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Ingrained Hypocrisy, Dishonesty & the GOP

by Dog Gone on September 1, 2016

I was struck by the image below, not only for the specific message but for the larger, longer pattern it suggests.

 

I was reminded by this incident of the idiots in Texas who insisted that Ted Cruz was not foreign because he was born in Canada — because Canada was not foreign. But President Obama was foreign in spite of being born in Hawaii, because ……….yep, Hawaii was more foreign than Canada. Don’t strain yourself; you can’t make sense out of that nonsense. It’s entirely irrational.

 

Cruz stroked their prejudices. Kaepernick rubbed their prejudices the wrong way when he opposed racial bias.  As we have seen, Trump in complete denial of the 1st Amendment rights under the Constitution, in complete denial of any protest of inequality, claims that Kaepernick should leave the US, where he is as much a citizen as Trump.  Perhaps the single aspect of this pattern of hypocrisy, double standards, and intolerant idiocy is how often the right finds pretexts to be aggrieved, to see themselves as victims when they are not, but to condemn and ridicule those who are genuinely treated unfairly, ESPECIALLY when denying them rights, be it the LGBT community, or voter suppression of minorities.

 

In the larger context, Bill Moyers summed it up, about Donald Trump specifically, but it applies to a broad section of conservatives generally.

Why Trump Can Lie and No One Seems to Care

The GOP candidate gets away with outrageous, contradictory statements because the mainstream media and the public let him.

…Another explanation is that long before Trump, social scientists observed that truth matters less to people than reinforcement, and that most of us have the ability to reformulate misstatements into truth so long as they conform to our own biases. We believe what we believe, and we are not changing even in the face of opposing facts (without this capacity for self-deception there would be no Fox News).

It might be the most egregious when it comes to Trump, but it is true of anything that the right resists; it is true of every topic where the right would rather have their biases reinforced and affirmed than they care about the truth. They don’t like the truth. In some cases they HATE the truth – anthropogenic climate change comes to mind as one example, and the notion gays are pedophiles is another.

 

I have long contended that conservatives as a group believe a large quantity of factually false things, many of them so obvious as to be on a par with believing the earth is flat. And there is a subset of conservative evangelicals even believe that, tracking it back to a few old testament Bible verses. It explains Mike Pence and the other creationist young earth wackobirds. It explains Trump, it explains the lack of enthusiasm for Romney and Ryan. It explains the popularity of idiots like Rush Limbaugh, it explains the willful ignorance of the endemic misogynists, and the denial of the failure of trickle down economics.  It explains the many that avoid ‘being confused by the facts’ by simply denying them or making up nonsense, like the Jade Helm paranoia, claims of Clinton murders, or anything from Infowars, as examples.

 

It’s something we need to change, and not just because of Trump; rather we need to change it far more broadly. We need the right to grow up and act like adults again. I wish I knew how to make that happen; maybe losing will be sufficient shock to reboot the right wing nuts minds.

 

If we DON’T figure out how to fix this problem, then the very future of our representative government will be at risk.

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