Pain Retreats ~ and your Angel

A week ago today I attended an unscheduled retreat at the Littleton Hospital. The cause was a myocardial infarction, in laymen’s terms a heart attack. The retreat master was a Dr. Pain, an excellent teacher who reminds us when we are getting a little too involved in our day to day concerns just what is truly important.

Pain shakes us out of our little comfort zones enabling us to see another, deeper reality beyond material existence. It lifts the veil on an entire spiritual universe of which our material universe is but a small subset. But because we all tend to be such distracted creatures most of the time, it is not until we are forced out of our comfortable routines that we really give any serious attention to that incredible spiritual realm that surrounds us, influences, and directs our lives. The real benefit of pain is that it grabs and directs our attention to spiritual realities. And if accepted in a spirit of humility, pain will guide one into a deeper understanding of that spiritual realm. Of course, there will always be those who will reject the wisdom that pain imparts and turn all their attention towards medicating it rather than learning from it.

So let me share my own experience from last Thursday. As I was being wheeled in to the Cath Lab for an emergency angiogram and stent placement it became apparent that the room was buzzing with angels. All I could see was the team of doctors, nurses, and technicians busy making preparations for my procedure but I suddenly realized that they were not alone. These medical professionals seemed elegantly orchestrated as they went about their various tasks, smoothly and efficiently undertaking the operation. But this was something more than just a trained team going about its job. As I gazed around I strongly sensed the guardian angels of every person in that room, my own included, skillfully guiding each and every hand in the lab in the performance of its duty.

Although I have the deepest respect for the considerable skills and abilities of my providers, it occurred to me how critical angelic protection also would be to a successful outcome. And so it proved to be. As I silently prayed to all those assembled guardian angels the doctor confidently threaded a tiny fiber through my veins, located a 100% blocked artery, and implanted the life saving stent. As they wheeled me out, happy, alert, and pain free, my wife said I looked like a different person from the man they had wheeled in 40 minutes earlier.

I feel profound gratitude for all those wonderful caregivers, including the nurses on my floor who looked after me pre-op and post-op in their pleasant and optimistic way. But I would not neglect to thank their guardian angels whom I could almost see at times standing by their sides. You must understand that angels, being purely spiritual creatures, are more real than the material objects we are used to. As such they also exercise real control and power over all things material. Never underestimate their power nor doubt their presence, even in the midst of danger or pain. Call upon them often, and don’t just wait for some moment of crisis.

These are God’s special ambassadors to the human race, so show them the respect that their dignity deserves. When we are in need they will be at hand to lend assistance. How do I know that? Well, when my short pain retreat ended on Friday the doctors sent me home with evidence that there had been no apparent permanent damage to my heart ~ despite more than 14 hours of intense seizure activity! I know the skeptics are out there. In today’s world we are sadly surrounded people who will reject angelic power even as they accept and celebrate the foulest demons. But our guardian angels are real spirits whose primary job is to protect us from the demons. Pray and listen to them, and let them do their jobs, which is not only to ward off evil spirits but to protect us bodily as well. But this requires our active cooperation.

The spiritual warfare never ends, and our material world is its battlefield. So don’t let a little crisis or the experience of pain turn you away from your angelic protector and advocate. Instead, turn to your guardian angel so that, with its help, the pain you may be experiencing will become a source of great learning and profit to you. God may be sending you an impromtu “pain retreat,” so take advantage of it, and remember that whatever you suffer, you are not alone. Your guardian angel will be right there doing whatever necessary to lend all necessary aid and comfort.

Francis J. Pierson +a.m.d.g.

It’s Okay to Discriminate, After All

After 50 plus years of non-stop lecturing on the manifest evils of discrimination, America’s woke progressive left has suddenly discovered what they had not realized all along: that discrimination is not only okay, it now positively virtuous! People who have religious convictions or some archaic notion of civil rights; those who believe that the Constitution really means what it says constitute the most likely candidates for discrimination. These are the people who just won’t go along with every faddish diktat that comes along from on high, because as true Americans they actually believe that the individual, not some Sultan of Health or pretty boy politician, ought to be responsible for their personal health decisions.

