No matter who wins this week’s, or this month’s, election, there will be unsettlement and at the very least sporadic protests in the United States, some violent, most verbal, all divisive; Word War I, especially on radio, cable, and in social media.
There is the ambience of incipient civil war.
If a resurgent President Donald J. Trump wins, there is guaranteed to be prolonged disruption by Black Lives Matter and affiliated groups, along with the more radical Antifa. especially if the election is close (and now we know that the edge will be razor-thin). Some of these protests will be major, at the level of Sixties riots. They will extend over months. Coming to a city near you.
If former Vice President Joseph Biden is the victor, there will be deep discontent on the opposite end of the spectrum, burbling into demonstrations and blockades across the U.S. Already, supporters of the current president have halted traffic on one of two major highways in New Jersey and on major bridges — the former Tappan Zee (now named for former Governor Mario Cuomo) — into what was (and perhaps one day will again be) the great City of New York.
It is hard to see an immediate future without unrest.
Both sides are well-armed.
It is a matter of how far and long it goes. It is a need for prayer, which alone unites us.
There is the prospect that it will span far indeed.
Do you not see the fervidly billowing pickup flags? Do you not see the boarded windows on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles?
Such demonstrations will erupt even during any prolonged election counting.
And they will occur, here and there, if not in wide swaths, even if there is a landslide (though to a lesser extent).
There is deep bitterness in the land, exacerbated by the frustrations of covid.
America, a volcano, its lava seething underground. There is the distinct possibility that there will be an explosive eruption of the dome, the magma chamber, as opposed to simple smoke and hot rock.
And it is not alone, is America: there is a spirit of upset around the world, from France — where radical Islamists again abuse Christians and Jews, with no commensurate response — to protests in Third World nations.
In the middle of it all is the Catholic Church, which manages to get hit from all sides, and also internally.
If it doesn’t seem logical that protests against police violence and historic statues would turn into church desecrations and arson, that’s because it is not operating in the realm of mere rationality but in the supernatural, where so many perturbations originate.
A spirit of anarchy has descended, precursor to authoritarianism that sooner or later will coalesce, very possibly in our lifetimes; probably after economic crises and/or natural disasters; possibly sooner rather than later.
The question is whether it will be authoritarianism from the left (see, Davos and Big Tech) or right.
There is upset in the Catholic Church, with open criticism of the Pope, even by a cardinal and archbishops.
The end game is not yet clear. It won’t be for years. This is a long-term trend (part of the long aforementioned “signs”).
Even a Jewish cemetery was desecrated in Michigan Monday with political graffiti.
And so, buckle up.
And so, pray.
The upsets we have seen in nature — especially in recent days (hurricanes, wildfires) –will now manifest in one way or another, to one degree or another, in the societies of men, who far too often act as if no God looks down upon them.
[resources: video of Michael Brown spiritual warfare retreat]
[Footnote: The words of one Brazilian seer in an October 27 “message”: “My Heart will be the lightning rod against God’s justice that will fall forcefully against ungrateful sinners. My Heart will protect you in the most difficult moments that will come for the Church and the world very soon. Disobedient men will suffer greatly because of their deafness in not listening to what God is saying to them. God does not love disobedience. God does not love sin. Change your lives, because very soon the Holy Church will be wounded in a cruel way and the despair of the poor, abandoned and wounded flock will be great. Pray, pray, pray much and God will have mercy on each one of you and on the whole world. I bless you all: in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen!”]