‘A cult of personality arises when a country’s regime – more rarely, an individual politician – uses the technique of mass media, propaganda, the big lie, spectacle, the arts, patriotism, and government-organized demonstrations and rallies to create an idealized, heroic, and worshipful image of a leader, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. A cult of personality is similar to divinization, except that it is established by modern social engineering techniques, usually by the state or the party in one-party states. It is often seen in totalitarian or authoritarian countries.’ Wikipedia
It is not difficult to find examples of cult’s of personality. Many faith groups are centered around a man, or woman, who is the primary leader and prophet of the group. It is summarily believed that this ‘anointed leader’ is sent by God and has the keys to the kingdom of God and is hearing from God…directly.
We have a fundamentalist group, in our town, that appeals to young people. The operational construct of the group is to ‘love bomb’ prospective members. This is a compelling and seductive recruiting tool that has been used by cults for generations.
However, once the once the new fish is caught and placed in the live box, which is a direct quote from a cult, that I am familiar with, then the real story begins.
The, attractive, fundamentalist group that I referred to earlier…requires new members to bring in all of their financial information…in order to assess what the new, fish, is required to give to the church.
I have witnessed churches that required 10% tithing and at least 10% to be given in what is termed free will offerings.
Now, some of these same churches are full of people who are having an extremely difficult time in supporting their meager life styles and in basically paying their bills and keeping a roof over their heads.
These same churches are noticeable for the extravagant homes and automobiles and boats and a life that could have easily been highlighted on the old television show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, of the minister of the, now, poor congregation.
The faithful members of, the cult of personality, trust what the minister is telling them on a weekly basis…that they will become rich, like him or her, if they just give to God…until it hurts.
So, now we have a president, who’s word is worthless.
He has been caught in over a thousand verifiable lies…since he took office fifteen months ago.
President Trump negates his own statements on, almost, a daily basis. He says one thing…and then says the opposite of what he just said…before the day is over.
The president said that he knew nothing of the $130,000 dollars paid to adult film star, Stormy Daniels, and now says that he knew all about the payment.
‘All President’s lie. Richard Nixon said he was not a crook, yet he orchestrated the most shamelessly crooked act in the modern presidency. Ronald Regan said he wasn’t aware of the Ira-Contra deal; there’s evidence he was, Bill Clinton said he did not have sex with that woman; he did, or close enough. Lying in politics transcends political party and era. It is, in some ways, an inherent part of the profession of politicking.’
But Donald Trump is in a different category. The sheer frequency, spontaneity and seeming irrelevance of his lies have no precedent. Nixon, Reagan, Clinton were protecting their reputations ; Trump seems to lie for the pure joy of it. A whopping 70% of Trump’s statements that PolitiFact checked during the campaign were false, while only 4% were completely true, and 11% mostly true. (Compare that to the politician Trump dubbed ‘crooked,’ Hillary Clinton: Just 26% of her statements were deemed false.)’ PoliticoMagazine
And, so, our president lies to us, virtually daily, and they are lies that can be verified as lies by simply reviewing his past filmed statements.
Does it trouble you that your president lies to you about many important matters that are critical to your, personal welfare, including big things and extremely small things…often when the truth would serve him better?
Is is alright that the, bedrock, principle of Republicanism are thrown aside for Trumpism?
Is it ok that the principles of the, holiness, denominations are compromised by a president who obliterates those standards?
Do we have a cult of personality for president Trump?