May 29, 2021

The Truth Is Worth an Army Division

Patrick Byrne posts about his book "The Deep Rig" about election fraud being released as a movie and some of us thought it was rather small potatoes.  He says in response: 

“Those who don’t understand why this movie is important do not really understand the battlespace in which we fight. This is an information war, and truth is worth an army division.”

On some level I get that. Most Americans get their information from TV and movies, not from books.  And now I understand, I guess, that the courts are not going to do their work because they suck at their job, and that the state legislatures aren't going to do their work because they suck at their job. 

My bent is to take the lazy way and expect that "someone is looking into this, somewhere" and assume that the "system will work" and “let the facts speak for themselves”, and "the courts will do their jobs".  But the truth doesn’t speak for itself, we are its hands and feet, especially given the anti-media. Deep down I suspect the Church and the country are in the state they’re in because we don't explain things, write letters, make movies, and make the case for the truth. 

There’s a temptation, a tension, between seeing things in reality - i.e. pretty damn bad spiritually and politically - and trying to do too much, or feeling you have to be a superhero. Perhaps that tension can be met with working on the “mundane” local level.  My wife's evangelical pastor said that too often we don’t treat the ordinary as extraordinary, when it deserves to be. That the ordinary is “precious”. 

And there’s a similar vibe in a Where Peter Is commentary: 

One gets the sense that this is a movie about people who think they’re living in a movie. Sensationalism and grandiose narratives have replaced mundane things like critical thinking or careful discernment. It’s a lot less exciting to accept that we’re sitting out a global pandemic that took our government and health officials a while to figure out and is deadly and serious—but nowhere near what’s portrayed in movies like Outbreak or TV shows like The Walking Dead.

The pandemic—for those of us lucky not to have been directly affected—has been boring. And some Catholics can’t stand the boredom. So they’ve imagined a more exciting explanation and are passing it along, via social media, to Catholics who have sadly forgotten (or never learned) critical thinking skills.

I think there’s something to that although “careful discernment” is not going to result in a change of our elites -- other than spur the recognition that that is what needs to happen.  “Critical thinking” is actually what leads us to the “grandiose narrative” that we are in a crisis in which even our biological sex is controversial, that our leaders routinely lie to us, our intelligence services pick winners and losers at their whim, and that, yes, that lack of trust in our elites has directly led to a crisis of confidence in our voting systems. 

David French famously laments the appearance of evangelical Christianity into Trumpland but I've  grown in my appreciation for my co-patriots and have felt a new bond with my country, a renewed feeling of patriotism that had lain dormant because it was seen as too "ordinary" and "common".  And I have a hopefulness based on the nation's consecration to our patroness Mary. 

Trump was the "honey pot" of the corrupt, a sort of one-man entrapment unit. Who else but a D.C. ingenue like Trump could've unwittingly exposed the deceitfulness and corruption of our FBI, DOJ, and dominant media?  His greatest service is likely his contesting of the '20 election because there's a "darkness on the edge of town" when it comes to Dominion and the rest, and the way to purge corruption is to expose it to the light.

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