Why can't we reason with the radical Right? Why is good faith discussion almost always impossible?
First, they don’t want to understand us. They embrace their prejudiced beliefs and rely on their leaders’ propaganda instead.
But we need to understand them, not just by their words, but how they redefine them and employ them to attack opponents, and as evidenced by their 1/6 coup, our democracy itself.
Words have different meanings to them. They redefine words to fit their narrative of demonization.
As Orwell’s Party member phrased it in "1984", “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
They started with “trickle down economics”, “government is the problem”, “liberal media”, “Liberalism is a mental disorder”.
Soon after, “snowflakes”, “libtards” and “anti-American socialists”, and “Democrat party voter fraud” became expressions of their hate and lies.
But this wasn’t enough to keep their base inflamed. More fuel needed to be poured onto their flames of fury.
Here are just a few samples of their even more radicalized twisted definitions and ideological talking points:
“Critical Race Theory is Marxism.”
“Leftists hate America.”
“Democrats are communists.”
“Democrats want to replace white Americans with brown people.”
“Biden stole the election.”
Anger, fear, blame, and hate are their go-to emotional reactions when it comes to the press, public education, public healthcare, voter rights, minorities, immigrants, Democrats and progressives. Their propagandists have been hammering this into their heads for decades.
Their propagandists understand they respond to feelings more than facts, so they warp information into “alternative facts”, that elicit an emotional response.
Their extremist has reached its endgame in Marjorie Taylor Greene’s new ad. She calls Ilhan Omar, Maxine Waters, Ayanna Pressley, Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Rashida Tlaib, Nancy Pelosi, AOC, and Elizabeth Warren, “Communist Democrats who hate America, hate God, and hate our way of life.”
My observations have brought me to some conclusions about what forms the foundation their radical Right ideology.
Their rigid belief system depends, and is built upon, the ruins of their destruction of words.
Ignorance isn't ignorance to the ignorant.
Stupid isn’t stupid to the stupid.
Delusion isn’t delusion to the delusional.
Racism isn't racism to the racist.
Bigotry isn’t bigotry to bigots.
Fascism isn't fascism to fascists.
Treason isn't treason to the traitor.
A cult isn't a cult to the cult.
Seems to be a pattern, here.
Seems to be a pattern, here.
A third of Americans embrace at least some of the radical Right’s “Great Replacement Theory”.
Most Republicans believe Trump’s Big Lie about a stolen election.
Their hate for racial and gender equality, journalism, public healthcare, public education, democracy, decency, truth, voter protections, impartial elections, and most Americans tells us THEY are the ones who hate America.
The radical Right ignorance, stupidity, delusion, racism, bigotry, fascism, and treason of Trump’s cult have undermined truth and election integrity, and incited open insurrection and radical Right terrorism.
They are reason why we are desperately clinging to the precipice of a divided and failed republic.
And the radical Right will STILL blame “commie” Democrats and progressives.