Is Bush Worship a Cult? According to International Standards Defining Cultism, It Apparently Is

Have you noticed how hardcore Bush supporters talk about the president like he is infallible — the way the Moonies used to talk about Reverend Moon?

Next question: How do we deprogram 100 million people?

This makes me wonder – is Bushism a cult?

Check out this list of defining characteristics of a cult from the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) and decide for yourself :

  1. The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and … regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.
  2. Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
  3. Mind-altering practices … are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).
  4. The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel…
  5. The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar – or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).
  6. The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.
  7. The leader is not accountable to any authorities…
  8. The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members’ participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group…
  9. The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt in order to influence and/or control members. Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.
  10. Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends, and radically alter the personal goals and activities they had before joining the group.
  11. The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.
  12. The group is preoccupied with making money.
  13. Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.
  14. Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.
  15. The most loyal members (the “true believers”) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave (or even consider leaving) the group.

Next question: How do we deprogram 100 million people?

59 Responses »

  1. jkb December 29, 2005 @ 11:22 pm

    Ahhh… so it IS Ann CULTer!

  2. terry kurtz December 30, 2005 @ 6:35 pm

    You’re work via your former moonie friend’s quest to move on, is admirable and, well-appreciated. But…no one, but no one in this country is willing to use the “C” word nor admit to the facts you have presented in your research/article.

    I have been involved in writing articles on cults, have participated in deprogrammings and, have counseled former members for over 10 years…you have left out a main element/ theme that is crucial to bring your case to the public; denial of the facts.

    No one among the general population wants to admit or face facts that we have been conned by a charismatic, evil leader who uses techniques learned at the knee of Rev. Moon. The Bush family has been in bed with the Moons for over 20 years. It comes to no suprise…this president and his staff are well schooled in Moonie’s techniques of mind control and money making. If people in this country had to admit to themselves that they have been lead by the nose down the path of a “lifestyle of oblivian” via religious fundamentalism, they would surely have to start coming to grips with reality. No one “wants” to look at or talk about that republican elephant in the room…that’s why we as a nation are in bigger “doo-doo” than imaginable. No one wants to stop buy bigger cars, care about our future, nor face the fact that a cult elitist is running the country. As long as a “lifestyle of oblivian” is kept “popular” (because we are brainwashed via commericals into believing that being popular is an important value), we are a sinking ship of fools…even if we “cut of the head” of the leader, the imprint of the mindset, the “cult management money makers” who do nothing but exploit the “cult memebers”, will not “kill the beast”. Traditionally, true believers only go under-ground and await a “new day” as in, take a look at the resurgence of the neo-nazi groups over the past few years.

    It is not that these kinds of true believers cannot be “stopped”, but that their tenicals have really taken root over the entire country. The best remedy is education. South Park did a great service to nation by exposing Scientolgy. There are more programs of this nature in the pilot stages…but I fear giving information as the “Busheviks” might be listening.

    We must keep turning the light on these “roaches” (cultist) that invade our “homes”…roaches hate the light and will scurry away everytime, but, in order to get rid of them, it takes time and effort…plus admitting that they exist and are destructive elements in our “homes”. We have to “clean up” our act (stay in reality and don’t deny facts), keep on top of their “growth” (talk about the facts and face fundamentalist with the education) and set traps so that they are “caught” (make laws/send the elitest who manage the cults to jail).

    Keep researching and doing the good work…
    TK, MA counseling psychologist.

  3. SomebodyDickCheney December 30, 2005 @ 6:38 pm

    This explains Freepers.

  4. Elaine Mueller December 30, 2005 @ 7:07 pm

    I tune in C-Span1’s Washington Journal almost every morning. An amazing number of callers begin by saying, “I support President Bush 100%—”

  5. Jay Randal December 30, 2005 @ 7:12 pm

    Bushites are a cultist group! They adore their fool leader, nobody what he does wrong! They justify his Iraq War/Occupation no matter what! They tell anyone who dislikes Bush to drop dead or they wish to kill them too!

    They have a mental illness, but so did Hitler’s followers! They will never wake-up!

  6. Jay Randal December 30, 2005 @ 7:16 pm

    correction: no matter what he does wrong!(NOT nobody lol)

  7. Artist General December 31, 2005 @ 2:05 am

    H O U $ E B U S H E L Z E B U B B A!

    Dubya-Tory Toadia WaR-Pharisees

  8. Artist General December 31, 2005 @ 3:09 am


    NYT editorial / 11-18-05

    “There are many things Congress should be doing to protect the nation from terrorism.
    None of them
    involve dismantling the freedoms of ordinary Americans…”

    –Apologies to W.B. Yeats / The Second Coming

    ( The Second Coming — WB Yeats
    The Second Coming — WB Yeats. Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon
    cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; …)

    Turning and Spinning in the Widening Mire
    The Congress cannot hear the President;

    Things fall apart; the Party cannot hold;
    Sheer Conarchy is loosed upon Democracy,

    The freedom-gouging tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The Standing of America is downed;
    The best convictions are too polite, while the worst
    Are full of obtuse intensity.

    Surely some Reason is at hand;
    Yet there instead, the Patriot Act!

