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So I had my day...err...hour...err...minute in court.

I was fighting a bylaw infraction in court. The prosecutor took me aside for a pre-trial huddle where I agreed with her statement of facts, was enthusiastic about her evidence, then told my side of the story at considerable length, then challenged the bylaw officer's case. When I was getting ready to get out my evidence, used dialysis bags, she blanched and said that wouldn't be necessary. She sent me back into court to wait while she had a word with the bylaw officer.

Next thing I know she's back and telling me they're withdrawing the charges. A moment later court starts, I get up and say my full name into the mic, she gets up and says the Crown is withdrawing, then the judge says I'm free to go.

So here I was all ready to call witnesses and present evidence and quote law. Anticlimactic, really.

The psychology of a Trump supporter

http://theauthoritarians.org/Downloads/TheAuthoritarians.pdf

Before reading my deranged ranting, you might want to have a look at the above. It's a bit old, around the time of Dubya's administration but eerily predicts the continued rise of authoritarianism, religious extremism, hardcore fundamentalism, racism and the popularity of a man like Donald Trump.

Trump supporters are afraid, live in constant fear of themselves and everybody and everything around them. This is the driving force behind their racism, xenophobia, homophobia and general fear and distrust of "the other" causing them to cling to and identity with their tribe - cisgender white evangelical "Christians". Hence they isolate themselves in a bubble, an echo chamber reinforced by fundamentalist screamer preachers, religious schools, hate radio and Fox News.

Hence, they do not have the experience of meeting people from other cultures, ethnicities and sexual orientations. These are the kind of experiences that most people would have by attending cultural events, getting information from a wide variety of sources, and attending secular institutions of higher education allowing them the opportunity of changing their world view.

They do not value thinking. Many are of a psychological type that values feeling over thinking. Their homophobia and racism is based in a fear of dirt. Who can think when overwhelmed with ick. What they call "thinking" is a mishmash of slogans, bumper stickers and logical fallacies. They are terrified of critical thinking, considering it the Devil's work because it is such an effective tool for opposing practically everything they believe in. One state's Republican Party platform includes a plank to ban its use in schools.

They place little value in actual, factual truth. They place their trust in story and myth. One favourite is the flawed man empowered by God to do great things, such as pussy grabbing, teenager molesting, thrice married Trump rising to power to place "pro-life" judges in power. They are masters of reframing - they would accept with a straight face and with no compunction calling a Bill that deregulates polluting industries a "Clean Air Act".

Finally, and scariest of all, they do not value reality itself. They are far more concerned about the afterlife, heaven or hell. They engage in a process called imminentizing the Eschaton, bringing on the Rapture. If Trump will do this by blowing us all to Kingdom Come (literally), so be it.
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