March 4: Came and Went with Surprise! No Surprise

March 4: Came and Went with Surprise! No Surprise March 5, 2021

In an earlier post before the Presidential elections, I predicted Joe Biden would win, the Democrats would take back the Senate, and Kamala Harris would become the President of the United States in 2024 – if Biden steps down.

My Predictions for the 2020 Elections. What’s Yours?

I’m still waiting on my third prediction to come to pass. As far as prophecies go, however, getting it right 66.666 percent of the time is phenomenal. The truth is, these were logical guesses anybody could have made by simply looking at the facts. 

Another prediction most of us recognized as doomed to fail was QAnon’s prophecy stating that former President Trump would be reinstated as President on March 4. But March 4 came and went and SURPRISE! nothing happened. / Image by Céline Martin from Pixabay

Another prediction most of us recognized as doomed to fail was QAnon’s prophecy stating that former President Trump would be reinstated as President on March 4. But March 4 came and went and SURPRISE! nothing happened. Just another failed conspiracy theory prophecy.

(A word to the wise: When anybody tells you about the latest “conspiracy,” “theory,” “prophecy” . . . run.)

I’ll end with another prediction many already suspect will happen.

Trumpism will fail. It utterly failed in the 2020 elections when the Republicans lost all power. It’s doomed to fail in 2024. For the life of me I can’t fathom why the GOP thinks that maintaining its connection to Trump is a winning strategy. Much like the Tea Party movement, Trumpism will quickly sink in the harbor of our political memories. As for QAnon, it will drown just as quickly, with the exception of it’s roots in white supremacy. Oh, we’ll still be hearing about both Trumpism and QAnon in 2022. But by 2024 there will be a lot less chatter. And by the time January 2028 arrives, anyone who believed in either movement will be too embarrassed to say they did.

I hope I’m right.

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19 responses to “March 4: Came and Went with Surprise! No Surprise”

  1. A recent Gallup Poll showed that only half of Republicans who voted for Trump in 2020 would vote for him in 2024. If 100% of those who voted for Trump last year weren’t enough to get him elected, then 50% of them won’t be enough in 2024. The Republican Party needs to start detrumpification if they want to be viable in 2024.

  2. I’ve read in several places that Q is being treated as a religion by the usual suspects, and when religion is involved, reason and critical thinking go out the window. Like my CT-believing BIL, they cling to what they believe no matter how implausible or easily-disproven.

    As for Trump, I suspect he’ll be displaced by the next flavor-of-the-week. I worry that the next one will be smarter and more capable.

    Side note: your picture shows a Tarot deck! I took a class in that many, many years ago and I find it fascinating as a “story starter”. Lay any random selection of cards in front of someone and watch them weave a story around the mix of cards.

  3. They do need to detrumpify, but I don’t think they will before 2022, and probably 2024. The wildcard is how much the onslaught of litigation against Trump is going to alter the base’s opinion of him.

  4. Q has all the makings of a cult and it’s going to be really difficult for many to escape out of it. It’s also no small coincidence that people who follow Q also follow Christ. And there is probably a lot smarter, power-hungry politicians who are thinking of ways to make their move.

  5. I think it’ll take a lot longer for the republitraitor party to shake off trumpism than you think. Because the only difference between it and “mainstream” thinking in the party is that trumpists delight in saying the racist bits out loud.

  6. Speaking of cults; Republican Charlie Shepherd of Idaho (described at in Roll to Disbelieve and other places all over the internet) stood up and announced how little he views child education, by claiming that funding it will…allow mothers to leave the house. In a state with abysmally low wages where working mothers’ work keeps bellies fed and roofs over head.

    I suspect he’s a Mormon because of where he is, but you find the same mentality in Christian fundies. I raised my kids during the whole fundagelical “stay at home daughters” and religious-based war on working women.

    So far Q hasn’t openly waged war on women (that I’ve seen, anyway), so I’m wondering what increasing fundagelical involvement will to do the politics.

    Also, to briefly address the topic of your post: I’ve been watching for years both political and religious insistence that all signs point to (insert crazy thing) and when (inserted crazy thing) doesn’t happen, they pretend they never said that at all. I always thought it takes an atrocious level of cognitive dissonance to live that way, and maybe that’s why they’re always raging about something.

  7. I was thinking this morning about just that, the infusion of white supremacy and racism from Trumpism into the Republican party. That element has always been in the party, but now as you say, they are now saying the “racist bits out loud.” The party may rid itself of Trumpism in the coming years, but not the white supremacy component.

  8. The values of the Republican Party are archaic, which is why the party is doomed to die. And the reason it’s outdated, is as you mention, it’s values reflect old-timey Christian values, which are dying as well. The vast majority of Americans don’t share the 1950’s version of a woman’s place in the world.

    About that … “atrocious level of cognitive dissonance.” What’s its roots? I blame it partly on a mind inclined to superstition and fear. A religious mind, which has difficulty forming rational thoughts about what is really happening in reality. I would like to give the vast majority of the GOP in Washington a pass on this though. And I don’t think they are necessarily stupid, especially when it comes to having a pulse on what is really happening in the lives of people in America. But as a whole they have lost their moral compass. They have sided with the values of Trump. Some have bought into the prophecies of Q. And they are rapidly becoming a nationalist party which supports white supremacy.

    So, saying that the party is stupid has become far too kind of an expression to use in describing their motives and future intentions. In other words, the GOP knows exactly what it is doing. Overall, it really does share the values of Trump, Q, and white supremacists.

  9. I wonder if the GOP has created a monster in its base that it lost control of. I’m old enough to remember when St. Ronnie Ray-gun got in bed with the evangelicals, which led to the Teabaggers of 2010-ish, which led to current events such as a True Believer shooting up a little family-run pizza parlor because he was terrified the imaginary basement of that pizza place was sending child sex-slaves to Mars. And now we’ve got “Q”, who might possibly be an American in the Philippines, egging the easily-led to try to overthrow the country in outrage over a legitimate election.

  10. I doubt Trump will return in 2024(and if he does he wont win), but Trump-ism, the hard-right, nationalist populism that rallied around him isnt going anywhere, and I think will manifest behind someone much much worse.
    As for Qanon, considering its a blatant CIA psyop, its not going anywhere so long as it remains useful to their agenda.

  11. Although I’m troubled by the influence of white / nationalist / populism, it’s a movement that I don’t see as having much future in America. America is become more diverse non-white by the day. As long as the integrity of our election systems stand pluralism will continue.

    As for QAnon being a CIA psyop I have not seen any evidence to prove this true.

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