What's with the left? Why have they so abandoned logic and reason that not only do they contradict virtually everything they stood for just ten years ago, their spokespeople having gone so far off the deep end as to embrace the incoherent proposals of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and to encourage the extraordinarily bizarre and increasingly hysterical narrative of Jussie Smollett? It is as if the Democratic Party has decided, once and for all, to adopt the psychological concept of "Magical Thinking" as its modus vivendi.
Democrats have been headed in the direction of magical thinking for some time and, in fact, have been well over the line since the advent of Trump. Remember, moments after the inauguration, thousands of women marching through the streets of our major cities wearing pudenda hats because something terrible was about to happen to their sex? Nothing did. That was only the beginning. Calling this Trump Derangement Syndrome is an understatement because it's more psychologically disturbing than a mere political catchphrase can capture. With Smollett and AOC, this actual psychopathology -- because that's what it is -- has reached new heights, in an apotheosis of magical thinking.
In the case of Smollett, it was not only assumed his "attack" was a "hate crime," it was actively wished for as such. Many on the left seriously willed it to be hate to validate their imaginary (i. e. magical) conception of the other side as evil and racist.
In the case of AOC, her Seventh-day Adventist-style "end times" warning of a world ending in twelve years should have been met with a bit of skepticism. There are useful idiots in every generation and doubtless always will be. What is scary is how many people want to believe her, how many are so invested in this form of magical thinking they are willing to abandon their critical faculties.
The media themselves are enmeshed in their own version of magical thinking. The Smollett affair burst on the scene only days after the supposed racism of the Catholic boys against a Native American was disproven, but that message was apparently forgotten in an instant, assuming it was ever received. But the left may have gone so far into the magical realm this time that the old silent majority, what Kurt Schlichter calls "the Normals," may be shaking their heads and starting to act. Things are beginning to backfire, sometimes with surprising speed. - Roger Simon - PJM
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