In evidence I offer three anecdotal, yet personal, first hand cases. The first is my father-in-law, recently deceased, who at 84 was suffering from low oxygen levels and early stage Alzheimers. The VA quickly diagnosed him as Covid positive. Thankfully he was able to die at home surrounded by loving family members instead of being isolated in some sterile medical gulag unit. The interesting part is that later, in talking to the funeral director who was required to go through a lot of extra procedures, we learned that the body showed absolutely no signs of the China virus. His body was clean as a whistle regarding Covid.

Big Pharma now presents Medi-Jihad

How little Americans seem to have learned in 20 years! September 11 marks the somber anniversary of a despicable attack on the American people by foreign terrorists. But as of today, 9-11-2021, our people are again under attack; this time by domestic terrorists in our own government. Headline: The acting president just declared war on those Americans who, either for reasons of conscience or medical freedom, refused to be injected with an abortion-tainted agent not yet out of clinical trials.

Biden has effectively declared a medical dictatorship which allows politicians, who now deem themselves more qualified than medical professionals, to forcibly make medical decisions for you. Regardless of what you may think of a particular “vaccine,” the principle these autocrats are invoking is both atrocious and unconstitutional ~ namely that government knows better than you, or your doctor, your personal health needs, and that it nevertheless has the right to forcibly inject a foreign substance into your body. If you refuse, you will be denied the right to work or to participate in society. You will be accused of being a menace to the community and tarred as an outcast. You will be publicly denounced and discriminated against. Medical “Jim Crow” has now arrived on America’s doorstep!

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Gnosis ~ Light that leads into Darkness

Christ is the true Light of the world, but there is another, false light which ultimately leads one only into darkness. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not comprehend it. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world… yet the world knew him not.” (Jn 1: 5;9,10) And the reason it knew him not is because there has always been a competing, mendacious light in the world designed only to lead men astray. In the 18th century vicious pirates would sometimes light a fire at night along some rocky patch of shoreline hoping to lure unsuspecting ships to their destruction on the jagged shoals. Just so, the false light which the ancient enemy of God sets up as a guiding beacon is actually intended to lure unsuspecting souls into ruin on the spiritual shoals.

Such false beacons have taken various forms over the millennia, and one of the more dangerous of these deceptive “lights” has long been Gnosticism. Gnostic comes from a Greek word for knowledge, and Gnosticism encourages the notion that some secret learning or knowledge will somehow provide one the key to success and happiness. It treats the “light of reason” in the same way, as indeed a replacement for the Christian “light of faith.” Reason and knowledge is what will free one from this broken world of pain and evil. Sin is no longer a moral fault but merely the effect of ignorance. Spiritually this is a deadly notion because it deflects our attention away from combating sin, the real root cause of our unhappiness, and redirects the will to fighting other things like poverty and ignorance which are only the symptoms, not the real root of human problems.

Remembering TWA Flight 800

Today, July 17th, is a somber anniversary of the demise of TWA Flight 800 which 25 years ago today burst into flames and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Long Island, New York. Mystery continues to shroud that tragic event primarily because our own government agencies charged with the investigation have for decades shamelessly stonewalled and lied to the very people they ostensibly serve. Just coincidentally, on that same July 17, 1996 our navy was conducting secret submarine exercises in the same vicinity. Dozens of eyewitnesses on shore as well as at least one pilot flying by all reported seeing an rapid orange streak rising from the water which then intercepted Flight 800 followed immediately by a huge fireball. Was this a sub-launched missile that somehow went awry?

Immediately after that mid air explosion at +13,000 feet altitude, land based radar detected some unknown object racing away from the scene at 30 plus knots. The 747 jetliner with 230 passengers and crew broke apart and plummeted into the Atlantic. No one survived. A months long salvage operation along the sea floor yielded countless pieces of wreckage along with all 230 bodies. Initial testing by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) charged with the investigation discovered nitrates and various explosive residues on many of the recovered shards. The most damning evidence was a spray pattern of these residues across the outer surface of the center wing fuel tank. Even though the tank itself had split open the spray pattern on either side of the rupture was neatly aligned, meaning that the residue was already in place before the tank had actually ruptured.

