It has been 4 years since the Trump presidency and 3 years since Qanon started posting on 4chan and 8Chan.
I know I was dumb enough, like many others, to fall initially for the same comforting lies Qanon was peddling. That is a fact. But we all make dumb mistakes, we learn from them, grow up and move on. Which was my case. However, it is not the case for many people all over the world, but mostly in “red” US states.
Qanon’s paradox is akin to Schrödinger’s cat. Except in the case of Qanon, the two simultaneous true options are “think for yourself” and “trust the plan“. Yeah, I know. Let’s not go there.
One of the core beliefs of Qanon is that they want to install Martial Law. This was true 3 years ago and is still true today.
Martial Law was one of the key concepts I spent time looking at, and one of the main reasons that made me believe that Qanon was not all that it was cracked up to be.
The imposition of Martial Law literally means direct military control of normal civilian functions of government. The military would be able to control at will public transports including buses and trains, railways and roads. This means that your comings and goings are and will be restricted without any good reason. They will also be able to confiscate food supplies, textiles, medicines, etc. as they please; all under the guise of ” promoting the common good”.
Martial Law is closely related to Habeas Corpus. In layman’s terms, Habeas Corpus is a a recourse in law through which a person can report an unlawful detention or imprisonment to a court and request that the court determine whether the detention is lawful.
Under Martial Law Habeas Corpus ceases to exist. Meaning that the Military, effectively the Government, can detain and imprison you indefinitely; without any reason whatsoever. It can be because you are dissident, because you don’t follow the law, or simply because the person who happens to be on patrol that day doesn’t like your face.
Martial Law literally would mean that your constitution is void. The famous U.S Constitution that Americans are so fond of. Forget about your rights to free speech, association, holdings guns, or any other civilian rights. What is more, under the assumed grim possibility of Martial Law, other Human Liberties as declared by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would also be void.
There would be no more of that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, and definitely none of that nonsense of “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”, nor any “freedom of thought, conscience and religion; or freedom of opinion and expression”.
And forget all about “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” According to Qanon, that is just plain communism.
Some people would argue, and with reason, that there are restrictions to Martial Law; namely those imposed by the Posse Comitatus Act. This act was put in place to limit the powers of the federal government in using military personnel to enforce domestic policies. However, there seems to be a lot of room for legal interpretation in said act and therefore, abuse of power.
I am sorry, Qanon and Qanon followers. You don’t get to complain now because your favourite liquor store is closed due to Coronavirus. You don’t get to complain because your favourite restaurant is now on mandatory shutdown. You don’t get to voice your frustration at the fact that you cannot longer play bingo or go to the gym when it suits you, or that you have munchies at 2 in the morning and suddenly want a Kit-Kat and the local off-license is closed.
You don’t get to complaint now because the government is controlling your life more than they already used to do. You don’t even have Martial Law. Not even a proper State of Emergency, but an “Emergency-Lite” version of it all.
I wrote about a lockdown here in Europe. As everyday passes, more restrictions are imposed. We cannot longer leave the house without wearing a mask, under penalty of fines or imprisonment. Countries like France and China need permission slips that they have to fill online before they leave their premisses.
Donald Trump has now signed a Cold-War Relic known as the Defense Production Act. Under this act, “the President (has the authority) to requisition property, force industry to expand production and the supply of basic resources, impose wage and price controls, settle labor disputes, control consumer and real estate credit, establish contractual priorities, and allocate raw materials towards national defense“.
If you are a Qanon MAGA supporter you don’t get to complain now as the beginnings of Martial Law are being slowly imposed upon the American people. Martial Law has been your wet dream for the last 3 years. What did you think it was going to happen?
Thanks to Tim McInerney for the links.