I've recently been banned from a certain Trumpist's site, despite our having a long history of commenting at each other's blogs. (He and his loyal pals may still comment here.)
"Prager U" is one of his go-to sources of information and opinion. It is his gospel, of course. It is all believed 100% beyond question.
Ever since he drank the Big Lie koolade, he's been self-radicalizing to the extreme. He finally had enough of my repeated requests for evidence showing the election was stolen. (Oh, me of little faith.)
After years of lecturing me on how much I was being "Marxist, Leftist, Socialist”, etc, he's now all aboard the "Leftists Are Fascists" train.
Well, that train derailed. Do they know fascists have always hated communists?
Do they know, or care, what those words even mean? Or is it just about the hate?
Exhibit A: "Anyone that simply wishes to throw "Nazi" and "fascist" firebombs as a means of debate is not a useful source at all, other than as an example of how low the militant left has descended."
Of course, it was also acceptable discourse to be called "Commie racist Dave".
Their Leader recently declared, “Slobs and Radical Left maniacs at the View” are the “Communists” Meghan McCain should fight.
And at the radical Turning Point rally:
“Like it or not, we are becoming a communist country. That’s what’s happening...The radical left democrat communist party".
That’s also when his standard Trumpian projection echoed Goebbels:
“That’s what they’re doing. You know what it’s called? Disinformation. They make up a lot of crap and they say it over and over and over…”
Like someone being a commie AND a fascist.
Of course our Trumpist friend has been conditioned to reflexively ignore, dismiss, or deny all information from the “Liberal Media, Fake News, Enemies of the people”. He can believe only pro-Trump media.
It was only a few years ago he agreed Trump wasn't morally fit to be president.
He grew weary of ignoring facts and dismissing appeals to reason, of course. It may even have made him uncomfortable. That made me a "hater". Well, that and being such a dirty, lying Socialist/Leftist/Commie/Fascist.
I think what really snapped his girdle was when I challenged him for still supporting Trump, knowing he praised the violent 1/6 terrorists AFTER their failed coup.
It did not compute.
He was utterly incapable of disagreeing, or even recognizing the statement.
So he had to ban me for my "hate".
I’m not so sad to leave as so happy to have been there.
Really. I’ve learned a bit. Those on the radical Right have strong FEELINGS, and beliefs beyond introspection. Beyond facts, logic and reason.
And I have gained a belief of my own, albeit open to as much question as my fascist tolerance allows.
I believe there are two important things to understand about cults like the American far Right.
The radical Right and Trump Cult have two Orwellian operating "principles".
The Two Prime Doctrines of the American Radical Right:
1. The Doctrine of Flexible Morality and Ethics. “It's OK if you’re a Republican.”
“Anything and everything. Identical words and actions are evil if by a Democrat, but never if by a Republican.”
(Right. My body. My choice. If not for double standards, they’d have none.)
2. The Doctrine of Flexible Reality.*
“Everything is as we say, contradictions included, and everyone else is lying.”
* (Corollaries) “There is no such thing as a Doctrine of Flexible Morality and Ethics. There is no such thing as a Doctrine of Flexible Reality. Unless we say there is.”
(This doctrine was established and expanded upon by their propagandists over the decades, and employed every day across their cult. They were now ready for Trump, their Dear Leader of infallible words and deeds.)
I can’t think of anything these “principles” can’t cover in their deranged and delusional cult bubble.
Ignorance is strength.