A portrait was revealed on Memorial Day 2021 in Dallas, Texas. The picture was not pretty. The occasion was a gathering entitled “For God and Country Patriot Roundup.” Stripped of its sanctimonious title, the gathering was nothing more than a call to arms by QAnon, a shadowy organization whose followers feed on unsupported doomsday fiction.
Two of the keynote speakers were lawyer Sidney Powell and Lt. General Michael Flynn (ret.).
Readers may recall that Powell is a former Trump lawyer who was summarily tossed out of court for filing an election challenge lawsuit with absolutely no evidence to support it. Her rants became so far out that Trump fired her.
Flynn is a retired army general who was sacked by both the Obama administration and the Trump administration. Obama sacked him for incompetence. Trump sacked him for, of all things, lying. Flynn also went to prison for lying to federal investigators about his participation in a conference with a Russian Ambassador during an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Before leaving office, Trump pardoned Flynn.
The God and Country Patriots paid $500 for a regular ticket, and $1,000 for a VIP ticket to the Dallas event. The theme of the conference was what we have come to expect of QAnon: hatred, suspicion and sedition.
One could expect that crackpots such as Sidney Powell and two other QAnon speakers would support a group founded on suspicion, secrecy and lies. On the other hand, a military officer such as Flynn is appointed by the President and consented to by the Senate. A military officer takes a solemn oath to “...support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...” That oath has no expiration date. All of us who have taken that oath are obliged to honor it throughout our lives.
Flynn and Powell became political bedfellows during the post-election lawsuits. Flynn called Powell a guardian angel of justice as she pursued a losing lawsuit in Georgia. A federal judge appointed by Trump tossed the suit out of court.
Powell has since hitched her wagon to the pro-Trump QAnon group. Her latest false claim is that Trump is going to be “reinstated” as president. The only means for that to happen would be a coup. Powell’s remarks are nothing more than a call for sedition to a fanatic fringe.
The audience clearly understood that a revolt was being discussed. That became clear when someone asked Flynn why the recent coup in Myanmar couldn’t happen here. The audience cheered the question. Flynn responded by saying that there was no reason such a thing could happen here. He followed up that remark by saying that it should happen. That remark is nothing short of an endorsement for armed revolt.
Flynn was clearly telling a seditious group of American citizens that he supported their position that a military coup should be staged to overthrow the 2020 presidential election as a means of “reinstating” Trump.
Thus unveiled, the portrait is one of pure, unvarnished sedition, openly supported by a retired military officer who has held offices as high as National Security Advisor to a president. The move to overthrow the democratic government of the United States is now out in the open. It remains to be seen whether or not Flynn will be called to active duty and court-martialed as he should be.
What’s worse the unveiling drew cheers from the audience.
To you self-described “God” folks, you might check in with Rabbi Paul:
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11. KJV