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What are signs of a cult?
By Curt_Anderson
December 26, 2023 4:46 pm
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How to Recognize a Cult
1. Absolute authoritarianism without accountability. (cultists belief that Trump should not be accountable to the American justice system)
2. Zero tolerance for criticism or questions. (questioning or criticism of Trump unleashes a torrent of attempted insults from cult members: TDS, "good German", etc.)
3. Lack of meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget. (Trump's refusal to disclose tax information, etc.)
4. Unreasonable fears about the outside world that often involve evil conspiracies and persecutions. (Trump and his followers are supposedly persecuted by vaguely defined entities, eg: "the swamp")

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  1. by oldedude on December 26, 2023 11:20 pm
    You have just described the dimocratic party. Good point. And in this case, you're absolutely correct.

    1. Absolute authoritarianism without accountability. (cultists belief that Trump should not be accountable to the American justice system)
    2. Zero tolerance for criticism or questions. (questioning or criticism of Trump unleashes a torrent of attempted insults from cult members: TDS, "good German", etc.)
    3. Lack of meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget. (Trump's refusal to disclose tax information, etc.)
    4. Unreasonable fears about the outside world that often involve evil conspiracies and persecutions. (Trump and his followers are supposedly persecuted by vaguely defined entities, eg: "the swamp")


  2. by Ponderer on December 27, 2023 7:17 am

    olde dude, I fail to see how examples of the Republicans' actions regarding Trump are supposed to prove your case that the Democrats are a cult.

    Perhaps instead of letting your conservative projection run mindlessly roughshod over your posts to the point that you don't even take the time to realize what you are copying and pasting while you think to yourself, "THAT'LL show 'em!", you might take a little extra time to construct an actually cogent argument to factually back up your accusations? You know?



  3. by Ponderer on December 27, 2023 7:19 am

    And od's right, Curt. Good point. And in this case, you're absolutely correct.


  4. by HatetheSwamp on December 27, 2023 7:27 am

    po,

    As pb's proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, it's the GOP that is the home of openness and inclusion, acceptance, diversity, tolerance and freedom.

    OD's bang on. The Dems are the cultish locksteppin gang.


  5. by Indy! on December 27, 2023 12:01 pm

    Both parties are cults at this point. Curt made all good points about the Rs - no need to go there again. The Ds? When they come straight out in court and say they don't have to follow the will of their members? Sorry - you're in a cult if you're still calling yourself a Democrat. That's like Jim Jones saying he's god and his followers saying "Yeah - you know what? I AM going to try that kool-aid..."


  6. by Curt_Anderson on December 27, 2023 12:24 pm
    "When they come straight out in court and say they don't have to follow the will of their members?" --Indy

    You've brought this up umpteen times. This being the ill-advised lawsuit alleging fraud by the DNC. We are supposed to ignore the fact that Hillary Clinton won 3.7 million more votes than Sanders in the primaries. We are also supposed to believe that snarky internal emails by DNC staffers somehow threw the election in Hillary's favor.

    It sticks in your craw that the judge dismissed the case on the grounds that "the Court finds that the named Plaintiffs have not presented a case that is cognizable in federal court."
    washingtonpost.com


  7. by Indy! on December 27, 2023 12:46 pm

    As usual when this comes up, you addressed everything except the point I made. We both know the Democrats said it straight up in a court of law and therefore they don't give a damn about you or me or anyone else who voted for them. To continue to support them after that requires a cognitive dissonance I am simply incapable of achieving. But you obviously are... because you continue to buy into the cult.


  8. by Curt_Anderson on December 27, 2023 1:07 pm
    Indy, here is what the DNC lawyer, Bruce Spiva, argued:

    “The party has the freedom of association to decide how it’s going to select its representatives to the convention and to the state party,” said Spiva. “Even to define what constitutes evenhandedness and impartiality really would already drag the court well into a political question and a question of how the party runs its own affairs. The party could have favored a candidate. I’ll put it that way.”

    Political parties are private enterprises that can make their own rules. For most of history the Democrats and Republicans selected their candidates in conventions of party bigwigs---usually in the proverbial smoke-filled rooms. The Green, Libertarian and other minor parties don't even participate in the primaries.

    As for the case that the Bernie-supporting lawyers, Beck and Lee, were making, the judge didn't agree that the candidate who got 3.7 million fewer votes was defrauded.


