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Prime Suspects
I’ve been hammering away on a new theory for a while, but I’m having trouble working the bugs out. It’s about people…in particular, suspicious people.

People who tend to be suspicious, so my theory goes, should be viewed with suspicion themselves. For example, people who suspect that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim/Communist/Kenyan/Nazi bent on destroying the United States ought to at least be suspected of being racist meatheads. Suspicion itself seems to be all that such people have by way of proof, and yet they persist. That fact alone should be reason enough to suspect them…of something.

We have the same situation with those people who suspect that the United States government is in the process of invading itself in a few southern and western states and intends to impose martial law in those places. Their suspicions abound, but there is no evidence of any kind that the Jade Helm military operation now underway in those areas is anything other than what it claims to be — a training exercise being conducted on the only land available for such an exercise…inside our own borders. And yet, they cling to this belief and plan their lives around it — including plots to kill American soldiers.

Some people (the same people, in many cases) also suspect that almost every scientist on Earth is part of an international conspiracy to promote the idea that our globe is warming and that it’s the fault of humans. Again, there is no proof of this claim, and even the suspicions themselves don’t stand up to common sense for more than a few seconds. These people, however, continue to subscribe to this belief without question. Why?

And that’s the question, isn’t it? Why do people harbor these suspicions? One of the bugs in my theory is its inability to say exactly what these people should be suspected of. It’s really got me stumped. In the case of the Obama haters, racism would be a prime candidate, but I can’t help thinking there’s more to it than that. I am convinced that something larger is at work here, but I’ve had a hard time putting my finger on it. It’s almost as if these people need something to fear and hate, just so they can avoid the hard work of making sense of the world. Under this view, we could even argue that they have taken leave of their senses, albeit of their own free will. If this were the case, all of their rationales would instantly become suspect as the ravings of lunatics.

Okay, that seems a bit facile. And it does not, furthermore, address the other big bug in my theory. Since the theory asks us to be suspicious of suspicious people, doesn’t that make us the very people we should be suspicious of?

Yes, a conundrum. The work continues.
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Trump supporters are people who know what they believe.
~ JC, Bonny Doon