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Right-Wing Power Prepares for Trump 2024

More and more I suspect that our species evolved with a range of differing political predilections to keep us from agreeing ourselves to death, so to speak.

If everyone were exclusively liberal or conservative, the possibilities for extremism would increase exponentially.

This is easily demonstrated through ideological amplification, which is simply the fact that groups of people who come together with a political bent, will move towards it more forcefully as a group than they would have on their own. We do this routinely on Facebook by doubling down in agreement with one another.

Going too far left or right is always a recipe for disaster, but right-wing extremism is consistently more pervasive than the left, because there are more points of emotional agreement on the right.

Going too far left or right is always a recipe for disaster, but right-wing extremism is consistently more pervasive than the left, because there are more points of emotional agreement on the right.

Right-wing terrorist groups vastly outnumber those on the left. When right-wing ideology reaches a critical mass in numbers, the oppression can be stifling. A Taliban like mentality, is ubiquitous on the hard-right.

In her book Nomad: From Islam to America, Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes,

“American agencies and academics and social psychologists make a big mistake when they try to understand a brainwashed mind only from the time it becomes radical. Radical Islam is sold in steps, and this is true in America too. At first it is marketed as a program for virtuous behavior, for goodness. Then you are encouraged to seek out other Muslims, to befriend only each other. The whole rancid subject of violent jihad is broached only in later stages. But the prehistory of radicalism is a soft brainwashing in submission—the real meaning of the word Islam—from birth.” p. 142.

Of course, this sounds familiar because this is true of all right-wing indoctrinations and the evangelical infatuation with the orange grifter is a case in point.

In his book, Why?: Explaining the Holocaust, Peter Hayes (no relation to me) points out something we all know, but something we need to be reminded of often. And this is simply to “illustrate how power magnifies the ideas of those who hold it because of the human tendency to seek safety in conformity.”

All we must do to confirm the exponential growth of contempt caused by authoritarian rhetoric, is to acknowledge the escalating rise in hate crimes.

Once despicable people gain positions of power, contemptable behavior can become the norm, as is still happening now in America coast to coast, even though Trump is out of office.

Hatred has a forward momentum that is hard to mitigate. For every demagogic Stephen Miller, there is a sycophantic Bill Barr, seduced by his proximity to power, and eager to use secrecy as a means of covering up and clearing a path for a tyrant to gain even more control.

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William Barr types are attracted to power, as a moth is to flame, they are a dime a dozen, and were it not the case, despots would not gain and maintain power so easily.

It’s exceptionally disturbing, that authority magnified by nature of having power, steeped in ignorant assumptions, and having no basis in truth, whatsoever, suggests that for at least a third of our population, one opinion is considered as good as another, and education has no standing.

No need to listen to scientists, Bubba will tell you everything you need to know. That a president is believed, not because what he or she says is true, but because they are the president, is a platform for authoritarian governance: the antithesis of democracy.

Too many of our citizens have come to accept the notion that for political purposes, identity trumps knowledge and truth in any context. Democracy requires an intellectual buy-in and we clearly don’t have enough customers.

There is a bit of irony in the notion that liberals are prone to think most people are good and will do the right thing given a chance, while conservatives believe people are bad enough to require frequent punishment to goad them toward the right path.

The truth is likely somewhere in the middle, but when those at the highest levels of government double-down on the bad, for lots of people, contempt becomes virally contagious—all expressions of otherness become suspect—and nationalism begins to resemble a bandwagon effort.

Today in America, most citizens in this country still believe in democracy. If we were to have a truly fair democratic election, the hard-political right would lose hands down, but as Peter Hayes noted above “power magnifies the ideas of those who hold it because of the human tendency to seek safety in conformity.”

If we ever cede enough power to give the hard right complete and lasting power, wingnuttery can easily become the new norm.

We are an egregiously ill-educated country and the idealists on our side of the isle are not nearly as dependable as are the wingnuts. The 2016 election was a close call, what happened in Germany in the 1930s could still happen here.

Every time Donald Trump appears on television, his demeanor screams unfitness, incompetence, and breathtaking ignorance, and yet, most Republicans still support him for running in 2024. This is both existentially bewildering and scary as hell.

The global history of right-wing ascendency portends a very rough road ahead. But the state of Texas may have done us a big favor by blatantly attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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The hard-right can always be depended on to overreach, they can’t help it, it is who they are. I am betting because they are who they are, that we will have a better than average chance to keep the House and even gain seats in the Senate in 2022. Of course, we will still have to stop them from cheating, because right-wing righteousness is unimpeded by ethics and morality.

Thoughts?

Charles D. Hayes

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