by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
So, in their effort to label Trump as a cult leader and smear all 63 million of his supporters as cultists, media elites have finally cracked open the door to a real discussion about mass conformity. It is fascinating to see this latest “cult-of-Trump” meme coming from the left because they are the true masters of group think and deploying mobs to demand total conformity and compliance with their agenda.
In recent years they have even passed an array of laws to control speech and to coerce people into violating their religious beliefs. Those who refuse can be penalized with life-destroying fines, up to $250,000 in New York for calling a transgender person by a sex-accurate pronoun. They also aim to federalize such Orwellian laws by getting the Senate to pass their so-called Equality Act.
Any thoughtful observer can see the cult-of-Trump meme as a classic case of psychological projection. After all, accusing your perceived opponent of exactly what you intend to do is a very old tactic of control freaks. …
… Trump supporters generally adhere to methods involving the rule of law and due process as well as respect for free speech and transparency. Trump himself nominates judges who intend to apply those same processes to their rulings. …
… On the other hand, Trump opponents habitually use methods that are coercive, manipulative, and deceptive. They incite high emotion and resentment. They flout the law, as we’ve seen in cases of immigration, impeachment, or election law, as a means of perpetuating their power. They tend to justify lawlessness by claiming they have a moral authority to do so.