Hazelton, revisited

The city of Hazelton, PA is back in the news again, and once more the news concerns the immigration/open borders problem.

Some readers may not have been old enough, back in 2006-2007, to hear about the surge in illegal (and probably legal) immigration to places like Hazelton, PA, which had until then had a more homogeneous population. By 2006, what with some Pennsylvania officials openly stating “we need immigrants; we need diversity“. They got what they asked for. Now Hazelton is in the news as a ‘hotspot’ for the Coronavirus. There are 400+ known cases in a town of 27,743.

A Newsweek article from 2016 displays the usual pro-globalist open-borders bias and anti-nativist rhetoric. At the height of the open-borders craziness back in 2006 or so, the mayor of Hazelton was Lou Barletta, who was determined to try to preserve what remained of Hazelton, and yet his best efforts failed as apparently the cheap-labor lobby and the multiculturalists worked against him. The courts also ruled against Barletta’s efforts and in the end the ACLU won out against Barletta and other immigration patriots or skeptics.

Years later the fruits of open borders and promiscuous immigration policies show. Now it appears that Hazelton is majority Spanish-speaking, which is just what was predicted by those of us who were blogging about this back then, and of course the majority did not want to hear it or acknowledge that the skeptics were right. The town is no longer the same place. It’s an old story by now, having happened to various other towns around this country. There is a town, for example, in eastern Washington state which has an entirely Spanish-speaking city council, where town business is carried out in Spanish entirely.

Now our minds are preoccupied with the pandemic, but that too is part of the story. Anyone with sense knows that diseases like open borders. The more “openness” and diversity, the greater the number of strangers from countries with unfamiliar diseases, the more contagious illnesses we have. There is no question about that. It’s not even open to question.

The town of Hazelton has called on the National Guard to help with the increasing number of Coronavirus cases. How they would be able to help is not clear to me. Why are there so many cases there? No one wants to be politically incorrect, even now, so no one wants to mention crowded living conditions (due in part to cultural habits; extended families living in too-small housing, plus non-relatives sharing living spaces. Lack of language skills and education to learn how to prevent illness where possible.

Somehow this will be found to be somebody else’s fault, and money will be allotted to ‘fight’ the pandemic.

Even now I think a lot of Americans are in denial about mass immigration (including legal immigration — it’s about much more than having the right paperwork to enter legally); most I think are resigned to constant change, and the constant flow of ‘newcomers’ whose own ways are drastically different from our own. Our birthright is precious and should not be given away in the name of Holy Diversity or anything else.

Living with uncertainty

It seems that many people, living through this strange time of pandemic illness — accompanied by a lot of confusion over conflicting narratives and stories — feel uneasy. I’ve used the word ‘surreal’ to describe the situation, and others besides myself have used that word to describe the feeling many of us are experiencing.

I don’t know how the strange situation is affecting those who read this blog; I can only guess or wonder. But it seems most of the bloggers and internet pundits have opted for the ”we’re doomed” approach. Some of the blogs I read regularly are becoming unbearable. It’s becoming too much to read the stark pronouncements from some bloggers who are determined to infect us with their deep pessimism. Or is it pessimism? Some people seem very excited at the prospect of the long-expected economic collapse and the possibility of mass deaths.

The bloggers who seem the most level-headed and trustworthy are those like Al Fin and a few others who have not got caught up in the apocalyptic scenario. Al Fin also is good at marshalling facts to support his opinions or prognostications. Some of the others have little to back up their assertions except emotion and hype. And yet it seems as if the latter group are the ones who are dominating the coverage and getting the most attention.

Certainly I take the virus seriously, but it seems to me as if the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-19 was deadly as we are told, but yet the people did not resort to shutting down society in order to try to avoid the disease. Their approach of isolation and common sense care seemed to work well enough with the least disruption to people’s lives and psyches. This confinement of everyone will probably prove to take a toll on morale and emotional well-being — not to mention the economic devastation that’s being done now.

I also read that the H1N1 or ‘Swine Flu’ epidemic of the last decade actually claimed more victims, though it was not hyped as much by the sensationalizing media. And yet we survived it. But then most of the ”mainstream media” (read: luegenpresse) deny this — because President Trump said something similar, so they must try to discredit him.

So what is different about this plague, that it calls for much more draconian measures to keep it under control? The difference is that the media is spreading panic and unease, and most bloggers and ‘experts’ are betting on the gloom-and-doom, encouraging the law-of-the-jungle, everybody-for-himself attitude.

It seems unlikely that people will acquire needed perspective anytime soon.

Faith is what I am counting on to carry me through; Christians know these things are to happen, but we don’t know the timing or the way in which it will all play out. This came as no surprise to those of us who are Christians. I can only guess at what it all looks like from a nonbeliever’s perspective; I suspect that the popularity of the gloom-and-doom school of punditry is an indicator of how far we have gone away from the Christian faith, the faith of our fathers.

As to what Christians believe will happen, we are not taught that we will all die in one massive plague. That is not what is written, and so far the Christian belief system has a better idea of what is to come than those who are just wildly guessing, or even wishing, for one big apocalyptic event to wipe out the human race. More people seem to imagine — or wish — for some kind of climate disaster to finish off the human race.

God is forgotten today in favor of pundits and ‘journalists’ guessing wildly about what will happen tomorrow. For most people this is a godless universe and we are a blundering bunch of simian descendants who are destroying our once-pristine planet. Reality is not as crude or ugly as that.

Things are not happening randomly; there is a plan and an order to the universe. For some reason I am reminded of a quote that was repeated by none other than George W. Bush back in 2000 or so. Incidentally I was sorely displeased with both Bush presidents, just for the record. But the phrase Bush quoted was

“Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?”

The phrase appeared in correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and John Page back in July, 1776. But neither of those men wrote or originated the phrase; if memory serves it was written by English playwright and essayist Joseph Addison, who was a Christian.

Men of that age, living in Christendom, rather than our 21st century Tower of Babel, had some comfort of believing that there was a God on high who was sovereign, rather than believing in a chaotic, unpredictable universe which we only pretend to understand.

Rather than succumb to the despair and fear of living in that kind of universe, people must have hope; people can only take so much of the uncertainty and fear of not knowing whether their lives will end suddenly or whether they will somehow accidentally be spared. It is hard to go on in a betwixt-and-between kind of existence, between hope and despair.

It seems despair and cynicism, plus selfishness, are winning out. This is not what we are destined for. We have to salvage some hope and positivity if we are to go on. And the people who spread the despair and fear are doing great harm to our spirits and our psyches. We are not just bodies; we are spirit, soul, and body, in one. We are not automatons, though we are often treated as such.

Thank heavens for writers like Cambria Will Not Yield, and anyone who speaks truth in this Age of the Lie. Another worthy blogger is Gerry Neal at Throne Altar Liberty, who wrote a good piece about our current situation.