Here is an email Delegate Scott Lingamfelter sent out warning of a new development in our educational system.
Cult of Personality
Most folks have heard the term “cult of personality” but really do not understand its origin. This concept has it roots in Marxism and was further refined and shaped by Joseph Stalin, the WW II dictator of the Soviet Union. Generally, personality cults are most common in regimes with totalitarian systems of government where a single leader becomes associated with this revolutionary transformation, and comes to be treated as a benevolent “guide” for the nation, without whom the transformation (change, ya’ll) is impossible. Stalin used the cult of personality to build and sustain his power.
Because we are democratic republic, this could not happen in America, right? Well, enter New Jersey’s B. Bernice Young Elementary School where kids in kindergarten are being instructed to sing praises to President Obama with the same adoration school aged kids did for Red China’s Mao during the Cold War. Don’t believe me, here’s the link. See for yourself.
Now I ask you, what you think the liberal left would be doing if school aged kids has been required to sing such songs of adoration, say, for President George W. Bush? It wouldn’t take much imagination, really, would it?
Here’s the point. President Obama is not responsible for this. But frankly, he should discourage it. This sort of thing is the antithesis of what our founders believed the way leaders should be regarded. Remember, our first president, George Washington, (I name him here because given the state of civics education in America, you can’t be certain some folks know who that was) stepped down after two terms to emphasize the need for elected government, even while others wanted him to continue in power.
As our Declaration of Independence says “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”. We, you and I, are the sovereign, not any elected leaders or legislative body. They are the functionaries of the authority we grant them. No more, no less. So when I see this sort of “cult of personality” crop up, I am offended. But when I see it orchestrated in our classrooms, I am angry! You should be too.
The left has mocked the tea bag movement. Even the President’s top advisor has called these patriotic people (including me and my family) who are concerned about freedom and the future of the country an “angry mob”. Well folks, if this sort of state-sanctioned hero worship doesn’t make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, you better get out the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and take a good read of both.
I don’t expect to hear one word of protest from the left. Why? Because they approve of “iconic worship” while lecturing the rest of us about the “intolerance” of religion. None of that, thank you very much.
So to all the liberals out there, God Bless America, and Lord protect us from cults of personality and the orchestrated songs of adoration that accompany them.
L. Scott Lingamfelter
Delegate, 31st District
Virginia House of Delegates