The Big Lies, The Bigger Mistakes
Lies are often made worse by how people react to them
I read the recent TIME magazine story on the election with complete and utter horror. Speaking to “their” audience, and to the majority of the right, they were heroes, people working behind the scenes to bring down a way-too-popular President. But if they were on the up and up, why did they hide it from the American people? Don’t the American people have a right to know what processes are being put in place beforehand? The answer: of course they do.
The worst thing about it and everything else that has happened this year is that, to pull this off, they had to gaslight the American people. I was one of those people. I realized it right around the time of the protests - the media was not telling us the truth. They were adhering to a narrative they needed to be true, but not the one we could plainly see with our own eyes.
I assumed it was just ideology, a tribal bubble based on hysteria but well intentioned. Now, of course, as it’s been revealed - it wasn’t anything of the kind. It was planned and executed. Most people went along with it. I wasn’t one of those people. Of course the protests had to be sold as nonviolent and peaceful - I would imagine that part of their plan did not include violence. Or honestly maybe it did. They were operating from a point of deception - now we can’t possibly know what was true or not.
They say they “saved” the election. But they did nothing of the kind. They rigged it and in so doing proved everything the Trump side has been accusing them of. They’re bragging about it because they’ll be writing the history, not people like me.
But, for the record, let’s get some of this stuff out of the way now.
Lie #1 - Trump won in a landslide in 2020
The truth - No, he didn’t. After the TIME magazine story revealed just how far reaching and expansive the plot to remove him from office and defeat him actually was he had no chance against that kind of power. No one does.
I could sense there was something very very wrong about the election. After all, I’d been championing Biden as someone with a formidable challenger in Trump. I thought Biden could beat him fair and square. But he was never given the chance. He was hidden from sight and truly only a figure head of a very large group of very powerful people in a country that is supposed to be a democracy. This wasn’t their election to save. It was our election and we had a right to know.
I naively thought that Trump’s own strategy in 2016 was terrifying enough - using psychographic profiling to target specific users (women, Bernie supporters, black men) to keep them home on Election Day and win a slim Electoral College margin. To me that was a devastating blow to Democracy but there is no doubt it was smart. But to see the titans of the corporations in this country, where the power and wealth has been reduced to so few hands “decide” who would win and who would lose has left a bad taste in my mouth. Election Day is supposed to be about who can campaign and win over the American people.
Despite his having gotten COVID himself and survived it, Trump did five rallies a day leading up to November 3rd. He finally had a good reason to fight for a second term - that was the rising extremism on the left. By the end, Trump’s campaign was not about the border wall and it was not about the “Muslim ban.” It was about preserving patriotism, history and freedom of speech. It was about banning “Critical Race Theory” and fortifying the myth of the America so many know and want to protect and fight for. THAT is why so many people turned out to vote for him because he was the only voice out there fighting for that. The people deserved to have a fair shot at voting for the regime they wanted, not the one they were forced to have to ‘protect’ them.
To make these points from the conservative point of view better than I ever could, here is the much-hated Ben Shapiro who lays them out pretty well:
Ben Shapiro could have no way of knowing the lengths of this, as laid out in TIME but he was closer than most in figuring it out. No doubt, Trump suspected something was amiss. And indeed the year started out with a panicky story in the Atlantic about Trump’s “billion dollar campaign of disinformation.” Now I have to wonder whether any of that was true or if it was part of the “cabal” to orient the press in one singular direction.
And in the end, Trump still won Iowa, Florida and Ohio by a comfortable margin, usually clear bellwether states for any election. That left people confused, believed elections were still about Election Day. But the election was already decided long before that.
Millions turned out for Trump not because they’re “white supremacists” or racists, as many in the media and the Democratic Party (they’re the same thing now) falsely believe. No, they were terrified of what the Democrats were about to do. Now we see, by how Biden is governing, they weren’t wrong in that fear.
Here is Shapiro again on why so many were afraid of the left by the end, enough to vote for Trump in 2020 even if they didn’t in 2016.
That likely means any republican who is mildly reasonable and is the only person to fight against the new ideology of the left will have to win in a comfortable landslide or they won’t have a chance at beating this massive established new world order. Trump did pretty well considering everything he had against him but Trump is a celebrity. How many people out there can get so much press for free? Not many.
Lie #2 - The Riot on January 6 was about the election
No, it wasn’t. The protest was about the election and many other things. The riot was about much more than just the election. Q’anon has their own theories about what they’re mad about. Their revolution was only partly about Trump. They had an outsized opinion of their own power and believed themselves to be more powerful as a subversive threat than the government. I’m sure the government will continue to hunt them down - but they’re here to stay. That is why they marched into Congress and claimed it as theirs.
Trump’s plan was to march to Congress and show that the people supported those in Congress making Trump’s case, Jim Jordan, etc. Why would Trump have wanted a violent riot to end his “case” in congress? He wouldn’t have, and it is yet another example of the biased and broken media that no one made that logical observation. No, it had to be: white supremacists tried to overtake our government and now they must be purged wherever we may find them. There is no due process here. No argument. No debate. Those who have the power get to do whatever they want — that, my friends, is a “Reichtag Fire” power reach.
Of course, the Democrats are not going to become singularly fascist and commit genocide against Trump supporters. But there is a similarity in how they’re exploiting the events on January 6 to continue to reach for yet more power to decide who is guilty and who isn’t and having no major media machine to challenge them. Moreover, they have decided it’s okay to simply demonize and dehumanize an entire group of people and are using the riot to justify it.
