Virtually everything the American far-right says about others reveals itself.
They’re like a walking, talking cult of psychological projection.
Consider who’s really engaged in election fraud
Those who cleave to the MAGA agenda falsely say the left is fomenting voter and election fraud. And yet, in case after case, it’s Republicans casting ballots on behalf of dead family members or living family members or trying to vote multiple times or in multiple jurisdictions.
In New York.
And in Florida — specifically at the sprawling Trump-friendly community known as The Villages.
In case after case, as even the conservatives at The Bulwark have noted, it has been Republicans committing voter and election fraud, not Democrats.
Of course, when voting illegally isn’t enough for these people, they’ll try to steal an election outright by overthrowing the legitimately obtained results or sending fake elector slates to the Electoral College count.
Or how about sexual abuse or pedophilia?
They say liberals and the left support pedophilia, sexual abuse, and grooming of kids. And yet, more often than not, it’s right-wing Christians like Josh Duggar or any number of youth pastors, church choir directors, or other committed conservatives and GOP operatives who are engaged in all manner of twisted sexual activity.
Like sending sexual texts to a known pedophile, dozens of times, as a longstanding North Dakota lawmaker did.
Or even straight up endorsing pedophilia, as Milo Yiannopoulos did.
Or abusing four boys and trying to pay one off to keep him quiet like former GOP Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert did.
Or flat-out sex trafficking, as with a Minnesota GOP operative recently.
Or knowingly backing an alleged child sex abuser, as happened recently in Missouri.
Or covering up sexual abuse, as Rep. Jim Jordan did at Ohio State as an assistant wrestling coach.
Conservative Christians routinely condemn others for their sexual sins while operating some of the country’s most unsafe places for children and women, from their churches to their larger denominational bodies — like the Southern Baptist Convention.
And don’t forget victimhood
Best of all, conservatives — particularly white ones — like to tell Black folks to “stop wallowing in victimhood” by talking about racism.
“Don’t be a victim” is their mantra.
Take personal responsibility for your situation in life.
If you’re struggling, try harder and look within. Above all, don’t blame others, your environment, or the system for your problems.
And they say all of this while literally marinating in grievance and a sense of their own victimhood as a matter of daily routine.
Let’s count all the ways white conservatives feel victimized, shall we?
Even before Trump, they insisted they were the victims of:
- Godless secularism,
- “radical Islam,”
- political correctness,
- affirmative action,
- immigrants who were “taking their jobs,”
- government regulations,
- marriage equality,
- a ban on organized school prayer,
- the liberal media,
- Obamacare and
- a previous ban on assault weapons and background checks for gun purchases.
Since Trump, they’ve added:
- cancel culture,
- a global Satanic pedophile ring run by Hillary Clinton,
- corporate wokeness,
- diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings,
- children’s books about MLK and Rosa Parks or LGBTQ folks,
- honest conversations about racism in American history,
- drag queens — especially the kind who read books to kids,
- Facebook and Twitter,
- the “Deep State,” and especially those well-known leftists who populate the FBI,
- Dominion Software,
- Italian satellites flipping votes from the sky (or maybe they were Chinese or Iranian),
- a deliberately created “China virus,”
- Anthony Fauci,
- scientists in general,
- masks in particular,
- having to stand 6 feet away from others at Costco,
- Republicans who aren’t Trumpy enough,
- defunded police (even though none have been defunded),
- low-flow faucets, water-saving toilets & dishwashers,
- paper straws,
- plant-based meat substitutes, especially at places like Cracker Barrel (seriously, this is an issue apparently),
- athletes exercising their First Amendment rights by taking a knee to peacefully protest racism,
- the “Great Replacement” of white people by people of color,
- trans folk simply existing,
- Black people being cast in a Lord of the Rings movie,
- and George Soros, who’s funding all of the above.
These people are the ultimate “victims.”
Their entire lives are about grievance.
They call others snowflakes while ignoring the snowflake factory within which they spend every waking hour.
At least the Black folks they tell to stop whining actually have something to complain about. In every category of economic and social well-being, it is they — not white people — who are worse off.
On the other hand, these folks are the most over-indulged, conspiratorial, whiny-ass adult babies in history.
Everything they say about others is a tell about themselves.
. . .
For those who insist we should reach out to them or “feel their pain,” seriously?
How does one reach out to someone whose entire persona is wrapped up in victimhood and convince them to join with the very people they think are victimizing them?
How does one reach out to people who blame others for the very things they and their own group are doing?
To hell with that. Such people are not rational.
Instead of reaching out to them, we should mock their ridiculousness, insist they put on their big people pants and grow up.
And until they do, we just have to smash them politically, election after election, year in and year out, without exception.
Let defeat be their therapy, or at the very least, their fate.
This post was previously published on Tim Wise’s blog.
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