Snowflakes: The Politics of Hysteria

The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it… It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion.
-George Washington-

As you may have noticed lately, American politics has become a toxic cesspool, divided in large part around two political factions devoted to convincing the other that they are ruining the country. Challenge the supporters of either of the political parties, and you’re met with immediate condemnation and energetic dehumanization.

The rank and file Republicans have embraced radical nationalism, because they believe that the Democrats are out to turn the United States into a socialist cesspool. To avoid this vision of America’s eventual political collapse into dystopia, they demand unquestioning loyalty to the president and uncritical support of his laughable methods.

On the other hand, the Democrats have embraced the radical socialism, because they believe that the Republicans want to turn the United States into a corporatist oligopoly, with a nation divvied up among the haves at the expense of the have-nots. To avoid this grim future, they demand the same unquestioning loyalty to their political aims.

Tell me, what kinds of political hegemony try to dissuade the people from questioning their methods and motivations? There’s only two real possibilities here. Tyrants disallow examination, because their methods turn the people against them. Fools don’t want examination, because their own incompetence undermines them.

Both factions are completely correct. The Republicans are right that the Democrats trying to establish a pseudo-socialist “shovel ready” dystopia where economic power will be put into the hands of incompetent politicians. The Democrats are right that the Republicans are seeking to hand the keys of power to the corporate donor class.

So both parties are, in fact, out to ruin the country, and it’s time to be done with them. The problem of hysteria comes with how these factions deal with this knowledge. A hysteric cannot have the truth beaten into them. Like beasts, they will run to their instincts, rather than relying on their powers of reason and logic.

If, for example, the problem with the Democrats is they wish to force Americans to kneel before the presumed infallible authority of the state under their control, why are Republicans so convinced the proper response is obedience to the presumed infallible authority of the state merely because it’s under their control instead?

The answer to that question is hysteria. They don’t see the obvious contradiction of their position because they can’t. They’ve run to their psychological bunkers, where nothing that isn’t already in gets in, and from where they fire off their salvos of conformist thought. The problem with hysteria is it is itself a barrier to communication.

Like rabbits, these people do not venture far from the safety of their philosophical bunkers. Even a simple misunderstanding is enough to set hysterical people off, and, after the last twenty of the political parties cultivating such hysterics as part of their political dogmas, there’s no sign of this bunker mentality abating.

These precious, precious snowflakes of both parties demand to have their bad ideas coddled, their tantrums tolerated, and their ignorant beliefs validated. It is the duty of every honest thinking man and woman to deny the snowflakes the comfort of their delusions. No problem has ever been solved by lying about it.

Liberty is For The Win!

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