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There is deep irony as a conspiracy theory is demonized but used as an all encompassing conspiracy theory for the left.

In the race for the vacated US House seat for District 14 there is some high drama in a race that had been considered a likely GOP hold. Democrat candidate Kevin Van Ausdal has pulled out of the contest as a result of divorce proceedings. He is no longer able to live in his home and is likely moving out of the state entirely, making him ineligible for the office. What is telling is that CNN saw some weakness on the GOP side of the ballot.

 With its headline, and throughout the article, CNN saw fit to highlight the fact Van Ausdal’s Republican opponent, Marjorie Taylor Greene, is a proponent of the vilified conspiracy cabal Q-anon. Along with being against the wearing of masks — something that in CNN’s estimation places Greene on the same level as a presidential assassin — the network takes issue with her ‘past promotion of the wild and unsubstantiated conspiracy theory known as QAnon.’’ 

It is a clunky way of describing a purported conservative movement that is being applied by the left and the media to a wide variety of news items. It is being used in a classic example of Saul Alinky’s 13th rule, of freezing a target and isolating it in order to conquer it. Originally the providence of the extreme right, in very brief definition Q-anon was the embodiment of the battle against the political swamp. Evil forces ruled our government, and they worked against the will of Donald Trump. 

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The problem is that analysis is made difficult by the fact that any and all stories have been attributed to this ‘’movement’’, much of that not professed by followers but accused by those in the Democrat Party and the press. Q-anon has morphed into a shorthand way for the Dems and/or the press to discount or dismiss a person or a story but declaring a connection to the overriding conspiracy. While Marjorie Greene has invoked Q-anon on the record — back in 2017 — she is promptly smeared and thus declared an insufficient individual.

This is by design. If a target is labeled with the Q-anon label it gets held up as a permanent disqualifier. There is not a debate on factual merits; the accusation is cause to move on from an allegedly invalid argument, either by subject matter or who is delivering it. With the election date looming in less than 2 months this tactic is being employed more frequently and on no cohesive agenda.

This summer there was an uproar when it was discovered that a doll from the movie ‘’Trolls World Tour’’ was found to have an activation button placed between the legs of the character. Press the button and the doll cooed or giggled, and to most correct-minded individuals this presented a rather problematic display. As there was growing offense to this item the company pulled the product from availability, but then an odd measure of things was declared. As this was revealed on social media by a mother the fact that there was outrage over a perceived pedophiliac item it was declared to be a Q-anon fed ‘’hysteria’’

This was due to early messaging from Q-anon that D.C. and Hollywood were populated by pedophiles, so now the instant response to any mention of it is met with the charge. This flared up in the past week as well, in the reaction to the release of the Netflix film ‘’Cuties’’. Once the content of that film was realized there was opposition — and soon that was dubbed a Q-anon response. 

This reveals how warped the desperate thinking has become; to oppose child sexual exploitation the first reaction by many is to declare this stance to be fueled by a conspiracy. This means for many they are more concerned with the possibility of labeling someone a kook than looking at the welfare of young children. It became such an automatic stance that the news outlet Axios lapsed into the practice, managing to fail to see that this tack means there is a tacit approval of the offensive material. I am not sure that bolsters the reputation of a news provider.

The latest is taking place in Florida. In recent weeks it has been revealed that Kamala Harris and her running mate Joe Biden are suffering with eroding support among Latino voters. Now this has been the case for some time, as I covered the problems seen in the Democrats field offices with Latino outreach all the way back in July. But the press, in a desperate bid to save this swing state for the Dems, have come up with a novel theory.

Reports have been growing that there is a ‘’disinformation campaign’’ in Florida and that this is at least partially, if not primarily, connected to Q-anon. Considering that the complaints being heard from this state were coming from the Democratic field officers themselves, directed towards the national party, this would mean then that the Democrats were the ones pushing the Q-anon disinformation…correct?

Sure, that’s a crazy theory, but it is one that derives from the left, if we are to follow their logic on the matter. It is a result of either seeing these phantoms, or alleging they exist to achieve a goal. The end result however is that while demonizing the existence of a conspiracy theory the Democrats are resorting to inflaming conspiracies in order to explain their problems this election.

 

Brad Slager
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