Cognitive dissonance is a state where one holds two conflicting beliefs, as in, for example, believing that affordable health care insurance for all is a good thing while at the same time holding on to the belief that health care is an earned privilege as opposed to it being a basic right.
Republicans deal with the dissonance by downplaying the importance of the ‘for all’ element of their beliefs while touting the importance of personal responsibility. That is, if people took personal responsibility for their lives, everyone would be able to afford health insurance no matter what the costs. Sounds pretty and nice even though it completely disregards the realities of the human experience.
But what if what we’re seeing here is not a case of cognitive dissonance but instead a situation where conservatives actually accept all of their contradictory beliefs?
George Orwell explains it in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. “The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary.
Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth”. That sounds like it came right out of the GOP playbook. Orwell perfectly describes Fox and the right wing noise and bubble generator machine and absurdist performance art passing itself of as journalism.
Ten years of conveniently ignoring any fact that did not support whatever story Republicans were selling at the time followed by a broadcasts where they bring all the doublespeak back from oblivion and even reverse their positions as if their original ones never happened and were never sold as the only truth.
A glaring case in point was how they sold the blame Obama for gas prices argument when in 2008 they all dipped in with statements than no president can affect the price of gas in defense of Republican president Bush.
Orwell would be mortified that his prescient writing wasn’t heeded as a warning but became common practice by the likes of Luntz and accepted so readily by people who read his works and failed to understand the meanings and implication of organized propaganda thought control.Would any person in complete control of his or her faculties not be aware of how they are being manipulated?
That’s the great mystery that shrouds Fox reality. LINK