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We now have a scientific explanation for THEM, otherwise known as Freepers, Wing-Nuts, Neocons, etc.

Is Bush Worship a Cult?

Oh yes... it's a cult all right.

I have another set of cult evaluation standards for your cross-referencing pleasure. It's a really good form that you can fill out, with a series of "1 to 10" scales, to evaluate whether a group falls into this pattern.

In a nutshell, here are some of the main points that make the Bush Regime a cult:

  • High amount of pressure to conform and break ties with family who don't subscribe to the cult's beliefs
  • Those who disagree or contradict the leader must be punished
  • The leader claims special exalted status, divinity or direct divine contact that others don't have, especially used in conjunction with "the ends justify the means" mentality
  • Rigid fundamentalist dogma
  • Constant quest for wealth
  • Aggressive recruiting and proselytizing
  • Censorship and disapproval of humor or parody of the leadership
  • Hidden front groups
  • Paranoia whipped up about real or imagined enemies, an "us versus them" mentality
  • Hypocrisy on the part of the leadership ("do as I say, not as I do")

There are other points that also apply. So I guess this all begs the question... do they know what they're doing? Are they trying to intentionally set up a cult or cult-like framework, or is it just a natural outcome of the Nixon-admin leftovers, including Cheney?

Considering what I've been reading about Dominionism and the Machiavellian way they're running things, I'm not convinced that they are innocent in this regard... I'm inclined to don my tinfoil hat and say yes. Yes, they know exactly what they're doing.

And it's working.

Originally posted to willers on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 11:28 AM PST.

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  •  Tip jar (4.00)
    And recommend please? I'll make cookies! 8-)))

    I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

    by willers on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 11:33:21 AM PST

  •  And Doomsday (none)
    A la Robertson and the "Left Behind"ers. The biggest doomsday cult of all. Jim Jones and David Koresh would be jealous.
  •  And they recruit the easiest people to dupe.. (none)
    ..Christians, who will believe anything their church leaders tell them to believe. Christians have, in the past 10-20 years, caused more harm to America than anyone. Until they wake up, there's little hope things will change. Notice that even Christians (Republicans..same thing) still haven't backed down from supporting, even adoring, Bush. His support among them is as high as ever.
    •  I heard a woman... (4.00)
      ...who called in to the Lionel show and when he asked her opinion on something, she said she did not know, and she was a Catholic, and would have to consult with her church. That is damn scary.

      I think I'm going to make up my own spam/urban legend/prayer/pyramid email, along the lines of:

      Jesus told me in a dream to warn you that you must forward this email to 10 Christians you know and tell them NEVER NEVER NEVER VOTE. Failure to do so, will result in bad luck. A friend of my cousin's forwarded this mail to only 9 Christians, and he was run over by a steam roller.

      Yes, I know...not ALL Christians...but the type of Christian I am trying to reach is the type who would forward this.

  •  scariness (none)
    that is an absurdly scary thought actually. cults can be extraordinarily nasty, just like any and all other overtly fanatically radical organizations. and once we add in the fact that many wing nuts proscribe to cults of personality around whatever pastor they back in particular, you can see some rather nasty implications.

    and we also have to remember George Bush is a leader of a personality cult of his own. Who hasn't met someone who is ridiculously loyal and fanatical in regards to George W Bush. And we all remember Harriet Myers and the way she fauned over GW. And Condie. Goddamn, it's kinda obvious that he's runnign a cult of personality out of the White House.

    If we consider the fact that a lot of wingnuts are religious revivalists following cultic personalities like the Falwells and Robertsons of the world, and that many of the rest of the wingnuts also follow cults of personality with their central figures being folks like Limbaugh and O'Reilly and GW, we can see even further nasty implications to this whole thing.

    •  Well exactly. (none)
      That's part of my point -- cults are set up to isolate members, make them feel like the leader is "special" and that to follow them is the "right" path to whatever they want, to have unquestioning drones that will do whatever the Glorious Leader wants, to gain the money of members, and POWER. Gobs and gobs of power.

      And what one person is the most powerful on Planet Earth at the moment?

      I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

      by willers on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 12:13:26 PM PST

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      •  Jane Smiley has an excellent (4.00)
        description of the GOP cult this week: The Republicans: Winners or Perpetrators?

