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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, a challenger to President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary, criticized the GOP as a "cult" after several states cancel the Republican primary. "I've given up on the Republican Party. The Republican Party is a cult," Walsh said in an interview with CNN. "They no longer stand for ideas. The Republican Party right now is all about washing their leader's feet every day."

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Yay, confirmation bias!!!

-The DR Left

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-17 10:54 PM | Reply

"Abba dabba ----- cult kraken mmrf derp screech shriek!" - Speakfrothly

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-18 12:03 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Surprised the Orange Cult members FakeLawyer and Sheeple/Nobias/Lieberg/JordyStPete didn't fall Walsh a leftist RINO.

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-09-18 01:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Fall = call

#4 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-09-18 01:06 AM | Reply

#3 Sheep may have tried in #2 while having a stroke.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2019-09-18 01:21 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Joke doesn't like his party to be called what it is because it is heresy.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2019-09-18 06:56 AM | Reply

Republican Congressman calls GOP a 'Cult'

ex-Republican Mike Lofgren called the GOP a cult back in 2011 ...

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult
truthout.org

#7 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-18 08:17 AM | Reply

Yay, confirmation bias!!!

-The DR Left

#1 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Usually these types of posts at least try to be funny.

Your's are just lame.

Get some new material and get back to us, ok?

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2019-09-18 09:00 AM | Reply

Yep:
-blind obedience to the leader
-dressing like the leader and imitating him in other ways
-allowing no dissent among members of the group
-viewing his offspring as future leaders of the group
-repeating his words and reciting his talking points and 'message'

A few more months of this and there will be a big sale on Kool-Aid and cyanide, and crowds gathering in arenas for 'meetings'...

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2019-09-18 09:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A cult he wants to be leader of.

#10 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-09-18 09:39 AM | Reply

Most politics are cult-like. So can rooting for a favorite sports team and following a rock-n-roll band.

That being said, A cult will likely legislate its beliefs into law if it acquires sufficient power to do so-- you don't find this sort of thing with rock bands and football teams.

But the Trump cult is different than traditional cults of the past-- it hinges its belief system largely upon the irreverent-- a very punk-esque ethos. 1+1=3 is truth to the Trump cult because it offers the ultimate sort of rebellion-- a complete resistance to general rules and social mores that the majority of society views largely as objective truth-- a 'truth' which the Trumpists believe is a construct by another cult-- the current institutions of a liberal establishment that ultimately seeks to destroy them and their way of life.

In other words, the Trump cult is the Galactic Empire while they themselves wholeheartedly believe that they are the Rebel Alliance.

#11 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-09-18 09:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#11 | Posted by NerfHerder

That is very well said Nerf. The last line may be lost on some but it is truth.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-09-18 10:57 AM | Reply

Am I the only one who is entertained when Nerfherder makes Star Wars references?

#13 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-09-18 10:58 AM | Reply

10 agreed. He needs the cult's votes

#14 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-09-18 10:58 AM | Reply

Well ya know... considering the amount of cognitive dissonance I tend to agree.

#15 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-09-18 11:11 AM | Reply

Yay, confirmation bias!!!
-The DR Left
#1 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2019-09-17 10:54 PM

It's obvious that Hitler Crush fires top cabinet members on whims and fancies himself a steaming bowl of cream of brains, part of his delicious stable genius.

He is completely uneducated and unstudied on nearly all topics involving proper use and function of his office, let alone how history will depict his administration cult-like climate. Unaware of reality, inventing his own and forcing it as the oranges of truth.

How much more lockstep do you need to get?! lol

Cancelling republican primaries saves their voter base more them time to vape and Pokemon of Duty on #chan.

#16 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-09-18 11:24 AM | Reply

#1 Oh no, something that doesn't jibe with my worldview. Stomp it out nowwwww!!!

#17 | Posted by JOE at 2019-09-18 11:32 AM | Reply

Stay tuned, eventually the Dem party will do the same thing again and the Reps will start posting articles all about how terrible they are.

Once again, people just blindly following things that are done by both sides at different times. But let's all be outraged about it today and not learn anything from our mistakes, so we can support our chosen party in the future when they do it.

#18 | Posted by humtake at 2019-09-18 12:33 PM | Reply

Yay, confirmation bias!!!

-The DR Left

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter

It's only a cult by the definition of cult. So yeah. It's a cult. Sorry that makes your side look bad. No one is forcing you to vote for this cult. If you dont want to support the cult you dont have to.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 01:34 PM | Reply

"Abba dabba ----- cult kraken mmrf derp screech shriek!" - Speakfrothly

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Translation - I can offer no legitimate argument against trumpism being a cult.

