It would seem there are quite a few life lessons from childhood that the MAGA/Q/GQP crowd seems to have never learned (or have willfully forgotten). The list is long and involves tweezing through the very fabric of societal norms.
Some are as trivial as ‘Don’t touch a hot stove’, ‘Share your candy’, ‘Mind your manners’ and ‘Keep your shoes off the furniture’. Such guidelines may seem childish for us, as adults, to consider, but they are the touch-stones and the lynch-pins necessary for the operation of the soft machinery that is human society. Another, more sophisticated dictum, is ‘When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging’.
The MAGA/Q/GQP, however, would apparently choose to ignore such tenets of basic human life. These people are trapped in the ‘Terrible Twos’ and refuse to escape from that pre-adolescent state. The ‘go-to‘ argument for them is a shouted ‘No!’ accompanied by a fierce foot-stamping. (That, and ‘Freedom!’ – as if they’re storming the Bastille or facing ‘Long Shanks’ on the fields of Bannockburn.)
Much has been posited as the source of the consuming rage that is exhibited by COVID-deniers, anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, foiled insurrectionists, garden-variety MAGA-dolts and others of the lunatic fringe. The maxim of ‘The Hole’ might serve to answer the question of the source of MAGA-rage. They are enraged by their own calamitous life-choices and are furious at the thought of being forced to back-track on a lifetime of mistakes. (Another lesson forgotten: ‘Admit when you’re wrong’.)
The intellectually hobbled forces of MAGA/Q/GQP – woefully – made the wrong choice in 2016, That was probably in a string of missteps that extend to way, way back-when. They now refuse to remove themselves from the ideological cul-de-sac that they’ve sentenced themselves to.
Wear a mask. Get the vax. Stay at home. It could not be simpler. Even a child can do it. Admit that you made a serious mistake. Stop digging. And don’t touch the hot stove.