I’m not sure why Texas is the center of the New Amurrika, or whatever the right-wingers intend to call the place. The dystopian sci fi I’ve read usually places the new capitol of the U.S. in Denver, presupposing a scenario where an atomic war has wiped out the entire eastern seaboard, but in the dystopian legends of MAGA world, Texas is the epicenter of the second Civil War.
We have the good fortune at PZ to have a friend whose father has fallen down the QAnon rabbit hole so I’m getting first hand information from her on what the MAGAs in Texas think. I have asked her to write a few articles here but she seems reluctant and I can understand that she’s between a rock and a hard place not wanting to mock her father but also not being able to stomach his fantasy world politics.
In all events, Sal (not her real name) told me back in January that her father was taking extra shifts at the factory because a lot of his buddies who worked there were getting on the bus and going to Washington, D.C. January 6. Now Sal’s dad is listening to the prophecies of pink haired Kat Kerr, who is predicting Trump will miraculously return to power by the end of the year, which is 60 days from now. Here’s what that sounds like.
In February, "prophetess" Kat Kerr said God took her to the future & showed her Trump back in the White House, claiming it would happen within a few weeks or months. 8 months later, she's still claiming she saw "the near future" with Trump back in office. https://t.co/hh7jHvZlLQ https://t.co/p9g9500C0q pic.twitter.com/NdYJ6xn3NW
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 22, 2021
Maybe the celebration in the streets that God showed her was the libs cheering when Trump finally gets sentenced to prison.
Kerr has a soul mate in Rick Wiles and here is his crazy prediction.
End Times conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles claims Barack Obama and George Soros are orchestrating a plan for heavily armed drug cartels to invade Texas and slaughter Americans. Should that happen, Wiles vows to personally "go to Texas" and fight. https://t.co/F75auG81Lt pic.twitter.com/XBRFS1BMyh
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 1, 2021
Here’s a partial transcript of a communication between Sal and myself.
He’s full on Q Anon, now. He was Q adjacent before, but now he’s taken the leap.He thinks that America hasn’t been a “real” country since President Grant or whatever, and is convinced that the IRS will be abolished this year and all debt forgiven, and the military is gonna take over in November (no idea when) and it’s gonna knock out power and there will be no cable or phone reception, just emergency broadcast system while they reinstate Trump or whatever. When I asked him why he’s so sure it’s gonna happen now when it hasn’t during any of the other dates he’s proposed, he says because God has spoken to him through “modern prophets” saying it’ll happen by the end of the year.
He listens to Kerr and maybe he considers Mike Lindell a prophet. I honestly have no idea.
It’s a good thing for Sal that she has some brains and ambition and will finish college and build a good life for herself. Not everybody in her situation is so blessed. I have a couple of other acquaintances her age, early 20’s, whose parents are conspiracy theorists/Fox News viewers and their attitude is to try to avoid life as much as possible. Their parents have convinced them that everything is rigged, not just voting, and it’s all depressing and they can’t win. So they don’t even try.
We are at an interesting crossroads in this country with younger generations growing up listening to this madness, as most of us here did not. Conspiracy theory has always been with us to some extent. If that wasn’t true, Joe McCarthy would have never succeeded to the extent that he did in the 50’s. But whereas McCarthy was a lone rebel back in the day, now the entire GOP is signing off on the crazy talk to one degree or another because they’re afraid not to. Hello Tower of Babel.