There have been people of different political views since almost the beginning of time and for the most part, in most countries, those people can coexist with each other.
Then again, we do live in a world where we have liberals that want to tar and feather people because they voted for Donald Trump. We live in a world where people try to mess with people’s Trump signs just because they can.
Liberalism is a cult where if you don’t believe everything that they believe then they are more than ready to throw you into a woodchipper.
I can’t imagine the psychic energy it must take to persist in politics in a country where you believe the other side lives in a kind of Jonestown archipelago, persisting in cult-like thrall to a toxic leader whose orders have arrayed millions of your countrymen against all that’s good and pure.
While there are plenty of strange beliefs on the left about President Donald Trump that must exhaust the believer, the “cult of MAGA” delusion must be the most debilitating.
We’re not talking about someone who makes the statement as a throwaway line, either — we’re talking about an individual who believes in his soul that Trump voters need deprogramming, and not just in a metaphorical sense.
This belief has been kicking around in the fever swamps of leftist Twitter for some time now — really, since about 2015 — but it’s now accepted enough that a member of the Democratic National Committee is spouting it.
David Atkins, a member of the DNC’s California convention, became a lot more famous than he previously was this week when he implied that the 75 million people who voted for Trump were basically all dwelling in a massive mental Branch Davidian compound.
“No seriously…how *do* you deprogram 75 million people? Where do you start? Fox? Facebook?” he wrote in a Tuesday tweet. “We have to start thinking in terms of post-WWII Germany or Japan. Or the failures of Reconstruction in the South.”