Friday, November 18, 2016

Liberal hysteria over Trump is rapidly becoming self-satire - Thomas Lifson




by Thomas Lifson

Whipping oneself into an embarrassing emotional lather is now considered righteous instead of ridiculous.

It turns out that the hundred million dollars’ worth of Hillary campaign demonization has paid off in creating millions of people gripped by hysteria over the utter evilness of Donald Trump. Calling Trump Hitler is already passé so the quest for superlatives of evil is running out of material. According to a U.S. Congressman, Hitler, and even Stalin and Mao are all pikers in terms of mass killing. Eric Scheiner of CNS News reports:
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) says that Donald Trump’s policy ideas will expose “billions world-wide to loss of life” and will “imperil the unique and fragile ecosystems that make the United States a wonder of the world.” (snip)
…the President-Elect used his campaign for our country’s highest office to promote policy ideas that would not only pollute the planet, but expose millions of Americans and billions world- wide to loss of life, livelihood, and property.”
The estimable Ace of Ace of Spades HQ nailed it:
This is mass hysteria.
In sociology and psychology, mass hysteria (also known as collective hysteria, group hysteria, or collective obsessional behavior) is a phenomenon that transmits collective allusions of threats, whether real or imaginary, through a population in society as a result of rumors and fear (memory acknowledgment).
In medicine, the term is used to describe the spontaneous manifestation (production in chemicals in the body) of the same or similar hysterical physical symptoms by more than one person.
People teach each other how to behave. These people spend all day in bubbles spraying each other with panic pheremones like they're in some kind of Amygdala-Milking Bukakke of Terror.
Or they tweet out unhinged emotional Vaudeville that sparks the release of fear and panic chemicals in readers. (snip)
hysterical overemoting has been valorized into how one shows one feels and one really cares deeply and ergo is virtuous.
Whipping oneself into an embarrassing emotional lather is now considered righteous instead of ridiculous.
Inevitably, something that feeds upon itself burns out. In just over two months, we’ll have an actual President Trump being not so scary. But there is a lot more self-discrediting ahead for people and media organs alike.

Thomas Lifson

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/11/liberal_hysteria_over_trump_rapidly_becoming_selfsatire.html

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