It’s the ultimate “progressive” rhetorical trick play; “progressivism” is, by definition (and the establishment run by “progressives” makes the definitions!) what is best for The People; all sane people want what’s best for The People; if you don’t want what’s best for The People, you’re insane.
It’s not just idle rhetorical chatter. In the USSR, from the time of Lenin all the way through the Gorbachev regime, political psychiatry was an instrument of state oppression; state “psychiatric” institutions were an integral part of the Gulag.
MSNBC host Martin Bashir interviewed Stanton Peele, a psychologist and an “expert on addiction,” this afternoon. Bashir urged Peele to psychologically evaluate supporters of the Tea Party. “It reminds us of addiction because addicts are seeking something that they can’t have,” Peele said. “They want a state of happiness or nirvana that can’t be achieved except through an artificial substance and reminds us of the Norway situation, when people are thwarted at obtaining something they can’t, have they often strike out and Norway is one kind of example to one kind of reaction to that kind of a frustration.”
Bashir later asked: “So you’re saying that they are delusional about the past and adamant about the future?”
“They are adamant about achieving something that’s unachievable, which reminds us of a couple of things. It reminds us of delusion and psychosis,” Peele responded.
“Our opponents are crazy”.
It’s aimed at the Tea Party, but its audience is really all those progressives – good, decent people in their native habitat – that Big Progressive has to convince to believe that conservatives are less human than they are before the next election. Because that’s what mass movements whose only real stock in trade is inchoate anger have to do; convince their followers that their enemies are beyond the pale, and deserve what’s getting dished out to them.
They are preparing the mental ground for what is going to be an incredibly ugly campaign.
More, probably, Monday.