“I hate deception, even where the imagination only is concerned.” —George Washington (1779)
Donald Trump’s election was the catalyst for an epidemic of the emotional incontinence called “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” that Democrat Party politicos and their Leftmedia outlets incessantly provoke. The Demos’ primary target for this unceasing inflammation is their largest voter bloc, women, whom they endeavor to keep emotionally unhinged by fanning the flames of toxic femininity.
In 2016, Trump won 52% of votes cast by men but only 41% of those cast by women. That 11% gender gap was the largest in four decades of presidential elections. Demo researchers have written endlessly about the “gender gap,” but none of them dare to declare that female voters are more emotive than male voters. This unspoken but demonstrable demographic reality is precisely why Democrats elevate the most highly emotive topics, such as gender issues, to the top of their platforms.
The Demos’ secondary constituency target is their largest racial voter bloc, black Americans. Because almost 90% of black people vote Democrat, a significant part of the aforementioned gender voting gap is also a racial gap. Thus, Democrat race hustlers, with the help of their race-luring profiteers, perennially promote a race-bait agenda, using every isolated instance of real or imagined injustice to propagate fear and division.
This includes their most recent appeal to women and blacks, the BIG lie that our nation is besieged with “systemic racism,” and that the path forward must be under the banner of the so-called “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) movement.
But it is not just Democrat women and black folks who have consumed, and been consumed by, the BLM Kool-Aid.
Democrats have found support for their BLM bait in another dependable bloc of their constituent voters, both male and female: white Millennials. And that support has spilled over into the ranks of good people who would not otherwise identify themselves as “leftist” or “Democrat,” but who have been emotionally hijacked by BLM rhetoric and propaganda.
If you know a good person who is emotively intoxicated by the BLM messaging, here is one formula for detox.
In dealing with emotive family, friends, and colleagues who are predisposed to succumbing to social pressure — particularly in this generation where social media is an ever-present influencer — it’s important to understand this about perceptions: The disconnect between the cognitive (generally Right) versus emotive (generally Left) interpretation of ideas and events creates the most significant and sometimes most impenetrable obstacles to reaching common ground between Right and Left. Ask leftists for something about which they’re passionate, and they most often predicate their response with, “Because I feel…” But ask conservatives for something about which they’re passionate, and they most often predicate their response with, “Because I think…”
Cognitive processors sometimes fail to convey an empathic understanding of an issue, while emotive processors tend to be overwhelmed with empathic feelings about it. The real disconnect starts when emotive interpretation neglects the facts, and cognitive understanding fails to recognize the feelings. In debate, this constitutes the proverbial mix of oil and water — which are quick to separate.
Frankly, it’s extremely important to have the capacity to both think and feel in order to cognitively contemplate a position and then express it effectively to someone who’s emotively entrenched in a contrary position.
Case in point: Last week, amid all the racial tension fomented by Democrats and their racist antagonizers nationwide, a very smart and well-educated influencer, whom I have known for years, issued a public statement about BLM. My otherwise conservative friend, a white male, dug himself deep into the BLM hole before he was aware he was even digging. He’s in the “helping profession” and has an enormous heart for other people, for justice, and for what is good and right — which is how he ended up so deep in that hole.
To summarize, he issued a declaration that anyone who dared say “all lives matter” in response to the assertion that “Black Lives Matter” (he used caps in reference to the organization) is committing a reductionist offense and displaying a complete lack of sympathy and empathy for black people. In other words, he treated the phrase “black lives matter” as synonymous with the organization Black Lives Matter.
I responded to him, privately, that I was sure he didn’t fully understand that the Black Lives Matter hate group’s mission is an affront to everything he believes. I suggested that if his message was basically “all lives matter,” but that black lives seem to matter less in some important cultural ways, then we should seek to reconcile that inequality and find grounds for agreement.
I gently helped him understand that BLM’s Marxist mission and beliefs, under the leadership of their racist and black supremacist founders, and supported by the fascists of the white so-called “antifa movement,” are entirely antithetical to the Christian views he and I share as people united by God — not by any racial characteristic.
I directed him to the words of BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors, who stated last month: “The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. … We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk.”
That would be the Marxist ideology responsible for a global reign of terror and nearly 100 million deaths during the previous century.
I helped my friend see that the BLM movement is wholly antithetical to the Christian love and reconciliation advocated by Martin Luther King. In fact, MLK never uttered the words “black lives matter,” and he never advocated violence, nor the burning or looting of another’s property. King declared: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
I provided my friend with resources exposing leftist myths about race, as well as Democrat lies about racist cops and the truth about black-on-black violence. I provided him resources to understand the Democrat Party’s racist roots, noting that the party was and remains the architect of systemic racism and institutionalized poverty.
He knew that I spent years investigating hate groups, including white supremacist groups in the 1980s when they were somewhat more than the isolated and ignorant cells of haters that exist today. Understanding the ideology of racist hate groups, I told him that if there was a white supremacist movement today named “White Lives Matter,” it would be the racist equivalent of Black Lives Matter.
I advised him that when I affirm the universally held Christian tenet that “all lives matter,” it is not because of a “total lack of empathy” but, indeed, it is a “reductionist” repudiation of the racist hatred fomented by Black Lives Matter and the toxic anger and division that its adherents promote.
Now, for the record, “gently helping” someone who is advocating BLM is not my first instinct. But with an understanding of the difference between cognitive and emotive processors, I knew that if I was going to bridge the emotive/cognitive gap with my friend (and, by extension, those he influences), I couldn’t start by beating him over the head with a reality check. The bottom line here is that there was a disconnect between his strong and legitimate feelings and the need for a larger conversation considering the facts — one that we needed to address if we were going to achieve some understanding and maintain our friendship.
In the end, we did reach common ground and agreement, and he issued a public clarification and distinction between the phrase “black lives matter” and the organization Black Lives Matter. Likewise, I hope this helps you achieve the same in your interactions with BLM defenders. Our country and, indeed, the free world depend upon it.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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