In George Orwell’s masterpiece “1984,” perhaps the ultimate horror novel, all citizens of Oceania participated in a daily group ritual in front of their telescreens called the “Two Minutes Hate.”  It was designed to feed the mob frenzy by focusing everyone’s rage against one despicable human target, who was blamed for every perceived injustice or slight, real or imagined (no one knew the difference and it didn’t matter).  This is what happens to people who are caught in the psychological grip of a mob mentality.

Orwell writes:  “The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in.  Within thirty seconds, any pretense was always unnecessary.  A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.  And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.”

It’s almost impossible to look at recent instances of outrageous mob behavior on the part of the left without thinking of this scene.  The word “Orwellian” seems more appropriate than ever today on a variety of progressive fronts, from the creeping alteration of language –- the very concept of “political correctness” stems from Orwell –- to the takeover by technology giants of the flow of information, to the obliteration and rewriting of history, to the dumbing-down of popular culture, to the watchful eye of ever-present cameras, to the capacity for monitoring every keystroke through technological means more powerful and encompassing than Orwell ever imagined.  Even the “Junior Anti-Sex League” has some parallels on college campuses today.  But our focus for today will be mob psychology.

 

In 2018, we all know who the focus of any “Two Minutes Hate” would be:  President of the United States Donald J. Trump.  And we might even call it the “24 Hours Hate.”  I know the man myself, understand what he’s working to accomplish and, while acknowledging he has flaws as do we all, can say I’ve found a lot to admire about him.  But the art of propaganda has become so refined that it’s easy to make, oh, about a third of the population seriously associate him with Naziism, bigotry, stupidity, misogyny, collusion with Russia, even global annihilation.  (Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush were similarly trashed, but not nearly to this extent.)  The “Trump” they hate is a gross caricature, a work of fiction.

 


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The mob has gotten so shockingly out of hand that it’s literally being studied by sociologists and will continue to be for decades to come.  This has been called "a riot in slow motion."  It’s to the point where a known conservative can’t go out to dinner without being swarmed and abused.  The amazing White House press secretary was asked to leave a restaurant and her family and guests were followed to another location by hecklers.  She has to have Secret Service protection.  Recall that Republican Rep. Steve Scalise was shot and almost died.  We've seen marchers with filthy signs and bizarre pink headgear.  Other administration officials have been ambushed by unruly crowds that had the blessing and encouragement of such mindless leftists as California Rep. Maxine Waters.  It was footage of Ted Cruz at a restaurant being ambushed by frenzied protesters that brought to mind the “Two Minutes Hate.”

 

The anti-Trump fever started even before Trump was elected.  This was the first time that perhaps millions of people hesitated to display yard signs and bumper stickers because of fears of vandalism.  Many didn’t tell their friends or even pollsters that they supported Trump.  No wonder his victory was such a surprise.

 

The hatred of Trump is directed to his supporters as well.  We’re not just people who disagree on issues –- we’re evil.  We’re the deplorables.  We’re accused of bigotry and hatred, but that view is a projection of leftists’ bigotry and hatred towards us.

 

Shelby Steele has written a great opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal called “Why The Left Is Consumed With Hate,” that examines this phenomenon.  “For many on the left,” he writes, “a hateful anti-Americanism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle.”  Hate gives some on the left an identify, as an expression of moral superiority or intellect, for example.  It also grants permission to shout down or even assault those with whom one disagrees, instead of having to debate the virtues of ideas, which is lot harder, especially considering some of their ideas.

 

Steele takes us back to the 1960s, a period when liberals expressed compassion and the desire for racial equality.  That was a transformative time, creating a new moral imperative to reject racial inequality and segregation, and the left deserves credit for that.  (Of course, Martin Luther King led this movement without descending into hate; he would no doubt be appalled today.)  But in putting itself in charge of the nation’s moral legitimacy, the left became, in a way, a victim of its own success.

