Doug Collins says that Democrats are in love with terrorists.
Mark Levin says the Democratic Party hates America.
@senatemajldr says he wants to enact the Clinton Senate trial rules.
They know these are lies. Spoiler: They're trying to destroy.
Reactionaries want to take us backwards. To do that, they need to dismantle and destroy.
For more on Conservatives v. Reactionaries, see:
🎵Those were the days🎵
What is standing in the way of returning to the Good Old Days?
All those laws and regulatory agencies that stop white men from doing whatever they please. (Like the FBI!)
But when the FBI started looking at the crimes of rich white men? Watch out!!
(Remember Sarah Palin's comment about "real" Americans?)
If this sounds to you like standard fascist propaganda. . . you're right! It is. Same thing.
Hofstadter conducted a thorough review of American politics from before the founding of the nation through McCarthyism and noticed a pattern among a small impassioned minority on the fringes of the political spectrum.
Those embracing the paranoid style of politics believe that unseen satanic forces are trying to destroy something larger in which they belong.
They “feel dispossessed."
They are “determined to repossess it and prevent the final act of subversion.”
They therefore adopt extreme measures. They will stop at nothing to prevent what they see as an impending calamity.
Here's the thing to remember about these lies: They're trying to send you into a spin. They're trying to frustrate you.
Liars have an advantage. They can reel off dozens in a short time.
They'll never go away. We'll always have the paranoid element trying to destroy.
We will need better ways of dealing with them in the future, but first things first.
Democrats won in 2018 by 8 points. 10 points is a landslide.
I'll remind you of something important: One goal of active measures is to cause people to lose confidence in democratic systems. . .
There is no situation that we can't get out of.
My husband and his family experienced the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. They also experienced . . .
Was it easy? No. But people did the work. I have a thread on how Chile (peacefully) transitioned from dictatorship to democracy.
We can surely get out of this. Check out my list of things to do:
(We all like them 😉. Offsets the inevitable Twitter Hate)
After I posted #18, I realized I was sloppy. I wrote quickly and equated cynicism with nihilism. One leads to the other.
If you read MAGA tweets with "cynicism" in mind, you can see that the MAGA mindset drips with cynicism.
For many, it's completely innocent. They're scared. They tweet their fright, which scares others more deeply.
People tend to equate "this can" with "this is likely" . . .
More nefarious (but less common) Hofstadter explains that paranoia exists on the far left as well as the far right. It's also there, but less dangerous.