There are three issues that the Q-Pubes are mind-bogglingly defiant on:
- #COVID19 whether it is testing, prevention, mitigation, vaccination, or recovery funding. For example, Gov Abbott of Texas relaxed all the statewide #COVID19 mitigation efforts to distract folks from the utility disaster that he presided over.
- elections whether it is voter suppression, Russian interference, or the Big Lie. For example, Georgia is accelerating its efforts to suppress the votes of likely Dem voters, i.e. Black folks.
- climate change. They don’t think human activity causes climate change, so there’s no policy solution to it. Um, ever consider what happens if you’re wrong, fellas?
All three are existential threats to our country as we know it. Instead of engaging in these or any other issue of governance at local, state, or federal level, they prefer to engage in endless hyperventilating culture wars harping on about Antifa, wokeness, and cancel culture in addition to their long long list of past culture war grievances. Please feel free to note your favorite GQP culture war grievances in the comments, y’all!
Their antics populate every news broadcast and publication, so we needn’t go through an exhaustive list here, but we’ll list a few examples from each area. I would love to hear some of your favorite outrage du jour of the Q-Pubes among us in the comments!
Now, they’re taking Putin’s side over Biden’s! I guess it is shocking, but not surprising. I guess. The only explanation must be that they don’t want the country to exist in the manner to which we’ve become accustomed to it. They must want some kind of dystopian pseudo-democracy of mass suffering, death, and obscene wealth for the one percent. So, the question is, why aren’t more people aware of this and acting to stop them? Why do they keep getting elected and invited onto all the talking head pundit shows? Well, there is a fancy set of cognitive Tom fuckery that they use to keep the base, independent voters, and mainstream media bamboozled.
Here, for example, is the popular video of Sen Paul (R – Narcissistic Pedanticism) “questioning” Dr. Fauci over mask wearing and vaccines during a recent Senate hearing on the matter. You should watch it. I know you won’t because buffering, but you should if you haven’t seen it already.
In the video Paul postures so grandly, you’d think he was a strutting peacock and Fauci, a peahen. He keeps asking Fauci about the necessity of wearing a mask after being vaccinated, but when Fauci answers, he just talks over him.
He’s not interested in the answer. He knows he’s wrong. He’s just interested in grandstanding for the base and furthering disinformation.
Just for clarity’s sake, we’ll list Fauci’s answer: Wear a mask after vaccination because there are studies showing that you can be infected with variants after vaccination. In spite of what “doctor” Paul would have you believe.
The question is, why are Q-Pubes so adamantly against mitigating #COVID19. It is an obvious threat to our continued well being. It has inflicted pain, suffering, and death upon millions of our citizens. It has taken billions of dollars out of our economy. And, there is no recovery of the economy until the pandemic is contained. So, why do they fight so hard against doing anything about it? What possible gain could be worth inflicting this much pain, suffering, and death on the country?
The Big Lie
The Big Lie that there is evidence of election fraud that no court in the land was willing to hear is still being touted by elected Q-Pubes, conservative media outlets, and the rank and vile of MAGA Nation. Recently, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber went on Fox News to exclaim that no court including SCOTUS had the courage to overturn a valid election. It doesn’t take courage; it takes evidence to prove that a law was violated.
Another great piece of evidence that the GQP isn’t done with the Big Lie yet, some CPAC panel titles their recent meeting in February 2021:
Then there were Reps Kevin McCarthy (R – Whatever You Want Me To Say) and Steve Scalise (R – Cancer Alley is too Good for “Em) toeing the Q-Pube line on the illegality of the election. McCarthy was saying that he didn’t try to overturn it when he was voting to disallow Electoral College votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania and supported the Texas lawsuit to overturn the election. There you go again making stuff up about Q-Pubes just because they did what you said they were doing. And, Scalise continuing to say on the one hand #BidenHarris were voted in by the Electoral College but on the other questions something something election something something laws something something questions and something, so who can be sure about anything, enquiring minds want to know. These guys are what pass for leadership of the Q-Pubes in the House.
Considering that America is widely regarded as a democracy by the world and her citizens, you’d think all patriotic Americans would be dedicated to democratic ideals, but the GQP is actively working to create a single-party, pseudo-democratic, minority-rule autocratic regime like they have in Russia! If they succeed, America will exist in name only.
