Is the Dam About to Break?

The other day, William Walker, the Sargeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives, stepped in it big time.  When asked about the so-called January 6th insurrection, he said he believed the outcome would have been different had the “rioters” been predominately black.  (The protesters were overwhelmingly white.)   

Does he mean that the response would have been more heavy-handed because of the prevailing BLM narrative which sees America as irredeemably racist?  Or would they have been treated more leniently, paradoxically, because of the BLM narrative?  Regardless, some of the actual “rioters” are still in solitary confinement, in clear violation of their Sixth Amendment right to a fair and speedy trial.   You can read more about Mr Walker’s account for yourself here:  https://thehill.com/homenews/3791046-house-sergeant-at-arms-to-jan-6-panel-response-would-have-been-different-if-rioters-were-black/

As far as the Deep State Democrats are concerned, there are reasons Walker shouldn’t have said anything at all.   Why?  Because one cannot speak so candidly if one lives in a totalitarian state.  Especially when prevailing narratives change at the drop of a hat.  And they have to change, otherwise the masses cannot be kept in perpetual control.  Read Nineteen Eighty-Four if you don’t believe me.  Walker believes that the “insurrectionists” would have been treated harshly had they been black.  Harsher than the actual “insurrectionists”?  See what I mean by inconsistent narratives?  What Walker did was open up a can of worms, allowing normies to stop and ask, “Huh?!”

Walker may be confused but he’s not part of the problem.  The “Narrative” is the problem.  He thought he could make this observation because he believed that he is living in a free country, and that the J6 Committee was a legitimate panel of inquiry which would welcome honestly stated answers to their questions.  

But he isn’t and it wasn’t.  The J6 committee was a show-trial, nothing more.  One designed to bring down President Trump and failing that, to make it clear that no America-firster should ever think about running for high office again.  If nothing else, the Deep State wished that he hadn’t said anything at all.  

How do I know?  Simple:  his testimony suggesting the J6 “rioters” wouldn’t have been arrested is belied by the fact that throughout the 2020 Summer of Love, tens of thousands of leftist rioters –who were black and white–were not arrested at all.  But the predominantly white protesters of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, were arrested.  That doesn’t sound like a whole lot of White Privilege to me.    

At the risk of belaboring the point, viewing J6 and the Summer of Floyd is like comparing apples to oranges.  We are talking about hundreds of incidents which we saw across the country where people were shot, run over by cars, blinded by lasers and hand-thrown incendiary devices, hit with objects, punched, kicked, and thrown to the ground, while the aggressors attempted to burn down businesses, light federal buildings on fire, and loot stores.  Compare that to the crowds of unarmed protesters who were encouraged by the Capitol police to “come on in and make themselves comfortable.” 

If J6 was an insurrection, it was the most ill-thought out, inept one in history.  And as far as scaling the Capitol walls, we see more strategic maneuvering and mayhem in the stores on Black Friday!  They said one guy was wielding an aluminum crutch in the “attack.”  What he was actually doing is holding a crutch over his head so with his body and the crutch, he could serve as a barrier between the crowd and the police so they could treat a trampled woman in the tunnel who later died.  

An aluminum crutch?  Really?  They weigh between 5 to 10 pounds.  Ever get hit in the head with a smart TV?

Since that fateful day, we’ve seen the videos of Speaker Pelosi meandering about, mere inches from a phone, where at any point she could have requested reinforcements, while the Capitol police waved scores of people in and trumpeted people like “buffalo man” as a typical Trump supporter.  

Frankly, the true insurrection had already taken place.  What we saw on Jan 6 was the American people reacting to it.  The real insurrection was a coup d’etat in which millions of votes were stolen.   If we did so poorly, it was because in this country we didn’t have a lot of experience with the consequences of challenging a totalitarian society by our mere presence before.  When the authorities open the doors to a building and say “come this way,” you kind of think what you’re doing is OK.  Committing a crime was probably the last thing on the minds of these people.  Unlike BLM, none of them blacked out their faces on FB months in advance and announced meeting times and places to pick up weapons. 

And, of course, no criminal referrals were issued against President Trump, the supposed “instigator” of this “insurrection.”  After all that sturm und drang, — nothing.  The J6 Committee was a Mickey Mouse charade from start to finish.  For all practical purposes, it was a show trial, staged for political purposes to cow the enemy, the “enemy” in this case being We the People.  

No one is sure the exact day it happened but at some point, the American people become the enemy by daring to question  official narratives and raise legitimate questions about the leaders who were ignoring the oath they had taken to represent the interests of the country.  Had we known there would be hell to pay for voicing our concerns we might have been more circumspect.  (On the other hand, our Founding Fathers weren’t all that circumspect when they took up arms, were they?)  We are now at the point when we realize that what you’re thinking is an “uprising” to our elites. 

Most of the people who were arrested that day were charged with “Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building.”  https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/capitol-breach-cases

No one was trying to barricade federal officers inside a courthouse while trying to set the building on fire like they did in Portland!   Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers” amounted to pushing, not throwing incendiary devices in anyone’s faces.     

We could revisit the whole J6 charade but that’s not the point of this essay.  The point is this: when a society starts down the road to totalitarianism, it not only loses its soul, it loses all perspective.  In fact, it’s well on its way to breaking down.  That’s because the elites have a very real fear of the masses, so in order to maintain its grip on power, they have to hoist taboos high in the air so that the people can see them.  For those who don’t get the message, they quickly call down condemnation upon those who are merely stating the obvious.  Political correctness has become the modern term for servitude and enslavement. 

Take the whole Alphabet People nonsense (thank you, David Chapelle!).  For decades —decades!–we were told that people were “born gay,” that “God couldn’t make a mistake.”  OK, that’s fine for the LGs, but what about the Ts?  (The Bs are just men who want to get their jollies from sissies if there are no decent women around.)  God is many things, but He’s not the author of lunacy or division.  Nonsense such as the LGBTQ+ phenomenon reeks of people getting together and making things up as they go along.  Sadly, because of our inherent niceness, those of us on the Right have all to often acquiesced to their idiocy.  It doesn’t make sense for these jokers to consume the alphabet when L or G would be sufficient.  It’s not like they’re being rounded up and put in concentration camps or anything.  Frankly, we’d all just like to ignore their need to call out who they are and which one of the 49 types they’re attracted to but they won’t let us.  Like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, they will not be IGNORED!

So why do I believe that the dam is about to break?  Because we’ve been caught up in a vortex of stupidity, one made possible by nihilism, which invariably collapses upon itself, taking society down with it.  

So given the abject ridiculousness of what we now hold to be sacred, how do the elites maintain their stranglehold on society?  There is no Cheka which will break down your door in the middle of the night and take you to the Gulag.  At least not yet.  They may believe stupid things, but that doesn’t make their actions any less dangerous.  

I’ll give you an example.  Rebecca Dillingham, AKA Dissident Mama, recently wrote a piece called  “Southerners Can’t be Orthodox.”  https://www.dissidentmama.net/southerners-cant-be-orthodox/

Besides its pro-Southern evangelism presuppositions (with which I completely agree) what leapt out to me was the comments that followed.  I won’t bore you with the details as you can read them for yourself but one particular critic calls himself, “I hate you,” and uses a raised middle finger as an avatar. 

