Current News Review 11

First, a bit of good news: Oklahoma’s legislature plans to limit federal authority to grab our National Guard troops, particularly for purposes the state doesn’t like. The proposed law would hang on whether there is a formal US Congressional declaration of war, an invasion or some other constitutional justification for mobilization. Other states have made similar noises in the past and it’s a good start on devolving away from centralization.

If you have an interest in the 2nd Amendment, you are likely already aware of the storm brewing in Virginia. To summarize, the state government recently fell into the hands of Democrats and they have rushed to slap together some new restrictions on gun ownership. Yet virtually every county in the state has already moved to declare itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary against those laws. I’m willing to bet the state government is truly underestimating the level of resistance they face. This should be entertaining very soon.

Given the casual conversations I hear or read, I get the feeling way too many people have no real idea just what the globalists are really up to. It’s not blanket ignorance; plenty of people clearly understand the threat. However, those who do understand don’t share the same conversation space with those who don’t. There’s an odd fragmentation in America that isn’t easily explained from the standard academic frame of reference. We already know the activist types are hardened against each other, but there remains a huge segment of the population that pays little attention to much of anything.

This is partly by design. A portion of the elite already know the vast majority of the population would object if they knew what the elites were planning. A critical element in this is how the globalists embraced technology. It’s not that their opponents didn’t also seize upon the possibilities, but there is a big difference in how they went about it. This is where it gets complicated.

We see that the partisan leadership of the Democrats seem clueless about technology. They constantly get caught in their ignorance, with frequent exposures and doxing. They use it, but are too obsessed with their machinations to really get a clue how it all works. Their minions and supporters are the ones who own the Big Tech companies, and who really do understand how networking with devices can be used to capture the minds of the world. These folks are the real threat, not the party leadership.

From time to time this separation is exposed, especially when it comes to Zionism. The newer techie generation is generally anti-Zionist. Zionism is not a partisan issue, though it is often portrayed as such. The right-wing Christian Zionists imagine they own the whole issue, but the Democrats supported Zionism well before the Republicans got involved in it.

The right-wing Christian fervor in favor of Israel arose as a political factor during my lifetime. I was in my teens when Dispensationalism really blossomed in mainstream churches, and the extremely popular Hal Lindsey books were published and advertised by word of mouth.

Those books splashed on the scene along with a whole bunch of self-help “Christian” psychology books. There’s nothing wrong with the idea of such books; I still bless the efforts of Scott Peck and Thomas Szasz. They both promoted individual responsibility. But those two never made it into the canon of stuff mentioned in churches very much. This wasn’t some conspiracy between Dispensational and self-help writers, though they were often in total agreement with each other. Rather, both were a reflection of something else going on. It was the explosion of cheap consumerism and mass advertising that replaced a much more tame and circumspect public communications. Mass communications became formulaic and highly manipulative in ways no one dared before.

I’m not suggesting this stuff wasn’t already a problem; it had roots back in the previous century. There were increments of major changes, particularly around 1910 and again in the late 1930s. But the late 1960s up through the mid-1970s saw the birth of a high level of common prosperity that brought a huge number of fresh rubes into the market, and they fell for the pitch. This brought a huge shift in what was “normal” for everyone. The emphasis on individuality was hollowed out. So when personal networking devices came on the market, the die was already cast on how they would be used. For the majority of the human race, an Android smartphone is their only means of network interaction, a little black box they stroke for consumption only, which tightly controls their access.

But a significant minority remain fully aware and find ways around those controls. It is these independent minded folks who are the target of the censorship. They are the real threat, and efforts to silence them are not working too well. That’s because the whole point in their dissent is a preference for not having to conform to anything proposed by some outside source. They might agree about their right to own guns, for example, but very few of them express it in quite the same fashion. Their lack of unity makes them an impossible target, yet there are way too many to ignore.

All the frenzied efforts to unify them are a huge mistake. Their very power against centralizing authority is the impossibility of herding them. It’s the centralizing elite that promote the notion that we must all unite against some common threat. The truth is, when we each answer our own divine calling, God promises to handle the threats on His own terms. The globalist elite don’t understand this, because they reject the God of the Bible. The greatest power against a centralizing enemy is remaining intractable to their centralizing efforts. We don’t have to fight them so much as refuse to go along.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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