Matters of Life and Death

I met a man who called himself “Mahonri”, and he told me that he was the “God of this world” and that I had to believe and obey everything he had to say.

When I hesitated, he told me to go ask my Holy Order whether he was telling me the truth.

I asked around Manti, and found that Mahonri’s followers had invisible friends they called their “Holy Order”, and these invisible friends put thoughts in their heads and influence them to feel emotions (which they called “the witness of the Holy Ghost”).

They also told me that this man “Mahonri” is the Holy Ghost in the flesh – member of the Godhead, and the only God with which we have to do.

How do they know? Mahonri told them so – and to disbelieve him is to “deny the Holy Ghost”, the worst sin that can ever be committed. Rather than commit the unpardonable sin, they of course believe that Mahonri is the Holy Ghost (because Mahonri told them he is the Holy Ghost, and since he is the God of this world, he cannot lie).

Mahonri also taught me that my “Holy Order” will never tell me anything contrary to what Mahonri has taught me.

This is very important – the Holy Order will NEVER contradict Mahonri. I know I can trust them because Mahonri told me so, and he’s the Holy Ghost. I know he’s the Holy Ghost because my Holy Order told me so (and I know I can trust them). It’s an unbreakable, axiomatic circle of truth, and I am happy to simply receive and obey.

Sometimes, I have thought that my Holy Order is telling me things that were contrary to what Mahonri told me – but it turns out that was my fault, not theirs. I have a tendency to “tag” what I am receiving (one of the perils of being in this mortal probation), and I can tell which things I have heard correctly because the correct things are absolutely consistent with the doctrines (including any and all changes) that Mahonri teaches.

If I think I heard anything different than Mahonri has said, I can (and do) bet my life that I heard it wrong, and I adjust my thinking to come back into harmony.

My particular group of invisible friends has agreed to communicate with me via a Magic 8 Ball. I prefer this method of communication over just straining to “listen” to the thoughts & feelings they send my way. I feel that it provides a more concrete mechanisms for discerning their answers, and helps me avoid the mistakes caused by my “filter” being in the way.

I named it “Holy Order” and have entrusted life’s most important decisions to it. For example, when Mahonri commanded that I quit my job, I asked my “Holy Order” and it said, “You may rely on it.” I now have no income and am facing foreclosure, but I trust in Mahonri and my “Holy Order” magic 8-ball, so I am not concerned in the least. When my kids ask why we can’t go to the doctor, I remind them that our “Holy Order” has instructed us to leave Babylon and to show more faith (lest we be destroyed).

Yesterday in Church, Mahonri declared that he has the power to heal his (favored) wife. She is in very ill health, unfortunately, and Mahonri wants to heal her with POWER. Up to this point, he has had no power (at least not any that can be discerned), so this is a big step for us as a people. I was told to go ask my Holy Order whether NOW is the time for Mahonri to rise up in power, and to heal her? In short, will Mahonri heal his wife by power?

I went to my Holy Order and gave it a good shake, and here is the answer I received:

However that contradicted what Mahonri had declared (he told us that as GOD he HAS the POWER to heal, as well as do anything and everything that GOD can do), so I asked again and got:

Realizing the lack of faith I was exhibiting, I asked again and finally received the correct answer:

My Holy Order Says Yes

So now I have my answer: A great big “YES” that she WILL be healed by Mahonri’s power. (Everyone I talk to say they are getting the same thing, so we know that we can mark it down that this is verily the truth!)

Now – if by some chance, she is not healed, some would say I am faced with a dilemma – how can I trust my life’s decisions to a source that has given me wrong answers? If my “Holy Order” 8-ball is wrong about this, doesn’t that mean it could be wrong about Mahonri being the Holy Ghost?


What those who are not of the YHWH family (you probably aren’t – most of the inhabitants of this planet are merely the ‘culls’ of this eternity, brought here simply to be sealed up for their ultimate destruction) do not comprehend is that “Whatever Mahonri requires is right“.

I cannot deny the revelations I receive from my Holy Order, even if they appear to be wrong at first blush (or even by what actually happens in so-called “real life”). If she dies – contrary to all revelation received on the subject by our God & Prophet and the combined True Saints of the Inner Circle – that doesn’t mean my Holy Order was wrong, it just means I didn’t have the full picture at this time.

I fully believe in my revelation. And if she dies, I will still believe in my revelations. That’s the great thing about having direct access to the source of all truth: I’m never, ever wrong, as long as I am in harmony with what Mahonri is saying (that day).

It’s very simple: if my “Holy Order” tells me something differently than Mahonri, I just continue to shake it until I receive the answer that confirms what he tells me. This is called “exercising faith”, since (as Mahonri himself has declared) Mahonri cannot ever lead me astray.

Will I throw my “Holy Order” 8 ball away, or even go back and question any other answers it has given me? Never! It’s what confirmed for me that Mahonri is the Holy Ghost, and that’s a witness I am not willing to question.

Even in matters of life and death.

Defense Against the Psychopaths

An interesting video found its way to our inbox: “Defense Against the Psychopath”

It’s a very good primer on how to spot psychopaths, how they operate, and how to defend against them.

If you pay attention, you can see the genesis, history and current state of the TLC laid out in detail, right down to the victim / perpetrator dynamic and the real reason “unity” cannot ever be achieved.

If you are a member of the TLC, the real benefit to watching this is not to see Jim’s psychopathy laid bare, but to recognize that Jim is not the only psychopath that is operating within your cult.  He has drawn other natural / genetic psychopaths to him, and has also created others through the vehicle of the cult environment (abuse others, or be abused), and they are collectively and actively destroying lives as they pursue their narcissistic agendas.

As you watch this, I want you to keep a few people in mind ~ not just Jim, the “Daddy Psychopath” ~ and see who you think qualify as his psychopath prodigies and co-conspirators.

You may have insulated yourself from Jim (or think you have), but there are other wolves among you masquerading as your shepherds.  Take care.

Worth Reading: “Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult”

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

Saturday 3 September 2011
by: Mike Lofgren, Truthout | News Analysis

Barbara Stanwyck: “We’re both rotten!”

