Yesterday on her MSNBC show, Tiffany Cross featured Fernand Amandi, a Democrat pollster and adviser, and a regular on hers’s over-heated far-left hysteria orgy. Just think, the New York Times spent 6+ full pages today calling for the metaphorical life boats because Tucker Carlson’s monologues criticizing the Times and its pals for their anti-democratic efforts are getting longer, while Cross is part of an entire network that deals in toxic narratives and bias from dawn til dusk that the Times barely never criticizes at all.
This time, her frequent guest went quickly from gaslighting to totalitarian strategy.
First the gaslighting:
The Democrats have a wonderful story to tell! And I think it could be distilled to something as simple as: the Democrats saved your life. They saved your job. They saved the economy. And now they’re trying to save democracy from a Republican party that no longer believes [in] it.
Isn’t that great? Who besides Rob Reiner could say something so ridiculous on television and not have to leave with his head in a sack? Yes, Democrats really are going to continue arguing that if you vote Republican you’re going to die, that a tanking economy is a great economy, that the pandemic deaths (or deaths attributed to the pandemic to achieve maximum fear) under Trump were “blood on his hands” and the even greater number of deaths under Biden’s watch were still “blood on Trump’s hands,” and that the party trying to crush free speech, cripple the rule of law, weaken the integrity of elections, pack the Supreme Court and criminalize Democratic opposition is going to “save” democracy.
The bet is that progressive-dominated educational institutions and news media has left the public so ignorant and incompetent that this might sound reasonable.
Then Amandi provided the totalitarian strategy: to beat the GOP in the coming elections, all Democrats have to do is arrest them!
[I]t’s one thing to try and disqualify a Republican party that no longer believes in democracy, but you need a little bit of help. If the Department of Justice, and the Attorney General Merrick Garland, do not start issuing indictments, not to the front line of Proud Boys and picknickers of January 6th that led an insurrection, but to the perpetrators of the crime, the Members of Congress who we now know through text messages were plotters, the ringleaders at the top echelon of the Republican party, up into an including the Republican president, Donald Trump, voters are not going to believe that, they’re gonna just think that it’s political back-and-forth. The Justice Department needs to hold the perpetrators accountable….If these Republicans gain control, they will not give it back. We will lose democracy. And if you lose democracy, it’s not the sort of thing that you get back…You may not see it again in your lifetime in this country.
Why of course! Why didn’t we think of that before! The way to win elections is to arrest the leaders of the opposing party! That will save democracy!
And Tiffany Cross said, ” Yeah! I think that is the message that voters need to hear.”But Tucker Carlson is the real danger…
That was just an introduction to the question of just how stupid the typical American voter is? How many viewers of Cross’s show hear that insanity and slap their foreheads, exclaiming, “By Jove! They’re right! Round them up!”?
I am not optimistic. I read the comment sections of news commentary websites that don’t moderate the entries, and am horrified and depressed—and those are the engaged citizens. Back in 2014, I wrote about tell-tale signs—literally, in some cases—or rampant idiocy in my neighborhood:
Just a few blocks away from us is the intersection known locally as Stupid Corner, where for decades the Waffle House there has sported a sign reading “WAFLE HOUSE.” The sign immediately lowers the IQ of anyone nearby: there mothers push their baby carriages into traffic, and pedestrians mysteriously forget where they were headed. (I just made four typos even writing about it.) When they repainted the traffic lanes—I’m not making this up—there was an arrow turning LEFT painted in the far right lane, an arrow point RIGHT in the middle lane, and an arrow pointing STRAIGHT ahead in the far left lane, when in fact no lane could go straight, since the road ends there. It was like a Stephen King story. “The Stupiding.”
More recently, as I’ve noted before, a neighbor has been displaying a huge “Black Lives Matter” sign along with a suit of armor and rainbow flags. (I recently reported that she had taken the display down. She put it back up.) I have also found a website that collects signs and other displays from recent years that demonstrate American carelessness, sloth, negligence, ignorance and stupidity. Here are a few. They are funny only if you don’t consider that these people may be watching MSNBC or paying attention to “The Squad”.
(I’ll eschew commentary. If you can’t figure out what’s wrong…oh-oh.)
(One note: I’ve actually been at an establishment where the ordering pads were placed just like that.)