Keep this vital fact in mind as the official NTSB report on the crash was finally released some years later. Their conclusion was that the plane had exploded when a fuel pump inside the center wing tank had caused a spark which ignited the fuel. According to friends of mine who are veteran retired airline pilots this explanation made absolutely no sense. Aside from the fact that the NTSB never adequately explained such an improbable event nor found any irregularity with the suspect fuel pump, an explosion originating inside the fuel tank could not possibly leave a residue pattern on the outside of the same tank. It’s physically impossible. Nor would it leave traces of nitrates and other explosives!

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Eucharistic Coherence and Public Sin

Considering all the brouhaha over the question of pro-abort politicians being admitted to Communion and all subsequent hand-wringing by various bishops on what to do, the answer is simple. Enforce Canon Law #915 which clearly states that obstinate public sinners are to be denied Communion, not out of any meanness but in true charity for these souls which have put themselves in such grave danger. There is really no need for a study group or special commissions or joint statements. Each prelate in his own diocese holds both the power and the responsibility for preventing blatant sacrilege, while also seeing to it that the faithful at large are not unduly scandalized. No, it doesn’t take some special document to fulfill one’s apostolic duties.

One of the issues that seems to be muddying these particular waters, however, is confusion on the part of the laity about the nature of grave sin. Many so called “cafeteria Catholics” have convinced themselves and others that no one should have the right to determine what is objectively sinful. Moral relativism is the flavor of the day among too many Catholic politicians who seem to believe that persons ought to decide for themselves what is sinful and what is not. In this attitude they are confusing two very different things, objective sin and subjective culpability. I am no trained moral theologian, so I need simple illustrations to help me understand the distinction between objective sin and subjective culpability. I therefore imagined some kind of meter with a red line running down the middle marked 100%. Think of that red line as the objective sin boundary. Everything to the left, going from 0 to 99%, is less than grave matter and therefore not sinful (mortally). Everything to the right of the red line, 100% and above, is grave matter which, objectively speaking, represents mortal sin.

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Tolerance Corrupted

Living in a pluralistic society such as ours, a keen spirit of tolerance is essential to ensure social harmony. In fact, our American republic is founded on the presumption of mutual tolerance, something we pride ourselves upon. Yet how easy it is through excess for human nature to turn a virtue into a vice. The philosopher Karl Popper shrewdly observed that unlimited tolerance eventually produces intolerance. Popper warned about pursuing tolerance to extremities, for when that happens the thing turns into its very opposite, and brings about a culture of intolerance.

This is what we are quite plainly seeing in our society today, rife with its “woke” cancel culture. There needs to be some natural limit to what people will tolerate because unchecked tolerance does not produce social peace and harmony. Instead it empowers the most intolerant factions to weaponize tolerance against the very same well-meaning individuals who are busy tolerating everything and everybody. For the intolerant, tolerance is always a one-way street, namely the obligation of you to tolerate whatever I may say, do, or think with no corresponding obligation on my part to be tolerant of your views.

A good example of this lopsided dynamic has been the infiltration of liberal democracies such as France by radical Islamists who have taken full advantage of the freedoms provided by that liberal democratic state to impose their very illiberal Shariah law upon certain neighborhoods around Paris and other large cities. And once control is seized by an intolerant minority any real semblance of toleration evaporates like the morning mist. In short, unlimited tolerance fails to provide a secure peace because it enables and shields the most intolerant factions to bully the more tolerant population into submission. Such feckless tolerance refuses to confront evil before it assumes tyrannical proportions. And any protest after the fact is too late, and too feeble, to restore the necessary balance.

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The Lord of the Rings vs. the “Jab”

This so-called pandemic has provided ample demonstration of the old adage about government, that the only area in which it shows competence is incompetence. And now, after a year of fumbling and incessant contradictions we are being advised by countless governments to put our undying faith in an untried, experimental “vaccine” which is, in reality, and experimental gene therapy with totally unknown and untested long term consequences. Being touted by Popes and bishops, presidents, celebrities, and corporate honchos as the salvation of mankind ~ a claim entirely unproven ~ the “jab” has taken on a mystical aura; a kind of 21st century Holy Grail.

