Will 2019 Unfold Like a Bad Apocalyptic Novel?

By John Zmirak Published on December 31, 2018

I’d like share with you a key analytical tool. It’s akin to the Gini Coefficient, which measures economic inequality across countries. But I call my discovery the GANI Coefficient. It comes from an acronym: “Gunshow Apocalyptic Novel Insanity.”

Now, try to remember how you saw the world in 1996. What you expected from the future. Who in that year imagined any of the following realities in place by 2018?

  • That European governments would inundate their people with millions of Muslim men of military age. And pretend that they were “refugees.”
  • Those same governments would imprison citizens for complaining about it, dubbing their speech “extremist.”
  • The European Court of Human Rights would deem criticism of Muhammad illegal. Even when it is truthful.
  • The courts would impose same-sex marriage on 50 states. Those states would punish Christians who refused to acknowledge and take part in such weddings.
  • The sad stories of a tiny number of mentally troubled people would lead the media, the medical profession, and governments to declare biological sex a meaningless fiction.
  • Those who refused to go along with the idea of sex as a social construct would themselves be designated as mentally ill. They suffer from “transphobia.”
  • The Democratic Party as a whole would embrace open borders. And condemn any who resisted as the moral equivalent of Nazis.

Predict the Future, Using the GANI Co-Efficient

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Who could have foreseen all of the above? Just one group of people. The authors of self-published apocalyptic novels sold exclusively at gunshows. Hence the Gunshow Apocalyptic Novel Insanity co-efficient. It tells us how much more unthinkably worse things could get, and how quickly.

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First, one must look at the rate of cultural change going on around us. Then apply the GANI coefficient. It “predicts” the monstrous, dystopian forms that ominous current events will take. That is, the worst shape imaginable, a shape which only someone typing single-spaced in a double-wide trailer whose windows were covered in “Come and Take It” bumper stickers would have the dot-connecting vision to predict.

So that’s what I’m going to use to make my top three predictions for 2019.

Some Deranged Leftist Will Attack the President, and Be Stopped by the Secret Service. The Media Will Blame … Republicans.

Of course we hope and pray that people keep their heads. But two years of constant, drumbeat demonization of President Trump, his entire family, and everyone around him have had their effect. We’ve seen Trump supporters assaulted in public. TV and movie stars get away with expressing violent fantasies about the president. A Bernie Sanders supporter tried to massacre the entire House GOP leadership, and just barely fell short of succeeding. Mass media covered up his motive, which he shouted at the legislators as he attacked: “This is for healthcare!” So reported Senator Rand Paul, an eyewitness.

By styling itself as the “Resistance,” the hard left has painted its opponents as basically … Nazis, and Trump as a kind of Hitler. And what would an addled zealot do to the American Hitler if he got the chance? He’d make like Tom Cruise in the movie Valkyrie, and try to take him out.

If the assailant survives the attack, expect the headlines and chryons on CNN/MSNBC, etc., to unfold as follows.

  • Lone assailant’s motives unclear, mental health history under investigation.
  • Gunman a white male, baptized Christian, sources say. Attended Sunday school till age 10.
  • White House shooter bought weapon used via lax state laws, spurring calls for gun safety legislation.
  • Failed assassin’s anti-Trump ties exaggerated, media analysis shows.
  • White House gun violence perpetrator’s selfie with Kathy Griffin discovered on Instagram. Republicans pounce.
  • New Yorker essayist explains how madness in high office sparks cycle of insanity, violence. Only impeachment can bring us civil peace.
  • Republicans try to politicize gun violence, but gain little traction.

Pope Francis Will Join Google, Facebook, the EU and China in Literally Silencing His Critics.

Church Militant reports:

Vatican leaders are now calling for Catholics on the internet who do not meet their approval to be censored. The censorship would come in the denial of official certification from the Holy See. … Paragraph 146 of the final approved Synod document speaks to the need for creating “certification systems for Catholic websites, to counter the spread of fake news regarding the Church.”