 

Steele explains that for the left to maintain the enormous political and cultural power it amassed during that time, it had to be fighting some tenacious menace that threatened to destroy the good name America had created for itself.  This is why racism and other forms of bigotry can’t ever go away.

 

I would add that this explains why even after America elected a black President, race relations were arguably worse after his time in office than before.  We were mystified and dismayed by this; we knew that even those of us who didn’t support candidate Obama because we disagreed with him on the issues were happy and proud that our country could come so far from its racist past.  (In fact, that was really the one thing about Obama’s victory we could all celebrate.)  We wanted to see racism in our rear-view mirrors.  It would have been wonderful to move forward from that point with racism less and less of a factor until it essentially disappeared.  But the left still needed it to fight against.  As Steele points out, it justified a huge array of government social programs.  Those doling out the money would keep the power.

 

I think I speak for most white conservatives when I say we just don’t react to people based on their race.  We thought that’s what it meant to not be racist.  But over the years, “racism” has been redefined to put race front and center, and in such a way to excuse bigotry against white conservatives, especially Christians.  Ironically, in order not to be considered racist, it’s necessary to consider race constantly.  We have to guard against committing “microaggressions.”  We must not offend, even innocently.  And as conservatives we must deal with the reality that we are going to be called bigots even when we know we’re not.  The left has redefined the terminology (as in Newspeak?) to keep the threat of bigotry alive, but in such a way that the label can’t be put on them.

 

And the left has to hate us.  The greater the perceived threat to their power, the more they will hate.  “Hatred is a transformative power,” Steele writes.  “It can make the innocuous into the menacing.  So it has become a weapon of choice.  The left has used hate to transform President Trump into a symbol of the new racism, not a flawed president but a systemic evil.  And he must be opposed as one opposes racism, with a scorched-earth absolutism.”

 

As Orwell points out, hate can be redirected at any desired target.  In 2018, this is being done to excuse any strategy, no matter how shockingly unfair or unconstitutional, employed against anyone on the right.  Trump-hate can be aimed not only at Trump, but at his wife, his kids, his supporters, his staff, his cabinet, his business associates, and his fellow Republican office holders.  Also, as you may have noticed, his Supreme Court nominees.

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-the-left-is-consumed-with-hate-1537723198

     

 

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  • Margo Angell

    09/29/2018 02:28 PM

    Thank you for your article on why the left has to hate. So true and so sad. We American parents and grandparents allowed the progressives to take over and brainwash our children since the early sixties just as we allowed them to take God and truth out of the schools. We are reaping the whirlwind. It is total Orwellian as you state; similar to how leaders in Muslim countries use hate as a tool to keep power.

    Wish we had more like you .

  • Martha Casper

    09/29/2018 10:23 AM

    I enjoyed reading your article. It is spot on. Really terrifying time in our country. My family is certainly divided. Those that are convinced Dems can do no wrong can not be swayed at all from their position, but I am going to send your article to them.

  • tom sullivan

    09/29/2018 02:18 AM

    Yes Mike the left has refined mob behavior into a supremely useful tool to regain power. But is there more...a deeper more terrifying agenda? Yes there is and even the public leaders of the left..
    Schumer, Pelosis, Waters and a few others do not grasp that in their wild anything goes grab for power they are in
    fact unleashing the the pure evil of Pandora’s box. And you ask yes possibly but what is the endgame ....ahh now you have asked the right question and the answer will shock you. The left is being used to destroy the United States....! They the left will never see it coming but a mob is a very very hard thing to keep focused. So you ask if the Socialist Democratic Party has been hyjacked who or what is behind it. Astute readers of my previous comments will see this coming and I count you Mike as one of those. George Sorus has vowed to destroy this country. He has so far donated over 200,000,000 USD to far leftist groups that want nothing but to bring down those ideals which has defined our country and was envisioned by the framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, and the other statesmen we call the fathers of this great republic. We are in grave peril...Kavanaugh demonstrates the rules of engagement for this titanic struggle...and guess what according to them...as shown at the hearings there are none. Lies, blatantly oblivious tactics of racism, and politically motivated dishonest misinformation as well as the simple tactic of if you disagree then you must be destroyed at all costs. Scary stuff Mike...Sorus is never going to give up and we can only hope that at 88 his time is short. But even so the monsters of Pandora’s box have been released and the mob rules our society from Washington to the media to even the moguls of our social media (Google, Twitter and Facebook) the future is grim.

