I told him that this was not the issue and that we were dealing with clear-cut fact situations that prevailed irrespective of party affiliation. I then gave up when I saw that he was adamant and was immune to factual discussion. He had heard the "truth" on Fox, and was not about to listen to contradicting evidence.
As I walked away I thought about the ugly reality of what had happened. Here was a very sincere man whose life was almost eliminated during his early manhood due to a system that demanded total fealty to the sick precepts of a mandate said by its demigod Adolf Hitler to be destined to rule for one thousand years.
Here was the same program of distilled truth, one overriding view without challenge, being presented in a different venue some six decades later. This kind man was being victimized by the same manner of thought control that had been a catalyst for George Orwell writing "1984" and that, through the Third Reich, had been responsible for the death of six million Jews and an equivalent number of other doomed victims.
He clearly could not see the overriding reality of the moment. He too had fallen victim to a form of collective brainwashing through his rigid adherence to the messages articulated at Fox News.
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