By all appearances society is coming apart at the seams. Not just coming apart – being ripped apart. People will believe the absurd, defend the absurd and then argue the absurd. If one points out that these things are absurd it will get you labeled a radical. It is not an accident that these things are so.
The primary tool by which society is ripped apart is propaganda. As of late it has been labeled ‘fake news’ – but Goebbels would recognize it right off. It is intended to produce a psychological reaction – and anyone who fails to share the psychological reaction is labeled an enemy. That is pretty much how it works. As I detailed yesterday it takes one down the path of moral and intellectual bankruptcy.
The Trump, Clinton and Sanders campaigns last year were entirely propaganda – and people are still fighting over how their candidate’s propaganda was superior to the other candidate’s propaganda. What they are really fighting over is a preferred psychological reaction. I opposed Trump, Sanders and Clinton on the basis that none of them should’ve been President. Trump has not been nearly as bad as I thought he could have been (it is early yet!) but it is also looking as though nothing much of lasting effect may get done either.
On the flip side it is hard to imagine a party doing worse than the Democrats. It would appear that the goal of the Democrat Party is to validate that every bad thing ever said about them is true. While the Republicans are getting nothing useful done the Democrats are making themselves out to be the pariah party. The capstone is creating false moral equivalencies to rationalize political violence and intimidation. False moral equivalencies are now epidemic on the Left. The Left is seeking to rationalize what is clearly irrational and wrong – and it continues to isolate them. Increasing numbers of rank-and-file Democrats are aghast at what is being done in their name – the allegations of what Trump and Republicans will allegedly do look trite in contrast to what the Left is actually doing and the population at large has noticed this.
So far the key to understanding what is going on is that the allegations of what Trump and Republicans will allegedly do appear completely false. Russian collusion. Obstruction of justice. Apartheid. Anti-Gay agendas. Wholesale persecution of Moslems. Wholesale persecution of Hispanics. Wholesale persecution of immigrants. You can tick off the allegations – allegations that the Left use to justify all sorts of abhorrent behavior on their part but in reality are not in sight.
This creates a dilemma for the Democrat Party. A majority of the Democrat Party are rational, good human beings who have no interest in being associated with the Left and tactics of violence and intimidation – let alone basing their lives on allegations which increasingly appear to be false. It is looking entirely possible that the Democrats will have to choose between disinviting the Leftist or continue to be electorally isolated. I am guessing that they will end up disinviting the Leftist but it may take a disastrous election or two for them to get to that point. American elections are won and lost in the center – and while that center is shrinking – it is highly unlikely that the Left will ever garner sufficient support to win a national election. A recent Gallup poll showed that what American voters overwhelmingly want is for things in DC to get done and the Left has steered the Democrat Party into a mode of preventing anything getting done. Propaganda won’t fix this problem for the Democrats. The pain is too real for too many Americans.
The Democrats will own this in 2018.