If you feel like a foreigner in your own country, read on.
Welcome to Amerika
That all sounds outdated now in light of history as we know it, doesn’t it? But forget the Russians. Forget China. Forget any other country for that matter. An external threat isn’t our problem. We’ve been taken over and occupied by internal forces.
“Amerika” doesn’t portray the use of the Internet and cell phones which were blossoming in 1997, when the show’s events supposedly took place. The show’s creators couldn’t have foreseen all of that when the series was produced. The grip of the iron hand of tyranny was strengthened by the old fashioned use of informants.
Today, however, we have the Internet and cell phones, which make great tools for spying on and controlling the population. But on top of that, we have the “see something, say something” campaign, proving that informants are still useful.
“Amerika” follows the lives of a handful of characters who struggle to find who they really are in the midst of oppression and adversity. There’s plenty of personal drama as good people strive to do the right thing. Some die for the cause.
Spoiler alert: in the end, the Russians are still in control.
So many brilliant and significant ideas are discussed in conversations that take place throughout the mini-series, I can’t begin to do them justice. “Amerika” is prophetic beyond anything else I’ve ever seen.
One of the most profound lines in the show speaks volumes about who we are as a people today. It’s expressed by a key Russian character who says, “You lost your country before we took over.”
In case you’re inclined to think things in present day America couldn’t be like the TV series, think of all that’s passed since 1987. Ruby Ridge. Waco. The Oklahoma City bombing. 9/11. and on it goes.
If you think a couple of those things don’t belong on that list, remember, things aren’t what they seem. Things definitely aren’t like what we’re told in the mainstream media. Incidentally, we don’t need state controlled media for the media to be controlled.
But what about trying to favorably influence things at the local level politically? Keep this in mind. The occupiers in “Amerika” clinched their hold on the country by working through officials and operatives “elected” to serve locally. Are you confident your vote counted in the most recent election?
Plus, think of the incremental growth of Agenda 21 and supposed grass roots movements which work their deception through consensus building. They’re like the glacier that moves only inches in a year, but can wipe out whole villages in just one night.
So much of what “Amerika” depicts has happened already. Brace for what’s yet to come.
The U.S. may break up, as some have predicted. (View a post about that here.) One of the key arguments for a break up in “Amerika” is enticing. Wouldn’t we all like not having to deal with irrelevant Washington politicians?
I first saw a friend’s rare video copy of “Amerika” in the mid ’90’s. I was so enthralled I stayed up all night to watch it. And recently I watched it on YouTube. It has much mor meaning now than ever.
“Amerika” is lengthy–about 12 hours altogether. But believe me, if you’ve never seen it, it’s well worth watching. It draws you in. Like me, you may find it addictive and not want to quit once you’ve started. It really is that good.
I confess, I cried at several places while watching it. It’s distressing to see what has become of our country and us as a people. You’ll find yourself searching your own heart regarding your true convictions.
As “Amerika” ends, the Russians were still in charge in spite of the efforts of a few to rekindle the spark of freedom. But as the hero asks, “Do you think you can kill an idea?”
Maybe not. But ultimately for you and me, it comes down to this. You have to ask yourself what it is you’re willing to live for. And most importantly, what are you willing to die for?
Would you give your life for a hopeless cause? Or would you rather save the lives of your family by any means necessary? Once you know, you’re better able to put survival in its proper light.
Watch the first of 13 parts of “Amerika” here before someone decides it shouldn’t be available online any more. Each part ranges from approximately 40-60 minutes in length. You can click through to watch each of the other parts.
To see a nonfictional account of how totalitarianism can take hold, read Kitty Werthmann’s description here of what happened in Austria when Hitler took over. It didn’t happen all at once. Nor has it happened all at once here in the U.S.
Beware of Dark Monsters
One topic is the influence of secret societies, such as the Masons and Bilderbergers. They’re real, but I won’t take time to describe them or the hold they have on our political system. Get a hint of how secret societies operate as it’s portrayed in an old movie called The Brotherhood of the Bell. As a lodge member says in the movie, “we’re not just part of the establishment. We are the establishment.”
Another seemingly untouchable subject is satanism. It’s entrenched in high places more deeply than we know. Many of us are frightened and don’t want to know. But its roots go back to ancient Babylon. Again, I won’t try to delve into it here. Nonetheless, it’s real and thrusts up a barrier to any sort of righteous reform in our country.
Your Dead Aunt Ain’t Comin’ Back
One day without warning she’s admitted into the hospital for a prolonged stay. It looks grim. She’s constantly on your mind. All those wonderful memories of christmas presents, raspberry pie, carnivals and picnics. You hope and pray she’ll pull through.
Then at 2:30 in the morning you get the call. Your beloved aunt has just died.
As long as she was still breathing, you had hope. But She’s not ever coming back. Now that she’s gone, nothing will ever be the same. You’ll cherish the memories forever. Thank God for the blessings bestowed on you while she lived. You grieve, yes, but you find a way to move on with your life.
So it is with America. That favorite aunt is no more. Granted, death leaves a deep void, but we must move forward.
Why go on if we can’t live in the America we’ve grown up with? What of the America of our founding fathers? If we educate enough people and with enough hard work, can’t we get it back?
No. It’s gone. Get used to it. It’s over for the country, but you’re still alive. And you have the opportunity to survive…if you can.
Be the Change You Can Believe In
Change has to come from within people. They have to want to change themselves. How hopeless that seems.
Then one of his companions tells him he was glad for Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and JFK. All our hero can say is “Thank you.”
You and I need not feel inadequate because we’re not one of those bright lights. You never know what influence you might have right where you are. Little things mean a lot.
The best place to start is with those around you. Forget about trying to turn the country around or conquering the world. Make a difference in the lives of the individuals around you–family, friends or coworkers. The right words or a small act of kindness can have an unexpected impact.
Before you think I’m getting all gushy and idealistic, let’s bring our thoughts back around to how this relates to prepping. You may be able to introduce others to the need for being prepared, but as I’ve said here numerous times before, practice discretion. Be tight lipped about your own preps.
Prepping seems foreign and ill advised to many today. Some think it’s selfish. But you won’t survive if you don’t look after yourself and your family first. Call it self interest.
The old saying is that charity begins at home. But how can you or I be charitable toward others if we haven’t first met the needs of our own families?
I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV). “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
We’ve grown accustomed to an affluent, prosperous way of life. But where’s the guarantee that will continue? Obviously, there is no such guarantee.
Prepping calls for taking personal responsibility. Our ancestors had sense enough to set aside food for the winter when they canned what they grew. They knew the threat of adversities. Planning to face them was a matter of survival, not convenience.
Are we there yet?