By Dawn’s Early Light was a Cold War propaganda movie. Much of the contest between Communism and Religious Mercantilism played out in movies. Amerika and Red Dawn were stories about These States occupied by godless commie invaders eager to rape blonde, freckled Iowa girls and steal everything not nailed down–like in Berlin in 1945. Tools and manipulees of the looter persuasion shrieked like Body Snatchers whenever one of the regulated networks aired something critical of the Soviet Altruria. Retaliation took the form of surrender movies like The Day After, Countdown to Looking Glass, Threads…
Yet nuclear-tipped Soviet Altruria was falling apart, with real danger that some faction might attack These States hoping the lightning sword of Justice and the SAC might smite their internal rivals. The plot in By Dawn’s Early Light was a flip-around of Dr Strangelove laced with Pascal’s Wager. The message in all these movies was that defeating altruism–or rather, the more consistently altruistic of two antagonists–is evil, wrong, socially suicidal–so you should surrender instead.
The same tactic was repeated when Donald Trumps Republicans won the 2016 election. Democrats could not understand how anyone would prefer to have electric power to ending up like Puerto Rico. So in the lame-duck interregnum–after the vote missiles were already launched but had not yet separated from their second stage electoral votes–the Democratic party and CPUSA ran Nixon-law-subsidized commercials urging electors to switch votes the way Roger MacBride had done in 1972 for the Libertarian Party back when we had but 4000 voters.
Of course the scam backfired. Way more Democrat electors defected from voting for Bill Clinton’s wife than defected from voting for The Don, but the pattern, the meme that repeats itself, is the thing to notice. One woman made unverifiable allegations at Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings, and the same thing happened again just recently. Though not a supporter of the Republican party, the recent hearings looked like a teevee rerun to me.