A Lie By Any Other Name
The New World Order conspiracy theory suggests that an authoritarian world government will replace sovereign nation-states as “the culmination of history’s progress” This “theory”, and I use this term quite tightly, was usually limited to the twin orbital spheres of militantly anti-government rightist “truthers” and rabidly pro-Christian evangelicals with their own end-of-times agenda.
But the Venn diagram has expanded now to include what threatens to be the largest, most powerful of the intersecting circles; one led by not the newly selected President of our country but rather, by a cabal of potently toxic, powerfully connected, and insidiously crafty personages who go by terms like Senior Advisor, Secretary of Defense, Chief Political Consultant, ad infinitum.
The man and the mission they serve is not one that they were elected to but one that they slavishly bend and torture truths for in order to support their sometimes obvious but more often than not hidden personal agendas. We may only speculate on what those individual agendas are but the larger truths are becoming clear in the immediate hours after the coronation of their newfound king.
From the scrubbing of anything remotely human off the White House website to the fact-free spray of saliva-laced invective still foaming from their spokesperson mouths, these slaves to right-wing populist agendas are hell-bent on whipping up a mass hysteria in their almost too obvious push towards an apocalypse of their own making.
To what end we cannot fathom. Nor need we, yet.
Now we must gather our collective souls, calm our reactive minds and, like the Women’s Marches of yesterday around the world, resist. Resist with any and every tool at our disposal. Resist loudly. Resist quietly. Resist completely. We have many more tools than we know and we must pull them out of hiding and learn and relearn their power and their applications.
Get behind Gloria Steinem; “If they start to register Muslims, we will ALL register as Muslim”. A great beginning salvo.
The meager and pathetic press is just now beginning to see themselves for the patsies they have been played to be. They gave us this beast of a machine, free of charge and force fed into every channel, be it left, right, or center, until the masses thought their only choice was the lesser of two evils. They did not realize what their own personal evil choice was all about until the dye was cast and the mold had been cracked to reveal the Rocky Horror Picture Show of our nightmares.
Now they are now making fledging moves to correct their tilted ships. CNN claims they will not broadcast press briefings live until they can ”fact check” them; this, to much push-back from the administration.
KellyAnne Conway calls these new statements introduced as news “alternative facts”. Chuck told calls them “falsehoods”. Why not call them what they are; lies? Why not put these spokespeople on a real hot seat and force them to answer the questions and explain why they are NOT lies?
Why not ask the president as well?
Don’t cite “respect for the office” any longer. That ship sailed. By virtue of a false-equivalency campaign and an electoral manipulation of the highest order, any respect we as a nation may have been asked to have is shredded beyond repair and now we must work to destroy what hath been wrought and build again what has been our right…until now.
In the definition of New Word Order in Wikipedia it says:
“Political scientists are concerned that mass hysteria over New World Order conspiracy theories could eventually have devastating effects on American political life, ranging from escalating lone-wolf terrorism to the rise to power of authoritarian ultranationalist demagogues.”
Bingo. Done. Fait Accompli.
And now, amidst our sorrow and despair, in spite of our emotional devastation and malaise, we must once more gather our collectivity about us, raise each other up, and begin again to take back our space. We have seen a startlingly massive response in a surprisingly short space of time.
This is good. We must be better. We must be stronger. We must not allow “alternative facts” to become so commonplace as to usurp the truth.
The truth is they are lies, and a lie by any other name is never a fact, even an alternative one.