As Donny’s cult followers rewrite recent history for the benefit of their feelsies, we wonder, where shall their cumulative rage next be directed?
We easily imagine a poll on this topic would return numbers like this. We are not surprised. However, the underlying poll data itself, is more revealing…more interesting. Morning Consult’s process was to measure the participants leaning towards Right Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) first, and then weigh that against similar trends in other countries. After which, the numbers were redistributed into self-declared political identification in the US.
Here, that topline 25.60% is a measure of those highly aligned with RWA. That is a super-creepy outlier. To elicit responses that would identify someone as highly aligned with RWA, Morning Consult used very specific, highly suggestive language like:
*Our country will be destroyed someday if we do not smash the perversions eating away at our moral fiber and traditional beliefs.
*What our country really needs is a strong, determined leader who will crush evil, and take us back to our true path.
If anyone rated a series of these types of questions as, “Very Strongly Agree,” They would be RWA. In their categorization, Low RWA is the inversion, the exact opposite, *Not* the same thing to a lesser degree. So:
You see here the 4% Left-leaning High RWA, highlights the circular political scale, where the far right meets the far left. From my ridiculous amount of hours watching and analyzing the Seattle protests, I can throw in my anecdotal evidence, it’s for sure true. These were the over-performing anarchists. Literally, Cosplay Gamerboys reveling in confrontation. I’ve come to very much dislike them. I think they would as easily self-identify as Incels as they would Antifa, but they were mindless, children anarchists. These are not the looting opportunists that followed the wake of protestors. Those were criminals of no particular sort.
Now, I dug even further and this poll was drawn from older poll data, which was online (never particularly good data) and even suggested with the analysis from the book, for which this data was generated to serve, that these numbers should not be extrapolated to the whole of the populace. So, useless numbers? You could say that. But does it really matter at this point?
I have an older post where I was examining similar findings from a poll. For all I know it might be the same data, no idea. let’s see. Oops. Different source, same kind of data, I think this actually published a study that was under peer review, but…does it matter?
Do we need to quantify “How much” at this point? We are well aware there exists more than a sufficient amount of damaged souls out there to find our twitter guy’s statement up above of, “institutionalized political delusionism” worrisome.
We knew from the day Donny came down the escalator we had a big problem. The “movement” had all the signs of authoritarianism from the beginning. Simple solutions to complex problems, scapegoating, a desire to “hurt the right people,” and a promise of strong central power in the hands of one man. The Federalist largely pointed this out before the election. The Federalist! -before it was sucked into the Borg.
Currently, our problem is shaped differently, and in a sense, appears much more dangerous. Where is the leadership of that one man? As I surmised on election day 2020, all that which largely came true, was almost entirely predicated by what directions Donny gave, and how far the true believers were willing to follow. (I was certainly incorrect that he would file immediately for 2024 and that he would quickly begin the grievance parade, when that has actually just begun.)
Donny does not currently lead his followers in any meaningful way. Instead, it is the decentralized works of State politicians, some squishy, elected federal employees (none of which qualify as leader material), and political operatives who command most of the cult’s attention. Does the cult care about national concerns of voter laws? Not really, I mean they’ll tow the line but they aren’t particularly jazzed about the issue. Do they care that State lawmakers are seeking “voter integrity” in new legislation? Meh, that’s pretty boring and seems a bit too complex of a solution. What they do care about is furthering the conspiracies. Now THAT is important, it’s all-consuming. If we could just name the people that need to be punished. Critical Race Theory is pretty good, not just because it’s a mindless conspiracy, but because it affords the cult- some organizations as potential targets of rage.
Where can nationally organized rage be directed? There’s really no one leading the charge. State politicians are convinced their endgame of disenfranchising voters is sufficient for the needs of the mob. It isn’t. That’s elitist and lawyerly. No one is visibly punished. No one is properly hurt.
Signing legislation isn’t an end. Do you think state politicians realize this? State laws do not address the cult’s needs, even a little. Do these local politicians realize that their particular rage-inducing exercise doesn’t end there, but that that is just the new beginning? Do they think things settle down pleasantly when their own interests are meet? An utterly foolish game.
January 6 is the necessary feel-good moment. That’s cathartic. The Portland protests also crystalize the essential. The battlefield. The lines drawn. The forces of Good v Evil. That’s the stuff. When the federal forces purposefully antagonized and lead protests to the Federal Building, they were positioning themselves for control of the narrative. It was heroic. Where the federal forces were cognizant of the symbolism of the battle and the control of the narrative, the disparate, ragtag collection of protestors were only subconsciously aware of the import. They sought to be “in the right” in a confrontation, while the presence and goal of the federal forces was to seek to be righteous in the conflict.
What about now? Where is the rage to go? Schoolboards? Township meetings? What about when the Fraudit states it’s conclusions, where is the anger supposed to go? Who is going to get hurt? Impossible to organize a national movement around that, you know. They need a direct enemy upon which to mete out justice.
Without Donny, we don’t know where the cult are going, or what they will do. They don’t either. We can only presume they will discover their ultimate target(s) of rage organically. A groundswell, which has no name as of yet…and that’s the scary part. Not knowing.
Will there be a civil war? There’s no reason to believe we are anywhere near that yet. There are a multitude of reasons to be concerned. We are desperately in need of thoughtful federal action to avert catastrophe.
In response to our twitter guy’s concern above I had replied below. He deleted it for some reason. Not sure why.