It hit me after seeing this Drudge Headline FIRESTORM AFTER DEMS CUT FOOD STAMPS TO BAIL OUT TEACHERS , America’s ruling class is trying to freeze the era of the 50’s-60’s in amber by government fiat. They resist all inevitable change and creative destruction that MUST come in the wake of the baby BUST. They inevitably confuse form with substance, like a tribesman in the Pacific worshipping a bamboo plane and praying for it to fly.
Where does this cargo cult manifest itself most? SCHOOLS. Baby Boomers loved school–they have idyllic memories like “Grease” and “American Graffiti”. Ritalin and packs of wild negroes roaming the halls terrorizing them don’t figure into their memories at all. Boys remember shop class and rifle club, not being maligned as the source of all human suffering. Girls were taught USEFUL LIFE SKILLS in Home Ec, like cooking, sewing, budgeting–things necessary to run a household. Of course, they took all these things for granted and then immediately set about destroying every aspect of school that they had loved for the next generation. “Burning bridges” is a common metaphor for destroying one’s OWN options, is their one for utterly destroying the chance of future generations to have the same options? I don’t know–but there should be.
Part of the School Cargo Cult is preserving the Baby Boomers career aspirations for eternity as well. And what did they all want to be? TEACHERS! The youth population is declining and fractionalizing–the days we needed all those big Public School Edifices to educate children are coming to an end, the internet alone has provided an explosion of educational activities that were unheard of 60 years ago–but since the Baby Boomers have such fond memories of School and all wanted to be teachers, Schools MUST BE KEPT GOING AT ALL COSTS! Import millions of foreign children, divert all funds to propping dying schools up–School and teaching profession must be kept alive!! It’s a Zombie System, clattering on years past its useful life–millions of educated parents would rather die than let an (lol) “Education Major” teach their kid how to tie their shoes let alone tell them what to read or interpret history for them.
Another Cargo Cult item is “Jobs”. When the elite speak of “jobs”, do they ever mention data entry, computer programmers, systems analysts, quality control workers, small factory owners, franchisees, Stanley Steamer Carpet cleaners, truck drivers, or retail managers? NOPE! What constitutes “jobs”? SOLELY manufacturing, the big 3 auto industry, and unions. That’s it–no whole tiers of jobs have come into existence since the 50’s, no new industries, products or services. It’s like they are in a time warp–1000s of jobs and businesses have come into existence since the 50s and they can’t see them, and if they DO perceive them, they blithely undercut them without a care. Look how they destroyed telemarketing with the do not call list without one whit of concern for the 1000s of jobs that were lost or destroyed because they found it “annoying”–did that have anything to do with current unemployment?? hmmm
The ultimate Cargo Cult manifestation we are witnessing right now is the Hieratic Obama Presidency. Since Prez-O-Dent Tarball HNIC washed up on the steps of the White House with the Imperial family in tow we have been seeing a purposeful parody of the JFK/Camelot mystique in Blackface. It was apparent in the worship of his alleged “looks” and the currying of and celebration of the “youth vote” and attempts to gin up a generational zeitgeist in a generation slivered into a multiplicity of tiny groups of common interest like never in history. Michelle’s self-conscious, steatopygian Jackie O impersonation in the campaign days was eery and alarming to anyone with eyes to see.
Obama is all form, no substance, like many have said — an Empty Suit. He believes Presidents govern by making speeches–he makes speeches every day and can’t understand why nothing is getting better! He must think to himself everyday “I don’t understand, I ACT presidential every day–I am always telling reality how to be and making very serious presidential faces–I even hold my head at a regal angle!–why isn’t it all coming together as I planned?”
I am sure there are many more examples of the Cargo Cult mentality–but these are just a few that sprung to mind