    The Patriot Act!
    Hardly are those words out
    When an Orwelled image out of Posse Comitatus
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in the martial curfews of this seminal Treachery
    A shape with oz-lion body and the head of a borne-again fool:

    An ‘Aye’ blank and clueless as the GOP itself

    Is moving its leaky Trojan Agenda, but who knew? while overhearing guffaws & careless cheering
    from the belly of the beast, that all about it now should
    gather threats of patriotic fillibuster, lighting & passing torchfire,

    …wounded cowardice drops again; but indignant courage
    finds unexpected stride, in the edifying irony
    that a Sitting President
    was on his Game afterall, as if afloat, fishing! entirely untorn,
    glued from National Nightmare
    to “My Pet Goat”

    And what Hellbent Vision Thing,
    its Truthless Power come round at last,
    Slouches towards Liberty
    to be Born?
    By-their-Fruits @ BadApplePiety_OverdueDiligence.Connexia

    The Thousandth Cut Coagulates its Omen @ IMPEACH
    A Better Angel Waits.
    (Truth is WILLING…
    BUT…the Editor is Weak)

  9. jones December 31, 2005 @ 4:19 am

    It’s either one cult or another. Religious people are cultists by their upbringing and cultural heritage.

  10. Texastherapist December 31, 2005 @ 6:05 am

    Excellent article and work. There are many great resources on the web available to many of us who grew up in the Southern Baptist/Bible Church cult. I’ve spent the last 2 decades trying to get it out of my head, and eventually realized that in our political climate it is my strength as compared to those who are so unfamiliar with their tactics, and can’t see what’s been happening to our beloved America since about 1980. Texastherapist

  11. Snarkley December 31, 2005 @ 7:11 am

    Finally,I see something re: cults and Bush. This is long overdue. The “christian” tongue talking franchise holders(Ted Haggard, etc) need to be in the discussion as well as Sunny Moon.

    Cults vs. religions and cults and politics are touchy subjects but must be confronted as in, “no not me, I don’t belong to a cult”.

  12. Stephen Kriz December 31, 2005 @ 9:17 am

    Some interesting responses on this thread…

    The Bush family has been close to the Moon clan for several decades. Neil was recently on an Asian tour with the old pervert himself, Sun Myung, just in the past couple months. DO a Google on ‘Bush Moon’ and you can find out a lot. Robert Parry has written extensively about the Bush/Moon connection. There is a lot there, to try to understand – why a supposed “born-again” evangelical Christian would want to make friendly with a Korean messianic sex fiend who believes he should be entitled to breed with any female he selects.

    Both the Bush family and Moon count on their followers to have blind faith and to believe, without questioning, everything that they say. And that is always dangerous….

  13. Sensum Fidelium December 31, 2005 @ 9:35 am

    George W. Bush is the “Man of Sin” [II Thess. II: 3], the “Beast” [Apocalypse XI: 7] and the very Antichrist [I John II: 18].

  14. Romelee December 31, 2005 @ 10:56 am

    The americaian people won`t beive any thing any one says look at Jones cult drinking the koolaid.Aren`t the Bushes Neil being very close to the Moonies? Look what thier doing about the leak case putting the press attack on where you get mind on someone else as always.

  15. holly December 31, 2005 @ 11:08 am

    But why? Why do people worship a man that’s so mediocre? The guy needs cue cards. The guy needs people to whisper into his ear. I’m so confused. Really.

  16. Lisa Fallin December 31, 2005 @ 11:25 am

    Noone worhsips the guy. We elected him because we knew he would get Suddam Hussein. We knew he would have a tough military policy and we would be a lot safer with him in office rather than Kerry Who? He’s the closest we have to someone like Jesse Helms. That’s why we like him.

  17. neoconvict December 31, 2005 @ 12:20 pm

    This is a fascinating analysis. I must admit I never thought about it this way. But if Bushevism is a cult, how can there possibly be so many stupid people following it?

    I think we need to differentiate from the stupid and malicious who follow Bush blindly, to the more traditional Republicans who simply don’t understand that this man is a raging fascist bent on destroying America and reshaping the world according to the neocon plan. For this we have to thank our complicit media, our pathetically lame Democratic “leadership,” but most of all we have to thank Karl Rove, who has masterfully manipulated the media and the election machine to create his “permanent Republican majority.”

    Click here to ask Barbara Boxer to lead the fight for fair elections!

    If we are to ever have any chance of restoring sanity to the US government and stop the American neocon regime, we must take back the stolen election system. Everyone please sign the petition urging Senator Boxer to get out in front on Election Fraud. Diebold is currently rolling into California and North Carolina just in time for ’06. Unless a prominent politician (NOT Kerry, ahem) speaks out and forces the mainstream media to address this issue, we’re all in big, big trouble. Boxer was the only senator to stand up against the seating of the electors in January. I believe she can be swayed. Urge everyone you know who cares about the fate of America to sign this petition.

  18. Cult-De-program December 31, 2005 @ 12:43 pm

    christianity in general is a cult and the bible is a hellfire , fear-mongering peice of literature to keep the “flock of sheeps” in line. Many who follow that hokey, obtuse religion do not even spend the time and effort to do any type of historical analysis on the very religion they use to reason all issues and matters. They then ,after absolutely no factual ground to stand on, try to impose thier cultist view point as science. This all plays directly into the hands of the Bushites who wishe for society to remain poor an ill-educated (cutting of student loan programs and medicaid). With “blind-faith” at the wheel guiding our national agenda we are all doomed to repeat the dark ages when religion ruled.
    the existance of religion and in particular christianity have wrought nothing but turmoil on humanity. Even in this day and age 2000 year after the mythical death of the christian religions mythical messiah, this so-called, religion of peace has brought nothing good or decent to humanity as a whole. We must expose the christian religion for the lie that it is.
    maybe then we can take our great nation out of the jaws of fascism.