Fred MacMurray: “Yeah – only you’re a little more rotten.” -“Double Indemnity” (1944)

Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America. Both parties are rotten – how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot. The main reason the Democrats’ health care bill will be a budget buster once it fully phases in is the Democrats’ rank capitulation to corporate interests – no single-payer system, in order to mollify the insurers; and no negotiation of drug prices, a craven surrender to Big Pharma.

But both parties are not rotten in quite the same way. The Democrats have their share of machine politicians, careerists, corporate bagmen, egomaniacs and kooks. Nothing, however, quite matches the modern GOP.

To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its share of crackpots, like Robert K. Dornan or William E. Dannemeyer. But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.

It was this cast of characters and the pernicious ideas they represent that impelled me to end a nearly 30-year career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill. A couple of months ago, I retired; but I could see as early as last November that the Republican Party would use the debt limit vote, an otherwise routine legislative procedure that has been used 87 times since the end of World War II, in order to concoct an entirely artificial fiscal crisis. Then, they would use that fiscal crisis to get what they wanted, by literally holding the US and global economies as hostages.

The debt ceiling extension is not the only example of this sort of political terrorism. Republicans were willing to lay off 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, 70,000 private construction workers and let FAA safety inspectors work without pay, in fact, forcing them to pay for their own work-related travel – how prudent is that? – in order to strong arm some union-busting provisions into the FAA reauthorization.

Everyone knows that in a hostage situation, the reckless and amoral actor has the negotiating upper hand over the cautious and responsible actor because the latter is actually concerned about the life of the hostage, while the former does not care. This fact, which ought to be obvious, has nevertheless caused confusion among the professional pundit class, which is mostly still stuck in the Bob Dole era in terms of its orientation. For instance, Ezra Klein wrote of his puzzlement over the fact that while House Republicans essentially won the debt ceiling fight, enough of them were sufficiently dissatisfied that they might still scuttle the deal. Of course they might – the attitude of many freshman Republicans to national default was “bring it on!”

It should have been evident to clear-eyed observers that the Republican Party is becoming less and less like a traditional political party in a representative democracy and becoming more like an apocalyptic cult, or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe. This trend has several implications, none of them pleasant.

In his “Manual of Parliamentary Practice,” Thomas Jefferson wrote that it is less important that every rule and custom of a legislature be absolutely justifiable in a theoretical sense, than that they should be generally acknowledged and honored by all parties. These include unwritten rules, customs and courtesies that lubricate the legislative machinery and keep governance a relatively civilized procedure. The US Senate has more complex procedural rules than any other legislative body in the world; many of these rules are contradictory, and on any given day, the Senate parliamentarian may issue a ruling that contradicts earlier rulings on analogous cases.

The only thing that can keep the Senate functioning is collegiality and good faith. During periods of political consensus, for instance, the World War II and early post-war eras, the Senate was a “high functioning” institution: filibusters were rare and the body was legislatively productive. Now, one can no more picture the current Senate producing the original Medicare Act than the old Supreme Soviet having legislated the Bill of Rights.

Far from being a rarity, virtually every bill, every nominee for Senate confirmation and every routine procedural motion is now subject to a Republican filibuster. Under the circumstances, it is no wonder that Washington is gridlocked: legislating has now become war minus the shooting, something one could have observed 80 years ago in the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic. As Hannah Arendt observed, a disciplined minority of totalitarians can use the instruments of democratic government to undermine democracy itself.

John P. Judis sums up the modern GOP this way:

“Over the last four decades, the Republican Party has transformed from a loyal opposition into an insurrectionary party that flouts the law when it is in the majority and threatens disorder when it is the minority. It is the party of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but also of the government shutdown in 1995 and the impeachment trial of 1999. If there is an earlier American precedent for today’s Republican Party, it is the antebellum Southern Democrats of John Calhoun who threatened to nullify, or disregard, federal legislation they objected to and who later led the fight to secede from the union over slavery.”

A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption. Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress’s generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner.

A deeply cynical tactic, to be sure, but a psychologically insightful one that plays on the weaknesses both of the voting public and the news media. There are tens of millions of low-information voters who hardly know which party controls which branch of government, let alone which party is pursuing a particular legislative tactic. These voters’ confusion over who did what allows them to form the conclusion that “they are all crooks,” and that “government is no good,” further leading them to think, “a plague on both your houses” and “the parties are like two kids in a school yard.” This ill-informed public cynicism, in its turn, further intensifies the long-term decline in public trust in government that has been taking place since the early 1960s – a distrust that has been stoked by Republican rhetoric at every turn (“Government is the problem,” declared Ronald Reagan in 1980).

The media are also complicit in this phenomenon. Ever since the bifurcation of electronic media into a more or less respectable “hard news” segment and a rabidly ideological talk radio and cable TV political propaganda arm, the “respectable” media have been terrified of any criticism for perceived bias. Hence, they hew to the practice of false evenhandedness. Paul Krugman has skewered this tactic as being the “centrist cop-out.” “I joked long ago,” he says, “that if one party declared that the earth was flat, the headlines would read ‘Views Differ on Shape of Planet.'”

Inside-the-Beltway wise guy Chris Cillizza merely proves Krugman right in his Washington Post analysis of “winners and losers” in the debt ceiling impasse. He wrote that the institution of Congress was a big loser in the fracas, which is, of course, correct, but then he opined: “Lawmakers – bless their hearts – seem entirely unaware of just how bad they looked during this fight and will almost certainly spend the next few weeks (or months) congratulating themselves on their tremendous magnanimity.” Note how the pundit’s ironic deprecation falls like the rain on the just and unjust alike, on those who precipitated the needless crisis and those who despaired of it. He seems oblivious that one side – or a sizable faction of one side – has deliberately attempted to damage the reputation of Congress to achieve its political objectives.

