Marjorie Taylor Greene – Shouldn’t She Speak At GOP Convention?
The GOP National Convention will hold it’s last gasp to sell their damaged goods to a nationwide television audience, beginning August 24. How many people other than the typical Fox News audience will waste their time watching, is another story.
As is customary, the Republicans will have their featured speakers bloviating in support of the (impeached) president and his suburban housewife, Mike Pence.
We think the Republicans would do well, in light of their obvious Titanic like base strategy, to feature Marjorie Taylor Greene. Give her a platform and let her speak unfiltered, demonstrating what the party has now officially become – the TrumpubliQanon party.
Perhaps you haven’t heard of Greene. In that case, we should explain that Ms. Greene is the winner of last week’s primary in which she topped a crowded field in the GOP nomination race for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.
What is more of note is that Greene is a Q-Anon-ite. Of the central figure accredited to be the Oracle of Delphi, if you will, of the QAnon movement, Greene proclaims, “There has been an anonymous voice, with obvious intelligence beyond the normal person telling of things to come. They call themselves Q. Make no mistake, Q is a patriot.”
That’s blind faith defined. No one other than the entity behind “Q”, knows who or what “Q” is. “Q” might be a creation of a foreign government’s counter-intelligence operations. It could be a trope maintained by the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency, a sub-division of the GRU, run out of St. Petersburg, posing as a private ‘think tank’.
One thing we can say with complete certainty, is that “Q” is not a ‘patriot’, and neither is Ms. Greene, unless one’s definition of patriotism is activities intended to destroy the fabric of society and the orderly rule of law in the host country.
Politico unearthed hours of Facebook videos featuring Greene ranting about Blacks, Muslims and Jews. In other videos, Green proclaimed that “white men are the most mistreated group in America.”
In a 2017 video she said, “There’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it.”
Q-Anon is notorious among rational thinking people as a platform for virtually every right wing bizarro fictional conspiracy theory you can name. Among those dark fables, are the following:
The BBC sums up the central QAnon conspiracy as, “Donald Trump is waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media.”
At one point, the unidentified and anonymous “Q”, who they claim is a high-ranking Trump administration insider, who is disseminating missives about his and Trump’s battle against everything and anything that these people fear and that makes their jaws tighten and their sphincter muscles contract involuntarily – Minorities, Muslims, Jews, Liberals, Hollywood, Democrats, etc.
An amusing note, which apparently Q followers have not comprehended is that “Q” represents that he (if it is a man and not just someone with a warped sense of humor, trolling gullible people), has a Q level security clearance, hence the handle, “Q”.
But there is a plot hole in this farcical movie script that has to be confronted.
A Q level security clearance applies only to a top official at the Department of Energy. This is a cabinet level post and no one operating out of a cabinet agency – especially the D.O.E., would be privy to the sort of hermetic knowledge “Q” claims to possess.
Nor, for that matter, would “Q” have access to discussions with Trump on matters pertaining to foreign or domestic intelligence – not to mention the fact that we already know that Trump himself, actually does not peruse the intel briefings so as to enable him to accurately convey them to anyone else.
The FAS Project on Government Security, describes the Q security clearance as:
Q Sensitive allow access to Special Nuclear Material (SNM) category 1. An employee with a Q sensitive clearance could have access to nuclear weapons design, manufacture, or use data; disclosure could cause exceptionally grave damage to the nation.
Q Nonsensitive allow access to Special Nuclear Material (SNM) category 2. The higher the SNM category, the more readily the material could be converted to a nuclear explosive device. Categories 1 and 2 require special protection, such as armed guards.
It’s ridiculous, I would suppose, to even fact check a belief that no rational person could subscribe to, but despite that fool’s errand, Trump has signaled his support for the only QAnon booster (out of a group of 50 such GOP House primary candidates) that has a serious shot at becoming a U.S. representative.
Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020
At any rate, Trump has re-tweeted scores of QAnon twitter posts and so have his sons – this, (naturally) despite the Federal Bureau of Investigation having recently labeled QAnon a potential domestic terror threat.
The New York Times discloses that:
QAnon-related accounts have potentially migrated to the president’s iPhone courtesy of retweets by Donald Trump Jr., the Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo and the conservative commentator Eric Bolling, all of whom Mr. Trump follows.
Trump was asked by Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin, at the White House press conference about Ms. Greene, specifically in relation to the central premise of her mission to attain a seat in Congress – that she is a conveyor belt of Q conspiracy stories.
Trump refused to address that, instead deflecting,
“Well, she did very well in the election, she won by a lot. She was very popular. She comes from a great state. And she had a tremendous victory, so absolutely, I did congratulate her.”
#BREAKING: President Trump doesn’t answer questions about to Marjorie Taylor Greene’s support of QAnon conspiracy theory.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 14, 2020
That does conform to the core filter through which Trump assesses everything – not whether it is moral or immoral, decent or indecent, ethical or unethical, but instead, whether the person “had a tremendous victory.” That really is it for him, so comprehending his motives is not a matter of complexity.
Trump is not the only high profile Republican to boost the reputation of this sicko. Greene has the endorsement of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and her campaign collected donations from a political group associated with Mark Meadows, who is now Trump’s Chief of Staff.
From Greene’s Facebook page:
“Thankful for the endorsement from Congressman Jim Jordan, President Trump’s top ally in Congress! I look forward to fighting the Socialist Democrats alongside him as the first-ever Congresswoman representing Northwest Georgia! Here is our radio running (?) on radio stations across Northwest Georgia! Save America. Stop Socialism.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted Thursday that he’s “proud” to be in the corner of Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene.