  19. lorraine grady December 31, 2005 @ 12:48 pm

    Those who obsess about anything are not thinkers. Their minds are closed. Nothing gets in. You cannot change their thinking once they get to a certain point. What to hope for (and work towards) is stretching minds BEFORE they set so that the mind always has a few doubts about everything, questioning, searching, seeking.Teach your children to question authority. Best gift you could give them.

  20. nonny mouse December 31, 2005 @ 1:06 pm

    100 million Bush zombies? Maybe I’m just overly optimistic, but that number seems rather high…

    …doesn’t it?

  21. Bob Boyd December 31, 2005 @ 1:14 pm

    Lisa Fallin, Huh? Prior to 2002 nearly half of America wanted to get Saddam? WRONG! He became a priority when Bush made him one. America wanted him to get the terrorist Bin Laden. Bush didn’t do that and NEVER will. If you want people to belive you, try being honest. Many of us can remember how things were prior to 9/11. Your post seems to prove the point made in this diary.

  22. Dano347 December 31, 2005 @ 1:28 pm

    “Noone worhsips the guy. We elected him because we knew he would get Suddam Hussein.”

    And the author’s point about disregarding reality is aptly displayed.

    1. He was selected – not elected.
    2. He didn’t go after Saddam until we were attacked, so your claim that “We elected him because we knew he would get Suddam Hussein” is rooted in the same republican paranoid fantasy world as Drones of Death, Dr. Anthrax, “smoking gun” mushroom clouds, Yellowcake uranium from Niger – and every other tale they could think up to convince scared “piss-your-pants republicans” that three thousand deaths represented the end of American civilization.

    “We knew he would have a tough military policy and we would be a lot safer with him in office rather than Kerry Who? He’s the closest we have to someone like Jesse Helms. That’s why we like him.”

    Comment by Lisa Fallin — December 31, 2005 @ 11:25 am

    And that’s why the jihadists like him too – he’s such an effective recruiting tool for terrorists!

    Lisa, are you pleased with the fundamentalist Islamic theocracy your hard-earned tax dollars have bought?
    There is no “culture of corruption” without “cultists” like Lisa.

  23. bill December 31, 2005 @ 1:36 pm

    Hey Lisa,

    Didn’t you mean get OSAMA BIN LADEN??? Why did you elect him to get Saddam? That was the biggest threat? A gelded dictator who was allowed to do harm to his own people for years until it suited the corprotocracy to change it for their own purposes?

    The fact that you still are wrapped up in your little fantasy is truth positive that you’re just a brainwashed little turd.

  24. joji December 31, 2005 @ 1:56 pm

    Huge swaths of Americans quite simply loathe themselves down deep, can’t deal with that fact and so elevate their pre-fab veneers up to the floor-boards of heaven, then building inpenetrable bubbles around themselves, emphatically refusing any further discourse.

    These are the “true believers”, the “terrorists”, the neo-cons, and the “chosen ones” of every land.

    They pretend to be calmly pleased when they are stewing in the corrosive juices of cognitive dissonance and their consciences are floundering in DefCon One. Like the Germans of the 1920’s and 30’s, they’ll let their entire nation disintegrate into darkness before their very eyes just so they can feel like they’re part of something (anything) bigger than their tiny lives AND get a chance to sit on the sidelines of the winning team.

    Plus c’est change…

  25. Jon December 31, 2005 @ 1:58 pm

    Hi Nonny –

    You’re right – 100 million skews high because it includes children. I got it by taking 40 percent – roughly the number of Americans who approve of the job Mr. Bush is doing – of 298,000,000, which is the total U.S. population.

    The actual result is 119,200,000 million. If we remove the under-18 population – the “spawn of the dead brains,” so to speak – which is about 25 percent – we are left with just 89, 400,000 adult zombies for Bush.

  26. joji December 31, 2005 @ 2:07 pm


    Remember that polls rarely sample more than a few thousand people at most. Even the way they gather the opinions can skew the results.

    But mainly, keep in mind that only about 50% of all elligible voters came out these last two elections. And that’s with the multi-million dollar ‘get out the vote’ efforts being done on ALL sides.

    The truth is, 1/4 goes to Bush, 1/4 goes to those that hate his guts and 1/2 goes to those who are so disengaged, they couldn’t tell you who the vice-president is.

  27. holly December 31, 2005 @ 3:58 pm

    I feel more Republican than many Republicans. For example, I believe in the constitution, fiscal responsibility, and states rights. Bush has borrowed 2 trillion dollars, which surpasses Reagan’s fiscal recklessness. And Bush has advocated for the first constitutional amendment that would restrict individual rights and sought to limit states’ rights. When are Republicans going to reclaim their party? When are they going to abandon politicians that practice fiscal recklessness? We’ve become China’s bitch by borrowing.

    Joji wrote: “They pretend to be calmly pleased when they are stewing in the corrosive juices of cognitive dissonance and their consciences are floundering in DefCon One. Like the Germans of the 1920’s and 30’s, they’ll let their entire nation disintegrate into darkness before their very eyes just so they can feel like they’re part of something (anything) bigger than their tiny lives AND get a chance to sit on the sidelines of the winning team.”