This constant drizzle of “there the two parties go again!” stories out of the news bureaus, combined with the hazy confusion of low-information voters, means that the long-term Republican strategy of undermining confidence in our democratic institutions has reaped electoral dividends. The United States has nearly the lowest voter participation among Western democracies; this, again, is a consequence of the decline of trust in government institutions – if government is a racket and both parties are the same, why vote? And if the uninvolved middle declines to vote, it increases the electoral clout of a minority that is constantly being whipped into a lather by three hours daily of Rush Limbaugh or Fox News. There were only 44 million Republican voters in the 2010 mid-term elections, but they effectively canceled the political results of the election of President Obama by 69 million voters.

This tactic of inducing public distrust of government is not only cynical, it is schizophrenic. 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.

Undermining Americans’ belief in their own institutions of self-government remains a prime GOP electoral strategy. But if this technique falls short of producing Karl Rove’s dream of 30 years of unchallengeable one-party rule (as all such techniques always fall short of achieving the angry and embittered true believer’s New Jerusalem), there are other even less savory techniques upon which to fall back. Ever since Republicans captured the majority in a number of state legislatures last November, they have systematically attempted to make it more difficult to vote: by onerous voter ID requirements (in Wisconsin, Republicans have legislated photo IDs while simultaneously shutting Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices in Democratic constituencies while at the same time lengthening the hours of operation of DMV offices in GOP constituencies); by narrowing registration periods; and by residency requirements that may disenfranchise university students.

This legislative assault is moving in a diametrically opposed direction to 200 years of American history, when the arrow of progress pointed toward more political participation by more citizens. Republicans are among the most shrill in self-righteously lecturing other countries about the wonders of democracy; exporting democracy (albeit at the barrel of a gun) to the Middle East was a signature policy of the Bush administration. But domestically, they don’t want those people voting.

You can probably guess who those people are. Above all, anyone not likely to vote Republican. As Sarah Palin would imply, the people who are not Real Americans. Racial minorities. Immigrants. Muslims. Gays. Intellectuals. Basically, anyone who doesn’t look, think, or talk like the GOP base. This must account, at least to some degree, for their extraordinarily vitriolic hatred of President Obama. I have joked in the past that the main administration policy that Republicans object to is Obama’s policy of being black.[2] Among the GOP base, there is constant harping about somebody else, some “other,” who is deliberately, assiduously and with malice aforethought subverting the Good, the True and the Beautiful: Subversives. Commies. Socialists. Ragheads. Secular humanists. Blacks. Fags. Feminazis. The list may change with the political needs of the moment, but they always seem to need a scapegoat to hate and fear.

It is not clear to me how many GOP officeholders believe this reactionary and paranoid claptrap. I would bet that most do not. But they cynically feed the worst instincts of their fearful and angry low-information political base with a nod and a wink. During the disgraceful circus of the “birther” issue, Republican politicians subtly stoked the fires of paranoia by being suggestively equivocal – “I take the president at his word” – while never unambiguously slapping down the myth. John Huntsman was the first major GOP figure forthrightly to refute the birther calumny – albeit after release of the birth certificate.

I do not mean to place too much emphasis on racial animus in the GOP. While it surely exists, it is also a fact that Republicans think that no Democratic president could conceivably be legitimate. Republicans also regarded Bill Clinton as somehow, in some manner, twice fraudulently elected (well do I remember the elaborate conspiracy theories that Republicans traded among themselves). Had it been Hillary Clinton, rather than Barack Obama, who had been elected in 2008, I am certain we would now be hearing, in lieu of the birther myths, conspiracy theories about Vince Foster’s alleged murder.

The reader may think that I am attributing Svengali-like powers to GOP operatives able to manipulate a zombie base to do their bidding. It is more complicated than that. Historical circumstances produced the raw material: the deindustrialization and financialization of America since about 1970 has spawned an increasingly downscale white middle class – without job security (or even without jobs), with pensions and health benefits evaporating and with their principal asset deflating in the collapse of the housing bubble. Their fears are not imaginary; their standard of living is shrinking.

What do the Democrats offer these people? Essentially nothing. Democratic Leadership Council-style “centrist” Democrats were among the biggest promoters of disastrous trade deals in the 1990s that outsourced jobs abroad: NAFTA, World Trade Organization, permanent most-favored-nation status for China. At the same time, the identity politics/lifestyle wing of the Democratic Party was seen as a too illegal immigrant-friendly by downscaled and outsourced whites.[3]

While Democrats temporized, or even dismissed the fears of the white working class as racist or nativist, Republicans went to work. To be sure, the business wing of the Republican Party consists of the most energetic outsourcers, wage cutters and hirers of sub-minimum wage immigrant labor to be found anywhere on the globe. But the faux-populist wing of the party, knowing the mental compartmentalization that occurs in most low-information voters, played on the fears of that same white working class to focus their anger on scapegoats that do no damage to corporations’ bottom lines: instead of raising the minimum wage, let’s build a wall on the Southern border (then hire a defense contractor to incompetently manage it). Instead of predatory bankers, it’s evil Muslims. Or evil gays. Or evil abortionists.

How do they manage to do this? Because Democrats ceded the field. Above all, they do not understand language. Their initiatives are posed in impenetrable policy-speak: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The what? – can anyone even remember it? No wonder the pejorative “Obamacare” won out. Contrast that with the Republicans’ Patriot Act. You’re a patriot, aren’t you? Does anyone at the GED level have a clue what a Stimulus Bill is supposed to be? Why didn’t the White House call it the Jobs Bill and keep pounding on that theme?

You know that Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy when even Democrats refer to them as entitlements. “Entitlement” has a negative sound in colloquial English: somebody who is “entitled” selfishly claims something he doesn’t really deserve. Why not call them “earned benefits,” which is what they are because we all contribute payroll taxes to fund them? That would never occur to the Democrats. Republicans don’t make that mistake; they are relentlessly on message: it is never the “estate tax,” it is the “death tax.” Heaven forbid that the Walton family should give up one penny of its $86-billion fortune. All of that lucre is necessary to ensure that unions be kept out of Wal-Mart, that women employees not be promoted and that politicians be kept on a short leash.