Rather than counter her arguments with a cogent response, he was reduced to rhetorically screaming, as so many are wont to do today.  His middle finger was used to punctuate his POV as an exclamation point, as it were. 

Why do these people insist on making such a spectacle of themselves? 

Because they “got nothing.”  And that’s  because  our elites  “got  nothing.”

Soon grunts –as well as middle fingers–will suffice as conversation.  Performance art, no matter how scatological, is better than an exchange of ideas.  Up till now, it has been quite successful in shutting down any meaningful dialog; simply put, the purpose is to end the conversation before it’s started.      

This is basically where we are as a society.  We saw it during the four years of the Trump presidency, where certain poor souls were writhing in the streets of Washington, like the wicked witch of the West who was splashed with water. 

And who can forget the hundreds of very unattractive young women who splattered red paint on their crotches and twerked in public upon the overturning of Roe v Wade?  

My favorite act of political theater was back in 2018, when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court.  As Justice-elect Kavanaugh was being taken to the Court to be sworn in, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth of biblical proportions as dozens of protesters turned into the Walking Dead, milling around, mumbling to themselves, as they attempted to pry open the Court’s chambers with their fingertips.  Of course, Google in their wisdom, has removed these images but it looked something like this:

Even though the Left controls all of the levers of power and sits at the commanding heights of our culture, something tells me they don’t feel that they’re in control.  Rather than take their wins (of which they’ve had many), they just raise the decibel levels when challenged.  

We saw intimations of this almost a decade ago when certain liberal/progressive websites stopped publishing comments.  It was genuinely shocking for these writers to see a tremendous volume of opposing viewpoints, most of which were very intelligently written.  (You see, they think we’re a bunch of rubes from the hinterlands.)

About two years ago, YouTube stopped showing how many comments were “thumbs down.”  There were simply too many of them and they were breaking the algorithms.  And now, Elon Musk buys Twitter and announces that approximately 20% of the “thumbs up” people on Twitter are fake.  (And half of President 81 Million’s followers were not actual people but bots.)

The dam is getting ready to break and “the ghosts of the dead will writhe under the waters along with those who live there and swim.  They will be terrified; pain and anguish will seize them.”  They see it coming or they wouldn’t be acting like they do.  

Regrettably, this is one of those scenarios that just has to play out before their heyday of poor behavior drops into obscurity.  Godspeed the day:  it cannot come too soon.  

Comments

  1. Things are in turmoil, all right. Kevin McCarthy failed to be elected Speaker of the House on the first two ballots—only the second time since the Civil War that the majority party has failed to choose a Speaker on the first ballot, and the last time was 100 years ago.

    What was it that Rep. Matt Gaetz wrote about McCarthy? “Every single Republican in Congress knows that Kevin does not actually believe anything. He has no ideology.”

    • I’m just peripherally following this circus clown freak show that we call our dysfunctional US government…… but my two favorite quotes from today thus far are:

      (per Matt Gaetz): “The reason most of my Republican colleagues are supporting [McCarthy] is because they benefit from the redistribution of lobbyist & special interest money from McCarthy to their campaigns.” (this is so true….. and emblematic of the problem)

      and

      “McCarthy’s loss on the first vote is a terrible day for mediocre Americans. Millions of Americans are mediocre, and they deserve representation too.” (love it!)

      Our system can only tolerate so much more dysfunction before the house of cards falls. “Unity through diversity” — without Christ and the Church being the unifying focus — has to be the biggest load of garbage propaganda over the past 30 years.

      The longest successful longstanding multiethnic, multinational empire had Christ and the Church as its central unifying focus. He is the only true “unity” in ethnic/cultural diversity. This was the Eastern Roman Empire (aka “Byzantine” empire, lasted more than 1000 years). The Russian Empire was similar — multinational/multiethnic, with Christ and the Church as the unifying focus — and it lasted several hundred years.

      The Soviets tried to create a longlasting, multiethnic empire simply by supplanting Christ and His Church with Marxism/Leninism as the unifying focus… lasted a measly 70 years.

      Our American Republic is now showing that it’s been built on sand. It worked for a while, only while Northern/Western Protestant European culture/worldview was the dominant culture here and people agreed on that fact. Others (including Orthodox Christians) were guests here, but we were all OK with that since there was overwhelming peace in America compared with everywhere else in the world, and the varying cultural groups were simply left alone as long as they didn’t cause problems and paid taxes.

      With that one dominant culture now gone and America’s founding protestant framework in tatters, our country has degraded into “whatever anyone wants it to be.” No way a thing like this can last. Sad and tragic, but humans are not made to live together peacefully long-term among others with completely divergent worldviews and values. It just doesn’t work.

      Watching this trainwreck real-time is tough…. a huge piece of the problem is that there is no viable solution to fix it, except for one culture dominating and the others being dominated. Most of our political leaders either simply pretend that our cultural dysfunction is either no big deal or encourage Americans to numb out with drugs, porn, alcohol, shopping, or whatever addictions to try to forget that these problems are there.

      Countries are made by a dominant majority of people with shared vision and shared values, usually as a result of a shared faith. That no longer describes the demographics of the United States.

      • Gail Sheppard says

        Gaetz was great but the whole time I kept thinking the more they pump up Jordan the more they’re going go a different way.

      • Very well put.

      • Gail Sheppard says

        RE: “. . . a huge piece of the problem is that there is no viable solution to fix it, except for one culture dominating and the others being dominated.”

        Unless, a lot of people wake up and see that one side will dominate them completely and possibly work toward their extinction, and the other, while not a perfect fit, will at least allow them to live in relative peace. Unlike religion in the past, no one is going to shove it down you’re throat and the good thing about the “golden rule” and all it’s accoutrements, is the people who believe in God don’t spend every waking moment trying to crush you. – All people need a little “God” in their lives even if they don’t believe in Him. God doesn’t allow His people to do the things the ungodly do and they know that.

        • George Michalopulos says

          An interesting insight, Gail. Like that meme of Jesus overturning the tables at the Temple: “there’s only so much injustice any man can take.”

          Even (some, many?) proglibs have their breaking point.

      • George Michalopulos says

        Very well said.

  2. Thank you so much for linking to my essay ,George! 👏 By the way, VERY good article and I agree wholeheartedly. I recently watched a manipulative Netflix “documentary” (I mean, is there any other kind?) that set up a narrative explaining the dangers of unhinged social-media dependence in the first half. But then after the common sense hook, they spent the second bemoaning all the right wingers social media has created through “fake news” and “conspiracy theories” and such, and of course called for government regulation to fix the technocratic problem which the managerial state bureaucracy and it’s big tech cronies helped to invent. Classic bait and switch. It’s called “The Social Dilemma” and from 2020, which makes it all the more laughable, with the obvious dilemma being the fact that the masses distrust the institutions at record levels and even too many normies have been red pilled to see that indeed “the dam is about to break” … or maybe we’ll just keep on keeping on in our velvet handcuffs. I pray for the former and like you say, it couldn’t happen soon enough.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      I think they are genuinely afraid of us because we sidestepped the MSM and all their attempts to silence us. If I were on their side, I’d be afraid of us, too! We must seem like an oncoming train to them.

