One of the side effects of electing Donald Trump as president is that there’s virtually no separation between Trump the president and Trump the businessman. He’s talked up his Florida club Mar-a-Lago as the “Winter White House,” routinely holds “meetings and calls” at his various properties, and probably would slap a gold TRUMP sign on the White House if he could get an RNC donor to pay for it.
The incessant mixing of business and politics has led to absurd horrors such as a Mar-a-Lago guest posing with the military aide responsible for carrying the “nuclear football,” Trump country club friends getting access to multi-billion dollar VA contracts, and most recently, the pastry chef at the Florida club having her personal beliefs splashed all over national news.
Why? Because she’s a believer in the fascist fantasy/prophecy cult/conspiracy theory QAnon, and promotes it all over social media, as well as in her job.
Does skepticism equal disbelief? Can one question elements of a particular story while also generally believing stories of its type? And does one story of a terrible crime turning out to be false immediately falsify all stories of all terrible crimes?
These are the hard questions that we should be asking ourselves as the saga of Jussie Smollett continues shift from a hate crime to a hoax.
One of the hallmarks of the modern conspiracy theory movement is that the powers that be (the deep state, the New World Order, the cabal, or whatever we’re calling it this week) use training exercises as cover for actual operations against the people they control.
We’ve seen everything from 9/11 to the Sandy Hook shooting to the Boston Marathon bombing labeled a false flag drill that “went live” under the cover of training – giving the plotters the perfect cover to carry out their plans for consolidating power and rolling back our rights. Or something.
5) "Bigger than you can imagine."
What would be so big that domestic law enforcement couldn't be trusted? And so big it required helicopter extractions?
I’ve written at length about how, despite its followers claiming that it’s merely a non-violent research movement, QAnon is a blood-soaked conspiracy theory based on the extra-judicial purge and execution of tens of thousands of perceived enemies of the state.
But QAnon is also a movement of people who think they know something horrible that nobody else knows. And that while trying to “redpill” or “wake up” the “normies” in their midst, they carry the burden of that secret knowledge with them alone. Naturally, being a receptacle for such horror makes them sad. Very sad. Like, anhedonic, unable to experience pleasure, sad.
The top thread on #QAnon Voat is people going through all the things they no longer enjoy since embracing conspiracy theories. Just hundreds of posts of pure anhedonia. Music, food, friends, family, all blasted into joylessness by being "woke." pic.twitter.com/jDEPgUx2vK