  • Trouman Underwood

    09/28/2018 04:14 PM

    That 1984 reference sure rings true. I'm really pissed off at the media. They twist everything around report on little things and make them an issue, when really what happened was something entirely different. How can they keep their FCC license and lie to us. I don't watch anymore. I'm tired of the bull shit. I think the President is doing a great job. And I pray he stays on track. He's a good man...

  • Pedro Perez

    09/28/2018 12:46 PM

    This insanity brought me arounf from a card-carrying liberal Democrat to a Trump supporter. I came from Cuba as a child. My parents saw the writing on the Paredon (Firing Squad Wall), my school indictrination, and the hallmarks of Castro's Communist take over. They made the sacrifice to send their oldest son to America to save me. Our 4 month projected separation turned into a four year deal due to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. I was in Fifth Grade at a Catholic School when JFK as assassinated. My mom and sister got out 4 years later. My father had been working for the Batista government and he died in prison.

    I bought into the American Dream. Went to school, became a citizen. Finally found my way in life. Worked in TV News as a photographer for 15 years. Later as a drug/alcohol abuse counselor. After a heart attack 6 years ago, I realized to continue in my work would probably kills me. During my recovery, my curiosity came back and I awoke to the fact of the slow erosion of our Republic for the last 50+ years. When Trump happened, I realized there is hope. I have been supportive of the Q movement and doing what I can for the last 2 years. I am hoping my teenage son can see a much brighter future for himself. As for me I want to start a You Tube channel dealing with Senior issues, and politics. Don't want to compete against the Q Anons, since they have been doing a great job. Also, I have been concerned about posting due to the level of Censorship. I want to make some $$$- not a great amount, just to supplement my fixed income. Suspect my effort would be wasted due to defunding and censorship. Any tips would be appreciated.

    But, I am tired of the games these .... I call them communists -- I know the type. Met them as a child... -- are playing. I don't see most of them reforming. I feel very sad for the ones who are not yet awake and still believe Trump is Hitler incarnate. they are about to have a rude awakening. God Bless Us All. PS- I'm proud of Sarah. She is dong a wonderful job dealing with these emotionally retarded children posing as journalists. PPS: Thanks for "listening." I know you're busy. Didn't realize I was going to write so much.

  • William and Doris Huston

    09/27/2018 04:53 PM

    Just note from Doris who was born in Cuba and was 11 when Castro came into power in 1959. I was poor but a Christian and my parents sent my brother and me to this country in 1962 alone to keep us away from the horror of what was happening in our country. Family had to help with money for the visa and other things and it was like tearing their hearts out when we left. The hate you are speaking of was manifest in some teachers, friends, neighbors and family. At that young age I suffered seeing people turn away from us and keep wat over us because they could tell we were not buying the "good" of the revolution. It is hard for me to talk about it even today--the fear, the betrayal, the hatred all around from people we had known all our lives. And we were poor! Had Nothing! It was incredible and extremely painful and life changing. Giving people reins to hate and accuse others in order to defend the State brought out the worst of humanity in even people who had been faily decent all their lives. It was watching HUMAN SIN come alive in the most devastating way. Today, Doris and I are seeing this happening in her new country, and it is horrifying and unbelievable to her and to me. We must continue to pray for our USA and our leaders. Thank you for all you do, Governor. The Lord bless you.

  • ED ALLEN

    09/27/2018 02:04 PM

    I don't understand why this way of handling this case of confirming a supreme court justice necessary.

  • Thomas Childers

    09/27/2018 01:34 PM

    Did you mean "identity"?

    "...Hate gives some on the left an identify..."