  9. by Indy! on December 27, 2023 3:34 pm

    You rationalizing it is not the same as it being okay, Curt. What you're doing is what cultists do - making excuses for your leaders... "Go ahead, drink the kool-aid. If Reverand Jones says it's okay - it's okay!"

    And that's still not the quote I was referring to and no, I am not going to look it up again for the 1000th time for you.


  10. by Curt_Anderson on December 27, 2023 3:38 pm
    Indy,
    But you just said that politics is rationale unlike religion which is from "the heart".


  11. by meagain on December 27, 2023 3:59 pm
    A cult is a small sect with beliefs that are alien to societal norms. Religious in its original meaning and based on an authoritarian leader. It is used non-politically often as also a minority, a cult of celebrity around a person, not a political philosophy. There is a cult of celebrity around Trump but that is independent of the Republican philosophy or the love of money that stands for philosophy in that case. Republicans are the world's largest criminal organisation but they do not form a cult.


  12. by HatetheSwamp on December 27, 2023 5:15 pm

    Both parties are cults at this point.

    Preach it, bruh.

    HatetheSwamp!!!!!


  13. by Indy! on December 27, 2023 6:20 pm

    by Curt_Anderson on December 27, 2023 3:38 pm
    Indy,
    But you just said that politics is rationale unlike religion which is from "the heart".



    Funny... I don't remember saying that and since you - the king of quotes - didn't quote it? I'm guessing I didn't say it.


    Meagain - I forget who you actually are (first off) - secondly, there is a (false) cult of celebrity surrounding Biden, Hillary, Bill Clinton and Obama (to name a few in the D party). They've also tried and failed to make Pete and Kamala celebrities too - but even the kool aid drinkers didn't fall for those two.


  14. by Curt_Anderson on December 27, 2023 7:51 pm
    Indy, I paraphrased. Not a quotation. I followed the thread.

    by oldedude on December 27, 2023 3:20 pm
    Although you may disagree, I would say it's more common than not for most people intertwine their view of religion with their political views.

    by Indy! on December 27, 2023 3:26 pm
    Biggest problem with religious folks is they think "faith" is operating on the same level as reason, ration or even love (the "heart" as peebs would say) - which is simply not true. Faith is just the socially acceptable name for superstition.


  15. by Ponderer on December 28, 2023 6:14 am

    Hey meagain! Great to see you in here again.

    Geez. You pop in here after a long break and right off the bat you have Hate emphatically agreeing with you that the Republican party is the world's largest criminal organization.

    Great work! A few of us in here had been trying to get him to admit that for ages!



  16. by HatetheSwamp on December 28, 2023 6:43 am

    If you're referring to pb. pb was relying to Indy!.

    But...and, if you could function above the level of the preferences and prejudices that you bring with you to every moment of your life... you know, as you'd say, EFFINd@ngwell, that for years... heck, EFFINyears... the central theme of pb's posts has been the the whole Swamp is a cult. It has a good cop and a bad cop. Its genius is that it encourages you to choose which is which... and, invites brainless people such as yourself... to invest all your passion into it. And, to use a little fishing lingo, you fall for it. Hook, line, and sinker.

    The three SS posters who understand that are OD, Indy, and pb.

    You and isle are the most willing participants in the cult, among SSers, by EFFINfar!


  17. by Ponderer on December 28, 2023 6:58 am

    Sorry, meagain. I thought he was referring to you.


  18. by Ponderer on December 28, 2023 6:59 am

    I shoulda known he'd never agree with a fact like that.


  19. by Indy! on December 28, 2023 12:21 pm
    by Curt_Anderson on December 27, 2023 3:38 pm
    Indy,
    But you just said that politics is rationale unlike religion which is from "the heart".



    by Indy! on December 27, 2023 3:26 pm
    Biggest problem with religious folks is they think "faith" is operating on the same level as reason, ration or even love (the "heart" as peebs would say) - which is simply not true. Faith is just the socially acceptable name for superstition.



    Funny, Curt - I don't see the word "politics" anywhere in that quote. Maybe you need to google the word "paraphrase" before throwing it around? 🤔


  20. by Curt_Anderson on December 28, 2023 12:30 pm
    Indy,
    My apologies for falsely accusing you of expressing the idea that politics is rationale unlike religion.

    My political choices are rationale, but I know that's not for everybody.


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