Persons suffering from mental health disturbances often develop intricate coping skills to mask the severity of imbalances. These include projection, denial, avoidance, displacement, regression, repression, sublimation, rationalization, and reaction formation. A summary of definitions can be read here. Often delaying treatment to address their dysfunction leads to tragic circumstances.
Groups of people can also suffer from a collective unhealthy psychological perspective observed in abusive workplace culture or family dynamics. Societies can become so infested with negative group-think that the culture decays, resulting in horrific historical events. David Livingstone Smith wrote a book called “Less Than Human,” which delves into this phenomenon where on a large scale, cultures become so dysfunctional that they tolerate, enable, foster, and act by dehumanizing others within their society and commit atrocities against them.
My fellow Americans: You are presently living in a culture that is psychologically diseased, no matter if you are the one identifying with the aggressor or the one being persecuted. We all need an intervention – like yesterday!
Daily, we are being subjected to an ” us and them” litany of division. Americans no longer have the luxury of standing at the crossroads – we have crossed over the Rubicon. Don’t believe this? This reprehensible display of dehumanization was elevated and provided a public platform – Please listen intently:
“Trump’s supporters must be removed from society…” pic.twitter.com/G3hsKNfdz5
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 11, 2020
Keith Olbermann calls for Trump to get the death penalty, one for every COVID death. Unhinged. pic.twitter.com/8JbY0pPu7p
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 20, 2020
This normalization and desensitization of hate and dehumanization are always markers to the run-up of history’s most inhumane and mass heinous events. A frenzied barbaric implosion brought to fruition following the creeping censorship, desensitization to violence, propaganda influence campaigns, where the culture appears to assume still is “below the threshold” of concern to the masses. Once the masses wake up, it is too late to stem the tide.
This disconnect can be found in our media declaring, “Mostly peaceful protests!” While viewers watch reporters standing with flames engulfing buildings, violent criminals chanting death to the police, and like some game, they overtake the police station and “capture the flag.”
There are too many examples to list where the media and Democrats continue to promote alternative realities based on false narratives despite direct evidence of the facts; The insistence that Trump has not disavowed White Supremacy despite doing so repeatedly. Gas-lighting by telling Americans the President said Neo-Nazis were “fine people” when the same media have also debunked that very claim. The constant lie that Trump said the virus was a hoax despite WAPO giving Biden 4 Pinocchio’s for that doozy. Then there is the ” he murdered 200 thousand Americans through incompetence”, “downplayed and did nothing,” and told people, “do not to wear masks” litany of smears. Why does this contrived cognitive dissonance matter? One word – History.
A brief review of world history; “The Jews were called Rats during the Holocaust, The Tutsis were called cockroaches in the Rwanda genocide, and the Ancient Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, European and early American cultures labeled slave chattel as subhumans. This purposeful framing not only justified the oppressors’ actions but provided shielding from moral scorn. After all, if someone is subhuman, they have no right to safety or prosperity, right? The tribe promulgates “we are on the right side of history,” objectifying the other tribe to be targeted. What is the real difference between calling mass numbers of citizens Rats, cockroaches, or maggots? They all denote subhuman, and ” expunging them” can only be seen as the righteous thing to do.
There is no happenstance here, remember when Hillary Clinton declared Half of Trump supporters as “Deplorables” who are irredeemable? Hillary was a disciple of Saul Alinsky, whose “Rules for Radicals” is the left’s character assassination playbook.
Rule# 13 “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. Other key rules were these: 1) Accuse your enemy of what you yourself are doing; 2) Isolate your enemy; 3) Attack, attack, attack; and 4) The truth doesn’t matter; what’s important is what people believe.
Has not the media and left waged a sustained campaign focused on influencing opinion and destroying President Trump? (see here 95% negative coverage) They have called him a racist, a dictator, a fascist, Hitler, and now a mass murderer. Every headline is designed to promote distrust, loathing, and hate of the man and his supporters by extension. Are you getting that frigid tinge of an evil chill yet?
