Wednesday, November 09, 2016

On The Extreme Lack Of Self-Awareness

I usually have never written about politics much less US politics on this blog. However, the egregious lack of self-awareness by the "holier than thou" set of people made me want to write something after a long time. Today, the people who associate with Democratic party of the US and who are self-proclaimed liberals are putting a level of oppari that is unheard of even in kannamapettai circles. They are mourning as if someone died, as if someone *else* they were dependent on to do the 'right thing' failed. As if they are staring at a future that is so terrifying that they have to be 'afraid' of it. Of course none of it is true. We are looking at a bright and prosperous future. The country has elected a great leader who will surpass the existing one and there is absolutely nothing to worry or be scared of. What is really happening is that - these so called democrats were just wrong. Their exam results just came out and declared that they were completely and utterly wrong. They don't know how to deal with being wrong because their self-awareness is, well, non-existent. So instead of looking inwards they are blaming someone else who is not them. Here is a list of reasons why they (a) were wrong and (b) have only themselves to blame.

Desensitizing the Undecided: Democrats weren't fair on what issues to outrage on. They outraged on everything republican. For 5 years they were 'crying wolf' on trivial issues, first with Mitt Romney (he was a honest man with impeccable personal integrity vilified for just being financially successful) and for constantly hyping trivial flaws by Trump. This caused a neutral audience to believe that Dem-bhakts will cry wolf for everything. The 'undecided' became deaf and blind to the outrage machine. So they didn't notice it when the outrage was for genuine reasons (Trump and the women thing). I frankly stopped believing anything about trump in the last 6 months.

Alienating Undecided/Republicans: Have you seen in your Facebook feed, someone who is openly republican? I am willing to bet none of the readers of this blog have a republican friend or even a republican FB friend. Do you think you or I can make a FB post that is overtly republican in nature? We'd get burnt alive for it. By dehumanizing republican supporters by calling them bigots, xeonphobhes, islamaphobes etc - Dems eliminated a forum where open dialog was possible. There was one lady (Tamil origin, big shot types) in my FB circle and twitter feed who used her children in a FB post to campaign for democrats. Apparently, the situation is so grave that her children are worried it seems. She asks people who are her FB friends to unfriend her if they were Republican leaning. That is the level of arrogance these democrats have. She is actually saying that a person with an alternate political view cannot even be her Facebook friend. This is the reality with most democrats. This basically meant that undecided/republicans who are already desensitized now are making their decisions without ground level debate.

Assumption of intellect: The worst offense by Democrats was this 'Assumption of Intellect' fallacy. This fallacy means that person A knows what is best for person B's life much better than person B. Thats not true. But the dems kept saying "How could you be so stupid and vote for trump?". As if they were the sole guardians of intellect in the world and they defined whats stupid and what wasn't. The right argument would have been to point out the flaws of the candidate and then allowed person B to arrive at his own conclusion. What dems did was simply order person B to vote for dems or be called stupid. Is that a way to convince an undecided voter?  Show. Dont tell.

Women Abuse & Personal Ethics of Hilary: Apparently Trump is bad towards women and so deserves condemnation. This is my personal ethic. I think in Mahabharatha 'Karnan' was a bad person. There is no way to justify or glorify him. He was jealous of arjuna, plotted and attempted to kill the pandavas, humiliated Draupadi in front a large crowd by disrobing her. He was on the side of evil when he had a choice to be on the side of good people. Senjotru kadan is not such a great virtue to trump it all. Hillary by enabling and associating with Bill after it was well known that he was a serial abuser, lost any sort of moral high ground. period. If she had divorced Bill instead of sticking with him for political mileage, its different. She sold herself to the devil.

None of the Democrats have a high moral ground. They don't represent greater good or absolute righteousness by any stretch of imagination. Yet they act if their defeat is equivalent to dharma dying. Hubris.

8 comments:

Sundar Narayanan said...

funny.. I wrote a post earlier this evening.. I had the same comment on Hillary. looks like I am an exception to your list.