  3. Michael Bauman says

    All societies are formed around faith in someone or something. Religions have eschatological points of view that unfold in time, usually a long indefinite time. Plus a deity overseeing it all. Christianity is unique in that our God condescended to become one of us without sacrificing His Godhead.

    Political/philosophical ideologies do not have the same luxury. Their promised results are encased in time. Pass the “sell by date” and all but the most fanatic abandon the possibility of success and look else where. The same phenonenon has occured in religious groups who gather on a real or metaphorical hill in a specific time to greet their savior.

    The promise of the United States led to wars and rumors of wars (12 significant ones by my count beginning in 1754 and continuing).

    The Civil War effectively destroyed the dream of our Founders articulated in the Preamble to the Constitution:

    “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice; ensure domestic Tranquility; provide for the common defense; promote the general Welfare; to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”

    The more I read the Preamble the less I find any essential compatibility with non-heretical Christianity–formed as it is from neo-Protestant and Deist thought. The Roman Catholics at the time understood that, but were such a small minority they had no effective way to resist.

    The Civil War put the lie to each and every sentiment espoused in the Constitution. The institution of slavery was a catalyst but not in the way most think. Every war since has continued to advance the cause of tyranny in the name of freedom.

    The nature of government chaged radically after the Civil War as it adopted the inexorable march to tyranny that the leaders of the South feared. Although the original mistake of allowing chatel slavery to exist made the Civil War practically inevitable as many historical writers have recognized both then and since.

    Never doubt that the US was formed on a political ideology that, for all its flowery language, is throughout against a belief in sin and the necessity of an Incarnate Lord and Savior. In fact He would, then as now, meet the same fate in the US as He did under ancient Rome. In fact, He is–just more slowly and in the midst of greater hypocrisy.

    So, we have to make up our minds, each and every: Do I sell out my faith completely and go whole hog into the ideology of power (pick you poison); go along for awhile to buy time in a witches brew of incompatible beliefs; or repent, turn back to our Living, Incarnate Lord God and Savior.

    As best we can, by the Mercy of God, eschew ideology for the Life of the Church. Pray that the Holy Spirit reform our hearts and minds and live the Gospel as best we can resisting not evil but repenting always doing whatever share of good we can,–seeking neither the praise nor the pseudo power of the world preparing to accept the consequences.

    That has always been the Christian choice — hope in the world will always disappoint at best.

    So, this is the Day Our Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it, including our hardships living a life of Humility, Worship, Repentance, Grace and Mercy instead: words that the arrogant positivism of the Preamble never even refer to let alone make a central part of our lives.

    Few here doubts that the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than any earthly Kingdom. In the early Gospels we are told by both John the Baptist and our Lord to Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand

    No ideology political or philosophical comes close to that promise yet history (both personal and corporate) shows a life of prayer, fasting and repentance is the last way of life most folks try.

    Me too. God forgive me a sinner and bless all of us to go more deeply into our hearts in repentance before our Lord in His present, at hand, Kingdom.

    Christ is Born! Struggles abound! Let us rejoice (live in Joy) and Glorify Him, our Saviour and Life giver.

    When my late wife reposed in 2005, I was greatly blessed to witness her Guardian Angel pray with/for her as she lay in her final coma. It was March 6th and the middle of Lent.

    On Pascha, three weeks later, by the Mercy of God I witnessed my late, beloved wife, now a being of Light being escorted into the at hand Kingdom by the same Angel. Forgive me a sinner but….

    Submit yourselves all ye nations for God is with us!

  4. What the anti-McCarthy faction should do is, one by one, in each new consecutive vote, vote for Jeffries. Once his numbers are close enough to 218 to induce panic, then McCarthy will withdraw his nomination.

    • George Michalopulos says

      At this point, I wouldn’t mind having Jeffries (a true election-denying conspiracy theorist and overall whack-job) as Speaker. The civil war within the GOP must proceed apace. Going back to the “good old days” of unity at all costs (even if it meant having cucks in charge) are over. With Republicans like McConnell, Romney, Miss Lindsey, et al, who needs enemies?

      • George Michalopulos says

        I meant to point out that it is Hakeem Jeffries who is the “true election-denying conspiracy theorist and overall whack-job.” Forgive my oversight.

  5. The McCarthy spectacle has further unveiled the depth of the corruption in DC. McCarthy is the Uniparty candidate for speaker. The Uniparty rigged the 2022 election so that only its members could lead, despite the public swell of red tsunami that they fraudulently contained. Given they had to lose the House to the “other” party; i.e., the Republicans, the Dems and their enablers (the Uniparty, the true ruling party) orchestrated it so that McCarthy would act as a damper in the House for any movement that was troubling from their perspective.

    Alas, the Patriot Party, which is what I’m going to call them from now on, are “radical” enough to force the issue. But the real lesson from all of these shenanigans, from 2016 to the present, is who is corrupted or bought and who is not. So remember who was on which side during these battles because it is significant. Heroes have fallen as a result of the curtain being pulled back. Mark Levin, evidently on the payroll. MTG, same deal. These are people content to be the controlled opposition and unable to conceive of a different order. They talk an excellent game, but when it’s time to take out the old king they balk. Really, Jordan is in the same camp, refusing the speakership and nominating McCarthy.

    All is not as it appears from the rhetoric of such people. They can say all the right things and still be owned by the Establishment. Cudos to Gaetz, Boebert and others for their courage.

    But this is just the latest, deepest layer of corruption uncovered by developing events. There may well be further layers revealed. IMHO, truly being red-pilled is to be a monarchist or to believe in a one party/dominant party form of government – a Christian Nationalist government. This is a system where the executive and his party have enough power that the press is not allowed to become a separate and decisive branch of government. It is the coalition of the DNC and the media that are the problem. It is a massive brainwashing operation that has been quite successful.

  6. Michael Bauman says

    At least we know now that the Republican Party is not organized enough to pull off any kind of massive political change or institute a tyranny.

    When my Dad was the director of s city-county agency, he said that at the local level the best people to see were the county administrator or the city administrator. The lifers to get anything done.

    Revolution is a nasty business these days. How about a revolution in one’s own soul. Takes more dedication, courage and purity.

  7. Michael Bauman says

    Gail, the “rulers of the darkness of this world”. I have always been taught that those “rulers” are the demons and the passions in my heart that agree with the demons.
    The weapons: Prayer(personal and Sacramental) Theophany and the blessing of the Waters just have us a resupply of ammo.

    Personal prayer should focus 1. On my own sins through prayers of repentance and 2. the full participation in the Mystery of Repentance. “Hear O, Lord my prayer and forgive me for my quest for power and control over the things of this world and other people. But give me the Spirit of love and the Cross and divine wisdom to do your Will in all things.”

    Devotions with one’s patron whoever they are–also helpful.

    The quest for political control and power in these days is a Nihilist game. Read Nietzsche. Read Fr. Seraphim Rose who speaks directly to that point.

    It leads to, literally, nothing.

    Now, by God’s mercy, we Orthodox have the opportunity to partake of the real substance and be healed of our sins.
    Personally, I do not want to be a martyr. I do not like pain, although God is allowing some to inflict me as it is.

    The way we Christians are called to the Cross. The politicians, no matter how friendly they may appear, will always be among those crying “Crucify him.”

    This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Giving Glory to God for ALL things.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Actually, we are not taught the “rulers are the demons and the passions in the heart that agree with them.”

