WaPo epitaph: Trump haters to the end

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“Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives…” the late Charles Krauthammer so eloquently stated in his book, “Things That Matter.” He went on to say we could have the most advanced culture but if we get the politics wrong, it could all be swept away.

In 1986 and 1987 Krauthammer won the Pulitzer Prize, back to back, for his Washington Post columns which were syndicated to 400 publications worldwide.

In his youth, Krauthammer was a Democrat. Like Ronald Reagan, he began to see the party swing more and more to the left. He understood and cherished the values of the American conservative. He left WaPo to write for Time, Weekly Standard and, ultimately, became a regular contributor at Fox News.  He was beloved by many. Charles Krauthammer died in June last year.

Tom Tillison’s BizPac Review article published on Friday, “Off heels of disaster ISIS flub, WaPo unleashes mind-numbing headline” describes this “mind-numbing” headline: “Can Republicans relearn how to accept political outcomes they don’t like?”

The long string of tweets pulled from Twitter were hilarious. Clever, witty tweeters with their takes on this new story. At one time Washington Post was a great literary institution, known for its objective view of events. Long ago. How far it has fallen.

One tweeter absolutely nailed it. “The projection is strong with this one.” How true. Must be a psychologist.

Ponder for a moment: Why are taped reels in movie houses called projections? Because auteurs like to think their moving images, their craft as a whole, is a reflection of real life. Just like when one looks into a mirror or into a still pool of water. A back-at-cha opposite image.

From a counseling perspective, to project is to consciously or unconsciously accuse someone of your own misdeeds, rather than face them. For those who consciously do this, it is an easy escape. Easy, not healthy. For those who unconsciously do this. Well, it requires more introspection. A lot more.

It would seem current-day Washington Post requires the latter.

If so, it is time for an intervention: A reflective breakthrough, a realization which results in an admission of error, and ultimately — hopefully — a behavior modification. But for behavior change to be effective, positive or negative reinforcement must be immediate. In politics, that could be key. Because policymaking, legislation, committee oversight and hearings, all things government, are so slow to affect change that we Americans, oftentimes, find ourselves no longer thinking about some of the more egregious behavior. Or — even worse — with the lapse of time, indifference settles in and we allow our government officials — good ‘ol boys that they are — to condemn good behavior and reward the bad.

When the list of projectionist contraventions becomes long enough, the public tends to forget. And the Socialists, Progressives, complicit Democrats, and their co-conspiring propaganda machines hope we forget.

You, I’m sure, can name many obvious projectionist tactics used by Democrats in recent days.

We shake our heads and laugh, but for the accuser to open a hearing for one of the most significant and weighty Congressional functions of our government with a ridiculous “parody” … I still can’t get past that one, Schiff. And I am just one of many, many Americans who can’t.

Strange times in America. So, have we reached our ever-lovin’ critical mass yet?  Let’s flip the tables on these gas-lighters in 2020.

It’s time for an intervention with immediate reinforcement. Great men like Krauthammer would require it. Americans should demand it.

Let’s hope the Democratic party and The Washington Post have not already joined him in death.


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