    That’s well-written, Joji, but gawd, I hope you’re wrong. But even today, those Nuremberg Rallies are seductive, eh?

  28. Maggie December 31, 2005 @ 5:29 pm

    I didn’t need the list to know the followers of George have been inducted into a cult. All I had to do was look at the glassy eyed stare of the rapt. It was so obvious during the Republican Convention.

    I grew up in the 60’s, when cults were all the rage. The profiles that appeared on shows like 60 minutes were excellent in telling the stories of those caught up in a cult and their families desperate efforts to get them out.

    The reports set up the heirarchy of the “movement,” (selected) members were interviewed, brochures were read, and cameras rolled as parents had their family members kidnapped and then deprogrammed.

    It’s been obvious to me for a very long time that Bush Worship is a cult. I’m just not sure Bush is the leader of the cult. He’s definitely the front man. I think the real power of the cult lies with people like Rove, Rumsfield, Cheney and Delay. Bush is just the wooden dumby sitting on their laps as they move his mouth.

    Maybe I’m not giving Bush enough credit to have the mental capacity to engineer the workings of this particular cult.

  29. jp December 31, 2005 @ 6:45 pm

    I do not “believe” in politicians, any of them.
    I despise lawyers — all of them.
    I do not trust ministers, banks, or businessmen.
    Religion disgusts me.
    Journalists have befouled their profession perhaps irremediably.
    Police, and prosecutors are pigs.
    The military frightens me and soldiers sadden me in the way they are continually fooled into sacrificing their free will and lives for phony “noble” causes.

    But I do believe that nobody deserves to be called a “turd,” especially if they’ve already been programmed into cultic lockstep.
    To worship power in a potentially free society suggests some prior psychic trauma, a mind rape of some sort.

    I hate violence most of all.

    Now, the “values” of the deepest ring of hell have captured the greedy imagination of the leaders of American government. If we are to confront this evil we must not use their attitudes and techniques of superiority against anyone: not even them.

  30. Collin Baber December 31, 2005 @ 8:52 pm

    You are right on the money, as the cult already had a name in early 2005:


    Many months ago, this simple chap framed a simple concept, the “Bushian Warfare Cult” to describe a newly emergent and dangerous social phenomenon in America. Etymologically, the name is clear:

    * Bushian – Pertaining to the binary ideas espoused and personified by President 43.

    * Warfare – Waging conflict and disharmony.

    * Cult – “A group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control…. designed to advance the goals of the group’s leaders to the actual or possible detriment of members, their families, or the community.”

    The cult was decribed as follows:

    Q: What is the “Bushian Warfare Cult”?

    A: The Bushian Warfare Cult (BWC) is an aggressive, quasi-religious, populist belief system that emerged in the United States in recent years. It began in 2001 and has mutated ever since. At the core of the belief system is a mass willingness to follow a hard power, preemptive ideology. This ideology has been propagated by a leader who has expressed several times that he believes that God has called him to power and has guided him to use state violence against perceived enemies.

    Q: What motivates the BWC?

    A: There are numerous, sometimes cross-purpose motivations held by members. For some, it is the perceived safety of belonging to a mass psychology group, an outlet for megalothymia, a way to allay fears of an uncertain world, to redress collective narcissistic injury or even a way to avoid taking personal responsibility for promoting actions that harm others. For the ideological elite who surf atop the vast human network of collective fear and their well-stoked desire for revenge, it is clearly a vehicle for channeling domestic anger for multiple corporatist objectives and personal power agglomeration.

    Q: How does it function?

    A: Fear and binary opposition create the social glue that holds the constituency of the diverse, loosely coupled network together. Through the use of fear, amplified external threat perception and sanctions on dissenting opinion, the network’s ideological leadership may redirect an otherwise normal society’s immense cross-purpose energies into a precisely channeled pulse to target the chosen foreign state or outgroup.

    Q: Who leads it?

    A: That is a good question. No one person has clear command-control over the organization. Although the group has placed their chosen leader on a pedestal, he is definitely not in control. Perhaps one could say that the group is directed by a vector summation of multiple, highly persuasive influencers.

    Since that time, variants of the brand appear to have caught on:

    Compare and contrast the Bushian Warfare Cult with Anatol Lieven’s recent writing from the London Review of Books. :

    “To understand how the Bush administration was able to manipulate the public into supporting the Iraq war one has to look for deeper explanations. They would include the element of messianism embodied in American civic nationalism, with its quasi-religious belief..”

    As of now, the power structure of Modern Rome’s Imperial Mansion is not besieged by Vandals and Visigoths from without, but from within Rome itself. The self-appointed manipulators of the public mind have found it hard to maintain cult-like discipline in light of diminished external threat perception. Simply put, the levers of public control are damaged. There are no tangible carrots – only sticks, and the stick of fear has worn out and lost it’s sting from overuse.

    As public fear has dissipated, free-market media enterprises have noticed the perception shift and subsequently redirected their inquisitive energy away from the previously-selected outgroups and toward the ruling ingroup. This has revealed glaring ethical breaches that are highly dissonant with the norms of public morality, especially with those whose morality is inseparable from religious faith. The American public is now rejecting the un-American heresies of the manipulative cult and is slowly returning to standard cultural norms.