      In the Church, we are taught that evil exists quite independently. In other words, there is a devil, and there are principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness in this world.

      “Personal and Sacramental prayers, Theophany, and the blessing of the Waters,” alone, are insufficient. To quench the fiery darts of the wicked, one must take a stand by putting on the whole armor of God. This isn’t a “quest for political control and power” we’re talking about. It’s a quest for righteousness.

      Ephesians 6:11-18 KJV Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

      I’m going to be honest with you here, Michael, prayer formulas remind me of “the sinners prayer” where you read a paragraph and “poof” you’re saved.

      The problem with this thinking is it’s inconsistent with Scripture and with what the Church teaches.

      The actual word (or derivative) of “repentance” appears only a relatively small number of times in Scripture (it’s not even mentioned in the Gospel of St. John) and is always accompanied by the admonishment to make straight one’s path. Repentance is not a prayer. Repentance is an action. And if you do the work, the words aren’t necessary.

      We already have “divine wisdom.” Everything to be revealed has been revealed to the Church. This is what the Church teaches. Jesus said the most important thing to strive for is, “to love God above all else and to love your neighbor as yourself.” That’s His wisdom. If we rely on ourselves to receive/interpret His wisdom, we can be fooled, unless it completely lines up with Scripture and the Teachings of the Church.

      Having pain does not make one a martyr. All people have pain. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. A martyr is one who gives his life for Christ, physically dying as a witness to the faith. It means telling the whole truth, knowing that there will be people out there who will punish you for doing it.

      God did not ask anyone to beg His forgiveness. God forgives. That’s what He does. The Church teaches this, as well. What do we say on Forgiveness Sunday? “God forgives and so do I.” It’s the “and so do I” part we wrestle with. God has His part covered.

      IMO, there is no single prayer to cover you because your life is meant to be a struggle; a constant struggle toward God. The Eucharist is medicine to help you on your journey, but if you go in the opposite direction, it won’t help you at all; it may actually hurt you. It’s certainly not a cure. If that were true there would be no sinners in the Church and it wouldn’t be called a hospital.

      If one were going to choose a prayer, maybe the Lord’s prayer or the Jesus prayer would be a better idea than making one up and if one were going to focus on just one thing, it would probably be to love more, both God and one’s neighbor.

      However, at the end of the day, words are less important than a contrite heart. The thief on the cross communicated everything that needed to be said in a single sentence: “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”

      Fun fact: Repent, Repentance appears only 106 times in the KJV of the Bible. Righteous, Righteousness 555.

    • Michael, consider the Lord’s Prayer.
      None of the petitions cite the first person singular pronoun.
      There is no I, me, my or mine
      It is all we, us and our.
      Perhaps our personal prayers might, on occasion, do likewise.

      • Solidarity Priest says

        But the Creed is in the first person singular, “I believe,” likewise the prayer before communion, whether recited by the priest or the people,”I believe, O Lord, and I confess..”

        • As I understand it, SP,
          both the original Nicene Creed of 325
          and that of Constantinople (381) began:

          Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα Θεὸν Πατέρα παντοκράτορα…
          We believe in One God, Father almighty…

          But I think you miss the point of my previous post;
          which is that too much focus on the first person
          in our personal prayers can tend toward the unhealthy.
          Perhaps, on occasion, our prayers might focus on others.

          • The plural was the joint affirmation of the Fathers of the Councils. (the Episcopalians mistakenly thought that this was more “ancient” and wrongly used the plural version in their ‘eucharist.’)
            The singular is its use as a Baptismal Creedal affirmation, which is its origin in the first place.
            Its inclusion in the singular in every Liturgy is for a reaffirmation of our Faith before entering into the mystery of the Eucharist.

            • Indeed.
              But the Creed is not a prayer.
              The Lord’s Prayer is; and in that prayer
              we are told to use the first person plural.

              • With respect…

                When I was a Protestant, I did not see the Creed as a prayer.

                Since becoming Orthodox, I’m becoming more comfortable with the understanding that in fact it is. I’ve noticed that in the original Greek and Slavonic, the Creed is not specifically in the third person, i.e. everything in the Creed (in those languages) could just as well be read in the second person: “I believe in [You] the one God, the Father Almighty…and in [You], the one Lord Jesus Christ… [You were] begotten of the Father before all ages…” and so on.

                Also, the simple fact that the Creed forms part of the Divine Liturgy and of our personal morning and evening prayers, witnesses that it is a prayer.

                The Creed is my often-repeated testimony (because I need that repetition) to God, and also to my brothers and sisters and to myself, that this Holy God the Three in One is my God.

                • Gail Sheppard says

                  Perhaps a prayer is a request rather than a statement of fact. I can’t think of one prayer that isn’t asking for something. Even prayers of thanksgiving usually have that component.

                  • Spot on, Gail.
                    We pray for favour.
                    We testify to facts.

                  • Michael Bauman says

                    When said in the Divine Liturgy it is away of binding us together so that we each may receive the Life of Jesus not as individuals but as personal parts of Him who saves us by His grace. The whole Trinity not just Jesus alone for He is no quietist either.

                • Though it may not seem so, it is a prayer – a glorification or adoration of God, like doxologies. Of course, we are not “asking” through it but rather confessing our faith. It’s in all the prayer books under morning prayer. I think Brendan was just pointing out that it does not contain requests. That is actually the old meaning of “pray”; i.e., “ask, request”.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Dear-to-Christ Michael, it’s not a matter of “either/or” but “both/and”.

      In Proverbs (5:13 I believe), Solomon tells his son something along these lines: “Do not withthold good from those whom it is due if it is within your power to do so.”

      God put us here. We are to do whatever good we can with whatever means we have at our disposal. That’s why I think quietism is not the way to go.

      • George,

        Part of wisdom is understanding what is within one’s power and what is not. I am most certainly not in favor of quietism in the sense of looking exclusively to my own soul. Neither, I suspect, is Michael.

        Speaking or voting, for example, are within our power. Control over the outcome of either is not.
        But regardless, we are nevertheless free to follow Christ and keep his commandments. And no government can keep us from doing so if we are willing to suffer for His sake. This ought not be confused with quietism; as it is, in fact, the most violent struggle there is.

        I write this as one who lost a long, high income career for refusing the jab. I knew it was all a lie and a perverse evil even if all the conspiracy theories are false.

        • Michael Bauman says

          Brian, God be with you brother. Thank you for your words of kindness and support. I am not a quietest. I just do not believe that ideological politics is helpful to either my soul or my country. There is no wisdom or truth in any version I have ever seen.
          I did not have to make a decision like you did but a good friend of mine did. I hope I would have the courage to do so.
          I am merely trying to follow the spiritual path Jesus has given me which He summarized in Mt 7:14 ” Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

          I will give you one example: In my senatorial district there has not been a competition for a long time. Some of my votes went to Mike Pompeo. I am disgusted with myself. So if I do vote I must vote a very limited ballot. But the state and county pols are no better.
          I saw my Dad fight them at every level every day growing up. He was director of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Department of Community Health. He was widely considered one of the best local health officers in the US.
          Politicians made his life hell when I was growing up. Unfortunately, that meant he brought his work home with him. That made my life, my mother and my older brother’s life hell.
          In the end he improved the health here somewhat but the pols started tearing down and dismantling his department and the work he did as soon as they forced him to retire.
          There is not enough time to lay out his vision and most would not understand it anyway since there was only one other person I ever met who really got it. Not me BTW other than the elements that brought me to the Church.

