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Friday, August 17, 2018


by Kathleen Murphey

What Is QAnon: Explaining the Internet Conspiracy Theory That Showed Up at a Trump Rally. —The New York Times, August 1, 2018

Questionable, quagmire, quack, quackery, quandary, qualm, quail, quarrel, quash,
            quasi, quaver, queer, quell, quench, querulous, quibble, quid pro quo, quietus,
            quip, quirk, quisling.

Q,  a fictional, Star Trek, New Generation, character, who thought humanity was a waste of time.
Q, an anonymous, conspiracy-theory blogger, who is content to further lies on
            T***p’s behalf despite the hate and harm of T***p’s verbal slime.
Captain Picard, on Star Trek, was put on trial by Q over the fate of humanity.
T***p, backed by Q, is shaking the foundations of American democracy
            and its integrity.

Q Clearance or Q Access Authorization, the Department of Energy’s highest security
            clearance level—similar to Top Secret Clearance, hence Q’s claims to legitimacy
            by association.
Q, the 17th letter of the alphabet, when uttered by T***p, confirms the validity of Q’s
            crazy conspiracy claims.  “Follow the rabbit whole.” 
            Everything is fine, T***p has everything under control, and everyone who
                        stands in his way will soon be sent to prison.  “Trust the plan.”
            Leading Democrats are wearing ankle monitors because they are criminals.
                        “Bread crumbs”
            Kim Jong Un was placed in power by the CIA.  “The Storm.”
            JFK, Jr., isn’t dead.  “Activated, the beam of LIGHT.”

T***p just has to be right.
            The Clintons are crooked, child molesters.  “Lock her up!”
            The media is unfairly critical of T***p.  Just look at SNL.
            The media is spreading fake news:  “Enemy of the people” and “CNN sucks!”
            Illegal immigrants are taking our jobs, “infesting” our country, with 
                        “criminals” and “rapists.”
            Climate change isn’t real; it’s just a scam to make us weak and lower our
            T***p didn’t collude with Russia.  “The Mueller investigation is a
                        Witch Hunt!”
            The 2016 T***p election is a victory! “God bless fellow Patriots!”
                        “Great Awakening”
            It can’t be a scam!  “We are Q!”
            I can’t believe it is a scam, so I’ll believe Q and T***p.  I just have too!

The alternative is too terrible to contemplate:
            That we elected a traitor (a quisling),
            That the Russians have compromised our country,
            That we would be better off with crooked Hillary,
            That we, T***p followers, are helping to destroy the fabric of our country,
            That Fox News is Fake News and the major media outlets are right
                        and under assault,
            No that can’t be!  It just can’t!  “Where we go one, we go all!”

It must be true!
We are Q!
Q!  Q!  Q!
Anything, but rational thought.

Kathleen Murphey is an associate professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia. She has been writing fiction lately, both poetry and short stories.