Calling your opponents mentally damaged:
I hate these folks but I also understand them. And, well, uh, I also empathize with them. They share the same psychology as the paranoid patients I treat every day. The only difference is that the paranoid beliefs of the tea-party movement are political while those in my consulting room are of a more personal nature.It don't usually swear on here, but this really needs a great big
The causes and dynamics, however, are the same. And so just as I have empathy for my patients, I have come to have empathy for the tea-party'ers, even as I despise their influence and work hard to defeat their ideology. It's crucial that progressives do likewise because if we don't understand the ways that decent, god-fearing, and victimized people can come to espouse such a dangerous ideology, we won't be able to fight them effectively.
I treat people who are paranoid all the time. Sometimes they're only mildly paranoid. For example, someone I treat can't tolerate blame of any kind, can't take any responsibility for failures, and can't really be optimistic about the potential goodness in others. It's always someone else's fault. Other times, they're more severely paranoid. A patient I saw spun tale after tale of slights, interpreted innocuous events as malignant, saw conspiracies everywhere, and always imputed malevolence to others' motives. The most extreme cases can be found in the delusions of schizophrenics.
Honestly, are we back at this? 60 years ago a book came out called The Authoritarian Personality that attempted to put conservatives into a mental category that could be easy pointed to when they speak. End the Fed? They're special! Cut taxes? Awwwww. It's below reason that anyone would take such a hypothesis seriously.
Then again, these numskulls think Stalin wasn't a real leftist, but a right-winger, that the goal of classlessness in Nazi Germany was based on individualism, and Mao wasn't all that bad aside from the 60 million he killed simply through economics, let alone the number he killed on purpose.
You can't reason with elitists like the author above. They simply think you're too dumb to understand their political hate. Don't bother me, I'm hating you for your views, you intolerant right-winger!