Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Is Anyone Really Watching?

I had a strange daydream the other day. I was daydreaming about what I would need to survive if something ever happened to this nation. What I mean is this. What would happen if things such as the economy got so bad that tens upon tens of millions lost their jobs? What would happen when these people find out that there is no money to be had either from work or from unemployment benefits because of an economic depression much worse than was witnessed in the 30's? Where would they go or turn to for food and shelter. To survive? Would they turn on neighbors and take what is theirs? Kill them for food?

Along with that, I began to "dream" about what would happen if, as is quite apparent now, we begin to lose certain freedoms as citizens? If we are called to turn our guns over to federal collection centers, what if many just refuse to do this? What would happen if the government tried to force these individuals who believe they have the right to bear arms? Or, in the case of our Freedom of Religion, what would happen if we as the faithful refuse to remain quiet in the public square when laws dictate that we say nothing about certain evils in our nation that are now endorsed by government and is considered hateful speech? Attacks on certain speech by individuals or institutions that criticizes government such as Fox News and Limbaugh that the President stated by name except that instead of making the news it becomes a crime to criticize?

Anyone with half a brain can see what is occurring in the United States under this administration and to say or think that the list above is not possible would have to have their head in the sand. Those of us that cherish this nation feel this weight upon us. We not only sense urgency but we are now beginning to see things unfold quickly with each new day and every new order from the Commander and Chief. The signs are ominous.

So I thought, what should I prepare in case things just crumble? If we had to leave our homes suddenly, what would we pack that is of the most important? Funny isn't it? The first thing I thought of as important was where would I go to Mass?? Yeah. I remember thinking clearly and asking myself if I would risk life and limb to make it to Mass if Catholics were outlawed. Don't laugh. I see it creeping slowly towards us as I write.

In this ''dream" I saw myself buying hundreds of yards of fishing line, hundreds of fish hooks and lead weights, two or three heavy hunting knives, dozens of Bic lighters, boxes of wooden matches, two or three bows, arrows as well as wooden shafts, feathers, notches and arrow heads to make more arrows if need be. I don't own a gun so that was out. I have thought about buying a couple lately, but that would probably mean I would use them if the time ever came and I'm not talking about hunting. The thought of putting another man down in this manner nauseates me. I've never even struck another man out of anger or otherwise. I also saw myself buying tents and canvas material and bags of seed for planting and water purification tablets. The way I see it, I would need a U Haul just to cart this stuff around. Another worry would be how to defend my family and possessions as meager as they would be from those that would seek to take them from me.

I know I sound paranoid, but what were mere whispers several years ago are now being confirmed from sources I respect. Billions of rounds of ammunition have been bought by the government in the last couple of years. Many of these rounds have been designated to certain urban areas around the country. From another source, reports of a litmus test for military commanders would be whether or not they would have the gumption to fire on citizens if the need arises. If not, they are retired or fired. FEMA camps with barbed wire and guard towers built in the last few years around the country. Barbed wire for refugees of natural disasters? Really? I never gave these reports any time until I began to hear them in more respectable sources I've come to trust. Still I hesitate to believe them. In this country? What I used to consider impossible for our nation just five years ago, I can now see it as not only possible, but maybe even probable.

What has this nation become for me to even contemplate and initiate such a day dream? That is what scares me. Unbridled rights to abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicides...death. So much death and this man is re-elected? Makes no sense does it. The oddest warning of all concerning guns is one that surprised me. The Pravda, newspaper of Russia and state run under the Soviet Union told American citizens never to give up their right to bear arms and never turn in their guns. Imagine? Here is the article .

Okay, enough daydreaming for me, yet it seemed to be more than just a daydream, more like a vision of sorts with tendrils of truth floating amidst imagination. In any case, it was disquieting to say the least.

10 comments:

  1. Crazy! Bobby, I don't think you're paranoid, I think you're a realist to be thinking about these things. I was just thinking about this whole issue too (and posted a little bit about it) after listening to the 80 year old neighbour talking about how she survived the invasion of Poland during war. It doesn't hurt to be prepared...

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  2. Actually Sarah, what bothers me in all of this is if I really start getting this stuff together and prepare, then I am actually buying into this "daydream" if you will...and quite frankly that scares the heck out of me!

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  3. I hear you, and that thought crossed my mind too. But at what point do we throw "caution" to the wind and just do what we're thinking we should before it's too late. Because it will definitely be too late when the times comes that we'll actually need to have all that fishing line and matches...and we'll regret being too embarrassed/scared.

    At the moment, I'm waiting for the Lord to let me know when to start doing these things. I suppose that's the best thing to do...??

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  4. Embarrassed or scared...it really comes down to this doesn't it? I too am waiting for some sort of confirmation of if and when the time comes to do something if anything. It makes me feel better though knowing I'm not the only one out here that feels this "weight" coming down on us.

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  5. Yep, you're def not the only one...and I'm one of your neighbours to the North in Canada. Things going down here too that are highly concerning.

