5 reasons why the Oklahoma GOP is definitely not a cult!

Breaking news, ya’ll! Last week, former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards announced he no longer considers himself to be a member of the Oklahoma Grand Old Party. The longtime republican stated he thought the GOP to be more of a “cult” than a political party nowadays. Now those words seem a little harsh, even for TLO standards. So, here’s 5 reasons why the Oklahoma GOP is definitely not a cult!

There’s No “Cult of Personality”

According to Wikipedia, a cult of personality is the art of using spectacle and lies to create an “idealized, heroic, worshipful image of a leader, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.”  The culture of an unquestioning, idealization of an authority figure, despite evidence of flaws or malice, is more fit for Charles Manson’s cult than the Oklahoma GOP.

There Isn’t a Culture of Fear

A common recruitment and retention strategy of cults is to instill a sense of fear, often by creating an us-versus-them mentality that pits cult members against non-members. That just seems ridiculous to think a member of the Oklahoma GOP would do such a thing.

They Don’t Match

If the GOP were to be a cult, they would have to all wear matching clothes, like the Heaven’s Gate folks.

There’s No Doomsday Prepping

For it to be a cult, wouldn’t members of the GOP have to be obsessed with Doomsday and spend most of their time gathering weapons to protect themselves against Armageddon or the end of times?

They Don’t Use Religion

Like the Peoples Temple (AKA the Jonestown folks), cults often use religious imagery and scripture to recruit members and justify their backasswards actions. I just don’t see people affiliated with the Oklahoma GOP doing that. Ever.  

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22 Responses


  1. You left off the Falls Creek cult once headed by Banjo Boy.


    1. No she didn’t. Look closely at that redheaded guy.


    2. Is that Lankford? I thought it was Harpo Marx photoshopped with the haircut from Moe of the Three Stooges.


  2. It’s been downhill since Mickey Edwards and Henry Bellmon left the scene. Crazies ever since….


    1. No shit! Hell, even grizzled geezer J.C. “Walk Around Money” Watts is a frickin’ saint, when compared with the likes of Muckwayne The Maskless Mugger, Bad Shot Bice, Old Cling-On Cole, Red Skeletor, and Prune Face In-Hock.


      1. Cling-On or Klingon Cole?


        1. “Cling-On”….you know, like a fuckin’ shitty dingleberry that won’t go away.


    2. Mickey Edwards no great rep either.


  3. “idealized, heroic, worshipful image of a leader, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.”

    Like this?

    https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71O07UKkmGL._AC_UL320_.jpg

    More characteristics of a cult, from cultresearch dot org:

    ►The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader, and regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.
    ►Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
    ►The group has a polarized, us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.
    ►The leader is not accountable to any authorities (like a national Constitution or a co-equal branch of government).
    ►The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group. (Perhaps insurrection and vandalism).
    ►The group is preoccupied with making money (and economic matters).

    (Comments in parentheses are my own.)

    Right. Definitely not a cult.


    1. :::Definitely not a cult.:::

      My brother, I couldn’t help but channel the spirit of Rain Man when I read that.

      “Yeah…not a cult. Definitely not a CULT. Time for Wapner. Yeah, definitely time for WAPNER….”


    2. So do you curse or praise Kelly Anne’s family for pulling her from the cult prior to the poison being passed out?


  4. As someone who has also referred to folks of this ilk as cultists, Hayley’s enumeration gives me pause because most cults consist of marginalized outsiders, fringe riders. Not sure if you can actually have an overwhelming majority of a group considered cultists. Bat Guano crazy kooks, for sure, but cultists, maybe not. I will ponder this.


    1. Ponder that individuals’ adherence to cults is on a spectrum. There are some who only have dabbled a bit, and some who are fully hooked.

      I have no doubt that most Trump fans are still essentially sane. But some have definitely gone off the rails, all the way to Qanon.

      The one flag that I can’t get out of my head: “Jesus is my Savior, and Trump is my President.”


      1. And the oldie but goodie from the Bush era, “America, Love it or Leave it.” Appears we are digressing?


  5. Can we do an Intervention for 75 million people?


    1. I really wonder how many of the 75 million voted for/supported Trump versus voting against Biden/Democrats/Liberals? I’m sure that happens in both parties but I do know based upon polling had the Dems nominated anyone other than Hillary, and by anyone I mean anyone in 2016 Trump may not have won. The Dems sadly and totally miscalculated how despised and hated Hillary was, and they did not reach out and seek the votes of those voting against Obama (even though he wasn’t running).


      1. I think that Hillary was unpopular enough among Democrats that lots of them didn’t bother to vote at all. Of course Republicans actively hated her, so their turnout was strong regardless of who their candidate was.

        Voting for Trump and voting against liberals is pretty much the same thing. Trump’s basic appeal is that he hates all the same thing that his followers hate.


    2. Can replaying the very worst of the Capitol insurrection ever equate to Eisenhower’s forcing the German people to bury by hand the dead in the Concentration Camps? Until America’s version of the German propaganda machine is at least placed in check most cultists will never have a point of reference from which to begin to come back to the living. trumps newest problem will be the pesky cultists pitching tents on his front lawn at Mar Largo. Porta Potties take away from ‘the look.’


      1. Porta Potties would be an improvement. The White Trash Trumpbots shit on the floor at the Capitol fiasco.


  6. Serious question, has any other president had their own flags like that? I know Bush had his mission accomplished banner, and Obama had his own pre-presidential seal, which he stopped using when people made fun of it (rightfully so). But has any other president had a flag that their supporters flew? It just seems weird to me, I’ve never cared enough about any politician to actually fly a flag for them, the occasional yard sign or bumper sticker, but definitely not a flag.


    1. That boat is flying the Trump flag above the American flag! That’s the scariest thing about it.


  7. If you don’t think the repubs aren’t a cult, well check out their party platform in ’20.

    What, you couldn’t find it? Look for Wado then.

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