        She calls it 'tribal loyalty'. A sample:

        Conservatives, though, don't really mind doing harm to others, even murder, especially if they add the phrase, "for your own good." After all, people get harmed all the time--the world, to a natural conservative, is a harmful place and a vale of tears. To a conservative, the greatest crime is betrayal of the tribe, and if worst comes to worst, better that those outside the tribe (often not even defined as human) come to grief (get injured, get raped, lose everything, get killed, let's be honest) in preference to oneself or one's allies. To a true conservative, it doesn't matter that Jesus's number one rule was to do unto others as you would have them do unto you--they somehow read this as do unto others before they do unto you. Conservatives, I think, have a stronger flight/fight response than liberals. They are both more fearful and more aggressive. It shows in their religion (God is someone to fear), it shows in their child-rearing techniques (beatings,whippings, spankings are to be administered, not avoided), it shows in their attitude toward marriage and sexuality (conforming to one's own strict moral standards isn't enough--others must conform, also, or the whole society is in danger). To the conservative mind, harm may be justifiably done to others who do not conform. Doing harm to others is a relative evil, not an absolute one. It is, you might say, an aspect of winning.

        The War on Terror is terrorism

        by Halcyon on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 12:29:57 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Yes, tribal! (none)
          But in a bad way... not the kind of tribalness that bands people together, but the kind that says "our tribe is better than all others and we will kick your ass if you say different".

          I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

          by willers on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 01:10:05 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  it is no accident (none)
    that we see the cult like devotion to bu$hco. one of the global pr/sales firms the pugs use is ketchum if you go through the audio and text archives you will discover that one of their main studies for the developement of a loyal sales base is the study of cults. they use this word themselves. they talk about how to use the cult phenomenon to further their causes.  which is why we see the [athletic team style] devotion to the administration run amok. anway - take some time and look around the site for yourselves.
    •  Awesome info (none)
      Thanks for your contribution to this diary, I think the dots are being connected... and are revealing a very frightening picture.

      How did this nation spawn such evil and powerful people?

      My sigfile is even more apropos than ever today. I feel sick.

      I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

      by willers on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 01:11:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  parallels with Hitler (none)
    This is an excerpt from The Prophet's Way by Thom Hartmann, where one of his spiritual mentors describes meeting Hitler:

    "I met Hitler twice", he said. "Not one-on-one like that, but in two public events where I was part of the line of people who walked by him or shook his hand or saluted him. There was a power and magnetism to that man that is indescribable. Many of us thought that he was the savior of our nation, that he would lead us to a time of prosperity of peace, and it looked, at that time, like this was true."

    I expressed some skepticism and he leaned closer to me.  "In seven short years," he said, "one man rose from obscurity and conquered nearly all of Europe.  He altered the course of history.  Look at that power, at that accomplishment, regardless of your opinion of whether it was right or wrong.

    I don't think GWB is Hitler, nor do I think America is in the same place psychologically as Germany was during the Depression (at least not yet).  But W does have a personality cult, and legions of blind followers (with huge Father figure issues, I might add).  And W's handlers use the same tricks to create a similar psychological aura or atmosphere around W as existed around Hitler.

  •  stereotypes with some basis ... (none)
    You know, the Republicans have a better sense than Dems do of inherent evil.  They acknowledge the evil that lurks in our human soul (just as "real" criminals recognize this part of life and call this aspect, the "dark side") and so they don't seem quite so shocked as might be predicted when confonted with evil.

    Democrats on the other hand lust for the evolved spirit of man and tend to underestimate his capacity for evil behavior.

    Somewhere in between perhaps there is a workable management strategy for man's baser impulses.

    •  Be as smart as serpents (none)
      Jesus admonished his followers to be as smart as the serpent (who deceived Adam and Eve) and that's what we liberals must do.  We thought the right played by the same rules as we do, and they don't.  We treated them with respect and were shocked that they didn't treat us kindly in return.
  •  the culting of brands (none)
    did a little more digging and found a direct audio link.  may help in understanding the cult of pugs. have a listen.
  •  "Animal Farm"... (none)
    "Bravery is not enough. Loyalty and obedience are more important", Squealer said to the others, after Napolean chased out Snowball.

    "Discipline, comrades. Iron discipline!! This is our watchword for today. One false step and our enemies would be upon us. Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?!"

    Boxer says, "If comrade Napolean says it, it must be right. Napolean is always right."

    Orwell's classic is a quick read, and highly recommended. I defy you to get through three chapters without casting the entire BushCo cult leaders in every role.  

    Happy reading, comrades!

    "CAUTION: Cape does not enable user to fly." (Warning label on Batman costume.)

    by snowho on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 03:01:38 PM PST

  •  We always joke about them... (none)
    ...drinking the Kool-Aid. Maybe someday they really will! That may be the way they all get jerked to heaven leaving the rest of us behind to contend with our sin.

    This War is about Money. War Money. Oil Money. Oh, and Christian Zealotry and PNAC.

    by nehark on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 04:05:31 PM PST

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