Seeing Red

By Paul Proctor

 February 15, 2003


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I suppose it wonít be long now till we all see red here in America. Iím referring, of course, to the Homeland Security Advisory System - that color coded contraption the federal government introduced last year to keep state and local officials advised on how prepared they should be against potential terrorist attacks. However, it is the Federal Media that appears to be getting the most use out of it alongside their ever-breaking news bites full of eerie music and traumatic film footage. The Homeland Security Advisory System, currently at "High Alert Orange" and only one level below "Severe Alert Red", is proving to be quite an effective tool for spreading fear and panic - which, in my estimation, is by design.

Why would they do such a thing, a friend of mine asked the other day? Well, for one - it holds our attention and keeps us glued to the television between tragedies, making it increasingly profitable to be in the news business. It also makes our administrationís freedom-stealing legislation, regulation, taxation, socialization and militarization of society much more acceptable to the trembling masses who learn, in their fear and panic, to bend knee before the Lord their Govt. - or else. So, in Big Brotherís eyes - everybody wins. The president gains absolute power, the government gains unlimited funding, the media gains our undivided attention, their sponsors gain our patronage and viewers get entertained to death by televisionís longest-running Reality TV series - "The War On Terrorism."

Forgive me if I donít sound more appreciative of our high priests in Washington. Itís just that I am more than a little upset these days by the unnecessary fear and anxiety their devious devises are causing folks around the country - especially among many of our senior citizens who have personally lived through the horror of two world wars. It is both cruel and irresponsible to incessantly flash these meaningless colored warnings about whatís in danger where, onto the television screens of the aged and disabled, causing them think that terrorists have THEIR apartment buildings targeted for destruction - especially since they probably have nowhere else to go and little or no resources or strength to get there. Thatís something that makes ME see red.

I also see red when I hear my president use his "Christian faith" to seduce the church into socialism by dangling government money in front of it - a fake-based initiative that will one day demand they hire homosexuals, Muslims, Satanists, atheists, witches, humanists and who-knows-what, like all other government agencies are required to do in the interest of "tolerance, diversity and unity".

I see red when I hear my "Christian" president try to convince Americans that Islam is a peaceful religion while thousands of his brothers and sisters in New York City and around the world are tortured and murdered for a deviant devil called Allah. I see red when I hear my president erroneously refer to our Representative Republic as a "democracy" and then rule it like a dictator through executive order, propaganda, disinformation and military force. I saw red when he ran for office as a "pro-life, Christian conservative" only to end up leading our nation like a pro-death, pagan liberal. And thatís supposed to be the "lesser of two evils"?

I see red when my Spanish-speaking president purposes amnesty for illegal aliens pouring into the country by the thousands from Mexico and then has the audacity to suggest we offer them Social Security. I see red when men of Arab decent receive visas without legitimate background checks and walk carelessly and uninterrupted through our nationís airports and out on the streets of America while pregnant women and little old ladies are frisked, interrogated and humiliated as if they fit some terrorist profile.

I see red when my country, under republican leadership, is left with no missile defense system in a time of war while our National Guard and military are sent over seas on peacekeeping missions and meals-on-wheels programs for the United Nations. And the defense Department wants a 45 billion-dollar budget increase for THAT?

It is apparent now that no one is going to be seeing more red in the coming days than our men and women in uniform. Those brave souls, above everyone else, need our prayers as they go to fight and die overseas on our behalf. I hope everyone reading this will turn off their televisions long enough to pray for their provision and protection.

From a spiritual perspective, the upside of all this, I told my friend, is that maybe - JUST MAYBE the tremendous fear and anxiety that is being unduly generated right now will cause our trembling masses who worship the wrong god to repent and wash their sins in the crimson red of a crucified King, who 2000 years ago shed his own blood that we might come to fear nothing and no one but the ONE who holds eternity in His nail scarred Hand.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13

© 2003 Paul Proctor - All Rights Reserved


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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state [Tennessee] and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and columnist, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print. Paul may be reached at

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