Hillary Clinton Must Be Stopped
The Cognitive Dissonance Connection Part 1
by Robert L. Kocher
Somewhere around 40 or more years ago a man by the name of Festinger developed the concept of cognitive dissonance theory. The basic theory of this conceptual system is that there are three areas of human functioning.
1) What a person thinks (cognitions, cognitive processes).
2) What a person does.
3) What a person feels, emotionality.
Within this system one can diagram many aspects of human internal (psychological) conflict.
That is, what a person says or does may not be in agreement with how he feels. What a person thinks he should feel, or wishes he could feel, may not be in agreement with what he actually feels. What a person wishes he feels, or wants to feel, may determine how he acts and what he does, and may be completely different from what he truly feels.
I sometimes look at human psychological function in the form of three disks stacked on top of each other. Each disk has an arrow on it pointing directly outward. One disk represents emotion. A second is physical action. The third represents thought. Each disk can be rotated so that the arrow may point in different emotional directions depending upon how the disk is rotated. So we have a feeling arrow that may be pointed in the direction of anger, fear, love, or whatever depending upon the person and the situation. Simultaneously, a person’s behavioral disk arrow may be pointing in an independent direction toward expression of hate, anger, fear, love, or whatever. The arrows on the disks don’t necessarily agree with each other. To make things more complicated, some of the disks may have big intense arrows on them with little less intense arrows on them pointed in different directions.
When properly understood and interpreted, this system closely approximates some of Sigmund Freud’s classical concepts of internal conflict. When what a person wishes he feels, or thinks he or she should feel, creates an intense denial of what is actually felt, the result is repression in Freudian terms. (Freudianism and behavioralism are more closely in agreement than is often thought.) There are, additionally, certain emotional pains and fears that cause a person to jump away from a feeling or thought in much the same way that they pull their hand away from a hot, or expected hot, stove. These can produce an inability to access certain thoughts or emotions. What Freud referred to as the pleasure principle is what behavioralists look upon as reinforcement.
Much of the integrated complexities of this have become a lost science that is inadequately, if at all, presently taught in many clinical graduate schools and schools of psychiatry.
The Confusion in Daily Life
The point is, the way we feel may not be in accordance with the way we act, or in accordance with what we say we feel, or in accordance with what we think we ought to feel, and so forth. And there comes a point at which if a person lives in this condition long enough and the fears, anxieties, angers, or whatever continue for such a period that they lose the sharp transitions that signal their onset or existence, people become confused about what they really feel, think, should do, or they lose track of the significance of the content meaning inherent in what they are doing. And when people live with continuing unresolved fears, lies, anger, or whatever long enough, those internal conditions become part of a constant background elevator music in their life that becomes consciously forgotten and unidentified. But the confusion such people live in is real and often leads to painfully destructive consequences, some of which also become accepted as normal in their life, and the sources of which become forgotten.
One of the dangers of living in a chronically toxic unresolved psychological environment is that sharp emotional transitions become lost in the continuing constancy. Identification of those emotions becomes lost, awareness of the condition becomes blunted, and adaptation occurs through a type of internal acceptance and distortion. In the common vernacular, “You learn to live with it.” Sometimes people learn to live with something too well and forget the significance of what they are constantly living with. Sometimes one of the tasks of psychotherapy is to bring the patient back in time to have him understand or remember where a given psychological condition initiated—and to become aware a chronic emotional reaction or consequence is even occurring. The results of doing this can be explosive emotional release and some patients almost need to be institutionalized temporarily to prevent consequences of misdirected anger, etc. To put it bluntly, there may be instances where patients temporarily become raving lunatics, or undergo nearly incapacitating temporary levels of massive anxiety when the repressive lid is removed from their internal state, or when realizations begin to dawn on them. This turbulence is often a mark of successful psychotherapeutic treatment for particular types of psychological conditions. It is also one of the most difficult tasks to handle in treatment.
