This is a really great pickup of Vox’s, from Scott Adam’s website. I’m quoting Adams here but linking Vox since he found it, and his comments deserve hearing:
But lately I get the feeling that Trump’s critics have evolved from expecting Trump to be Hitler to preferring it. Obviously they don’t prefer it in a conscious way. But the alternative to Trump becoming Hitler is that they have to live out the rest of their lives as confirmed morons. No one wants to be a confirmed moron. And certainly not after announcing their Trump opinions in public and demonstrating in the streets. It would be a total embarrassment for the anti-Trumpers to learn that Trump is just trying to do a good job for America. It’s a threat to their egos. A big one.
While I think Adams believes he’s smarter than he really is, I agree with his assessment in this case. The left will find it easier to delude themselves further about Trump’s villainy, than to admit to themselves that they were wrong. The left’s entire worldview is driven from that perspective. And it’s their own insecurity and the need for external validation that pushes them further and further down the rabbit hole of delusion. They dare not admit error, and the longer it goes on, and the more they add layer upon layer to their delusion, the more defended in their psyche it becomes.
They are curing their delusion hangover with hair of the dog. They are “doubling down on their lies” to quote Vox’s spectacular book “Social Justice Warriors Always Lie (which you should buy if you haven’t yet). And the more they lie to themselves, the more the next lie will become necessary, and the more detached that lie will be from reality.
That’s how a Christian counter protester ended up KO’d on the carpet at Portland Airport, with a crowd of leftists standing over his semi-conscious body screaming “That’s what you get Nazi boy!!!” They will not back off because they cannot back off without admitting to themselves that they were wrong all along, and that’s something they can never do.
And in the end, this is why the protests, begged for by Democrat pols, and egged on by Democrat media shills, are bound to end in widespread violence. There are no reasonable voices on the left, urging restraint and moderation. The moderate and restrained Democrats who are out there are probably more afraid of becoming a target of the protests themselves. The only people who are getting any airtime are the ones screaming exactly the message that leftists need to hear:
“You were right all along! It’s Hitler, the Nazis and the Brownshirts all over again! They’re gonna put us all in camps and gas us if we don’t stop them now!”
I’d hate to be head of the Secret Service right now.
Meanwhile back in reality, the leftist mob stands zero chance of success against the full weight and measure of US law enforcement and the National Guard. The broader body politic has nothing to fear here. It’s only those few lawful citizens who are caught in the wake of leftist protest who need to be concerned. Because very soon now, it will be their honest and sincere belief that if you don’t join their rabble, it’s proof you’re a Nazi.
To the leftist mob, we really are about to become a “Nation of Hitlers”. And they’ve convinced themselves that violence is the only answer.