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The GOP has been deploying Psychological Operations against the Democrats all year, and it works.  

The trick is to play on tendencies that are near the surface and enhance them, just like you cannot hypnotize someone and get them to kill their best friend but you can get them to do something they would almost have considered doing anyway.  I'm not even going to use the Democratic Primaries as an example of how this works - because that is the prime purpose of the GOP PsyOps, to get us having these conversations - but rather the GOP primaries:

Mormons Dismissed by McCain and the GOP

The McCain camp has again chosen to ignore the needs of the Mormon community by failing to reach out to the supporters of Mitt Romney. Mormons throughout American history have been persecuted by the established powers of the government, and the Republican party led by John McCain is fine with that.  The Governor of Missouri issued the infamous "Extermination Order" in the 1800s in which he declared "the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State", resulting in the slaughter by US soldiers of Mormon men and young boys.  

Even in withdrawing to Utah under the leadership of Brigham Young to seek refuge the Mormons were hunted by the established powers in Washington.  Despite this relentless persecution, the generosity of the Mormon people continued to be demonstrated again and again, including the selfless action of bringing food to the very soldiers who were sent to kill them as they lay trapped and freezing at Guardsmen's Pass.

Washington is again duping the gentle Mormon people of this country, assuming they will meekly follow John McCain and cast their votes for him despite the vile lies used against one of their most respected leaders during the Republican primaries.  Has John McCain and the Republican party even acknowledged the concerns of the Mormon population?  Has he done anything to earn the votes of these patriotic Americans, or does he - like all past Republican politicians - assume they will blindly continue to give him their votes?

Mitt Romney is a dedicated father, a loyal American and a faithful representative of the Mormon people and their way of life.  His treatment at the hands of the party that so blithely takes the support of these hardworking people should not be forgotten come November.

This narrative is not being pushed in the media, but if it was I would expect to be able to find plenty of conversations among my Mormon friends.  It taps an underlying discontent, and any efforts by McCain to reach out to the Mormon population would be less effective and easily questioned as being cynical, opportunistic and lacking.

Sound familiar?

It's child's play, and we're being played like children.

-chris

Originally posted to chrisblask on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:13 AM PDT.

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  •  Tips for being played like suckers (7+ / 0-)

    "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

    by chrisblask on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:14:13 AM PDT

  •  and now they're running a brutal ad (4+ / 0-)

    trying to sow divisions between hillary supporters as "passed over" and obama's people.

    John McCain's campaign number: (703) 418-2008

    by robertacker13 on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:16:28 AM PDT

  •  Romney is red herring (3+ / 0-)
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    Empower Ink, chrisblask, Alohilani

    and Mark Halperin knows it...

    There is no chance they would be running ads showing Biden and Clinton attacking Obama because it would be turned right back around on them.

    Romney has been eliminated from contention.

    Obama '08: One House, One Spouse. h/t Slaney Black

    by justmy2 on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:26:24 AM PDT

  •  Gentle Mormon people? (0+ / 0-)

    As with the evangelical right, any "people" that support Bush, McCain, Romney, and war are not by definition "gentle".  From my knowledge, Mormons generally practice what they preach, but no pass when it comes to supporting the killing of innocent people in wars.

    •  You're missing the point (2+ / 0-)
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      DBunn, Alohilani

      but thank you for feeding the meme.  I'll pretend you are a McCain supporter and I'll be the Dem psyoperative pretending to be Mormon to sow discontent in the GOP ranks:

      "It's just that sort of attitude that the Christian Right has been using against Mormons for generations.  You expect our support year after year, when you know nothing about us and demonize us at every turn.

      "I was a McCain supporter, but now I'm thinking about voting for Obama."

      See how much fun this is?

      "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

      by chrisblask on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:37:14 AM PDT

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  •  The best way (2+ / 0-)
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    to put the west in play for the Dems, may be to make a concerted play for the Mormon Vote.  Obama and Biden are well placed to play up the importance of family, and to emphasize the family friendly nature of their presidency.  Some concerted diplomacy and some good ads placed in heavily Mormon areas could, I think, go a long ways toward some pretty major map changing.

    He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. - John Stuart Mill

    by drnihili on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:41:13 AM PDT

    •  And sowing a little discontent among the (0+ / 0-)

      Mormon GOP faithful wouldn't hurt either, eh?  Turnabout is just such fair play...

      I'm already hearing stories from Utah of diehard Republicans saying: "OK, serious, I have a theory that McCain is trying to lose on purpose.  Listen to this..."

      And Salt Lake is becoming a surprisingly progressive town.

      you may be onto something, there...

      "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

      by chrisblask on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:43:29 AM PDT

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  •  Question: is there a link or reference available (1+ / 0-)
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    chrisblask

    for the large blockquote in your diary?