It was not always thus. It would have been hard to find an uneducated farmer during the depression of the 1890s who did not have a very accurate idea about exactly which economic interests were shafting him. An unemployed worker in a breadline in 1932 would have felt little gratitude to the Rockefellers or the Mellons. But that is not the case in the present economic crisis. After a riot of unbridled greed such as the world has not seen since the conquistadors’ looting expeditions and after an unprecedented broad and rapid transfer of wealth upward by Wall Street and its corporate satellites, where is the popular anger directed, at least as depicted in the media? At “Washington spending” – which has increased primarily to provide unemployment compensation, food stamps and Medicaid to those economically damaged by the previous decade’s corporate saturnalia. Or the popular rage is harmlessly diverted against pseudo-issues: death panels, birtherism, gay marriage, abortion, and so on, none of which stands to dent the corporate bottom line in the slightest.

Thus far, I have concentrated on Republican tactics, rather than Republican beliefs, but the tactics themselves are important indicators of an absolutist, authoritarian mindset that is increasingly hostile to the democratic values of reason, compromise and conciliation. Rather, this mindset seeks polarizing division (Karl Rove has been very explicit that this is his principal campaign strategy), conflict and the crushing of opposition.

As for what they really believe, the Republican Party of 2011 believes in three principal tenets I have laid out below. The rest of their platform one may safely dismiss as window dressing:

1. The GOP cares solely and exclusively about its rich contributors. The party has built a whole catechism on the protection and further enrichment of America’s plutocracy. Their caterwauling about deficit and debt is so much eyewash to con the public. Whatever else President Obama has accomplished (and many of his purported accomplishments are highly suspect), his $4-trillion deficit reduction package did perform the useful service of smoking out Republican hypocrisy. The GOP refused, because it could not abide so much as a one-tenth of one percent increase on the tax rates of the Walton family or the Koch brothers, much less a repeal of the carried interest rule that permits billionaire hedge fund managers to pay income tax at a lower effective rate than cops or nurses. Republicans finally settled on a deal that had far less deficit reduction – and even less spending reduction! – than Obama’s offer, because of their iron resolution to protect at all costs our society’s overclass.

Republicans have attempted to camouflage their amorous solicitude for billionaires with a fog of misleading rhetoric. John Boehner is fond of saying, “we won’t raise anyone’s taxes,” as if the take-home pay of an Olive Garden waitress were inextricably bound up with whether Warren Buffett pays his capital gains as ordinary income or at a lower rate. Another chestnut is that millionaires and billionaires are “job creators.” US corporations have just had their most profitable quarters in history; Apple, for one, is sitting on $76 billion in cash, more than the GDP of most countries. So, where are the jobs?

Another smokescreen is the “small business” meme, since standing up for Mom’s and Pop’s corner store is politically more attractive than to be seen shilling for a megacorporation. Raising taxes on the wealthy will kill small business’ ability to hire; that is the GOP dirge every time Bernie Sanders or some Democrat offers an amendment to increase taxes on incomes above $1 million. But the number of small businesses that have a net annual income over a million dollars is de minimis, if not by definition impossible (as they would no longer be small businesses). And as data from the Center for Economic and Policy Research have shown, small businesses account for only 7.2 percent of total US employment, a significantly smaller share of total employment than in most Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

Likewise, Republicans have assiduously spread the myth that Americans are conspicuously overtaxed. But compared to other OECD countries, the effective rates of US taxation are among the lowest. In particular, they point to the top corporate income rate of 35 percent as being confiscatory Bolshevism. But again, the effective rate is much lower. Did GE pay 35 percent on 2010 profits of $14 billion? No, it paid zero.

When pressed, Republicans make up misleading statistics to “prove” that the America’s fiscal burden is being borne by the rich and the rest of us are just freeloaders who don’t appreciate that fact. “Half of Americans don’t pay taxes” is a perennial meme. But what they leave out is that that statement refers to federal income taxes. There are millions of people who don’t pay income taxes, but do contribute payroll taxes – among the most regressive forms of taxation. But according to GOP fiscal theology, payroll taxes don’t count. Somehow, they have convinced themselves that since payroll taxes go into trust funds, they’re not real taxes. Likewise, state and local sales taxes apparently don’t count, although their effect on a poor person buying necessities like foodstuffs is far more regressive than on a millionaire.

All of these half truths and outright lies have seeped into popular culture via the corporate-owned business press. Just listen to CNBC for a few hours and you will hear most of them in one form or another. More important politically, Republicans’ myths about taxation have been internalized by millions of economically downscale “values voters,” who may have been attracted to the GOP for other reasons (which I will explain later), but who now accept this misinformation as dogma.

And when misinformation isn’t enough to sustain popular support for the GOP’s agenda, concealment is needed. One fairly innocuous provision in the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill requires public companies to make a more transparent disclosure of CEO compensation, including bonuses. Note that it would not limit the compensation, only require full disclosure. Republicans are hell-bent on repealing this provision. Of course; it would not serve Wall Street interests if the public took an unhealthy interest in the disparity of their own incomes as against that of a bank CEO. As Spencer Bachus, the Republican chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, says, “In Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.”

2. They worship at the altar of Mars. While the me-too Democrats have set a horrible example of keeping up with the Joneses with respect to waging wars, they can never match GOP stalwarts such as John McCain or Lindsey Graham in their sheer, libidinous enthusiasm for invading other countries. McCain wanted to mix it up with Russia – a nuclear-armed state – during the latter’s conflict with Georgia in 2008 (remember? – “we are all Georgians now,” a slogan that did not, fortunately, catch on), while Graham has been persistently agitating for attacks on Iran and intervention in Syria. And these are not fringe elements of the party; they are the leading “defense experts,” who always get tapped for the Sunday talk shows. About a month before Republicans began holding a gun to the head of the credit markets to get trillions of dollars of cuts, these same Republicans passed a defense appropriations bill that increased spending by $17 billion over the prior year’s defense appropriation. To borrow Chris Hedges’ formulation, war is the force that gives meaning to their lives.

