Self-Delusion? Magical Thinking? Blindness? Stupidity? Dishonesty? What’s The Matter With 80% Of Democrats?

Dana and I are reacting to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll. I know, polls. Also Harvard. Nonetheless, I don’t understand this at all...

Hey look, I understand party loyalty, though I’ve never experienced the urge myself. I even understand the desperation of human beings who lack the fortitude to face their terrible mistakes, and who stick their fingers in their years, close their eyes and shout “NANANANA!” to avoid facing their accountability. But can 80% of Democrats  really look themselves in the mirror after declaring President Biden’s first year a success? What would a failure look like to such people?

How can one have an intelligent discussion or debate with someone who considers the record of the Biden Administration and thinks, “This is GREAT!”? How can democracy function with such a large number of participants living in an alternate reality? 80% of Democrats, according to that poll, have accepted that “FAILURE IS SUCCESS,” a fitting addition to Big Brother’s

I just don’t understand it.

Surely Trump Derangement can’t cripple a mind this completely, can it? To make a previously rational American think that success is defined by not having someone he or she detests in the White House, even though by most objective measures that hated leader was far more effective and and got better results that his successor? Really?

Could this be climate change mania, where success is defined entirely by having anti-climate change policies that are symbolic only, and that cannot possibly move the next century’s world temperature a fraction of a degree down, while none of the real and dangerous consequences of such virtue-signaling foolishness—like making the U.S. dependent on Russian oil—matter to the malady’s sufferers?

Ethical citizenship requires staying informed, objective, responsible and sane.

10 thoughts on “Self-Delusion? Magical Thinking? Blindness? Stupidity? Dishonesty? What’s The Matter With 80% Of Democrats?

  1. I had to stop, because I felt a rant coming on, but I have to say via comment, “What the Hell????”

    Worst inflation in 40 years—Success!
    Soaring gas prices—Success!
    Disastrous exit from Afghanistan—Success!
    Total weakness in the face of a Russian advance—Success!
    Unprecedented supply chain disruption—Success!
    Oppressive mask mandates on schoolchildren—Success!
    Parents threatened by the Justice Department—Success!
    Exploding National Debt—Success!
    Massive illegal immigration—Success!
    Increased racial and partisan division—Success!
    Failure to contain the pandemic—Success!
    Alienation of all but the most hardened partisan ideologues—Success!

    • Jack asked, “What’s The Matter With 80% Of Democrats?”

      Maybe it depends on what their goals are and how they define success in relation to those goals?

      The constant drumbeat from the extreme progressive’s is their four tenants of “truth”…

      1. The left is right.
      2. The right is wrong.
      3. Wrong is evil.
      4. Evil must to be destroyed.

      …and that’s the dead end of a progressives’ ability to think critically.

      Extreme progressives have taken over the political left and the run-of-the-mill moderate liberal seems to be enabling progressives by going with the flow and following lock-step with the hive minded sheeple; so, considering that everything political right is wrong and everything political left is right then why wouldn’t Democrats think everything is a success since they are the ones doing what they want? They can’t possibly be wrong so it must be a success. The question becomes, why is there 20% of Democrats that are “dissidents”, progressives must find a way to reunify that 20% back into their fold.

      It’s so much easier for run-of-the-mill moderate liberals to go with the flow and not rock the left’s ends justifies the means totalitarian boat.

  2. I take it, Jack, that you’ve heard or seen the slogan that “even a bad day in the duck blind/at the fishing pond/wherever, is better than a good day in the office.” I think the Democrat attitude is that “even a really bad day with a Democrat president is a lot better than a really really good day with a Republican president, especially Trump.” You see, Democrats care about the environment, racial equity, keeping women safe and in charge of their bodies, making sure refugees are welcome, and so on. The GOP doesn’t care about any of those things. Success or failure is irrelevant.

    • Spot on, Steve.

      Worst inflation in 40 years—Inflation is just something rich people care about. It’s part of economics and is therefore white supremacist. It involves math!
      Soaring gas prices—I live in Brooklyn and ride a bike or public transit. People with cars or trucks are unenlightened assholes.
      Disastrous exit from Afghanistan—It ended a war (we hardly even knew was going on anymore, but still).
      Total weakness in the face of a Russian advance—Strength is toxic masculinity. Weakness is strength
      Unprecedented supply chain disruption—People consume too much.
      Oppressive mask mandates on schoolchildren—The government needs visible signs of its authority over the populous. I’m going to wear a mask the rest of my life as a sign of solidarity and moral superiority.
      Parents threatened by the Justice Department—It takes a village to raise children. Experts, not parents.
      Exploding National Debt—See inflation above. Capitalism needs to be destroyed. I want my student debt canceled. Let’s just cancel the national debt, whatever that is. AOC says we should just print money. I’m with her.
      Massive illegal immigration—Illegals vote Democrat!
      Increased racial and partisan division—Caused by white supremacists and Republicans.
      Failure to contain the pandemic—Not our fault. Fault of those anti vaccination anti science deplorables.
      Alienation of all but the most hardened partisan ideologues—Damn straight!

  3. Jack said:

    Surely Trump Derangement can’t cripple a mind this completely, can it? To make a previously rational American think that success is defined by not having someone he or she detests in the White House, even though by most objective measures that hated leader was far more effective and and got better results that his successor?

    At this point, I wonder if it is even Trump. I think it’s more like the tribalism we see with the African-American vote. Plus, as American liberals have become more and more cloistered in population centers, academia, and immediate big-city suburbs, they reinforce each other. They use social media much more than conservatives, and those tools also provide a cloistered, protected environment with a constant liberal feedback bias.

    Safetyism is another factor. Democrats are certain that Republicans in charge will equal the end of mask mandates, and they cling to those as if it were life itself.

    Throw in the difficulty pollsters have of finding Democrat voters outside of urban centers and their immediate suburbs, and you have this kind of poll result. I suspect the “true” percentage of Democrat opinion of Biden’s performance is rather less than reported, but still a significant majority.

    Finally, I imagine Thomas Paine’s famous quote, “If we don’t hang together, we shall surely hang separately” is no small factor in their thinking. And to your point, considering Biden a failure must seem to some of them like a tacit endorsement of Trump’s presidency, which no doubt produces a visceral reaction.

    While climate change is surely a factor, I am beginning to think this is simply another expression of the safetyism we have seen manifested so strongly among the Left during the pandemic. Liberals seem to live in constant fear of death, opposing any policy which could disturb their urbane existence. We see it manifested in fear of climate change, disease, gun policy, and foreign policy. Biden is on the “right” side of all of these, and his failures, to them, must look like mere bad luck and Republican propaganda.

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