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Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Cult

Since his election in November of 2016, Donald Trump has faced many obstacles, some of his own making and some erected by the millions of people who were absolutely certain that he would lose the election. When he did not, unjustified fear, understandable anger and emotional distress, and then unhinged "resistance" followed. Over the intervening 18 months, most objective observers thought that the fear, anger and resistance would moderate into the normal partisan political opposition. They have not. In fact, Trump Derangement Syndrome is now morphing into a cult-like experience in which the elites within the four constituencies shape the narrative for the millions of less sophisticated members of the cult.

Speaking about another important subject—the hard-left influence at far too many college campuses—Professor Bret Weinstein writes:
Am I alleging a conspiracy? No. What I have seen functions much more like a cult in which the purpose is only understood by the leaders and the rest have been seduced into a carefully architected fiction. Most of the people involved in this movement earnestly believe that they are acting nobly to end oppression. Only the leaders understand that the true goal is to turn the tables of oppression.
This statement could equally be applied to the TDS/#Resistance crowd.

Their accusations of Trump the "racist," Trump the "misogynist," Trump the "Hitlerian monster," Trump the anti-immigrant bigot have become so common and so tedious that they are in fact, like the mindless, robotic chants of a dangerous cult. The accusation have become so over the top, that many millions are forced to look away, embarrassed and repelled by the crazed voices of the TDS cult.

In their nonstop effort to 'monsterize' Trump, the cult now levels accusations that Trump is "tearing children from the arms of their parents" as those parents illegally cross our borders. It's a compelling and emotional accusation (perfect for those who are dedicated to moral preening). The TDS crowd went so far as the show photos of cages holding small children—until they realized that those photos were of Obama-era vintage. The discussion never addresses the roll of the immigrant parents themselves, putting their family structure and children in jeopardy by risking capture and incarceration.

Cults are dangerous because the few do the thinking for the many. The many parrot the memes offered by the few, and believe that as their outrage grows it will spread to others. Instead, the "others" begin to feel a different type of outrage and over the long term, that outrage will not bode well for the TDS cult.


The Cult and their trained hamsters in the media (some who are active members of the cult and others that control it) rush to present anecdotal stories of illegal immigrant families "torn apart" when the parents are captured crossing the border.

They are far more hesitant to present anecdotal stories of America children living under the threat of immigrant gangs that have, in some cases, taken over schools from Maryland to Massachusets. Here's a Washington Post (certainly not a pro-Trump media source) story that never achieved meme status:
Gang-related fights are now a near-daily occurrence at Wirt [William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale, Maryland], where a small group of suspected MS-13 members ... throw gang signs, sell drugs, draw gang graffiti, and aggressively recruit students recently arrived from Central America.... The situation inside the aging, over-crowded building has left some teachers so afraid that they refuse to be alone with their students.”

Nor is Wirt unique: “Dozens of schools from Northern Virginia to Long Island to Boston are dealing with a resurgence of MS-13, which has been linked to a string of grisly killings throughout the country.”
Hmmm. Why is it, I wonder, that the Cult is so, so concerned about the children of illegal immigrants but seems to be far less concerned about the impact of illegal immigrant gangs who threaten American children and their teachers.

Sure ... only a small percentage of illegal immigrants are gang members. In fact many just want a better life. By the same token, not all family separations are unjustified. In fact, many, as tragic as they are, are done for the overriding good of the children. But that's a degree of subtlety that the Cult can't seem to grasp.

I wonder, for example, whether a family composed of an MS-13 leader, his wife, and three small children should be allowed to cross the border untouched because they are a family. Would the arrest and deportation of the father be characterized as "tearing his family apart?" I recognize that this is a special case, but so are the situations offered up by the Cult. They can't have it both ways.