The now popular noun/adjective ‘berniebots’ represents a collective observation that Sanders’ followers attitudes towards their ‘leader’ and to Hillary Clinton (HC) show that something is lacking in them, i.e., a mind, that they behave like robots.
I will take a different view on that collective observation and propose something more controversial: that what ‘berniebots’ are displaying is disturbing and dangerous signs of mental “splitting“, a mark of successful brainwashing technique.
In this post I intend to bring evidence to the fact that there is an anti-Hillary campaign based on that ‘splitting’ technique, that Sanders’ followers are being used to deliver the ‘all bad-all good’ narrative of that technique, and that it threatens to lead our nation into a new form of fascism.
Splitting is more than just the relational-problem described in the psychiatric diagnosis of Borderline Personality.
In psychology, splitting is a mental schema characterized by an absolute polarizing view of other people as either all good or all bad, the ‘black and white’ attitude, no shades are possible. Splitting is a commonly used technique in cults and in advertising; it is a tool for opinion-shaping and political character assassination. It is psychological brain washing because it is done, obviously, surreptitiously. It involves repetitive exposure to dogma and propaganda.
UPDATE: The discussion at the WaPo about ‘smear’ is not the same as ‘splitting’. Smear is easily handled by showing evidence to the contrary. Splitting, on the other hand invalidates the target as a person because she is branded as all bad while the other is all good. Think religious fanatics, it’s like that.
In the case of ‘berniebots’, I propose that they have been exposed to the constant online and MSM repetition of an all bad Hillary Clinton propaganda. Karl Rove is the originator of this Hillary-hating art (discussed later) and his skills have been adopted by both Trump and Sanders’ campaigns.
Splitting Hillary and Sanders
First, let’s consider how ‘berniebots’ display this splitting behavior.
It is common knowledge by now that, for them, Sanders is the pure, perfect, all good, almost saintly political leader. He is the only politician who never lies, always tells the truth; who, in his 30+ years in politics, has done nothing but good for the downtrodden. To them, there is no record of him voting in Congress against the working class. Susan Sarandon went as far as saying that “he has no ego”. That is distortion of thinking: they see what they want to see in him, not what he really is.
But he promotes that distortion:
His trip to the Vatican this week have cemented that illusory view they have of him.
Sadly, we have also seen berniebots verbally attacking anyone who disagrees with them on their perception of Sanders or who brings evidence of his work in Congress that shows a not-so-perfect Congressional record.
As for Hillary Clinton, they see her as all bad, a witch, a subhuman entity, literally; their shared hatred of her is intense, powerful and all-encompassing.
A cursory research online about HC in this year’s primaries will net you mostly negative articles and opinions. When you go to Reddit and to MSM comment sections, you find that any positive comment about her or about anything good she has done as a politician is immediately and violently attacked by them, devalued or negated as “lies”. Even worse, as I have commented in my blog, YouTube and the internet are plagued with offensive videos portraying HC as, literally, a beast.
Personality Worshiping And The Electoral Process
With berniebots there is no possibility of having a calm discussion of pros-and-cons about our two democratic contenders for the presidency. This means that in our current national elections there is no meaningful discussion about Sanders and Hillary’s qualifications. The public is being forced into engaging in the politics of personality-worshiping to prevent meaningful vetting of the candidates.
Personal attacks are inevitable in a political campaigns; it is ‘normal’ for candidates to engage in it. Also, the lack of consensus on what constituted personal attack vs discussing political records aggravates the problem.
But what we are witnessing today in general is not ‘normal’, unless you consider brainwashing normal and written into our presidential election process.
I don’t blame the bots for this; somebody is manipulating and taking advantage of their emotions. But who?
The Art of Bashing Hillary Clinton Exist: The Evidence is Here
It is a fact that the GOP and its master of opinion-shaping propaganda (brainwashing), Karl Rove, have spent almost a billion dollars, since the 2008 primaries in the art of vilifying Hillary Clinton, associating her name and image with powerful hateful emotions in the eyes of the electorate. He had become the king of brainwashing since the days of Bush Jr, helping not only elect him, but helping, and this it true, making the public adopt the term ‘climate change’ and ditch ‘global warming’. That’s for a later topic.
In 2008, Rove and his party were certain that Hillary was going to be the dems’ candidate for the presidency. Their job, unbeknownst to them, helped Obama steal her thunder. The amount of hatred and misogyny against her at that time was truly appalling. Everybody joined in the bandwagon of Hillary-bashing, including Obama.
Rove never made it a secret that he was honeying the art of political character assassination against HC. His ego is so yuuge and he was so proud of his handy work that he even invited the media to witness a master brain-washer at work. He showed us how he trains people to split-thinking.
So, there’s no excuse to be ignorant about his work and about political brainwashing. There is no reason not to believe that Hillary bashing is happening and is purposely done to brainwash the public into voting against her.
Fascism is Being Tested In The USA With Sanders and His Berniebots
You will recognize those tactics today. Rove is still at work and still convinced that Hillary will be the contender for the dems. But today, Sanders has brought Rove’s tested brainwashing techniques to, let alone to the voters, but directly to his followers.
It is the berniebots who are enacting the splitting technique; not only they believe their split-thinking, they are the army sent out to the online media to bash and shame Hillary, to deny her record of accomplishments and of efforts to help the regular people of this nation. The berniebots test our mental patience with constant she is all bad-he is all good brainwashing efforts.
If they were doing it to vet her and accept vetting Sanders equally, I wouldn’t have any problem with attacking her record. But that’s not what is going on here. This is not unlike in that movie “1984”.
“HATE HER! SHOUT OUT HER NAME!”
I made this video to give a visual idea of the cultish character of splitting. It contains clips of Sanders followers shouting at her.
In that movie, “1984”, Winston’s, the main character, daily work consisted in manipulating the nation’s only newspaper, changing historical data and turning heroes into villains and villains into heroes; and the workers were given a daily doses of hate to relieve them from the anger and frustration of living in a totalitarian state. The image of the hateful Goldstein would elicit spasms of intense anger and hatred, only to be relieved with ecstasy at the sight of the protector of all, the Big Brother.
Truly, our berniebots are the manipulated victims of the establishment a la “1984”. They get ‘unhinged’ at the sight of HC and in ecstasy at Sanders. They are willing to vote for Trump and not for her; that intense is their hatred, willing to burn the USA, as some of them have commented, if Hillary wins the nomination or the presidency.
What you are seeing today in our primaries, which is more extreme than what we saw in 2008, is NOT going to go away. This picture of anarchic angry youngsters sent to disrupt other candidates rallies and activities, because it received the blessings of the MSM, it will stay with us as part of our political process, it will become the normal.
Once you have honed you brainwashing skills to that level, you are deserving of the Joseph Gobblers Medal of Honor.
Finally, what to do?
As I have been saying all along in this blog, until the middle class and the poor build that third-party not controlled by the elite, we only have the duopoly. Having to choose from the least of two evils, it doesn’t help us to be given charismatic ‘leaders’ who hide their true intentions. That would be Sanders.
As for Hillary, her life is an (forced) open book; there can be no surprises. She is not a ‘revolutionary’ nor is promising socialism. I know that she is not perfect because I know her story.
She is not all bad nor all good. But she is better, at any levels, than a manipulative saint.
Go build that third-party to see if you can wake up. Get out from the duopoly, they are there to drain your ‘revolutionary’ energy in useless bickering about who represents the ‘establishment’: they ALL do.