Posted On: Saturday - November 19th 2022 8:13PM MST
In Topics:   Elections '16 - '24  General Stupidity  ctrl-left
Peak Stupidity may have left our readers hanging more than a few times with "that's another post, there!" and such. The ideas often cascade. This post comes from a time like that, with an idea forgotten until I looked over our post Remember Glenn Beck with his Overton Window? from 5 1/2 years ago! (The reminder is due to frequent PS commenter E.H. Hail having mentioned that old pundit Glenn Beck in the comments under his most recent post Election Froth.)
I just didn't have a name for the phenomena (some may well call it a plan instead, but then, remember the name of our site), as I remember thinking about that 5 1/2 years ago as I pondered writing a post. Well, I sure didn't think of a better one in the meantime, so I'll stick with this one for now. You'll understand the Briar Patch part*. but I really hadn't cared who Mr. Overton**. The concept of the "Overton Window" that Mr. Beck used to discuss a lot using his rotatable chalk board is well known
If Peak Stupidity's term won't suffice, because it does kind of suck, there ought to be a term for a different phenomena that's been around in American politics of the major parties a long while. (I call them squads of the UniParty at this point.) Here's how it goes: The ctrl-left will act OUTRAGED at the (supposed) Conservatism, far-far-Rightism, and even Hitler-adjacent policies of the GOP high-office holders. This will be the case even when said GOP high-office holders are the most worthless, traitorous, compromising squishes and not Conservative in the least.
Some of the ctrl-left with what we may think of as having, or have thought of as having Trump/Bush/Bush/Reagan Derangement Syndrome may really be outraged, but these are the most deluded psychotic sickos. I believe most of them just act like they think said office holders (I include notable Senators and Congressmen too) are actually Conservative. Why come up with these huge exaggerations of the supposed Conservatism of these politicians? It's a tactic of theirs that works very well .
The effect of this tactic is to get Conservatives to actually believe "their" high-office holder is working hard, doing the right thing for them. "If they hate him so much, he MUST be doing a great job!" Well, that can be true, but not if that hate is based on exaggeration, lies, or plain insanity.
Take George W. Bush, please! (No joke that time, take him the hell somewhere - I don't want to see his Hispanic sob story paintings.) I really did have high hopes in January of '01. However, it was pretty clear early on that he was another warmonger.*** G.W. Bush did not try one bit to decrease the American Police State, but in fact he used 9/11 to greatly expand it. Medicare D (for Drugs), anyone? That was a big government expansion, at least in the monetary sense. It's too long ago for me to remember a long list of these, and doing so would be depressing to boot. Suffice it to say that George W. Bush was no Conservative. He didn't fight the policies of the ctrl-left. Words were one thing, but from his actions, the ctrl-left should have had absolutely nothing to hate about him.
The ctrl-left sure did act like they hated him though. They do this with all the supposed hard-right-wing politicians:
“Drown me just as deep as you please, Br'er Fox,” said Br'er Rabbit, “but for Lord’s sake, don’t fling me in that briar patch.” American Conservatives get fooled by: "Please, Conservative voters, close the southern border as tight as you please, but for Lord's sake, don't elect the far-right-winger George Bush!"
PS: Site note: I really hesitate to add Topic Keys at this point. It'd be a bear to fill out old posts with them - the last 3 or 4 added are ones for which I haven't done this yet. Some times, however, not many will fit well, as with this post. "Elections '16-'24" (the title of which can be update) really ought to be "Elections since Richard Nixon", arguably.
* That's if you've every seen or heard of the old Br'er Rabbit stories and cartoons - see Wiki on this. Really, I knew it was a Southern thing, these Uncle Remus stories. but had no idea they were supposed to be a pro-black thing until just now. Would Wiki lie to me?
** However, I do now. It's not too late to learn. I just read about Robert Overton. He must have been a smart guy - being both and Electrical Engineer and a Lawyer - but also a good guy - he traveled the world espousing the Libertarian ideas of the Mackinac Center. That must have included his idea of this virtual window of acceptable discourse.
Unfortunately, after just being married, Joseph Overton died from a crash in his ultralight aircraft after takeoff from the Tuscola airport in Caro, Michigan at only 43 y/o.
*** Granted, on that score, the GOP was still seen as the Warfare party, as a holdover from the 4-decade-long Cold War.