Lie #3 - The Protest and Riot were about “white Supremacy.”
No, they weren’t. Were there white supremacists there? Yes, there were. They were a part of the group that stormed the Capitol, but not all and their objections were not about race but about class. The racists were the same who out in force in Charlottesville. The fact is that Trump counted on them to win elections and so he could not and did not fully alienate them. But to call all of Trump’s movement “white supremacist” and to paint all of his supporters with that brush is not just a lie, it borders on immoral. Steve Bannon, also declared a racist and xenophobe has been actively trying to recruit black and hispanic working class voters to the populist movement on the right for at least four years. If he were a racist, why would he want to do that?
Lie #4 - Trump is responsible for the 400,000+ dead from COVID
False. Trump must take responsibility, if accused fairly, of everything he did wrong in the beginning but that is also going to have include everything else that was gotten wrong - namely, Fauci and the CDC and The WHO discouraging Americans to wear mask, not panicking about the border - and in fact, shaming Trump for closing off travel from China.
Trump’s need to open the economy to save his presidency, knowing this was game over for him, was the most damaging thing he did, but let’s not pretend anyone out there in any country really knew what they were doing or how to handle this. The governors certainly didn’t.
But saying he didn’t properly lock down the country like they did in Australia is absurd and it makes me wonder what reality people are actually living in? For starters, had he done that he would have been accused of being a fascist. But secondly, had George Floyd been killed under any President, Biden or Trump, there would have been uprisings on the street that busted up any lockdown. Had Trump forbidden them that would have been anti-constitutional and illegal. As my friend said to me when I brought this up, “why are you picking on those poor people”? But it matters because this is cognitive dissonance. Locking the country down means LOCKING IT DOWN. It doesn’t mean, let’s lock it down unless people want to protest and then they’re outside and wearing masks. Okay, those are the new rules?
Not to mention how badly California’s Gavin Newsom has bungled managing COVID. It didn’t matter how many businesses he shut down or how many children he kept home - California’s cases still spiked. We all have to admit that the only way to have stopped this thing was to close the borders immediately. Everyone should understand why this has to happen and it should be written into law: no protests, no gatherings, no traveling in and out of the country until the virus is contained.
Lie #5 - The only trauma necessary to work through was that of AOC others in Congress after January 6.
How many police officers were traumatized during the riots all through summer? Quite a few. Look at this video of officers in Portland who were held captive and taunted:
Here is Kim Voss writing for the Star Tribune:
Why I am one of many former MPD officers
Minneapolis police officers have gotten no support in the aftermath of the 2020 protests, and many are struggling with PTSD.
I sit here in mourning.
I had a friend over for dinner recently and she told me that two Washington, D.C., police officers have committed suicide since the civil unrest at the Capitol on Jan. 6. I know so many people will jump to blame former President Donald Trump, but I don't. I know better.
You see, I was a lieutenant with the Minneapolis Police Department, assigned to the Third Precinct. I had been a police officer in Minnesota for 37 years. I use the words "was" and "had been" because effective this month, I am retired.
I did not retire because I wanted to retire, despite many thinking 37 years was enough. I didn't feel as if I was done just yet. I still had a mission to complete and that is what makes leaving difficult.
I don't know how to respond when people congratulate me on my retirement or thank me for my years of service to the community. I want to scream "This isn't what I wanted to do," and "Don't thank me."
While our leadership held us back and we remained unsupported by our state, our city and our police administration, our neighborhoods burned. We felt helpless. And to add insult to injury, they gave up our home, and called it "just bricks and mortar."
It wasn't just bricks and mortar to us.
It's hard to get up every day and be happy to go to your job feeling like damaged goods. I received over 4,000 voicemails of vitriolic hate, and I didn't have a phone left or a desk to put a phone on. My office had been firebombed.
Her story is harrowing but it just shows you how one-sided everything is in this country to an astonishing degree. I also remember how this event happened and the only thing my friends could say about it was: you care more about buildings that people.
An editor was forced to resign in the aftermath of the protests for writing “Buildings matter too” in the Philadelphia Inquirer. But now we see that buildings DO matter, it just depends on who is attacking them. Suddenly, sending in the troops is okay as long as it’s the left calling it and white people are the ones being threatened by the military. This military effort in DC is absurd political theater designated to terrify and intimidate Americans.
Why did the deaths only matter on January 6 and not the many during the protests/riots over the summer?
Why did it take a independent blogger to even start to cover the damage and destruction to black owned businesses throughout the summer? Why did every journalist say Trump was to blame for all of it? Well, now we know why. TIME magazine has just told us. There was only one truth you were allowed to hear. One truth that must be adhered to. Now they want us to call them heroes. I can just see the movie now - starring George Clooney, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, coming to an Oscar race near you.
At some point the media and government will have to address the ongoing ANTIFA rioting in various cities in America. It is not slowing down any time soon.
From the media? Crickets. But you can bet if they were Trump supporters it would be a national emergency. Black Lives Matter has every right to protest and have their voices heard, but so do Trump supporters. That is America. Any time these protests become violent, both sides should be called out equally. They aren’t.
The best way to combat disinformation is to tell people the truth. Several times this past year the media has gaslighted the American public about the events they watched unfold with their own eyes. There is still no direct confrontation of “cancel culture” extremism that demands compliance and conformity of thought, ideology, language, art, science.
I can’t support, in any way, today’s Democratic Party, or the “cabal” that “saved” the election from its own people. I will be doing everything I can to resist that new world order.