“We don't need no education – we don't need no thought control... No dark sarcasm in the classroom! Teacher! Leave us kids alone...”
Pink Floyd: Another brick in the wall, Part II
Welcome to the Republican CULT.
“A cult is a group of people who organize around a strong authority figure. Cults, like many other groups, attempt to expand their influence for the purposes of power or money. However, to achieve these ends, destructive cults employ a potent mixture of influence techniques and deception to attain psychological control over members and new recruits. This fundamental level of control is known alternatively as 'brainwashing,' 'thought reform,' or 'mind control.' A successful induction by a destructive cult displaces a person's former identity and replaces it with a new one. That new identity may not be one that the person would have freely chosen under her [sic] own volition.” (Hassan, 1990).
In the last 10 to 20 years, however, the two-party system has effectively transformed itself, on the way to becoming a one-party government. My categorization isn't that which usually has been offered in these years: a Bush-driven neo-conservative paradise.
The Republicans have become a classic, mind-controlling Cult.
The Cult of Rush Limbaugh, who begat XX, who begat YY, who begat Ann Coulter (Culter?), who became the AntiChrist-loving slut of pure hate speech... aimed at the only political party Americans know.
Her vitriol spreads, supported by and spread throughout the mainstream media (MSM), as if it were something worthy of discussion. US TV and radio stations now permit and saturate their viewers with aggressive anti-Liberal, anti-Democratic and anti-Islamic rhetoric: the examples are found daily. Since its transformation throughout the 1990s, Republican Cult members became conditioned to fly or sink together (more profoundly, more frequently, and more seriously than ever in our nation's history); their party loyalty was deformed into Cult adhesion.
Tracing how this transformation was achieved, from Party to Cult begins with the early 1990s, a period when the Bush Administration enjoyed the highest domestic political support, in light of the apparently successful Operation Desert Storm. Squandered through typical Bushian failures to corral and maintain the momentum, George HW Bush lost the 1992 election against Ross Perot and Bill Clinton: the Revenge of Bushism would take eight years.
However the United States government was NOT founded to offer a two-party system: the Founding Fathers had strong reservations against such a trap. That which they feared, nevertheless became the modus operandi, as both the Democrats of Andrew Jackson and then the Republicans of Abraham Lincoln, took the political brass ring at each election, further entrenching their parties and themselves in America's political process.
Today, the lack of actual party participation by US citizens is rather astounding: the percentage of actual participating members, if measured by attendance to caucuses or conventions, as well as campaign contributions, is infinitely slim, said to be around or less than one per cent participation.
This is similar to America's sports habits, where millions of fans may support one team, but only a few thousand (40 to 85 thousand) actually travel to the stadiums to see the spectacle live.
Today, mindful that the Republican Cult member across the table from you could in fact be a Manchurian Candidate, trigger-words deftly implanted: “Liberal”, “Withdrawal”, “Clinton” “Appeaser” “Dirty bombs”... We don't know how each has become manipulated, for each may be passive until your defenses are lowered. It is useful to consider that those who effect the greatest mass persuasion, and dogmatic use of indoctrinating propaganda, often do so under the guise of offering freedom, or liberation.
Case in point? Witness Rush Limbaugh, and his 'EIB Network' (“Excellence in Broadcasting”): Rush lost a good number of followers when it was revealed, after years of diatribes launched against the poor and their fallibilities towards drug abuse, that he himself was addicted to oxyContin, or 'Hillbilly Heroin'.
What can we do, as Americans, in facing this CULT; as massive and as forceful as it has become in the United States? My ZENistas, we will soon return, to consider the alternatives.
BE forwearned: there is never an easy path to choose, in leading away from a CULT's influence, the loved ones (Brothers, sisters, children, parents) whom you have chosen to rescue!!!!
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