Thursday, July 31, 2008

"I AM the One For Whom You Have Been Waiting"

Obama was waxing lyrical about last week's trip to Europe, when he concluded, according to the meeting attendee, "this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for."

The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives. "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions," he said, according to the source.

Holy Cow. Now, I should admit that I was GOING to write some more about Kaine and his BFF, Obama, as well as their joint BFF, Joe Lieberman, but honestly, how can I resist THIS??
"(T)his is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for."

"I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions."

Well, YEAH, if what the world has been waiting for, and what represents America returning to its "best Traditions" is an arrogant, narcissistic, sexist, thuggish, unethical, pandering, coercing, power-hungry Messiah-wannabe, then, yes - Obama is our guy!!! I must be some kind of heathen, though, because I just don't buy it (and before I go on, PLEASE, Oborgabots - PLEASE don't waste "Comment" space going on and on about how that is not a full quote, and is taken out of context. Frankly, I don't give a damn if what comes before it is, "somehow" and ends with, "but it should be CLINTON if it is 'returning' to its best traditions," it is the absolute HEIGHT of arrogance and narcissism. Now, go away - let the grown ups talk.). Obama has made the classic mistake - he now believes his own Axelrovian hype. He really DOES think he is The One For Whom We Have Been Waiting! Wowie zowie!!

Last night, I was reading a book by Kathy Reichs, a professor at UNC-Charlotte. Her books are the basis for the show, "Bones." In this particular book, Death Du Jour, the question of cults comes up. Now her main character, Tempe Brennan, is also a professor art UNCC, a forensic anthropologist. Because of a case on which she is working, she goes to a sociology professor at UNCC (and the information in this books on cults is legitimate - it comes from another UNCC professor of Religious Studies, James Tabor). Because I care, I am going to type out the dialogue for you. Once you read it, you will see why. Dr. Brennan's comments will be in italics. Red, the Sociology professor's, will be in regular typeface. Okey dokey - ready? Here we go:

"All right. What's a cult?"

"Cults are not just groups of crazies who follow weird leaders. At least the way I use the term, they are organizations with a set of common features." (On age 295, Red makes the point that cults can also be political parties.)

"Yes." I leaned back in my chair.

"A cult forms around a charismatic individual who promises something. This individual professes some special knowledge. Sometimes the claim is access to ancient secrets, sometimes it's an entirely new discovery to which he or she alone is privy. Sometimes it's a combination of both. The leader offers to share the information with those who follow. Some leaders offer utopia. Or a way out. Just come along, follow me. I'll make the decisions. All will be fine."

"How does that differ from a priest or rabbi?"

"In a cult it's this charismatic leader who eventually becomes the object of devotion; in some cases he's actually deified. And as that happens, the leader comes to hold extraordinary control over the lives of his followers.

"Cults are totalistic, authoritarian. The leader is supreme and delegates power to very few. The leader's morality becomes the only acceptable theology. The only acceptable behavior. And, as I said, veneration is eventually centered on him, not on supreme beings or abstract principles.

"And often there is a double set of ethics. Members are urged to be honest and loving to each other but to deceive and shun outsiders. (Emphasis mine.) Established religions tend to follow one set of rules for everybody."

"How does a leader gain such control?"

"That's another important element. Thought reform. Cult leaders use a variety of psychological processes to manipulate their members. Some leaders are fairly benign, but others are not and really exploit the idealism of their followers.

"The way I see it, there are two broad types of cults, both of which use thought reform. The commercially packaged 'awareness programs'" - he gestured quotation marks - "use very intense persuasion techniques. These groups keep members by getting them to buy more and more courses.

"Then there are the cults that recruit followers for life. These groups use organized psychological and social persuasion to produce extreme attitudinal changes. As a result they come to exert enormous control over the lives of their members. They are manipulative, deceptive, and highly exploitative."

Amy here - hmmm, let's just guess which one I think Obama is?!?! Ahem. The discussion continues, but I thought this was significant:

"I still don't see why anyone but a nutcase would fall for such crap."

"Not at all." He shook his head. "It's not just marginal people who get sucked in. In some studies approximately two thirds of the respondents come from normal families and were demonstrating age-appropriate behavior when they entered a cult."

"Has your research shed light on why people seek out these movements?"

"Often they don't. These groups seek you. And as I've said, these leaders can be incredibly charming and persuasive."

AMY here - the discussion continues, and then this question: "I just don't get it, Red. How can people be so gullible?"

