Personality cult

Who says it can’t happen here?

.โ€””I want you to stand, raise your right hands,” and recite “the Bush Pledge,” said Florida state Sen. Ken Pruitt. The assembled mass of about 2,000 in this Treasure Coast town about an hour north of West Palm Beach dutifully rose, arms aloft, and repeated after Pruitt: “I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States.”

The entire audience stands and pledges its allegiance to bush’s re-election. They swear an oath. Is anyone watching? This is truly symptomatic of the personality cult, and I’ve never heard of such a thing in America before.

This disturbing article comes to me via a disturbing post from Billmon, who has resurrected himself, at least for the day. He ends the post on a particularly ominous note.

And now we have local GOP Gauleiters in Florida soliciting oaths of allegiance not to the flag, not to the country, not to the constitution, but to the person of the leader — albeit still an elected one, at least for now.

One people, one country, one leader …

One step following another.

The truly sinister thing — and the reason why that Slate story made the hair stand up on the back of my neck — is that even as these people move, like sleepwalkers, towards a distinctly American version of the cult of the leader, most of them honestly appear to have no idea what they’re doing, or creating. I’m not even sure the Rovians themselves entirely understand the atavistic instincts they’ve awakened in Bush’s most loyal followers. But the current is running now, fast and strong. And we’re all heading for the rapids.

Time to change boats before the bushists force us liberals to attend struggle sessions and re-education camps.

The Discussion: 5 Comments

Well to be fair, they were swearing an oath to “re-elect” Bush not neccessarily to Bush himself. Though given the circumstances, there really isn’t much of a difference.

In either case, I for one will vote Bush just to be safe. When the time of reckoning comes, I don’t want anyone to have said I was an counter-“Rove”lutionary traitor. When I am forced to denounce you as a cow-demon, rest assured I will do it with some regret. ^_^

October 29, 2004 @ 9:00 pm | Comment

Two word.

Berlin, 1939.

October 29, 2004 @ 10:31 pm | Comment

“arms aloft”

In the words of Jon Stewart: Whuuuh?

“Arms aloft” as in “holding both arms up, palms up, as if to receive blessings from Our Lord and Savior,” or “arms aloft” as in…

nope, won’t go there — because if I did someone would accuse me of worshipping Pol Pot. And anyway, ACB beat me to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

October 30, 2004 @ 2:34 am | Comment

Jing, do you get what Vaara wrote? Whether they’re swearing allegiance to shrub or his re-election, it’s the same — it’s something we have never seen in America before. It’s bizarre and it’s unhealthy. We don’t take loyalty oaths here. We don’t raise our arm and swear a pledge. Maybe in college fraternities, but not in politics.

October 30, 2004 @ 11:17 am | Comment

Whoa, Jing you might want to learn more about the American political and legal systems before you write about “struggle sessions” and denouncing people in the States, unless of course you are being sarcastic with you comment and predicting the bush will turn America into a totalitarian government.

October 30, 2004 @ 10:12 pm | Comment

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