  • Neecie Surber

    09/27/2018 09:53 AM

    Unfortunately, you are spot on with this commentary. I’m constantly amazed at how Orwell’s book continues to ring true, as well. When I first read it, decades ago, I couldn’t imagine the things in it actually happening. But, oh my goodness!! It reminds me of the book of the Revelation. Never thought I’d see the day. Yet, here we are.

  • Lloyd Richardson

    09/27/2018 09:04 AM

    In his written statement released yesterday, Judge Kavanaugh is I believe wrong about one thing: the treatment he is receiving from the Senate will not discourage Leftist candiates for public office. No Leftist is every treated like this because these smear tactics are a tool of the Left, and a form of the political violence they favor. Best, LR

  • stephanie wilson

    09/27/2018 08:10 AM

    bush got it as bad. there was a movie depicting his murder. have yet to see one about killing trump, just saying

  • Betty Bryant

    09/27/2018 01:08 AM

    This article is so true. Our country is sinking into an abyss of hatred that it will take years to come out of, if we ever do. It is so sad that our children will be the ones to suffer the most. Us old timers can still remember the country as it used to be. The younger generation will know nothing but hate.

  • Myrtis H Wilmoth

    09/26/2018 10:29 PM

    Keith Ellison who abused and beat his girlfriend (she has medical records to prove her claim), must be protected and elected at all costs; therefore, the focus must be kept on Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Dar Sanderson

    09/26/2018 09:58 PM

    Sir:
    I totally agree with you. I am a Canadian, a woman, a Christian, and enjoy following politics. I pray for you all and the whole world. "Keep fighting the good fight, do not be discouraged, God has control.

  • Louise Barner

    09/26/2018 08:06 PM

    AMEN! So sad. So scary! Praying for the fight of God against satan....it is raging in this country....in our society!

  • Richard (Dick) Boultinghouse

    09/26/2018 07:12 PM

    Well stated! And horribly, very true.

  • Mary W. Fenstermacher

    09/26/2018 06:49 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee, for your outstanding and voluminous emails of wisdom, wealth of knowledge, and wit!! They are greatly appreciated. I also enjoy the monologues on your TV program. Thank you for filling the air waves with truth, kindness, American moral values, and God's love.
    My heart is broken by the smears and unsubstantiated accusations being thrust upon Judge Kavanaugh and his family. This is more than hate--in my mind--it is evil at its darkest. In my Christian school days, I memorized Jesus's Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5:11-12 has never been more real to me than in these last few weeks. "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." My prayers continue to be lifted for Judge Kavanaugh and his sweet family, and that he will be allowed to receive the reward for which he has worked so hard--his seat on the Supreme Court. Hopefully someone will be able to get this message and poem to him!
    A Pilgrim’s Prayer
    When people all around me snap with bitterness and hate,
    My fortitude starts weakening; I long for Heaven’s gate.
    I find that I am standing here ~ frustrated and alone.
    I yearn for Christ’s Great Wisdom; I yearn for Heaven’s home.

    I try Christ’s Words to follow and turn the other cheek;
    But every time I feel sin’s slap, Christ’s loving arms I seek.
    To live God’s way is difficult; the path is rough and steep.
    As Pilgrims in the days of old, life’s trials and pain I reap.

    Dear Jesus, Lord and Savior, Your power and strength I need.
    Protect me from sin’s awful sway; my steps, I pray, you’ll lead.
    Direct my path in sovereignty; make known to me Thy Will.
    Keep me strong, unfettered, as I struggle up each hill.

    Surround me with Thy loving arms; uplift my fainting heart.
    Encourage me along life’s way--my shield from Satan’s dart.
    Dear Jesus, King of Glory, impart to me Thy Grace.
    Keep me in Thy constant care ‘til I meet You face to face.
    ~from My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
    by Mary Wisham Fenstermacher

  • Joan Logan

    09/26/2018 06:13 PM

    Thanks for a brilliant comparison to Orwell's "1984". I am appalled at how mean and ruthless our society has become and it seems mainly to come from those on the "left". Why would anyone, today, consider a public office, considering what they have to contend with!