          I will say this: he understood profoundly that all life is interconnected. Our health as human beings cannot be isolated from each other and the rest of creation.

          My mother filled in the spiritual details. So, I am Orthodox and my brother is an Orthodox priest, Emeritus because of the content of our parents teachings and actions.

          Real quietism is not possible in the Orthodox Church. Every aspect of out theology and practice denies that possibility. Even if someone tries it, it will not work.

          I do believe that the Sacraments, service to others and prayer are what fuels and gives energy to the salvific.

          When I pray the Jesus Prayer, and attend the Sacraments and give resources to our work in the community I cease being a pietist. Even if all I did was pray the Jesus Prayer, I would not be a quietist. I could lay out each phrase for you and why. That is even before the fact that I am following in obedience (or trying) to do the Will of Jesus.
          Mercy comes into the lower creation by any act of sincere piety and spiritual obedience.
          Mercy heals us all.
          I see no mercy in partisan politics.
          Mercy is real substance — divine energy that heals and makes whole.

          Forgive me, a sinner, and may Our Lord open the way to His Kingdom. These is the substance of my prayers personally and corporately.

          If that makes me a quietist in someone else’s eyes, God forgive them.

          I stopped commenting here for awhile because of the energy here was getting too dark for me. But I actually care about many people here. I could not just walk away. I doubt a real quietist would do that.

          Life is Mercy or it is “nasty, cruel, brutish and short”(the Nihilism of politics and quietism.

          Me and my house work and prayer for Mercy grounded in the Cross of God. God forgive our sins and short comings.

          This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. I say that and laughter of Joy bubbles up in my heart even though my wife and myself are in pain most of the time (that is why I am writing this at 4:30 AM) God is good.

          • I was standing during the liturgy during a litany one day when I distinctly heard, “If you want mercy you must be merciful.”

            Reminds me of if we want forgiveness we must forgive,

          • George Michalopulos says

            Michael, I see your point, especially regarding Pompeo. I’m glad I never had the chance to vote for that man (because of where I live) because I would have done so given that there was an “R” behind his name.

            It’s regrettable because he’s not a horrible man (as is John Bolton) but what he did to set up to the fake church in the Ukraine is horrible to the extreme. Likewise, both he and Bolton undermined Trump’s peace initiatives, specifically with regards to North Korea.

            I despise the Deep State.

            Still, I think that what we saw with the recent vote for the Speaker imbroglio is hopeful. One of the conditions that McCarthy had to sign up for was cutting off aid to the Zelensky regime.

            Not all victories are won, nor are all defeats lost.

            • Michael Bauman says

              George, Pompeo was a creature of the Koch family. Oil barrons. He was never his own man. But he loved power.

              Love of Christ and Love of power are not a good mix.

              Several months ago on the advice of my spiritual Father and my wife, I pretty much quit coming here. They both felt that I was influenced negatively because of the content and the manner in which I approached it. During that time I started praying the Jesus as both a specific devotion and a spur of the moment prayer. By Jesus Mercy my heart began to change and be transformed. Not sure how to describe it other that repentance became my focus. Fear of death even less than it had been. It is now essentially zero. Totally by God’s Grace. Not even something I sought.

              I am a student of history. Not obsessive but significantly. U S history. Particularly the intellectual and political history of the US. Focusing on the Adams clan, Andrew Jackson and Nietzsche.
              I came to the conclusion that the last good President we had was John Adams. Even fewer good historians. Nietzche was fascinating primarily because his premise of the nature of mankind so demonstratively false to anyone who had any faith I am still amazed that he has had as much influence as he has had. Until I read Fr. Seraphim Rose, esp his work Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future.

              If you have not read it, too bad.

              Politics has become a poor substitute for real faith and devotion.
              After 36 years in the Orthodox Church, I have finally made it to step one: Jesus initial call to follow Him.. long way to go yet, but His Mercy is sufficient.

              I hope my reengagement here will be different and the cause for deep concern by my wife and spiritual Father will be assuaged.
              “Shall we laugh? Laughter is surely the surest touch of genius in Creation. If you had been making man, stuffing him full of such hopping greeds and passions he has to blow himself to pieces as often as he can conveniently manage it would have thought of it? The phenonenon of cachination is an irrelevancy that almost amounts to a revelation.”Christopher Fry, the Lady’s not for Burning

              • George Michalopulos says

                Michael, we welcome you and your insights on this blog. I especially appreciate your historical and modern ruminations. (I did not know that Pompeo was a creature of the Koch’s. I once admired them, until I realized that they were economic animals who had no compunction against treating with the likes of Soros. Oh well, my bad.)

                Your spirituality is a necessary corrective to all (at least to me). Please know that even though things can get rough-and-tumble, I don’t believe anybody at this point believes in the “goodnesss” of ‘Murrica at this point. We’re all heading for the lifeboats and hoping that when the collapse comes we won’t be surprised. Hopefully, many will be ready.

                A priest that I respect very much (you’d know his name as he’s in Antioch) once told me that this blog was a ministry. That was a sobering compliment and it made me switch gears. About the only gift I have left anymore is this “ministry” (if I may be so bold). Perhaps it’s too much Jeremiah and not enough Isaiah. Regardless, Gail and I take it seriously.

                And we do appreciate you and all who take the time to comment and –if necessary–offer wise counsel.

                • Michael Bauman says

                  Thank you George. Yes Pompeo was the Koch Corps second in command before he got into politics. Mrs Koch, the widow of Charles was different. She practically donated the land on which the Cathedral stands. But it may have been a massive tax ploy because on the same mile long piece of land there is a Catholic Church, a Mormon Meeting, a Lutheran Church, the one where the abortionist George Tiller was shot and killed as he was leaving services one Sunday in 2009 right east of us about 100 yards from our altar.
                  The Koch compound is just up the street.

                  Moving to the east side of Wichita from the old run down building on the west side was psychologically huge for the older Lebanese.

                  When they first started arriving in Wichita they were confined to the west side of town, spat upon in the streets and called the west side niggers. (The blacks were confined to the northeast, poor whites south west. Divisions still largely in place. I live further south on land my wife has owned for decades.

                  The folks who founded St. Marys about 8 blocks away from the original St. George were of different families. The St. George and St. Mary families did not get along in the old country (often still don’t)
                  Met. Phillip assigned much better priests to St. George than St. Mary. That sort of thing led to the schism in the Antiochian Schism which had only begun to heal a couple of years before I and my family were received (that’s politics for you). With the latest priest, St. Marys finally has a really decent man despite his faux pa with homosexual rag for which he was disciplined.

                  See, everything is intraconnected. The genuine repentance of one lifts us all up.

                  BTW I asked my spiritual Father about the quietism. He told me that quietism translated into Greek, you should know: Hesychism. So I think I am in good standing as sinful a man as I am. When I say the Jesus Prayer, I am convinced that the “me,” for whom I am asking mercy is a collective pronoun that includes each of you here.

