During this wide-ranging campaign by Google and other social media giants to snuff out the ability of some Americans to speak freely, hasn't anyone wondered what it is they're saying that is so worthy of being cast into the darkness?
Is what Qanon says so much more dangerous that depriving Americans of conversations and debates upon which our form of government is based?
Even more important: How the hell are the rest of we Americans served by being denied to hear the voice of other Americans? Especially when the voice is warning us about events that would bring our form of government down. Don't the rest of us have the right to hear those warnings, to weigh them and, if necessary, to act upon them?
Sometimes those warnings are a bit confusing, but here in a nutshell is what these Paul Reivers are trying to tell us. You or I might not agree with some or all of it, but before you say they should shut the hell up, shouldn't you know what it is you want to blot out?
Fundamental to their argument is the proposition that China wants to overthrow our constitutional form of government by fomenting discord and revolution. (So far, so true.)
The methods are many and insidious. Most immediately, within hours (between this afternoon and Monday night) steps will be taken to put down the expected revolution. During that time, the nation's Emergency Broadcast System will be activated to enable President Donald Trump to warn "my fellow Americans that the storm is upon us."
The president will send seven text messages from Air Force One that puts us under full global martial law. Videos will be replayed daily for ten days featuring confessions of high profile elite individuals for their crimes agains humanity during military tribunals. Eventually, after a period of turmoil, it will usher in something called Nesara/Gesara, an age in which we will change the world into one that is peaceful, loving and kind.
Proponents of this view cite reams of evidence detailing the how, where and when of this scenario. I present this without judgment or ridicule. Maybe it's my (old school) journalism background that requires me to listen with an open mind. To accept the possibility that the prediction is accurate.
And what if it is? I truly hope not. The entire thing sounds like a narrative in which our Republic will be supplanted by an autocracy or an oligarchy. A benevolent dictatorship. Forms of governance that have not worked out particularly well for the governed.
But by saying this I do not doubt the intentions or intelligence of those who make the argument. I respect their motives--something that I extend to almost everyone I doubt or disagree with.
But has hearing what little of this world view that I have poorly described above injured you in some direct or vague way? Does my telling it threaten our form of government or does telling it better inform you? If you think it's nothing but a incredible conspiracy, doesn't it serve you better to know what it is? Whom your enemy is? If you believe it, don't you have a right to know more about it?
Because history is now taught as nothing more than a pearly gates device to separate the good from our evil forebears, I doubt that many Americans remember the Hollywood Blacklisting scandal of the 1950s. It was horrific. The right-wing crusade to silence anyone thought to be--correctly or incorrectly--a communist, a "fellow traveler" or a "communist sympathizer" was hounded into oblivion. Hollywood created a black list of actors, writers and others who were not allowed to work in the industry.
We're heading back to those days. But the threat to our freedom comes from the left, not the right. In this, the left will be (as the left often likes to say) "on the wrong side of history."
With a Congress and a White House now controlled by the left, we, more than a half century later, will be called to defend our core principles. I like to think that those on the left who still cling to those principles will now join the fight to preserve and nurture them.
So far, it doesn't look like it.
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