Healthy human beings are wired to have empathy, making it very difficult psychologically speaking to snuff out another’s life, up close and personal, in cold blood, or torture, when self-defense is not a factor. Overriding that integral natural inhibition in mentally balanced individuals means programming through indoctrination. Unfortunately, we like to think of the Holocaust and other atrocities as one-offs or odd aberrations and blame mass insanity as instigated by a handful of deranged ideologues. This may help one sleep better at night, but it is not true. Smith points out in his book:
“Germans are not uniquely more cruel people than any other. The truth is that the most disturbing aspect of the Nazi phenomenon was that they were ordinary human beings who became capable of acting like madmen and monsters.”
There are many times throughout world history “group think” resulted in unspeakable acts against humanity. The French Revolution and the Holocaust are more recent mirrors. Hitler’s Regime used a four-step process to dehumanize certain segments of the population and elevated other segments to feel righteous in all actions towards those deemed “undesirables.”
- Prejudice – defined by” unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, ideological or religious group.”
- Scapegoating – The Nazis published an enormous quantity of propaganda that blamed the Jews for all wrongdoings, mistakes, or ills that plagued civilization, declaring them “Untermenschen” or subhuman.
- Discrimination – Nazi propaganda made scapegoating of Jews foment prejudices, which naturally led to discriminatory laws and violent acts against them, which individuals committed with impunity.
- Persecution – The crescendo of steps leads to brutal and open humiliation, degradation, demoralizing, torture, and murder of millions. This persecution was normal, considered morally acceptable, and necessary.
Once in power, Hitler suspended individual freedoms like press, speech, and assembly. Censorship and Special Security Forces (The Gestapo) was key to quelling massive resistance. Political enemies were purged, and (The Enabling Act of March 23, 1933) cemented the Dictatorship. Kristallnacht, which included the desecration and destruction of synagogues and businesses, and roundup including murder – began the escalation of terror for Jews, homosexuals, Romani Gypsies, physically and mentally disabled and any other labeled as “Untermenschen.” Germans did not just wake up one day hating these targeted groups. They were indoctrinated to do so. A key component was intimidation and fear that one would become the hunted if one spoke out or stood up to the unfolding horrors. Today in America, “the silent majority” is mum as a survivor mechanism.
Similarly, The French Revolution roots came out of class warfare (Nobility vs. Peasants), poverty, and oppression. But the political manipulation of those burdens was exploited and led to tragic circumstances that neither delivered justice nor full bellies. Another replaced one control system, but only after thousands were dead from anarchy, mob violence, and counter-revolution. Jean-Paul Marat, one of the main leaders of the revolution, had quipped, “Apart from a few tragic scenes, the French Revolution has been nothing but a web of farcical scenes.” Marat would end up stabbed to death in a bathtub in retaliation for his bloodthirsty excesses. Maximilien Robespierre, another leader, would have his head severed in the guillotine by the extremists he whipped up into a frenzy of death-lust. Prejudice, scapegoating, discrimination, persecution, and dehumanization were all on the French Revolution Menu. False Propaganda, group-think, and cognitive dissonance were also hallmarks.
Americans of all ideological stripes are being basted daily by such intense vitriol and disdain for one another that we are being smothered to death by polarization. The technological age of the internet and social media platforms has acted as a perfect roux, creating a psychological gumbo of digital bubbles mixing and dividing us into Mirepoix versus Soffritto. This digital community, which now melds us together, has one goal, and that task is to reassure each of us that our feelings are not only valid but righteous and morally superior. This echo chamber is confirmation bias personified. Trump Derangement Syndrome, or anti – Trump hysteria, has seeped into every cultural institution. Now our collective consciousness, no matter the veracity of claims, is all about the feelings that amp up the tribalism. These feelings often substitute low self-esteem and provide a sense of self and belonging to the tribe. Like Ancient Rome, some of us have become the Bloodthirsty spectators waiting for the Christians to be fed to the lions.
The Right Wire Report is not a substitution for mental health treatment. That being said, indulge me in participating in a mock “Empty -Chair “exercise.
