At midnight on election night, my Tea Party-affiliated Aunt texted several of us family members a vitriolic rant, the vehemence of which indicated her shocked outrage that the re-election of the President had occurred. It continues to be surprising how completely RightWingers live in the bubble yet also live among us, and believe every unsubstantiated thing they hear.
It is a widespread phenomenon that we are all dealing with in every part of the country, with our family, co-workers, or neighbors. They know us, know that we are progressives and voted for the President, know that we are upstanding, normal people yet still somehow maintain that we support the total destruction of the Republic. This is a problem.
This is annoying and insulting and socially problematic to say the least. I can't help noticing that characteristics include many cult-like behaviors such as: over-compliance with a group, avoiding dissent and devaluing outsiders. Even when those outsiders are people that you know well and have loved your whole life! It is ironic that they think the same thing about us. My aunt had sent us a YouTube video on Monday about how Democrats are zombies. So she is sure that we are the cult members. Since I regularly read 10-12 different news sites of all different persuasions and several news aggregators, I am fairly certain that this is not the case. Also, I have demonstrated a practical idealism that is more than willing to listen and debate ideas.
I will brook no nonsense so I can't talk to her or others in this bizarre state of mind right now or God-forbid argue the points. I will ignore the rants until they subside but will they? I am at a loss as to how to proceed because I do not understand how this arose. Since this is happening on a large scale, I can't help thinking that a more organized approach may be needed to nudge this in a functional direction. It may be patronizing to think of them as cult-like, after all they are educated people with tons of life experience... so what is going on?