                  God’s mercy is not an idea His mercy is an energy imbued with Himself mystically and Sacramentally. His Mercy connects us all ever more deeply. The land within is infinite as is His Grace. It is the land to which we are all called and are welcome.

                  “Come unto me, ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

                  So it is and evermore shall be.

                  Please if anyone here thinks I attacking them personally. I am not. Forgive me.

            • Goering was not a horrible man.
              But what he did was horrible.
              I expect the same is true of Pompeo.

              It is often the polite ones that are the most dangerous…

            • Antiochene Son says

              One of the first bills submitted by Republicans in this new Congress was to secure a statue of Zelensky to display in the House corridor. Go figure.

              Meanwhile the removal of statues and names of historic figures continues with nary a word of protest. The GOP is dead and good riddance.

        • George Michalopulos says

          I don’t disagree Brian. I am far beyond the idea of “voting harder” next time in order to get a better outcome. We saw in 2020 that the game was rigged. So too in 2022 –although to a lesser extent. In fact, it’s good to know that the game is rigged because it wakes up normal people to the fact that the system is rigged.

          That doesn’t mean that we should opt out of voting but that we should consider other paths to victory. I intend to write about this presently.

          • Gail Sheppard says

            Or support legislation to tighten things up.

          • Joseph Lipper says

            Here’s a recent article by Metropolitan Tikhon, entitled “It Shall Not Be So Among You”: Orthodox Witness and Contemporary Politics

            https://svspress.com/content/files/SVTQ%2066_1-2%20METROP%20TIKHON.pdf

            A small quote from this article:

            “When anyone attempts to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine by pointing to Western decadence, they are only proving their own moral irrelevance. In the face of the brutality of this war, such justifications are hard to understand as anything but idolatrous and unacceptable for Orthodox Christians.”

            • Gail Sheppard says

              No one is trying to justify anything; just pointing out the obvious.

              • Joseph Lipper says

                Nonetheless, Metropolitan Tikhon does us a great service here by pointing out the obvious moral decadence of “attempts to justify the Russian invasion by pointing to Western decadence.” Metropolitan Tikhon has some spine.

            • Western decadence provides the ground
              in which the seeds of hostility to Russia
              are planted, germinate and grow…

            • George Michalopulos says

              Joseph, the Russian SMO was not precipitated by our moral depravity. It was precipitated by direct and indirect provocations by NATO upon Russia.

              The fact that the West at present is in a Babylonian state of depravity is at best incidental to this conflict.

              • Joseph Lipper says

                George, the reference and critique offered by Metropolitan Tikhon is not about what “precipitated” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but rather the “attempts to justify” it.

                It seems that Metropolitan Tikhon is distancing himself specifically from Patriarch Kirill, who has made various statements that attempt to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine because of Western depravity:

                https://www.newsweek.com/russian-orthodox-church-leader-blames-invasion-ukraines-gay-pride-1685636

                • Solidarity Priest says

                  And of course, you believe our media. Okay… I’m not a huge fan of Patriarch Kirill. I commemorate him when I serve in ROCOR churches, of course. And I do pray for him daily. I will tell you one thing, though, If the Patriarch incurs the hatred of lefties like my brother, he must be doing something right! The same goes for Putin and Orban of Hungary.
                  Oh, I am praying for Patriarch Bartholomew. I pray that he comes to his senses before it’s too late. I may pray for the two US Ukrainian bishops under the EP, but I’m no longer inclined to enter their churches, nor would I take a blessing from them. And that’s that.

                  • Father, do you have knowledge of how far ACROD may or may not be following Patriarch Bartholomew in all of this? They haven’t come up in discussions in the same way as the Greek Archdiocese or the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

                    (I have a personal reason for asking.)

                    • Solidarity Priest says

                      I know that my spiritual father is ACROD and he feels even stronger about this Ukrainian fiasco than I. I get the impression that Metropolitan Gregory isn’t too keen on it. What they might or might do, I can’t say for sure. I did hear that at least three or four ACROD priests have bailed; it’s quite likely that my spiritual father could be another soon. I talked to some laypeople from ACROD recently who said their priest is trying to fight this from within. I’ve heard the same from laity of GOA about their priest. We shall see.

                    • Thank you.

                  • @Fr (Solidarity Priest)

                    Regarding ACROD and the other jurisdictions who oppose the EP, the next meeting of the Assembly of Bishops is coming up in a couple of weeks, I wonder what the dynamic is going to be. These bishops cannot be that blind to go along with what the EP is doing, even if Elpi is head.

                    Today (1/13) the Antiochian Archdiocese is holding its convention to nominate the 3 candidates to pass to the Holy Synod for a decision on the next Metropolitan Archbishop. I could be wrong but I have the feeling that it is going to be someone who is going to have close relations with ROCOR (too bad it’s not Met. Antonios himself).

                    I hope whoever they pick is a major thorn in the side of Elpi. If he continues to concelebrate with the OCU schismatics then there will be a major backlash from the other bishops of the various jurisdictions.

                • Gail Sheppard says

                  So, Joseph, this is 100% propaganda. This is Newsweek’s interpretation based on the content of another article they don’t even bother to link. How do you know the context of what was said in the original article? It may have had nothing to do with “justification”?

                  Based on what’s in this story, Kirill was describing the differences between Russia and the western nations. Not “blaming” anyone. It is the writer for Newsweek who is “blaming” the “invasion” on conservative views.

                  Pat. Kirill is stating facts. There is a huge divide between people when it comes to values. The reasons Russia went into Ukraine are what we’ve tried to tell you before: NATO, the biolabs, the trafficking, the money laundering, the Nazis who were persecuting native speaking Russians and the ignored peace treaties designed to protect them.

                  Not to mention the corruption, which led to the persecution of the canonical Church ushered in by the EP though his ties to Poroshenko and the deposed.

                  Of course, there are gay-pride parades in Ukraine but no one see this as a REASON Russia went into Ukraine. . . except Newsweek.

                  As far as Tikhon is concerned, he is but one of many with an opinion. It is not unusual for people to be misinform and to act on their own misguided beliefs. How is he doing us a “a great service here?” Everyone sees the moral decadence, so there is nothing noteworthy about this. And he is wrong about the justifications. For Russia, the stakes were incredibly high. A powerful enemy had moved right into their own backyard and had set up camp. That Kirill speaks in terms of values doesn’t make that threat any less true.

                  Militarily, NATO, and its globalist friends are Russia’s worst nightmare. They are a threat to any nation who challenges it and the American people are not warmongers like they are. This nation abhors war. How long do we have before they turn on us. Not much. They’re in our backyard, too, but few seem to appreciate the concern.

                  It is the globalists who have launched a war on values. They are the ones who are doing the invading. The values they promote are the values that will degrade the human race to the point where we won’t be able to fight anymore. At some point people are going to wake up and see it’s not an “us against Russia” problem: It’s a humanity against a godless machine who thinks we are expendable that is the concern.

                  • Joseph Lipper says

                    Gail, I shared the Newsweek link to show what’s popularly portrayed by U.S. Media. Here’s the link to Patriarch Kirill’s actual sermon:

                    http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/5906442.html

                    Of course Patriarch Kirill doesn’t mention Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in his sermon, even though everyone knows that is the actual context. His sermon is two weeks after it happened. Instead, he references the “deterioration of the political situation in the Donbass”, the “outbreak of hostilities”, and “attempts to destroy what exists in the Donbass”.

