Conspiracy theories, elections, and other confusions

We often read and hear things that can leave us with our mouths dropped open and wondering how the heck people allow themselves to believe such irrational and nonsensical assertions.

Within just the previous few months, we’ve seen and heard assertions such as coronavirus would disappear after the November 2020 election, accusations of elections being “stolen,” accusations that online retailer Wayfair was participating in human trafficking with its expensive custom cabinetry designs—which all happen to have female names—and Bill Gates was somehow able to convince COVID-19 vaccine producers to embed microchips into each vaccination as a means to surveil the American public.

Obviously, coronavirus did not mysteriously disappear after the election. The harsh reality is that during the months immediately following our November election, the United States and much of the world saw record-breaking rates of infection and deaths and we continue to battle the virus some three months later. Unfortunately, there were many who believed the assertion and conducted their lives accordingly—while likely spreading the virus.

After the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, media and social justice darling Stacey Abrams falsely accused several metro area boards of elections of voter suppression, asserting that thousands of ballots cast were intentionally not counted. However, PolitiFact reported “We previously found it isn’t possible to prove if any election law or policy in Georgia cost Abrams her narrow loss to Republican Brian Kemp.”

“Abrams lost by almost 55,000 votes in a race with record turnout for a midterm race, said University of Georgia political scientist Charles S. Bullock. Black turnout in 2018 actually slightly exceeded that in 2016,” he said.

Abrams’ false assertions catapulted her to the forefront of the National Democratic Party positioning her as a potential vice presidential running mate for Joe Biden.

Two years later, many supporters of former president Donald Trump asserted that Georgia’s election officials failed to count tens of thousands of votes for Trump, prompting Trump to call Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to find 11,780 votes. The battle cry for this unsubstantiated claim became “Stop the steal.” There was even a private Facebook group of the same name which, according to New York Times, was adding 100 new members every 10 seconds before the page was shut down by Facebook for spreading misinformation.

Trump’s false assertions resulted in death and violence at our Capitol on Jan. 6 and further divided both the American public and the Republican Party. Raffensperger’s life was threatened and calls for his resignation were made by members of his own party.

Members of the public who are either not astute enough to discern what is and is not reality, or simply are not concerned with facts, help spread wild conspiracy theories online and hundreds of thousands begin to believe the false information is accurate without taking the time or making the effort to verify.

It’s little wonder there is such a political divide in our country when we have so-called leaders and media intentionally and knowingly spreading false information and a large segment of the American public believes and perpetuates the lies.

My conspiracy theory for 2022 is that strictly for political purposes, Kemp and Abrams will run a split ticket hybrid partnership in the mid-term elections in hopes of restoring integrity and believability in Georgia’s elections processes.

Kemp will be re-elected as governor of Georgia and Abrams will win the lieutenant governor’s seat. Georgia will then be seen as the unifying state rather than one where the results of each election are questioned.

Further in 2024, we’ll see a Kemp and Abrams bid for the presidency and vice presidency. Kemp would appeal to conservatives and the good ole boy groups, while Abrams would bring support from Democrats and Republicans who feel their voices have not been heard and their votes were not counted. And just maybe, in the interest of elections integrity, Trump would relocate to Georgia and run a successful bid for the secretary of state’s office. It’s a win-win for all involved and not a single person would question the outcome of the elections.

In the game of politics, we all should know to expect the unexpected. We all should also know that most career politicians will stop at almost nothing to ensure their ascension to higher elected offices. Georgia could once again be at the forefront of national elections and could successfully launch a new “Unified Party.”

A Kemp/Abrams Unified Party ticket makes as much sense as stolen elections and fake viruses, doesn’t it?

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