-sheep4trump

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 01:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Of course the GOP is a cult. And, obviously, Trump is the stereotypical narcissistic cult leader. Duh. This is news?

#21 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-09-18 02:38 PM | Reply

"Of course the GOP is a cult.

#21 | POSTED BY MODER8 "

Yes, using one definition of "cult" it is. And so are democrats if you use the same definition.

What is your point, exactly?

#22 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-18 02:46 PM | Reply

"And so are democrats if you use the same definition"

Narcissistic Sense of Self
Superficial Charm & Charisma
Lack of Guilt or Remorse
Pathological Liars
Authoritarian Leadership Style
Cult Leaders Lack Boundaries & Exploit Weaknesses
Cult Leaders View Outsiders as Enemies or Inferior

and my favorite

They Use Sycophants to Ensure Compliance from Members, (H/T Goatboy)

#23 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-09-18 02:55 PM | Reply

Yes, using one definition of "cult" it is. And so are democrats if you use the same definition.

#22 | Posted by goatman

Really - who is the leader of the democrats' cult?

When did that leader say he/she is the only source of true information and no one else can be trusted?

All your cult can do is pretend democrats are just as bad. As if a cold is just as bad as AIDS.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 02:58 PM | Reply

"who is the leader of the democrats' cult"

There is none

goat is just a lonely little boy pounding sand anonymously on the internet

we should just leave him to wallow in his own impotent rants

#25 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-09-18 03:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I can offer no legitimate argument against trumpism ...

...except...Stormy Daniels!

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

#26 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-18 03:35 PM | Reply

...except...Stormy Daniels!

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

#26 | Posted by nullifidian

If you think stormy daniels is the only argument against trump, head immediately to a hospital.

Seriously what happened in your life to make you into a pathetic pro trump troll? Do you think this will fix any of it? You're a cautionary tale for humanity.

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 03:40 PM | Reply

"Really - who is the leader of the democrats' cult?

#24 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY "

I don't know. Judging by their disorganization, I'd say they don't have one. Who is the leader of the cult that likes "Rocky Horror Picture Show"?

Cults don't necessarily have leaders.

#28 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-18 04:18 PM | Reply

"Really - who is the leader of the democrats'cult?
#24 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY "

When are you going to confess your climate sins, Wally Wallsocket?

pjmedia.com

#29 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-18 04:57 PM | Reply

"who is the leader of the democrats' cult
POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

There is none
#25 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES "

Just as I told speaksoftly.

It's good we can agree on something, big chief.

#30 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-18 05:35 PM | Reply

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult
truthout.org
#7 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF

Truth be told in bold. FTA:

For people who profess to revere the Constitution, it is strange that they so caustically denigrate the very federal government that is the material expression of the principles embodied in that document. This is not to say that there is not some theoretical limit to the size or intrusiveness of government; I would be the first to say there are such limits, both fiscal and Constitutional. But most Republican officeholders seem strangely uninterested in the effective repeal of Fourth Amendment protections by the Patriot Act, the weakening of habeas corpus and self-incrimination protections in the public hysteria following 9/11 or the unpalatable fact that the United States has the largest incarcerated population of any country on earth. If anything, they would probably opt for more incarcerated persons, as imprisonment is a profit center for the prison privatization industry, which is itself a growth center for political contributions to these same politicians.[1] Instead, they prefer to rail against those government programs that actually help people. And when a program is too popular to attack directly, like Medicare or Social Security, they prefer to undermine it by feigning an agonized concern about the deficit. That concern, as we shall see, is largely fictitious.

#31 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-09-18 05:39 PM | Reply

"Rocky Horror Picture Show"?
Cults don't necessarily have leaders.
#28 | POSTED BY GOATMAN

Funny, but poor, example.

#32 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-09-18 05:49 PM | Reply

cultresearch.org

The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader, and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.
Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, or debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).
The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel (e.g., members must get permission to date, change jobs, or marry"or leaders prescribe what to wear, where to live, whether to have children, how to discipline children, and so forth).
The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and its members (e.g., 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).
The group has a polarized, us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.
The leader is not accountable to any authorities (unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders, or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations).
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 (e.g., lying to family or friends, or collecting money for bogus charities).
The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt in order to influence and control members. Often this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.
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.
The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.
The group is preoccupied with making money.
Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.
Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.
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.

aka the republican party.

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-09-18 07:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished."

"Only I have the answers". DJT

#34 | Posted by Tor at 2019-09-18 08:33 PM | Reply

"Only I can lead this country onto the correct path."

- every candidate

#35 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-09-19 03:51 PM | Reply

If I join do I get a free black robe?

#36 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-09-19 09:09 PM | Reply

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