Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Cultural Civil War and Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)

The Black Death originated in Chinese rats, Ebola in monkeys in the Congo, and Trump Derangement Syndrome in furious liberal suburbanites who swarmed D.C. wearing pink hats and screaming at the sky.
To understand the virology of Trump Derangement Syndrome, it’s important to distinguish between ideological and cultural lefties. Contrary to expectations, TDS is found less among ideological lefties who actually know their politics than among cultural lefties who don’t even think in political terms.
Contrast Bernie Sanders, a professional socialist politician, with Debra Messing, Ashley Judd, or any of the other Hollywood #resistance celebs with a poor understanding of politics, but an unhinged conviction that Trump’s very existence is an unbearable insult to the cultural fabric of their existence.
Ideological lefties know their Marx, Alinsky, and their Crenshaw. Their hostility to Trump is relentless, but it’s the cold, political enmity of a faction that sees him as a dangerous threat to their agenda, but also as an opportunity to rapidly radicalize the Democrats to embrace previously unthinkable options.
And the cultural lefties are the ones they’re radicalizing.
Cultural lefties don’t think in political terms. They don’t understand issues and policies. They just absorb what the right views are from their surroundings. Ideological lefties can struggle with contradictions. Cultural lefties are just as clueless about contradictions as deer are about cars. They don’t ponder why they once opposed gay marriage, but now support it. That’s just what the herd they’re part of did.
Politics is a process. Its product is a value system. That value system has taken the place that morality occupied among their traditionally religious ancestors, those Northeastern Protestants and German Jewish immigrants who built what they are wrecking. They may occasionally go to church or synagogue, but those brief visitations only reinforce their moral convictions about global warming, abortion, transgender bathrooms, immigration, gun control and the rest of the creed of the Church of the Left.
These agendas are not their political opinions, they are their mores, their worldviews, and their religion, to the extent they have one. Like any tribesman in the Sahara who mutilates his daughters or devout cult member who knows that the comet is coming, they cannot conceive of another way to think.
Read the rest from Daniel Greenfield HERE.

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