A little confluence of events this week has brought to the fore of my mind the sad, sick reality that most people in this culture are so far gone that they WANT to be lied to, and will seek out and attach themselves to liars. While it is nauseating to behold, it is also interesting in a clinical sort of way.
First, I helped some guys out in outing a con artist blogger earlier this week. What was fascinating was watching people cling to their “friend” even while being beaten over the head with objective evidence over and over and over again. Seeing it on a micro level was jarring, but then I realized that it was exactly the same Stockholm Syndrome variant that keeps people loyal to these scumbag politicians and cult leaders. People get themselves into such “herd” and “team” mentalities (which is just a fraction of an inch away from being a “gang” mentality) that they will do absolutely anything for the psychopath that they are attached to. Think Hitler. Think Jim Jones. Think Obama.
Which segues into my speaking engagement Thursday for a Tea Party group here in Colorado. As I was setting up my PowerPoint and clicker, one of the Tea Party fellows came up to me and told me that I shouldn’t talk about islam to this group, and that I should refrain from any “extreme facial expressions.” I poop you negative.
Well, as you can imagine, that was like dangling a steak in front of an already irate and half-starved Rottweiler. My interior response?
“RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!”
It is certainly satisfying to witness to the truth to people who want to hear it. But you know what is even better? Witnessing to the truth to people who DON’T want to hear it – to people who WANT to be lied to.
By the end of my talk two-thirds of the people had gotten up and left. A third didn’t want to hear the truth about islam – for fear of being called “racist” – and the other third didn’t want to hear the truth about Romney and the Republican Party in general. You all have probably seen my takedown of islam – it is on my YouTube channel, link to your left – but you may be wondering what I said to infuriate the rah-rah Tea Partiers about Romney and the GOP.
I call this the “So, You Want To Be President of the United States, Huh?” lecture. It goes a little something like this: