The New Cult … in Our Government?
by Elena Greco
October 2, 2013
It disturbs me that people are saying that the Republicans shut down the government. I don’t believe this is quite true. I believe it was shut down by a cult. Yes, I realize that might sound a little extreme. But I have done research on cults in the past and have a good working knowledge of their symptoms and tactics. The Tea Party is comprised of John Birchers, extreme evangelicals and other extremists. It has every mark of being a cult, or at least of being cultish.
And the Tea Party is not the Republican party; it has infiltrated the Republic party. The moderate Republicans have been taken hostage, just as the American people have been. Barry Goldwater showed prescience about this as early as 1964.
Barry Goldwater, Republican Presidential nomination acceptance speech, 1964: “Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.”
Barry Goldwater, 1994: “Mark my words, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
I would encourage not only Democrats, but true Republicans, to speak out about this danger. Yes, Republicans are probably afraid to do this, because one of the traits of a cult is that they retain power by generating fear. I also suggest that we educate ourselves about the John Birch Society and the backgrounds of the prominent Tea Party leaders so that we know exactly what their agenda is, rather than assuming they are just “religious nuts” that we can ignore, in the hope that they’ll just go away. They are not going anywhere, not until we begin to speak about what they truly are and what they are intent on doing to our government. They do have a plan and a long-term strategy, one that is chilling.
Many of us are too polite to say something derogatory about someone’s religious or moral beliefs, and I believe that this has caused us to fail to remark that “the emperor has no clothes” in this situation. We are not insulting someone’s beliefs to say that there seems to be a fringe element infiltrating our government and that we should discuss that. I believe it is because the Tea Party clothes their political intentions in religious garb that they have managed to sneak past all of us, until suddenly … they have taken our government, our paychecks, our safety and our freedom hostage.
I have been doing some research on this in the last few days, and I have to say that I am very concerned. Knowledge is power, and sharing what we know and making it public is even more powerful. Please don’t sit this one out, or you may end up sitting in a very different country than the one we know and love.
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