Everywhere Is Now a Potential Las Vegas

Everywhere Is Now a Potential Las Vegas

Everywhere Is Now a Potential Las Vegas

The events in Las Vegas have shocked the nation. The lone gunman that fired from the thirty-second floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip violated yet one more public place that was once considered safe. From on high, he let loose a barrage of bullets that fell like a veritable “rain” of terror upon a helpless crowd attending the concert below.

Fifty-nine Americans were killed and over 500 were wounded by the cowardly act. As the nation recovers from the tragic news, our prayers are with the victims. We are left to ponder the dark motives of the gunman that brought terror upon the nation. We are also left to reflect upon our uncertain future.

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The mass killing struck America much like 9/11. It represents an escalation of a trail of violence. While the murder of 59 individuals is unthinkable, it is sadly no longer surprising as these horrendous acts are becoming increasingly common. Unlike 9/11, however, there is a prevailing climate of disunity that not even tragedy can overcome.

Such events reflect a great internal conflict that is tearing the nation apart and making it ever more volatile. Society is increasingly unanchored from the principles and institutions that keep it in order. This creates the climate for the unthinkable to happen. The situation is volatile for three reasons.

A Politicized Nation

The first reason is that we now live in a nation where everything has become politicized. Hardly had the dust settled upon the scene of the bloody massacre in Las Vegas when politicized commentary started to appear on social media. The nation was shocked by remarks by those that expressed no sympathy for the victims because of their supposed conservative views. There was the immediate, ludicrous attempt to frame the shootings as the product of the current administration.

A politicized America is only possible when extreme activists create the narrative that turns everything into an instrument of class struggle. It presupposes the creation of new underclasses to carry on the worn out Marxist dialectic into the fields of race, sexuality, identity … or even millionaire football players.

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Such discourse disconnects from the principles of order by creating resentment towards rules, morality and authority that are seen as tools that suppress freedom.

Irrational Debate on Issues

This resentment and rancor have now spread widely in America today. As the remarks after Las Vegas indicate, we have reached the point in which rational debate is no longer the principal form of discourse. It has taken on a personal and nasty tone expressed by slogans and politically correct mantras. There seems to be nothing that cannot be turned to protest, rancor and resentment.

The target of this politicization is any vestige of order that vaguely represents any manner of restraint. In such a climate, the simplest action or gesture can be turned into a political statement.

Once everything is unanchored from principle, there is nothing too small that cannot be politicized. Nor is there any institution too big to be targeted. Where we eat and shop or what we read are now acts that define our position in the culture struggle. These stands on issues quickly degenerate into full-scale wars. Thus, we have bathroom wars, statue wars and football anthem wars that challenge the present order and divide the nation, filling it with vitriol and hate.

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Weaponizing Everything

Once everything is politicized, it is only a short step to the second stage of weaponizing everything. This has many manifestations starting with avenues of communication. Social media, for example, are now weaponized as instruments for attacking others. Even the most straightforward words and slogans can fall into a category of verbal weaponry that offends a snowflake generation and gives rise to conflict and violent protest.

Of course, guns, knives and other actual weapons are also used as physical instruments of destruction as in the case of Las Vegas, San Bernardino or Fort Hood. However, the impact of these arms is further weaponized by their terror and the media images that fill the screens of countless millions.

The brutal reality is that not just firearms, but any physical object can now be weaponized to terrorize a population. Indeed, in our post 9/11 world, all objects are suspect, whether they be box cutters, anthrax-laced envelopes, explosive shoes or vehicles ramming into crowded sidewalks.

There is no security in a society in which everything can be weaponized. No police force can foresee every contingency. No nation can function where there is no trust, and everyone must constantly be screened.

Extending the Theater of War Everywhere

Finally, when everything can be politicized and weaponized, the theater of war is extended everywhere. There is no place exempt from this war. We find it everywhere, in the home, school, church and business. Anywhere people gather in numbers can now be the next target for those who wish to empower their passions with terror.

Even those (officially gun-free) places where we go to escape life’s pressures – theaters, malls and stadiums—are now war zones in one way or another.

They can be unbloody war zones when they become the platform for political acts of defiance, as seen in the NFL anthem controversy or in the anti-free speech riots on liberal universities. They can also be bloody war zones as seen in Las Vegas, Dallas and so many other scenes of violence.

Our smartphones and tablets extend these war zones by instantly transporting us to every terror site. There is no safe place to hide anymore in our world of instability.

This politicized, weaponized, war-zoned America is not the America that we knew. It is an America that is coming apart. It gives rise to explosive situations and cowardly individuals who impose their fantasies and false ideologies upon the nation. Instead of trust, there is resentment; instead of virtue, there is unrestraint. When fear and anxiety reign, we risk the loss of our freedoms.

The only way to fight America’s descent into ruin is a return to the platform of moral principles that towers above the irrational and violent activism that now prevails. We must recognize that the target of this internal rancor is order and especially Christian order. That order must be defended, lest we fall into chaos. We must be convinced that where there is no virtue, trust or charity, there can be no security. Where God and His law is not honored, people will set themselves up as gods. Everywhere becomes a potential Las Vegas.

