This was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt at a three-day Memorial Day event in Dallas, TX billed as “For God & Country Patriot Roundup.” The gathering was basically for those who are Qanon believers. This is a cult spreading wild-eyed conspiracy theories such as the world is being controlled by pedophiles involved in sex trafficking of children and human sacrifices.
One of those who spoke was Texas congressman Louie Gohmert. He downplayed the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol saying, It wasn’t just right-wing extremists” involved. Gohmert was one of 17 Republicans who voted against a resolution in the House condemning Qanon last October.
Afterwards one of the congressman’s staff told a reporter than Gohment didn’t attend the meeting, though videos showed him speaking to a $500 a head banquet. Gohmert also told reporters that he was not aware of Qanon’s association with the event.
Sydney Powell, a former attorney for Donald Trump, told the audience that Trump could be “reinstated” as president. This is impossible under our constitution. She (Powell) filed a number of unsuccessful lawsuits attempting to overturn 2020 election results.
She is being sued for defamation for $1.3 billion by Dominion Voting Systems, a company that provides election assistance throughout the country. Unbelievably, her attorney in this court case said that since every thing she says is so absurd that it can’t be believed, she should not be charged.
General Michael Flynn, who served briefly as Trump’s national security adviser, also spoke. He resigned from his position after admitting that he lied to Vice-President Pence about his involvement with Russia during the Trump campaign. He testified before the Robert Mueller investigation team and became very caught up in legal maneuvering. At one point he hired Sydney Powell as his attorney.
While awaiting sentencing for perjury, he was pardoned by Trump in late November 2020.
During a question and answer session after his speech in Dallas, an audience member asked Flynn why a recent military coup in Myanmar could not happen in this country.
(Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country of 50 million in Asia. It has been troubled by civil unrest and civil wars for generations. It’s military seized power on Feb. 1, 2021)
Flynn replied, “No reason. I mean, it should happen here.”
He later tried to walk back his answer, claiming it was taken out of context by the media. But again, as with Gohmert, Flynn was videoed as he replied to the question and anyone who listens to it knows he was not taken out of context.
He has been assailed by former military leaders. One of them being former Lt. General Mark Hertling, a veteran of 37 years, who said, …unfortunately, he has, in my view, gone off the deep end and he shouldn’t says those kinds of things because it runs contrary to what we vow an oath to defend and what we serve as soldiers and former soldiers in the Army.”..
Sedition is conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state. Some have suggested that this is what Flynn engaged in in Dallas. I certainly don’t disagree.
No. All the nuts don’t grow on trees. But when their bogus claims seem to be gaining more traction and our former President continues to undercut one of the bedrocks of our democracy–free and fair elections–this country has major challenges on its hands.
Challenges that can only be repelled when sane citizens speak out for truth and reason.