Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope.
LIVE NOT BY LIES
Originally published by Charlie Johnston Septembee 21, 2021.
The injunction, “Live not by lies,” is not just sound counsel; it is a warning of what happens when societies succumb to the madness of trying to live by lies. They don’t survive long – and often the downfall can be blindingly quick. That downfall usually results in absolute chaos and deep terror for a few months to a few years, followed by the rise of a real dictator who restores order – but freedom is gone for a good, long time. What should really chill social justice “warriors” is that the madmen who caused the downfall and gleefully oppressed what they considered their inferiors usually rot in prisons or face firing squads even before the rise of the dictator.
Knowing well the cycle of willful madness, forced artificiality, chaos, terror, and dictatorship that characterize a catastrophic downfall, that was a primary reason I founded CORAC two years ago last July. Convinced that the cycle of chaos was already so advanced that it could not be checked until it had crashed and burned itself out, I wanted the infrastructure in place so people who were willing could collectively and cooperatively defend themselves against the terror to come and, succeeding in that, offer a viable alternative to the usually inevitable dictatorship that follows chaos and terror. Also knowing that when passions flare, ALL contestants usually kick God to the curb, our core commitment is that the only things that consistently thrive and provide security are those that recognize God as the foundation of everything. (In complete candor, I have always regarded it as my particular calling to call people back to God and to act commensurate with both the commands and the liberty He grants His people.) Frankly, if God is not at the heart, everything is in the process of degeneration. I’m all about regeneration – and know it can’t be done without God.
Thus, I divided the country into 15 regions, appointed coordinators for each region, and gave them some basic principles to help them administer their regions, but largely left it up to them what they are most enthused about, so long as it is not inconsistent with the mission of CORAC – and so long as they have people who will cover the main focuses.
NEW ENGLAND email@example.com
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont)
(New jersey, New York & Pennsylvania)
(Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia & West Virginia)
HEART OF DIXIE:
(Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi & Tennessee)
(Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan & Ohio)
(Missouri, Illinois & Iowa)
(Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Texas)
(Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota & Wisconsin)
(Kansas & Nebraska)
(Idaho, Montana & Wyoming)
(Colorado & Utah)
(Arizona & New Mexico)
(Oregon & Washington)
(California & Nevada)
We have six major national committees. Health and Wellness focuses on traditional and national medicines and healing techniques, without gainsaying the multitude of benefits modern medicine has brought to bear. But if we are headed to real strife, we need easy access to effective remedies. Communications focuses on how to keep in touch with our fellows if modern means of communications go down for a time. The main focus is on ham radios, but we also look to building communication trees where people can spread news and information by phone, bulletin boards and other means (we haven’t gotten into smoke signals…yet). Sustainability is geared towards giving people what they need to survive, and even thrive, right where they are if hard times come. Prayer Teams keep us grounded in our faith, provide a foundation for all our actions and provide an effective means for everyone to participate. I have wanted to establish a national committee on Education, as the educational establishment is already in catastrophic collapse, and Crisis Scenarios.
The fact is when the cycle I described above begins in an otherwise healthy society, historically, almost everyone is completely caught off guard. At first, they can’t believe such disorder and tumult could happen in what has long been a peaceful culture. Then, when it becomes undeniable, they are frozen, unable to contemplate what they could do to help with a problem of such immense proportions. Frankly, once the cycle has gained a certain momentum, I know of no historical case where it has been checked. The system must crash and the madness burn itself out. What can be done is to assemble the ambulances, to care for those wounded – often by their own ignorance and hubris – and to put a structure in place to help rebuild quickly in a way that builds up rather than tears down – as a dictatorship almost invariably does.
Empowering our leaders and members to act >
HEALTH & WELLNESS TEAM
Staying robust in trying times >
Staying right with God >
Keeping in touch when channels are unreliable >
SUSTAINABLE LIVING TEAM
Sharing home skills for self-sufficiency >
Forming a nationwide network of experienced homeschoolers >
CRISIS SCENARIOS TEAM
Establishing basic responses to emergency scenarios >
“Bibles, Beans & Bullets” – September 11, 2021
In the late Summer of 2021, I attended and spoke at a CORAC event in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where the embryonic nature of this plan was demonstrated. Held on the 20th anniversary of 9-11, we began with a patriotic Rosary, then heard a presentation on spiritual warfare by Deacon Dan Dullinger. It was an excellent presentation. Too often these things emphasize being a romantic, noble warrior without acknowledging the serious dangers involved and giving the appropriate cautions, while keeping people focused on the reality that all effective spiritual warfare is effective because it holds fast to Christ. Then there were demonstrations on communicating via ham radio, making natural and herbal medical tinctures and making sausage. The sausages made became the bratwursts we ate for lunch – and were the best brats I have ever had. The team spiced them just right. (I had been looking forward to the brats: I spent most of my life in the Midwest. While I love Colorado, folks there don’t know from nothing about brats!) Meantime, there was a gun range where attendees could practice their skills with pistol and rifle targets. All were impressed by the dear old lady who, with a pistol, hit her target every time. She was one granny you don’t want to mess with. They persuaded me to try a cannon of a pistol the next day. Pistols are a whole different ballgame than rifles – and a lot harder than TV and video games make them out to be. A few years ago my son, who was a uniformed cop, took me out to a range in Tallahassee and taught me a little about how to shoot a pistol. Embarrassingly, on the first five shots I did not hit the target at all. I was nervous with this cannon of a pistol, particularly since they were filming it and this was bigger and more powerful than anything I had ever shot. To my delight, I hit the target. Not wanting to tempt fate, I didn’t risk a second shot. In the afternoon, I gave a talk and then engaged in conversation with the crowd.
