Memeorandum -- no doubt unintentionally -- has offered readers an intriguing juxtaposition of headlines.
May I suggest that the ludicrous fear-fantasies of the right
would have much less credibility (even among tater-brained Red Staters) if real life did not continually offer up headlines like this one
in the NYT?
If our government -- particularly those agencies of government most concerned with national security -- behaved better, then the Illuminati-spotting ninnies among us would be far fewer in number.
Mind you, I have no sympathy for the fools who believe in this kind of nonsense
So in response to the fact that some of Texas's dumbest citizens emerged from their doomsday prepper shelters long enough to harangue a colonel about their belief that martial law is coming to their state, Governor Abbott issued an order to the National Guard to monitor the movements of the U.S. military just to make sure they aren't herding citizens into re-education camps or dropping Islamic State infiltrators into Galveston. I guess we're safe from that, for the moment anyway.
For more than four decades, right-wing freakazoids have been screeching the same message: "The Great Gun Round-Up is scheduled to take place any day now!
The law is already on the books! It's a done deal!" I wish that the people who sound these alarms would read that famous story about the boy and the wolf. It was written by a guy named Aesop. Greek fella.
Far fewer people would buy into nonsense if real-world politics weren't so damned outlandish. There's a reason why Lily Tomlin once said "No matter how paranoid you get, you can't keep up."
Everyone with any sense who has made a serious study of the matter knows that a faction of the CIA assassinated President Kennedy
and then stymied any attempt to investigate what really happened. Everyone with any sense knows that the Gulf of Tonkin incident
was bullshit. Everyone with any sense knows that there was a lot more to Watergate
than the official investigation revealed. Everyone with any sense knows that a whole lot of freaky shit
has gone down in the years since.
Are those conspiratards in Texas risible? Sure. As Robert Anton Wilson once pointed out, the problem with most conspiracy theorists is that they have no standards of evidence. They've become so addicted to the rush they get from their paranoid fantasias that they have transcended such mundane concerns as the acquisition of proof. That's the reason why they sound so crazy.
And yet: Suppose that, fifteen years ago, I had told you that the CIA and the APA would soon conspire to come up the best way to torture captives. You would have called me