Is progressive Twitter rage winning Democratic votes?
Twitter the Terrible
Twitter has become a haven for trolls and rubberneckers. It has also become a place for progressives to freely unload on anyone with whom they disagree.
What in the past were considered minor disagreements over politics or policy matters have been amplified into epic struggles of good versus evil; matters of existential importance, life and death.
Progressive Democrats see themselves as an avenging combination of Eugene Debs, FDR, and Robespierre; conservatives are Nazis, moderate Democrats, Nazi enablers.
“They disagree with us and therefore are evil. Let’s get them!” is the new rallying cry for progressive hardliners on Twitter.
When someone believes that they are on the side of good, and that their opponents are pure evil, there is nothing that “good” person won’t do in service to their higher cause.
Any means, however distasteful they may seem when judged on their own merits, is justified by the ends: “It is fine for me to verbally abuse, dehumanize and berate this person on Twitter; because they deserve it.”
Further, Twitter-avengers think, “To do otherwise would be wrong.”
It is a dangerous philosophy, and it makes for dangerous, reckless people. A person who knows what they are doing is wrong and unjustifiable has limits, feels guilt, might have a change of heart. They could be moved by compassion.
A person who thinks their misdeeds are morally justified has no limits. They feel no guilt so there can be no change of heart, no compassion. On the contrary, the person who feels morally justified will feel great about themselves afterwards.
Which is why Dr. Phil is cancelled. As is Dr. Oz.
Life-long liberal, loudmouth comedian Dennis Miller had the audacity to appear on a conservative news program and crack a few mildly funny jokes about Joe Biden, and in so doing, is cancelled.
Miller’s fellow comedian Bill Maher took the U.S. media to task for fear-mongering over the coronavirus yesterday and is likely cancelled. There is a long and ever-growing list of celebrity cancelations; from…