I was telling people before the first obumbo election there has to be something seriously wrong with this person who supports and actually promotes killing children all the way up to actual birth, and the catholic church largely remained silent on this horrible fact, which means there was something seriously wrong and terribly grotesque with many catholics and it’s leadership in this country.

  • Anne Cregon Parks

    Thank you so much for putting everything I have been saying into print. Obama is facilitating the Muslim take over of the world. If you just look at a map of the Middle East at the countries have fallen, it will be evident. I am very afraid for our country and what he will do in the last 2 yrs. He is hell bent on collapsing our economy with Obamacare, 5 million illegals receiving govt benefits. Just like Hitler, he is dividing us into groups and pitting us against each other. I truly believe he is the epitome of evil.

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