Cult of Personality


“Neon lights, a Nobel Prize. Then a mirror speaks, the reflection lies. You don’t have to follow me. Only you can set me free. I sell the things you need to be. I’m the smiling face on your T.V. I’m the cult of personality. I exploit you still you love me. I tell you one and one makes three. I’m the cult of personality.” – Living Colour

If you have followed my writings over the last three plus years you know that I am no fan of Facebook. I resisted signing-up until I realized that activities and groups that I enjoy participating in, hikes, bicycle rides, etc. now only post information and sign-ups on Facebook. If you tried to find my account, you couldn’t. I have all the privacy settings on the nuclear option, no friends, no post, and no pictures. It’s like I don’t exist.

Despite my dislike of Facebook, I do admit that I enjoy some of the information I can get, news, a few opinions, and groups that interest me. I rarely post a comment, but I will chime-in from time to time about a hike, a bicycle ride, a Dead & Company concert, birds, bees and butterflies. But political “conversations” I avoid at all cost….mostly.

Recently South Carolina’s lesser Senator, Tim Scott (hard to imagine being lesser than Ms. Lindsey Graham) was crowing about how King Trump kicked the Democrats ass over the impeachment and how he, Tim, was one of Trump’s greatest supporters and had his back throughout. Big Tim even got a “shout-out” from the tangerine wonder which confirmed, at least in Tim’s mind, that Trump loved him, for the time being. Tim hopes that all the white, toothless, rednecks in South Carolina will love the lesser Senator too or as they say in Florence, SC “You know, for a negro he’s alright” accept they don’t say negro and they certainly don’t say African-American.

Well I couldn’t let this go. I should have but I couldn’t because I know that if Tim ever grew a pair of nuts and stood up to Trump, on anything, the Klan would be on him like white on rice (no pun intended) with Trump and the Deplorables full support. I read through the 200 plus comments, most basically a regurgitated cesspool of Trump shit outlined on Fox News for the cult of The Donald to follow and posted the following comment: “I have never seen anyone take such extreme steps to hide evidence allegedly proving his innocence.” And with that simple thought the games began.

Wading through all the ugly name calling, hateful responses I received this was my favorite. Why? Because it was 100% Fox News, Sean Hannity pure as the driven snow propaganda: “Then you failed to pay attention when Hillary’s staff members went so far as to take hammers to Blackberries, iPhones and tablets so no emails could possibly be recovered from them. Or to have someone use a Bleachbit program on her private server so emails could again, not be recovered.  You merely prove ever more partisanship and ignorance. Too, look at what the FBI did in supporting the Steele Dossier without vetting it and lying about it and using it as “evidence” sent to the FISA Court to essentially spy on the Trump campaign. Or worse, how is it that such blatant cronyism and corruption of political family members selling access to their influential parents while stuffing their pockets with foreign cash has been simply ALLOWED? Why are democrats not talking about this corruption then let alone NOW? Is that corruption okay with them? There is much to Hunter Biden’s story than just Burisma, too. And then there is the James Biden story, and John Kerry’s stepson and they are not the only ones. Why have democrats sat back and ALLOWED this?”

What was the demographic of the person that wrote this? If you guessed an old, white, redneck women, with teased blond BIG hair and too much hairspray and makeup (at least based on her profile picture) you guessed correctly. I couldn’t tell if she had all of her teeth.

Read this definition and let me know if it sounds like a situation you know of: A cult of personality-arises when a country’s regime or, an individual uses the techniques 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. Sound familiar?

Reading Tim Scott’s post and the comments that followed really struck me. These people, Trump supporters, have bought in to something that is totally alien to me. For whatever reason, Trump fills some hole in their soul, some craving that they have longed for. The hard part for me is I know these people, hell I am related to a bunch of them. I knew in advance that some of them were intolerant, somewhat racist, certainly anti-government, and thought of themselves as “Christians” within the parameters they have defined as “Christian”. I also knew, at least in the case of my relatives, that they weren’t dummies.

