John Gaver on Conspiracies

John Gaver of ActionAmerica with whom I agree on very little, especially who to endorse for president, made a very cogent comment on the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas email list recently regarding conspiracies, and I thought it was worth sharing. He wrote:

“The more people who know a secret, the harder that secret is to keep.”

The Freemasons, the Council on Foreign Relations, the TriLateral commission, the Bilderbergs and the Skull and Bones all have way too many members to have had a secret agenda remain secret for so many years.

The Freemasons have hundreds of thousands of members, at any given point in time, if not millions. The CFR has 3000 members, at any given point in time. The TriLateral Commission has 325 members at any point in time. I don’t know about the Bilderbergs or the Skull and Bones, but both have been around for decades, with new inductees every year.

In all that time and among all those people, if there were really a conspiracy in any of those organizations, we would certainly know it. Someone would have found religion or made a death-bed confession, to clear his conscience or something. Someone would have talked. Spies would have infiltrated. Documents or recordings would have leaked. None of that has happened.

All that we have are conspiracy theories, created by a small group of people who are unhappy with their position in life and who would rather spend their time complaining about the success of others, than bettering themselves.

Those organizations are all just billionaire boys clubs. The simple fact of life is that people of like income and interests flock together. If you are rich and powerful, you don’t hang out with construction workers, drinking Lone Star. You hang out with other rich and powerful people, drinking Louie XIII (cognac). While other groups may talk about the latest NASCAR or NFL results, they are more likely to talk about the latest move in the dollar or the price of oil. The reason why so many of their members are in government is obvious. They are billionaires or the sons or daughters of political movers and shakers.

We have proven, time and again, that you don’t have to be smart to win an election to any office. Often, you only have to have money, charisma or a recognized name, to get elected. In fact, we often elect complete idiots to major offices. Two examples of that are Dubya and Carter. Dubya would have never been even considered a long-shot for governor or president, had his father not been president. Carter would have never been elected governor (and eventually, president), had he not had both money and name recognition in Georgia.

It’s no conspiracy – just a largely stupid electorate, who would rather vote for a familiar name, the guy with the nicest smile or the guy who runs the most ads, than do their own research. Just look at the Democrat race. McCain won the GOP nomination, largely because he has generated name recognition. Hillary is still in the Democrat race, for the same reason. On the other hand, Obama has absolutely no political credentials, beyond having been elected to the Senate and some of his stated ideas are ludicrous, even to most Democrats. Even so, he is still barely beating the Wicked Witch. If the GOP electorate can nominate a liberal, like McCain and the Democrat electorate can even consider a racist loon like Obama, there is no way that a group of conspirators could ever affect the outcome of any election. For a conspiracy to work, you would have to have an electorate who you can depend upon to actually use something resembling logic, so as to insure that they would respond a certain way, to certain spin. But, the problem is that most of the electorate doesn’t think, let alone, use logic. It’s like herding cats.

Under such conditions and with the large number of people involved in the various “conspiracy” organizations, it is entirely unreasonable to believe that any conspiracy could continue to exist in secret, after all these years, let alone that such a conspiracy could actually succeed.

I couldn’t have said all of this better myself, and I’ve tried. Now I just wish he’d stop trying to tell Republicans they need to vote for Hillary. Ah well, no one is perfect.



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Dave Nalle has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance writer, a capitol hill staffer, a game designer and taught college history for many years. He now designs fonts for a living and lives with his family in a small town just outside Austin where he is ex-president of the local Lions Club. He is on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Politics Editor of Blogcritics Magazine. You can find his writings about fonts, art and graphic design at The Scriptorium. He also runs a conspiracy debunking site at


  1. “All that we have are conspiracy theories, created by a small group of people who are unhappy with their position in life and who would rather spend their time complaining about the success of others, than bettering themselves.”

    Excellent point in a nutshell. For a fantastic expansion on this idea, I recommend this essay over at Eject! Eject! Eject! Absolutely worth the read!

  2. Interesting link, Henry. If you follow the link at the end of the article you get even more interesting info about the pathology of conspiracy mania.


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