But how “holy” is a therapy produced at the expense of innocent human lives, aborted in order to produce cell lines from which the “jab” has directly descended? Ethicists, bishops, and assorted sophists are taking the line that the remoteness of the initial intrinsic evil excuses one’s participation in and profiting from such a monstrous evil. I am immediately reminded of arguments found in that greatest of 20th century literary classics, “The Lord of the Rings.” The solidly Catholic J.R.R. Tolkien perfectly understood, and clearly saw through, such Jesuitical reasoning. As I re-read his great trilogy I am beginning to understand the metaphors and symbolisms he employed in much greater depth. Tolkien, in fact, tackles the very point that is being bantered about today regarding the moral efficacy of the “jab.”

The Ring represents Original Sin which, in a larger sense, can be described as man’s concupiscent “will to power.” Remember in Genesis we read “you shall be like gods” (Gen 3:5) emanating from the lying tempter’s mouth. Likewise, the Ring gives its bearer power to be like a god – but there is always a catch. The Ring answers not to its current bearer but to Sauron, the dark Lord: the Power of Evil. Rather than bestowing liberty, it ultimately enslaves. This explains why the only creature fit to be the Ring bearer is a humble hobbit. Hobbits are the least corruptible precisely because they are the least powerful. Tolkien makes this very clear throughout his tale. It is the childlike qualities of hobbits: their simplicity and purity of heart that protects them from the Ring’s corrosive, corrupting influence. Men and even wizards are the ones who fall most easily under its spell. The one most corrupted is Gollum of course, once a man but now a hideous creature enslaved by the Ring’s evil power.

Tolkien is saying that we cannot compromise with evil – ever – and still hope to come out on top. One cannot use an evil means, even for the most noble cause because, like the Ring, evil has a will of its own, or rather the will of the Evil One behind it who will twist, corrupt, and bend those who foolishly employ it to his own ends. In this regard, Tolkien is perhaps a better moral theologian than many of today’s “experts.” Like Boromir, they are tempted to use evil against itself. Boromir reasons, “valour needs first strength, and then a weapon. Let the Ring be our weapon, if it has such power as you say. Take it and go forth to victory!” “Alas no,” said Elrond. “We cannot use the ruling Ring… It belongs to Sauron and was made by him alone, and is altogether evil… The very desire of it corrupts the heart… For nothing is evil in the beginning. Even Sauron was not so.”

Tolkien shows his true brilliance in this passage. To compromise one’s morals is to be eventually consumed by the very evil one might seek to curtail. Remember the claim 50 years ago that contraception would strengthen and even save the family? I do. Much like the Ring, any small evil will overtake the one who wishes to use it for some good end. The widespread acceptance of contraception quickly ushered in the greater evil of abortion. It also opened the door to unrestrained extra-marital sex which in turn undermined both marriage and the family. And today, researchers routinely traffic in body parts from aborted children in order to find new “cures” and make “vaccines.” Yet numerous Catholic clerics, administrators, and especially politicians have so seriously compromised their Catholic principles to the degree that many are no longer even recognizable as Catholics in spite of their outward claims. They have come to resemble pathetic “Gollums” transfixed by and obsessed with their “precious” rings of power.

The point is that in a sense we are all Ring bearers because each of us is carrying the burden of original sin – that human “will to power” celebrated by Nietzsche. “Unless you become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mk 10:15) So powerful is that burden of original sin that even for the humble hobbit, Frodo, at the critical moment of decision even he faltered, unwilling to destroy the Ring that had been such a burden to him. Positive evil is real and it is powerful. It is not something to be trifled with. It will inevitably deceive the one who sees some potential for good in it, just as the Ring betrayed any who would use it for their own ends.

