What I’m Afraid Will Happen in 2018

By John Zmirak Published on December 31, 2017

Across the world, pundits are wearing out their Keurigs fueling up to write their predictions for 2018. Given my track record at forecasting the future, I don’t dare try that this time. Instead, in this column I’ll offer some events that I am afraid might happen. The building blocks for each of these catastrophes are ready at hand. All it will take is a few bad decisions by critical people and BOOM. Then SPLAT.

I list them not to spur worry. No, it’s so you can join me in praying that none of these things occurs. My next column will list the things that I hope actually happen. So prayer warriors out there can get busy asking God to give them a little nudge. So here’s my 2018 Angst List.

War With North Korea

I wrote earlier this year on the unique danger posed by that evil, unhinged regime. Not only is it acquiring ICBMs that could rain down nuclear death on the western United States. Even without nuclear weapons, the North targets millions of South Korean civilians with old-fashioned but deadly artillery pieces. The first sign of U.S. action against the regime would likely unleash mass death on the citizens of Seoul. Many of those weapons aimed at civilians are hidden among civilians. So any U.S. attack that protected South Koreans would probably have to kill many, many helpless North Koreans. Not thousands but hundreds of thousands. Tragically, such an attack would meet Just War criteria.North Korea - 900

It was Christmas 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed — peacefully. That was a miracle. It was also the product of hard human work, on the part of decent men. They included Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, and yes, Mikhail Gorbachev. Many other Communist leaders would have preferred incineration to the end of their utopia. Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro are both on record as welcoming nuclear war, provided it ended “capitalism.” Like Hitler in the bunker, they just wanted to watch the world burn. Kim Jong Un is of their ilk.

The building blocks for each of these catastrophes are ready at hand. All it will take is a few bad decisions by critical people and BOOM. Then SPLAT.

It might seem grimly inevitable that North Korea perish in ashes. But we once thought that about Eastern Europe, too. Instead, we see governments in Poland and Hungary standing up against the EU for Christian civilization. So God is full of surprises. Let’s beg him to shock us here with the magnitude of his mercy.

Surrender on Immigration

Let’s just be blunt about this: We’re running out of time. The rate at which new immigrants wean themselves off big government programs, anti-white identity politics, and political obedience to “community leaders” is much too slow. It’s retarded by the constant influx of more poor, low-skill immigrants into a country with few low-skill jobs and fat welfare benefits.

illegal immigrantsSo as long as 50.1 percent or more of recent immigrants keep voting for Democrats, they pose a danger. The Democratic party is no longer a legitimate, patriotic party that seeks the best interests of all. That might have been true 30 years ago. But as we’ve seen from the campaign of mass sabotage waged by the left since Trump’s election, it no longer is.

Anything that boosts the election chances of Democrats is dangerous to the country. (And to the Church.) On this argument alone, President Trump would be negligent if he fails to act decisively. The only pro-life, pro-religious liberty national party in America is the GOP. Since 1988, it has only won the popular vote in a presidential race once (in 2004). Trump just barely won in the Electoral College.

A crucial reason for this political tectonic shift is immigration. The GOP establishment has had its chance. For 30 years leaders like Paul Ryan have argued that if we were just friendlier to immigrants, if we just cracked down harder on “nativists” inside the party, the “family values” of newcomers would (ahem) trump the attraction of more government programs and ethnic groupthink.

That theory sputtered and failed. It’s time to throw it out, and instead try to keep future Democrats out of the country. A long pause on low-skill immigration would give newcomers time to join the middle class. Not till they start looking at their tax bills instead of the “benefits offered” section of government websites will they even considering voting Republican. For more, see my much-denounced but never-refuted 2011 essay, “Amnesty Equals Abortion.” If he needs it, send it to your pastor or bishop.

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So Trump must reject the cheap sentimental appeal of amnesty for “DREAMERS” and DACA beneficiaries. He must back Tom Cotton’s bill repealing “chain migration,” a ludicrous practice that makes every illegal we amnesty into the potential sponsor of dozens of new immigrants. The millions of future Democrats whom DACA and “Dreamer” illegals could invite here in future decades would seal the fate of the Republican party nationally, and turn states like Texas purple then blue. We would never elect another pro-life president again.

Trump must build the wall.German-EU-Bomber-over-London-900

The EU Will Triumph Over Europe’s Voters

This is a more complex threat. The war that the EU’s unelected oligarchs are waging against Europe’s people has many fronts. I could write (and have written) 1200 words about each of them. Here are just a few of the key threats (with informative links) that the EU’s shadowy rulers pose to Europe’s nations and peoples.

