Cult of Personality

theCL  2010-11-06  Music, Philosophy, Politics, Video

A message constantly pounded home on this blog is that "We the People" need to stop looking to politicians as "leaders." This absurd notion, which entered the American psyche during the Progressive Era, is dangerous because it reverses the roles of the people and government.

Americans used to send "representatives" to government, meaning the people were in charge. Today however, the people send "leaders" to government, which by definition makes the people subservient. Think about that.

Discussing a Peggy Noonan article, Smitty at The Other McCain says:

The fact that our politics have been moved away from individual liberty and verifiable principles and into the realm of hero-worship, in some idiotic quest for an impossible philosopher-king to wave a wand and magically fix stuff and rule over us in an Aristotalian Golden Age of Swellness (TM) is due to the kind of thinking shown in this article.

We've turned representative government into a Cult of Personality.

Living Colour - Cult Of Personality

Look into my eyes, what do you see?
Cult of Personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be
I'm the Cult of Personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality

Neon lights, A Nobel Price
The 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
Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi
I'm the Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality

Neon lights a Nobel Prize
A leader speaks, that leader dies
You don't have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune
You gave me fame
You me power in your God's name
I'm every person you need to be
I'm the Cult of Personality

  • http://motorcitytimes.com/mct/ steve

    Great post! Keep reminding the people.

    • theCL

      Oh, I won't. And thanks!