Anti-Trump madness, aka. Trump Derangement, is causing some Republicans and conservatives to support Democrats, progressives and anti-American totalitarians on the rise in their gradual rejection of all traditional American institutions, heroes, symbols and images. On the Left, the reason for the push to kick them into the dustbin of history is a basic dislike of the nation and its values generally: it’s always been racist, sexist, and imperial, you see, essentially bad, so it needs to be torn down. Everything American became unbearable once slavery was strategically accorded a position so deep and low on the cognitive dissonance scale that the United States’ historical connection to it drags literally everything American below the center line.
Here’s Dr. Festinger’s essential scale again:
The idea is that what we associate with something or someone inevitably affects how we feel about them. If, for example, I am positively inclined toward a character on a TV show—let’s say that character has a plus 4 score on my scale—and that character states admiration for someone whom I detest, say Megan Rapinoe (at least a minus 20 in my estimation), that obnoxious opinion would pull the once-admired character well below zero, which indicates neutral regard. Dr. Festinger’s theories argue that Megan would also improve her ranking by being connected to that character. This is a real example, incidentally.
Through historical revisionism, relentless repetition and strategic propaganda by institutions gradually taken over by the American Left, slavery and racism have been strategically lowered on the cultural cognitive dissonance scale to a depth below all else, virtually to minus infinity. Anyone or anything linked to slavery cannot maintain positive regard with anyone who has absorbed this radical version of the scale. Remember, cognitive dissonance works subconsciously, not rationally, which is what makes it so powerful, insidious, and useful to revolutionaries.
Look at what and who the Left reviles today. All of the Founders (those who weren’t slaveholders associated with those who were, so the scale drops them as well), Lincoln, the flag, the National Anthem, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Fourth of July, whites. By extension, the drop in respect and regard extends to everything these produced or stand for, including the Rule of Law (too many blacks are in prison!), and our society, as well as the disciplines and mechanisms that underlie our society and culture. Speaking clear English, mathematics, merit-based achievement, making deadlines, even free speech, equal justice under the law and democracy itself are now in negative territory on the scales of a large and growing group of citizens.
It’s a warped ethics epidemic, a disastrous trend that threatens the nation’s stability, core values and continued success, particularly since so many politicians and elected officials lack the courage, character and dedication to national values to stand up against it.
Conservatives are able to place slavery and racism in perspective by resisting appeals to emotion and not accepting the Left’s manipulative expansion of “racism” to mean any adverse criticism or consequences affecting blacks. Their ability to fight the pernicious infection of the Cognitive Dissonance Scale favored by today’s progressives, however, is being crippled by large contingent operating with an equally distorted scale themselves. On this scale, Donald Trump is the ultimate anchor, pulling anything he touches, supports or admires down.
Another feature of the scale’s operation that comes into play here is this one: if a previously negatively-ranked individual or entity also opposes someone or something deeper in negative territory, then that individual or entity rises in regard on the scale. If progressives hate Trump, then they can’t be so bad. Thus we have seen Trump Deranged conservatives who spent their professional lives opposing the Left’s policies and ideology supporting those policies—after all, if Trump opposes those same policies, then they can’t be so bad. This is how Liz Cheney came to vote for a partisan impeachment lacking any legal or Constitutional validity.
Trump cleverly (and appropriately) launched the “1776 Project” as a direct rebuke of the anti-American (and ahistorical) “1619 Project” that holds that slavery was the origin and heart of the American experiment. If Republicans and conservatives were not perpetually asleep at the proverbial switch, they would have devised the 1776 response—it’s pretty obvious— but they are asleep, and Trump aggressively seeks to protect the core American culture against the anti-American hordes among us. Indeed, this is a large part of his appeal to so many patriotic citizens. “He fights,” as Abraham Lincoln said of General Grant to brush off his Cabinets’ reservations about the hard-drinking, unconventional commander.
Yet here is Amanda Carpenter, conservative writer, speechwriter and Hill staffer now writing for the NeverTrump website, The Bulwark:
A corollary to the Ethic Alarms motto “Bias makes you stupid” is that anti-Trump bias makes you dangerously stupid. The enemies of this country’s mission, history and culture are playing the Cognitive Dissonance Scale like a Stradivarius. The nation’s defenders had better catch on and catch up, fast.