Showing posts with label Intimidating Harassment the M.O. of Gangsters. Show all posts
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Day 4 of The January 6th Hearings: Violent Threats and Intimidating Harassment; The M.O. of Gangstas. Update 06/22: On Line Violent Threats Continue Against January 6 Committee Members

Over the weekend, prior to today's Hearings, the Republicans came together at an all out good ole boy back rubbin convention in Texas, the results which turned most of our stomachs particularly during this time of the grave Hearings on the Hill. Do you ever wonder what is wrong with them ?

Tom Nichols has a clue.

 ~ From The Atlantic: 

What Are Trump supporters So Afraid Of ? 

 The voice inside that tells them how wrong they are.

 "As more truths about Donald Trump and his attempted coup come out, I fear there will be more irrational anger and threats from people who cannot bear the truth. 

Secret Doubt

As the January 6 hearings restarted today after the long weekend, I was thinking about the weird, psychotic fear that has overtaken millions of Americans. I include in those millions people who are near and dear to me, friends I have known for years who now seem to speak a different language, a kind of Fox-infused, Gish Galloping, “what-about” patois that makes no sense even if you slow it down or add punctuation.

Such conversations are just part of life in divided America now. We live in a democracy, and there’s no law (nor should there be) against the willing suffocation of one’s own brain cells with television and the internet. But living in an alternate reality is unhealthy—and dangerous, as I realized yet again while watching the January 6 committee hearings and listening to the stories of Republicans, such as Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and others, describing the threats and harassment they have received for doing their duty to the Constitution.

And the threats don’t stop with political figures; families are now in the crosshairs. Representative Adam Kinzinger, for example, tweeted Monday about a letter he received in which the writer threatened not only to kill him, but to kill his wife and infant son.

There have always been unstable people in America, and they have always done frightening things. But there seem to be a lot more of them now. Some of them are genuinely dangerous, but many more are just rage-drunk nihilists who will threaten any public figures targeted by their preferred television hosts or websites, regardless of party or policy.

The more I think about it—and I spent years researching such problems while writing a book about democracy—the more I think that such people are less angry than they are terrified.

Many of you will respond: Of course they’re terrified. They’re scared of demographic change, of cultural shifts, of being looked down upon for being older and uneducated in an increasingly young and educated world.

All true. But I think there’s more to it.

I think the Trump superfans are terrified of being wrong. I suspect they know that for many years they’ve made a terrible mistake—that Trump and his coterie took them to the cleaners and the cognitive dissonance is now rising to ear-splitting, chest-constricting levels. And so they will literally threaten to kill people like Kinzinger (among others) if that’s what it takes to silence the last feeble voice of reason inside themselves.

We know from studies (and from experience as human beings) that being wrong makes us feel uncomfortable. It’s an actual physiological sensation, and when compounded by humiliation, it becomes intolerable. The ego cries out for either silence or assent. In the modern media environment, this fear expresses itself as a demand for the comfort of massive doses of self-justifying rage delivered through the Fox or Newsmax or OAN electronic EpiPen that stills the allergic reaction to truth and reason.

These outlets are eager to oblige. It’s not you, the hosts assure the viewers. It’s them. You made the right decisions years ago and no matter how much it now seems that you were fooled and conned, you are on the side of right and justice.

This therapy works for as long as the patient is glued to the television or computer screen. The moment someone like Bowers or Kinzinger or Liz Cheney appears and attacks the lie, the anxiety and embarrassment rise like reflux in the throat, and it must be stopped, even if it means threatening to kill the messenger.

No one who truly believes they are right threatens to hurt anyone for expressing a contrary view. The snarling threat of violence never comes from people who calmly believe they are in the right. It is always the instant resort of the bully who feels the hot flush of shame rising in the cheeks and the cold rock of fear dropping in the pit of the stomach.

In the film adaptation of the Cold War epic Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John le CarrĂ©’s fictional British intelligence officer George Smiley describes his opposite number, the Soviet spymaster Karla. Smiley knows Karla can be beaten, he says, because Karla “is a fanatic. And the fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt.”

What this means, I regret to say, is that there will be more threats, and more violence, because there will be more truth. It’s going to be a long summer."



With that in mind ( and adding that to me these folks act like addicts), here is coverage of today's short, something very much like control in Putin's Russia or the way things work in most third world countries; violent threats and intimidating harassment:

 ~ PBS News Hour - Live Episode 06/21/22





 ~ From The Hill: (more on their sidebar)

 Jan 6 Committee Links Trump's Election claims to Violent Threats

by Harper Neidig - 06/21/22 5:13 PM ET


State Republicans Say Trump Wanted them To Break Law To Keep Him In Power 

by Mike Lillis and Rebecca Beitsch - 06/21/22 5:54 PM ET



 Update/edit - 06/22/22

And yet still (although we should not be completely surprised) the violent threats continue through social media. So, how much longer (and stronger) will these persist and when the f*ck are our front line defenders going to brand these as a "clear and present danger" to Democracy ? Here's hoping they have already done so.

 ~ From CNN:

'Hang Them All': January 6 Committee Members Target of Violent Rhetoric on Right-Wing Social Media Platforms 

Meanwhile, careful with those Gulag jokes y'all....especially around Gangstas....and their allies/collaborators.


 An oldie but a goodie to hold you over...two Doc appointments coming up so I won't be back for awhile.