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I think you may not understand Tom. Stability and common sense will always win, for example having QAnon, Fox and Trump etc lie about the election and the Democratic paedophile ring of Obama and Clinton under a pizza shop along with many other lies that are seen as the most ridiculous accusations by most of the population and the rest of the world does not help the Republican cause, all it does is alienate people who believe this weird stuff. Obviously the Democratic party is going to take political advantage of this and ride it all the way. Sure you have some good sensible people in the GOP however they seem to be overridden by the ones who always continue with wild and stupid ideals and comments ruining any credibility the party ever had.from => https://citizentom.com/2023/01/11/what-liberal-democrats-want-us-believe-about-their-self-or-their-perfect-goodness-2/comment-page-1/#comment-106726
Did sklyjd address anything I wrote in the post? No. At best, sklyjd resorted to the standard Liberal Democrat response, the moral equivalence argument. That is, it is okay for Democrats lie because Republicans lie. Ironically, however, all his examples are essentially Democrat lies.
Stability and common sense will always win.
Since President Donald Trump left office, we are now supposed to believe the adults are in charge again, but what have Liberal Democrats done? How have they demonstrated either stability or commonsense? Do humongous multi-trillion-dollar spending bills lead to economic stability? How does lumping earmarks, new laws, and everything else they can think of for every constituency that they want to reward into one gigantic bill nobody has read demonstrate a commonsense way to spend our money?
Consider our own lack of commonsense. We either voted for or didn’t oppose the election of Liberal Democrats with sufficient vigor. Do we expect people who cannot tell us the difference between a man and a woman to have any commonsense? Then why have we put these people in charge of our country? Why didn’t we oppose the election of such people with all the vigor we could muster? Don’t we care about our family, friends, neighbors, and countrymen?
QAnon and the Democratic paedophile ring
What is QAnon? Until a Liberal Democrat brought it up, I had never heard of QAon. Why is that? I check stories in the Liberal Democrat news media, but the Liberal Democrat news media is so misleading and so full of misinformation I find it obnoxious. So, I listen to or read the Liberal Democrat news media when I do research for my blog posts. Of course, the Liberal Democrat news media is the best source for QAnon. QAnon: What is it and where did it come from? provides a brief rundown of what QAnon is supposed to be.
The story about the Democratic paedophile ring that sklyjd brought up has been dubbed Pizzagate. Pizzagate was essentially an Internet rumor that led to some violence. This article, The saga of ‘Pizzagate’: The fake story that shows how conspiracy theories spread, explains the origin of the stories about that Democratic paedophile ring. Again, I first heard about the story from Liberal Democrats. The Conservative news media covered it, but quickly adopted a skeptical perspective.
Few Republicans have made very much out of either QAnon or Pizzagate. This article, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she ‘regrets’ believing QAnon conspiracy, is about a new congresswoman taken in by the QAnon conspiracy theory who says she regrets believing it.
Pizzagate had almost nothing to do with Republicans. Consider. When the Internet was first taking off, people use to spread nonsense using chain emails. When people sent chain emails to me, I had fun with them. I did posts (see email hoaxes). Since Twitter and Facebook rumors have replaced chain emails, I have not seen one in years. I still don’t know who fabricates these things.
Nevertheless, the Liberal Democrat news media makes use of Internet rumors. In this case, the Liberal Democrat news media used Anon and Pizzagate to establish guilt by association. Since Rep. Greene was taken in, the entire Republican Party now consists of QAnon Conspiracy theorists.
Why did anyone get taken in by QAnon and/or Pizzagate? Why do relatively smart people so often believe lies? When I use to examine email hoaxes, I observed a pattern. A good lie is half true. Ever hear of Jeffrey Epstein? That man, accused of sex trafficking minors, died under mysterious circumstances (Jeffrey Epstein dead from apparent suicide in Manhattan jail cell; FBI investigating), and he had connections with important people.
Consider also that Liberal Democrats enthusiastically promote abortion and the LGBTQ agenda. Their goals include denying life-saving care to the unborn who survive an abortion procedure, transgendering minors (even when their parents object), and fighting for drag queen story hour for children at public libraries. Arguably, what the Democratic Party already advocates is as bad as promoting pedophilia. So, because they were so close to the truth, some people believed the QAnon and Pizzagate rumors.
When we hear something we expect to be true or want to believe, we forget to verify whether or not it that something is true or not. If that something is an email, a Tweet, or a Facebook post from someone we respect, we assume it must be true. We forget they might be just as lazy as we are. They may not have verified the content of their email, Tweet, or Facebook post.
In fact, the accuracy of the news media is often worse than that of Internet rumors. Some publications and broadcasts will deliberately deceive us. We expect them to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but they don’t. Their favorite trick, because it doesn’t seem to be an overt lie, is to withhold information, that is, to withhold the whole truth. Similarly, because it doesn’t seem to be an overt lie, they relay lies from unnamed sources. If they cannot even name their sources, their stories are worthless gossip. Nevertheless, news media nearly destroyed the Trump presidency using unnamed sources spreading baseless rumors.
To Be Continued
- Part 2: An example of Conservative news media misrepresentation.
- Part 3: Conclusion