Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings. (Wikipedia)
Will Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann usher in a rightwing theocracy? (No, Seriously)
The left has been hyperventilating about the threat of a rightwing Christian theocracy for thirty years now, although they saw no such threat from the smarmy, sanctimonious born-again Christian President Jimmy Carter.
Jerry Falwell is dead. Pat Robertson reduced to fringe kook status. Muslim fundamentalists, unlike Christian fundamentalists, have actually expressed hatred for our way of life and have proven it by blowing up buildings and killing people here in the United States. But the fear of a rightwing Christian takeover rages on in the fevered minds of the left.
For example, the Daily Beast/Newsweek recently published an article titled "A Christian Plot for Domination?" claiming that Perry and Bachmann are "deeply associated with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism" known as Dominionism.
A widely discussed article in the Texas Observer claimed that Dominionists -- a "little-known movement of radical Christians" -- are readying an "army of God" to "commandeer civilian government," with Perry the "vessel" for their ambitions. Finally, the New Yorker published a long article claiming that Bachmann believes "Christians, and Christians alone, are Biblically mandated to occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns." (Byron York – Religious War)Kudos to Byron York for exposing such obvious balderdash. Any time you hear odd-ball stuff like "dominionism," you can be sure it was dug up by liberals to be used as a smear against the right and to scare soft-headed liberal voters from going off the plantation.
The psychological projection is stunning. Progressives, full of religious fervor for the state and all her panjandrums and accoutrements are the real dominionists. Here's my stab at it, only unlike the left, I am dealing in the truth:
One hundred years ago, a Progressive Plot for Domination was launched. Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR and a continuing chain of strong man statists have been deeply associated with the new religion of Progressive Statism.
Progressive Statists, a previously little-known movement of radical nannyists, have already built the “army of government,” or “your federal family” if you prefer, to “commandeer civilian government,” with an unbroken succession of beneficent patriarchs handing out goodies as the “vessel” for their ambitions.
Finally, a long look at the past 100 years confirms that “progressives, and progressives alone, are mandated to occupy all secular institutions until personal liberty is obliterated from the earth.” (Kurt Silverfiddle)Those who routinely defraud and steal are the most suspicious that others are trying to victimize them. Liberals know they have hijacked government for their own narrow purposes, and they are jealous that others will try to do the same.