Miss bobble head, sitting to the right and behind Mr. Trump at his town hall meeting Thursday night, vigorously nodding in agreement with everything he said, is emblematic of a group I christen Qaknown (because they choose to be known. (public rallies and MAGA hats). They are a loosely knit organization of persons who have been galvanized by our president into his “base” of support.
They are anti-science, anti-media, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-government, anti-regulation, anti-intellectual, and, pro, not much.
Qaknown is emboldened by having a leader who dismisses the media as fake news and denounces climate change; “it’s called weather,” says leader, Donald Trump.
Qaknown supports Trump as he demeans immigrants coming from our southern border; thus, “we need a wall to hold them back”. He characterizes recent protesters for justice as thugs who are burning down American cities.
Qaknown resents regulation, even mask wearing, because such edicts, they claim, interfere with freedom.
Qaknown supporters buttress Trump’s reversals on environmental protections with their disbelief in the scientific evidence of harm to our water, air, and habitat.
Finally, they snub their noses at academics, as intellectual elites who look down on them.
Qanon (Q for the ringleader; anon for anonymous) is also a loosely knit organization of persons who support Trump but for different reasons.
He is their declared champion, protecting America in a good and evil battle. They believe there is a satanic cult of liberals operating a child sex trafficking business out of Washington, D.C; cannibalistic Democrats who energize themselves by sucking a child’s blood. They believe that well known persons such as Tom Hanks and Pope Francis, among others are part of this criminal ring.
Trump claims to know nothing about Qanon but refuses to denounce their conspiracy theories. He publicly supports a Qanon candidate running from the 14th Congressional District in Georgia; Trump campaign lawyers represent her. There are 24 Qanon candidates on the federal ballot in 2020.
An alternative to those Q’s could be QandA.
(ask questions; seek answers) QandA would rely on the facts.
QandA would look to science for the necessary facts of how to combat the pandemic and how to protect the environment.
QandA would cherish a free press as essential to democracy and study multiple media sources for the facts.
QandA would respect the fact that immigrants have continuously contributed to America, raising the quality of its society, its people, and its economy.
QandA would earnestly defend freedom as a fact of life in any democracy; freedom until it does harm to someone else.
It is a fact that regulations ensure safety of our roads, bridges, consumer products, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the cars we drive, the water we drink.
It is a fact that protests and police can be in sync; there is no disconnect between those who peacefully protest and law and order.
Qanon is growing within the Republican Party. Qaknown is already an established base of the GOP.
What about a QandA?