The Tragic, Broken Mind Of A Bigot, Part One
Bigots are a strange lot.
They come in three varieties, the overt bigot, the unaware bigot and the covert bigot.
Overt bigots are up front about their repulsive beliefs. They are what they are and they make no apologies for their beliefs. They are so committed to their beliefs that they openly attempt to recruit for their cause. They are a kind of zealot or religious fundamentalist. The unaware bigots don't even realize they are bigots. That of course, occurs in a small window of time, when they believe they 'see the light' and sign onto what is usually an effort in displacement- faults, troubles, failures and bad judgment are the fault of the 'other.' When their bigotry is pointed out, healthy people recoil- they want no part of the ugliness. Unhealthy people are very different. Even when pointed out, they refuse to see the bigotry, they deny the bigotry, they justify the bigotry or they attempt to recast the bigotry into something very different than what it is. They are not proud of their bigotry like the overt bigot. They are not as pure as the unaware bigot.
Covert bigots are equally as bigoted as their overt cousins, but they spend an enormous amount of effort pretending they are not bigots. For them, the bigotry fills a real need. Often, they feel like failures or persecuted or they lack direction in their lives. Being in the company of bigots alleviates or further obscures some of what they know is failure on their part. Being a part of an unhealthy community of bigots lends itself to a gratifying and satisfying individual and mass denial of very evident dysfunction and psychopathies.
Covert bigots need to see themselves as noble or as a persecuted, so as to justify what they know is plain, run of the mill bigotry. In reality, that bigotry does more to assuage the bigots own feelings of inadequacy than anything else. They will claim a noble cause, they will claim a kind of morality and 'selflessness,' that centers around their good intentions- and thus drawing a line in the sand. 'Agree with us and you are good. Disagree with us and you are evil.'
In Selfless Narcissism, The Political Left And The Betrayal Of The Good, Dr Sanity clearly defines and differentiates the selflessness that elevates man, from the selflessness that is toxic and destructive. By way of example, Dr Sanity uses a classic scene scene from the film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, to illustrate her point.
Colonel Nicholson becomes so narcissistically invested in the Bridge and his role in creating the structure, that he loses all perspective of the larger picture and ends up betraying his country and the very values he believed he was supporting by working with his captors. The moment when he suddenly realizes that his commitment to an abstract ideal has led him and his fellow POWs down the path of betrayal is the climax of the movie…
There are two kinds of “selflessness”. One derives from the humility and insight that comes when both the grandiose and idealistic sides of the self work together. This psychological synthesis leads to true benevolence and is psychologically healthy for both the individual and the society in which they live. And then there is the kind of narcissistic and self-serving “selflessness” we see regularly displayed by the thoughtless, irresponsible, and destructively pandering Democrats (and many Republicans for that matter–what ties them together is that they act only out selfish interest, but despicably disguise it as selfless); as well as most of the morally righteous, posturing members of the political left; whose self-aggrandizing antiwar antics only lead to prolonging war and increasing the number of deaths as their own fanaticism serves to inspire and encourage the fanatical jihadists. Those jihadists must be rolling on the floor laughing, as they prepare their next suicide attack against the troops.
Pelosi trots out Tom Lantos as her “moral authority” because he happens to be a Holocaust survivor. Indeed, the Holocaust is a good moral lesson to learn from, particularly since the very people that Pelosi et. al. want to negotiate and have tea with are actively planning the next big one. But, like Pelosi, Lantos’ supposed ’selflessness’ in this matter is self-serving and driven by his own hubris.
If you want to tap into some real moral authority regarding the Holocaust, then you should look to someone like Elie Wiesel who truly speaks for the dead of WWII’s Holocaust. When he is asked, if he can personally forgive those who perpetrated the Holocaust:
“It depends. If it were an individual person, of course I could. One person coming up. But for the whole . . . Who am I to forgive?
Later, when talking about the jihadists, Weisel notes:
Fanaticism in the name of God is a real problem now, with the jihadists . . . Those people who kill for God make God into their accomplice, an accomplice to murder.”
It is very easy to get caught up in the narcissism and selflessness of the toxic kind. The destiny of the covert bigots, those who wrap themselves in the 'blankies' of their own phony self esteem. They are failures, with no sensibilities or grasp of reality. Willingly, they fell under the spell of hate and racism and then basked in it.
Anne, the author of People's Geography, is one such bigot. Like all covert bigots, she sees those who disagree with her, or point out the obvious flaws in her bigoted ideology, as inferior ('dhimmi,' if you will- tolerated, but reviled and inferior). She spends as much time pretending to be mainstream or defending as her bigotry as mainstream, as she does promoting her bigotry. As we have noted in more than one occasion, she is the proverbial ape in a tuxedo, mimicking civilized behavior, furiously dancing in the hopes that no one will recognize her bigotry and deceit. She seems to be truly unaware that the only ones who believe that a tuxedo will camouflage the truth, are the apes themselves.
Healthy people do not regard bigots with any great affection. The only people that accept dysfunction as healthy are other other very dysfunctional people. In fact, they need each other to validate their pathologies.
In the insightful Pied Piper of Palestine, Neo-neocon highlights the dysfunction of a society that deliberately uses children as fodder to serve a political purpose. That very deliberate kind of child abuse is camouflaged as appropriate religious fervor (in the same way Anne camouflages dysfunctional and racist behaviors):
These children do not get the idea to do this all on their own. Martyrdom is not a natural youthful aspiration, but the plasticity and vulnerability of the very young can be exploited to mold many of them in just that direction, much in the way advertising works to form habits.
There is a concerted effort in many parts of the Arab world–and, most particularly, among the Palestinians–to glorify martyrdom in such a way that it specifically appeals to children. There’s nothing subtle or hidden about this campaign, which uses modern media tools in a most effective manner. It’s another example of the pernicious power of the wedding of new technology with a medieval mindset...
Here's a description of the way it worked for the Vietcong:
A member of the Viet Cong would later confirm that: "Children were trained to throw grenades, not only for the terror factor, but so the government or American soldiers would have to shoot them. Then the Americans feel very ashamed. And they blame themselves and call their soldiers war criminals." It was not rare for small children to wave an American patrol into a booby trap or minefield. Additionally, the Viet Cong would use women and children as lethal ploys or ruses to lead Americans into deadly ambushes.
A rational and civilized person would see the situation for what it is. A desperate bigot would will rationalize and attempt to divert attention away from the obvious- because in acknowledging obvious realities, they have to acknowledge their own failures. To a bigot or anyone with with clear psychopathies, that is intolerable. To see that the emperor they worship has no clothes is for them, catastrophic, because they cannot tolerate the truths that expose them. For example, supposedly 'liberal' and 'progressive' ideologies are ferociously adamant in their support of the Palestinian and Arab causes, notwithstanding the openly misogynistic, anti gay and racist ideologies they espouse. They cannot repudiate those agendas, because to do so would be to admit that their supposed 'liberal' and 'progressive' ideologies are a facade. Their primary interests lie in their own gratification and self aggrandizement. Violence against gays, women and minorities is acceptable as long as it takes place far away. The moment someone speaks in away they don't like, they work themselves into a frenzy. To attack an unknown in a faraway place is acceptable- to attack their ideas is to unleash an irrational and even violent fury.
The process is escalatory in nature- each revelation of reality has to result in an even greater denial. As with every psychopathology, if left untreated, the psychopathology escalates, until it is virtually out of control.
Why does Anne of People's Geography and others like her embrace bigotry? There are many answers, but in the end, the answer is found in the definition of psychopathy.
While there are many clinical definitions for 'psychopath,' one of the clearest definitions of a 'psychopath' is anyone with a deficient conscience. It doesn't matter how the deficiency is arrived at. If a person's conscience is deficient, chances are psychopathic behavior is in the picture.
For example, to a psychopath, 'guilt' has no meaning other than as a tool to manipulate others. The impact of that psychopathy is directly related to the amount of influence the psychopathic person has upon others. 'Guilt' has no personal meaning to the psychopath.
Anne and her ilk do not feel any guilt whatsoever in their own deceit, bigotry and hate, nor do they feel guilt in their attempts to manipulate others with that same deceit, bigotry and hate. They want to persuade you to adopt their ideologies because in doing so, they have exerted control over you.
Anne is hardly alone- nor is it our intent to elevate Anne into someone relevant. Clearly, she is adept at what she does, but so is any good gardener or baker. In the universe of bigots, she remarkably unremarkable.
We are in the midst of an Age of Psychopathy and it is the times that give Anne a platform. For her, and others of her ilk, 'guilt' is a dirty word or irrelevant, except as a tool to manipulate others. Guilt about hurting others does not seem to be enough to stop the psychopath from trying to get his or her way. Guiltless exploitation and exercise of power brings pleasure to the psychopath. It matters little what the cause is- 'professional' protesters concern themselves only with themselves, rather than any one cause. They can eco-conscious one week, animal rights supporters the next and pro Palestinian supporters the week after that. As long as they are at center stage, as they are perceived as a 'martyr for the cause' and as long as they espouse any ideology that holds anyone responsible or accountable, they are 'happy in their work.' In their world, everyone is equal, every culture is equal and every ideology has equal merit- unless of course, you are white, American, Israeli/Jewish and espouse democratic principles- then you are irreparably evil.
