“Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.” - Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee
"We're in a strange place. It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?" the Tennessee Republican told reporters. "It's not a good place for any party to have a cult-like situation as it relates to a President that happens to be purportedly of the same party."- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker
Jonestown and Waco have shown us cultists will defend or follow their leaders unto death. Their cult is their religion. There really are fanatical “Trump Christians” exulting, “Jesus sent Donald Trump to save America”.
Sorry. NO. That would be more a hooded “Republican Jesus of Wall Street", aka Mammon, they are thanking.
To protect the Cult leader, the alt-Right Party of Trump and FOX(R) seek to discredit the Justice Department and shut down a productive investigation into Russian interference in our election. Conspiring with an adversarial regime to take power over our government amounts to treason, the deepest betrayal of our country.
All in service to the cult of the Big Dotard. The Cult of Right-wing Authoritarian Personalities has reached its inevitable transformation into a toxic American expression of fascism.
And their propaganda continues to poison the minds of our fellow citizens to the great detriment and peril of our democratic republic.
I never heard of “Alinsky Rules” before I was accused of employing them. The same is true of almost everybody I know. (Alinsky’s book was actually disseminated by the Tea Party group FreedomWorks to use for scary red-baiting.)
The propaganda machinery of the radical Right has been hammering those who disagree with them with red-baiting accusations of “Alinsky tactics”.
The accusation would be leveled when they are cornered by the truth or by questions they cannot answer.
Maybe I’m a bad liberal for not following or even knowing what the “Alinsky rules” are.
But I have been observing the propaganda of the radical Right.
I have compiled the Authoritarian Tactics and Rules of Discourse.
They will deny it, of course, and “deny” isn’t even one of their Dirty Dozen Rules of Discourse.
I alphabetized the rules, so let’s start with the first,
They deceive. Their Big MAGAt has lied more than any American politician in our collective memories.
They tirelessly deceive in order to unite the Right and consolidate power. The radical Right MUST LIE. They represent a powerful and wealthy anti-democracy minority bent on one-party rule. The Big MAGAt and his Party have recruited every white racist in the country to that cause.
The second of the Authoritarian Dirty Dozen Rules of Discourse is the foundation of their dogma. They have seized authority to unilaterally define terms. They smeared the word “liberal” for decades. They have historically undermined journalism with their “Liberal media” Big Lie. Now under the fascistic rule of the Party of Trump they have gone from what the Nazis called “Lügenpresse”, to declaring our Constitutional free press is the “enemy of the people”.
The German Nazis used the term “Lügenpresse”, or lying press, in their campaign to destroy journalism. Now American fascists cry “liberal media” and “fake news” when the truth threatens their agenda.
And here we are:
"I do it to discredit and demean you all, (News media) so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you." – Big MAGAt Cult Leader
"Truth is relative. They may have a different version of the truth than we do." - Rudy “Perjury Trap” Giuliani
This is exactly what totalitarians do.
Projection and other defense mechanisms.
Their “Not A Full Deck” of Cards:
The Angry White “Victim Card”.
The “Commie Card” Accusation.
The "Alinsky Card' Accusation.
The "Alinsky Card' Accusation.
The Reverse Accusation “Race card”.
This isn't intended to be a complete compilation, of course. These are just the common rules and tactics from the top of my head.
Along with "Deny", I'm sure there are even more "D" words to add to our already "Dirty Baker's Dozen"; let alone what can be added from the rest of the alphabet. We are open to such amendments as offered, of course.
Start with applying these rules and tactics to any utterance from an alt-Right/Trumpist/White Nationalist and you'll see the pattern. Other less employed tactics and rules will emerge.