In post 10248, Psyche wrote: In post 10199, Wraith wrote:
Meh, it's more he doesn't have any actual arguments to fall back upon so he's just filling the thread with nonsense. It's the patented Trump Troll strategy.
it's so bizarre
trump has already won
what is the point of acting he still must be fought for
This is the way polarizing topics like this have always been. For practically everyone, politics is essentially a proxy battle for your soul. No, seriously.
You, presumably, believe you are a Good Person. Because you are a Good Person, you consider your own political beliefs to be the Right Way. Your opponents are the Bad People, and they believe in the Wrong Way.
Now, copy-paste this with a Trump supporter. To them, they are the Good People and you are the Bad People. To admit Trump or the Republicans might be wrong, is to admit that they are actually the Bad People. Realizing in hindsight that you are, in your own simplistic worldview, a Bad Person can be an existentially terrifying experience.
Thus, most people in general want to avoid that experience at all costs. It does not help that today more than ever there is little to no nuance in arguing politics, especially in public.
Now combine that with the fire-and-brimstone Christianity of the Religious Right. If you are a Bad Person, you're going to Hell after you die. Death is not an escape. You must be a Good Person to get into Heaven.
But, no matter what, there's always that sliver of doubt. What if you reach St Peter at the Pearly Gates and he tells you "Sorry mate but that thing you thought was Right? It was Wrong. You're the Bad Person now"? Are you doomed? Well, you can say "I didn't know. I thought I was Right based on what I knew at the time." If you can successfully argue from ignorance, that's doing Wrong in innocence
, and you get a free pass.
So all those eggheads saying climate change is man-made? They have some kind of financial incentive to make those arguments (ignore the oil companies who spend millions lobbying our representatives!). Those people saying racism is still alive and well? They're the real racists because they're "causing division" (ignore those voter ID laws our representatives are implementing that target black people with "surgical precision"). Those journalists saying Trump has very close and suspicious ties to Russia? They're spreading "fake news" because they have a political agenda (ignore that the "fake news" craze because a nutty conspiracy theorist was told the Clintons were running a pedophilia ring out of his local pizza joint and decided to shoot it up).
But that's just the way I see it. I'm one of the Good People after all.