There is a lot of truth to this, and the reality is one has to learn lessons from the deprogramming that psychologists do when breaking people of cults.
The problem is those in charge know those same rules and counter ad nausem every attempt taken. Those that are different, eventually cave and give into mocking, laughter and equal "evil" in return.
This is what the masters/mistresses want, a race to the bottom with many shadows everywhere, because it turns people into fighters or fighters or in America one other things with life, liberty and the pursuit of one's sanity.
They become apathetic. So one has to look at the arc of pain and realize those that didn't vote in 2016 are literally equivalent of a Trump vote. In fact, they are worse. They were the ones that stood silent.
If those folks that didn't pick up a team flag for DNC or GOP, are the issue. Neglect is the severest form of abuse. For those that were apathetic, 2020 is your karmic bill to pay. Not Team DNC or GOP.
You are correct about your analysis. I have and am a registered GOP member, but see I have this pesky thing called ethics. I have fought the demons in me and outside of me all by myself.
I made the calculated decision to move to Texas in 2012, and planned to move a whole horse farm, which BTW is not cheap and has caused tremendous pain and ugh. Why? There is a corruption in the DNC equivalent to the GOP and I have seen it in full force in Cleveland for decades. Research it and understand it and you will see it. It is a different kind of hell, just like the GOP is.
I voted in 2008-2015, quite a bit for the DNC in Indiana. My areas were part of the areas that actually caused the house to flip (Indiana 7-2 to 5-4). My hope was that the DNC would help the midwest and those in red and rural areas with jobs and hope.
Instead we got an ACA Tax and inflammatory messaging due to the Iraqi faux-War. Trust was lost greatly for many GOP that switched for Obama in 2008 and 2010. It was akin of walking in and seeing in a pure monogamy relationship your wife banging you best friend and them both laughing at you.
2016 was payback for that for quite a few, and now we all reap the awful things in 2020.
People are still stuck in that toxic vortex.
Every second of gleeful mocking, every meme, every labelization (e.g. I had a group of people shocked that a liberal republican even existed just like a compassionate conservative), every 1-5 seconds of laughter, generates 1 minute of painful blow back.
Why the harsh ratio? Conservative by default lack trust due to trauma. The ratios though not as impactful obviously are like those who slut shame rape victims, just in politics.
My parroting back to you on the article to share and show comprehension is this:
"Just because you lie all the time even to yourself doesn't make it true"
I look back at my trifecta of trauma and realize it was a gift. It hardened me for this exact moment, where none of this fazes me. The worst demon can come to the top of my hill on Texas with the most evil eyes.
I will laugh at him in his face, and say. Do you really think you are going to win this time? How many times do I have to behead you "asshole" :) bring it on.
So I live now for five years in Texas, where the President that helped usher in Medicare was born. It is the land where the compassionate conservatives live, and a home where a liberal Republican can feel safe and free to be himself.
As I said, I trust you because I have read your words for years and see the perspective you provide. I trust the humanity in all, and will provide safety to those in need during the direst time.
Why not join team DNC? See there are conservative and independent women that live in great fear. I want them to see a trusted badge and the light of a real masculine man. One who they can learn to empower themselves and liberate themselves.
For they may not be a feminist nor it may provide a distaste to them, I will be the strongest feminist for them so they maybe free too.
But I am not stupid, for those inflamed by the infodemic you talk too. I take two steps back and let them know ... they need to heal themselves and shame on them, because if a registered GOP says shame it is worth one million shames in a poll by 538 run by the NY Times.
I will also give them a hug and say I am here when you are ready to talk again.
I am like a Jedi or a sniper in a battle, waiting for the battle to finish it's final rage. When it is done, I will pick up the good survivors from both sides and will help rebuild it into a safe space.