Conspiracy theories

In the mail
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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To the editor, Recent events force one to question what has happened to our society’s professed respect for the qualities of good character, truthfulness, and the rule of law.

Representative Liz Cheney has exhibited those admirable qualities through her adamant refusal to recite The Big Lie of an unfair election, apparently now required of all Republican candidates. The saying “No good deed goes unpunished” applies to Ms. Cheney, who was defeated in her primary by a candidate, supported by Trump, who willingly repeated his baseless conspiracy theory of the 2020 election being rigged.

Despite her primary loss, Ms. Cheney insists that Americans must face facts about Trump’s childish tantrums, which prompted the various unsuccessful attempts to keep himself in power. These conspiracy theories and denials of truth helped fuel the violent Capitol insurrection, as testified by some members of Trump’s own White House staff. Indeed, many insurrectionists themselves have claimed they were simply following Trump’s orders to “fight like hell” when they stormed the Capitol. Whether Trump, his enablers and followers violated any laws...the courts will decide.

What has happened to the Republican party, who once called themselves “the moral majority,” and who supported the rule of law and the respect for law and order? Liz and her dad, former Vice President Dick Cheney, are joined by only a handful of respected Republican leaders, such as former Montana Governor Marc Racicot, former Ohio Governor John Kasich, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, and Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, in their condemnation of the dishonest behavior of these “MAGA republican extremists,” as President Joe Biden is now calling them. Some MAGA extremists have condemned the Capitol Police and the FBI for simply doing their jobs. Some Republicans are even calling for the defunding the FBI as punishment for their retrieval of numerous illegally-held, classified documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Seriously?

A timely, relevant passage might be, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV) Will our fellow Americans stand up and behave like the adults in the room, by insisting that we choose the democratic path of truth and honesty? Or instead, will our fellow citizens lock-step follow an autocratic, cult-like path aimed at grabbing power through deception, disinformation, threat, and intimidation? It’s your choice.

Jack Kirkley Dillon