    But again, watch, wait and pray. All we can do. And perhaps on the fly start buying up the things we know we'd need, and could probably use within the next couple of years if things weren't to escalate as quickly as all that.

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  6. Firstly, welcome back! I hope you've been doing well lately. Secondly, I know all about this and feel it too. Being a young person here (wow? A young person that doesn't have her head in the tv and a cell phone. Gee, I wonder why?), it scares me too. I look around me and everyone is in a trance. They don't understand what's going on, except for the small percentage that is awake, like us. We're in grave danger. I see that. I know there are FEMA camps in this country, as well as black "bins". Looks more like coffins to me and there's millions of them hiding out somewhere, unnoticable. I worry that that might be my future. After all, I'm young. These FEMA camps are already built and waiting on someone, hopefully not us, God forbid. I surely don't want to turn into Nazi Germany or who knows what. Looking at us now, History is repeating itself. Do you realize how many countrys outlawed guns? That it's people were rounded up and exterminated? If we don't pray and beg God for mercy, we'll going to wound up being another statistic. Sometime, I wonder why I'm alive right now, in this modern world, in all this danger. I'm far from having the courage to withstand whatever comes and it worries me. All of you are older people (I'm assuming?) I'm young and looking at young people in today's culture, I feel so alone in ever worrying about any of this. You think any 15 year-olds are worrying about the future of this country or are they worrying about their celebrity gods? Just saying here. Young people have turned into a cesspool of immorality. It makes me sad, really. If any young people are worrying about any of this it's very few. Maybe come Catholics. I even feel alone there like there's very few faithful Catholics. I'm trying to be faithful and a saint here. It's like everyone is doing casual Catholicism like they don't even understnad what they are. No, no it's time for heroic Catholicism. Like you said, if the Mass is outlawed, then what? Most would be like "Eh oh well we can sleep longer, right?" Yeah, sure. Going into a parish on a average sunday, you have a hard time seeing how people actually know what they're doing, what the Mass is, how importent it is that your even supposed to be there on a sunday. Not to mention, the woman up in there dressing like there going to a bar, or even worse dressing like a prostitute. Yeah, I've seen that bad. We're IN the world not OF it. What part of that don't people understand? Look at this country. People need to turn from sin, then maybe we can turn this around. Please, wake up people. I want to have a future. Pray for God's mercy on this world... Anyway, sorry for wandering off and if my grammer isn't too good. I'm never been very good at writing, unfortunately. But, yeah, I totally agree with everything you said in your post. God bless, my brother, and hope to see more posts soon. I love your posts! :)

    +Hannah

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  7. By the way, Happy Feast of St. John Bosco! He's very dear to me and one my favorite Saints! :) Father Bosco, pray for us!

    +Hannah

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  8. Remember that we are told to pray for those in authority in the civil government: not that they will be arms of the Church or support any particular religion by the coercive power of the state, but "that we may lead quiet lives in all godliness....."--in other words, that the government will leave us alone.

    As far as firearms, the Second Amendment says what it says, but Someone greater than anyone who posts to these blogs said, "Those who take up the gun shall die by the gun," or something very similar.

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  9. Jack, I agree with the verse you quoted about those taking up the [sword] but at the same time we have the right to defend ourselves and those dependent on us for their safety. Does that mean a gun? Only if it necessitates it. I look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church to guide me:

    Legitimate defense

    2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. "The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one's own life; and the killing of the aggressor. . . . The one is intended, the other is not."65

    2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:

    If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful. . . . Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one's own life than of another's.66

    2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.


    @Hannah

    It is easy to be afraid of everything going on around us considering what we are seeing, but at the same time it is imperative that we do not give in to this fear to the point of losing hope. Preparing for the future within reason is a good thing, but trying to secure our life long into the future such as the land owner in scripture, who had such a harvest that he built new barns to accommodate his wheat for many years while his own life was to be called that night is folly.

    As Jack said, we do indeed need to pray for our leaders, but with that done, we also need to be wary of those who seek to rule us with a tyrannical hand especially when we see it coming down the road. As far as those around us that seem oblivious to all that is happening around us, one only has to look to the time of Noah. Noah was preparing for the future when building the ark, knowing and sensing what was coming down the pike and he even warned the inhabitants of what was to happen, yet they lived their lives as before, " ... as in the days of Noah people will be busy getting married and giving in marriage, ..." There is only so much we can do to educate others, but they need to be receptive also. Our greatest weapon in all of this Hannah is prayer. Remember, the eternal war is already won with the resurrection of Christ. What we have to get through right now are these skirmishes that come our way during our lifetime.

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  10. Very true, Mr. Bobby! Thank you for such a great response. I'll just continue living my life, striving to be a saint. And, of course praying. I like the Noah analogy. God only saved 8 people. Maybe he'll save a remnant during the coming persecutions, sufferings, etc. Just a thought. I'm laughing at my post. I probably went a little overboard. Sorry lol! Hope your having a great start to the New Year! God bless! :)

    +Hannah

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