                    And what is so important about Donbass that needs to be defended? Is it Russia’s national security? No, according to Patriarch Kirill, it’s their refusal to have a “gay parade”:

                    “For eight years there have been attempts to destroy what exists in the Donbass. And in the Donbass there is rejection, a fundamental rejection of the so-called values ​​that are offered today by those who claim world power. Today there is such a test for the loyalty of this government, a kind of pass to that ‘happy’ world, the world of excess consumption, the world of visible ‘freedom’. Do you know what this test is? The test is very simple and at the same time terrible – this is a gay parade. The demands on many to hold a gay parade are a test of loyalty to that very powerful world; and we know that if people or countries reject these demands, then they do not enter into that world, they become strangers to it.”

                    Essentially, what Patriarch Kirill is doing here is reducing Christian morality to the “culture wars”. Sure, I suppose Ronald Reagan did the same thing in his “evil empire” speech. This is the normal rhetoric of politicians.

                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      Joseph, I can’t keep up with you! I think it would be helpful not to say “essentially” when referring to something someone said because your characterizations are often colored by what you want us to believe. – Why is it so important to you to blame the “culture wars” for this war when it is SO clear this war had to do with many, many other things. You don’t see Russia going to war with Europe or the United States over our decadence, do you? Of course not because our decadence doesn’t impact their country.

                    • Antiochene Son says

                      Nothing Kyrill said is untrue, nor is it an invalid reason to protect ethnic Russians from Ukrainian and American persecution.

                    • Joseph Lipper says

                      Antiochene Son, the Russian invasion was provoked and even expected, but certainly not because of “gay parades”. So why does Patriarch Kirill bring this up? It seems to be an attempt of the Patriarch to justify the Russian invasion after the fact.

                      Metropolitan Tikhon is only saying that attempts to justify the violence of the Russian invasion by pointing to Western decadence, such as “gay parades”, are morally irrelevant arguments.

                    • George Michalopulos says

                      So what are the Russians supposed to do? Allow the UkroNotz’s to keep on murdering those Ukrainians in the East whose only crime is speaking Russian? The first language btw of St Zelensky?

                    • Kirill was not reducing Christian morality to the “culture wars”, Tikhon was, as I pointed out earlier. Tikhon is making believe that Russophiles are justifying the war on the basis of what in the West is referred to dismissively as “the culture wars”. In actuality, “the culture wars” are a conflict between wicked proponents of feminism, race baiting, and assorted perversions against a sane and serious social concept capable of producing a sustainable demographic.

                      The West and LGBT are inseparable. It was the West that staged the Maidan Coup. It was also the West which orchestrated the persecution and murder of Russophones in the Eastern Ukraine. Consider the rainbow flags at a number of official US offices abroad. LGBT is the best representation of what the West is fighting to normalize internationally. It is who the West is, and the core “value” of their ideology – perversion.

                      Yes, it’s a holy war against the last ideology – Secular Liberalism (SL). But SL drew first blood by trying to wipe out any serious competition (like Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc.). What they try to do is gut the old religions and fill the empty shells with their own ideas, dressed up in native garb. It is precisely this that the world is rejecting now.

                      That Pat. Kirill is at the forefront of this effort is a testament to the resilience of Russian Orthodoxy.

                  • Solidarity Priest says

                    It would be different if the media reported objectively. But we have a Joseph Goebbels-like distortion of the truth. The Patriarch is quoted out of context. Probably 99.9% of the Americans who believe the media have never seen the video of the crazed Ukrainian Catholic priest calling for the ethnic cleansing of Ukraine, to eliminate Russians, Jews, Blacks, and Chinese from the country. How many Americans know that we sponsored the overthrow of the legitimately elected President of Ukraine in 2014, in order to ensure that an anti-Russian regime would be installed?
                    We applaud the Jews for saying,”Never again”, after the Holocaust. Do we expect Russia to cave in to a world that wants its people dead, enslaved, or converted to its ways? I don’t think any of us wants to see anyone’s children or grandchildren destroyed either in an unnecessary war or by the gay lib propaganda pushed in the schools.
                    Just fifty years ago, wouldn’t most Americans have agreed with Putin’s position, when he said,”Don’t tell us that we have to expose our children to this”? I don’t think most of us want to go after what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their home. If indoctrination of children anywhere in the world about “alternate lifestyles” is considered normal, then I am happy to be considered abnormal.

              • Yes, the war began, as you may recall, when the Ukrainians had a massive buildup of troops ready to assault the Donbass and kill more Russo-Ukrainians, who were already being persecuted due to language and culture. Biden kept saying Russia would attack on X date as if he were the one making the decision. As it turned out, Russia commenced operations eight years to the day after the Maidan Coup. So, from the get go, it was a defensive war fought to protect Russophones in Eastern Ukraine.

                However, this did not happen in a vacuum. The Western Liberal ideology with America as its agent had been attempting to turn the Ukraine into a battering ram to use against the Russian Federation and its Christian nationalism.

                That is the war of ideas: LGBTC3PO vs. Holy Rus’, et al.

                Met. Tikhon doesn’t have to like it for it to be true. I suppose he can’t bring himself to the realization that “Vee are zee Baddies.” That is probably due to some combination of brainwashing, corruption and political calculation. I was being generous when I remarked that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

                In the meantime, America has poured weapons into the Ukraine and is using the Ukrainians as proxy warriors against Russia. Given the situation with NSI and II and the sanctions, Europe itself is on the table since it will always need Russian energy and the sanctions cannot last forever. America can see this and views it as a Russian play for world domination (with the help of China). What it can’t seem to admit is that it was the West that pushed Russia into a corner and created this dynamic.

                Now it has escalated to a war between Western Liberalism and Russian Orthodoxy. Met. Tikhon has chosen sides. So be it.

                • George Michalopulos says

                  While we cannot discount the cultural angle, there is a financial one as well: Garland Nixon pointed out a few months ago that the real loser in this war between America and Russia is the EU. Not only are the arms of the EU nations being depleted but so are their finances. Thanks to the sanctions, their living standards are being lowered.

                  Meanwhile, we in America are slowly plundering their manufacturing plants, bringing them to our shores.

                  • As the 1st Secretary General of NATO,
                    Lord Ismay, is said to have observed:

                    “The purpose of NATO is to keep
                    the Russians* out, the Americans in
                    and the Germans down…”

                    * initially the Soviet Union

                    Certainly that last is being fulfilled with attitude.

            • Antiochene Son says

              He’s going to have to make a better case than that. How is it idolatrous to use military force to stop the spread of an evil ideology that threatens your population? Was Met. Tikhon equally outraged when we went into any number of wars to spread gay democracy in countries that actually posed zero threat to the United States?

              At least Russia is fighting against sins that cry out for vengeance, rather than for them.

              The war could stop tomorrow if Ukraine would agree to abide by the Minsk agreement, but while the West continues to prop them up, people will continue to die. It didn’t have to happen.