Which news about the Church isn’t fake, for Francis? Church Militant journalists found that out for us. They took a snapshot of a list of approved Catholic media at the recent U.S. bishops meeting:

The Father Rosica who drew up that list? He’s the same guy who published an article claiming that Pope Francis is uniquely infallible. That Francis, unlike previous popes, can override previous Church teaching and even the Bible.

As I wrote in the Rome-based magazine Inside the Vatican:

European governments, which work with their local Catholic bishops to oppose populist parties, regularly censor and punish populist critics. One French court has sent politician Marion Le Pen for psychiatric tests because she shared news of ISIS atrocities. What the pope apparently has in mind is the global censorship of Catholic sites that don’t back his policies. Google can just include them in the sites it routinely buries as “fake news” or “hate speech” with its left-leaning algorithm. But if European governments join in, it can go even further. Google and social media companies can effectively ban such sites. Only Catholic sites specifically authorized by his minions will be exempt. As only churches approved by his ally, the Communist government, escape demolition in China today.

Remember that Google willingly worked with the Chinese government to create a search engine that serves the Communist Party’s thought police. In the West, Google routinely buries stories that don’t fit its political slant. How long before stories about the Church get the same treatment? Facebook banned Franklin Graham last week. How long before Facebook lets the likes of Fr. Rosica decide which Catholic media venues are “fake”? So their stories just … disappear….

Conservatives, Gun Purchasers, and Vocal Christians Will See Their Credit Scores Lowered.

I know, it sounds crazy to suggest that we here in the West might be subject to something like the new, Orwellian Chinese system of “social scores.” That imposes direct economic costs on Chinese citizens whose politics or religion don’t toe the party line.

Except that it’s already kind of happening. The left has launched its trial ballons and so far they are floating. What else does it mean when GoFundMe can ban clients because it disapproves of their views? That happened to Catholics trying to help Fr. Paul Kalchik, whom Cardinal Blaise Cupich removed and tried to institutionalize for stripping a rainbow flag from the sanctuary of his parish. (Parishioners burned the flag on their own initiative.) Thankfully, a pro-religious crowd-sourcing site, FundingMorality.com, let Fr. Paul’s friends continue the fundraising.

How long before governors like Cuomo and companies like Mastercard approach Experian and Equifax? Then explain to them that people with “hateful” views (on abortion, transgender surgery, fill in the blanks) are a poor credit risk?

How about when sites like Patreon ban conservatives from fund-raising just because of their views? That happened to a list of prominent, intelligent conservative commentators, including Lauren Southern, Laura Loomer, and “Sargon of Akkad.”

And when Mastercard and Visa refused to process payments made to ex-Communist, pro-Israel conservative David Horowitz? That was on the say-so of the viciously partisan Southern Poverty Law Center?

Now New York State is trying to use its vast financial power to force credit card companies to report all their gun and ammunition sales to the State government. Mind you, these are legal products being bought legally from licensed, heavily regulated gun dealers. To purchasers who’ve passed all legal restrictions on their Second Amendment rights.

How long before governors like Cuomo and companies like Mastercard approach Experian and Equifax? Then explain to them that people with “hateful” views (on abortion, transgender surgery, fill in the blanks) are a poor credit risk?

I’m guessing this happens by April 15. So you might want to make your major purchases before that.

Of course, the GANI coefficient is not infallible. Often, it turns out to have been too optimistic. Please keep that in mind and pray accordingly.

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  • Woobiefuntime

    We are nearer to the end of the age than we were yesterday.

  • Paul

    John, how many gun shows have you actually visited?

  • apollo

    “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9: 62

  • M_Minnesota

    Excellent Article John Zmirak!!
    Let me look/comment on your thesis and one of your first statements. “Now Try to remember how you saw the world in 1996. What did you expect from the future? WHO IN THAT YEAR (emphasis mine) imagined any of the following realities in place by 2018?”

    Let me first say at the end of 1996 I was disheartened by the November take down of Ken Black in Ohio and Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania. Later that election night when all of us went to bed. There may have been a person elected who in my opinion could have imagined the following realities. The person was/is a former union member. The person is a huge supporter of the 2nd amendment. This person believes in the possibility of Man’s inhumanity to man due to her belief in the Scriptures. This person was is pre-pre Tea Party. This person probably packs heat from time to time.

