Psychosis of the Left

Saul Alinsky’s third rule for radicals, in his tactics on “how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves,” tells them that “Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.” Note that we—traditional, conservative American majority—are the enemy.

Incidentally, this “rule” has worked quite well on most Republicans in Congress; that’s one reason Trump was elected. With some courageous exceptions they appear to be confused, fearful and in retreat. But the far-Left swing of the Democrats in recent years has also shaken any belief in their rationality, and we now know, or should, that they are an avowed enemy of traditional America.

One of the techniques of this tactic used by our enemies on the Left is to try to apply their evil ways to us. For example: “Republicans want to kill people.” Yet what political group is the real dispenser of death?

Every year in America more than a million abortions are performed; tens of thousands after the twelfth week. In his book, “Marketing Evil,” David Kupelian describes How Lying Marketers Sold America on Unrestricted Abortion. Not long ago abortion was a criminal activity in America, now it’s been sold as “choice.” Certainly, this is horribly “outside of the experience” of many of us and a hallmark achievement of the Left.

Although there are many psychotic people in this country, most of us are well-adjusted, drug-free and normal. The Left uses Alinsky tactics to make us think otherwise—outside of our experience. For example, a recent report titled “A psychological analysis of Trump supporters” shows views of us that are not true to our experience. The report by science writer Bobby Azarian of Raw Story “progressive” online commentary discusses an academic paper by Prof. Thomas Pettigrew from UC Santa Cruz. (Link below)

Pettigrew uses “five major psychological phenomena” to profile Trump’s “uniquely loyal supporters.” I summarize them below:

  • Authoritarian Personality Syndrome– We, the enemy, advocate or enforce “strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others.”
  • Social dominance orientation– Related to the above syndrome, we have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups. Trump appeals to us “by repeatedly making a clear distinction between groups that have a generally higher status in society (code white),” and those groups that typically belong to a lower status (code immigrants and minorities).
  • Prejudice– Many of us have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities. Trump uses “shockingly direct…dog whistles” that appeal to bigoted supporters when he calls Muslims “dangerous” and Mexicans “rapists.”
  • Intergroup contact– “Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans.”
  • Relative deprivation– We feel deprived of jobs to which we believe we are entitled, based a skewed perception of what we are entitled to. Our median annual income is $72,000 (apparently the researcher thinks we aren’t “entitled” to any more).

The problem with this Leftist analysis is that it comes from people who don’t understand the conditions and people outside of their cloistered, ivy walls—they don’t know much about life except what the egg-heads get from textbooks and seminars. Most Trump supporters, however, live in the so-called “Real World”—where life is not easy, unsheltered, and has no guaranteed income and benefits.

We live in two different Americas.  Newt Gingrich, in his new book “Understanding Trump” describes how the two sides differ in the way they act in public that indicates the kind of people they are.

  On Friday, the day the president was sworn into office, one America that came to Washington was the country that had been forgotten by most politicians—on both sides of the aisle—and regularly overlooked by the major media outlets.

  These were the people who have watched for years as the federal government has taken and squandered their tax dollars, and made it harder for them to get trained for careers, run their businesses and earn decent livings…

  Then the other America showed up—the one that blocked people from entering checkpoints to the Capitol grounds, harassed Trump supporters, set cars on fire, smashed store-fronts, and hurled rocks at police.

  CNN reported the following day that six police officers were injured and 217 protesters arrested after “ugly street clashes in downtown Washington.”

  On Saturday, the less violent side of that America came. It was made up mostly of people enraged that the Trump-supporting side of America was being paid any attention.

  Much of the news media covered the weekend with nothing short of petty vindictiveness. Instead of pointing out how gracefully the supporters at the Capitol handled being confronted with virulent hate and vulgarity from the Left’s protesters (no Trump supporter were arrested) the media decided to focus on how big the crowd was compared with past inaugurations.

  And this is something that’s important to keep in perspective: Saturday’s coverage was dominated by the crowd-size nonsense, but the day of the inauguration, police arrested left-wing protesters across the country in Washington, DC; New York; Dallas; Chicago; Portland; Seattle; and elsewhere. In Oregon the protesters were armed with clubs, setting fire to American flags, and throwing rocks, bottles, and flares at police, according to local news reports. Protesters at the University of Washington campus threw bricks at officers.

  But according to the Left, it’s the Trump supporters who are hateful, closed-minded, and dangerous.

That’s what we enemies of the psychotic Left are up against in permanent opposition.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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