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Inauguration Day: Let the deprogramming begin

Written By | Jan 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2017 — Deprogramming day begins today, Friday as Donald Trump assumes the office of President of the United States. That’s also when members of Obama’s sullen cult of personality lock their doors, shutter their windows and shut off their television sets to avoid witnessing the rapturous expressions of joy echoing off the monuments to Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln in our nation’s capital.

But Obama’s loyal cult followers in Congress, about one-third of the Democratic Caucus, will boycott Trump’s inaugural. And the boycott will extend to the apparatchiks of the federal bureaucracy.

President Obama bids farewell to an adoring White House press corps.

The website Government Executive reports that a survey of federal employees found 52 percent of respondents agreed with the following statement:

“I am eligible for retirement and would retire earlier than planned.”

Another 37 percent said:

“I will seek another job outside the federal government.”

The reason? Donald Trump, of course.

It’s not easy to leave a cult. Ask any fugitive from sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard’s sci-fi religion Scientology.

Rev. Jim Jones.

And it seems Democrats are especially vulnerable to cults. Former California assembly speaker and San Francisco mayor, Willie Brown, once said politicians north of the San Joaquin Valley needed the backing of one particular cult leader to get ahead: People’s Temple founder Jim Jones.

As David Talbot at Salon observed:

“During the 1976 presidential campaign, Jones wrangled a private meeting with Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalynn, at the elegant Stanford Court Hotel on Nob Hill, arriving with a security contingent that was larger than her Secret Service squad. Later Jones accompanied [San Francisco’s Mayor George] Moscone and a group of Democratic dignitaries who climbed aboard vice presidential candidate Walter Mondale’s private jet when it touched down at San Francisco International Airport.”

Back in 1977, during Jerry Brown’s first stint as the Golden State’s governor, he sat in the pews at the People’s Temple hoping to garner Jones’ political support.

California Governor Jerry Brown with the Rev. Jim Jones.

Later that year, Jones and 500 members of his congregation moved to the jungle climes of Guyana in South America to establish a township based on socialist principles: Jonestown.

After a congressional fact-finding delegation arrived to investigate charges of abuse at Jonestown the following year, a fearful Jones ordered cult members to kill Congressman Leo Ryan and his entourage, which included news media, as they were boarding their plane back to the U.S.

In the immediate aftermath of the murders, Jones convinced his dutiful followers to drink poisoned Kool-Aid, thus committing “revolutionary suicide.”

The 1978 Jonestown massacre.

In his book “Freedom of the Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs,” author Steven Hassan recalls his epiphany while a member of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church (a.k.a., the “Moonies”):

“I was horrified that I could have turned my back on my family, friends, religion, my life goals to essentially become a tool of a demagogue who wants to take over the world… I came to understand brainwashing as practiced by Mao Tse Tung in his Communist re-education centers.”

In essence, Hassan sees cults as twisted misrepresentations of the nuclear family. And what is family? The only working example of socialism on our planet, where the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few; “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

The driving force animating this natural form of socialism is love. The driving force behind its cult-like, government-driven caricature is, well, shear force.

As Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office, keep in mind that behind every angry no-show and every violent protestor is a sad “tool of a demagogue” in what is, at long last, the beginning stages of deprogramming.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.