A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an urgent communique titled “Memo Delta Echo Foxtrot Yankee” in which I reached out to National Guard reservists deployed in our nation’s capitol to warn them of the potential perils that awaited them on Inauguration Day. To my relief, in ways that my prayers were answered, January 20th came and went without incident. However, my efforts were not in vain. I hand delivered this card to over 1,000 reservists and hundreds of DC police officers from January 10th through January 20th.
I made connections with many of them as I read the poem I wrote while I was homeless in Colorado titled “Silent Salute” that is dedicated to all veterans, especially homeless veterans whom I once called neighbor when I was living in shelters in Greenville, South Carolina; Des Moines, Iowa; Nashville, Tennessee and Wellington, Colorado. That poem can be found at the bottom of this article along with an interview I conducted with Lieutenant Colonel Rick Belt, who served honorably in the Vietnam War.
I am following up my original communique with this SITREP drafted for active duty soldiers, marines, seamen and airmen deployed in America and around the world. Though the dread that I felt heading into Inauguration Day—the frightening possibility of reservists and police clashing with each other as they tried to tamp down clashes between Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Trump supporters on one side versus BLM, ANTIFA and Biden supporters on the other kept—me awake at night until January 21st arrived. However, just because we have cleared one FUBAR does not mean we have cleared the storm.
I published an article yesterday in which I detailed the divergence between the medical advice that doctors give to their patients and the wider public and the personal reservations they harbor in private. I explained that people do this because they fear the reprisals that come if they refuse to follow orders while others comply for the sake of expediency and self-enrichment. I noticed this same discrepancy between the posture that active duty personnel take in public and the angst they feel when given orders they know are immoral. Out of the 1,000 reservists I met a week and a half ago, almost to a man/woman they all disagreed with the exercise of turning our nation’s capital into a demilitarized zone.
Yet, despite their reservations, they saluted and carried out direct orders. I am not here to criticize their decisions; I’m not going to bash honorable uniformed men and women for doing something that none of us are willing to do. We all have a hand in this global machine that is grounding humanity into dust and turning billions around the world into slaves of corporatism. Unless we all act collectively and strike out on behalf of justice, it is not fair to expect a few to bear the cost yet again. I am just grateful for the connections that I made and the seeds that I planted in the process.
There are at least 20 DoD personnel, ranging from a Navy SEAL Lieutenant, a US Army Ranger, a Gunny Sergeant from South Carolina to a former Captain who served in the Iraq war who are all following the Ghion Journal. There are a few whom I text on a regular basis after forming a friendship with them during chance encounters. Many of them give me encouragement and push me to keep doing what I am doing; they understand that my aim is not malicious and that I am a friendly even if I first approached them as a stranger.
I think a quick retelling of an experience I had growing up in Ethiopia. When I was six years old living in Addis Abeba, I used to plant corn kernels with the hope of growing a crop in my parent’s backyard. Alas, my dream of becoming a farmer was dashed over and over again because I lacked patience. What I would sow one day I would exterminate the next day as I dug up the kernel to find out if a shoot had formed. I destroyed more seeds than an Trojans (a little dark humor for the rank and file is in order); for every hundred I strew, one survived my haste and that was only because I could not find the object of my curiosity.
I cite this story of mine as a parable of sorts that I know many will comprehend. I am learning that things happen not on my time but on God’s watch. All I can do is my part and then, like all grunts, leathernecks, squids and zoomies understand intimately, leave unto the Lord the rest. I have faith that men and women who answered the call will do their duty and salute a higher power than Generals with four stars give from a distance. As I’ve noted in the past, a time is approaching where everyone will have to make a decision; either serve He who taketh and giveth life or salute serpents who are pushing diabolical agendas.
President Biden has ordered the US military to deploy around America to “facilitate” mass-vaccinations. Over 80% of the reservists I met two weeks ago were vehemently against taking the “vaccines” and many stated that they would resign if forced to choose between a jab and continued service. Well to these reservists, and all active duty personnel reading this, I ask you to look into your hearts and answer this next question honestly. Are you willing to push upon Americans—even if it is “voluntary”—a poisoned and experimental “vaccine” that you would not offer your arm for?
I am looking for just one Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel or even Commander to stand up and rebuff orders sent from the top. Our country is headed for an implosion as a planned recession, a draconian national lockdown and a malicious vaccination campaign are all around the corner. I pray that one courageous military officer rises up; the threat of retribution is great but the reward for defiance could be unending. There are tens of thousands who will follow in your footsteps if you act out with courage and have faith that you will be kept safe through the fire for leading an act that one of the greatest founding fathers of America called for.
I pray for our county, I pray for all military personnel and I pray for people around the world. Let me close this out with a passage from the bible that is very apropos for this moment that we are in:
“And in all the land, declares the LORD, two-thirds will be cut off and perish, but a third will be left in it. This third I will bring through the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’ ” ~ Zacharias 13:8
Your choice, whether you are active duty, a veteran or a civilian reading this, is to either be a part of the 2/3 who will perish or join the 1/3 who will survive the fire ahead. Those who salute public serpents like Joe Biden and his brass will be part of the 2/3 who will perish even if they endure the first storm. There is a second storm to come that will consume all who follow immoral orders and commit crimes with intent—that fire will burn for an eternity.
Those who defy and join the people in rebelling against depraved authority will be rewarded eternally even if they go through an inferno for a little while. This third of humanity who endure the crucibles will be refined and tested like gold, on the other side is justice and a renewal that we have all been waiting for. The time to choose is yours but the time of revelation is His; don't wait too long because time waits for no man and wrath comes for all who dither while the world burns:: #ThreatConCharlie Click To Tweet
“See, the Lord is coming with fire, and his chariots are like a whirlwind; he will bring down his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For with fire and with his sword the Lord will execute judgment on all people, and many will be those slain by the Lord.” ~ Isaiah 66:15-16
This is an opinion piece. While I believe Americans have a Constitutional right to redeem our government if it is not acting in our interests, as a matter of philosophy, I am anti-violence and believe that only love can overcome injustice and iniquity. This article is a reminder to all Americans that we, the people, have the final say when it comes to our governance and also serves to remind those in power the perils of ruling without the consent of the governed.
Interview with Vietnam Veteran Lieutenant Colonel Rick Belt
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