(At lower levels of intensity the patient’s hostility is directed at the therapist, sometimes with surgically effective viciousness. It’s part of what Freud called transference. That is, transference in the sense of transferring emotions and other attributes toward the therapist. For novice or poorly trained therapists this can be shocking, but must be endured by the therapist. Enduring it is difficult and is one of the reasons for the high suicide rate among psychiatrists. Therapists going into the business expecting to love, and to receive instant easily obtained love from patients in return, may be crushed by this development. It’s difficult for many therapists to handle, with the consequence they steer patients away from anger in therapy and thus preclude progress for the patient. This is one element of Freudian countertransference in which therapist’s fears, life-premises, or other weaknesses threaten progress for the patient. Most therapists today can not deal with anger.)
Ideally, the three elements: thoughts or cognitions, actions, and emotions should all be congruent with each other and pointed in the same direction at the same time. That is, people who are angry should think or be aware they are angry, feel angry, and act angry proportionately and within the limits necessary to maintain a sane functioning society—and within a sense of the whole of human life.
When a person’s emotions, actions, and thoughts disagree with each other and are pointed is opposite directions, the condition is termed one of internal dissonance. In some theoretical schools the condition is termed and viewed as split level functioning when emotions and thoughts disagree. Regardless of terminology, the result is one type of discomforting internal conflict.
The various components exert force upon each other to reduce internal conflict. That is, when a person acts in a given way, there is an internal attempt for people to adjust or change their intellectual or thought processes in such a way that those processes don’t conflict with, or disagree with, the way they are acting. This reduces dissonance. In more popular terms this is one form of rationalization or justification. People will lie to themselves to superficially justify or accept what they do. And in some instances emotional repression of some type may be employed to reduce conflict between actions and emotions.
One of my leftist professors from the 60s never tired of gloating that proper leftist management of society involved compelling people into leftist-favored forms of behavior, after which their cognitive processes would change to produce alignment with the actions being forced upon them. At that point, behavior and thinking would gang up on emotions to produce emotional change, leaving the manipulators in control of the suckers. Once the cognitive elements are manipulated in the desired direction, the programmed conditioning and behavior becomes permanentized. Need it be mentioned that in his superiority he was to be the manipulator and other people were to be the manipulatees?
The system of psychological concepts is much more complex than can be presented in a short period here. The effect of cognitive dissonance pressures takes place at superficial to moderate levels of psychological depth. For instance, when cognitive dissonance induces degrees of emotional or intellectual repression, the repressed elements will still be present at deep psychological levels.
Cognitive Dissonance & the New Politics
By extended application of cognitive dissonance theory, it can be seen that one trick in manipulation or immobilizing a person (or a group) is to get a person to argue internally within himself. Eventually his emotional, intellectual, and behavioral components are going to change to relieve the dissonance or internal conflict. If this can be done, particularly if people are immobilized from taking direct action to change the arguments or actions imposed upon them, they will wear themselves down or change/distort internally to relieve the internal dissonance and turbulence. This is particularly true if the mass media feeds internal argument and conflict. The virtual reality of TV injects a vicarious or virtual self within a person to create dissonance. This will produce one of two consequences, or maybe a combination of both. There will be either internal change/realignment, or immobilized personal involution/withdrawal. It’s part of the new politics.
This is exactly what is happening in American politics. A borderline psychotic extremely leftist mass media, about 90 percent of whom supported George McGovern and the Clintons, are inundating and injecting borderline psychotic cognitive processes and unreal unhealthy emotional modeling into the individual and public psychological structure.
More to the case and point, Hillary Clinton is a master at manipulating all this. When she first began being active in national public life, and when she only slightly later began positioning herself to run for the senate, some of the acts she pulled were so outrageous that the belief was that she could not possibly win enough votes to become anything but an obnoxious truck stop waitress back in Arkansas. She was insulting, contemptuous, and obviously a fake.