If so, he is also proud of Greene’s statements (reported by Politico), that, black people “are held slaves to the Democratic Party”; George Soros, a Jewish Democratic megadonor, is a Nazi; an anti-gun violence activist that survived the Stoneman-Douglas High School mass shooting is a “little Hitler” and her comment that she would feel “proud” to see a Confederate monument if she were black because it symbolizes progress made since the Civil War.
Greene describes the election of Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as “an Islamic invasion into our government.” She has also revealed herself, surprise, as a 9-11 truther and COVID-19 denier.
If everything we’ve outlined about Ms. Greene, were merely someone mouthing off, as is customary for people running for elected office and the content only garden variety red meat – some readers might object, “aren’t you complaining about free speech?”
We’re not questioning Greene’s prerogative to spout rhetoric which we view as provocative and indecent – and the sum total of which we have scarcely scratched the surface. The question here is rather that Greene and others of her ilk are the responsibility of the party she belongs to and what form, if any, will their accountability to her conduct consist of?
Greene herself, uses the false perception of censorship as political Cialis for conservatives in the 14th district:
I’ve made all the right enemies.
The Fake News Media hates me.
Big Tech censors me.
The DC Swamp fears me.
Now Soros and the Dems are trying to take me down.
I’m running to Save America and Stop Socialism.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene For Congress🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) August 8, 2020
Equally hazardous is that the QAnon movement is now executing a hostile takeover of the established legitimate anti-child trafficking campaign.
ABC local news affiliate WNYF 7 News (Watertown, NY), reports that QAnon has within recent months, co-opted the Save The Children organization’s hashtag, #savethechildren.
Mentions of Wayfair and “trafficking” exploded on Facebook and Instagram in July after some claimed the retail giant was using pricey storage cabinets to traffic children. The company denied the accusations, and several strands of the conspiracy theory have been debunked.
An increase in calls prompted by the Wayfair conspiracy theory strained the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which provides emergency help to victims. The line was already seeing a surge in requests for emergency shelter assistance because of the coronavirus, said Robert Beiser, of Polaris, a nonprofit organization that runs the hotline.
“There’s a very real possibility that if there’s a conspiracy theory that comes out on the internet and it generates thousands of signals into our hotline, that could get in the way for us providing timely service to survivors who are in crisis,” Beiser said.
Having a sober and serious effort to help children who are truly in peril, hijacked by a discredited and debunked cult outfit, is devastating to the legitimacy of the mission.
Save The Children is accredited and well regarded for financial responsibility and accountability. QAnon is nothing more than a mentally deranged minority that employs the internet as agit-prop and a tool of ideological asymmetric warfare.
None of this is making America great again or keeping it great.
Greene runs in a pack of contemporaries that are essentially bringing in a stronger distillation of the crazy that has been brewing in the Republican party for decades.
Also in Georgia, Angela Stanton-King, who did a stretch in prison for her participation in a car-theft ring and subsequently received a pardon from Trump, won her primary bid to became the GOP candidate for Georgia’s 5th Congressional (Atlanta area) District.
Stanton-King, has equated the LGBTQ rights movement to pedophilia, and has on several occasions, identified herself with QAnon by tweeting the QAnon slogan.
Regarding her animosity to Transgender people, she invokes a false comparison between them and her criminal record; “America can accept a transsexual that changed their whole identity/sex but can’t accept a Felon who changed their whole lifestyle”, says Stanton, who, not surprisingly, is the goddaughter of right-wing religious figure and Atlanta native Alveda King.
Another sister in this demented QAnon sorority, is Lauren Boebert, who defeated five-term Rep. Scott Tipton in the Republican primary in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District (Grand Junction, Aspen).
In an internet radio interview, hosted by a known QAnon fellow traveler, Boebert – in response to a question on her view of the cult, stated, “everything that I have heard of this movement is only motivating and encouraging and bringing people together stronger, and if this is real it could be really great for our country.”
Doug Friednash, writing in the Denver Post, gives us a sense of how completely out there, the Republicans are getting with these QAnon extremists (“QAnon extremists” is a redundancy), in comparing Boebert to the former incumbent:
Tipton, by all measures, is a very conservative Republican. Tipton voted with Trump a whopping 95% of the time and enjoyed a lifetime A rating with the National Rifle Association. Apparently, he still wasn’t conservative enough for Boebert, who drinks and serves the Trump Kool-Aid.
The restaurant Boebert owns in Rifle, Colorado (appropriately named in this context), a last chance little town just off Interstate 70, drew the unfavorable attention of the Garfield County Public Health department for ongoing violations of Colorado’s Safer at Home Order.
Yesterday, I opened my restaurant in Rifle, CO.
Small businesses everywhere deserve the chance to open up. We are the life blood of this nation’s economy.
— Lauren Boebert for Congress (R-CO3) (@laurenboebert) May 10, 2020
The violations had to do with unauthorized re-opening and resisting the face mask directives, which resulted in a 30-day license suspension. Her attitude regarding facial coverings for protection against the coronavirus, at Shooter’s Grill, is, as you would probably suspect, “we don’t need any stinkin’ masks.”
Boebert also considers adherence to duly constituted authority, situational.
“If you want freedom, you have to go out and take it.”
This is the direction the party is already headed in and will be up to their foreheads in, if Trump somehow manages to fool or finagle Americans into allowing him another term.
No one, at least not us, is arguing she be silenced or censored by the media or by government. The argument instead, is that the national political party under whose banner she is promoting hateful and divisive messages, has an ethical responsibility to censure her. Why? Because her oration is inciteful and incendiary.
If they aren’t willing to do that, then they need to parade her in front of voters and show the color of their flag honestly. Marjorie Taylor Greene represents all that the (formerly) G.O.P. now embraces. She’s the brand now. Don’t hide her from view, Trumpublicans – you own her and everything she stands for.
Let the woman say her thing, and let the chips fall where they may.