"It's seductive to think that you're elite. Chosen. Most cults teach their members that only they are enlightened and everyone else in the world is left out. Lesser in some way. It's powerful stuff." (Kathy Reichs, Death Du Jour, 1999, pp 295 - 300)

See what I mean?? Do you see it?!? To me it is crystal clear. Obama has been engaging in "thought reform," as discussed in this book, and has taken it to a massive level. For him to come to the House of Representatives as The Anointed One, elevating himself to a height neither deserved or REAL, says a lot. And it says just as much about all of the House members who clapped themselves silly. They want to bask in the glow of The One, they want to show they, too, are in his employ. It is frightening stuff, and we cannot allow him to take over this country. There is no telling what will happen if he does. I thought Bush was bad, but I fear Obama more. He has demonstrated time and time again that he is beholden to no person, no position. He can dismiss even relatives with seeming ease, and change positions as the wind blows. He is a dangerous man, and his followers likewise. Not all of them, mind you, but enough of them seem to have this mentality, which is mighty scary. (The lengths to which some of them have gone is truly scary - hanging a dead rabbit on someone's door and slashing their tires, for example. That is one extreme, but stealing caucus packets to ENSURE the victory of their One is in the same realm - they will stop at nothing to ensure their Master's success.)

Again - Superdelegates - this man has flown off into incredibly heady flights of fancy, and cannot be trusted with the most important job on the face of the planet. A cult leader is not what we need to lead us out of our current climate. We need someone whose feet are on the ground, who is clear-headed, who stands with ALL Americans, not just her cultish gathering. There is time. Start now. Lay the groundwork. And come the end of August, protect us from this self-proclaimed Messiah. This heathen has no use for him.

GO TO and take the survey on Platform Reform for the Democratic Party. Let YOUR voice be counted (well, maybe - this IS the Democratic Party I'm talking about here, but have FAITH that it will matter!).


Mary Ellen said...

Hi Amy! This is rich, isn't it?

I was reading another blog that had a post where they were complaining about how Dana Millbank had taken that quote of Obama's "out of context" and I just laughed. All of the sudden, the Obama supporters are upset because the media is being mean to Obama and taking what he says and blowing it out of proportion. This was my response:

Yup..I've been hearing and reading a lot about the quote that Dana has made. I can see that those who support Obama are very upset and Air America is up in arms about this.


Where was the outrage from Air America when Tim Russert distorted Sen. Clinton's MLK quote? In fact, it was Air America which railed on and on doing the exact same thing that Tim Russert and other media outlets did to portray a misleading picture of what she actually said. Russert showed what was virtually just the final sentence of a long statement made by President Bill Clinton, a sentence chosen in order to deliberately portray President Clinton negatively - as if Clinton had been referring to Sen. Obama or his campaign as being a "fairy tale" - and then showed critical comments by Rep. Jim Clyburn and Donna Brazile in response to the "fairy tale" comment. In other words, Russert and hosts from Air America and MSNBC intentionally truncated 90% of Bill Clinton's actual remarks to dramatically distort and mislead the public on what President Clinton actually said.

I'm not saying I approve what is being done by Dana, but I'm saying that you shouldn't be surprised and maybe if you spoke out about it when it was happening to Hillary or any other candidate besides Barack, it would be easier to say that your rage is justified.

And I was being as polite as I could...holding back from calling them all a bunch of freakin' hypocrites.

Really, this plastic Jesus that they have turned Obama is beginning to scare the hell out of me. The man believes his own hype and reminds me of a much more dangerous George W. Bush.

Oh, and one of the blogs was talking about how happy they were because Obama said he would review some of the executive orders that Bush made. They are so freakin' stupid that they don't realize how he worded that...he said he would "review" them, he didn't say anything about getting rid of them. He will keep every bit of power that Bush took from Congress and hold on to it for himself. How stupid and naive can these Obamabots be? Sheesh.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, ME!

Btw, did you see my comment for you after your husband came home? Just wondering...

See, that's just it - Dana Millbank (who had been in the tank for Obama MAJORLY) did not misquote Obama - the Obamabots just cannot abide ANYTHING that makes him look bad, even if he said it himself! They don't blame HIM for saying it; they blame the people who REPORT that he said it!!

But yes, they are ncredibly hypocritical abt partial quotes, or quotes taken out of context, for Hillary and Bill. They were all just going NUTS abt Bill's statement. Jon Stewart on THe Daily Show had it right the first time he showed the video- he showed all of it. But then, HE truncated it, and went along with the marching orders. It was shocking. (It's the "thought reform" that is a part of cult-behavior. People who HAD been reasonable, especially in the MSM, became unthinking regurgatators. Whatever AxelRove and Plouffe told them to say, they did.

Anywho - GOOD FOR YOU for giving it back to them. I swear, I just keep hearing that spoof, "Leave Barry ALLOOOONNNEE!!"

Sadly, they seem to be mighty gullible. But gullible with an attitude. Not a good combo, I don't think!!

THanks for coming by!

PuppyDogMom said...

I went to a McCain Town Hall meeting yesterday and one young lady (18, I think) and she got up and told McCain that "Obama terrifies me." She begged McCain to call Obama out on everything, relentlessly. I hope he does!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, PuppyDogMom!

I think there may even be a VIDEO of that! You were there? What was it like? What happened? Any first person news you can share would be great!!