A cynic might conclude that this militaristic enthusiasm is no more complicated than the fact that Pentagon contractors spread a lot of bribery money around Capitol Hill. That is true, but there is more to it than that. It is not necessarily even the fact that members of Congress feel they are protecting constituents’ jobs. The wildly uneven concentration of defense contracts and military bases nationally means that some areas, like Washington, DC, and San Diego, are heavily dependent on Department of Defense (DOD) spending. But there are many more areas of the country whose net balance is negative: the citizenry pays more in taxes to support the Pentagon than it receives back in local contracts.

And the economic justification for Pentagon spending is even more fallacious when one considers that the $700 billion annual DOD budget creates comparatively few jobs. The days of Rosie the Riveter are long gone; most weapons projects now require very little touch labor. Instead, a disproportionate share is siphoned off into high-cost research and development (from which the civilian economy benefits little); exorbitant management expenditures, overhead and out-and-out padding; and, of course, the money that flows back into the coffers of political campaigns. A million dollars appropriated for highway construction would create two to three times as many jobs as a million dollars appropriated for Pentagon weapons procurement, so the jobs argument is ultimately specious.

Take away the cash nexus and there still remains a psychological predisposition toward war and militarism on the part of the GOP. This undoubtedly arises from a neurotic need to demonstrate toughness and dovetails perfectly with the belligerent tough-guy pose one constantly hears on right-wing talk radio. Militarism springs from the same psychological deficit that requires an endless series of enemies, both foreign and domestic.

The results of the last decade of unbridled militarism and the Democrats’ cowardly refusal to reverse it[4], have been disastrous both strategically and fiscally. It has made the United States less prosperous, less secure and less free. Unfortunately, the militarism and the promiscuous intervention it gives rise to are only likely to abate when the Treasury is exhausted, just as it happened to the Dutch Republic and the British Empire.

3. Give me that old time religion. Pandering to fundamentalism is a full-time vocation in the GOP. Beginning in the 1970s, religious cranks ceased simply to be a minor public nuisance in this country and grew into the major element of the Republican rank and file. Pat Robertson’s strong showing in the 1988 Iowa Caucus signaled the gradual merger of politics and religion in the party. The results are all around us: if the American people poll more like Iranians or Nigerians than Europeans or Canadians on questions of evolution versus creationism, scriptural inerrancy, the existence of angels and demons, and so forth, that result is due to the rise of the religious right, its insertion into the public sphere by the Republican Party and the consequent normalizing of formerly reactionary or quaint beliefs. Also around us is a prevailing anti-intellectualism and hostility to science; it is this group that defines “low-information voter” – or, perhaps, “misinformation voter.”

The Constitution to the contrary notwithstanding, there is now a de facto religious test for the presidency: major candidates are encouraged (or coerced) to “share their feelings” about their “faith” in a revelatory speech; or, some televangelist like Rick Warren dragoons the candidates (as he did with Obama and McCain in 2008) to debate the finer points of Christology, with Warren himself, of course, as the arbiter. Politicized religion is also the sheet anchor of the culture wars. But how did the whole toxic stew of GOP beliefs – economic royalism, militarism and culture wars cum fundamentalism – come completely to displace an erstwhile civilized Eisenhower Republicanism?

It is my view that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism (which is a subset of the decline of rational problem solving in America) may have been the key ingredient of the takeover of the Republican Party. For politicized religion provides a substrate of beliefs that rationalizes – at least in the minds of followers – all three of the GOP’s main tenets.

Televangelists have long espoused the health-and-wealth/name-it-and-claim it gospel. If you are wealthy, it is a sign of God’s favor. If not, too bad! But don’t forget to tithe in any case. This rationale may explain why some economically downscale whites defend the prerogatives of billionaires.

The GOP’s fascination with war is also connected with the fundamentalist mindset. The Old Testament abounds in tales of slaughter – God ordering the killing of the Midianite male infants and enslavement of the balance of the population, the divinely-inspired genocide of the Canaanites, the slaying of various miscreants with the jawbone of an ass – and since American religious fundamentalist seem to prefer the Old Testament to the New (particularly that portion of the New Testament known as the Sermon on the Mount), it is but a short step to approving war as a divinely inspired mission. This sort of thinking has led, inexorably, to such phenomena as Jerry Falwell once writing that God is Pro-War.

It is the apocalyptic frame of reference of fundamentalists, their belief in an imminent Armageddon, that psychologically conditions them to steer this country into conflict, not only on foreign fields (some evangelicals thought Saddam was the Antichrist and therefore a suitable target for cruise missiles), but also in the realm of domestic political controversy. It is hardly surprising that the most adamant proponent of the view that there was no debt ceiling problem was Michele Bachmann, the darling of the fundamentalist right. What does it matter, anyway, if the country defaults? – we shall presently abide in the bosom of the Lord.

Some liberal writers have opined that the different socio-economic perspectives separating the “business” wing of the GOP and the religious right make it an unstable coalition that could crack. I am not so sure. There is no fundamental disagreement on which direction the two factions want to take the country, merely how far in that direction they want to take it. The plutocrats would drag us back to the Gilded Age, the theocrats to the Salem witch trials. In any case, those consummate plutocrats, the Koch brothers, are pumping large sums of money into Michele Bachman’s presidential campaign, so one ought not make too much of a potential plutocrat-theocrat split.

Thus, the modern GOP; it hardly seems conceivable that a Republican could have written the following:

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.” (That was President Eisenhower, writing to his brother Edgar in 1954.)

It is this broad and ever-widening gulf between the traditional Republicanism of an Eisenhower and the quasi-totalitarian cult of a Michele Bachmann that impelled my departure from Capitol Hill. It is not in my pragmatic nature to make a heroic gesture of self-immolation, or to make lurid revelations of personal martyrdom in the manner of David Brock. And I will leave a more detailed dissection of failed Republican economic policies to my fellow apostate Bruce Bartlett.

