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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

11-8-16 is the Left's 9/11

Matt Drudge linked Kurt Andersen's essay in Atlantic, "How America Lost Its Mind." Instead, he revealed how he has lost his mind -- in the political sense only

I write this response in the hope that Drudge links me.


Andersen's piece is from his upcoming book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.

He co-founded Spy magazine, which is best known for first calling Donald Trump "the Short-Fingered Vulgarian."

When the magazine subsequently folded, Spy became the first to discover feuding with Donald Trump is suicidal.

Just a side note, a vulgarian is a man of the people not to be confused with vulgar language, which Trump uses. The audience for Spy were elite Manhattan-ites. Evidently, there were not enough of them interested to keep Spy alive.

So Andersen has a score to settle with President Trump, but his real ire is with the 62 million people who dared vote for President Trump. Andersen believes they are fools living in a post-truth world of paranoia about government, distrust of the media, and conspiracy theories.

However, he offers as his proof a television show that mocks conservatives.

From Andersen:
I first noticed our national lurch toward fantasy in 2004, after President George W. Bush’s political mastermind, Karl Rove, came up with the remarkable phrase reality-based community. People in “the reality-based community,” he told a reporter, “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality … That’s not the way the world really works anymore.” A year later, The Colbert Report went on the air. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Stephen Colbert, playing his right-wing-populist commentator character, performed a feature called “The Word.” His first selection: truthiness. “Now, I’m sure some of the ‘word police,’ the ‘wordinistas’ over at Webster’s, are gonna say, ‘Hey, that’s not a word!’ Well, anybody who knows me knows that I’m no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They’re elitist. Constantly telling us what is or isn’t true. Or what did or didn’t happen. Who’s Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was finished in 1914? If I wanna say it happened in 1941, that’s my right. I don’t trust books—they’re all fact, no heart … Face it, folks, we are a divided nation … divided between those who think with their head and those who know with their heart … Because that’s where the truth comes from, ladies and gentlemen—the gut.”
But the audience for that show was not conservatives.

It was self-satisfied and smug liberals.

Colbert did not influence conservatives with his nonsense.

He was as conservative as Al Jolson was black.

Colbert created an imaginary world in which conservatives are proudly illiterate and ignorant. In so doing, he put liberals at ease. He fed their giant ego monkey.

A dozen years later, Colbert is King of Late Night.

Be careful of what you wish for, because what drives his popularity are millions of liberals who cannot accept that Trump is president.

They turn to MSNBC and CNN and the late night shows for confirmation that President Trump is failing.

While Andersen's piece mocked conspiracy theories from 15 to 50 years ago, he ignored the current kook conspiracy that Trump is in cahoots with Putin who rigged the election because that is the only explanation that Marxists will accept for Hillary's debilitating and humiliating loss to a rookie candidate who spent half as much money.

Andersen truly believes that people who disagree with him are conspiratorial.

He wrote:
How widespread is this promiscuous devotion to the untrue? How many Americans now inhabit alternate realities? Any given survey of beliefs is only a sketch of what people in general really think. But reams of survey research from the past 20 years reveal a rough, useful census of American credulity and delusion. By my reckoning, the solidly reality-based are a minority, maybe a third of us but almost certainly fewer than half. Only a third of us, for instance, don’t believe that the tale of creation in Genesis is the word of God. Only a third strongly disbelieve in telepathy and ghosts. Two-thirds of Americans believe that “angels and demons are active in the world.” More than half say they’re absolutely certain heaven exists, and just as many are sure of the existence of a personal God—not a vague force or universal spirit or higher power, but some guy. A third of us believe not only that global warming is no big deal but that it’s a hoax perpetrated by scientists, the government, and journalists. A third believe that our earliest ancestors were humans just like us; that the government has, in league with the pharmaceutical industry, hidden evidence of natural cancer cures; that extraterrestrials have visited or are visiting Earth. Almost a quarter believe that vaccines cause autism, and that Donald Trump won the popular vote in 2016. A quarter believe that our previous president maybe or definitely was (or is?) the anti-Christ. According to a survey by Public Policy Polling, 15 percent believe that the “media or the government adds secret mind-controlling technology to television broadcast signals,” and another 15 percent think that’s possible. A quarter of Americans believe in witches. Remarkably, the same fraction, or maybe less, believes that the Bible consists mainly of legends and fables—the same proportion that believes U.S. officials were complicit in the 9/11 attacks.
He defined himself by what he sees as imaginary: God.

Andersen denied the Book of Genesis, that there are angels and demons in the world, that God is involved in the lives of people.

Sad.

And liberal.

He defended the Establishment:
The word mainstream has recently become a pejorative, shorthand for bias, lies, oppression by the elites. Yet the institutions and forces that once kept us from indulging the flagrantly untrue or absurd—media, academia, government, corporate America, professional associations, respectable opinion in the aggregate—have enabled and encouraged every species of fantasy over the past few decades.
He believes in the Divine Right of Elitists to rule.

Why not? He went to Harvard. He catered to the upper crust throughout his lengthy career as a magazine writer and editor.

Sure. It makes sense from his point of view. I am not trashing him because he lives in a world where people accept at face value what authorities say. I am just pointing it out.

For example, scientists say the world is burning up because of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and he believes it. End of discussion.

Abortion is a right. End of discussion. Affirmative action is a right. End of discussion. Health care is a right. End of discussion. Immigration is a right. End of discussion.

Anything a liberal says is right. End of discussion.

We should never discuss anything with them because they are right. And because the facts are always on their side, any discussion not only is unnecessary but post-truth.

Liberals know this is untrue because Stephen Colbert mocked it as truthiness.

You can see why people with great education credentials and all these always right facts on their side were shocked on November 8, 2016, when the people in 30 states (and Maine's second congressional district) rose and elected that Short-Fingered Vulgarian president.