I have Republican friends and Libertarian friends. we argue. we fight.. but we are all well to do. we don't have that many people in a different economic strata that are part of a daily discussion. we don't discuss politics with the sheet rock dude but we do talk about life in general and what it means for folks.

we need a score.. what your answer was on the ballot vs. what the final answer was.. if you get everything wrong . . . your title is an apt response!

Soham Shah said...

Very nicely written blog !!

I too was tired of all those democrats on my FB timeline abusing/defaming Trump for apparently no reason whatsoever !! I agree that Trump does not speak presidential and he was totally unprepared for the debates but those thing never influence undecided voters. In turn, Trump came put as a main who can govern with iron fist and people voted for him !

Just read the news that democrats are burning US flags and saying 'Not our president'. Wow !! They do think that they are the sole guardians of intellect in the world and they defined whats stupid and what wasn't !!

Anonymous said...

Hawkeye:
Rights and wrongs! you seem to imply majority was right as a consequence democrats were wrong. Can you please enlighten what is meaning of right and wrong

Is it wrong to defend only certain rights but not all,
Is it right to decry only certain wrongs but not all wrongs.
The bigger question is what is right and what is wrong

hari said...

Welcome back! Your writing still packs a bite and you make some excellent points.

sundar said...

When a political party is demolished, the principle responsibility belongs to one entity: the party that got crushed. It’s the job of the party and the candidate, and nobody else, to persuade the citizenry to support them and find ways to do that. Last night, the Democrats failed, resoundingly, to do that, and any autopsy or liberal think piece or pro-Clinton pundit commentary that does not start and finish with their own behavior is one that is inherently worthless . - Glenn Greenwald

The even larger problem is that there is a kind of chronic complacency that has been rotting American liberalism for years , a hubris that tells Democrats they need do nothing different, they need deliver nothing really to anyone – except their friends on the Google jet and those nice people at Goldman. - Thomas Frank

Rigging the primary, teeing up posts in the NY times and having the entire media in their back pockets, Super-delegates. Democrats now have paid the price, one would hope there would be clear self-reflection. Instead - blame the Russians, blame Wikileaks, blame Jill Stein lol.

You should blog more often.

Satya said...

Hi, I used to read this blog. Surprised to see a post in the RSS feed after so long.

I am one of the "Desi Tamil Liberals" and I preferred/still prefer president Obama over Romney.

I could not agree with you more about what is happening now. Really good post as always.

Vee_Cee said...

The country has elected a great leader who will surpass the existing one and there is absolutely nothing to worry or be scared of.

Considering that
(a). the country is not exactly in a shithole, like it was in Nov 2008,
(b). there is no opposition leader like Mitch McConnell in 2008/2009, who explicitly said that they are committed to making sure the President doesn't succeed
(c). again, no opposition to fight with the President over the debt ceiling at every opportunity

the current situation is like Sachin Tendulkar going out to bat against Zimbabwe on a featherbed wicket.
So, if the administration focuses on the right things (business deregulation, tax reform etc.), and ignores the ridiculous..... let's see.

The original outrage was against the Republicans focus on unnecessary warmongering (Iraq, not Afghanistan), pandering to the extreme wing (pro-life/pro-choice debate, Planned Parenthood defunding), climate change denial, etc. This spillt over into outrage over anything Republican, big AND small. And otherwise capable Republicans like McCain & Romney paid the price.

The right argument would have been to point out the flaws of the candidate and then allowed person B to arrive at his own conclusion.
Did the flaws that I have mentioned above really needed to be pointed out?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Hillary by enabling and associating with Bill after it was well known that he was a serial abuser, lost any sort of moral high ground. period. If she had divorced Bill instead of sticking with him for political mileage, its different. She sold herself to the devil.
None of the Democrats have a high moral ground.

100% true.

Daniel. I said...

Well-articulated piece. It would do a lot of good for Republicans, Democrats and for those who don't belong to neither if you write more often. Cheers!