This kind of broken thinking is more than relevant, because this kind of thinking allows for the real perversion of reality.
For example, in Israeli Funding For Hamas And Making it Simple For SC&A, Anne promotes the idea that it Israel that is responsible for the Hamas debacle we see today:
...according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Israel gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years. How unsurprising to some of us that a terrorist state would support what it calls a terror organization.
Israel’s support for Hamas “was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,” according to a former senior CIA official interviewed by Richard Sale of UPI.
Anne's deceit is predictable and tiredly unremarkable.
Even if the reports (they remain unsubstantiated) are accurate, so what? Israel had every right to defend itself from Arafat's murderous and corrupt Fatah. Indeed, Israels first obligations are to do whatever is necessary to defend her citizens from vicious attack. If they cut a deal with Hamas, so what?
We gave Osama bin Laden weapons to fight the Russians. That he decided to turn and point those weapons at us was his decision. We gave Saddam, among dozens of others in different nations, chemical precursors to be used in pesticide research. That he decided t0 use those precursors and develop the gas that used against the Kurds was his decision. That Israel cut a deal with Hamas to deal with Fatah, and then Hamas decided to go after the Israelis, was a decision made by Hamas.
If you are given a car to go to work and then decide to drink, drive and end up killing someone, don't blame your problem on whoever gave you the car.
That is the logic and deceit employed by the bigots. The attempt to distort, evade and dismiss are paramount and all the while, the psychopathy escalates.
The most volatile regional issues in the Arab world are religious and not political in nature.
The most horrible of crimes in Algeria, including the rape and dismemberment of children, were the result of purported religious dedication.
The civil war in Lebanon ended after 14 years of bloodshed, with no real resolution between the Christian and Muslim communities there.
Egyptian discrimination against the Copts went from a generations long simmer to a violent boil in the 1990’s and continues on today.
Saddam made no secret in his excesses against the Shia and Kurds, resulting in over a million deaths.
Former Syrian president Hafez Assad, an Alawite, had 20,000-30,000 people slaughtered in Hama and more in other lesser known massacres.
Anne defends Hamas, an organization that revels in the chant, "Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the gas!,' by furiously screaming that Israel and the Palestinians are moral equals. Two UN Secretary Generals have decried their own organization's Human Rights Commission as bigoted- and yet Anne and company pretend to be unaware of that reality and all it implies.
We noted that Adolph Hitler too, was democratically elected. Had free European nations boycotted or even eliminated the Nazi leadership, 50 million lives would have been spared. We are under no obligation to recognize or support any regime, even if democratically elected, that promises ‘rivers of blood.’
We have also noted that the Nazis attempted to hide their evil intentions. Hamas cannot be bothered- and for good reason. The Nazi ideology was not fully known or understood by the Germans until after Hitler was in power. Hamas has never made a secret of it’s ideologies and beliefs that have espoused hate, racism, bigotry and violence. The Palestinians that voted for Hamas knew exactly what and who they were voting for. They made very clear who and what they are, as do the Arab nations that support Hamas.
The facade of democracy is not the equal of democracy. A society for whom terror is an acceptable form of political expression will inevitably have to deal with violence. Along the same lines, a society that consumes, as opposed to a society creates, is not the same as a productive society. A society that builds is not the same as a society that destroys. As we watch Hamas executes their opponents, it becomes painfully clear that their ‘democratic elections’ mean nothing- the emperor has no clothes. They are the same barbaric and ruthless thugs they have always been.
In our world, environment helps to shape values. The values found in free societies are very different than the values taught in dysfunctional, oppressive and repressive regimes.
The values of free societies are passed on to free citizens. We engage in free dissent, debate, argue and we are free to challenge each other, our government and especially, ourselves. We are free to formulate our own opinions and if we wish, we are free to change those opinions.
The values of repressive and dysfunctional societies become the values of citizens living in those societies. Subjugation, repression and hate are a part of everyday life in those societies.
When we compare the values of the western free societies with the dysfunctional and oppressive values that are force fed in the Arab world, we have to ask ourselves…
‘The Arab world see the rejection of their values as a rejection of themselves- they do not see or understand that by rejecting the ugly values they have had forced upon them, they can only elevate themselves.’
In the end, we asked Anne a simple question, one that she has gone great lengths to avoid. Peace in the region is achievable at a moments notice.
* Cessation of hostilities and terror
* Secure borders.
* Diplomatic recognition of Israel.
Those are the minimum requirements as noted by Israel, the UN, the US, and the EU.
Which of those requirements are too onerous?
The failed and dysfunctional Palestinians and Arab world has become a place of refuge for Anne and thousand bigots like her.
What a waste.