Political partisanship heavily influences how a person understands the world around them.
It is a type of lens through which they process information. Political partisanship is also a type of heuristic.
With extreme polarization, a Right-wing media bubble, and increasing authoritarianism, the power of conservatism over its followers is increasing.
The sum result is that a significant portion of the American public are possessed of a hallucinatory ideology and drunk on the politics of disorientation.
Ben Carson, black conservative grifter, traitor to the Black Freedom Struggle, and political blackface actor, is the current ring master in the GOP's 2016 presidential primary human zoo.
On Sunday's edition of Meet the Press, he shared some ahistorical and piss poor claims about reproductive rights and chattel slavery. These are not new talking points. They are boilerplate black conservative Christian fundamentalist Maafa 21 garbage.
But, Carson did bless the public with a new wrinkle and insight his personal mythos:
"As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone," Carson said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"You know, fortunately, you know, my life has been changed," he added. "And I'm a very different person now."The man fights brigands at a local Popeye's--until it is exposed that he likely did not. Carson would have armed the Jews and traveled through time to kill Hitler as a baby. Now we learn that he was a street tough who starred in his own version of The Education of Sonny Carson.
A question. Why is Ben Carson not being smeared as a black "thug"? Barack Obama faced (and continues to) wickedly racist screeds by the Right-wing media and its public about his upbringing and youth. But, Ben Carson is idolized.
Is white racism and the distorting lens of Right-wing ideology that powerful? How do white conservatives who love Ben Carson's life story yet hate Barack Obama's life story reconcile the contradiction?