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Don’t be a confirmed moron

Daily we see examples of Trump Derangement Syndrome, on TV, from Hollywood and in everyday life. Scott Adams, who started with the Dilbert comic strip and became an accomplished author/pundit, explains how some people are mindlessly changing their lives forever. From his blog:

“Now you have literally millions of citizens in the United States who were either right about Trump being the next Hitler, and we will see that behavior emerge from him soon, or they are complete morons. That’s a trigger for cognitive dissonance. The science says these frightened folks will start interpreting all they see as Hitler behavior no matter how ridiculous it might seem to the objective observer. And sure enough, we are seeing that. …

“Lately I get the feeling that Trump’s critics have evolved from expecting Trump to be Hitler to preferring it. Obviously they don’t prefer it in a conscious way. But the alternative to Trump becoming Hitler is that they have to live out the rest of their lives as confirmed morons. No one wants to be a confirmed moron. And certainly not after announcing their Trump opinions in public and demonstrating in the streets. It would be a total embarrassment for the anti-Trumpers to learn that Trump is just trying to do a good job for America. It’s a threat to their egos. A big one.”

Whose egos are threatened? Most pundits and “reporters” on CNN and MSNBC, especially Lawrence O’Donnell, a confirmed moron long before Trump announced his candidacy. D-list celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell and Sarah Silverman. Mr. Adams goes on:

“When millions of Americans want the same thing, and they want it badly, the odds of it happening go way up. … When humans focus on a desired future, events start to conspire to make it happen. I’m not talking about any new-age magic. I’m talking about ordinary people doing ordinary things to turn Trump into an actual Hitler. For example, if protesters start getting violent, you could expect forceful reactions eventually. And that makes Trump look more like Hitler. I can think of dozens of ways the protesters could cause the thing they are trying to prevent.”

Mr. Adams’ conclusion: “If you see people who are simply afraid of Trump, they are probably harmless. But the people who are excited about any Hitler-analogy behavior by Trump might be leading the country to a police state without knowing it.”

That is where I part company with Mr. Adams. The country already morphed into a police state after 9/11 under Bush and Obama. That is why putting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court is a good step. From Orrin Hatch on the floor of the Senate:

“In Neil Gorsuch’s America, the laws that bind us are made by the people’s elected representatives, not unelected, unaccountable judges … the powers and limits of each branch of government are decided by the Constitution, no matter whether their enforcement produces a liberal or a conservative outcome … the basic freedoms of the American people enumerated in the Bill of Rights are carefully protected, whether they are in fashion lately with the left, the right, both, or neither … the views that matter are yours and mine, not those of a handful of lawyers in black robes in Washington.”

Will the left listen? Of course not. Most are confirmed morons.

The jackals are losing badly

Law professor and superstar blogger Glenn Reynolds of explains why dim-bulb White House reporters attacking Trump are doomed to failure:

“Trump knows that the press isn’t trusted very much, and that the less it’s trusted, the less it can hurt him. So he’s prodding reporters to do things that will make them less trusted, and they’re constantly taking the bait. They’re taking the bait because they think he’s dumb, and impulsive, and lacking self-control — but he’s the one causing them to act in ways that are dumb and impulsive, and demonstrate lack of self-control.

“As Richard Fernandez writes on Facebook, they think he’s dumb because they think he has lousy taste, but there are a lot of scarily competent guys out there in the world who like white and gold furniture. And, I should note, Trump has more media experience than probably 99% of the people covering him. …

“The counter-move for the press isn’t to double down on anti-Trump messaging. The counter-move to bolster its own trustworthiness is by acting more neutral and sober, and by being more trustworthy. If the news media actually focused on reporting facts accurately and straightforwardly, on leaving opinion to the pundits, and on giving Trump a clearly fair shake, then Trump’s tactics wouldn’t work, and any actual dirt they found on him would do actual damage. He’s betting on the press being insufficiently mature and self-controlled to manage that. So far, his bet is paying off.”

Some would argue that President Trump and his staff eventually will overplay their hand. But even that won’t sway public opinion because the jackal pack has shown itself incapable of any objectivity. It takes time for credibility to erode and even more time to rebuild it. Major news outlets will be tarnished for a generation or longer. Whether they will survive in their present form is a subject for another day.

I hold no romanticized view of the Fourth Estate and in fact will be entertained as they gnaw at limbs after blundering into trap after trap set by Trump’s people. As Professor Reynolds concludes: “If we had a better press, we’d be much better off as a nation. But we don’t.”

A final note: Professor Reynolds expanded his thoughts into a USA Today column:

Ben Stein has it right

I have run across a perfect explanation of why the media’s ceaseless attacks against President-elect Trump have never stuck and in fact may have elected him. It is by Ben Stein, a great American, from a column in The American Spectator:

“The [New York Times] does not call the tune any longer. Voters get their news from a jillion sources on the Internet. The Times is a voice and a big voice. But there are a billion other voices now. And about half of the nation just does not believe Big Media any longer. They don’t buy the vicious lie that white people are all racists. They know that the Black Caucus and Black Lives Matter are real racists. They know Joe Sixpack isn’t and anyway, they don’t care.

“They’re sick of being pushed around. They elected a tough guy who won’t be pushed around. He’s a shtarker and he cannot be broken in spirit by the thugs and bullies of the media.

“The left will beat and beat and huff and puff. But it’s a different world now. Again … The people who elected Trump don’t remotely believe he’s a racist and they’re sick of hearing it anyway.

“This Trump guy. He’s not a sensitive soul like Nixon. He knows how pitifully jealous the media people are. He owes them nothing. He sneers at them. He’s moving them out of the White House. It’s brilliant. He’s making real the truth of now. The media are not good guys by and large. They’re jealous snobs. They are not running the show any longer. One tweet from Trump blows their 5,000-word stories to bits. This battle over Trump’s legitimacy is done. In Trump’s mind and in his legions’ minds, he’s legitimate and the media isn’t. He knows how the world works. It really is a reality TV show now.”

From the context, the meaning of the Yiddish word “shtarker” is apparent. A great Jewish scholar defined a shtarker as “a strong-minded person willing to wield power.” This is why I am tuning out the cabinet confirmation hearings. Unless there is a major surprise, all of the president-elect’s picks will be confirmed, rendering the Democrats’ bleating immaterial. Screw you, Fauxcahontas.

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