The point is that none of us can do everything to rescue our poor, bleeding culture. But each of us can do the little that we reasonably can right in front of us. That has been my constant refrain since I started writing here: Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. This event and our National Conference back in June showed how much can be accomplished when people work together, each doing the little that they can. Real fellowship and joy permeate such gatherings as people realize and internalize that, working together in that way, we really can weather all storms, under God. During an informal dinner that evening, I told some of the organizers that, these days, my job is much like the guy in the Adam Sandler movies who would occasionally pop up to say, “You can do it!”
WE’RE THE GUYS THAT DO STUFF
Active, engaged people are hard to subdue.
Every week I get several missives from people breathlessly explaining to me the system they have discovered that will change everything. Some of these ideas have merit, though often not for the reasons their advocates think they do. I am pretty quick to dismiss anything that begins with, “If everyone would just…” The reality is that everyone will NOT just, and I have little time to indulge fantasies. Even so, some of these have deep merit. The Constitutional Sheriff movement is one I have great regard for. Though I do not think it can stop our slide into collapse (though it may well have been able to a generation ago if more people had taken it seriously), it is focused on organizing people locally, right where they are, and that will be a huge asset going forward. Active, engaged people are very hard to subdue. There are also various movements for a Convention of States. I am both dubious and grateful for this movement. Dubious because it is absurd to think, in this lawless age when the most committed and comprehensive lawbreakers are government officials, themselves, that coming up with a new book of laws would solve anything, much less everything. Even so, it focuses things on the states, which is the best shot we have to preserve some of a once-successful culture which can also act as a base for a cultural resurrection. I have almost no interest in the federal government anymore. It is illegitmate, feckless, incompetent, and actually maliciously hostile to the Constitution and freedom.
Along the way this last year and a half, I have had several interests try to steer us away from basic principles. Some even told me that if we would drop the “God” stuff, they could support us. I simply told them they should form their own movement, for this one is not for them. Of late, I have heard some objections to the health and wellness committee because of its focus on homeopathy. Most of these are well-meaning people who confuse homeopathy with the various eastern mystical religious “remedies” that focus on crystals, magnetic bracelets and such. I appreciate their concerns, as I am adamantly opposed to any new age stuff filtering in. But homeopathy was the primary form of medical treatment in this country for over a century after its founding. It is NOT new age, unless it purposefully taints itself. Once I explain that, if they still can’t discern the difference between traditional medicine and new age fantasies, I simply tell them our group is probably not for them.
I have never been interested in convincing the recalcitrant, either in my political days or here. It squanders a lot of valuable time. I have always preferred to mount a coalition of the willing, knowing that if you put together a good cause that practices what it preaches, you will get a trickle of willing people who will soon grow to a flood as it provides an effective means of collaboration for good. The flood eventually reaches heights to where even the recalcitrant start reconsidering – and when they do, I didn’t waste much of any time having to convince them.
You can’t command freedom. You must encourage and nurture it, both philosophically and in how you run your organization. I bet that there were enough people who put a premium on faith, family, and freedom that, if we put together a system where that could be expressed collaboratively and in a way that prepares for the worst while hoping for the best; in a way that does not shirk our duties of self-defense, defense of liberty for all, and defense of our holy, magisterial faith; and with charity for all and malice towards none; people would joyfully join. Now we are testing our legs – and it is as joyful and inspiring as watching a beloved toddler take its first steps.
We cannot stop the collapse of coherence in all our institutions; we cannot restore legitimacy to a government that is murderously hostile to the American system; we cannot transplant spines into officials who know better but are too fearful to defend faith, family and freedom. The old saying, “If God is with us, who can stand against us?” is a misnomer. The only proper approach is to understand that if we stand with God, no one can stand against us. So we make our stand, firmly resolved to Acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around us. It will not stop a fully corrupted culture from collapsing around us. But it will become the indestructible core of the resurrection of that culture.
All glory be to God, our Father; Jesus Christ, our Lord; and the Holy Spirit, Who guides us on our pilgrim way.
Founder of the Corps of Renewal and Charity (CORAC)