Imagine there is an empty chair in the room across from you. If it helps, you may literally place an empty chair in the room. As you perform the following exercise steps, imagine the chair has seated in it all the facets of each person targeted. See the red MAGA hat person in front of you; hear the words used to describe those identified as “Other.” Observe the feelings welling up in you as we move through each step and take notes after each to refer back for review. Comprehend the exercise is for all Americans to complete, not just one faction of a designated ideological tribe.
Step 1 – Please watch the video below.
The most important video of 2020
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) August 31, 2020
Step 2 – Make the time and effort to skim over two different Presidential campaign events. Note the people in the crowds, their faces, signs, spirit, rhetoric, and put them in the empty chair too. Comprehend the context is a political rally and focus on a few key phrases. Why are one politician’s phrases lauded, and one politician is mocked and denoted as Armageddon? Are the phrases rather similar in intent and meaning? What is the difference between rally goers? Reconcile. Rally footage can be seen here and here (Trump’s start at 1:00).
- “Invisible people” vs. “Forgotten man.”
- “Be the change we can believe in to fundamentally transform our country ” vs. “Make America Great Again.”
- “This country and dream it stands for are being tested in a way we have not seen in nearly a century ” vs. “We are one movement, one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God, and together we can accomplish anything.”
Step 3 – Watch and read the cultural elites’ narrative about the free world leader contracting a deadly virus. During this step, imagine President Trump, The First Lady, even family members in the chair. Now write down the answer to this question –What did you feel when you heard the President and First Lady tested positive?
- Chris Rock on SNL “Trump is in the hospital with COVID. My heart goes out to COVID.”
- “Selma” director “get well, you disgraceful lying White Supremacist so we can vote you out.”
- Rob Reiner, “Of the 10s of thousands of lies this Sociopath has told, saying the Coronavirus has turned a corner is an unmitigated evil, and it is premeditated murder.”
- Hillary Clinton, former communication director Zara Rahim tweeted, “I hope Trump dies…we are waiting for his death.”
Step 4 – Review the stats with citations (over 700) on these lists of violent acts over four years against Trump supporters here, here, here, and here. See the sum of each person in these stats sitting in the empty chair.
Step 5 – review each feeling you wrote down after each step.
- Did you feel self-aware?
- Did you feel the exercises were relevant to you?
- Did you feel angry?
- Did you feel empathy?
- Did you feel sadness?
- Did you feel justified?
- Did you feel confused?
- Did you feel shame?
- Did you feel superior?
- Did you feel victimized?
- Did you own your feelings?
Step 6 – Now sit in the empty chair you have placed or imagined during the exercise and read the following statement:
When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 17, 2020
To the person now sitting in the empty chair: while reading the statement, did you identify with the tribe who will seek revenge and deliver retribution or the tribe who has been deemed as needing to be retaliated upon?
The steps are complete. Please note that all readers, no matter their political affiliation, were asked to participate. There were no comparable examples of mass violence from the opposite perspective. Both tribes should have gained some insight into the other by performing the exercise. If you think you did not, that belief could be personally diagnostic, and you may wish to explore further the causes of your present indifference with mental health specialists. For the rest, who were capable of accessing their emotions without projecting and could tolerate the assertion that they are indeed in one of the bubbles of group-think, I encourage you to push yourself to break free. Heal thy tribe as our collective futures depend upon it.
I leave all with the following somber foreshadowing. Each American has witnessed in the last six months acute civil unrest and disturbing violence. Over the past years, we have allowed the minority culture elites and media to degrade the Office of the Presidency, the occupant, his family, his party, and his supporters. All have been ridiculed, mocked, falsely accused of crimes, and physically threatened or injured. Just ask Rep. Steve Scalise or Senator Rand Paul. Our Great Grandparents, Grandparents, Parents, or even you or I did not grow up in this America. I suspect the same could be said in France too.
This week a teacher in Paris was beheaded in broad daylight by an extremist shouting “Allah Akbar” and wearing what appeared to be an explosive vest. The police arrested a suspect, 18-year-old Aboulakh A – a Russian national of Chechen origin, who claimed the act was over free speech to share a Profit Mohammed Cartoon.
Those who believe such barbaric psychology of cruelty could never manifest in our country are destined to ignore the clear and present danger signs and are destined to repeat history.