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Election Protection and Election dishonor
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by Alice Schaffer Smith, Green Acres,
on Oct 25, 2008
I am amazed to find just how disgusting this election has become. The dishonor to the integrity of America and American "values" can be witnessed by this website:
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Posted by but seriously
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 26, 2008 at 8:13 am
Sue, do you actually have any experience with a real cult? I posted these characteristics of a dangerous cult (below) from expert Margaret Singer, on another thread. Jonestown was a huge tragedy. Do not trivilaize it by attempting to liken it to election of a popular figure. Was Reagan a cult leader?
1. The cult is authoritarian in its power structure. The leader is regarded as the supreme authority. He or she may delegate certain power to a few subordinates for the purpose of seeing that members adhere to the leader's wishes and roles. There is no appeal outside of his or her system to greater systems of justice. For example, if a school teacher feels unjustly treated by a principal, appeals can be made. In a cult, the leader claims to have the only and final ruling on all matters. (Palin is closer to this than Obama)
2. The cult's leaders tend to be charismatic, determined, and
domineering. They persuade followers to drop their families, jobs, careers, and friends to follow them. They (not the individual) then take over control of their followers' possessions, money, lives.
3. The cult's leaders are self-appointed, messianic persons who claim to have a special mission in life. For example, the flying saucer cult leaders claim that people from outer space have commissioned them to lead people to special places to await a space ship. (Again, Palin, with her "god is on my side" approach, would appear to be closer to this than Obama, who continually tells his supporters "What am I going to do for YOU?")
4. The cult's leaders center the veneration of members upon themselves. Priests, rabbis, ministers, democratic leaders, and leaders of genuinely altruistic movements keep the veneration of adherents focused on God, abstract principles, and group purposes. Cult leaders, in contrast, keep the focus of love, devotion, and allegiance on themselves. (Enthusiastically supporting is not hte same as top-directed adulation)
5. The cult tends to be totalitarian in its control of the behavior of its members. Cults are likely to dictate in great detail what members wear, eat, when and where they work, sleep, and bathe-as well as what to believe, think, and say. (Nobody in the Obama campaign is telling me what to think. However, many of their messages resonate with my values. That's why people support different political figures).
6. The cult tends to have a double set of ethics. Members are urged to be open and honest within the group, and confess all to the leaders. On the other hand, they are encouraged to deceive and manipulate outsiders or nonmembers. Established religions teach members to be honest and truthful to all, and to abide by one set of ethics. (Need I invoke Palin, Bush/Cheney, et al again?)
7. The cult has basically only two purposes, recruiting new members and fund-raising. Established religions and altruistic movements may also recruit and raise funds. However, their sole purpose is not to grow larger; such groups have the goals to better the lives of their members and mankind in general. The cults may claim to make social
contributions, but in actuality these remain mere claims, or gestures. Their focus is always dominated by recruiting new members and fund-raising. (Yes, Obama raises mondo funds. He's a successful candidate. The funds re being raised for a campaign so he can become president and implement policies that many -- in fact, at this point most -- believe would improve our country.)
8. The cult appears to be innovative and exclusive. The leader claims to be breaking with tradition, offering something novel, and instituting the only viable system for change that will solve life's problems or the world's ills. While claiming this, the cult then surreptitiously uses systems of psychological coercion on its members to inhibit their ability to examine the actual validity of the claims of the leader and the cult. (Obama's who point is inclusiveness.)
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