You can be seduced by crowds and you can be seduced by charismatic leaders.
I was at Wednesday’s extraordinarily-dramatic press conference cum rally at Wills Park outside Atlanta Wednesday where Lin Wood and Sidney Powell spoke and was so seduced, temporarily anyway.
This was not because of Wood whose style was a bit overdone, making him seem a tad less authentic than I think he may be, but by Sidney Powell, who is a sensational and riveting public speaker.
I am going to say something that seems extreme, but only three times in my fairly long life have I seen political figures who absolutely exude charisma—one was Bobby Kennedy, whom I watched address a crowd of Chicanos in East Los Angeles two days before he was shot, the second is Donald Trump, whom I have seen speak more than a dozen times from Anaheim, Calif. to Manchester, N.H. while covering the 2016 campaign, and Sidney Powell on Dec. 2, 2020 in Alpharetta, Georgia.
The crowd was shouting “We love you” in the same way they do with Trump and it seemed equally heartfelt.
This was both moving and slightly unnerving, but it was real. Sidney has a way of just standing straight up and speaking truths in simple declarative sentences that has immense impact.
The key issue at hand—given the wide-spread cheating, including the questions about the infamous Dominion/Smartmatic/Hugo Chavez instigated voting machines, by the Democratic Party during the presidential election—was whether to vote in the Jan. 5 senatorial election at all.
When I first heard, a couple of days before this rally, that Lin Wood was arguing against voting because it was cooperating with a hugely corrupt system, I was, although sympathetic, frustrated and worried.
But when I heard Sidney Powell say the same thing at the press conference, using that calm and direct style, I became a believer.
Oh, to be a revolutionary! Where’s my pitchfork? (The man standing behind actually had one.)
Not surprisingly, on my drive back to Nashville later that day, I had second, or was it third, thoughts.
What would be the result of this revolution? Probably a Democratic senate and with it the end of the American republic as we knew it, replete with a packed Supreme Court and (DC and Puerto Rico having achieved statehood) a one-party system in what seemed like perpetuity.
And Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue weren’t such bad candidates, far from Mitt Romney-types and likely to vote the right way in almost all situations.
The election might be corrupt but if we fought hard enough we could still win it, even if the likes of Stacey Abrams cheat from the moment they got up in the morning until they went to bed at night.
They might even cheat in their sleep. All the more reason to defeat them.
Still, there was a lot to be said for what Sidney Powell was doing. Not only was she forcing authorities to examine an astonishingly fraudulent voting system that has been that way for decades, she and Wood were and are exposing mediocre (at best) Republican officials for what they are.
In Georgia, they have rendered Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger the political equivalent of “dead men walking,” mired as they are with various levels of incompetence and corruption regarding the Dominion voting system, their roles yet to be fully explored.
It would be a cold night in you-know-where before the throng at Tuesday’s press conference would give these two even the backs of their hands. It’s hard to imagine how they could win their confidence back.
Of note regarding Dominion should be Colonel Phil Waldron’s testimony Tuesday night in Michigan, with sworn affidavit, that Smartmatics, of Chavez fame, and Dominion share the same office in Barbados.
As for Lin Wood, breitbart.com has done something of a hit job on him for being a Democrat as late as 2018. As a Democrat once myself, although of considerably more distance (like 20 years back), I am loath always to dismiss people for changing sides. Without anybody switching, democracy would be irrelevant. Trump himself, as we all know, was once a Democrat. The Trump movement is filled with disenchanted Democrats.
Nevertheless, some skepticism should be applied. Not so with Sidney. She is unquestionably the real deal. Throughout the country, just not Georgia, Republican leadership tends to the wimpy—and this is the attraction of Powell and, of course, Trump.
As for whether I would vote in Georgia—academic in my case—yes, in the end, of course I would. But I might pretend I wasn’t going to for a while, just to keep certain people’s feet to the fire.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). Find him on Parler @rogerlsimon.
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