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Monday, September 15, 2014

Andrew Rei: Cognitive Dissonance And The GOP

Andrew Rei on the twisted state of GOPism.

Another GOP mental problem: cognitive dissonance

"Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors.

This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance etc.

For example, when people smoke (behavior) and they know that smoking causes cancer (cognition).

Festinger's (1957) cognitive dissonance theory suggests that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony and avoid disharmony (or dissonance)." 

I've already written two other notes about the "Unholy Trinity" of mental problems the GOP have: projection and false equivalence. It's now time to tackle the third one. 

Not all Republicans suffer from cases of cognitive dissonance. But, the wing of the party that doesn't, the Fascist and psychopathic Cons, depend on everyone else in the party suffering from it, thanks to their nearly century-long Fascist "gaslighting" propaganda campaign. The Cons have conditioned the rest of the party to believe in a certain set of "values" and beliefs. And, when you confront them with the truth, such as telling them (the Non-Cons) that they're being duped into supporting a Fascist regime, corruption, elitism, greed, insanity, etc., that's when the cognitive dissonance kicks in. It's sad, really. 

The Cons began that aforementioned Fascist gaslighting propaganda campaign in 1920 to get the millions of newly-minted voters of the time, women, to vote for them. Remember that, eight years before that, the Cons had succeeded to drive out most of the Progressives of the party when Teddy Roosevelt took most of them with him to found the "Bull Moose" Party. The Cons and Progressives battled for four decades for control of the party after the Cons succeeded in their seven-year plan to leave the Democratic Party, infiltrate and infect the Republican Party and drive out the Liberals. They achieved that in the middle of U.S. Grant's two terms in the White House, 1872. 

Thanks to the millions of new voters, women, the GOP ruled politics in the Roaring Twenties. Women wrongly believed that the GOP were all for Prohibition/the Volstead Act/18th Amendment. However, the Fascist financial policies of the GOP caught up to them in October 1929, when the stock market crashed, which, in turn, launched the Great Depression. From 1930-1966, many Republicans did not suffer from cognitive dissonance. They knew EXACTLY what the GOP had done and knew they'd been fooled, which is why they launched what I call the first Republican Progressive and Moderate Revolution. After 1928, the GOP would not win the White House and both Houses of Congress in the same elections until 1968. In fact, the only Republican to be elected President during that time, Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower, was a Moderate and railed against what he called the "Military-Industrial Complex". He commanded thousands of men in World War II to fight the Fascist German Nazis and Italians. When the Fascist Con bastards who'd eventually found the ultra-Reich Wing John Birch Society approached "Ike" about using the GOP to foist their Fascist agenda, Ike rebuffed them, allegedly telling them: "I commanded hundreds of thousands of men in WWII to fight Fascism...why should I help you establish a Fascist regime here??". The Bircher psychopaths then called Ike a "traitor" for not helping them. 

You're probably wondering how we came to our current situation, with so many Republicans suffering from cognitive dissonance about the GOP. The turbulent 1960's are what launched most of the Fascist and bigoted attitudes the GOP have now. In 1960, John F. Kennedy chose Texas Democratic Senator Lyndon B. Johnson to be his running mate. The plan worked well, as enough Southerners could tolerate a "Massachusetts Yankee" as the President, so long as "one of them" was Vice-President. Although there's little proof of this, one of the many conspiracy theories behind JFK's assassination in November 1963 had the "Dixiecrats", Southern Democrats, arranging to have JFK assassinated so that LBJ could become the President and he'd leave the South to be racist and bigoted forever. If that was the plan, it didn't work....LBJ was considered a "traitor" by the Dixiecrats for signing the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts into law in 1964 and 1965. Then, he decided to not run for re-election in 1968, which left the Democrats scrambling for a candidate. And, they found one: Robert F. Kennedy. But, he was assassinated a few months after Civil Rights leader/icon Martin Luther King, Jr., was. That left no real "contender" for the Democrats and allowed Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon, whom was Ike's VP and lost to JFK in 1960, to be elected by the Dixiecrats and Republicans. Nixon's henchman/comrades/co-conspirators called this the "Southern strategy". Like the Fascist gaslighting propaganda campaign begun in the Roaring Twenties, it worked like a charm. But, Watergate woke up the cognitive dissonance-addled GOPers yet again, just as the Wall Street Crash had done in 1929. Ronald Reagan used the Southern strategy in 1980 and 1984 and it worked. 

Before Barack Obama, the last Northern Democratic President was JFK. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both Southerners (Carter's from Georgia; Clinton's from Arkansas), used the Democratic version of the Southern strategy to get elected. But, again, the GOP used propaganda and depended on the overall cognitive dissonance of the GOP to get and keep power. 

But, guess what, GOP Progressives and Moderates? You're the voting majority of the party. If you can get over your fear, ignorance and cognitive dissonance (the first two stoked by that propaganda campaign, as well) and vote for the politicians that truly represent you now, Democrats, there's a good chance that you can drive out the Fascist and psychopathic Con, Fascist and sociopathic Tea Partiers out of the GOP and send the "Firebaggers" (Libertarians) back to their own party. Then, and only then, can you have your party back. Rehabilitation is not possible; the three insane wings are too far gone to be rehabilitated. They can only be treated like rotten pieces of fruit: THROW THEM OUT! Staying home in protest, as millions of you did in 2012. isn't going to work, either. You must go to the polls and vote for Democrats if you want your party back.

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