I normally would not have read this post, not being a regular fan of The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler. However, more than one political website that I do frequent cited the post with favor, and this is profoundly depressing. The pots expresses classic non-ethical reasoning, based entirely on emotions like anger, hatred, desire for revenge, and joy at the pain of others. The blog, interestingly, includes a page on logical fallacies, but not one on rationalizations. The post, titled “How’s That Shoe on the Other Foot, Prozis?,” is the wholesale expression of an especially destructive rationalization, “Tit for Tat,” that is well-expressed in the Golden Rule distortion, “Do Unto Others As They Did Unto You, But Even Harder, If Possible.”
This screed does have value: it does support my theory that a large portion of Donald Trump’s support was akin to Delta House’s decision in “Animal House,” spurred by this kind of logic:
Otter: Bluto’s right. Psychotic… but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!
Bluto: We’re just the guys to do it.
“In Germany, The Big Cheese says jump and the Germans say “How high?” In the US, the response is “Fuck you!” Obama never understood that. He and the Democrats are finally getting the “fuck you!” they have been asking for. I love that about America. And much as I hate the idea of an idiot being President, I do love the message and who it was sent to. America still has spunk.”
I should have also noted that the spunk is often registered in reckless and unethical ways.
The post begins with approving cites to quotes from a commenter:
I literally don’t care what Donald Trump does because nothing he can do is worse than what they’ve already done.
Donald Trump isn’t the bully; he only insults and abuses people in power who have attacked him. They’re the fucking bullies. The left, with their smears, their witch hunts, their slanders, their insults, their riots, their violence, and their weaponizing of the federal bureaucracy.
There aren’t any rules anymore because the left only applies them one way. And in doing so, they’ve left what once was a civil compact between the two parties in smoldering ruins.
I have no personal investment in Donald Trump. He is a tool to punish the left and roll back their ill-gotten gains, no more and no less. If he succeeds even partially in those two things, then I’ll consider his election a win.
Here, you can list the rationalizations in that one if you have the time, for they are all over the place. My brain turns off, unfortunately, when any opinion begins with the dumbest one of them all, #22, The Comparative Virtue Excuse, or “It’s not the worst thing.” This is one of Trump’s favorite rationalizations as well; for example, his entire justification for wanting the U.S. to engage in torture is that ISIS and radical Islam does far more horrible things, so it’s OK. Why did I remind myself of Trump saying that? Now I’m really depressed again.
Here, in part, is “Emperor Misha I,” as he follows in the same vein..
We personally hope… that President Trump goes on to accomplish much greater things. All of our futures depend on it, after all. But even if all he does is to make the Prozis feel the pain that normal Americans have had shoved in their faces for 8 damnable years, if all he does is finally wake the limp wrists on our side up to the simple fact that it’s not wrong if you’re just turning the tables on the swine, using their own methods against them until they come crawling on their bellies, begging for peace, then we’ll take it as a solid win.
It’s wrong to kick somebody in the nuts, we’ve taught our Heirs that ever since they got old enough to potentially get in a fight, but it’s NOT wrong to do so if the dishonorable piece of shit facing you tries to do it to you first. And if he tries and succeeds, then you need to work on your technique and reflexes. It’s never, ever wrong to use the enemy’s rule book against himself…when he showed up to a debate armed with a rifle, he made it OK to shoot him in the face with your own, and if you insist on resorting to limp notes of disapproval, then you’re the idiot, not him.
…So go forth, be merry, use every last one of the methods that the Prozis have been using against us since they slithered out from under their rocks, use them in good cheer, laugh at their pain as they laughed at ours, then amp the brutality up to eleven, because they decided that that was acceptable. Not you….They started it. They chose the rules. Now let them suffer the consequences. Because we’re getting awful sick and tired of watching decent, innocent Americans taking it on the chin in the name of “civility.” Fuck them. They wanted war, let them have it.
Of course, that ethically bankrupt approach to politics and life results in never-ending war, and the unraveling of civilization.
Ah, but doesn’t it feel good?
(Rationalization #52. The Hippie’s License, or “If it feels good, do it!”)
Unfortunately, the unethical, ugly, hypocritical and un-American conduct of Democrats, progressives and the news media since the election does nothing to convince people like the writer that they are wrong. But they are—deeply, dangerously.