    What the author of this piece loves about America is that its’ people are free to experiment with ideas, discard dangerous ones and build upon the ones that benefit themselves and society as a whole. The Bushian Warfare Cult, with it’s malignant, elitist, fear-based machinations has been thrust into the klieg lights of public fact-finding scrutiny. Its’ rotten deceptions are to be ultimately rejected by the truth-seeking citizenry and then cast into the dustbin of history.

  31. Jay Randal December 31, 2005 @ 9:23 pm

    Good comments everyone, except Lisa who is a Bush Zombie or Bushite!

    Bush lovers do NOT seem capable of thinking reasonably, since they think Saddam and Osama were “Brokeback Mountain” partners > lol.

    And if they did vote for Bush in 2000 to get Saddam, then why do they use 9/11 as their excuse, since Osama supposedly did it?

    Their brains have turned into moldy jello, so nothing can cure their comatose condition!

  32. LynQ December 31, 2005 @ 10:32 pm

    Applause, applause for jp. Your comments are right on, eloquent and cogent. Thank you for bringing some civility to this debate.

  33. Reconstitution January 1, 2006 @ 2:19 am

    When I say they worship, I do not exaggerate

    The El Shrubbo worshipper is a strange beast.

    It does not matter if what El Shrubbo says today contradicts completely wat he said yesterday. It does not matter how badly he fails, or that he has never had one thing that could be considered an unqualifi

  34. Melanie January 1, 2006 @ 2:53 am

    Oh my !! Finally I read something that so succinctly describes the Bush blind loyalty of so many in this country. I have been watching this month after month after month and my mind has been perpetually boggled by the fact that ANY American supports what Bush is doing to this country.
    Bush’s destruction is not just found in his policies and his desire to trample all over The Constitution and Congressional Law. His views and actions are destroying people that I used to think of as good Americans. Yes, I differ GREATLY with Republicans but prior to Bush 2, they seemed to have a little common sense. When I watch or listen to Bush supporters on TV, on the radio or read their blogs/posts, it marvels me at how incredibly mindless they are in their support of him. It’s as if someone or something has extracted reality and clear perception out of their minds. It’s rather scary really. It’s astonishing to see the lengths these ‘supporters of Bush’ will go to in order to defend and justify his endless lies and corruptions. I am beginning to not recognize the country of America that I have grown up in. We are living in an America with our “President” justifying torture, secret prisons, detention without charges, usurping of the 2 other equal branches of our Government..the Courts and Congress and most of all trying to keep this country in a state of perpetual fear so that he can behave like a king or a dictator and be above the law in all regard in the name of ‘national security’.
    I think this has gone beyond being dangerous. I will be speechless if Bush’s current total disregard for the rule of law regarding wire taps without warrants or court orders is allowed to continue and that he is not impeached by BOTH houses of Congress and by BOTH parties. I was listening to Ray Charles singing “America” tonight during the New York celebration of the New Year and was moved to tears..not because the song embodied what this country is about but because it embodied what America no longer seems to be. I believe that this astute deduction that Bush’s followers are cult-like it right on. I can’t imagine how anything else can explain it. During the invasion of Iraq, the entire media behaved like salivating cheerleaders as they rode with troops on tanks through the desert. WTF? It appeared that a few reporters seem to wake up and do their job again during Katrina but we are back to the same exact bullshit. They could care less about reporting the injustices and crimes of this President and his vile administration. Clearly, it will not be the media that will bring your story to the focus of free-thinking will have to be American citizens that bring these atrosities to an end. I do believe, however, that we CANNOT decide to sit by and watch the press do this. They are clearly in bed with this administration..although I am still trying to figure out how this benefits them in the long run. They seem to be in the same haze or cultish behavior as the millions of Bush ‘followers’.
    We are going to have to be relentless in our support of what this country was meant to stand for and break this almost unbelievable desire of bush followers to drive this country into the ground. We have to break the spell. It is the duty of anyone that considers themselves to be a true American who values the Constitution and the lawful balance of power. It is well overdue and we can’t just sit on our hands and throw our fists at the likes of Faux News. We need to get off of our asses and reclaim this country!
    Seattle, WA

  35. fedayeen January 1, 2006 @ 3:50 am

    Bushies are just assholes plain and simple to give them any higher stature would play into their assumed exalted status, label them what they are and treat them as they should be treated, done deal!!

  36. Gryphen January 1, 2006 @ 10:41 am

    Beautifully done and, in my opinion, irrefutable. This is why the Bushies are so scary! Fanaticism is never a helpful component in our national debate.

  37. Jay Randal January 1, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    Bush lovers are fanatics, but so were Hitler’s supporters! Fascism brings out the worst in some people and causes them to go crazy! Go onto any political chat, AOL or Yahoo, and Bushites rave about their leader Bush > they think he is GOD, just like those who worshiped Hitler! The Bush Zombies are so rabid in defense of him, that they want to kill anyone who opposes him, again just like Hitler’s lunatics! They are under his SPELL of power, so they will do anything for him, even running
    “Concentration Camps,” if Bush desired to build them! All decent Americans, who are NOT blinded by Bush, must demand his impeachment!

