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!