According to “Microchip” – reportedly a software developer who helps create mobile apps – to do his Tweet trending:

You can’t take a break — you sit at the screen waiting for breaking news 12 hours per day when you’re knee-deep in it.

All in order to get those hashtags retweeted as many times as possible. When he’s too tired to go beyond 1,000 retweets he sometimes takes Adderall.

Who is Microchip aside from being a developer based in Utah?

One of the co-founders of QAnon, the crazed conspiracy theory character – Q – who is supposedly a high-ranking intel official in Trump’s administration who is leaving clues on 4chan on a grand quasi-galactic conflict between the Deep State and Trump’s presidency.

From a sort of game started by Microchip – if you believe the articles in Buzzfeed or the interview with Jack Posobiec as detailed by The Federalist’s Georgi Boorman – we now have a group of people who have turned QAnon into a profitable business with hundreds of thousands of followers, some of whom show up at Trump rallies.

This is the last thing that any true drain-the-swamp movement needs. The so-called Deep State isn’t exactly hiding in anonymous corners. It’s really high-ranking often former government officials who strongly disagree with Trump’s policies or find his style insufferable for their establishment tastes. It’s John Brennan denouncing Trump on CNN. It’s Comey asking people to vote Democrat. It’s Deputy AG’s like Sally Yates refusing to follow an executive order of the president. It’s Andrew McCabe appearing every month or so to explain something to Congress before getting fired.

They’re right there on the screen trying to convince you of the absolute rightness of their views. And when you make it about pizzagate or swimming pools that are really used to drain the blood of … never mind. You get the point. It points every which way but towards a reasoned, if angry, debate about the constitution and the powers that bureaucrats have accumulated over the years. Accumulated not from secret protocols in dimly conference rooms somewhere in DC, but rather from past presidents and Congress handing power over to the administrators.

You don’t need wacko stories that help trigger crazed lone men to pick up guns and kill elderly worshippers at a synagogue.

You need a rebuilding of civic life.

But I suspect that this phenomenon is just the beginning. Joseph Bernstein in the Buzzfeed article writes:

Indeed, in a national atmosphere charged by unproven accusations about a massive network of Russian social media influence, the story of how MicroChip helped build the most notorious pro-Trump Twitter network seems almost mundane, less a technologically daunting intelligence operation than a clever patchworking of tools nearly any computer-literate person could manage. It also suggests that some of the current Russian Trumpbot hysteria may be, well, a hysteria.

“It’s all us, not Russians,” MicroChip said. “And we’re not going to stop.”

That’s a problem, because MicroChip has basically turned a ridiculous role-playing experiment into a potentially dangerous movement that sees a grand unifying conspiracy behind everything. Even if he apparently is no longer involved.

In fact, the conspiracy is right in front of us: the lack of separation of powers that must be re-established if the constitution is not to be amended or bypassed by the administrative state until it dies a slow, agonizing death.

But to solve that takes education and persuasion and lots of sweat and effort and time. Not sitting stoned on Adderall and generating retweets. Or using the community to make money, as Microchip now suggests those running QAnon are doing.

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