  38. demwoman January 1, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    Did you know that there are groups of fundamentalist Christians (particularly groups of stupid women)conducting guided daily prayer sessions for our Dear Leader? Sickening…When I found out that it was going on right here in my own community, it sent a shiver down my spine. And I live in a progressive area which votes the Democratic ticket; but there are pockets of fundamentaist true believers even here.
    Meanwhile, my sister-in-law, who lives in one of the worst red-neck Red states, [unwittingly?]circulates warm-fuzzy e-mails to counter the negative press about the Bush administration. They are subtle soft propaganda and at first I couldn’t put my finger on why they ticked me off so much. I am not sure if my sister-in-law, a devout Mormon, even “gets it.” Some examples: When the GOP was pushing their agenda to limit medical liability lawsuits (because trial lawyers contribute heavily to Democratic candidates) I got a cutesy cat cartoon with a punchline about unnecessary CAT scans–the unwritten message being that Doctors are so scared of lawsuits that they order unnecessary tests (which is baloney because health insurance companies, most often controlled by GOP sympathizers, are stingy bottom-line oriented businesses) Another example: When the national debate was Rx coverage for seniors, I got treacly sweet e-mails about taking care of grandparents…As if Bush and the pharmaceutical companies gave a damn about grandma! The most recent propaganda e-mail, an oh so darling story to counter heathen like me and our alleged War on Christmas, was a heart warming piece entitled “Is there a W in Christmas?” Sheesh.
    Speaking of propaganda, I would hope that we all would stop repeating the propaganda about how Bush was “elected” either time. The centerpiece of the Bush strategy both times was reliance on corrupt Secretaries of State: Katherine Harris in Florida and Kenneth Blackwell in Ohio. They delivered the electoral votes to Bush courtesy of the deliberate disenfranchisement of minority voters in their states. Please do sign to the above mentioned petition to Barbara Boxer.

  39. Ames Gilbert January 1, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

    As a former member of a middle-class cult for 16 years, I can speak to this subject in particular and general terms, but I’ll stick to the general. After years of study, I have come to some tentative concusions that bear on this discussion. I am certain that power is a measurable entity. We each have a certain amount as our birthright. We simply don’t know how to deal with it, do not have the vocabulary, do not have the training; the wise elders that should be able to educate us are as abysmally ingnorant as we. Most of us are uncomfortable with it, and feel better if we can unload our share onto someone else. Those who lust for power in various forms, politics, management, whatever, seek to acquire it from the same ignorant point of view that the majority seek to unencumber themselves of this uncomfortable birthright. They seek it and take it on not realizing that they know not how to deal with it, and that therfore it will change them by taking advantage of every weakness. Poisoned, they try to keep it and accumulate more. Their dance partners, those who give up their personal power, are lessened to the same extent, and seek to give up yet more, giving up responsibility for areas that are actually crucial to their well-being and wholeness, including the development of true conscience (not the same as morality). Neither party can realize their full human potential from then on. Both parties are trapped, prisoners of their circumstances. A great test to see where one or another’s condition is to ask, “Does the end justify the means?”. If the answer is “yes”, under any circumstances at all, conscience has lost. If the answer is, “never”, under any circumtances, there is a chance to restore the balance. It is necessary to give up power sometimes for the common weal, but only temporarily, only conditionally. The recipient must be trained and readied, and hold this principle close to him and her, for his or her own protection against the corruptive influence of power. He or she must strive from the outset of the loan to return it whence it came, as quickly as possible. In the case of a politician, the primary imperative would be to return it to the people, to re-empower them with the gift they temporarily gave up. Such a leader would actually have a distaste for power. Sadly, there have been few cases in this experiment, this republic, where this has occurred. And we desperate people cannot rely on such leaders to be “waiting in the wings”. Who or what circumstances or what examples would have trained them? Where are the republican citizen-soldiers, citizen-leaders, citizen-businessmen and enrepreneurs, those who have lived an internal life of true freedom, demonstrated by the way they have lived their exterior lives that they can be trusted, and are ready to assume the temporary burden for the good of the country? It takes generations to build up a body of such people, and generations to learn how to recognize them. And since we don’t even recognize there is a need, what room would there be for such people respond? RIP the noble democratic republican experiment; now it is time to pray for miracles.

  40. don_garb January 1, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    In this Bush cult worship behavior I see something deeper and more fundamental underneath. These people live out towards the ends of a dominant/submissive teeter totter. That’s where you are a middle manager and you scream and berate your department like a total asshole, then go upstairs to the management meeting and whine and grovel like a totally dickless coward. These people alternate between glorifying themselves with dominant power, and to pay for it they submit to other dominants like good little slaves.

    I myself am one of the people who sit close to the axle of the teeter totter, I only ever become slightly dominant or submissive depending on the demands of the situation. And I presume/project that comfort zone of mine onto others, and marvel in disbelief when I see how crazy the extremists are.

    I have noticed that many dom/subs are attracted to Jesus based religions because that’s basically what they are all about and they strike a real chord deep within these kind of people. What I see with the Bush zealots is a bunch of dom/subs submitting to the guys who they see as the very top doms in all the world. As in: “My Master is bigger than anybodies Master!” This makes them feel like the highest ranked submissives, and therefore dominant. It’s like the 2 ends of the teeter totter planks curling up to join at a single point, where being the highest sub is also being the highest dom. That’s what makes them feel good.

    That’s how I see it.

  41. don_garb January 1, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

    In this Bush cult worship behavior I see something deeper and more fundamental underneath. These people live out towards the ends of a dominant/submissive teeter totter. That’s where you are a middle manager and you scream and berate your department like a total asshole, then go upstairs to the management meeting and whine and grovel like a totally dickless coward. These people alternate between glorifying themselves with dominant power, and to pay for it they submit to other dominants like good little slaves.

