Someone I used to be good friends with moved out to a red state about ten years ago.

He was my creative partner in a small ad agency. A laid-back, funny, fun guy in a liberal, creative industry.

Just about the LAST guy I’d ever imagine becoming a Trumper.

After he moved, he apparently jumped into the Fox News pool with both feet.

Yesterday, he posted the most unhinged rant about how it is actually Republicans who have been wronged by Democrats for years and years.

It was so irrational, it bordered on psychosis.

It was a thousand-word rant about how Repubs had been victimized by Dems.

I mean, completely insane shit. e.g. Feminists were mean to Sarah Palin.

It isn’t even a cult at this point. It’s engrained psychosis no different than the brainwashing of North Koreans by state media.
I have no idea how people that far gone into a world of wholesale delusion can ever be deprogrammed.

It certainly can’t happen while Fox News, et al, are deepening the indoctrination.

And it isn’t worth even trying.

We’re better off focusing on the still-sane folks.

Bums me out to see a young guy whose company I used to love go straight over a cliff into unhinged delusion.

There is no reasoning with madness though.

And that world is now fully over the waterfall. Ain’t no pulling them back up.


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Folks who have followed me for a long time can probably attest to that.

A lot of people who have seen a narcissist up close could do the same. They’re just predictable.

They are so programmed, they’re incapable of surprise.

They are hardwired to make all decisions based on two driving motivations.

What best helps them:

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Stacey Abrams, et al, know what they’re doing.
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An uncoordinated hurricane of out-of-state messages would hurt rather than help.
Links to donate or make calls for Jon Ossoff.
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They’re taking it as a confession of prior wrongdoing.

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Jay waved me over and start pouring me a Guinness.

I sat on a stool near the door in case people hustled in and I had to bounce.

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