Charisma And The Cult Leader

With a little smile. And a lot of chutzpah. You too can control endless hordes of people. From something as tiny and insignificant as a homegrown religious sect which may look up to you as their God. To an entire nation, borne to do your every bidding, and the people themselves actually see you as God. Welcome to the world of the Personality Cult. And it’s often too charismatic leaders.

Personality Cults have existed for thousands of years now. And still thrive in many parts of the world to this day. One example would be the Catholic Church. While not a Cult of Personality in the classic sense of the meaning. As a whole, their followers worship a Godlike deity. The primary difference being, their faith or beliefs are driven by choice. Wherein a Personality Cult requires, or more so demands, that everyone follow someone of their leaders choice.

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One of the many propaganda portraits of Kim Il-sung, which can be found almost anywhere.

Today, North Korea stands as the supreme example of a Cult of Personality. The Kim family has ruled the north with an iron fist for over 60 years now. Starting with Kim Il-sung in the early 1950’s. The North Korean people have been taught from birth, to follow and worship the Kim’s as living Gods.

A recent interview with a woman who had escaped North Korea some 20 years prior. Admitted that, while knowing it was wrong. Still worshiped the Kim’s as living Gods. It had been so ingrained in her psyche from birth. That it had become impossible to erase.

On a much smaller scale. The Peoples Temple was formed by reverend Jim Jones in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the mid-1950s. Though its roots and teachings shared more with biblical church and Christian revival movements than with Marxism, it purported to practice what it called “apostolic socialism”. In doing so, the Temple preached that “those who remained drugged with the opiate of religion had to be brought to enlightenment — socialism.”

By using what we called “The Red Scare” within his speeches. Jones was able to convince his followers that everything outside of his doctrines was false. And dangerous to their way of life. And by the mid 1970’s had dragged his followers off to the jungles of Guyana, so they could build their own little Utopia. When reports of abuse began to surface, California Congressman Leo Ryan and a team went down to investigate. While the majority of the “People’s Temple” followers denied any wrongdoing. A small number chose to leave with Ryan and his group. On the order of Jones, the Congressman and his group – including those who chose to leave – were killed when they reached the remote airport.

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Part of the 916 who committed suicide on November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana

Jones then proceeded to explain to his followers that the “White Night” had arrived. And that they should commit “Revolutionary Suicide” so as to escape those who would come to do them harm. Thus, over 916 of Jones’ followers – men women and children – took their own lives. Including Jones himself.

The list is endless of these fanatics who have led people to their demise. Religious and political. They come in all shapes and sizes.

  • Pol Pot in Cambodia.
  • Idi Amin in Uganda
  • Muammar Gaddafi in Lybia
  • Felix Manalo in the Philippines
  • Anton Lavey in the United States
  • David Koresh in the United States

Which brings us to who I consider a unique and rare case. And one who belongs within this family of fanatics. Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. And his family.

“But I thought they were heroes? So why are they among these terrible people?

Without allowing the years of Brainwashed Yellow bullshit to control your thought processes. I shall attempt to explain this to you in a way you will understand. And of course, accept.

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A Band-Aid covers a tiny scratch on Aquino’s upper lip.

In 1951 – with the aid of a bogus wound on his upper lip – Ninoy Aquino returned from his journalism stint in the Korean conflict. Now a confirmed Communist sympathiser, became a close associate and follower of a certain José María “Joma” Sison and the fledgling CPP/NPA movement.

Over the course of the next 20 years or so, Ninoy and the Aquinos sheltered and/or protected the growing Communist insurgency within the Philippines. While he had denounced the Jabidah Massacre as a myth in his 1968 Senate speech. The false findings of the Plaza Miranda Bombing. And the arrival of Martial Law under then president Ferdinand Marcos, gave Ninoy what he needed to paint himself as a hero and potential martyr for the people.

He was arrested in 1972 along with other dissidents and incarcerated for seven years. In 1980 Aquino was permitted to travel to the United States for medical treatment following a heart attack. The rest, as they say, is assassination history.

With the death of Ninoy, – whether staged or not – his widow, Cory Aquino was suddenly – and conveniently – thrust into the limelight. In doing so, she was able to paint this enormous portrait of a man determined to crush the evils destroying a nation. And to restore the democracy and freedoms the Filipino people so desired. The 1986 EDSA1 People Power revolution gave the Aquinos just that. Sadly, over the course of the next 3 decades. The Philippines as a nation, has been marked with everything except a true democracy. And the true freedom that goes along with it.

  • Mendiola Massacre – No justice.
  • Hacienda Luisita Massacre – No justice.
  • Pork Barrel Scam – No justice.
  • PDAF Scandal – Including selective justice.
  • DAP Scandal – Including selective justice.
  • Ampantuan Massacre – No justice.
  • 200+ Extrajudicial Killings – No justice.
  • Typhoon Yolanda – No support or aid.
  • Mamasapano Massacre – – No justice. Constant “blame game” against others.
  • Bangsamoro Basic Law – A complete, unconstitutional falsehood that claims to bring peace.

The worst of it all. Aside from Mendiola and Hacienda Luisita. All of the above – and more – has occurred within the last 5 years, under the BS “Noynoy” Aquino administration. Evan as of this writing. The Mamasapano massacre is still being fumbled around between the Senate. Congress and the President himself. Each is their own sad way, is trying to protect the president himself. While desperately trying to reach a successful conclusion that will appease the people.

