#0045 If Donald says it, it’s true…
…and no bunch of media jerks are going to tell them otherwise.
I’d like to begin this posting with another quote from the main article I referenced last Wednesday. The heading and the opening line are both taken from this article (found in the link below)
So what are journalists supposed to do when confronted with someone who doesn’t play by the established rules? It’s a question that may not have a good answer. For reasons of professional pride, they aren’t going to just stop bothering to correct a lie that gets repeated over and over. As long as Trump repeats that thousands of Muslims were celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey, they’ll keep pointing out the facts (even if they don’t always do it with language that’s as emphatic as it ought to be). To surrender would be an acknowledgement that all the power rests with the candidate, and he can say whatever the hell he wants whether they like it or not.
The essence of my point from the last time was the reason Trump gets to operate—to exercise his self-righteous outrageousness with impunity—is due in large measure to the cumulative efforts of conservative talk radio and its L-Directed focus; its incessant conservative energy and rhetoric. The groundwork has long been laid down by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Shaun Hannity, Glenn Beck and a whole host of other conservative spin-doctors and talking-heads. Together they’ve been busy working the field, as it were, running plays and offensive formations out on the grid iron. Then along comes Trump, picks up the football and declares, “I’m the quarterback!” One of the first things he notices is this big gaping hole they’d created right in the middle of the defensive line. So Trump, always quick off the mark when opportunity comes knockin’ tucks the ball—the political pigskin—under his arm and starts sprinting down field towards the goal. The players who make up the opposing team trying to stop him are reporters and others with the liberal media, as well as the gaggle of conservative presidential contestants; but none of them can seem to get ahold of him. Or if they do, they just seem to bounce off him—like bullets off Superman—and The Donald just keeps a-steamrolling toward the goal line of the Republican presidential nomination. What the author of this article is saying is despite the seeming futility of the efforts of those reporters from the mainstream (rational) media to shine the light of truth on the endless barrage of tid-sh*ts flying off The Donald; they are duty-bound to keep challenging his outrageous statements and sound bites and countering them each time with real facts.
That’s what we’re trying to accomplish with this blog site—speak out against—not the spin of political conservatism—but rather the spin of religious conservatism. Looking into The Donald reality, it’s easier to see what’s going on than it is when looking into the religious reality. From the view out here looking at The Donald, we see him as one big hotdog—an egomaniac who is most of the time, just making stuff up as he goes along. Even though he’s wearing the politician’s cap these days, no one is all that surprised at his antics. All in all what’s more troubling than the things that come out of Trumps mouth is the fact that so many of his supporters (fans) are not just agreeing with him on every point of dumb; they seem to become, with each, more and more convinced that he is the man of the hour in this America’s time of need. Who are these people who are thus inclined to follow Trump off the proverbial cliff if needs be? The religious conservatives.
A couple of months ago I posted a series (see postings #0025-0028) entitled Donald Trump and the Evangelical Christians I-IV). This series took an in-depth look at reasons why Evangelical (conservatist) Christians would be attracted to someone like Donald Trump. We found the conservative perspective was one thing they had in common; but another thing that makes them compatible bedfellows is the need on the part of the conservatists to be told what’s right—what to do and what to think and the need on the part of The Donald to tell people what’s right—what to do and what to think. The religious conservatists’ innate approach to everything is they must be told what to do by someone. The only trick for them is to figure out who this will be. What has preconditioned them to line up behind such an imperative is their shared penchant to look to the 1-book Bible and the inevitable doctrines it has divined for them. These doctrines in many ways have become the personification of their beliefs. Subsequently, through many twists and turns of events, The Donald has managed to usurp the vestige of this personification—at least for now!
In the seventies an organization called the Unification Church started to really make its move in the US. religious and cultural scene. Tits founder and leader, Reverend Sun Myung Young Moon began selling himself as a kind of new Jesus. As persons got converted to this religion they tended to get overly enthusiastic in their dedication to both the church and to Reverend Moon. Once a person reached this point of dedication it was thought that he or she had become brainwashed into believing in this particular doctrine. They seemed to become so single-minded in their belief with that it was difficult, if not impossible to convince them otherwise…and new term found its way into the American pop culture…
de·pro·gram /dēˈprōˌɡram,-ɡrəm/ verb gerund or present participle: deprogramming release (someone) from apparent brainwashing, typically that of a religious cult, by the systematic reindoctrination of conventional values.
These individuals became so taken up with the leadership of this Sun Myung Moon that they acquired the nickname of Moonies. I’m sure that in their initial programming experiences there was someone in their listening and viewing environment telling them—more than once and probably over and over again—not this exactly, but something quite along these lines…
“If you know what’s good for you, if you know that they’re leftists, you won’t believe anything they say anytime, anywhere, about anything … So we have now the Four Corners of Deceit, and the two universes in which we live. The Universe of Lies, the Universe of Reality, and The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit.”
TBC Wednesday December 9, 2015