I admit it. I've been on Facebook entirely too much for the holiday season, and in part that's meant lurking in conservative chat hangouts. Occasionally, I will actually engage.  Better than 60% of the time, I'm probably snarky because they're spouting the usual party BS, but lately I've just been getting on their cases. Frankly speaking, it's been getting a little bit alarming. There is a collective social / psychological disorder known as conservative outrage syndrome, or COS.

The cons in my social circle are beginning to spout really weird shit that has absolutely no basis in thought lately. Many are beginning to bray like mules. I've never seen such a bunch of chowderheads in all my life. Talk about half-baked thinking!  Just where did these people go to school?  Perhaps they were home schooled by Christian fundamentalists (who also propagate the flat earth theory)!

I mean, logically there's intellectual garbage -- and then there's the intellectual garbage on steroids. Many arguments some of these cons make obviously are lacking facts needed to support their outrage in three or four places. Truly, COS is appearing at epidemic proportions. And so one has to wonder just why that is.

My theory goes back to the nature of conspiracy theories. In the vast realm of wacka-doodledum, you can probably find hundreds of different conspiracy stories.  Different people with different classes and education levels inhabit cloud cuckooland ideas. The thing is -- that different people are getting their world news from various subspecies of fake news of their personal preference. 

In the good old days of conservativeland, there would be one reliable source of information that everyone could take their marching orders from.  F*x News has been the old warhorse of ??ideas??, and the red state army could be depended on to bash liberals effectively.  But things have changed.  For one thing, Shep Smith on F*x has actually delivered journalism, as have a few other minorities on that channel.

But now there is the cognitive dissonance of believing everything the Donster says, and defending clowns like Roy Moore because that's an integral part of your religion.  You've got to figure that a few heads have exploded -- but they are deep in the closet and will tell you that everything is fine.

And so that mystery ingredients of conspiracy theories, false news, and the Koch brothers are making conservative land go through triple backward somersaults, and are creating pools of internal mental boullibasse that is surfacing through COS. Cons are primed to be OUTRAGED at the hypocrisy of liberalism, secular humanism, socialism, marxism, and radicalism. But then they open their mouths!

The internal cohesion of the conservative army is beginning to fall apart.  The troops are beginning to break rank in the battle, and they are all getting more and more ridiculous!

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Comment by koshersalaami on January 2, 2018 at 5:27am

We see it here directly in little bits. The stuff Doc Vega says when he's blogging political gets really weird. I and some others here don't do Facebook.

What I can't figure out is how the Republicans in Congress got this budget by their base. This hurts all but a few of their constituents. Do they think they can fake their way through this? Or is the political process so far gone that these guys will believe whoever the power abusers that be blame this on? And, if it really is that far gone, what do we do about it?

Of course conservatives are outraged. That’s what keeps them conservative these days. The real conservatives have become homeless and are leaving the Republican Party because it’s just gotten too insane, guys like George F. Will. They’re backing Democrats because they have no choice any more, though many have to hold their noses while wading through our version of bullshit. We have our own problems, but at least we tend to be short sighted rather than outright delusional. 

Comment by Steel Breeze on January 2, 2018 at 6:51am

what i've seen so far is the same ol shit; those on the left and right 'outraged' over things that when 'their man' did the same,why it was perfectly justifiable.....fucking ridiculous.....folks need to wake up and understand they are Americans FIRST, and (fill in the blank) second....but,that's just me...

Comment by cheshyre on January 2, 2018 at 7:10am

Conservatives don't tell you what they believe. They tell you what they want you to believe. That's why there's no point in engaging them, because it's a dishonest conversation. Some people like that, though.

Comment by Boanerges on January 2, 2018 at 7:45am

At the risk of offending some people (pffffft -- like that's ever stopped me), just let me repeat this pearl of wisdom: One out of every three Trumph supporters is an idiot. Just like the other two.

Comment by koshersalaami on January 2, 2018 at 8:41am

Cheshyre is right. That's what Birtherism is about. I think this because I can’t think of anyone supporting the Birther viewpoint who would have voted for Obama if they thought he was born here. 

Sure there’s phony outrage on both sides. From a personal standpoint, I try to reserve my actual outrage for the exceptional. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on January 2, 2018 at 9:54am

"...folks need to wake up and understand they are Americans FIRST, and (fill in the blank) second....but,that's just me..."

The comment by Steel Breeze just made me have to ask:  What is so dog damn "special" about being born American?  

What makes anyone think that we and/or our government are so freaking wonderful that we have some sort of bullshit "manifest destiny" which allows that level of egotistical "patriotism" (which is just another form of BS brainwashing, IMO).

I mean, come on...  we discriminate against our own people, we screw over 99% of the population, we hate anyone who is even a tiny bit different, we are the result of the biggest genocide in history, etc., etc., etc.  

Instead of being arrogant and so damn proud of being an American I think we should be damn ashamed because our "bad deeds" WAAAAAAY out number of "good deeds".

Comment by Maui Surfer on January 2, 2018 at 10:38am

"triple backward somersaults"

The gymnastics required, and on display at all times now, to stand behind virtually anything said by a 2018 Conservative (just what are they trying to conserve? Not natural resources, obviously) have had the amazing result of making David Frum of all people into an American Hero. It is that bad.

As to going back to Birtherism, I remind you all again from the Islands that the conspiracy itself offends everything Hawaiian. The Hospital, for Women and Children only, where Obama was born was built by our Queen who went door to door herself soliciting contributions to fend off the diseases brought here by Westerners, which was of course bound to happen sometime. The people accused of falsifying the documents are mostly known here as "Aunty" by everyone they meet as in our Ohana family culture those working in health care are treated as such. So, it would be like accusing your favorite Aunt who spends every Sunday feeding the homeless at a soup kitchen of conspiring to bring a hapa-popolo (bi-racial) Manchurian Candidate into the White House. This is pure and total insanity, and I remind anyone who has never traveled the South or parts of the Mid-West looking like the "other" just how dangerous these people can be.

Comment by alsoknownas on January 2, 2018 at 10:50am

I think Steel Breeze is saying, and saying it clearly unless one is looking for a fight based on poor reading skills, is that identities based on political affiliations are divisive and obscure the commonality of our citizenry.

Welcome to 2018. Nothing new.

Comment by old new lefty on January 2, 2018 at 11:10am

One thing that I couldn't fit into my essay are the dysfunctions currently afflicting us on the left.  Some of my friends have become mentally ill lately, and there are others with a Napoleon complex.  Plenty of personal dysfunction to go around for everyone in 2017.  I only hope that there is less derangement syndrome on both right and left this year.

Comment by koshersalaami on January 2, 2018 at 12:18pm

I’m trying to figure out what about Steel Breeze’s comment had anything to do with exceptionality. What it has to do with is national identity, some sort of loyalty to our national entity, and putting some sort of emphasis on the welfare of the national entity we share with our fellow citizens. Put more simply, we’re-all-in-the-same-boat-ism. I’m not sure I could name a government that didn’t push that viewpoint, exceptional or not. 

I might also point out that I suspect that if I’d opted for dual citizenship, in my case American/Israeli, I would be accused of devaluing my American citizenship and identity, which would miraculously become important. I haven’t done that because I have a country and it’s this one. 

As to why Steel Breeze in particular would find the issue of American identity and loyalty important, I would hazard a guess and say that’s a common phenomenon among guys who have put their lives on the line out of loyalty and to protect all those who share that identity. To expect some sort of common commitment to our country is not unreasonable. 

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