I left because I was appalled at the headlong rush of Republicans, like Gadarene swine, to embrace policies that are deeply damaging to this country’s future; and contemptuous of the feckless, craven incompetence of Democrats in their half-hearted attempts to stop them. And, in truth, I left as an act of rational self-interest. Having gutted private-sector pensions and health benefits as a result of their embrace of outsourcing, union busting and “shareholder value,” the GOP now thinks it is only fair that public-sector workers give up their pensions and benefits, too. Hence the intensification of the GOP’s decades-long campaign of scorn against government workers. Under the circumstances, it is simply safer to be a current retiree rather than a prospective one.

If you think Paul Ryan and his Ayn Rand-worshipping colleagues aren’t after your Social Security and Medicare, I am here to disabuse you of your naiveté.[5] They will move heaven and earth to force through tax cuts that will so starve the government of revenue that they will be “forced” to make “hard choices” – and that doesn’t mean repealing those very same tax cuts, it means cutting the benefits for which you worked.

During the week that this piece was written, the debt ceiling fiasco reached its conclusion. The economy was already weak, but the GOP’s disgraceful game of chicken roiled the markets even further. Foreigners could hardly believe it: Americans’ own crazy political actions were destabilizing the safe-haven status of the dollar. Accordingly, during that same week, over one trillion dollars worth of assets evaporated on financial markets. Russia and China have stepped up their advocating that the dollar be replaced as the global reserve currency – a move as consequential and disastrous for US interests as any that can be imagined.

If Republicans have perfected a new form of politics that is successful electorally at the same time that it unleashes major policy disasters, it means twilight both for the democratic process and America’s status as the world’s leading power.


[1] I am not exaggerating for effect. A law passed in 2010 by the Arizona legislature mandating arrest and incarceration of suspected illegal aliens was actually drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative business front group that drafts “model” legislation on behalf of its corporate sponsors. The draft legislation in question was written for the private prison lobby, which sensed a growth opportunity in imprisoning more people.

[2] I am not a supporter of Obama and object to a number of his foreign and domestic policies. But when he took office amid the greatest financial collapse in 80 years, I wanted him to succeed, so that the country I served did not fail. But already in 2009, Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, declared that his greatest legislative priority was – jobs for Americans? Rescuing the financial system? Solving the housing collapse? – no, none of those things. His top priority was to ensure that Obama should be a one-term president. Evidently Senator McConnell hates Obama more than he loves his country. Note that the mainstream media have lately been hailing McConnell as “the adult in the room,” presumably because he is less visibly unstable than the Tea Party freshmen

[3] This is not a venue for immigrant bashing. It remains a fact that outsourcing jobs overseas, while insourcing sub-minimum wage immigrant labor, will exert downward pressure on US wages. The consequence will be popular anger, and failure to address that anger will result in a downward wage spiral and a breech of the social compact, not to mention a rise in nativism and other reactionary impulses. It does no good to claim that these economic consequences are an inevitable result of globalization; Germany has somehow managed to maintain a high-wage economy and a vigorous industrial base.

[4] The cowardice is not merely political. During the past ten years, I have observed that Democrats are actually growing afraid of Republicans. In a quirky and flawed, but insightful, little book, “Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred,” John Lukacs concludes that the left fears, the right hates.

[5] The GOP cult of Ayn Rand is both revealing and mystifying. On the one hand, Rand’s tough guy, every-man-for-himself posturing is a natural fit because it puts a philosophical gloss on the latent sociopathy so prevalent among the hard right. On the other, Rand exclaimed at every opportunity that she was a militant atheist who felt nothing but contempt for Christianity. Apparently, the ignorance of most fundamentalist “values voters” means that GOP candidates who enthuse over Rand at the same time they thump their Bibles never have to explain this stark contradiction. And I imagine a Democratic officeholder would have a harder time explaining why he named his offspring “Marx” than a GOP incumbent would in rationalizing naming his kid “Rand.”

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Quit Whining & Just Do As You’re Told!

…And that includes wearing dresses, ‘mkay?

You’ve given up so much already, why risk it all over such a minor commandment?

“Agency” means you have the right to choose to do as you’re told (or be destroyed), remember? And “Faith” is just another word for “Trust your leader.”

Where’s your Faith? You lost it the moment you stopped to think/ponder/pray about whether you agreed with Jim’s decree… displaying an utter lack of Trust. And Faith. And misused your Agency. Faithless, flopping around on the deck, throwing it all away. Over dresses.

Come on, ladies (women & girls), it’s past time to quit your crying, remember your place and simply obey*.

*Oh, and be sure to do it immediately & cheerfullygrudging obedience doesn’t count.

As they say in Colorado City, “Keep sweet.”

“TLC Cult Breaking up from the Inside” (Guest Post, Part 1)

The following is a guest post from Morrie Cloward.  This is a letter originally published on on May 30th, 2011.  Reposted here by permission of the author.  (Links within the letter have been added and were not part of the original letter.)


Having been an 18 year member of Jim Harmston’s group I now have it from the horses mouth that the TLC Jim Harmston group in Manti is breaking up from the inside.

As of today they are losing 3 major tithe payers which will probably mean that they will lose their buildings or at least one of them. There are five more that are getting ready to leave as well.

Because Jim now teaches doctrines that are actually anti charity, anti love, anti agency and anti Christ. Many of the members are beginning to wake up and leave his little empire.

He has demanded that one man leave his wife because Jim thought that the mans wife was leaking information about their secret doings in their secret meetings of the holy inner circle. He did not ask the man or his wife anything about it. He just assumed and accused the man and demanded that the man leave his wife.

They are now commanded to eat only a vegetarian diet, no animal products at all. Even to the extent that they cannot use leather or anything that comes from an animal. Previously they were commanded to take down all pictures from their walls in their homes, even pictures of Christ because they were all graven images. The women were commanded to not wear any make up at all and to wear only dresses.

They cannot see that they have moved to outward facades and not tending to the inner character work that is needed to create a Zion society. He has recently, under secrecy taken another young teen wife into his harem. Unbeknownst to many of her blood family members and to the majority of the membership of his own little church.

One woman who is in her 50’s announced that she was pregnant. Later she said that her pregnancy was a Terrestrial pregnancy, that it was not actually in this world.

The ship is sinking and people are bailing out now.