How can that be?

All the polls said he would lose.

It must be the Russians. Or Jim Comey. Or Fake News. Or something in the water.

The elitists have nine months later still have not come to grips with the election.

They never will.

After reading Kurt Andersen's piece, I am convinced that 11-8-16  is the Left's 9/11.

They will never get over it.

They will never get over it, even if they impeach, imprison, and humiliate Donald John Trump -- burn all his buildings, plow them, and salt the land -- and impoverish his children and grandchildren.

11-8-16 will haunt them all the rest of the days of their lives.

It devastated them.

Andersen ended his piece with a half-hearted and veiled call to rescind the First Amendment:
We need to adopt new protocols for information-media hygiene. Would you feed your kids a half-eaten casserole a stranger handed you on the bus, or give them medicine you got from some lady at the gym?
And fight the good fight in the public sphere. One main task, of course, is to contain the worst tendencies of Trumpism, and cut off its political-economic fuel supply, so that fantasy and lies don’t turn it into something much worse than just nasty, oafish, reality-show pseudo-conservatism. Progress is not inevitable, but it’s not impossible, either.
Did that hurt your feelings?

It did not hurt mine.

Made me feel pretty happy and today is a topdown day.

I wish Andersen luck with his book because I am a nice man.

Besides, I am enjoying watching the left lose its mind over an election. And that really is "How America Lost Its Mind."

Well, how the 48% who voted for Hillary lost theirs.

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19 comments:

  1. This opprobrium spewed by casual observers of this ilk see jealousy, fear, and deep resentment. A writer, of no particular talent nor success, sees a person who took chances he never did, worked 100 times harder than he ever worked, is eaten alive with regret and resentment that he made lazy life choices, didn't make the money, take the chances, risk his neck and reputation and a contemporary he is very familiar with did. Posing as Trump's superior and sneering critic, this guy just shows furious regret at a live piddled away. This fury at a successful person who so many considered an inferior is reminiscent of women who hate Palin who appears to have achieved everything she wished much like Trump. It makes them crazy and frankly pitiful.



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    1. There is some truth in this. Many who graduate from the upper Ivy towers look back wistfully upon the day they were accepted there as the finest of their life. They are often disappointed to discover later that others were not as impressed as they felt was there due. In this state they often turn to the philosopers for solace. They never shed their pride though and aside from a humble few will always think of you as a fool.

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  2. "He fed their giant monkey ego."

    With liberals, it's probably more accurate to say "their reptilian hindbrain".

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  3. No liberal need ever lose their mind, not while they still have access to an 8-inch floppy disk.

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  4. A think piece. Big D, don't go all Charles C.W. Cooke on me now. We need pithy. We need the boom. We need instant potatoes. The minute you go Panera on me, I'm out. It was a famous man (me) who once said, When you make Drudge, the drugs are next. If it happens, it happens. I mean, you've been through the wars. I thought, for you, it was about the truth and not the money! What a downer, man...

    Hahaha. Write on, Brother. Make some noise, make some noise, Come on all you West Virginians, make some noise! If you want the news, the latest is that this state is the greatest, So come on West Virginians MAKE SOME NOISE!!

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  5. Colbert is kink of late night because people who have to work in the morning aint gonna stay up and listen to his drivel.

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    1. I keep running into people who don't watch TV any more. I bet the ratings are as phony as media polls.

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  6. How do the Marxist reconcile the thought that Putin, a communist, could screw them around like that?

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  7. Libs are nuts, but not all nuts are libs. Nutty as a ton of peanuts.

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  8. The Libtards lost their minds and capacity for reasoning a long time ago. True conservatives live by the patriot's pledge: "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." - Elric

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  9. I love all the crazy-ass rationalization of "it's them, not us." They'll never be able to accept that working America has no taste for their smugness, self-righteousness, and political policies and preferences.

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  10. "How widespread is this promiscuous devotion to the untrue? How many Americans now inhabit alternate realities ...?"

    Funny thing with this, the education system has been mostly controlled by the left for the last 40 years, and he goes on and on and on about how people are superstitious!

    HUH?

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  11. "The word mainstream has recently become a pejorative, shorthand for bias, lies, oppression by the elites."

    Perhaps the reason it has become a pejorative is because a minority has hijacked the term to represent a fringe viewpoint that is not that of the actual mainstream?

    -Mikey NTH

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  12. "Anything a liberal says is right. End of discussion."

    Absolutely.

    The way they've always viewed things.

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  14. Once I thought that being linked by Drudge was a real honor, a feather-in-one's-cap; but just this morning I was thinking, "I wonder if others do as I do now, check the links before clicking, to see where they go?"

    The reason I check the links is that Drudge very often links to articles that I don't consider worth reading: they are the same bilge, the same Fake News, that has made the media so despised. If a link would take me to CNN, or the WaPo, or NYT... I don't need to go there and read that crap to find out that it's totally made up, false, and the "sources" are anonymous. There have been too many cases in the past proving this to be true.

    So Don, I'd rather just read the truth here.

    Drudge is no longer the marvellous thing I once thought it was, but just a source of clicks to those same lying, fakemedia sources. He makes a good living out of it, but I sure wish he'd link to more honest sites and reporters; those who fisk the articles like that one in the Atlantic, and who analyze the fake media & report on their falsity.

    If he did, I'd be proud to see your column there. As it is, I'm glad that you are NOT one of those despicable "reality-based" liars!

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    1. Yes, other's do check the links before clicking as you do. I too have been sucked in by his click bait headlines, only to be taken to some liberal drive-by media site. He's not the source he used to be.

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  15. Irony: left wing atheist trying to convince Christians that there are no forces of evil at work on the earth.

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