“Ah, the Ring! Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing? So small a thing…” reasons Boromir. “You seem ever to think only of its power in the hands of the Enemy… of its evil uses not its good… But why, if it were with us?” The “jab” is so small a thing that most bishops have waved away any moral objections to its use, and in fact most have taken it themselves. But leave it to a small hobbit to remind us all of larger realities. “Were you not at the Council?” answered Frodo. “Because we cannot use it, and what is done with it turns to evil.”

Our human “will to power” is a kind of pride driven lust that drives us, like Gollum, to possess “my precious.” We are busy at one end of the line tugging at some object of desire, much like a fish nibbling on bait. But we need to consider who, or what, is at the other end of that same line waiting to reel us in. There is another kind of will, the Free Will, which when supplied with grace, can defeat that dark brooding “will to power” which is the residue of original sin. But we must become humble as hobbits in order to conquer it. For if we refuse to destroy “the precious,” namely that concupiscent will, our fate will be the same as Gollum’s, eternal destruction. For the Ring does not ultimately grant one power but slavery to the same Dark Lord that it was made to serve. To compromise with evil is to approve it. Nobody understood that better than Tolkien. Perhaps now, if we could only get our pastors to carefully read Tolkien’s great classic, they too might gain a hobbit’s courage. And wouldn’t that be wonderful!

Francis J. Pierson +a.m.d.g.

A Jerry-rigged Pandemic

Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is truly Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!! It has been some time since I lasted posted a blog because I was totally absorbed in finishing my latest pamphlet called “Masonic ILLUMINISM ~ A Luciferian Revolution.” It is basically an expose concerning a master plan for world domination that has been grinding down Christianity (all too successfully) over the past three centuries. I highly recommend you read it to better understand the truly diabolical sources of what we are now witnessing in today’s world. Just e-mail me your address and I will be glad to sent it to you.

This Easter Celebration reminds one of that somber “lost” Easter we were all denied the right to celebrate just a year ago when churches around the world were shuttered. Death, instead of resurrection and life, suddenly became the prevailing theme for millions – and how foolish it all seems in retrospect. The “experts” were predicting a repeat of the Black Death; instead we witnessed a jerry-rigged pandemic, arguably virulent but no more so than the Hong Kong Flu which I well remember back in 1969. That flu, too, was fairly dangerous, but like all viral strains ultimately short lived. Continue reading

Confession: So Good for the Soul!

Confession is good for the soul, or so they say. That may be so but it also occurs to me that half the fun in committing a crime is being able to brag about it later. And so the time has come for the Left to take its bows over last November’s election. Every performer needs an audience in order to be completely fulfilled which is the spirit in which Time Magazine correspondent Molly Ball relates the back story of the shadiest election in American history. In classic “Newspeak” fashion she calls her piece, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign that Saved the 2020 Election.”*  So much for snappy headlines!  *(Time Magazine, February 15, 2021)

The main thrust of this lengthy tome is that America’s democratic election system is so broken down that we can no longer trust citizens to simply go to the polls and make their choice. Election laws in 50 states are so fraught with built-in bias that no one can reasonably trust the process to work as it has for over 200 years. And who really needs to verify a voter’s identity, or that they live in the state in which they are voting? Such requirements are only a drag on democracy. That is why according to Ball it took “conspiracy to save the 2020 election.” Mind you, we are talking about “white hat” conspirators here: virtuous actors ready to ride to the defense of democracy so that, “every attempt to interfere with the proper outcome of the election was defeated,” quoting Ian Bassin, co-founder of Project Democracy, one among any number of Leftist advocacy groups working to save democracy. So who is to be in charge of determining a “proper outcome?” Apparently none of those deplorable, ill-informed Trump voters.

Notice how the emphasis was subtly shifted from eliminating interference in the election process to assuring a proper outcome. Voila! Ball, as spokesman for the elite media establishment, anoints groups like Project Democracy with the moral right to decide ahead of time what the proper outcome of any election ought to be, and then make certain that such an outcome is delivered. If this sounds to you vaguely a lot like Soviet style elections you get to move to the head of the class. ALL elections in Socialist paradises like Venezuela and Red China result in the proper outcome ─ 100% of the time! Surprise is a highly overrated stimulant after all.

