As one views modern man in his innumerable exhibitions of irresponsibility and defiance, one may discern, if he has the courage to see what he sees … a prodigious egotism.”Richard M. Weaver
The West’s decline into “fragmentation,” said Weaver, owes much to an inner disintegration of soul, an egotism without any sense of proportion. Weaver then quoted Plato’s statement that, “the excessive love of self is in reality the source to each man of all offenses; for the lover is blinded about the beloved, so that he judges wrongly of the just, the good, and the honorable, and thinks that he ought to prefer his own interest to the truth.” With these words the ancient philosopher has given us an insight into the collapse of empires and the fall of mighty men; and also, an insight into the fall of a pillow salesman from Minnesota named Mike Lindell.
In the days following his Sioux City symposium extravaganza, Mike Lindell has turned into a raving madman, lashing out at anyone who disagrees with him. How do we explain Lindell’s self-destructive behavior? Has he shown such behavior in the past? As a gambling addict? As a crack cocaine addict? Has politics become yet another addiction for this addictive personality? What are we to do with Lindell as he careens dizzily into unreality? One thing is certain. We must not follow him there.
Many of us thought Lindell was well-intentioned; but the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Many of us thought Lindell was honestly taken-in by the swindler, Dennis Montgomery; but then we are forced to admit the adage that “you cannot cheat an honest man.” Many of us thought Mike Lindell was a loyal patriot; but he and his side-kick Brannon Howse are slandering and maligning an ever-expanding circle of patriots, truthtellers and good-faith bearers of bad news.
When detective Mike Zullo and I attempted to warn Lindell that he was being swindled by Dennis Montgomery, Mr. Lindell called Mr. Zullo on the phone and chewed him out for two straight minutes – refusing to hear anything Mr. Zullo had to say. Being a former police detective, who had invested months of his own time, Mr. Zullo had much to tell Mr. Lindell. But Lindell would not listen, though he would have profited beyond measure by doing so.
Zullo and I worked to warn Mr. Lindell because we believed Lindell was a reasonable and honest man. To our regret, Mike Lindell could not recognize the truth if it crawled up his nose and ate out his brain. A real leader is one who can see the truth when others cannot. Lindell, however, has proved to the country that he is unable to tell truth from falsehood. We have also learned that questioning Lindell is Lèse-majesté. His money, indeed, has purchased a small army of “investigators” and “experts.” They earned their pay by failing to correct three crazy assertions: (1) that in August Lindell was going to win before the Supreme Court, nine to nothing; (2) that this would return Donald Trump to the White House; (3) that this was possible because Lindell had acquired and verified all the packet captures for the whole November 3rd election.
All three of Lindell’s assertions were absurd on their face for the following reasons: (1) The Supreme Court is in recess until 4 October 2021; (2) There is no precedent for overturning a presidential election once a new president has been sworn in; (3) It is impossible for a civilian to legally acquire all the packet captures from the November 3rd election.
Nearly everyone who attempted to warn Mike Lindell has been taken to task, either by Lindell or his yapping dog (Brannon Howse). Others, who dared report the truth about the cyber symposium, have been maligned and slandered. Just to name one: IT consultant Josh Merritt has been vindictively assailed by Lindell as a “traitor” to America.
On Tuesday I spoke with Tom Trento and John Guandolo. All three of us were publicly chastised by Brannon Howse during an ill-omened Friday the 13th radio broadcast. Incredibly, Howse berated us because we were allegedly wrong about the dangers of going ahead with last week’s symposium. Gaslighting his audience, Howse claimed that we had acted shamefully, that we were “useful idiots” on the right. In retrospect this was high praise coming from a “useless idiot” in the wrong. In order that he does not gaslight his audience (once again) by saying I have misquoted him, I have linked an audio recording of his Friday the 13th program in the notes below. Here is what Howse said about me:
Shame on Jeff Nyquist. We should have never given him a platform. It’s amazing the people we’ve given a platform to over the years that turned out to be not what we thought they were. But, you live and learn; and it’s hard to see through people; but, Jeff Nyquist, big disappointment. Quoting me in articles, lying. He wasn’t even quoting me correctly. And he was quoting private conversations. That’s a trashy journalist. That’s not even a journalist.
