[Rushtalk] "Abnormalizing" Trump
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Apr 10 07:27:31 MDT 2018
/* While this is a relatively old piece, it nonetheless is
still quite relevant. I came across it via the Dan Bongino Show:*/
The ‘Abnormalization’ of Trump
What media coverage of a military parade tells us about the Left's
Daniel Greenfield <https://www.frontpagemag.com/author/daniel-greenfield>
/Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center,
is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left
and Islamic terrorism./
President Trump’s proposal for a military parade was met with total and
absolute hysteria. Just like any and every other proposal that he makes.
Military parades are a “public demonstration of power is characteristic
of authoritarian regimes like North Korea and China,” the media screeched.
That must be why we have them every year.
The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. has been an annual
event since it was revived to honor World War II veterans. But it’s
subdued compared to other parades across the country which still include
tanks and other heavy military equipment. We’ve been having military
parades since 1776.
Jefferson, Lincoln and countless other presidents reviewed them and took
part in them. And they weren’t just limited to days set aside to honor
veterans or for the occasional victory celebration.
The military reflects the character of a nation’s government. In
authoritarian states, military parades represent the repressive power of
the tyranny. In free nations, they show the power of the people. A tank,
like a gun, is a tool that is not good or evil. It’s the use that men
make of it, that makes it so.
We knew that during the Cold War.
President Kennedy’s inaugural parade included
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/68082> Pershing, Nike and Hercules
But he was just topping President Eisenhower who had an M65 Atomic
along with four companies of tanks and artillery. Truman’s inaugural
parade had a squadron of B-52 bombers flying overhead.
If President Trump’s inauguration had shown off a weapon that could
destroy an entire city, the media would have had a fit. But President
Kennedy had watched a line of tanks pass in front
of his reviewing stand in a public demonstration of power characteristic
of authoritarian regimes like China and Camelot.
The hysteria over the military parade is typical of the
‘abnormalization’ of President Trump.
The #resistance has declared that its mission is refusing to ‘normalize’
Trump. That means it won’t accept that he won the election, that he has
the right to issue orders or even exist. The violent protests, the
marches, the judicial activism and the political sabotage all stem from
that refusal to ‘normalize’.
Instead of ‘normalizing’ him, the left has ‘abnormalized’ him as
aberrant in every possible way. And the media has built a profitable
business model of catering to the radical left by pretending that normal
behavior is a shocking outrage. That’s why CNN treated President Trump
having 2 scoops
of ice cream as a news story. Or why the media was certain that Trump
had to be in poor health no matter what a doctor who had been vouched
for by top Obama officials told them to their faces.
Abnormalization means that everything that Trump does is extraordinary
and bad. Even down to eating ice cream or a cheeseburger. His health
must be bad because he is a bad person. Nothing is too petty to be
treated as an outrage. Including Melania’s shoes
And everything he does is bad because he did it.
When other presidents cut off travel from dangerous countries
deported illegal aliens or reviewed military parades
that was normal. But when Trump does it, he’s a tyrant, a dictator and a
The psychology of abnormalization drives much of the news coverage of
Everything about President Trump is extraordinary and therefore
newsworthy. The news cycle is consumed with the pettiest possible
coverage of him. Abnormalization leaves the media unable to distinguish
between an important story and an unimportant one. Whether he has two
scoops of ice cream or plans a military parade, it’s both a huge story
and a huge outrage. The news is no longer a listing of events, but of
outrages. The connective tissue between the incontinent stream of random
Trump bashing on CNN is neither factual nor relevant to anything in our
lives: it’s outrage.
Abnormalization depends on a very specific form of bias which assumes
that since President Trump is abnormal, everything he does is also
abnormal. It’s the social media disease of a progressive media echo
chamber which is ignorant of history, but carefully cogent of ideology.
Its members, drawn from the exotic diversity of a handful of Ivy League
schools and suburban bedroom communities, are vague on any subjects
outside their cultural purview. And they’ve been politically trained in
those schools to reframe anything and everything as racist, sexist or
homophobic at the crack of an ideological whip.
Reality is always being reinvented because how they are told to feel
about it keeps changing.
These categorizations are often contextual and have nothing to do with
the content. A book by William Faulkner is bad because he was a white
man. And too many white men have written books. Trees are racist
because black people were lynched on them. Being quiet is racist
because it marginalizes students.
In this children’s game of nonsensical associations, emotional context
matters, but content doesn’t.
A generation has been taught to toss out the reality of a thing for an
emotional perspective of how some oppressed person might see it. Truth
has been replaced by ‘my truth’. And that chain of emotional
associations makes it fallaciously easy to normalize the abnormal and
abnormalize the normal.
Context normalizes. The only way to abnormalize Trump is to reject any
and all context.
Nothing existed before Trump. Nothing will exist after him. The left is
caught in an endless moment of perpetual struggle, stretched out by the
nanosecond pace of Twitter and amplified by endless media discourses, of
how extraordinarily bad this moment is. In that moment, the left never
grows or learns, it writhes in the hellish agonies of its own hatred at
Trump’s continuing unnatural existence.
Imagine 1984’s Two Minutes Hate
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KeX5OZr0A4> stretched out over years.
That’s the #resistance.
Abnormalization is at the root of that pain and anger. We can tolerate
differences, but the abnormal is a threat to our sense of normalcy. Its
existence is an attack on us. Its freakishness must be destroyed for us
to resume feeling normal again. The feelings it engenders are deeply
tribal and violent.
The abnormalization of Trump doesn’t change him, but it does change
those who hate him.
It’s their brains, not his, that adapt to a new way of seeing the world.
The constant stream of outrage transforms their nervous systems. The
abnormalization of Trump makes the entire world seem aberrant. Paranoia
and isolation leads to clustering into virulent organizations that
abnormalize them. The conspiracy theories that they clutch are
reinforced by irrational echo chambers at odds with reality.
Reality isn’t abnormal. But denying it is.
Denying reality makes you crazy and stupid. It ends with
you “collectively yelling at the sky” to protest Trump’s inauguration.
Or denying history
and science because truth has become abnormal.
The abnormalization of President Trump retroactively rewrites history.
The same media that treated McCain as a vile racist and Romney as a new
low, now celebrates both men as the epitomes of dignity. Judicial
rulings reflect the same abnormalization as the powers that previous
presidents held and utilized are retroactively deemed to be off limits.
Not only history, but legal history, is being rewritten.
Military parades were once a staple of Washington D.C. politics. But now
they’ve been retroactively abnormalized. As is having two scoops of ice
cream or anything else that President Trump does.
This is bad for America. But it’s even worse for common sense.
The media and the mindless lefties consuming it have built a senseless
culture of outrage that is hostile to history and uninterested in the
truth. Its house of ideological cards is bolstered with fake fact checks.
The more it insists that President Trump is abnormal, the more abnormal
the left becomes.
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