‘I want to follow a leader … I want to follow …’

I apologize for showing you this, but I do not have the words to describe it, to capture the experience of seeing and hearing it for yourself, or to convey the many levels and layers and meaning going on here.

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Again, I apologize for showing you that.

I wanted to say something more about that song’s insistence on religious tests for public office and its expression of an earnest desire for an authoritarian power to tell us what to do, and to talk about how those aren’t really compatible with being a citizen in a pluralistic democracy with the rule of law, but I’m afraid watching that has left me a little dizzy and nauseous and I’m finding it hard to concentrate.

But just remember: There’s no such thing as dominionism; it’s a tiny fringe with no influence on public figures like Rick Perry; and it’s people who voted for Obama who are motivated by messianic delusions about political figures.

The following video is offered as compensation for making you watch the one above, and to allow Sister Rosetta to remind us all that when you’re singing about Jesus it shouldn’t, and doesn’t have to, suck.

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  • ako

    Before I quit the video in disgust, I picked up on the endless repetitions of “One nation, under God” and “In God we trust” as if they were both anything other than mid-twentieth century territorialism made official through dubious constitutional interpretation.  (Apparently, it’s considered only “ceremonial deism”, and no one is supposed to worry about “In God we trust” being used in any real threat to freedom of religion.)

  • Tonio

    Dumb question – how do you see the lizard brain as different from regular emotion? If we’re hard-wired or conditioned to feel certain emotions, that sounds to me very much like the lizard brain.

  • Tonio

    And I sympathize strongly with your “nasty side.” I was assuming that these people would be less offended by being labeled mean and hateful than by being labeled childish and immature. Using the latter set of labels would feel to me like fighting dirty, like insulting someone’s mother, even if the labels were accurate.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Dumb question – how do you see the lizard brain as different from regular emotion? If we’re hard-wired or conditioned to feel certain emotions, that sounds to me very much like the lizard brain.

    I think that the word for the effect Ross is describing is “Pavlovian“.  Much as Pavlov trained a dog to salivate with the thought of food every time he rung a bell, the churches these constituents attend have trained their congregations to associate certain sets of with “good”.  All this video does is just try to ring those “bells” as hard as they can in association with Rick Perry, so that people watching it make the connection of “Perry” and “good” without even realizing that they have been conditioned to make that connection.  

    Incidentally, they have also been conditioned to associate certain words with “bad”, such as evolution, global warming, abortion, liberals, socialism, Muslims, etc.  You see that kind of thing happening with them all the time.


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