So why are they so drawn to Trump? What do they see in him? What does he offer them? Does Trump have something they want out of life? How can they accept a man who obviously has severe mental health concerns, certainly ego and vanity issues, and apparently a serious amphetamine addiction (have you seen the man’s dilated pupils under the bright lights) as their lord and savior? A man who abuses women (20 that we know of), cheats on his wives, cheats on his taxes, cheats on anything, everything and everyone. So, what is the appeal?  What is the cult of his personality that draws so many to him? Why would people like Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott stake their political life on him? Honestly, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that there is an avalanche of documents, books, emails, and sealed indictments waiting to see the light of day that are going to expose Trump for what he is, an immoral, corrupt, piece of shit. I simply don’t understand the cult of his personality.

In 1978, Jim Jones coerced a mass suicide of 918 of his followers, 304 of them children, by drinking cyanide-poisoned Kool-Aid. These desperate actions were in response to media reports of human rights abuses taking place in the kingdom, Jonestown, he had created for himself in Guyana, South America. Rather than drinking the Kool-Aid, the “Reverend” Jones shot himself in the head which quickly ended his cult of personality. Sadly, the families of the 918 wish he had done that first. Maybe everyone else would have survived. The irony of all this was a sign, a sign hanging near where Jones’ body was found. It read; “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Funny, I feel like we are experiencing that as we speak.

About ends and beginnings blog

I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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12 Responses to Cult of Personality

  1. Brookingslib says:

    It’s past the time when we have to seriously question the character of our own family and friends. If they condone his behavior, then maybe they just aren’t good people themselves. That’s a tough thing to swallow, but at this point, what else are we to determine?

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  2. Nan says:

    The events taking place under the current regime is simply mind-boggling. Seriously.

    No matter how hard I try, I cannot identify with the kind of reverence being offered towards the individual you so vividly described in your post.

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  3. Sylvia says:

    I just don’t understand either. I commented on a Facebook post about the impeachment. All I said was “It’s not a trial without witnesses and documents”. You would not believe the grief I caught! It really makes me worry about the 2020 election!

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  4. maryplumbago says:

    This has long been a disturbing thing for me. All my close friends are liberal and hate trump. Then there are the occasional persons I run across, that expresses his or her love of trump. Since these are barely acquaintances, I can blow it off.

    But then there are the inbetween people, friends, but not close friends who have drunk the koolaid. With these I limit my time around them and hope politics doesn’t come up or I will blow a gasket.
    I truly cannot be good friends with a trump supporter. I just can’t do it. For me it is a moral and ethical issue. I truly believe there is something hidden…sinister in the way these people look at life and other people. They seem to have too much hate, are prone to conspiracy theories, live in the white past and on and on.

    But the simple truth for me is I won’t associate with them if I can help it and I certainly refuse to be good friends with them. I just can’t respect them.i want no part of them.

    People will say I’m wrong..that we all have to get along, see the other person’s view etc., but I for one, just cannot do it.

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  5. Another great post, my friend. The election in November will show us if America really wants a democracy (we call it democracy for lack of a better term) or not. From my perch here in white, trump supporting Florida, I would have to say not.

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  6. maryplumbago says:

    I live here too and I agree….so very sad and scary at the same time.

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  7. The best-of-all-possible-worlds on Wednesday. November 4, 2020 (the day after election day) would to learn that der Fuhrer had been lost the electoral college, Kentucky had “asked” Moscow Mitch to retire, and South Carolina had done the same for the Dishonorable Senator Graham. (Calling him “Ms, Lindsey” seems insulting to a whole gender.)

    The worst-case-scenario of Trump winning reelection could be turned into second best by the ant-Trumpists (mostly Democrats and their Independent allies) maintaining a House majority plus holding the seats they have and gaining 20 more (a 2/3 majority). Interestingly, 23 Republican seats are up for election this year (21 senators are seeking reelection; 2 are retiring).

    Even if the anti-Trumpists don’t choose another impeachment, they’d be able to defeat any court appointments they didn’t like and start passing bills again. If they get control of 2/3 of the House as well as the Senate, they could even override vetoes. Let Congress abuse Trump for 4 years.

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