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Paul Craig Roberts: “The consequences are yet to be fully felt”

20 January 2021

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“This brings us to America’s First Revolution now unfolding. How did it come about? It came about because decades of liberal assaults in the name of one “progressive cause” or another destroyed the structure of beliefs that define the United States. Today we can see with our own eyes, if we open them, that there is no longer any such thing as academic freedom, free speech, freedom of association, privacy, due process. People are fired from their jobs and sentenced to economic peril for merely expressing their opinions or attending the wrong rally or using disapproved pronouns. Those who insist on electoral integrity, the basis of democracy, are demonized as “enemies of democracy.” Legislation is pending that will be used to define any dissent from controlled Establishment explanations as subversion.

“You can add to the list. But a long list is unnecessary to show that no important institution in America any longer believes in the liberties and protections guaranteed by the US Constitution or in democracy itself. Not the universities, the bar associations, the media, the courts, the political parties or the Congress.

“It is this destruction of belief that constitutes the First American Revolution. The consequences are yet to be fully felt.”

Paul Craig Roberts

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Goodbye Mr. Trump

20 January 2021

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Goodbye Mr. Trump. You have always been too full of yourself to be a perfect choice for president. But narcissism is no less a character trait of the gang replacing you. You easily were the best candidate in 2016 and in 2020. Even though I think some of your policies were wrong-headed, and other good policies were not pursued as vigorously as I would have liked, here is where you most excelled:

  1. You obviously love the country you led. Your opponents only love the dystopia they hope to create after they’ve finished wrecking the country we once were.
  2. And you honored the ordinary people who are the country’s heart on soul. The ordinary people supported you because they believed that you meant it. You are being replaced by a group of elitists who refer to those same people as “deplorable”.

You will be missed.

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Antony the Great: “for our benefit and in accordance with His providence”

20 January 2021

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St Antony assaulted by demons

“The truly intelligent man pursues one sole objective: to obey and conform to the God of all. With this single aim in view, he disciplines his soul, and whatever he may encounter in the course of his life, he gives thanks to God for the compass and depth of His providential ordering of all things. For it is absurd to be grateful to doctors who give us bitter and unpleasant medicines to cure our bodies, and yet to be ungrateful to God for what appears to us to be harsh, not grasping that all we encounter is for our benefit and in accordance with His providence. For knowledge of God and faith in Him is the salvation and perfection of the soul.”

St. Antony the Great, The Philokalia

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Calvin Coolidge: “Persistence and determination”

20 January 2021

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

President Calvin Coolidge

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Seraphim of Sarov: “the Spirit of God fills with joy whatever He touches”

19 January 2021

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“When the Spirit of God comes down to man and overshadows him with the fullness of His inspiration, then the human soul overflows with joy, for the Spirit of God fills with joy whatever He touches. This is that joy of which the Lord speaks in His Gospel: ‘A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. In the world you will be sorrowful, but when I see you again, your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you’ (Jn. 16:21-22). Yet however comforting may be this joy which you now feel in your heart, it is nothing in comparison with that joy of which the Lord Himself by the mouth of His Apostle spoke: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for them that love Him’ (I Cor. 2:9). Foretastes of that joy are given to us now, and if they fill our souls with such sweetness, well-being and happiness, what shall we say of that joy which has been prepared in heaven for those who weep here on earth?”

St. Seraphim of Sarov, Little Russian Philokalia

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Philotheos of Sinai: “immediately call upon Christ”

18 January 2021

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“Be extremely strict in guarding your intellect. When you perceive an evil thought, rebut it and immediately call upon Christ to defend you; and while you are still speaking, Jesus in His gentle love will say: “Behold, I am by your side ready to help you.” When the whole detachment of the enemy has been put out of action through prayer, again turn your attention to your intellect. There you will see a succession of waves worse than before, with the soul swimming among them. But again, awakened by His disciple, Jesus as God will rebuke the winds of evil (cf. Mt. 8:23-27). Having found respite for an hour perhaps, or for a moment, glorify Him who has saved you, and meditate on death.”

St. Philotheos of Sinai, The Philokalia

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“Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”?

18 January 2021

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If you need to go to these lengths to protect your Inauguration from the people, maybe it is because the people didn’t elect you.

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Kierkegaard: “…in our day Christ as the truth has… been abolished”

17 January 2021

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“…in our day Christ as the truth has… been abolished: we take Christ’s teaching – but abolish Christ. We want truth the easy way. This is to abolish truth, for Christ the teacher is more important than the teaching… Truth is not a sum of statements, not a definition, not a system of concepts, but a life. Truth is not a property of thought that guarantees validity to thinking. No, truth in its most essential character is the reduplication of truth within yourself… Your life expresses the truth in the striving… The Gospel says that this is eternal life, to know the only true God and the One Whom He sent, the Truth (Jn. 17:3).”

Soren Kierkegaard, Provocations

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John Cassian: “the demon of anger”

17 January 2021

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“We must, with God’s help, eradicate the deadly poison of the demon of anger from the depths of our souls. So long as he dwells in our hearts and blinds the eyes of the heart with his somber disorders, we can neither discriminate what is for our good, nor achieve spiritual knowledge, nor fulfill our good intentions, nor participate in true life; and our intellect will remain impervious to the contemplation of the true, divine light; for it is written, ‘Man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness of God’ (Jms. 1:20).”

St. John Cassian, The Philokalia

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Dmitry Medvedev: “cyber totalitarianism that is gradually overwhelming society”

16 January 2021

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“A question arises: who are those supreme judges that decided that they, of their own volition and based on their own rules – but, in fact, guided by their political preferences, can deprive the country’s president of the opportunity to communicate with an audience of many millions?

“Whether Trump is good or bad, he is his country’s national, and, furthermore, an official who enjoys the trust of nearly half of Americans. Thus, it turns out that several technological corporations located in California got an appetite for power and thought it possible to juggle with news and facts to suit their own political preferences. This is but a blatant censorship!

“Dictating their own terms, they have sought to substitute for state institutions, encroaching on their mandates, aggressively imposing their views on a great number of people, leaving them no other choice; while the 75 million of Trump’s voters and hundreds of millions of his subscribers were left out of their “choice.”

“These were simply labeled as insecure. Isn’t it, indeed, a spectre of cyber totalitarianism that is gradually overwhelming society, taking away from it (and potentially the entire world) the opportunity to see the reality for what it is?”

Dmitry Medvedev, Former Russian president (2008 – 2012) and prime minister (2012 – 2020)

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