This is why I have to run against Pete Stauber. He is too timid to contradict his most virulent supporters the way John McCain corrected a woman on election night who screamed abuse at President-elect Barack Obama. For such people its not about socialism. Its not about saving mining. Its about preparing for the next Civil War a theme which you may remember I memorialized in my last snow sculpture this year.
A lot of Pete’s supporters are spoiling for one. They’ve been reading Fox News and listening to Rush Limbaugh for thirty and more years. I was about to upload the long answer I sent last night to my French Pen Pal. S. wanted to better understand our politics especially how religion has taken such a major role in shaping it. She had just read some French analyst’s explanation about America which she tried to explain to me. I was already in a reflective mood so I sent her a 1300-word-reply. I meant to polish it up here but I jut read this apocalyptic post explaining how irrational Trump detractors were. In my turn I present it to my readers to show how irrational Trump fanatics are. I don’t know if Mr. Brownstein is a believer or simply a guy who likes throwing gas on a fire or a Russian Troll. Whatever Brownstein’s motivations are, it is important to see how Trump’s loyalists look at the world. Liberals are going to destroy America anyway so the Right might as well prepare to use the guns they’ve been stockpiling for ages! I won’t bother to argue with his ideas. I’ll let my long answer to my Pen pal typos and all, speak for me. PETE STAUBER WOULD RATHER GET SHOT BY AN UNHINGED GUNMAN AGAIN THAN TELL HIS SUPPORTERS THAT DONALD TRUMP WOULD TEAR THE CONSTITUTION IN HALF IT HE COULD PROFIT BY DOING SO.
From “Intellectual Take Out”
After Trump, Who Will Progressives Hate?
By Barry Brownstein 2 ½ min
Recently New York City’s Comptroller Scott Stringer suffered the loss of his mother, Arlene Stringer-Cuevas. Stringer-Cuevas died at age 86 due to complications from COVID-19.
Labeling his pain as “incalculable,” Stringer appeared on CNN to proclaim his anger. During an interview with Anderson Cooper Stringer lashed out: “Donald Trump has blood on his hands, and he has my mom’s blood on his hands.”
Stringer’s grief is certainly understandable. Were any of us in the same boat, we’d likely engage in finger-pointing as well. Indeed, in the current coronavirus social climate, folks are banding together, looking for someone to blame. That blame often falls on Donald Trump. But why?
It all makes sense to Eric Hoffer. In The True Believer, Hoffer sheds light on how mass movements use hatred as a unifying force.
Hoffer writes, “Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all unifying agents.” The hater, Hoffer adds, “becomes an anonymous particle quivering with a craving to fuse and coalesce with his like into one flaming mass.”
Mass movements need also need a “devil,” Hoffer explains. For some in history that devil has been Jews. In current times, that devil is often Trump.
Whether you pick Jews or Trump as your devil, haters will make everything the fault of their devil. Today some haters believe a Jewish conspiracy is behind COVID-19. Is their hatred different from those who believe Trump is the COVID devil?
Hoffer points out, “like an ideal deity, the ideal devil is omnipotent and omnipresent.” Hoffer continues, “Every difficulty and failure within the movement is the work of the devil, and every success is a triumph over his evil plotting.” To progressives full of hate, Trump is behind every evil in the world.
Who will the progressives hate after Trump? Growing anti-Semitism in the progressive moment, makes the Jews an obvious target. More likely, progressives will escalate their attacks on the “wealthy” and others they claim have “privilege.” In line with Hoffer’s observation, they will expand their definition of those they consider “wealthy” to anyone who has achieved success.
With an economy devastated by a prolonged shutdown and millions of college graduates who majored in worthless subjects, progressives have a combustible mixture to exploit. Hoffer writes, “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.” Such people dedicate themselves to a “holy cause.” Already, vigilantes call the police on their neighbors for allegedly overstepping lockdown rules.
Hoffer points to “people whose lives are barren and insecure” as they “show a greater willingness to obey.” Hoffer adds:
“To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to barter their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility.”
Hoffer warns, “In times of crisis…to obey is…the only firm point in a chaotic day-by-day existence.”
Looking at the irrational hatred for Trump being sown, I fear the coming of an authoritarian government, the likes of which we’ve never imagined, ushered in by progressives in a not so distant dystopian future.
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Summing up American Politics to my French Pen pal
It is not easy to explain the thinking of 330,000,000 people but I will try to start. Continue reading