Perhaps at least the MAGA culture warrior part of the Republican Party should form a new party and call themselves “The Gul Dukat Party?”
If you have ever watched Deep Space 9 one of the main characters was Gul Ducat, a Cardassian. The Cardassians are a very duplicitous species: half truths, lies, plotting, nothing is as it seems, and propaganda often via gaslighting as a lifestyle.
You wouldn’t want to be a Cardassian. They gaslight each other almost as much as they gaslight everyone else.
Like all good SciFi stories many DS9 episodes were parables wrapped in futuristic tales. Racism. anti-Semitism, the oppressive state, an individual’s obsession, how easily people will turn on each other: expect a fictional exploration of human foibles and the worst of humanity.
And who wins the prize for being most like fictional Cardassians? MAGA tend to be Cardassians to the extreme. Even Cardassians have their Garaks: who seem to WANT to be honest. do what’s right. This group of Cardassians have none of that.
This will impress some as a “conspiracy theory.” But after over 50 years writing this column there’s only one damn thing that makes sense. All the crazy, over the top behavior, the calculated lies, the constant pushing of election lies, lies about 1/6, the gaslighting, are intended to piss us off the left. Intended to distract, confuse. Intended to make us more violent. Intended to assure they “own the libs.” Provide cover for their worst deeds.
While they accuse us of being bullies they have no problem with being bullies. Indeed, they LOVE to bully.
They back up police as long as they’re killing and beating people they dislike and disagree with. Beat up and murder groups of people who tend not to vote for them, or their kids, until they think it’s their right to assault and gas cops.
They lecture on historical facts like some blacks owned slaves (And that makes slavery right HOW?), but when history doesn’t back them up they want it banned in schools, fire those who dare to mention historical facts that makes them uncomfortable. They want books that mention historical facts that make them uncomfortable ripped out of libraries, public schools. They want school books to mention Rosa Parks ONLY refused to change seats when asked to. No historical context.
Gaslighting? They don’t care that Trump made a deal with the Taliban, locking out the government of Afghanistan, giving away a big base WITH WEAPONS. It’s all Joe Biden’s fault, even though Trump bragged about setting it all up and making it so we had to leave Afghanistan.
Guns? Their answer, more guns! More shootings, more guns! Distract with “not the GUN’S fault.” (As if ANYONE thinks the gun is to blame.) Blame it on no more prayer in school? Prayer was dropped in public schools in the early 60’s. So, nonsense. Another “look over there instead” distraction.
Abortion: no interest in victims of rape, incest, health necessities. Give it back to the states proved to be the gaslighting lie it always was. Now they are turning to a national ban. If a pregnancy endangers the lives of both they don’t care.
Never been about the fetus. Or babies, since “babies” have been born.
Weaponizing the justice system? What the hell do they think their Trump God and his servant Barr were doing for four years?
Hunter Biden? Show us the proof. Have you seen one damn thing from that laptop? Of course not.
The object: destroy the left, make them question their own sanity, kill of those who don’t tend to vote their way one by one, while Trump, Desantis, or whomever, push to create a fascistic right wing state. Deny the vote to those who dare disagree.
They simply want nothing to do with true representative, democratically elected, government any more. It’s not as if they haven’t had their turn. For every Obama or Biden they have had their Trump. their Bush II. But that’s simply not good enough anymore.
I would type they are the Gul Dukat Party again and leave it at that. But they are worse, because they are all too real.
“Inspection” is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 50 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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