He receives most of his revelations from his 16 wives. He then presents those self serving revelations to the congregation as a….thus sayeth the Lord…..commanding them that if they do not comply then they will be perdition. He has stated multiple times that anyone who leaves the TLC is automatically perdition.

The man has no discernment at all. He changes most of his doctrines on a whim. Usually changing them to be completely the opposite of what they originally were.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

What is needful for all to know is that Jim is a true con man and that those who follow him are victims of some pretty powerful brainwashing techniques that have been employed over an 18 year period of time. These techniques were put upon them subtly, slowly, and cunningly just as any devil would do to honest folks who were seeking a better community to live God’s laws. My question is….where did Jim learn these brain washing techniques? These people are all very good, kind and honest truth loving people. Who can recognize a true wolf in true sheeps clothing until the fruits have had time to bare out?

They have all been deceived with truth and trusting too much in a man. He has now chosen from among his dwindling congregation a group who he calls his inner circle. Those Jim bots….Jim robots who follow unquestioningly every dictate that he utters. They are completely locked in through fear, shame, guilt and false hope to follow him, believing him to be the Holy ghost, Joseph Smith Jr. and literally a God on earth that will sweep the planet of the wicked and establish Zion once again. For them, the thinking has been done. But the problem is that he has set up a system, a culture and a policeing structure in his church that has turned into a cancer that is now eating the entire church from the inside out. The days of the TLC church are numbered.

Lets all pray that those Jim bots who are in the inner circle do not give their agency to Jim to the extent that they come to the conclusion that this world is just too wicked for them to be translated so they will have to die…..take their own lives…..and then be translated on the other side and come back and do their work. You know…..drink the green cool aid like the Jim Jones group did? Because that is where they are headed. The thinking has become so crooked and out of touch with reality that they are all now in a free fall and he will likely continue to gradually test their loyalty by producing more weird and obnoxious commands and revelations for them to comply with. And then when he feels they are sufficiently obedient he will produce the green cool aid revelation as a…..thus sayeth the Lord revelation. This is a very real possibility considering the mind sets and the long held paradigms and fear that they hold continually in their hearts toward Jim.

Jim has kept a blood atonement list of those that have left his little church. I don’t know if he still has it, but I know that he did have it about 6 years ago. And just like the Lebaron group who started killing those who had left, just like Dan and Ron Lafferty who killed a woman and her baby because she was getting in the way of Gods’ plans. Jim and at least one of his group have had the capacity in the past, in their crazy thinking….to carry out this kind of a thing on those who have left. Pretty scary but very possible considering the mind state he and his inner circle have now entered into. They all live in a bubble where they believe every word Jim speaks…..literally. They spy on each other. They report to Jim when they see someone in the group in the store with meat in their grocery carts. Or when they see someone talking to someone who has left his church. And he screams at them in front of the congregation because of it. It happened to me.

I write this letter for the specific purpose of pre-empting some of the things he might do. He has destroyed many lives and has broken up families. He has led many on in the most insidious deceptions that appeared to be the paths of righteousness but were not. Let us all pray that his little empire will quickly disband and just go away. It is unjust in the extreme to continue to hold so many people hostage and in bondage to false hopes, false truths in a self righteous puffed up ideology of a false future that they will never know. His god lies to him and to everyone in the TLC over and over and over again. Yet they cannot see the truth of it because they struggle to let go of the great false hope he has imbedded in their hearts and minds so deeply. So, FYI to all of you. Rejoice that the false profit….yes, profit, not prophet is finally coming to accounting for his Luciferian deeds for so long. Send this to everyone you can, make it pandemic.


By: Morrie Cloward

No One Likes Being a Sucker

There is a group predicting that the world is going to end on May 21st, 2011 (tomorrow, as of the time of this writing). It won’t, of course, but when the day has come and gone with no apocalypse, most of them will only be strengthened in their belief in their leader and his “divine” calling.

(Sound familiar?)

This is normal, this is predictable, and the psychological forces at work are keeping these people trapped in their false beliefs.

The more invested in a prophecy/prophet you are – the more you sacrifice, the more you tell others about it, the more you foolish you look when it doesn’t happen – the more likely you are to alter your own perceptions to justify your belief in the prophecy (and the source of the prophecy).

No one likes being a sucker, so you convince yourself that you weren’t.

Read this now, as it’s an excellent explanation of how you keep yourself captive to failed belief systems:

Apocalypse Now: Why Believers Will Grow Stronger If the World Doesn’t End

What accounts for this “irrational” behavior? Shouldn’t the failure of a very precise prediction for which they had made extreme sacrifices have prompted disillusionment and disgust — not greater commitment?

Not according to Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance, which predicts that the more we have given and invested in a particular point of view, the less likely we will be to abandon it in the face of contrary evidence.

Read more:

Shame On You!

You know what you did.  So does Jim.

There is a full-on shame campaign in play, and you are expected to perform your role.

Which side do you fall on? Victim, or Perpetrator?


You may not:

  • Attend the “new CFB” meetings
  • Receive or perform the “DNA Ordinance”
  • Be treated with kindness or respect
  • Ask what you did to deserve this ~ if you don’t know by now, you most likely never will
  • Question Jim’s judgment (which is really questioning his Divinity). If you are being left out, you must be guilty, period.

