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I have written about this before in this website, and was going to post this as part of another thread. However, I thought I would give it it's own thread because it cuts across so many of the discussions in the other threads.
PoliticusUSA, October 2, 2013: Half of Republican Voters Believe in Delusional Obama Conspiracies
"According to the national poll’s results, 62 percent of Republicans believe President Obama is “secretly trying to take everyone’s guns away“. In addition, 44 percent of Republicans believe that Obama is secretly trying to figure out a way to stay in office beyond 2017. Nearly half of Republican voters think that Obama is a dictator scheming to serve as president for a third term and over half think he has a secret plan to confiscate the guns of all Americans. These are not rational positions, but rather bizarre conspiracy theories, but they are majority opinions or near majority opinions within the universe of Republican voters.
"These frankly delusional beliefs about the president’s supposed evil dictatorial motives, illustrate why the Republicans in the House are acting so irresponsibly. They are catering to a base that lives in a sinister fantasy land where Barack Obama is a tyrant intend on stealing their guns and serving as a dictator for life. When you cater to a ship of fools, you will eventually look and act a fool yourself. It is time to stop treating this segment of the Republican base as rational people who can be reasoned with, and it is time for politicians to stop pandering to voters who have such a tenuous grip on reality."
This is why I read books by psychologists. This is why I equate how Republicans have learned their worldviews with the way North Koreans learned their worldviews and why they love their leader Kim Jung-Un so dearly; why Russians are rallying behind Putin in his military campaign to steal Crimea and the eastern part of Ukraine; why Iranians choose to follow their religious leaders; and why certain American demographic groups think Obama is evil and a Marxist.
None of the craziest worldviews, from those that follow and identify with KimJung-un to Vladimir Putin to the extremist Ayatollahs in Iran and elsewhere to the followers of Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and others, make much sense to me. When certain Republicans think that Putin is a model of a leader that they would like as President over the "weak" Obama who wears "Mom jeans" then I have to question how they learned what they absolutely want to believe. It's happened before in history...again and again.
"The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart."
-- John Grierson
And now as opinion polls above show, even more moderate Republicans are believing the propaganda that their plutocrat masters devise. They play on their emotions and ignore or dismiss facts. Critical thinking is absent.