    I myself am one of the people who sit close to the axle of the teeter totter, I only ever become slightly dominant or submissive depending on the demands of the situation. And I presume/project that comfort zone of mine onto others, and marvel in disbelief when I see how crazy the extremists are.

    I have noticed that many dom/subs are attracted to Jesus based religions because that’s basically what they are all about and they strike a real chord deep within these kind of people. What I see with the Bush zealots is a bunch of dom/subs submitting to the guys who they see as the very top doms in all the world. As in: “My Master is bigger than anybodies Master!” This makes them feel like the highest ranked submissives, and therefore dominant. It’s like the 2 ends of the teeter totter planks curling up to join at a single point, where being the highest sub is also being the highest dom. That’s what makes them feel good.

    That’s how I see it.

  42. holly January 1, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    I too enjoy the tone of this debate. I too like to avoid invective.

    We have lived too long in a state of perpetual fear. That has weakened America. However, I too fear BushCo. I’m almost 50 and I’ve never feared a president and his people like I do this administration.

  43. helen January 1, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

    What a great way to start the New Year, reading all this..Yes, I would say these incredible Bush lovers are members of a cult! The only answer I could ever come up with as to why people LOVED this guy and all his dangerous, criminal ways, was like in a movie from the 50s, starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter..INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS..where large pea pods were placed in or near the homes of citizens, and when the people went to sleep, the pea pods took on their exact bodies and features, but left their minds and brains in the control of some evil invader…I was a lifelong Republican, and I cannot stand what these evil invaders have done to my party! However, most important is that we have GOT TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK from these invaders….

  44. mike in hilo January 1, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

    So how do we deprogram our little friends?

    I think we saw a temporary falling away after Hurricane Katrina and, maybe, Cindy Sheehan. For a short time it was impossible for followers to delude themselves that Bush was all powerful. He looked weak, ineffectual, and cowardly, hiding in the very same ranch that’s meant to give him the cowboy aura. I don’t think it’s coincidence that women sat at the heart of both phenomenon, at least metaphorically with Katrina. The fascist mindset puts women in a role that’s both exalted and diminished. They’re worshipped only in so far as they fit the template of subservient receptacles to male power. Strong individuals are seen as shrewish. Bush worshippers hated him for being bested by a woman. I like what don_garb had to sat about this. People don’t want their dominant to be submissive. Fortunately, we have a long collective memory of strong, independent women in this country that is at odds with the fascist mythmaking. This seems to be one weak chink in the brainwashing. I think it’s why Barbara Boxer is so effective right now.

    Many people leave traditional cults when the pile of unfulfilled promises becomes to large to ignore. So what are the Bush followers promised?

    As others have posted, one appeal is the chance to take part in the cosmological battle against evil, riding behind crusader Bush with front row seats to the apocalypse. Does bush believe this lie himself? Who knows. He acts as though he does. And he needs a permanent war in the middle east to keep the believers going, because that’s where the script says it’s all going to happen. No amount of disaster there will cause the cultists to fall way from him, because, after all, it’s the apocalypse and shitty, radioactive, nightmarish stuff is supposed to happen. The only thing he can’t do is come home. So, forcing a return of the troops really would break the spell for a really long time. The followers are so whipped up about nuclear war and the return of Jesus that they will be utterly crushed when they see it won’t happen the way they dreamed it would. On the other hand, this is also what makes it so frightening. They will follow Bush anywhere he leads, so long as it’s nuclear holocaust. And they will rally around him no matter what terrorist attack is made to occur here. I think another possibility here to screw up the programming, at least with the Biblical end-timers, is to plant seeds of doubt that maybe Bush is the antichrist. This, of course, is not a discussion that will ever make it to newspapers or television. But maybe it works to get on end-time bulletin boards or 700 Club boards and just start planting the seed. Or, if you have a cultist friend or neighbor or co-worker, just say, “Hey, I’ve heard a lot of other people suggesting that maybe Bush is the antichrist. Isn’t that strange?” Maybe mention that your “friend” said the antichrist is supposed to make war in the mideast and also fool a lot of people. Don’t argue the point with them, just drop the idea, act a little confused, and move on. Don’t engage them.

    The cult members were also promised a new social order based on biblical law, abortion and gays being their biggest concern. This is where disappointments are likely to pile up, but not in the short term. Our corporatist culture thrives on sexual freedoms and wants no interferences in its own consumerist mythmaking. This is a contradiction that our cultists have had a breathtaking ability to ignore. We only have to look at the prime time programming on the Fox channel to see this huge disconnect. So it’s a question as to how long Bush will be able to walk that fine line, keeping the Bible thumpers happy yet giving them nothing substantial. Is there a place here to confuse cultist programming in the short term?

    Cultists are also promised a comprehensive explanation of the whole world, where good and evil are clearly delineated and there are no complications. Liberals play a big part here. The more we argue and reason, the more we fit the role of the evil they must work against. We have to confuse the sides. We must look for holes, and fast, to complicate things for the simple minds. The recent “hole” is, of course, the NSA spying. Bush cultists look upon themselves as constitutional conservatives. We’ve been able to see for a long time that he wants to trash the republic, but they haven’t seen this until now. Now is the time to recast ourselves as the most conservative of conservatives, and come out swinging for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and all of those things that conservatives have been able to coopt as their own. We are already seeing some conservatives express their discomfort with Bush’s snooping. Unfortuneately, these aren’t the religious conservatives, just the sensible, old, cold-war conservatives. They’ll be called irrelevant traitors soon enough.

