Mormons Dismissed by McCain and the GOP - PsyOps 101

The GOP has been deploying Psychological Operations against the Democrats all year, and it works.  

The trick is to play on tendencies that are near the surface and enhance them, just like you cannot hypnotize someone and get them to kill their best friend but you can get them to do something they would almost have considered doing anyway.  I'm not even going to use the Democratic Primaries as an example of how this works - because that is the prime purpose of the GOP PsyOps, to get us having these conversations - but rather the GOP primaries:

Mormons Dismissed by McCain and the GOP

The McCain camp has again chosen to ignore the needs of the Mormon community by failing to reach out to the supporters of Mitt Romney. Mormons throughout American history have been persecuted by the established powers of the government, and the Republican party led by John McCain is fine with that.  The Governor of Missouri issued the infamous"Extermination Order" in the 1800s in which he declared "the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State", resulting in the slaughter by US soldiers of Mormon men and young boys.  

Even in withdrawing to Utah under the leadership of Brigham Young to seek refuge the Mormons were hunted by the established powers in Washington.  Despite this relentless persecution, the generosity of the Mormon people continued to be demonstrated again and again, including the selfless action of bringing food to the very soldiers who were sent to kill them as they lay trapped and freezing at Guardsmen's Pass.

Washington is again duping the gentle Mormon people of this country, assuming they will meekly follow John McCain and cast their votes for him despite the vile lies used against one of their most respected leaders during the Republican primaries.  Has John McCain and the Republican party even acknowledged the concerns of the Mormon population?  Has he done anything to earn the votes of these patriotic Americans, or does he - like all past Republican politicians - assume they will blindly continue to give him their votes?

Mitt Romney is a dedicated father, a loyal American and a faithful representative of the Mormon people and their way of life.  His treatment at the hands of the party that so blithely takes the support of these hardworking people should not be forgotten come November.

This narrative is not being pushed in the media, but if it was I would expect to be able to find plenty of conversations among my Mormon friends.  It taps an underlying discontent, and any efforts by McCain to reach out to the Mormon population would be less effective and easily questioned as being cynical, opportunistic and lacking.

Sound familiar?

It's child's play, and we're being played like children.


Tags: clinton, duped, manipulation, mccain, mormons, obama, psyops, Romney (all tags)



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by chrisblask 2008-08-24 08:32AM | 0 recs
Not quite, IMHO.

This is a bit of a trivialization of the matters at hand in the Democratic Party between the Obama camp and the Clinton camp, and with regard to the state of the "air war" occurring between Axelrod and Rove.

We're winning the ground game; we're losing the air war.

Some would say the McCain campaign is making a more visible (note, I'm not saying: "better") effort to attract Clinton Dems than some within our own Party.

Voters and potential voters need to be courted. If one side does a better job of that than another--and given other variables at play in the effort--they will (probably) succeed at winning a substantial faction of whatever constituency they seek. But, again, it's not this simple; the spectrum of individual sentiment, and what goes into the psychographic of a given voter is more complex than that.

Virtually every presidential campaign in my lifetime has boiled down to the candidate's personalities and the image of those personalities put forth in/by the media, and the candidate's respective campaigns to shape the public's perception of the electorate of those personalities.

Issues are important, but the "dialogue" in the media and in terms of voters' psychological reasons and decisions as to what shapes their actual votes extend far beyond the issues, often ending up being much more based upon intangibles and preconceived notions and prejudices that have little to do with the issues at all.

Call it "PsyOps." Call it "P.R." It's all the same, IMHO. It just gets more and more sophisticated, calculating and devious with each passing cycle.

Anyone responsible for the management of the respective parties' campaigns that thinks that this year will be any different is, simply, kidding themselves and not dealing with the realities at hand.

by bobswern 2008-08-24 09:03AM | 0 recs
This in no way trviailizes anything,

which you would understand if you stopped to read it before climbing on your soapbox.

This has nothing to do with air war versus ground war, this is a demonstration of the game being played against Democrats to fuel the PUMA fire.b  It's as old as the hills and as continualy effective as National Enquirer-level reporting.

Anyone failing to recognize the tried and true application of shit-disturbing tactics that are being used by the GOP and their supporters - and being being knowingly leveraged by PUMA leadership and aided by the buying-into-the-lie by Obama supporters - is, simply, kidding themselves and not dealing with the realities at hand.

by chrisblask 2008-08-24 02:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Mormons Dismissed by McCain

I saw this over at KOS. It seems a little slimy, but I get your point.

by epiphany 2008-08-24 01:46PM | 0 recs
It is slimey

and that's what is being done.  Again, as I explain in the diary, the underlying feelings are real, what the opposition is doing is fueling the flames to maximum height

by chrisblask 2008-08-24 02:24PM | 0 recs
Re: It is slimey

if he picks romney, i will assist in your endeavor.  only because they make me angry.

by epiphany 2008-08-24 02:52PM | 0 recs
I really only picked the Mormon/Romeny

thing out of thin air to use as an example of the GOP motivation to fuel PUMA.  It's amazing how easy it is, isn't it...?

by chrisblask 2008-08-24 03:11PM | 0 recs
Re: I really only picked the Mormon/Romeny

It's ridiculous and people keep falling for the okey doke

by epiphany 2008-08-24 04:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Mormons Dismissed by McCain and the G

Source of your article?  Interesting...

by Hill4Life 2008-08-24 09:22PM | 0 recs
My sordid imagination

I really didn't expect as much interest in the random example I pulled out of my furry forebrain to demonstrate the point, but I posted this here and DKOS and before you knew it there were conversations going on about the Mormon vote and McCain.

Just amazes me how easy it is to start a false meme when the ground is fertile...

by chrisblask 2008-08-25 04:01AM | 0 recs


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