Now! “How does the above make them a Personality Cult?” You ask.

Simple. Since Ninoy Aquino himself. The Filipino people have been led to believe this family was to be the one to deliver them from any evils that may befall them. And will make their nation some kind of world class player. If that were true. Why has the Philippine nation continued to sink ever further into an abyss of crime, corruption and poverty? And how has it been permitted to continue down such a horrid path?

A Cult of Personality. That’s how.

Through the use of imagery. Digital media. Television. Movies. Etc. They Aquino family has managed – Just like the Kim’s of No. Korea – to subliminally feed your mind with their names and faces. By controlling what you’ve been taught to believe in school. Statues of Ninoy and Cory in Saintly, Godlike poses. Even your current president, in nearly every speech, will remind the listeners of how brave and/or great his parents were. Every time you pay cash for something. Whose face(s) – as well as the bills color – do you see on the 500 peso bill? All of this and more, are subliminal feeds designed to cement the false fallacy of who this family is to you.

But what of Ferdinand Marcos, or Gloria Arroyo? Weren’t they as corrupt as President Aquino claims? Maybe. Maybe not. But shouldn’t you be asking yourself, “Why does he – like his parents – always bring them up in his speeches? Again, another easy answer. To always keep you reminded that his family has done great things. While Marcos and Gloria are the evil ones.

It’s all been a game people. And nearly 3 generations have enjoyed eating the bullshit they have been feeding you. In fact, I firmly believe you have been aware of it the whole time. But for some ridiculous, unknown reason. You continue playing their little game. What is it? You keep “hoping” the next one will be better?

Are you bored. Or just plain stupid?

Jacques Phillip

As an ExPat living in the Philippines. I have found it relatively fun and exciting to have been given the opportunity to live among such wonderful people.

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3 thoughts on “Charisma And The Cult Leader

  1. How many Filipinos can understand comparative politics and history, and then be able to vote wisely? Even most of the educated in the archipelago are caught up with personalities.

  2. Ang paulit-ulit na pagbanggit ng sakripisyo at hirap daw ng kanilang magulang ay para lamang makuha ng support, approval, at sympathy ng mga tao. Masyado na Over-Acting at sobra na gasgas na ang gimmick ng mga Aquino

    “Our Media has a social responsibility to make Philippines/World a better place by seeking TRUTH / JUSTICE, promoting/influence an intellect society and leave a positive impact on our people. And not just pursue profit from politicians or news maker at the expense of making our people dumb or brainwashed.” – Dale Gozar

    “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” by Malcolm X

    “Whoever controls media controls the mind” – Jim Morrison

    “They must find it difficult, those who have taken Authority as Truth, rather than Truth as Authority.”
    -Gerald Massey

    Current & Past Leaders are voted or put into place by people (rich/poor) who are easily influence by media – what we see, hear and read constantly everyday on TV, radio, movies, music, newspapers, magazines and social media (internet). Media can influence (unconsciously or blindly) us greatly on the way we think, believe, behave, act, decide, vote, rule/govern. etc….

    Because of this, media is largely responsible for the Leaders we produced, the mentality of our people (voters), the quality of life we now are experiencing and the future we pass on to our children and next generation.

  3. UTAK KALAWANG
    is Failipinos will to Ignorance, Apathy & Stupidity.

    Garapal na niloloko ang lahat pero, bakit parang balewala lang lahat ng ito sa Pilipino?

    “Simple lang. Wala ako ALAM at kagustohan ko ito dahil ano bang PAKIALAM ko? eh TANGA nga ako kaya bahala na.”

    Translation:
    “It’s plain and simple. I don’t want to KNOW because I don’t even CARE, thus I am STUPID so come what may”

    Is this what our leader/people wants to achieve and Philippine to be known?
    1. A Nation who export it’s own people as slaves (Domestic Helper).
    2. A Nation of stupid people who constantly elect celebrities & personalities due to popularity or for sympathy vote (mom/dad/spouse who recently died).

    We can’t blame government, because we are part of the problem as long as we are silent or side with the ignorant mass (majority) who chose stupid to follow over geniuses. We should really be ashamed for every bad news or wrong things happening in the Philippines.

    Hopefully, Social Media advocacy can bring change by allowing all Filipinos to connect and share effortlessly around the world and harness the power of digital activism. As we know, silence and apathy are deadly. STAND UP and OPPOSE this SOCIETY.

    What’s the difference between ignorance, apathy and stupid?

    IGNORANCE
    Failipinos don’t want to KNOW

    “Ignorance is Bliss” Failipinos must be in Heaven

    APATHY
    Failipinos KNOW but don’t even CARE

    “Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.” by – Rollo May

    “Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand.” by – Bodie Thoene

    STUPIDITY
    Failipinos know the truth, see the truth but still believing in lies.

    Stupidity is the deliberate or unitentional poor application of knowledge, rationality and social common sense to life, an activity or situation.

    “Evil is not the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe a lot more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.”

    Which is worse: Ignorance or apathy?

    We can rectify ignorance by educating people. Apathy is just choice. You really can’t FIX a choice to not care. You can only hope to persuade.

    Most ignorance is the direct result of apathy; people don’t know because they don’t care to know.

    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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