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  • Carmen Sepulveda

    We are being divided. We are being manipulated. Just as we always have been; but we seem to be reaching a boiling point. And the verdict is going to be increasingly harsh, as we do observe, day by day. Yes a bleak landscape is painted alright.The trifecta of physical, emotional and spritual bankruptcy has been reached; it is the last gasping of a dying empire, a one time former republic, that apparently could not be kept.
    There will be more wars, and rumors of wars, and increasingly the powers that be will become more and more insane, more and more criminal, both at home and abroad, and deflect from their own monumental crimes, all while continuing to marginalize, and factionalize any remaining pockets of resistance via the time tested, impirically proven methods of divide and conquer.
    A fearful, confused, dazed, battered and broken down citizenry, is an easily controlled citizenry. This has continuously been the play script. The events in LV are simply another marker laid down.

  • GrannyAtlanta

    As we come upon the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, all I can say is Mary warned us.

    We are reaping the fruits of looking the other way at politically correct thinking for decades which has brought us to this point. We were more concerned with what people would think of us rather than being concerned with what God would think of us.

    And so here. We. Are. We must pray as if our very lives depend on it…..

  • Fran Barnes

    Well, we should all be fully aware of who organized and organizes these violent crimes against humanity against the Giver of Life, the Holy Ghost, against the Author of Peace on Earth, Jesus, the Christ, rejected Cornerstone, the Covenant with and Way to the Father. Be not numbed by fear. Bite back if you must to fire up some will to weaken the adversary. But make the bite more like the bit that the horse wears only made of Charity, Truth, Knowledge of His Word, Prayer, Penance, Sacrifice; wear the scapular, often say rosary prayers, Sacraments of the Traditionalist Order are not easy to come by but do what you can.
    I learned about a year ago (via Allsaintsministry.org) satanic covens and Black Masses are present in nearly all counties in this USA. Join in with me when I am awakened in the wee hours to pray the St. Michael’s prayer(s), some rosary, to battle against their intentions and to protect, nourish and call ever more souls for Christ Jesus.

    • Lou Soileau

      Amen. Prayer, Catholic living, and love must be our weapons because so many good citizens look everywhere but toward God as they struggle to live good lives and as they struggle with a growing fear.

  • Leonard Martinez

    WORD: What causes fights and quarrels among you?…Selfish desires that fight to control you. James iv:1 (God’s Word Translation)

    PRAYER:
    Father in heaven, there’s a lot of hatred, envy, and political strife in our
    country. Please grant that we become more aware of our blessings. Dispel the hatred and the envy. Let thanksgiving rule in people’s hearts. Amen.

  • Rock DeSpain

    If we don’t blame cars for drunk drivers, Why do we blame guns for violent people?

  • Robert Calabro

    The biggest threat to our country is the liberal progressive movement which was started under President Teddy Roosevelt. These people have contempt for the Constitution. They believe that it does not apply today. they are dead wrong. The democratic party since George McGovern has moved too far left. We need people in office who love and honor our constitution! WE the people cannot afford to be the silent majority any longer. We must insist on term limits for Congress. I suggest two four year terms for both houses. Congress cannot be allowed to exempt themselves from the laws that they impose on us!
    What we must bear in mind is that we cannot have a successful presidency without a successful Congress. Given the current state of our country and the world in which we live, we cannot afford to be complacent. Complacency is one of the weaknesses of our human nature. Please reflect on this.
    I recommend that we not watch the main street media. We should come together and pledge to write letters to The sponsors of these programs and tell them that we will not purchase their products if they continue to sponsor these programs. We cannot have a free media unless it is fair and balanced.
    I suggest that we write the president a letter and tell him that we are praying for him and still support him. We should ask him to appoint special prosecutors with a gag order from day one to investigate the following scandals
    1. Occupy Wall Street. Who financed this?
    2. Clinton e-Mails
    3. Who at the State dept refused to give the late ambassador Stevens the security that he requested.
    4. Who at the IRS ordered members of the tea party targeted for audits?
    It is only when we the people witness that justice is truly applied fairly to all, that our country will begin to heal. We preach the gospel, now is the time to live the gospel. No more double standard.
    Regards and God Bless, Robert Calabro.

  • Phil Alcoceli

    This shameful and dangerous state of affairs didn’t just happen by some “social forces”, “cultural evolution”, “historical influences”, etc. It has been carefully planned, orchestrated and, evil as it is, it has been orderly executed, step by step. No society is ever perfect but the lowest of the lowest immoral, anti-true-culture inclinations have been carefully exploited and promoted to the millionth degree. This establishes an environment where violence is legitimized for any purpose or none at all (as in thrill-kill murders and crimes).

    By and large, all the powerful, highly influential enemies of American values and Christian values within our borders are true criminals promoting hatred, division and civil war in order to take over: divide and conquer. They should be treated as the criminals they ARE. True Americans and True Christians need to come together, abandon pacifism and stand up to speak the Truth and die for it if necessary. Our Founders did it and the USA was born. Now it is our turn so the USA does not die. Pacifism and appeasement is killing us. True civilization only stands when we are willing to live, fight and die for it. Las Vegas is a graphic reminder of this.

  • Ed Bass

    Christ’s love, shared among all we meet, is the true healing remedy we require. Meanwhile, we are fearful instead of loving and this fear feeds the evil that perpetuates hate. Be of good courage and choose life with love!