After the drubbing that Texas took at the hands of freezing weather and the flooding that Miami and other low-lying areas of Florida are spending billions to mitigate while not allowing anyone to talk about climate change, you’d think that Q-Pubes would be all over trying to prevent the warming of the planet. Given that they are always touting their capitalist and free market credentials, you’d think they would see the handwriting on the wall regarding fossil fuels and start incentivizing fossil fuel companies to expand into renewable energy sources. You’d think for-profit fossil fuel companies would be expanding into renewable energy sources and lobbying for government subsidies, but that is a different blog post all together.
To fight against going green and advocating continuing to use fossil fuels is to advocate for the destruction of the world as we know it. How can you possibly justify such an approach? Sure, I get it, there might be a very slim possibility that human beings aren’t responsible for climate change and there is nothing we can do to prevent it, but if that opinion is wrong, we’ve flushed the environment down the shitter and any prayer of maintaining our bloated human population with it. That’s condemning billions of people to live in misery. Why would you do such a thing? It doesn’t make sense.
The Cognitive Tom Fuckery of the GQP
None of the GQP’s positions on these issues makes sense if you start with the assumption that they are working towards our assumed goals of (a) promoting the health and welfare of the majority of Americans; (b) maintaining our democracy and our democratic ideals; and (c) preserving a livable environment for the majority people in the country and the world.
The False Consensus Effect
It’s been clear for a long long time that the Q-Pubes are actively working against our democracy. It is one of the reasons that Ye Olde Blogge came into existence. But, few people on the left, media, or the general public can actually believe it and use it to understand and predict the Q-Pubes in office. This is because of the false consensus effect, which is the belief that we are an average person representative of the population at large. Each of us believes — until we mention it and then we swear that we know we are far far superior than the average person, which is illusory superiority — that our opinions, abilities, knowledge, whatever is shared in the wider population than it actually is.
We start with the assumption that everyone wants to promote the well-being of every American and everyone on the planet. Who wouldn’t want everyone to be happy and healthy? It’s a no brainer, right?
We assume that stopping #COVID19, maintaining our democracy, and preventing climate change are fundamental to ensuring that the most people are healthy and happy. After all, hasn’t life on the planet been getting better for everyone since the end of World War II? I mean, wasn’t that the point of Steven Pinker’s Angels of Our Better Nature?
When we focus on it, we realize that the assumption is false. There is too much evidence to the contrary, but when are caught unaware, our unconscious believes these things to be true. Our conscious mind might not, but it is not active all the time. It is only active when we need it. It only works with effort and concentration, which we don’t like doing, so we avoid it.
The Q-Pubes are taking advantage of the False Consensus effect. We are giving them the benefit of the doubt because we cannot help it. And, lots of low-information MAGA and independent voters will just assume that the GQP wouldn’t do anything that would really hurt the majority of people living in the US like discouraging mask wearing and opening up the economy, suppressing the vote, and continuing to use fossil fuels because it would hurt people and the planet because to do so would be madness.
Heuristic Projection is the love child of the false consensus effect and the halo effect. You remember the halo effect, right? If we like someone, then we believe that everything they do is good and right and never wrong. Like finding out your favorite B-grade movie star and father of Lara Croft, Jon Voight, is really a nose-picking MAGA nation member. You thought because you liked him in Karate Dog and Anaconda he would be just like you! Man, was you ever wrong! And, now, you can’t watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them even though it was only a small part really because principles.
Now, imagine that you like an organization real good like the ACLU. You assume because you like them (the halo effect) that everything they do is good and that they agree with your opinions and beliefs (the false consensus effect), so that when they endorse a politician, that person must (a) be a good person and (b) agree with all your opinions and beliefs. That’s the heuristic projection or the tendency to use endorsements of politicians by special interest groups (SIGs) as the basis for supporting politicians in elections.
So, if you’re a Q-Pube and you have a choice between a Q-Pube and Dem, you’ll vote Q-Pube every time regardless of whether that politician is continually voting for you to live in Cancer Alley, drink Flint water, enjoy Texas utilities, and die quickly and quietly when you begin to cost more than you contribute to the wealth of the one percent. But, the low-information MAGA voter assumes that the endorsement of conservative PAC or group means that they will be taken care of — by they we mean white people and the bad people (PoC, women, Muslims, liberals) will be punished.
There’s a lot of cognitive Tom-fuckery that the Q-Pubes use to keep their base voting for them, so that they can achieve the goals they want even if it hurts their voters. These are but two. However, that they continue being competitive and winning means their cognitive Tom-fuckery is one of the greatest political sleights of hand ever pulled off.
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