    So we have to make the chink bigger. We can disrupt the playground bully script that we’ve been putting up with for decades. The one where we’re cast as weak, pacifist cowards. The cultists need to see themselves as strong on an epic scale. So we have to show them as weak cry-babies, just like Cindy did. Again, we can go back to the NSA spying business. What’s weaker than giving in to the big, bad terrorists by surrendering freedoms so that we can be safe? That’s cowardly, and cowards don’t deserve to live under our proud flag. We have to keep hammering that home. We can further disrupt the script by suggesting that only “liberals” would surrender their freedoms. Calling them liberals might really fuck with the programming. Also, we might connect this issue with the right to bear arms. I guess I’m suggesting, maybe cynically, that we start coopting NRA language in our defense of our 4th Amendment rights. This also confuses the sides for the cultists.

    An interesting implication of the idea of the cult is how it plays on what might happen in 2008. Can the cult work as effectively without Bush? No one else, except perhaps Giulani, can claim the 911, end-of-the-world mystique. The Republicans want total power, but that doesn’t seem possible without the fanatical followers.

    I’m looking forward to other peoples’ ideas…

  45. msirt January 2, 2006 @ 1:43 am

    “How do we deprogram 100 million people?”


  46. Andy January 2, 2006 @ 9:32 am

    Cults require a mind discipline. Some questions should not be asked. For example:
    “Who sent antrax letters?”
    or “Why USA holds the biggest number of prisoners at this planet?” (twice more than China).
    or “Why all the world hates America?”
    Ask these to any republican, and he/she will be angry on you as if you do something indecent (some patriotic democrats will be offended, too).

  47. Earthling January 2, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    One of the reasons why this Bush cult has succeeded in sucking in so many million people, and why so many millions don’t object to so many liberties being taken away from them by the Bush cabal is that so many people are terrified of freedom – because freedom comes with huge personal responsibility and accountability. For many people, it is so much easier and more convenient to put the blame on others and remain tightly ensconced in absolute denial… Infantilism seems rife.

  48. Phil Corner January 2, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

    Your country is divided, your country is imploding! From an outsider looking in it is scary. This Texan nee Connecticutian has does more damage in 5 years to the stability of the world in general than two World Wars did last century. Impeach & Repent.

  49. dragomir kollaric January 2, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

    Comment by msirt – January 2, 2006 @ 1:43 am :

    “How do we deprogram 100 million people?”



    Hilarious here we have a person advocating the very same thing others have loathed on this blog, as it was done in Jones-town by a religous nut.

    Is “smirt” a similar nut-case albeit without a religious faith?

    Maybe he wants to follow the path Pol Pot and others of his ilk trod?

    Killing people just because they disagree with his “personal” opinion?

    a very enlightened standpoint this, really….

    If it wasn’t so SAD I’d laugh but I can’t…


  50. reductio ad absurdum January 2, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    “How do we deprogram 100 million people?”

    Unfortunately, this cult operates like a negative feedback loop. So like the old Witch Hunts and the more recent Suppressed Memories-Child Abuse frenzy, it will have to run its absurd course unless a charasmatic visionary steps on stage. There seems no one persuasive or trenchant enough to be successfully off-axis, at least for the moment.

    But this cult is screwing the pooch every which way. It sure makes impeaching Clinton over a blow job laughable.

    “Either you want to believe, or you want to know.”

  51. Clint Hopson January 3, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    I am not sure whether Shruib’s followers are a cult, but they sure behave like it. Their denial of obvious facts put them in the same category as other fundamentalists.

    More than that Shrub’s behaviour (along with Cheney) has convinced me that those two are completely insane.

    Isn’t insanity defined by someone repeating the same actions, in spite of past failures, hoping for a different outcome? If that doesn’t categorize those two, what does?

  52. abe January 3, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

    Kool Aid? Won’t need it.

    Just look up on a blue sky day and see the planes spreading their chem-trail garbage.

    Most don’t notice, but some do. It’s called weather modification. But what is it really? Practice?

    One day it may be a form of population control … when things are out of control.

    That will put the fear of god in ’em.

  53. Len Hart February 15, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    Earthling hit the nail on the head. Americans have over a period of several decades grown fearful of freedom itself. Maybe it was the Civil Rights Movement, hippies, jazz, pot, commies under every couch ….who knows? The fact of the matter is that with every new bogeyman, there was a GOPPER eager to exploit the fear in order to advance a fascist agenda. What we are left with is a country afraid of the principles of our very founding.

  54. Myles February 28, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    I’ve been looking for information like this. Thanks.

  55. GOPHater March 20, 2006 @ 9:33 am

    We need a Wacko-like purge of this cult, real soon.

  56. Baker56 September 11, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

    REveleations 13:4 … they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”

  57. Nicholas February 17, 2008 @ 9:37 am

    Hahahahahaha.. haha.. hah…
    geeh sorry .. it’s just so pathetic.

  58. pennyson March 15, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

    well its now 2009 and the republicans not only became a cult but it turns out that bush was the kool-aid

  59. Beverly Hills Veneers August 3, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    haha.. I love how the picture was edited. well we cannot blame all the negatives with him. There’s a lot of factors to consider.

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