Weekly Update from Mark Armstrong
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Weekly Update from Headquarters
20 March 2020
Greetings from Tyler,
The “news” is despicable.
It's hard to imagine anything less interesting than listening to some doctor
speculate. Especially when they roll out predictions about the number of
Americans that will die on account of the scary virus. We are
experiencing the panic the media and left-wing politicians have been trying
desperately to sell us about global warming! You don't suppose
the great toilet paper panic has been overblown?
This is the panic they'd hoped to engender over global
warming. But that never worked.
Now doctors with “impeccable credentials” are all over the media not only
spreading panic but criticizing the President for not “listening to advise from
the doctors.” If
we'd listened to the “experts” and the “scientists,” we'd all be riding bicycles
by now on account of global warming! But it may not matter now.
Since a state of emergency was declared, governors, mayors and county
commissioners have taken it upon themselves to “lockdown” whole populations with
threats of fines and imprisonment if they don't get back in their houses.
So we can't go outside now?
In some places, police may pull you over to demand where
you think you're going. Do they have that authority?
Has the Constitution been suspended?
One radio commentator in Texas is
encouraging patriots to demand chapter and verse in the law to
get local law enforcement to justify their encroachment on every freedom they've
Not since Obama had shovel-ready jobs has so much government
money been thrown at the economy. What's another couple of trillion?
Maybe we won't get sick, but we will suffer economic pain the likes of which
we've never seen.
Because the government has to make sure “everybody is safe.” Well, not
safe from bankruptcy. Never fear, they've got a plan for that too.
They'll just send everybody a check, amounting in the aggregate to two or three
trillion dollars. What's the difference,
we're already $22 Trillion in debt.
Where's all that money going to come from?
Why our kids and grandkids of course. Who cares if we mortgage their
futures, as long as we're all “safe?”
Shelter in place? That's the order from somewhere on
high, and it's been enacted now in Dallas, Texas. The government can't
trust us to look after ourselves. In
fact, we have no good sense at all. Now apparently we need law enforcement
checking parking lots to ensure no one is at work!
Reports are the national guard is at a “state of
readiness,” ready for what we're not sure and dare not ask.
Our local (Smith County)
Commissioner explained why he's not ordering residents to shelter in place in a
broadcast statement. He said that people should have the freedom to make
their own decisions regarding where they go and what they do, and should be
credited with having enough sense to take their own precautions. (Oops.
Some late-breaking nonsense about essential services only. I'm expecting
that we'll hold an “essential service” tomorrow. Who do these
“authorities” think they are?)
But Texas Governor Abbot already called for meetings of no more than ten people
at any given time or place, and that applies to our county too. But
the neighboring county (Gregg) is
not so lucky.
Local radio news has been counting down the hours 'till all residents are
ordered to “shelter in place.”
Police are authorized to enforce the order and may pull over any vehicle to make
sure no-one is flaunting the local authorities. And they've got
paperwork you'd better be able to show officers that you're involved in
“essential services” if they question you. Is this still Texas?
In their zeal to “keep everybody safe,” government, all the
way down to the state and city level is making sure no one escapes the fall-out
from the kung-flu (That's right, I said it
even if Trump didn't).
Enterprises of every description are looking at the real possibility of going
out of business. But first employees will be laid off while everyone is
advised to stay home.
No doubt, the reports are scary.
not nearly as scary as the swine flu. You can look it up. Sixty
million Americans came down with it, yet we hardly remember. How can that
be? That's because the media treated Obama as a genius, really on top
of things as a great leader.
Trump, however, is portrayed as a dunce who cares more
about his personal and political fortunes more than human life.
Apparently, the pressure from the news media and his advisors were too great to
bear. He's gone along with this, and now
most everything is closed. Except, of course, the grocery stores, and
they're even limiting hours.
You can drive down an all-but-empty street until you pass the grocery store, and
there's not a parking place to be found.
The more you hear…
California law enforcement is now using drones with night vision to make sure
everyone complies with the “lock-down.” If there's some Constitutional
provision for law enforcement making sure we don't leave our homes, we must have
missed it. Apparently the Constitution takes a back seat when
officials of one kind or another orders citizens to “shelter in place.”
It's beginning to look like the authorities will destroy the nation to make sure
By these standards, it's a wonder they didn't ban the wheel a
long time ago.
Some 35,000 perish in traffic accidents annually, and that's way down from the
70's and 80's. The coronavirus is so far responsible for 600 deaths,
and many of those are attributed to preexisting health conditions.
You do the math.
It's a wonder the network anchors aren't screaming for cars to be banned, but
then that might inconvenience them.
The President said, “Whoever heard of shutting the country
down?” Exactly! Whoever heard of such a thing?
Except that's exactly what they've done. It may turn out to have been a
stupendous mistake, but we'll see. Have you noticed the rediscovery of
borders? Apparently they're not such a bad thing after all.
In Australia I'm told, travel from state to state has been curtailed.
Some people who were traveling when the panic hit can't even get home.
Maybe national borders weren't such a bad idea after all!
It's getting easier by the minute to see how “authorities”
will foist a panic upon the population to ensure compliance with whatever they
Liberals are more excited than ever about the prospect of some “global
enforcement” body to manage crisis. Apparently they only have to
declare an “emergency,” and all rights and freedoms are suspended immediately.
Italy has been used to scare the be-jabbers out of us.
But it turns out that
Northern Italy has been turned into a virtual Chinese colony. They've
taken over whole towns and villages that were once examples of Italian culture
and turned them into Chinatown. The vast exposure rate and death toll
in Italy have been touted in media around the world as proof that we'd better be
in a state of panic if we know what's good for us.
mainstream news is not telling us is that the horrible news mainly comes from
Northern Italy which has become a bastion of Chinese culture, and the
flights to and from China were not curtailed. So who runs Italy?
My Dad often supposed aloud that it would be an economic
crisis that would bring about a collapse of the EU and presage the formation of
a ten-nation combine, called the
beast power of Bible prophecy. The EU is in tremendous economic
trouble, not to mention the cultural blight they've brought upon themselves.
Let's hope this is not it.
But it's a wake-up call regardless.
We're being asked about our plans for upcoming Holy Days, and we simply
don't know yet. We're trying to carry on as best possible without outright
disobeying the President, the Governor and running afoul of local authorities.
We'll get the word out to everyone as soon as we're able to make those decisions
confidently. In the meantime, we're making Passover and Days of Unleavened
Bread services widely available on DVD and on our websites. Stan's sermon
from last week pulled a record number of views and he's doing an outstanding
job, for which we are most grateful.