There was a time in America when demagogues or public figures might be inhibited by fear of public outcry, or by internal conscience, or by personal embarrassment. There were lines public figures, and people in general, were inhibited from crossing for fear of the consequences. But any stigma was broken by the Kennedys with the final escalation being Teddy’s driving a girl off a bridge and leaving her to drown, consulting family lawyers and advisors before reporting it, showing up at the announcement with a hokey neck brace to gain sympathy and pretend he was really the injured party, then continuing in politics and public life without so much missing a dance step while driving his wife to alcoholism and near-suicide along the way. A man of any conscience or integrity would have been too embarrassed to show himself in public. But hard core psychopaths don’t have any of that. And the new breed of public psychopaths will brazen it out. With the help of their brethren in the media they have put cognitive dissonance pressure upon the public, and they have become invulnerable, –if they are on the political left. If transgressions are on the political right the media program the sucker population for never-ending indignation and hysteria. Consequently, Kennedy has been a reelected chronic disease in the American senate for more years than most people are old.
There are no longer any lines forbidden to be crossed. Nor are there consequences for crossing any lines except to be labeled courageous, and the liberal media seems to take a sadistic delight in rubbing people’s face in what the media considers to be unsophisticated provincial morality.
The problem with over-toleration of evil in people’s so-called private lives is that it then creates license for waves of evil flooding into the public and political sector. Brazenly conscienceless psychopathic deviance becomes accepted without boundaries. It quickly becomes applied as acceptable political policy and eventually standard political methodology. This application also becomes endorsed by people seeking protection of similar evils in their own lives.
So Hillary was insulting, contemptuous, and an obvious fake. But she quietly laughed to herself and continued trotting before rigged crowds and a supporting media. She pranced to each rigged event as if she were a pert 50s high school girl and it were a surprise birthday party given just for her. There was no way of confronting her with finality through the rigging and over TV. In the absence of any possible resolution people were worn down and adapted to it. At the present she is now solidly ahead in the polls and will probably be elected senator, to the bewilderment of her opponent. Bringing up the obvious outrages has no effect because people have become adapted to them, and repeated listing of the outrages has become tedious and grating upon people rather than shocking. At this point people are almost unaware of the newest slap in the face from Hillary. Enduring insults or a toxic atmosphere has become so habitual that it is no longer noticed, let alone appropriately reacted to.
The strategy of the liberal left in the new politics is to exhaust the people (and any opposition) by imposing constant outrage from a protected or physically distant position such that people are not able to act against it. Consequently, people are left with the only remaining option of turning their emotional reaction inward against their selves instead of against their tormentors. The overall technique is to exhaust people and get them to turn their rage inward. The effect is cumulative. It develops into a habit of automatic self-undermining that beats people down and keeps them that way off balance.
What has been done since the protest 60s, and particularly since the ascendancy of the Clintons, is inculcate or institutionalize a loser’s mentality within the American people. The loser’s mentality has failed so many times that failure is an expectation and the mentality is half-hearted and beaten before it starts. The loser’s mentality has suffered so much insult and abuse that it has not only become an expectation, and then accepted, but insult and abuse are no longer even recognized. The American people no longer even seem to perceive the insult and abuse being inflicted upon them. They are whipped, resigned, and unreactive.
I don’t believe Hillary was brilliant enough to have figured it all out from day one. Somewhere during earlier portions of her life she, and others like her, found they could brazen anything out before people who were immobilized from properly knocking both her eyes into one socket, and she found she could get away with it. (A generation of spoiled brats and radicals found it worked, with leftist media help, against a parental generation in the 60s.) It became an unquestioned presumption, and seems to have eventually evolved into a science.
Hillary employs the technique with the same aura of arrogant self-assurance that she might have picking flowers. Hesitation has long since ceased to be a factor. The process is now at the stage of unchallenged confident presumption. She just lies, manipulates, insults, ridicules, and laughs about it.