    Palin had many Pizza meetings with Trump before his announced candidacy and still continues dialogue to this day it is said. Palin was thought to be a candidate all the way up to the time Trump announced. At least SNL thought so on their Mega anniversary show when they asked Palin if she would consider Trump as her running mate. Palin played along during the sketch.

    I thought it was interesting that Palin announced on Mark Levin’s show back in 2011 that she would not pursue the Presidency “at this time”. Only until fairly recently on Life Liberty and Levin do we hear Palin saying she would be eager and willing to serve the people if the opportunity presented itself.

    We would not have had Trump if not for Palin’s endorsement. You can take that to the bank. Trump said it himself that everyone wanted her endorsement.

    After Palin’s prime time speech at the RNC in St. Paul Mn. Rush Limbaugh coined a new phrase. “They will show you who they fear.” Only time will tell if his other wish that day after her address in St. Paul will come true. “I want to see this woman grow old in office.” -Rush Limbaugh

    • M_Minnesota

      2006. not 1996

  • carlmelcher

    Zmirak is a good man and he’s on point in the article. For sure the
    Deep State/Ruling Party has him in their sights. John kindly reviewed
    my last novel, Van Ripplewink, a book which follows a long-dead young
    man who ‘comes back from the grave’ and
    attempts to head home to his old neighborhood in 2015 Philly. I haven’t tried to sell that book, nor my latest, Crossing Over, at gun shows. But that sounds like a damn good idea. It’s so sad that John is likely to turn out to have been prophetic in this piece, as well as many of us who can weave all the woolly trends together into an awful painting of ‘what is to come.’ Keep ’em coming, John Zmirak.

  • Andrew Mason

    Regarding the minor point that Pope Francis is uniquely infallible, and that he can override Church teaching and even the Bible, is that actually incorrect? Really not the focus of this piece I know, but I just started Roman but not Catholic, a fascinating but rather academic work on what the Roman Catholic Church teaches – as distinct from individual believers or priests. Amongst other things it appears that the Roman Church really does teach a hierarchy with the Pope alone being the ultimate arbiter of Truth, though the magisterium tends to be the day to day ‘arbiter of Truth’. Church tradition is the 3rd rung of the ladder, and Scripture is the bottom tier, and of questionable merit – every higher rung can redefine or reject the meaning of particular passages. While Rosica’s views may be problematic I’m not sure they’re out of step with Roman Church teaching.

    • Zmirak

      I think whatever you’re reading is quite mistaken. I suggest you read instead the document of Vatican II “Lumen Gentium.” That presents the official, historically consistent position of the Church. Or read the relevant sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, available online.

  • John

    I would caution anyone that posts comments on this site to remember that your comments are stored and kept forever according to Disqus. They may be used against us in the future when opinion is no longer protected speech. Could be dangerous!

  • Em S

    Hasn’t all of this happened already? Is this article satire or some sort of literary de ja vú?

  • Michael Dowd

    Seems to me we should expect some kind of rogue violent counter reaction to these scenarios and actual happenings. One can imagine a “Bad Apocalyptic Novel” imagining such events will be forthcoming along with some actual demonstrations.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Sure, culture ( so called ) is being raped & the spawn of these ruinous unions are popping out at a rate that even Planned Parenthood would be ill equipped for, were they to practice their disingenuous “health care’ procedures on these little devils. Yet devilish as these “spawn of satan” are, they need darkness to mature into full grown monsters of the “new world order’ type.
    Sure thats being just a bit more dramatic than the keen observational skills that the capable Mr Zmirak have provided us with. However as seemingly farfetched as these developments would have appeared to the average citizen of 1996, they will pale in comparison to the “Light of the World”. That light which like the bucket of wet that Dorothy accidentally washed away that wicked witch of the west with, will ultimately separate the “sheep from the goats”.
    In other words until that light is taken out of the world , you know that “where sin abounds grace does MORE abound” kinda thing, we who w/abundant confidence ( faith ) stand against these miserable miscreants of darkness will prevail. At least those of us who are on Gods triumphant side of things. No matter how tough the going gets before an apocalypse of truly biblical proportions visits this planet …..

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