Neither Madge nor Liz | The American Conservative
If the GOP is to be saved it must reject both the delusions of Q and those who ruined our public order.
Of all the crazy things Marjorie Taylor Greene believed in – the kosher space laser blowing holes in California, the cabal of Jews trying to flood Europe with Muslims like Jews are used to – it was the Sandy Hook- Trutherism that eventually made me do it.
I always thought there was something unique about denying shooting in Newtown school. Maybe it’s because I’m from Connecticut and the pictures of that day – those evergreen license plates, those forests – are still haunting me. Maybe it’s the sheer creepiness of looking for inconsistencies Videos of crying children. Or maybe that’s what happened to Leonard Pozner, the father of one of the children who were killed, who was so molested by Sandy Hook scammers that he was forced to go into hiding. Whatever it is, no less an authority than Alex Jones seems to agree with me. Jones has claimed that he only doubted the Sandy Hook shooting because he suffered from “some form of psychosis” (just one?).
That’s his excuse. What about the newly elected Georgia Congressman? Greene’s Sandy Hook Trutherism is smaller than Jones’s, but still very troubling. In 2018, she liked a Facebook post claiming, among other things, that Sandy Hook was a “STAGGED SHOOTING”. (A staggered shootout is when the shooter shows up without a date.) The post claimed that the Facebook memorial page for the Newtown victims was created “3 days to two FN WEEKS” prior to the massacre, which proved the whole thing was a joke. Other conscientious concerns were then raised, such as that the NWO attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan and that Barbara Bush planned to tone down the world’s population. Not only did Greene like the shame, she commented, “This is all true.”
Greene’s devotion to seemingly every conspiracy theory in existence has made her an object of contempt in the media today. Tune on CNN now and you’ll likely find her name on the chyron while a deeply concerned Wolf Blitzer twinkles right above you. Such a two-minute hatred can be admittedly boring and thought-provoking, especially given the apparent lack of proportions (wouldn’t the head of the Burmese military be a better target right now?). In this case, however, the outrage is deserved. There’s no excuse, no workaround here. Greene is a fruit cake, period. Their madness cannot be ignored or waved away by quoting the insane things some Democrats have said. To try is to overcome the very real and growing problem of conspiracy theories on the right, which, as the Capitol Rebellion demonstrated, can have dire consequences in real life.
In coping with this problem, however, we should not seek protection in what is portrayed as the other side either. Lately attempts have been made to compare Greene to supposedly more responsible Republicans in Congress such as Senator Mitt Romney, Representative Adam Kinzinger, and especially Representative Liz Cheney. This binary representation was corroborated by no less than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rightly denounced Greene’s “crazy lies” while simultaneously defending Cheney as a “leader with deep convictions and the courage to respond to them.” A recent CNN article went a step further and claimed a “schism” in the GOP with Greene on one side and Cheney on the other. (Think the Avignon papacy just everyone wears red hats.)
The reason Cheney is now being portrayed as moderate is because she broke rank with her Republican counterparts and voted to indict Donald Trump. But she is also her father’s daughter in her marrow, having supported every doomed Middle East war of election that comes upon her and calls for another war against Iran. But it was precisely these failures, this loss of contact between the GOP and its own voters in favor of an abstract, platonic formation of the state abroad, which contributed to bringing about Donald Trump. Cheney may not be a Sandy Hook Turk, but she subscribes to the far more consistent conspiracy theory that Saddam Hussein worked hand in hand with al-Qaeda. She may not be QAnon, but QAnon has never been so stupid as to debaathify an entire country.
This is the wrong choice being made right now: either you’re with the WWG1WGAists (really rolls your tongue, right?) Or you’re with the discredited setbacks to the Bush era. The GOP itself admittedly feeds this narrative. States parties cursed establishmentarians like Cheney just to turn around and declare the Capitol uprising a false flag or to tweet the praise of a Holocaust denier. Listen to this stuff long enough and you will feel like the only Republicans who defy the neoconservatives because they believe they are allies with the Illuminati. That middle way, that fertile valley of real politics and reform, seems to be rapidly shrinking.
To which we can answer: This is how George Orwell must have felt. When Orwell, a socialist, cast his gaze across 1930s Europe, he was not only against fascism and capitalism, but also against perhaps the best alternative available, something new being cooked in Moscow, a workers’ paradise if you could only overlook the established famines. Orwell drove friends away for denouncing the deception of Stalinism and sometimes had problems getting published. Ultimately, however, he has proven correct and his example is a lesson. Sometimes all the ballyhooed fractions and isms one day aren’t worth a can of beer. Sometimes the world just goes crazy. Amidst the smoldering urban landscapes of Bushism, the jargon-shrieking, woke-up mobs of progressivism, and the endless corn maze of Q to choose your own adventure in, there’s nothing. All solutions can only come from the quiet and narrow streets in between.
Fortunately there is hope. I’ve spent most of this column killing two Republican women in Congress. Now let me praise a third one: South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace. Mace ran for Congress on a platform with at least modest reforms, resisted American intervention in Syria and called for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. But she also relentlessly called the Hanna Barbera wing of her party and even asked Greene to push herself off a text chain and ridicule her as the “QAnon lady”. Mace is the first woman to graduate from The Citadel Military Academy in South Carolina. In particular, it has yet to throw a Middle Eastern nation into chaos or inadvertently spark a domestic riot, which is a huge plus in the GOP these days.
The best hope is that there will be others like her, Republicans who disagree on some issues but still agree to find that middle ground. Whether they can do this without being vaporized by the Jews with the space laser remains open.