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America’s hyperbole habit is among the most embarrassing thing ever to happen.

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Did you hear the latest reports about the imminent end of American democratic institutions?

The President of the United States has been talking about it, how America has accepted Jim Crow 2.0, and the midterm elections that are scheduled to take place in November may be unlegitimate due to the Democrats passed a bill to protect voting rights died to defeat in the Senate the week before.

Republicans Meanwhile, they are busy preparing for the implementation of “soft totalitarianism” on the country by the awake progressives who control all the elite institutions of America and are eager to use their power to eliminate any opposition from every area of human life brutally.

Of course, there’s the threat of COVID-19, even people who are vaccine-free and for children too young to get the vaccine, requiring masks at all elementary levels. If you believe the opposite view, mandates for vaccinations appear to be similar to Nazism.

Do not forget about the possibility of conflict within Eastern Europe, which could lead to the disintegration of NATO and the destabilization of the global order of liberalization.

The biggest threat is the issue of climate change, which is no less than a danger to the very existence of humanity.

There’s no need to worry about all of the claims. However, these hyperbolic assertions (and numerous others) are circulating within our political discourse being spewed out by the Oval Office as well as politicians from the two parties of Congress, which are amplified and repeated by cable news anchors and talk radio hosts within the pages of academic and magazine journals, and obviously on social media.

Does this sound like the worst thing you’ve ever heard of? Not at all. It’s not ideal for our nation’s health (or the psychological well-being of individuals Americans) to hear alarm bells blaring full blast from every possible direction. But that’s how politics unfolds in the present, simultaneously depressing, dulling, and inflicting radicalization on us. We’ve been forced into service as part of an experiment to test the truth of both “Chicken Little” and “The Boy Who Cried, Wolf.”

Like many widespread tendencies, the tendency to constantly exaggerate hyperbole is unavoidable, with many economic and cultural developments encouraging it all at once.

The first issue is partisan polarization that eliminates overlap between parties and further increases the distance between ideological rivals. This creates the impression that the stakes for every election and vote in Congress are unbelievably high, creating an eternal feeling of anxiety and making every move in the political arena the ultimate all-or-nothing choice.

This fear of the political can be accompanied by the fact that the nation is narrowly and deeply divided. Tiny shifts in support in one way or another in particular districts or states could distinguish between one side or the other governing president, Congress, statehouses (and the redistricting of congressional districts), and the judiciary. The same thing can make elections extremely difficult as it forces every political party and its megaphones to carry out the same “get out the vote” operation all year round and use threats and alarm to keep the political blaze going.

There’s also the rise of activism as a method for political involvement. The activists focus on one or a group of related issues and devote all their efforts to gaining the attention of their cause, whether in Congress or within the press, the sector of non-profits, and even within the realm of culture. In a few ways, the act of activism is similar to marketing in its commitment to the maxim that”no publicity is good publicity. There’s no better method to create buzz than to engage in some hype about a situation that needs to be dealt with immediately and use the solution activists prefer.

This is how we have each Democrat in Washington, starting from the first-term backbenchers to the president insisting the American democracy is in danger when the omnibus bill on voting rights isn’t passed. This is also how politics transforms into an endless series of conflicting demanding extremes on each side of every issue, and the way many of the foreign policy choices, including Iraq from Libya to Syria up to Afghanistan and even Taiwan and Ukraine, are presented as a reenactment most dangerous geopolitical blunders in the last 100 years (Neville Chamberlain’s pacification of Hitler’s Germany in 1938 at Munich in 1938).).

To top these factors are the economic incentives. The United States is enormous, with a crowded and distracting public space brimming with competing strategies to grab our attention. To be heard over the noise and gain traffic, ratings, and clicks, television, radio printing media, and online media must get noticed. There is nothing more effective than shouting about falling skies.

Psychological motives are present online, particularly on Twitter, the 24/7 online platform for journalists and activists, celebrities, public-spirited academics, populist leaders, loudmouthed bullies, and malicious bots. In this slum, there are rules for the political sphere and click-seeking journalism apply to people, each of whom is aware that the most radical, unmodified extreme, and outrageous expression of an opinion is likely to be noticed, attract people to like it, and spread much more than attempts at subtlety and fair analysis. Hyperbole is the vocabulary of the world of Twitter and can enhance the efforts of each person to garner cheers and applause.

While I’d like to think this message will be heard over the noise, I’m sure that this warning isn’t a gimmick. The outcome that comes from mutually reinforcing tendencies is a bad thing regardless of whether it will force us into the midst of a civil war. (I’ve had the privilege of being known to play with the idea of hyperbole often.) It’s not a surprise that a significant percentage of the population lives in an eternal state of worry and fear. Although it’s not connected to the actual reality of the United States, this funhouse mirror thinking could easily be carried over to the world of truth and become an auto-fulfilling prophecy instead of an accurate depiction of the current.

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