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Sunday, November 13, 2016

 

Cognitive dissonance and the Hillary riots.

Scott Adams has made me think … again.

Viewing the riots across the country of violent Hillary supporters attacking Trump supporters, the police and any private property that they find handy has disgusted me. I suspected that most of the riot crowds were Rent-a-Mobs paid for by Soros and the DNC.

But if Adams is right, many of these people are not paid rioters but volunteers. So the question then becomes, why are they reacting so violently to a Presidential election that they lost?

Republicans don’t take to the streets when they lose. What’s going on? Here’s Adams explanation.

Earlier this week CNN.com listed 24 different theories that pundits have provided for why Trump won. And the list isn’t even complete. I’ve heard other explanations as well. What does it tell you when there are 24 different explanations for a thing?


It tells you that someone just dropped a cognitive dissonance cluster bomb on the public. Heads exploded. Cognitive dissonance set in. Weird theories came out. This is the cleanest and clearest example of cognitive dissonance you will ever see. Remember it.

This phenomenon is why a year ago I told you I was putting so much emphasis on PREDICTING the outcome of the election using the Master Persuader Filter. I told you it would be easy to fit any theory to the facts AFTER the result. And sure enough, we can fit lots of theories to the facts. At least 24 of them by CNN’s count.

Generally speaking, the greater the persuasion, the more cognitive dissonance you get. Trump is – in my opinion – the greatest persuader of my lifetime. I expected this level of cognitive dissonance. Next time you see a persuader of this magnitude, you can expect the outcome to be cognitive dissonance in that case too.

This brings me to the anti-Trump protests. The protesters look as though they are protesting Trump, but they are not. They are locked in an imaginary world and battling their own hallucinations of the future. Here’s the setup that triggered them.

1. They believe they are smart and well-informed.

2. Their good judgement told them Trump is OBVIOUSLY the next Hitler, or something similarly bad.

3. Half of the voters of the United States – including a lot of smart people – voted Trump into office anyway.

Those “facts” can’t be reconciled in the minds of the anti-Trumpers. Mentally, something has to give. That’s where cognitive dissonance comes in.

There are two ways for an anti-Trumper to interpret that reality. One option is to accept that if half the public doesn’t see Trump as a dangerous monster, perhaps he isn’t. But that would conflict with a person’s self-image as being smart and well-informed in the first place. When you violate a person’s self-image, it triggers cognitive dissonance to explain-away the discrepancy.

So how do you explain-away Trump’s election if you think you are smart and you think you are well-informed and you think Trump is OBVIOUSLY a monster?

You solve for that incongruity by hallucinating – literally – that Trump supporters KNOW Trump is a monster and they PREFER the monster. In this hallucination, the KKK is not a nutty fringe group but rather a symbol of how all Trump supporters must feel. (They don’t. Not even close.)

In a rational world it would be obvious that Trump supporters include lots of brilliant and well-informed people. That fact – as obvious as it would seem – is invisible to the folks who can’t even imagine a world in which their powers of perception could be so wrong. To reconcile their world, they have to imagine all Trump supporters as defective in some moral or cognitive way, or both.

As I often tell you, we all live in our own movies inside our heads. Humans did not evolve with the capability to understand their reality because it was not important to survival. Any illusion that keeps us alive long enough to procreate is good enough.

That’s why the protestors live in a movie in which they are fighting against a monster called Trump and you live in a movie where you got the president you wanted for the changes you prefer. Same planet, different realities.

If this is correct, then we have to ask ourselves the question: why do these people believe the Trump is Hitler and that the people who voted for him want to vote for Hitler?

You don’t have to go far to find the answer. Every four years the Republican candidate for President is Hitler. Bush is Hitler ... or the Devil himself. McCain was Hitler. George Romney was a dog abusing, wife killing Hitler. Trump is obviously a spray tanned Hitler.

The Democrats tell us he’s Hitler. The media agrees that he’s Hitler and interview anyone who will validate that belief. Professors will teach you why he’s Hitler reincarnated.

If you read the major newspapers, watch the news at night, listen to your professors and attend any Democrat campaign rally you can’t help but understand the Republican running for President is Hitler and is going to kill you and blow up the planet.  One person even told me that Trump will start a nuclear war with Putin even though he believes that Putin put Trump into office. 

Hillary got applause and laughter when she told her audience that Trump’s supporters were “deplorables.” Worse yet, they are “irredeemable.” That means they are not able to be saved, improved or corrected. In so many words, they are Nazi scum who can’t be reasoned with but must be destroyed. She has cast half the country into outer darkness where not even Jesus saves.

Think I’m exaggerating? Not a bit. Here are pictures of Hillary supporters and their signs.




And here’s the Associated Press November 12:


 NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump may take a victory tour to states that elected him president, an aide said Saturday, as boisterous protests unfolded outside the tower where he holed up with members of his transition team and fielded calls congratulating him.

Note the editorial in these words: Gangsters and people like Hitler HOLE UP, respectable Democrats MEET WITH their aides after a stunning election victory.  

And the Virginian Pilot is giving the voters of Virginia Beach a tongue lashing for voting down multi-million dollar light rail boondoggle to connect up with the worst light rail system in the country, Norfolk’s TIDE with the Beach.  They even hinted that voting against an electric trolley would mean that Virginia Beach would stop being a tourist destination.  It looks like the real estate developers and media moguls in Tidewater Virginia won’t be getting multi-million dollar rake-offs from the residents of The Beach.

The bottom line is this: the Democrats are in disarray thanks to the repudiation of its anointed leader.  But they have told a lot of their gullible followers that the man elected President by the country is Hitler.  The media are echoing that lie.  The destruction, injuries and even deaths that will result from this epochal lie is the responsibility of the Democrats in office, in the media and in academia.

Democrats in and out of the press have done great damage to the American Melting Pot.  In fact they reject the melting pot, denying that there is anything that's quintessentially American.  To them we are hyphenated, tribes living next to each other, in constant conflict.  Their narrative, their disdain for the heartland - the working middle class - the political correctness that told everyone who differed from them to shut up and sit down, was Donald Trump biggest electoral asset.

The children are not to blameless but the adults have so much to answer for.  

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