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Dr. Keith Ablow, "a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team," believes that the Obama administration is "conducting psychological warfare on conservative Americans. Not only that but it is also waging this war on all Americans who previously viewed themselves, their country, their Constitution and their overwhelming belief in God as a force for good in the world."

Ooh. That sounds scary and terrible for conservatives, who are obviously already suffering the horrendous persecution of the War on Christmas. Tell us more, Dr. Ablow.
The psychological warfare began with an apology tour in which President Obama publicly "confessed," presuming to speak for all of us, for the shortcomings of America and our supposed contributions to tyranny and all manner of evils around the world.

This confession planted in the American mind the notion that our values and beliefs might not be in line with freedom and truth.

It was reinforced by the first lady stating during the 2008 presidential campaign that she had never felt pride in our country.

These statements were seemingly shrugged off by Americans who, collectively, seemed to be telling themselves that they were hearing discontent channeled from disenfranchised groups in our nation who, nonetheless, loved the country—and all of us, too.

But, deep inside the American psyche, something more malignant could have been planted—the seeds of self-hatred and self-doubt. And I no longer believe that those seeds were planted unintentionally by people as smart and capable as the president and first lady.

...Gun rights are inextricably entwined in the American psyche with freedom to defend oneself. Attacking gun rights, I believe, is an element of the psychological warfare on the American belief that force is justifiable when confronting evil.

My belief that psychological warfare is being deployed on Americans by this American president and his administration has been solidified as news has come out of the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.

This black ops targeting doesn't just have the effect of slowing the financial momentum of these groups. It has the goal of dispiriting them and making them feel helpless to achieve their goals.
If anyone is fucking with conservatives' heads, it's doctors who tell them that their President—who routinely exhorts respect for their dissenting views (to a fault)—is waging psychological warfare on them, and it's political and cultural leaders who avoid their own accountability for social failures by telling them myths about bootstraps and personal responsibility and then selling them ghost stories about feminists and queers and brown people and atheists and immigrants to redirect the insecurity left by gossamer promises of success if only you work hard and trust in Jesus and Ronald Reagan.

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