Alaska congressman Don Young is concerned by his party’s weakness for charismatic demagogues. In an interview with WFQD on Wednesday, Young lamented that the most qualified candidate left in the GOP primary race has no real chance of winning the nomination.
“He’s got a great head,” Young said of Ohio governor John Kasich. “He’s been a great governor, a good soul. A family man. He’s got everything going for him. He just unfortunately doesn’t have the charisma to get people ginned up, because they’re not thinking anymore. And that concerns me the most.”
Young and WFQD host Dave Stieren went on to lament the failed candidacies of Establishment figures like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Then, seconds after mourning voters’ attraction to extremist scaremongers, Young explained how the Democratic Party wants to control everyone’s thoughts.
Asked about the stakes of November’s election, Young said that if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is elected, “everyone will be under some government mandate to do this, this and this — including, when to get up, what to eat, what you are thinking, what school you are going to go to and what you are going to believe.”
Why would Republican voters be attracted to strongmen and obstructionists when the country is merely on the cusp of a totalitarian takeover?
Because the Obama administration has “stifled the nation,” Young explained. “And you wonder why frustration has set in? Why people are upset and mad? And we get blamed for it.”
cog·ni·tive dis·so·nance (n.): The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.