Ms. Ball then teasingly lets the cat out of the bag just a bit more, revealing the workings of “a well funded cabal of powerful people… working behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage, and control the flow of information.” Did her readers catch all of that? I have always understood that in this country changing rules and laws is intended to be an open, public process accomplished through legislation. And isn’t media coverage supposed to be independent and unbiased, not steered by some invisible hand? Yet here she openly brags about powerful people encouraging unilateral executive and judicial actions which skirt the established rule-of-law.

Up until now, people who suggested the existence of such high level back door dealing or collusion between journalists and politicians were generally dismissed as conspiracy kooks. But suddenly conspiracy is the “in thing” ─ depending on whose conspiracy is being promoted anyway. There are virtuous conspiracies, undertaken by the Left of course, and evil Trumpian conspiracy theories: “baseless claims” which must be zealously extinguished lest they incite dangerous extremists to horrible deeds.

We now get to the real heart of the 2020 election confession, in typical “Newspeak” parlance: Time’s own backhanded way of laying guilty admissions on the table. Ball relates, “They (Project Democracy and fellow Leftist partisans) were not rigging the election, they were fortifying it.” Translated into common English this reads: “yeah, we threw the election results in several key states by “fortifying” the tally with thousands of phony ballots.” But an exculpatory rationalization immediately follows this implicit explosive admission of election rigging. “The public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.”

I wish I were making this stuff up but it’s coming right off the pages of Time Magazine, a supposed paragon of journalistic truth and integrity. This is tantamount to an open confession that various Leftist groups, so concerned about the fragility of our Constitutional system, did everything possible, fair or foul, to insure the proper outcome of the 2020 Presidential election. And they feel no compunction about such fraud because, instead of subverting the election process, they were gallantly “fortifying” it against its inherent “fragility.” After all, it’s not really fraud when one is only insuring the proper outcome.

If outright theft failed, the Left was prepared to unleash another round of urban rioting on our nation because the proper outcome was not achieved. This was to be the sort of indiscriminate violence that had been occurring all summer long with hardly a word of protest from media outlets or Democrat politicians who either cheered it on or cavalierly dismissed the chaos with, “people will do those things.” Ball speaks glowingly of the Democracy Defense Coalition which created a force of “election defenders” and “activists who “began preparing to reprise the demonstrations if Trump tried to steal the election.” She boasts how “More than 150 liberal groups… from to the Democratic Socialists of America, joined the “Protect the Results” coalition… listing 400 planned post election demonstrations to be activated by text message as soon as November 4. To stop the coup they feared, the Left was ready to flood the streets,” says Ball. This is a candid admission of pre-planned nationwide “insurrection” if things didn’t go their way, two full months before the staged “false flag insurrection” at the capital.

In other words, there was a concerted and planned effort to further intimidate and terrorize society if election results were not to the liking of the Democrats. Ball passes it all off as “protecting fragile democracy.” She introduces mastermind Mike Podhorzer, who knew a full year ahead that “the election was headed for disaster ─ and determined to protect it” with hundreds of millions of dollars from various “patriots” like Facebook’s Mark Zukerberg. Most of the funds were used to alter statutory election procedures, implement mail in ballots, enable widespread ballot harvesting, and train partisan election tabulators. Podhorzer was confident. “He could tell that as long as all the votes were counted, Trump would lose.” Miraculously, despite holding significant leads at 10:00 p.m. on election night, at some time in the wee hours of the morning enough votes materialized in places like Atlanta and Detroit’s TCF Center that democracy was saved.

Ball continues, “So the word went out, stand down. “Protect the Results” announced that it would not be activating the entire national mobilization network today, but remains ready to activate it if necessary. Does that sound like a dog whistle warning judges, state legislators, even the Supreme Court that anyone daring to investigate “baseless claims” of election rigging might have to deal with serious consequences? Intimidation, or just a friendly warning? You be the judge. But if all those claims were truly baseless, investigation would surely confirm the fact. It was a perfect opportunity to debunk Trump voter fraud claims, but nobody jumped on it. Huh?

