QAnon's big mainstream push leans on an old conservative formula
1. If they, whoever they are, cared so much about saving the children, they'd be putting their energies into slowing school reopening till same can be done safely and responsibly. Or maybe even doing something about school shootings, an approximately daily event. Gonna go out on the limb here but I bet more will suffer and die as a result from those two than from Democratic deep state pedophiles.
2. "'I know people personally who follow Q; they’re not crazy.'" Au contraire; by definition they are in fact crazy. The requisite denial of reality to accept what you can call QBS as well as Donnie's lies is per se crazy.
3. I know it's an ancient shibboleth but except for that anomalous period encompassing Vietnam and Watergate, the establishment media are per se not liberal. So. Someone going to show me I'm wrong on that?
4. About the only thing I'm enjoying about Donnie is how he constantly recycles right wing shibboleths. Every now and then he triggers a squirt of nostalgia for my youth. Occasional, brief spurts. Of course, also by definition, conservatives co-opt; they cannot really create. So, heavy recycling of shibboleths instead of creating anything new.
The local Albany, NY stations covered the local SOC protest as though it was a legitimate grassroots thing. Not a single word mentioning Q-Anon or any of the bizarro conspiracy theories behind it. And this DESPITE footage of the protest showing people waving hand-lettered signs about "dracos" draining children of their blood to supply adrenochrome to those who are kidnapping the kids. The actual protest was tiny--not even a dozen people--so it was impossible to shoot it without showing these looney signs. Yet, the local news media somehow managed to not mention those signs.
And then, of course, there's the overall credulousness of the media. The woman who was the ostensible leader of the demonstration prattled on about how thousands of children are being trafficked right here in the Albany area. Nobody questioned her assertion. So we have to assume that there are thousands of people who had children, and those children disappeared, and those parents did not even bother to report their kids had gone missing!
THIS kind of coverage is what is killing America.
Hope you had a good break, Roy. It's really great to have you back. Though I *genuinely* feel some concern for your overall well-being seeing you dive into this stuff so very regularly. Keep up the good work but take care of yourself, too.
Fawning media will be the death of us all. It would be so easy to ask an organizer, "Name a case, name a missing girl, name as many as you like." Crickets would be the only response.
Emboldened this group will show its real intentions: anti-Semitism (a lot of their canards go way back to the Protocols), white supremacy (most trafficked minors are from minority populations, but Q's obsessed with little blonde girls), and soon enough queer people. It's obviously a millenarian cult.
I loved that book Foucault's Pendulum: that was exactly the same situation and we discovering the exact same outcome.
Retelling Bryant's history is a bit of optimism for the morning, I think. If you can look past the smoke drifting down the street here in northern California, the heat, the pandemic that's killed less than half of its eventual victims, the two hurricanes rolling up the Mississippi Valley: Bryant didn't just lose, she lost big.
Or maybe not, because we're much closer to the authoritarianism Bryant wanted. She didn't win the war but we haven't either.
"But Bryant left behind a great strategic legacy, certainly, for other hardcore conservative groups..."
She also inspired one of the most delightfully offensive songs ever recorded:
“I do know I agree with them as far as saving our children,” Carter said.
And that's really the biggest issue in politics. So many people are AGAINST saving our children, and in some ways actively support denying children dessert or one more bedtime story.
You know what? I don't give a shit if people think they are there because they genuinely care about "the children". Every single person there has walked past at least one abused child on the way to that fucking rally, and ignored it. Some of them, I'm willing to bet, are abusers who think they're just disciplinarians. You assholes want to save the children, ask a few questions when your kid's friend comes over with the bruises. Hey, even consider the kids in cages! The kids who get shot by cops. The kids who get shot in schools. The kids who don't have homes, or any goddamned food. Do something about them. Oh, but that would be messy and awkward and effort instead of just feeling like a hero. Fuck them all. I can't with QAnon. Every single one of them is an asshole, and while we waste time and money and effort on kids who don't even fucking exist, we'll ignore the ones who do.
"There's one born every minute" isn't just a catch phrase, especially in the U.S. If the Q crowd weren't involved in that crackery they'd be throwing themselves at the feet of Creflo A. Dollar.
What a great tie in to the Anita Bryant campaign. It seems whenever the Looney Tunes come out of the woodwork it's always about the "children" Remember the McMartin and other cases during the 80s? Which were all debunked after causing much suffering to everyone. And yet they don't give a shit about all the children that D.Sidhe lists above in her comment.
First Phyllis Schlaefly with that Mrs. America series, now Anita (a day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine) Bryant? Boy, that guy who said the past isn't even past wasn't kidding. Nice catch Roy. The classic cons are classic because they always work.
The whole Qanon thing is just so weird. People are getting more and more frightened every day, buying into this half-baked cheese log of a global conspiracy is a harbinger, but not a good one. These next 2 months are going to be balls-to-the-wall insane, and then its gonna just get weirder and uglier if Joe wins in November, and that's the best case scenario. Liberals like to say the Republican Party needs to be destroyed, and I agree, but I don't see anyone attempting to think through what that looks like. Trump is going to be a martyr if he loses, whether he goes to prison or not. Q has the potential to be a "John Doe" club with Trump as Gary Cooper. And that's outside of the Party structure. The core problem of frightened angry white people is not going away even if the Republican Party does (which it won't, it's just too useful to rich people).
First night of Honkies on Parade: "She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie...."