You may are encouraged to:

  • Attend primary with your kids… clearly you need some remedial training
  • Participate in the work for the dead, including the endowments (you’re not worthy to attend the grown-up meetings, but Jim does need bodies to do the ordinance work in the temple)
  • Pay your tithing – if you don’t, you’re just adding further condemnation on yourself (and admitting your guilt)
  • Ignore the hypocrisy of it all
  • Take your punishment cheerfully (not too cheerfully, though… you really should cast your eyes down and look ashamed, it really goes a long way)
  • Beg and plead for another chance
  • Above all, keep your mouth shut! (Jim is sick and tired of his secrets getting out)


If you are one of the “Inner Circle” you’re receiving a first-rate education at the feet of the master perpetrator himself in how to deal with those poor souls who are being sidelined. Some key things to remember, if you want to really shine in the performance of your duties:

  • Keep your mouth shut – what happens in the Inner Circle stays in the Inner Circle
  • Withdraw emotionally from “the wannabes” – even especially if they are your child, best friend, or spouse
  • Report any and all suspicious behavior you witness (or hear rumors of)
  • Call down curses upon those who are out of harmony with Jim, even within your own family
  • Agree immediately with the group consensus. The more vocal, the better. (Just be sure it’s consensus before you take a stand… there’s no room for personal interpration)
  • Ignore the hypocrisy
  • Realize that you are in the Inner Circle solely at Jim’s prerogative, and that all it takes is one small misstep to find yourself on the other side of this equation
  • Above all, keep your mouth shut

The 3rd Option

Sorry, there is no 3rd option. You have to choose: victim or perpetrator. The social fabric of the TLC is built upon shame, and this victim/perpetrator dynamic is essential to it’s continued existence.

This cannot be cured from within. In this game, the only winning move is not to play.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

1 Corinthians 13:11

Giving the Devil Control?

A peak into the minds of blind followers who don’t believe they are blind followers:

Jim Harmston and David Koresh are birds of a feather

Full story: 18 years after Waco, Davidians believe Koresh was God (


* A handful of Branch Davidians will gather Tuesday to mark the fiery end to 1993 Waco siege
* Sheila Martin and Clive Doyle still believe in the message of their messiah, David Koresh
* Martin lost husband, 4 of 7 children in fire; Koresh slept with Doyle’s teenaged daughter
* Martin sees a hopeful future: “One day, we will have a better experience”

Circling the Inner Wagons

It’s that time again…

Jim is feeling insecure, and needs to circle the wagons around him. There is dissension in the ranks… and that cannot be tolerated.

What to do? Why, divide and conquer, of course! And here’s a glimpse into Reverend Jim’s playbook (it always follow the same pattern):

Step 1

Form a secret group, and invite only those whose loyalty is unquestioned (i.e., those who have completely lost – or never had – the will to think for themselves).

Step 2

Hint around to the general congregation that a new secret group has formed (or will form shortly, even if it’s already been formed), but that only those who “qualify” will be invited.

Step 3

Ramp up the rhetoric about “Doing it God’s (read: ‘Jim’s’) way.” Repeat and emphasize phrases such as:

  • “Strict obedience”
  • “Approaching the finish line”
  • “Storming the throne room”
  • “Being faith-FULL instead of faith-LESS”
  • “Refuse to coddle you any more”
  • “Bring all those who WILL come”
  • “Or it will be everlastingly too late”
  • “Carrying you on my back / backload”
  • “Or you will be DEAD in eternity”
  • “Getting out of the LDS mentality”
  • “Provoking God to anger”
  • “Teaching heavy doctrine”
  • “The final ordinance before translation” (the really, really final ordinance!)
  • “Giving up traditions / Coming out of Babylon”

And so on ad nauseum. You know the song & dance by now…

Step 4

Deepen the divide by making those included to feel very special, and those excluded to feel very… excluded. Common tactics:

  • Repeatedly tell the chosen ones that they were specifically selected because of their obedience to Jim
  • Claim that they are learning the “deep things of the kingdom” that the others “just can’t handle”
  • Swear them to strict secrecy, even especially with family members
  • During the secret meetings, gossip about those who aren’t included. (This sends a subtle, but clear message: “If you weren’t here, we would be talking about you like this”
  • Throw out some bits of “new doctrine” so the new clique believes it has received some sacred knowledge that is being withheld from their peers
  • Keep the membership a secret, both in terms of names and numbers of those involved. This gives the impression “everyone else” is being invited, when in reality the number is very small

Step 5

Use the secret group to spy on the others, report back, and bring in a few individuals who will agree / recommit to do as they’re told.

Step 6

Promulgate new doctrines & practices (such as “special marriages“) that have been (or obviously would be) ill-received by the general membership. Those “in the know” will not fight against it lest they lose their special and exalted status. The new doctrines get hinted at and passed around the church in whispers and one-on-one meetings. Once there is a perception that “enough of the right people” agree with the doctrine, it gets declared openly, relying on the conformity-inducing principle of social proof (aka “Herd behavior”) to silence any remaining dissent.

Step 7

Continue to use the “secret group” (now more of an “open secret”) as a leverage point to modify behavior. Those inside want desperately to remain so; those outside (looking in) want desperately to be accepted and included. (Think high school, except that the football players & cheerleaders now claim that they the only ones that God likes!) Reward those that comply; continue to punish and exclude those who will not.

Step 8

As the secret group grows larger, dissent inevitably begins to creep in again. If the dissent grows quickly enough or is influential enough, the group is disbanded. If not – and this seems to be more common these days – Jim simply begins to participate less and less and eventually completely withdraws. The group’s form, format, leadership and function may change, all to the effect of having its influence destroyed and its importance downplayed.

Eventually, a new secret group is formed, and we go back to Step 1.


Without going into excruciating detail, here are some examples of the above pattern from your own history. I’m sure many of you will recognize the “types and shadows” of this melodrama being played out:

  • “The Council”
  • Endowments
  • Unche Nadehi Nanak
  • TLC membership
  • TLC leadership (Q12, 70s, High Priests, Elders, etc.)
  • School of the Prophets
  • Church of the Firstborn
  • Council of 50
  • Advanced Endowment Lessons
  • Calling and Election “Made Sure”
  • Order of Daughters
  • Women’s Society
  • Reading of the 3 Nephite revelations (approaching March 25th 2000)
  • Expanded Plan doctrine & associated ordinances

And now… a new secret group has been formed.

If you’re not already attending the new meetings, you’d better decide right quick to:

  • Take your medicine
  • Eat humble pie (vegan, of course!)
  • Swallow your pride
  • Start toeing the line
  • Quit thinking with your “logical” mind
  • Stop questioning and just do
  • Accept that when Jim speaks, the thinking has been done

… in short, you’d better “knuckle down to Jim’s authority”, and do it now…

… or feel the bitter sting of being left out, talked about and laughed at.

At least, that’s the plan.