              • Solidarity Priest says

                Bingo! You said what I wanted to say better than I could. If it really were a free Ukraine fighting the old Soviet Union, I’d be the first to show support, but that’s not what we have here.
                There is a convert lady in one parish in the Midwest who is of a leftist bent. She was all exited when the MP and ROCOR reconciled. Then she found out Putin isn’t a communist anymore. So, of course, now she’s all for Ukraine against the big bad Russkis.
                The West never gave a fig about Ukraine before. Why, when Stalin was starving millions of Ukrainians in 1933, nobody even knew about it. I maintain that Stalin was inspired by the Irish Potato Famine, I don’t care what any of his defenders have to say.
                Another proof, we never went to war with the Soviets over the more Western Hungarians and Czechoslovaks, but we risk a nuclear war with Russia over Ukraine. That shows just how far to the dark side we have gone.

                • George Michalopulos says

                  Well said, Fr! If Russia were as morally depraved as the West, we’d be sending money to them to invade the Ukraine!

              • Yep. I don’t know Met. Tikhon of the OCA from atom – have never met him – and I’m not in his jurisdiction anyway, but it seems that so many of that older OCA generation just can’t get out of the mindset that the West just can’t be wrong. I get it, I went to public high school in Pennsylvania where we were taught uniformly that the West, and the United States in particular, has Never Done Anything Wrong. Except for slavery, but Martin Luther King’s courage in the 1950s-1960s corrected that. (We were also taught that the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 was a popular uprising against a universally hated Tsar, which was a downright lie…. but I digress….)

                War is miserable, and I pray daily for the suffering Ukrainian and Russian families — most of whom are Orthodox Christians — and for the young boys who are senselessly sent to die by this puppet idiot who is now in charge of Ukraine.

                This war was 100% avoidable if the secular leftists who run the West were worth anything. But they’re not. I’m a full fledged native westerner and served in the American Army for more than 2 decades…. I wouldn’t trust these losers who currently run the West to wash my car.

                As that lady who used to run Germany flat out declared, the Minsk agreements were simply lies to buy time for the West to militarily arm up so they could begin their regime change dream against Russia.

                I agree with Met. Tikhon that western decadence – though very real as it is – may be a secondary consideration and not directly relevant to this war. But the implication that “Russia = all bad” and “the West = all good” is nonsense. Too many (usually older) Americans refuse to let go of this nonsensical view.

                Russia today in people and character bears far more resemblance to the Tsarist Russia of before the Bolshevik revolution than it does to the Soviet Union. Yet so few Americans/Westerners are willing to believe this reality.

                • George Michalopulos says

                  Speaking as a proud, former Cold Warrior (just try being a Young Republican on a college campus in the late 70s), I can say that based on my limited experience in Russia, the tables vis-a-vis America and Russia have certainly turned.

                  • George Michalopulos says

                    If I may add: I wouldn’t trust the bozos who run our governments, schools, universities, barber colleges and brothels to organize a two-car funeral.

                  • Yes, George, it is enough to make your head spin. I, too, was a devout cold warrior in my youth. I still have no qualms about the excesses of right wing regimes in Latin America since they were first and foremost anticommunist. But as you say, the tables have been turned. Though America is not communist, it is totalitarian and “cultural Marxist”. Russia, on the other hand, is decidedly Christian and nationalist. God certainly has a sense of humor.

                • Gail Sheppard says

                  Indeed we were (taught that America could do no wrong). And even during the 60s and 70s we thought whatever was wrong could be fixed. We (certainly speaking for myself) weren’t conscientiously aware of the more subversive things germinating right under our noses because most of us weren’t like that. How do you know you’re dealing with a psychopath if you’re not a psychopath?

                  Regarding Merkle, I cannot believe she said that outload! She reminds me of Madeleine Albright in that regard.

            • How awful! He reduces Christian morality to “the culture wars”.

              Once upon a time, when Orthodox hierarchs were Orthodox, if a war commenced and there were substantial numbers of Orthodox on each side, the teaching was for the clergy to pray for victory for their side, even if that meant Orthodox clergy praying at odds on both sides of the conflict. That, actually, is The Way.

              This war is likely to serve as a Criterion. You will notice that Met. Tikhon saw the earlier developing Western Liberal hegemony and “end of history” as a positive development. That is how he begins his article:

              * * *

              “When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union came crashing down in 1991, the people of the world, and many Orthodox Christians in particular, thought we were entering upon a new age of peace and prosperity. To borrow, perhaps unfairly, Francis Fukuyama’s misunderstood turn of phrase, many thought we had reached a literal “end of history”—liberal democracy was destined to triumph everywhere. And optimistic Christians, many Orthodox Christians among them, thought this might portend the victorious preaching of the Gospel throughout the world. A liberal democratic world order, leavened by the Gospel—this possibility seemed real in 1991. [italics added] No one thought this would mean the end of man’s sinfulness and fallenness, the end of all problems, the solution to all challenges. But the possibility of a genuinely new, largely free, largely peaceful, largely prosperous way of life for most or all of the world seemed real.”

              * * *

              What he fails to mention is that this Order was wicked to the core and that by endorsing it he is complicit. A race baiting, feminist, LGBT, faux democracy which attempted to colonize the newly liberated Russian state and rob it blind is his candidate for “the end of history”; i.e., the final political principle for humanity.

              He has no idea what he is talking about and should confine his remarks to ground with which he is familiar.

              • To be fair, the fall of the Soviet atheist state was a glorious thing, and U.S. culture under George H. W. Bush was quite different from what it is today.

                • Jeff,

                  Yes, the collapse of the Soviet Union was wonderful, no doubt. But the rot was already endemic to Western civilization in 1991. All the elements of contemporary progressivism were there. I graduated university in 1989 and recall the time vividly. The elements simply metastasized over time into the fascist oligarchy we have now. But Met. Tikhon’s words are contemporary, not from thirty years ago. He is stating, today, “Wouldn’t it have been great if Western hegemony had encompassed the world!”

                  That is not an Orthodox mindset but rather that of a secular humanist.

                  • Yes, that is the mindset of a secular humanist.

                    It seems to me the collapse of the West was well underway with the cultural cataclysm of the 1960s. The 1970s were no picnic on a public school campus for committed Christians. In some ways, things eased up in the 1980s when conservative Christians started fighting back for their civil rights in the public square and for better representation in programming on TV & Hollywood, but that was just a lull. Today see the headline linked below. Today also at Target I noted books on how to be a witch (the real occult kind) marketed to the mainstream as trendy feminist spirituality and self-help/empowerment lining the shelf under celebrity biographies.

                    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/get-ready-for-satancon-2023-the-largest-satanic-gathering-in-history-is-coming-to-boston/ar-AA16ckBX

                    And still I have seen contemporary Orthodox Saints & Elders speaking in this same period of the influence of Satanism in high places derided by some in the Church as supposedly paranoid “conspiracy theorists.” They think of Satanists as fringe nutters, when in reality they include a not insignificant number of those in places of power in aristocracies, politics, business, medicine, the military, the legal system/law enforcement, education, c/Church and Fraternal organization hierarchies, and medicine.

                • “U.S. culture under George H. W. Bush
                  was quite different from what it is today.”

                  Indeed it was – which was probably why he was
                  trying to replace it with a New World Order.

  8. George Michalopulos says

    Another must-listen to Col Douglas MacGregor. Not only does he provide a geopolitical analysis but an excellent diagnosis of our domestic situation:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G37kdKo_aGY

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