The Clintons and others like them have intuitively stumbled on an obscure psychological law. Absolute rage is impossible for someone to maintain for extended periods. It is possible to rejuvenate it under certain circumstances, but it is impossible to maintain for any period. People who are enraged need to go on with their lives and need to suppress their rage to do it. Human physiology can’t maintain rage. For a variety of reasons, rage can not be maintained. After a period, rage produces internal personal changes, or is changed into something else; i.e., people adapt to that which stimulates rage. They invert rage and turn it into depression or numbness and turn it against themselves. They become resigned. They become broken and docile. The longer they continue in any of those conditions, the harder those conditions are to reverse.
So Bill Clinton lied with insulting obviousness and shook his finger at people in stern admonition, while Hillary laughed in people’s faces and ridiculed them with the asinine assertion that Bill and she were victims of a vast right wing conspiracy. People sputtered for a while, but to the extent they were enraged it was like throwing themselves at a concrete wall. They beat themselves to pieces in anger while nothing changed and the Clintons laughed. They exhausted themselves to the point of breaking their own wills, and Bill’s polls slowly returned to normal over a period of months.
When Hillary hugged and kissed Mrs. Arafat after an anti-American, anti-Jewish speech, people said Hillary destroyed herself politically, particularly among the extremely powerful New York Jewish population. At the time, my evaluation was that any protest would die down. And when Hillary went on a “listening tour” so obviously manipulative and faked as to be an insult to healthy intelligence, in a state she had barely ever been in, people laughed and said she could never survive it politically. And even if there are serious indications Bill raped a few women and doesn’t even bother to deny it, Hillary’s flip answer and attitude toward the entire situation was, “He’s a hard dog to keep on the porch”; and the real problem is with “a vast right wing conspiracy”. People sputtered in anger for a short period while Hillary and Bill laughed about it, knowing the people were powerless to do anything about it short of revolution, and people would exhaust themselves and adapt with media guidance. The list of outrages goes on. Little things like Hillary’s turning $100,000 tricks on the commodities exchanges that were actually bribes (while simultaneously acting out tirades against the wealthy or greedy or privileged, or the greed of the 80s) are now obsolete matters for consideration.
The Thousand Year Reich
At that time I believed, and said, Hillary was running the shrewdest, most effective, and most brilliant political campaign I had ever seen. She dumped all her psychopathic contempt on people early on and waltzed off whistling on her merry way, while employing ridiculing denial, then letting people succumb to fatigue, resignation, and cognitive dissonance processes. People began to buckle in days. It was brilliant. That evaluation has not changed. Barring some unforeseen catastrophic mistake immediately before the election I firmly believe this insulting, brazenly conscienceless lying manipulative vicious hard core monster will be elected senator, and probably president in four to eight years. If Gore is elected, she will need to wait her turn for eight years. If Bush, who is barely able to hold his own against the moronic Al Gore, is elected, Hillary will run over him with dynamic demogogery and an overwhelming proportion of the women’s vote while touting her experience in high office.
The real year 2000 presidential race that will determine the American future is taking place in New York. Anything else is nearly irrelevant by comparison. The forthcoming escalated recurrence of psychopathic dishonesty when Hillary accomplishes her designs to enter the White House as president will set a precedent for American government without any pretense of conscience or integrity that no nation can survive. There will be not even the slightest illusion of enough morality or integrity to allow trust or respect. Rational thought in government or elsewhere will be vilified as an arbitrary punitive attempt to stifle social progress and eventually will be expunged.
It’s discouraging to see that more people, including George Bush, don’t understand that the single most important task that eclipses anything else is to stop Hillary Clinton, now, not for the good of George Bush, not for the good of the Republican party, but for the good and survival of the nation and the world.
(to be continued)
Robert L. Kocher is the author of “Attitude Channeling and Brainwashing,” as well as many other articles (available at http://zolatimes.com/writers/kocher.html). His email address is steiner@smtp2.Mountain.Net.