Trump Supporters Part 5

from my hubpages blog post

 

1423 words 5 min 3 sec read time

republished May 12, 2019

I have been writing about trump since at least March of 2015. The research has been grueling but enlightening. Entertaining as I learned the tricks of the master fraud and disheartening as I have seen how many people still follow him.

What will be the outcome of the 2020 election. If he loses the vote will he surrender his throne as the preeminent facist American has known?

I did not realize that extremely intelligent scientists were studying the very topics that I was researching in my quest to understand.

I have only scratched the surface of all the studies that are available.

As you have read I am partial to the work of Dr. Bobby Azarian as published in Psychology Today.

Also David Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

And so many other brilliant researchers that have been able to pinpoint the exact tools trump uses to bamboozle his loyalists.

These aren’t all stupid or dumb people. They are United States Senators and United States Congressman. Obviously many follow the follow money spread out by Russia as it seeks to dismantle its most feared enemy.

But then, how can Americans, many of them military, lay down their oaths they swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and see it trampled by trump, putin and other despots.

Surely, there will be a serious hotseat in hell that awaits them.

How to understand why people would choose to follow trump. Why would they follow him after two years into his presidency when he was making me gag on his criminality?

How Trump hoodwinked his supporters

Dr. Azarian wrote an article that appeared in “Alternet” on July 23, 2018. The heading read:

“Those who score low on political knowledge overestimate their expertise more when greater empahsis is on political affliation.”

I stated this in the last post a different way “People that think they know what they are talking about, (those in trump’s sphere of influence) rarely know what they don’t know!

Does that make sense?

Maybe I should say “too dumb to know that they are too dumb”. A bit harsh? Maybe. This, you will recall, is the DUNNING-KRUGER EFFECT.

A new study by Ian Anson, a political scientist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, ‘found that the Dunning Kruger Effect applies to politics, but it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identies are more salient.’

Huh?

Maybe try this: The more emphasis that is placed on political affiliation, the more those who score low on political knowledge the more they overestimate their expertise.

Is that better?

“Perhaps this helps explain why trump supporter seem to be tricked into believing obvious falsehoods.” Daniel Efron, London Business School, associate professor organizational behavior, Why Trump Supporters Don’t Mind His Lies, New York Times, April 28, 2018.

Deliver ‘alternative facts’ boisterously and sprinkle in some ‘dog whistles’ that appeal to their baser instincts and we see results like these:

“In 2016 and experiment found that 45% of Republicans believe the Affordable Care Act included ‘death panels’ and a 2015 study found that 54 percent of Republican primary voters believed then President Barach Obama to be a Muslim.”

Perhaps the scariest study was the one that found only 25% of Republicans believe human activity contributes to climate change.

Even more scary  is the study that showed that in just two years 2015 to 2017 Republicans came to believe that 58% say that a college education “negatively impacts’ the state of the nation!

The last time I recall these activites George Wallace was hammering out ‘dog whistles’ to drump up support for his run at the presidency. An assassin’s bullet felled him before the votes were cast.

Now that we recognize these voices from the past have not been quieted or change how do we move on?

Fear-mongering is a powerful tool that has been used for a very long time. Fear has been the number 1 go-to emotion.

But the new tool of the political right is ANGER. It is the new tool to divide and conquer.

The politics of fear are pretty well understood so I will insert some scientific stuff now.

In the Journal ‘Cell Biology’ studies show that ‘liberalism is associated with a larger volume of gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex. Conservatism is associated with an increase in the size of the right amygdala (but not the left amygdala).You can review the findings in this edition of Current Biology

I will leave this topic with this tidbit: “Stronger liberalism is associatated with increased sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual pattern.”

For those that value nit-picking this is an excellent place to start.

MRI scans of 90 healthy young adults (61% female) who self reported their political attitudes from ‘very liberal’ to ‘very conservative’.

To really explore the neurological makeup of politics please start with this PowerPoint

Conservative respond to threatening situations with more aggression than do liberals and are more sensitive to threatening facial expressions.

Trump is constantly fueling anger towards the media, and liberals whenever he feels he is being treated unfairly. The Washington Post lays out many of trump’s triggers and discusses their implications

Dr. Suhay (Elizabeth Suhay Ph.D. and Cengiz Erisen of American University are authors of an anger study and its role in political formation. Their results “suggest that both conservatives and liberals are experiencing great biased assimilation of political information.” To find out how anger fuels our political beliefs I suggest you dig into this a little bit.

A name you should familiarize yourself Glen Gerher Ph.D. How did we get so polarized and how do we undo it.

Trump is using oppenents toward more extreme political stances that are less popular with the average voter. We are starting to see this with the Democrats as they wrestle with impeachment or some other course of action. Of course we have to ask, can we stay calm rather than let our feathers get ruffled over trump’s hateful messages and his appeals to tribalism?

So what’s next? Anger feeds the beast.

How do this all play out?

My great fear is how long will it take this country to stand tall again? How long will it take to right the ship of state.

It will never be held in the high regard it once was. It will never again be a beacon on a hill for other nations to follow.

How will our young people turn from the bitterness, the hatred, the anger, the atrocious deeds inspired by this lout?

Generations will ponder the solutions. I just hope they are smarter than I.

It is a subject that has turned my head inside out. The answers from this research are now starting to make sense.

How people could 1: believe in him in the first place; 2: vote for him; 3: continue to hold him up as the next messiah even though he has stomped on their dreams and finances so many times.

I have mentioned that I have relied on articles by Dr. Bobby Azarian, a neuroscientist, titled “Mind in the Machine” for documentation. I have also relied on my published posts for topics and research materials.

Some of the blog posts I have published on ‘dabblerduckbutts.com’ are:

“How do I Understand? aka New Information into Old Thinking” “How do we Recover? The Rise of the Intolerants”

“Who is this Man? akaRepitition Makes it So”

“NEVERMORE” Anguished

“My Rant 3 Let’s Talk” “Temper Tantrum”

“Cognitive Dissonance” Series

“Bossman” Series

and many more.

I think you will find that a majority of posts to this site are in some way connected to trump. I hope this post draws them together so that they are not so far-flung and disorderly.

I had hoped this series would be a catharsis and I would be able to cast trump and his rats from my spirit. But I now fear that may not be so.

My hope is in the women. My hope is in the young people. My hope is in the millenlials whose own hope in earning a piece of the American Dream is dimming.

Hopefully they will step forward and step up to cast this blight and restore the old order in a new form.

I hope that never again will people not carry out their duty, their responsibility to seriously consider for whom they cast their vote.

The activities that have brought this division in our country to light are beyond counting. The upheaval is beyond measure.

Thanks for stopping.

Craig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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