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"Democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried." - Winston Churchill

Reader comment on item: Fellow Conservatives, Please Reject Conspiracy Theories
in response to reader comment: Conservatives & Liberals: Not So Different after All

Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Jan 11, 2022 at 10:06

It would be wonderful if countries could be ruled by "philosopher-kings," such as Peter the Great, Frederich the Great, or Napoleon. One would think that Democracy is a way of electing such individuals. However, the electorate is made up of ordinary people, and as such, they rarely recognize a philosopher-king. And in order to get elected a candidate must appeal to the moods and views of those who exercise the franchise.

One of the latest Neologisms is "digital media." It reflected a revolution in the way the public acquires its information. In the older days, one had to read books and newspapers to get information news, which of course competed with radio and television. But now, the printed word for news and information is at its weakest for its purpose. So one no longer needs to be literate.

The consequence is that to be elected on must appeal to the masses who vote. And the masses today live in the Age of Conspiracies (true and false, mostly false of course). I often say to my friends and colleagues, think "stupidity" before "conspiracy."

The burden of a great potential brilliant president is that he or she must also have the qualities of a "snake oil salesman" in order to be elected.

And Donald Trump was such a salesman, and the "real estate" he sold - successfully - was Israel. What he accomplished on the International Platform is still unfolding. He also recognized, inter alia, that not Russia, but China is the greatest adversary of the USA.

The very nature of conspiracy is that it is vague, fuzzy, and often quite invisible. That makes the concept very hard to identify in reality. My question is - to what extent did the Democrats, throughout the 4 years of Trumps administration "conspire" to take him down?

Unfortunately, the meaning of words is not a creation of intellectuals such as Dr. Daniel Pipes. The meaning of words is the product of the people who speak the native language. As a result, there emerged a distinction between a "(real) conspiracy" and a "(mere) conspiracy theory." Regarding the Covid virus, we should rely on the medical profession and science. That should be an easy choice. And President Trump publicly announced that he is fully vaccinated, to the dismay of many of those who are in his political base.

However, that Trump's re-election was stolen is a Conspiracy Hypothesis that the republicans should research and support. Why did Trump lose the re-election? Is it not because every significant democratic politician as well as the mainstream media worked overtime to make him appear malevolent in every way possible?

So, if the Conservatives in the Republican Party are to be elected, they should evaluate and vocalize the Conspiracy Hypothesis that President Donald Trump was not re-elected because Biden kept his mouth shut and went into hiding while the Democrats Conspiratorially succeeded in smearing Trump as a Racist, Fascist, etc.

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