Why is modern conservatism so consumed by disinformation and bizarre conspiracy theories?
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The ideology once championed by intellectuals like William F. Buckley and George Will has devolved into circus freak show led by clowns like Rudy Giuliani. How did conservatives fall so far?
- ByeLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
Morons self-select into conservatism because it offers a quick and easy way to interpret the world based solely on one’s own experiences. That is to say, anything outside that individual’s bubble of perception and preconceived notions is simply too much effort for them to process and assimilate, and modern conservatism tells them they don’t need to and that the wold is just exactly how they assumed it is.
And those same morons are naturally then so easy to dupe with fairytales and pathos and confirmation bias for the very same reason.
- Anonymous1 month ago
John W. Dean, formerly of the Nixon White House and presently a political commentator for Findlaw’s Writ, proposed a theory last weekend that rang all the bells, in my opinion.
“Trump may be unable to believe he lost because, in fact, he rigged the election,” tweeted Dean. “But maybe he miscalculated with only 10 million extra votes. So he now thinks he was out-cheated. In fact, Dems outvoted him and he wasn’t ready for it.”
That sounds just about exactly right, the explanatory period at the end of this weird sentence.
It is a rule of thumb that virtually all of Trump’s accusations are, in fact, confessions of his own shabby behavior. His bellowed claims of rigged elections and vast conspiracies are actually his helpless testimonial to the serial election misdeeds of his administration and his party.
Trump, along with his Republican colleagues on the state and federal levels, have labored mightily for far longer than this election to rig the very notion of voting. The effort predates Trump by years. Look no further than the decimation of the Voting Rights Act by the Roberts court, which opened the floodgates for dozens of brazenly racist voting restrictions across multiple states. Meanwhile the rewrite of that vital legislation, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, gathers dust on Mitch McConnell’s desk.
Ever since the deal went down, Trump has been walking around with a look on his face like he just watched Biden pull a live ocelot out of his nose and taught it to deal cards.
Every single election since then, it has been made deliberately more difficult for people of color to vote. Voter suppression efforts throughout this period have included deliberate acts of sabotage, such as when Georgia’s then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, wiped hundreds of thousands of people off the voting rolls, even as he was running for governor against Stacey Abrams.
Let us also not forget Florida’s decision to levy what is essentially a poll tax on 1.4 million people with felony convictions, who only recently regained the right to vote in the first place. Let it be noted that the Roberts court made sure that rule sticks.
This was a huge year for mail-in voting because of the pandemic. In Milwaukee and Houston, Republicans attempted to deprive millions of voters the ability to cast their ballots by mail by depriving them of ballot boxes; only one was allowed in each voting district until hell was raised and the attempt were stopped. False ballot boxes started popping up in multiple places.
The disinformation campaign waged against Black voters on social media during the 2016 campaign is well-documented. “Four years after Russian operatives used social media in a bid to exacerbate racial divisions in the United States and suppress Black voter turnout,” reported The Washington Post in August, “such tactics have spread across a wide range of deceptive online campaigns operated from numerous nations — including from within the United States itself.”
On the eve of the 2020 election, Trump sent out an unambiguous call for “poll-watchers” to go to voting stations in cities like Philadelphia and Atlanta, home to huge Black voter populations. The unvarnished purpose was intimidation. After he lost, Trump’s lawsuits aimed at overturning the election focused on these and other cities with large Black populations. The unvarnished motive was racism.
And there was the mother of all 2020 attempted rig jobs: Trump’s frontal and inside attack on the United States Postal Service (USPS). Full in the knowledge that millions of Democrats would use the mail service to vote against him, Trump tried to burn the postal service down in broad daylight. The USPS proved to be far more resilient than Trump anticipated, and the ballots were carried to their proper destination with nearly seamless efficiency.
Trump’s accusations regarding fraud in the 2020 election are indeed a confession: His party tried, and failed, to rig the vote. That such massive labors came to nothing has left him, as Abraham Lincoln said of defeated Gen. William Rosencrans, “confused and stunned like a duck hit on the head.”
It makes perfect sense. If I cheated that hard and still lost, I’d have trouble believing it, too.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Seriously? So Russia collusion and the pee tape aren't conspiracy theories? 9-11 inside job and ACB being a Christian radical cultist aren't conspiracy theories? You are so biased.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Seriously the answer is here in the comments to your question. Modern conservatives are some of the stupidest creatures that I've ever existed in this country.
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- 1 month ago
Conservatives stopped listening to news and started watching political analysts instead. Those talking heads like Hannity don’t report the actual events and news, they tell their viewers their interpretations of a few selected stories. Conservatives self select these sources believing their every word. They are echo chambers that reinforce their world view not with objective facts, but with the opinions and ideologies that they favor. Conspiracy nuts seek each other out.
- JeancommunicatesLv 72 months ago
We aren't. All those good assets go to the Democrats. We conservatives love America and we stand behind the Constitution. We don't need a green goop deal, because our air is cleaner than ever. We believe President Trump by getting warp speed vaccines is the best anyone could have done for the American people. During this pandemic, there were no experts on either side - not democrats - not republicans. Masks didn't help. Washing hands didn't help. Social distancing didn't help without you chose complete isolation and are still in isolation, because this and this only could have helped.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Seems much more that the Democrats are the conspiracy nuts.
Never heard of QAnon until the Democrats started talking about it.
The whole Birther movement was introduced by ol' Hillary's campaign way back in 2007 as an attempt to torpedo 0bama.
Then toss-in Russian Collusion & Ukrainian Quid Pro Quos & institutional racism & election interference & white privilege & global cooling in the 1970s & global warming in the 1990s & global climate change now & 1619 project & revisionist history & on & on.
Seems like all these "conspiracy theories" are rooted in something Democrats have done and then blame on conservatives.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Because MSM is too liberal and keeps on insulting and attacking just for the simple fact that we exercised our constitutional right to vote Trump.
Because of non stop MSM attacks that we are racists, low IQ , uneducated, etc etc --- we turn to conservative news sources and their people. And they show us far more welcome and appreciation.
- Christian SinnerLv 72 months ago
I never knew anyone in QAnon. Why does the Left think that conservatives are so consumed with conspiracy theories and you are not? What's this QAnon charge you level at us. I'm not interested in it, no one I know is. So, hypocrite AGAIN! Jussie? Jussie Smollett? Is that you?
- marsel_duchampLv 72 months ago
Fox, Breitbart, Limbaugh, and others had a lot to do with it. Honesty be damned if there is a profit to be made.