Tagged: Trump cult

A Thirtieth Anniversary the World is Preparing to Forget

June 4th, thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party annihilated hundreds of people who were protesting for their freedom against one of the most vicious, soulless, and diabolically clever governments in human history. The regime’s viciousness and soullessness may be verified in death tallies, for those who need quantitative evidence of the true meaning of progressive authoritarianism. The diabolical cleverness is revealed in...

Defining Winning Down

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, back when progressives were still allowed to talk about moral and political matters without complete deference to the current neo-Marxist orthodoxy, wrote of the decaying moral substance of modern America with the now-famous phrase, “defining deviancy down.” That useful expression is easily adaptable to other, analogous contexts, and today I would like to apply it to Trumpology, in which we...

Of Cults and Cultishness

A regular reader who likes to play devil’s advocate sent an e-mail to challenge my continued use of the terms “cult” and “cultist” in describing Donald Trump’s support base. Specifically, he questioned whether I am not simply calling Trumpists a cult out of emotionalism, and whether one might not level the same accusation against anyone with whom one disagrees, i.e., whether a “cult”...

Psychological Projection, Demonstrated

Right Scoop, a regular booster and friend of Mark Levin, posted the radio host’s plea to Israeli listeners to re-elect Benjamin Netanyahu. Halfway through his slightly meandering but basically reasonable rant — the topic of which, remember, was the virtues of Benjamin Netanyahu and the desirability of his re-election in Israel — Levin suddenly veered off into this: I feel the same way...

Trump vs. Obama: A Study in Narcissistic Contrasts

In response to my post about President Trump’s “Tariff Man” boast about China, a great friend notes that Trump’s public statements (primarily tweets) almost invariably emphasize the first person singular, a mannerism he shares with his predecessor, and one very much in keeping with both men’s entrenched narcissism. I would only qualify that reasonable comparison with the observation that if there is one...

Poor, Misunderstood Vladimir: Just a Religious Crusader Who Can’t Catch a Break

And the fascinating e-mails just keep on coming. Jamie Glazov, a relentless alternative media propagandist for Donald Trump, passes along a link to a wonderful article at American Greatness. (Hmm, that name reminds me of something…a campaign slogan, perhaps….) The article is by Michael Finch, who happens to have the very legitimate-sounding title, “president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles.”...

Trump Derangement Syndrome, Collectivism, and Lynch Mobs

One of the most childish, irresponsible, and profoundly anti-rational argumentative techniques is to accuse your opponent of a mental disorder. Childish because it is a leading technique of the schoolyard (“Retard!” “Fag!”); irresponsible because it is merely an attempt to harm your opponent, rather than to persuade or critique him; anti-rational because it is designed precisely to evade or short-circuit reason and logic....

RedState After the Purge

A few weeks ago, RedState, one of perhaps only two popular American conservative news sites to have maintained a healthy presence of non-cult-friendly opinion on Donald Trump’s presidency, underwent a sudden pro-Trump purge, firing most of its writers associated with Trump criticism, including some of its more popular writers, and all of its best ones. Here is a brief report on the result:...

Olympic Musings

A few passing thoughts related to the Olympic Games currently taking place a few hours north of where I sit, in Pyeongchang, Korea: As always, the International Olympic Committee and its major corporate partners have chosen to use the Games as a mock-UN platform for politically correct attitudinizing and blatant hypocrisy of all sorts. This year, not surprisingly, the main theme is gender...

America To Surge Left During Trump Years

Donald Trump’s caving to Democrats over the debt ceiling will be the first in a string of ingenious “deals” the New York values President will strike with his long-time leftist friends. By the end of his great swamp-draining presidency, he will have ended any hope of saving the United States from bankruptcy, full-blown socialized medicine, and amnesty for illegals. I say that not...