    I'm interested in knowing the source.

    If we're not willing to boldly refute the lies, the lies will stand as truth. (-6.75, -6.72)

    by cn4st4datrees on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:44:31 AM PDT

    •  In the context of this diary we can assume it (2+ / 0-)
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      came from an arguably respected pro-democrat media source.  the point of the diary is that things much like this but pointed in the other direction are being spouted by the MSM (see: FOX) every day.

      Same shit, different target.

      "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

      by chrisblask on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:50:14 AM PDT

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    •  More direct answer (2+ / 0-)
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      I assume the diarist wrote the text in the blockquote.

      The purpose is to demonstrate how concern-trolling works when people take the concern troll's bait (for example, by discussing whether Hillary, and by extension all women, were disrespected in the primaries) and don't recognize the true frame (the intentional effort to sow dissension among Democrats).

      •  Pretty much what I supposed. (0+ / 0-)

        But I wasn't certain, so I asked.

        One reason I asked is that my wife is Mormon (but I'm not), and when "news" like this comes up I like to share it with my wife, as her church seems to have a policy of sweeping anything with even the appearance of negativity towards Mormonism under the rug.  I hate to say it, but it seems that LDS church leadership prefers their rank-and-file to remain as in the dark and as passive as possible, at least as regards Mormonism in the public eye.  Best to leave such matters to the "Elders", as it were.  Just my opinion, of course.

        If we're not willing to boldly refute the lies, the lies will stand as truth. (-6.75, -6.72)

        by cn4st4datrees on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 11:33:54 AM PDT

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      •  Give the DBunn the prize! (0+ / 0-)

        I was frankly shocked that people started asking about Mormons.  i flatly state in the diary that that it is a demonstration of how politial PsyOps work.

        Just shows how easy it is, eh?

        "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

        by chrisblask on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 02:38:00 PM PDT

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  •  Conflicted, (1+ / 0-)
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    no group should be persecuted for their beliefs, but I'm sure that in the view of mainstream America, openly courting the Mormon vote is a sure-fire bad idea.
    Their ideas concerning women aren't necessarily enlightened, and their views on Blacks...well...a quick Google on Mormons/racism should be at the very least, an eye-opener.

    If you want to be happy, work for the world.

    by Maori on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:50:40 AM PDT

    •  Ive lived i Utah (1+ / 0-)
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      DBunn

      the stereotypes about Mormons are just that - stereotypes.

      I have no more trouble with mainstream Mormon culture than I do any other religious culture, which includes 80%+ of the US.

      "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

      by chrisblask on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:53:29 AM PDT

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      •  Their racial views (0+ / 0-)

        are not stereotypes, they're plainly cited in The Book of Mormon.

        If you want to be happy, work for the world.

        by Maori on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 09:54:28 AM PDT

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        •  And are the creation of Brigham Young. (1+ / 0-)
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          Joseph Smith's views on Negros (using terminology of the time) weren't all that different from that of an average upstate New Yorker of the 1840s. "The Southern States are wrong to enslave them, but we certainly don't want them coming here". He did give the priesthood to one Negro.

          It was Brigham Young who is responsible for the large majority of the anti-negro policies of the Latter Day Saint church. While some of the quotes he made were ascribed to Joseph Smith, this has since been corrected (if you know where to look).

          The odd thing in that regard is that the LDS church was just a little late in regards to getting rid of the limitation on the Negros, if the change had occured in 1958 or even perhaps 1968, it wouldn't have been an issue. Brigham Young University didn't run into issues with schools refusing to play them until the late 1960s.

          Part of the issue is that in the Early 1970s, the church went through two Prophets who died within 3 years of becoming Prophet, not enough time to establish a fairly significant change. Also, during the 1960s and early 1970s, they found that not allowing negros (using the one drop rule) to receive the priesthood and thus become leaders of the church significantly screwed up attempts to expand to Latin American, most specifically Brazil.

          As for the use in the Book of Mormon of those who accepted the Gospel becoming white, that refers to the descendents of the Nephites (i.e. Native Americans)

          •  Chino Blanco's diary of today (0+ / 0-)

            has more on the LDS leadership of the past and its racist history, told in the direct words from a man at the very top of LDS church in 1954.

            If we're not willing to boldly refute the lies, the lies will stand as truth. (-6.75, -6.72)

            by cn4st4datrees on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 11:50:04 AM PDT

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  •  The mormons will vote as they are told (0+ / 0-)

    and they will be told by their elders to vote for mccain.

    And besides....there is NO way they would vote for Obama, even if he were a republican.  

    •  I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      chrisblask

      most Mormons I know (and I know a lot of them) would vote for Obama if they were persuaded that he was better on the issues they care about.

