Welcome To The Cult, America

found online by Raymond

 
From Dave Dubya:

Cults. Just the word evokes images of mindless death and tragedy. Jonestown, Waco, Heaven’s Gate. The grisly evidence of cult brainwashing is there for all to see, but sadly too late to save the victims.

The existence of cults is evidence that humans have an innate herd instinct that induces those with anger and hate, or simple fear, uncertainly, and anxiety to join groups of true believers. True believers blindly follow their leaders.

Believing leaders frees them of the need for self-examination and intellectual curiosity to adapt to the world. Believing leaders frees them of doubt and moral ambiguity. Believing leaders endows them with the belief that they alone possess the truth and superior morality. Believing leaders means rejecting all facts and information their leaders want them to reject.

Let’s look at some examples.

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Coward

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From Green Eagle:

Well, as I am sure you saw, a couple of weeks ago, North Korea launched a missile which is said to be capable of reaching Washington, DC.

Trump did not care a shred, of course, that if he started his war, hundreds of thousands of Koreans and Japanese citizens could die to provide a distraction from his crimes, but God forbid that there should be one thousandth of a percent chance that a missile might fall on him personally. Yes, folks, the Most Powerful Man On Earth has been beaten down and made to run for cover by a fat thirty year old punk with one of the most obsolescent armies on earth.

So all of a sudden it’s all about how we have to have talks with North Korea, and the attention of the White House has totally turned to fomenting violence in the Middle East, where there are also millions of people who can be killed without Trump caring a bit.

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Driftglass Rips Brooks, the Sequel

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From driftglass:

I’ve already said all I had to say about Mr. David Brooks’ garment-rending-hand-wringing column on Friday and his appearance on the Intelligence Squared debate stage and his dizzyingly non-linear understanding of recent American political history, so I will just note that this Sunday morning was something like the 3,785th time he was invited to appear on Meet the Press to reprise portions of his most recent column for the reading-impaired.

CHUCK TODD: David, I want to get to a point you made in your column on Friday, which is a victory by Roy Moore for the Republican Party is, I guess, the ultimate in empiric victory, isn’t it?

DAVID BROOKS: Right.

Also featured on Meet the Press was noted tosspot, torture-whisperer and Respected NBC Employee, Peggy Noonan. Because I suppose given the state of swooning fidgets which have temporarily afflicted Mr. David Brooks this week, NBC brass thought he might need some help bearing the Both Sides banner on his own.

Peggers was more than up to the task.

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The GOP Kobayashi Maru Sails Again

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From tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors:

As we all know what comes next in the saga of giving Billions to Billionaires is to have conference committee that combines the House and the Senate bills, and then both houses have to pass that.

Now, consider this: amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made desperate promises to get the votes he needed, including doing something about DACA and stabilizing Obamacare, which has about as much chance of happening as monkeys flying outta my pretty pink ass.

So if any of the Senators who gave McConnell a hamburger today for repayment on Tuesday realize that they have been grifted, they might not vote for this stitched-together Frankenstein tax bill. And please recall that Sen. Corker is already a lost vote. So if any two Senators feel that they got screwed, the bill is dead an buried. Looking at you, Jeff Flake and Susan Collins: you got played, suckas.

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Rage In the Age of Trump

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From Glenn R. Geist at MadMikesAmerica:

I’ve been witnessing an increase in aggressive, even reckless driving, and from talking to others who drive the same roads, I’m not alone. The morning news reports that there has been a similar incidence of unruly, abusive and violent airline passengers as well. I’ve commented several times about the anger epidemic.

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There Wasn’t a Goddamn War on Xmas, Until NOW!

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

Finally as in all the Presidents before Trump, too? Honest to Goodness, I just can’t–

Barack Obama was saying “Merry Christmas” all the time. He was. There was never a War on Christmas. Atheists even like Christmas–family and presents and eating too many cookies is nice!

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Roger and #MeToo

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From (O)CT(O)PUS at The Swash Zone:

This post is not about Michael Moore and his acclaimed film. The title refers to Roger Stone, the presumed triggerman behind the political assassination of Senator Al Franken.

The speed of a social movement often outpaces the checks and balances needed over time to curb exploitation. No doubt, predatory sexual misconduct is more widespread than thought. Victims hide their abuse under silence in fear of shame and retribution. The correct term is ‘victim blame.’

In politics, the name of the game is obfuscation. To discredit one accuser is to discredit all accusers. To defend one rogue is to hang clouds of suspicion over honorable men. Welcome to the Art of the Smear.

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Sleep to Forget Teacher, or Sleep to Remember Grandmother?

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From The Journal of Improbable Research:

It seems that a lack of sleep may prevent the brain from forgetting unimportant information. A lack of sleep may also prevent the brain from remembering important information. How can scientists make sense of this seemingly-nonsensical seeming-contradiction?

Imagine you just met your child’s teacher, who is named Gwen. The name Gwen, however, is firmly associated in your memory networks with your grandmother, who is also named Gwen.

Under such conditions, you may unintentionally think that your grandmother has no children, or that the teacher is in fact your grandmother.

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Saturday Rate of Exchange:
The Al Franken Saga

from Raymond

 
Green Eagle is angry at how Al Franken was treated by fellow Democrats. He writes of Democratic Senators who acted to:

…destroy Al Franken over the most minor abuses, while the Republicans in Congress and Donald Trump openly work to turn this country into a fascist dictatorship. Apparently, whether Franken touched some woman’s butt is more important than the destruction of everything that it was supposed to mean to be an American

Our readers react:

Ryan:

Count on politicians, as a group if not as individuals, to think politically. Perhaps the Democrats in question believe that showing the public that Democrats will hold their own to a higher standard than Republicans are with Trump and Moore will (1) win them votes or at least save some that they would lose by supporting Franken and (2) deprive Republicans of a chance to point out Democratic hypocrisy, which in turn deprives them of the chance to play the “both sides” game.

Of course, believing that doesn’t mean that it’s true. This country did, after all, elect Trump and much of it continues to support him and Moore. Furthermore, the public’s memory is short, so it’s hard to see how this will translate to votes one or three years from now. And if deprived of one way to play the “both sides” game, politicians will always find another.

Dave Dubya:

“I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.”

Al knows this was for nothing worse than what Bush Sr. did.

Al also knows he is the sacrificial lamb in a desperate Democratic tactic to gain the moral high ground. …As if this will convince the Cult of Con-servatism to reject Trump and Moore.

At the very best they might get a majority in Congress. They’ll need both Houses to impeach and convict, and one to obstruct. Even if their plan works, they’ll likely squander their opportunity anyway. Knowing history is a blessing and a curse.

Drawing back the curtain we see morality is out the window when it comes to the cult. Projecting religion and “value$” was always a political pretension for empowering their unchecked militarism and harsh law enforcement, while cloaking predatory capitalism.

Republican Jesus doesn’t care why Franken is ousted or what Trump and Moore did. He’s too busy urging the Cult to support Trump and Moore. Maybe he’s got a hot date later in the moneychangers’ penthouse where fourteen year-old virgins are welcome. Republican Jesus just wants to have some fun.

As for Newt and the blonde whiner, they’re showing fear that the Democrats’ sacrifice will pay off. They need to attack Democrats for doing what is morally right, or what appears as morally right, while defending their acceptance of far worse liars, criminals, molesters and predators.

And that is what they do all the time.

Ryan is a longtime reader and generous contributor of wisdom in his frequent comments.

Dave Dubya writes with feeling and insight at Freedom Rants.

Have a safe weekend.