I am gratified that Mr. Howse failed to notice my real faults. Yet Mr. Howse needs to explain his grotesque hypocrisy; for three days after decrying my alleged misquotation of a private conversation with him, Mr. Howse aired the private conversation of IT consultant Josh Merritt before a live TV audience. In a back-and-forth discussion, Lindell and Howse commented on Merritt’s use of foul language in a conversation not intended for television. Howse even complained of how he had to clean up the recording for broadcast. If, indeed, I am a “trashy journalist” for outing Mary Fanning and Brannon Howse’s slanderous whispering campaign against detective Mike Zullo, then what are we to think when Howse maliciously broadcasts a man’s private telephone conversation with a running blow-by-blow commentary?
Yet even so, Merritt’s sincerity was obvious to every discerning listener. By comparison, Lindell and Howse’s misrepresentations were painfully inept. Merritt’s words, even as they were decried by Lindell and Howse, rang true. Merritt said that Lindell’s vaunted packet captures were bogus. When Merritt broke the news to Lindell at the symposium, the pillow salesman refused to believe him. After all, Lindell would have been compelled to honor his promise to pay out $5 million dollars. Naturally, he wasn’t ready to part with his money. Yet, if you make a public promise in front of a hundred million people, you’d better be prepared to honor it.
To Lindell and Howse there is only one thing to say: If you were going to gaslight us, gentlemen, you should have shown more skill. What kind of idiots do you think we are? We are not members of a cult who are bound to believe that last week’s symposium was a glorious success. We were never fooled by Montgomery, as you were. And neither were those polite politicians who do not want to tell you, face-to-face, that you fell on your face. Furthermore, it would be best if you quit the field before you do even more damage to the country and to yourselves. Once more, it is good advice I give – and free. I am afraid, however, you will once again go against my advice. I am afraid that you both have decided to brazen it out, and pretend you were not fooled – alleging you still have the vaunted packet-captures. In this matter I must offer another warning. Lies have a limited lifespan. When you are caught in a lie, it does you no good to cast light upon it while saying it isn’t so. And when you are given accurate warnings, it does you no good to cry shame at those you should have heeded. And when you are dressing someone down for an alleged offense, it is stupid to turn around and commit that same offense for all to see.
And I must say, again, that I am gratified that Mr. Howse missed my real faults. Oh yes, to my everlasting shame I do not turn the other cheek. I hit back, Mr. Howse. And I can hit harder than you, having nothing to lose. So think twice before you call another man a “joke” and a “clown”; for I investigated Dennis Montgomery when you did not. I investigated back in January because I was afraid you were walking into a trap. I got involved in this subject out of concern for you; that is to say, I was a fool for thinking you cared about the truth. And so, I sought to protect your reputation by diligently researching the source of these packet captures. I warned you in early February about Montgomery. And for my reward in trying to protect you – ungrateful blockhead that you are – you not only disregarded my warning; but you slandered Mr. Zullo. And now you say that I am a “Joke” and a “clown.” And yes, I am a joke and a clown because I trusted you. I believed in you; and I did not let you down. You let me down. And you know what? I should have seen that coming.
The bottom line, Mr. Howse, is simple: When you veered away from the truth, I veered away from you.
Notes and Links
Lindell Declares all-out war on Fox News – https://patriots.social/2021/08/06/mike-lindell-sets-off-firestorm-with-symposium-new-ad/
Lindell says Trump will return to White House in August – https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/mike-lindell-says-trump-will-be-back-in-office-in-august-thanks-to-his-voter-fraud-lawsuit/ar-BB1f5SW8
Supreme Court Calendar and Lists – https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/calendarsandlists.aspx
Mike Lindell bizarrely airs ‘confession’ from his own cyber expert – Mike Lindell Apparently Streamed A ‘Confession’ About Symposium’s Lies (uproxx.com)
Brannon Howse assails Trento, Guandolo and Nyquist, starts during 9th minute of broadcast – https://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-august-13-2021
Jeff Buongiorno on Mike Lindell – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-lindell-attack-jeff-buongiorno_n_611c17f9e4b0e5b5d8e3d2a0
Pillow fight! Police release photo of man suspected of assaulting CEO Trump supporter Mike Lindell at South Dakota cyber symposium – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9907109/Police-release-photo-man-allegedly-aggressively-poking-CEO-Mike-Lindell.html?src=ilaw
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