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    09/26/2018 06:01 PM

    They don't call Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton "poverty pimps" for nothing. But, I read "1984" also. It really does make one "stand up and take notice" to see all the predictions (made over half a century ago) that have come true today, not in detail of course, but in general terms. No, we don't have "telescreens," but we do apparently have iPhone and tablet cameras that can be activated remotely by people we don't know, with all our "metadata" (and maybe more detailed data as well, such as texts and emails) that are routinely archived by the National Security Agency (or NSA, affectionately known as "No such agency"). And then, there was "Newspeak" : what better example than the name of the government agency that our hero, Winston Smith worked at, the "Ministry of Truth." The MoT was in fact the government propaganda ministry. Winston's job was to routinely re-write the history books to reflect the current (that week) government foreign policy ... "Oceania is at war with East-asia. Oceania has always been at war with East-asia. Oceania is at peace with Eurasia. Oceania has always been at peace with Eurasia." The following week (or so), those two roles would reverse, depending on the whims of the government. And, the people were required to believe it. I think it also inspired an episode of "Star Trek, the Next Generation," where Captain Picard was captured by aliens while on a covert mission. Picard was tortured by the aliens, in much the same manner as "Room 101" in 1984, even up to the point where Picard was required to say that there were FIVE lights shining him in the face (there were actually FOUR lights). But, the point was to get it across to Picard that TRUTH was whatever the government says it is, even though the real truth is staring you in the face. You DARE NOT resist!

  • Pam Dudley

    09/26/2018 05:03 PM

    Thank you Mike for raising such a wonderful, intelligent and caring daughter. Please thank her for her commitment in these inexcusable situations. I am appalled each time I see someone heckled, jeered, or hassled for their beliefs, especially Christian and conservative. I too was afraid to post signs in support of Trump as my husband and I own a business (gun store), I am also the Director for our local Chamber of Commerce, and did not want to become targets. Maybe I'm deplorable but I absolutely will vote for the candidate with beliefs most like my own over haters. The few are pulling many into their pretend rage, they must keep it going to satisfy their own demented needs. Thank you for shedding light on topics so few are willing to publicly address. You help me keep my sanity!

  • Cynthia Pacheco

    09/26/2018 04:58 PM

    Hmmm... “1984”. “Fahrenheit 451”. I read both years ago. Both are coming true. I’m 74 and I’ve watched our country go downhill since the so-called Sexual Revolution and the rise of “women’s rights”, neither of which was good. Now we have nearly half of the country gone crazy with hate. I fear for our future and what my children and their children will face. No wonder young people are into dystopian novels, movies, and games!

  • Terese Pace

    09/26/2018 04:44 PM

    I remember reading “1984” in high school in 1980/81. I wondered how in the world could America become what was described in the novel.
    We Are There!
    Thank you for piecing all of the news and current events together so we can see what is actually happening. It’s sobering!
    Time to stay vigilant!

  • Michelle Kelly

    09/26/2018 04:04 PM

    So on point! Sharing this and I hope my liberal friends will read...

  • Dolores McBride

    09/26/2018 03:33 PM

    The outrageous attempts to trash Judge Kavanaugh’s reputation are so offensive as to be unendurable. And his integrity shines forth in his determination to STAY no matter what his enemies do to harm him or his family. I applaud this noble jurist and pray Americans see through all the lies and deceit and vote every left wing ( eg Democrat) possible out of office in November. It is tragic to see “Americans” sink so low.

  • Brenda Wiederkehr

    09/26/2018 03:07 PM

    Horrendous acts of hatred!!! Atheists??? We will all look Him in the Face and give an account!!!

    We are seeing results of our permissive society where there is little accountability for horrendous actions!!! Our government getting by with heinous crimes is heartbreaking. My husband and I voted for you and we read your column and we live and support Sarah!