Ball relates the story in Detroit. “A busload of Republican election observers had arrived at the TCF Center, where votes were being tallied. They were crowding the vote-counting tables, refusing to wear masks, heckling the mostly black workers. Art Reyes, who leads We the People of Michigan… made his way to the arena and sent word to his network. Within 45 minutes dozens of reinforcements had arrived… they entered the arena to provide a counterweight to the GOP observers inside. Anybody who has listened to sworn testimony by many GOP observers would immediately recognize this narrative as pure fiction. First, it’s awfully hard to “crowd vote-counting tables” from a distance of 30 or 60 feet which is as close as Republican observers were allowed to get. Many were either denied entry outright or summarily escorted out for asking questions even though they were credentialed to be on the floor. And if credentials were required, how is it that un-credentialed “reinforcements” from Art Reyes’ network gained admittance to the arena when credentialed Republican observers were routinely being denied admittance?

These are the sorts of questions investigative journalists are paid to ask. Is Ball suggesting that the few Republican observers who actually got in the door were inherent racists with nothing better to do than heckle black workers from a distance of 60 feet? One such observer who testified under oath about apparent irregularities was herself a black Republican woman. She was later threatened with physical harm for having the temerity to speak up. The silliness of the whole report was graphically illustrated by an accompanying photo showing dozens of Republican observers, obviously packed and cordoned behind a glass wall in a lobby area ─ locked out from the actual arena floor. A ludicrous caption reads: “Trump supporters seek to disrupt the vote count at TCF Center.” How one could effectively disrupt a game of jacks from behind a full ceiling-height barricade is anybody’s guess.

But poll observers were not the only ones being pressured. Ball relates that on November 17 “activists flooded the Wayne County canvassing board certification meeting to certify the Detroit vote.” She freely admits, “Election boards were one pressure point; another was GOP controlled legislatures.” Why then, if your candidate has apparently won and any questions of irregularity amount to “baseless claims” was there such an extraordinary need to flood the chambers over a routine certification? “Me thinks thou doth protest too much,” observed Shakespeare. Like Rodya Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky’s classic novel Crime and Punishment, there seems to be a subconscious need to confess one’s crimes. Ms. Ball is apparently the Left’s chosen instrument for making a public general confession of election theft. Of course any disclosure must be opaque enough to sustain plausible deniability, and yet clear enough to be constructively interpreted as an admission of guilt. Catharsis achieved, we can then all move on.

In the end, Ball indulges in a lot of congratulatory back patting. “I heard different claims about who should get the credit for thwarting Trump’s plot… Democracy won in the end.” Is this not an inverted admission that it was not the electorate who thwarted Donald Trump but a “well funded cabal of powerful people?” And who are the real plotters here? In classic Freudian fashion the perpetrators exhibit a psychological need to project their own “plottings” onto the victim. One’s own sins demand a scapegoat, in this case Donald Trump. So, even after the crime is successfully executed, the Left can’t seem to let up. As an encore they drum up a sham impeachment trial for a president no longer holding office. We are witnessing a historical deja vu moment, reminiscent of that macabre ritual when a dead medieval Pope was exhumed and put on trial in order to be posthumously deposed. This current climate reveals just how twisted the human mind can become, and we are witnessing some very twisted political theater these days.

Ironically, there is both much truth and yet precious little truth in Ms. Ball’s bizarre telling of an even more bizarre conspiracy. She seems to want badly to reveal just enough to titillate without upturning the apple cart entirely. Her task is a deft balancing act, blending deception and honesty in just the right proportions to prevent the cake from falling. She does make one truthful observation, however, although in a sense which she obviously did not intend it. Her own words have turned on her, probably without her realizing it. “There is an impulse for some to say voters decided and democracy won. But it is a mistake to think that this election cycle was a show of strength for democracy. It shows how vulnerable democracy is.” Truth does have a way of peeking its head out through the cracks of deception, we only have to know where to look for it.

Francis J. Pierson     +a.m.d.g.