      He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. - John Stuart Mill

      by drnihili on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 10:12:25 AM PDT

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      •  What are their concerns? (0+ / 0-)

        Consign corporatism to the dankest crypt, and assign justice to the highest crag. For A More Perfect Union.

        by Alohilani on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 10:13:31 AM PDT

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        •  Not too different (2+ / 0-)
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          chrisblask, Alohilani

          from the evangelicals on the issues.  Except they are even more family focused.  The Dems would have to play down the abortion and sexual preference issues, and play up how their policies strengthen families.  

          He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. - John Stuart Mill

          by drnihili on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 10:16:30 AM PDT

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          •  That's what I thought (1+ / 0-)
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            chrisblask

            There should be no problem then in portraying the fact that as family men, Obama and Biden are committed to preserving the family unit, and that the Obama administration will reflect that.

            Concerning abortion and sexual preference, it wouldn't hurt to stress the fact that not all Democrats agree with those issues either - but they understand that the Democratic Party is the Party that welcomes diversity, unlike the GOP.    

            Consign corporatism to the dankest crypt, and assign justice to the highest crag. For A More Perfect Union.

            by Alohilani on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 10:44:44 AM PDT

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            •  Mormons are not, as a bloc, as anti-abortion (0+ / 0-)

              as classic Christian Evangelicals.

              "A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." - Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

              by chrisblask on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 02:40:51 PM PDT

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              •  Mormons on Abortion (0+ / 0-)

                Official Mormon Doctrine is quite liberal when compared to the positions taken by Evangelical Christians. Mormons believe that abortion is an acceptable option in the cases of rape, incest, or when the physical or mental well-being of the mother is at risk. While a woman in such a situation may want to counsel with an ecclesiastical leader for advice, ultimately, the decision is "between her and the Lord."

                An amusing anecdote: A national group recently polled state legislators across the country on their positions on abortion. In filling out their surveys, many Utah Republican legislators simply put down the LDS position on abortion. Later, when these surveys were reviewed, these conservative Mormon legislators were all classified as Pro-Choice.

                Mormons are regularly chastised by the Evangelical community for our liberal views on both abortion and stem-cell research. We get it coming and going...

      •  If Thomas Monson says (0+ / 0-)

        vote for McCain

        a lot more mormons would vote for him percentage wise than catholics if the pope said to do it.

      •  Mormon Obama Supporter (0+ / 0-)

        I happen to be a liberal Mormon who lives in one of the most conservative communities in the most conservative county in Utah. We happen to have a thriving (and growing!) community of Mormon Democrats who openly support Obama. I worked at the polling station for the primary voting last Spring, and I was surprised at the number of Mormons here who were registered as Independent and NOT Republican. Even more surprising was the number who chose to get in the Democrat line (they could do either) and cast their vote for Obama. The general impression that we're kool-aid drinking whackos will take a long time to correct, but I'm here to tell you that we're all a lot closer than you might think.

    •  NO. Must disagree. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not Mormon, but my wife is, and through her and many other sources I keep in touch with the pulse of the LDS church.  Yes, the church leadership and its messages are uncontrovertibly conservative, but they do not dictate how their members must vote.  They do subtly (or not so subtly) impress upon their members how their church doctrine should sway their political leanings, but it is an unfounded and untrue statement that "The mormons (sic) will vote as they are told..."

      Were it not against Kos rules, I'd HR your comment, but that would be HR abuse.  You're right on the line though, in my opinion.  You are entitled to yours.  Opinions, of course, are like butt cracks:  they get dirty, and it's up to us to keep them clean.

      If we're not willing to boldly refute the lies, the lies will stand as truth. (-6.75, -6.72)

      by cn4st4datrees on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 11:43:44 AM PDT

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  •  McCain seems to be caught between a rock (1+ / 0-)
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    and a hard place - with one segment of the religious right, which no one in the TM is talking about much.

    Some Christian evangelicals have taken out "No Mitt" ads, and there are rumblings from those who deeply believe that LDS members are not Christians. They say they won't vote for McCain if he selects Romney.

    Interestingly some of these same evangelicals are harping on the "Mormon Church and the Negro" theme - preaching sermons to white and black evangelicals about the "racist" history of Mormonism.  

    LDS leaders are now answering back vigorously - using youtube to state that Mormons are Christians.

    One of my colleagues studies Pentecostalism, and keeps me in tune with the latest debates within the evangelical segments of Christianity.  I have to admit, I don't spend any time at right wing sites - but I wonder how Mormons feel about these attacks, and vice versa - and what that means on election day - depending on McCain's Veep pic.

    Is this small segment of the anti-Mormon religious right going to vote for McCain, in spite of Romney (if that is McCain's choice) or will they stay home?

    Anthropologists for human diversity; opposing McCain perversity

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 10:49:15 AM PDT

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