  • Forcing European countries to accept Muslim immigrants. Led by nations where pseudo-refugee terrorists claim hundreds of lives each year, and recent arrivals live mostly (in some places 90+ percent) on welfare, the EU is threatening costly sanctions against states that said no. States like Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic, which spared themselves Muslim colonization. Those countries must be willing to take the hit. Having suffered both Nazi and Soviet occupation, the last thing they need is sharia adherents seizing whole swathes of their cities.
  • Stopping countries from enacting and enforcing their own sovereign laws. The EU is threatening Poland with other sanctions for kicking out holdover Communists from its judiciary, and trying to outlaw abortion.
  • Bullying Britain into nullifying Brexit. A combination of weak Tory leadership and a massive campaign by elites has put Great Britain’s effort to escape the European Union into a ditch. Just as power brokers in the U.S. have tried every tactic to undo Trump’s election, comparable cronies in Britain are working with the EU’s leading oligarchs to derail the voters’ sovereign decision to LEAVE.

These are not so much things to worry about as to petition Our Lord about. And where you have a voice to speak about. The world is on fire. Grab a bucket, even if all you can fill it with is tears from your prayers.

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  • Patmos

    I wasn’t worried about North Korea, but the recent preemptive comments by them changed that.

    I also thought the delusional hysteria from the left would die down, but it seems to have gotten worse. The Democrats are a lost party. There is nothing good coming from the left anymore.

    As for Europe, in a way it’s nice to see what’s going on there, because it gives this country an idea of what not to do.

    I’d probably thrown in the Saudis and MBS as a point of concern, only because there is bound to be a backlash to such dramatic maneuvering.

  • Elizabeth Litts

    No matter what happens-Jesus is still Lord and I will trust him to take care of this year.

    • JHX

      Yeah, but it is like the man who prayed every night to win the lottery.

      Finally, the almighty replied: “Bro, meet me halfway here. At least buy a ticket!”

      So, we have a job to do also.

  • JHX

    Excellent work. . Completely agree on point #2.

    The left are dangerous now. Fully willing and ready to take down the west in a murder/suicide. It is like Dog in the Manger stuff with them now, they’re so angry. A group totally ready and willing to suffer end die, as long as they can take the people they hate along with them.

  • Those are important prayer targets, and we can see our God’s movement toward solving all of them. Our Father God did not give us Donald John Trump to abandon us now. God is shaking down the false gods of America and of the West in general, and I expect He will help us build good walls and restore what the locusts have eaten.

    We pray He also remembers the children of His children in North Korea, who have suffered under the nightmare of a deliberately created false god for so long. North Korea was once home to a part of one of the greatest moves of the Holy Spirit the world has seen since Pentecost, capped in the Pyongyang revival of 1907. May the prayers of those saved a hundred years ago reach down the generations to save their descendants now.

    In 2018, just as in 2017, God’s purposes are still being accomplished, and will prevail. Fear not, but Stand.

    • Boommach

      I suspect your prayerfullness eclipses mine but I know you are slacking on posting your thoughts. You need to post more, pecanC. You’re thoughtful, articulate and you have a sweetness; a decency I envy. I just became your #1 Follower. God bless you.

  • Kevin Carr

    I can agree with you on these things. Iran is the real power behind NK nuclear program and both would like nothing better than for the U.S. to be out of the way.
    There doesn’t seem to be any real push to stop illegal immigration by the Republican part of the Swamp.
    However, things are moving along just as God wants them to.

  • Right-on and well said. In particular I appreciate your honesty about the Democrats. I don’t know what I can do but “watch and pray”, and that I do daily. Especially, Trump needs our prayers, for safety and wisdom, as so much relies on him. So far he has proven the naysayers wrong, and I believe he will continue to do so.

    • GeneP54

      I have to admit that I was a naysayer. I still have my reservations about Trump, and much of what I stated about him has come to light in this new book by Bannon. That being said, God moves in mysterious ways and it seems like the more the Washington powers push Trump, the more he pushes back and things are kind of falling into place.
      If nothing else, bunches of the RINO’s and liberal Dems are getting out of Congress and we have the chance to put real Constitutional Conservatives in their places. If only we will.
      Interesting times, for sure.

  • Marie

    If you’re worried about immigrants voting Democrat, I guess Ted Cruz’s solution, a temporary worker visa program and eVerify, would let us have our cake and eat it, more or less. That and good border security. If illegal immigrants would rather have temporary worker visas than be deported, they can rush back to Mexico before we implement security measures and apply for temporary worker visas. The only problem is that their children would be U.S. citizens, which would allow them to vote Democrat. Maybe you could require the parents to sign a waiver before getting the visas, waiving their right to use the kids as anchor babies. I guess the parents couldn’t waive the kids citizenship, but we might be able to come up with something.

    Gov. Abbott of Texas says he doesn’t just want to win re-election (that’s pretty much a given); he wants to turn the hispanic vote red in Texas for a generation. His wife is hispanic, he won like 44% of the hispanic vote in his first election, and he seems to be taking this quite seriously. We’ll see what happens.

  • GeneP54

    There’s nothing that we can do about any of this but pray that God intervenes and takes care of it all.
    Don’t be afraid, hon. It’ll be ok. God’s got this!

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