Herman Cain said Black Democrats are brainwashed and he is right. Also, he is brainwashed and I am brainwashed. Hell, everyone I know is brainwashed to a certain degree by someone or something—some negative and some positive.
My dictionary tells me that brainwashing is an intensive indoctrination, usually political, aimed at changing a person’s basic convictions and attitudes and replacing them with a fixed and unquestioned set of beliefs. The negative connotation comes with the unquestioned part because I will question everything that comes out of a human’s mouth…any human…pastors included.
To start, some brains need washing. We know that U.S. Marines basic training on Parris Island begins with breaking down the old person and ends with building a warrior. Thugs and gangbangers need their brains washed as do most of the greedy bastards on Wall Street and many in congress. Some people argue that the loving nature of the Black college fraternity pledge process was sullied by veterans on the G.I. Bill who mixed in methods learned while dealing with the enemy in war. Newsflash, fraternity pledges aren’t the Vietcong so stop brainwashing college kids.
Fat folks need their brain’s washed and their colons cleansed. I can say that because I am little heavy and realize that the proper practices of diet and exercise are vital. Is it brainwashing if it is welcomed?
I personally know and like Herman Cain; he is a great guy. As an older gentleman, he has earned the right (like Rev. Jeremiah Wright) to say some interesting things. When he was going-off about Muslims, I wished I had his Blackberry number because I was convinced that the far-Right had brainwashed that Morehouse Man (that or he deserves an Academy Award.) Cain later met with peaceful Muslim leaders and walked back his comments about no Muslims in his cabinet.
We should all be cautious around those who seek to indoctrination us—just make your point and I will consider it. Actually, we have seen a redirecting in the political arena over the last forty years. Public policy was once driven by political scientists and policy wonks—the eggheads charged with better governing. Today, ad men and Madison Avenue types are running the show in government as every idea gets tested before market research groups. They are looking for buzz terms that can brainwash the voters—Death panels, Death tax, stimulus, reinvestments. It is a dirt chess game and we the people are the pawns.
Yes Mr. Cain, some far-Left Democrats have been brainwashed into an entitlement mentality. But, Cain should realize that some far-Right conservatives have been brainwashed into an “us vs. them” mentality that pits Americans against Americans and continues the mentality that an elite segment of the electorate should make decisions alone. I shouldn’t get started about what happens when that segment (who are often correct on policy) don’t get their way. They have been brainwashed into circling the wagons and starting revolutions.
Mind you, those on all sides who seek to brainwash the masses do so with power and money as their personal motivators. I have pretty good filters (everyone thinks they have) so you can’t tell me that Obama and Huntsman aren’t good dudes who sincerely want to improve the nation. However, the political arena is so dirty these days that a leader must be an angel with dirty wings because nice guys finish last.
Fox News on Right and MSNBC on Left slowly have brainwashed people and I learned that from my CNN brainwashing. On some level, we are all brainwashed and I leave you with Luke 6:42.
Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.