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The Rape of the American Mind

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Last week my better half and I, Tess, went to a Southern California thrift store to hunt for treasures that others had all but trashed.  Tess found a couple of delicate plates that a young clerk was about to wrap with an old yellowed-out newspaper that she had just torn at the fold.


“Wait a sec,” I said before the nonchalant clerk took another rip.  “That’s a pretty old newspaper.  Mind if I take it off your hands?”

“Sure,” she shrugged, quickly handing it to me then reaching for more paper to wrap the plates.

The dingy, old broadsheet turned out to be the torn top portion of the Los Angeles Times, July 21, 1969, published one day after Neil Armstrong became the first man on Earth to step foot on the moon.  

An estimated 650 million people around the world, including 93 percent of Americans, watched as Armstrong descended the ladder of spacecraft “Eagle” to plant his left boot onto the powdery lunar surface.  

Like many newspapers, the LA Times’ “Extra” edition packed it's A-Section with headlines aimed at capturing every possible angle of the history-making.  

The story “Millions Over World Cheer Moon Landing” began: “Crowds screamed joyously in Trafalgar Square, people danced in Chile, a Russian yelled, ‘Hooray.’  Almost everyone on earth was somehow touched by man’s arrival on the moon.”

In the same decade that JFK, RFK, and MLK were assassinated; when America was bogged down in Vietnam; and one month before the grisly Manson murders – three men landing on the moon shouted to the world that, above it all, the American spirit still soared.

Not today.  

Between that Apollo 11 moon-landing and the launching of NASA’s Artemis I mission on Monday, something has gone horribly wrong.  The country that’s brought more good to the world than any single nation in history, is losing its mind.  


The orchestrated mayhem we’ve witnessed over the past two years, made possible by the deeply psychotic responses to the guilt over George Floyd’s death, and the fear of COVID-19, caused something very sacred to snap.  

Never before have so many institutions – government, business, media and education – conspired, all at once, to use twisted narratives and coercion to force free Americans into orgies of unwanted political intercourse that deliberately violate our deepest spiritual and patriotic convictions. 

The hypnotic rage against Judeo-Christian values, so-called white “patriarchy,” and everything Trump is not politics as usual.  It’s a kind of political rape.  “If you don’t like what we’re doing, too bad.  You’re going to lay there and take it, or else.”  

To delude millions into believing that the assault never happened, the perps butcher language, gaslight, and fictionalize reality.  

The border is closed. Pedophiles are “minor attracted persons.” Record inflation is “zero inflation.”  Men have babies.  Jan. 6 was an armed insurrection.  Afghanistan was an “extraordinary success.”  So, nothing to see here.  If you disagree, you’re an “Ultra MAGA extremist,” one of the greatest threats to democracy in American history.  

Pushing systematic propaganda to change the perception of reality is mental rape. 

Mental rape, as Joost Meerloo wrote in The Rape of The Mind (1956), is more precisely called “brainwashing,” “thought control,” or “menticide” (mental homicide) – methods used to systematically violate a person’s mental integrity.


The same methods interrogators use to “decondition” prisoners of war – fear, intimidation, relentless propaganda and indoctrination, dramatic persuasion, and humiliation – are the same one’s tyrants have used for decades to control whole populations. 

“A man will often try to hold out beyond the limits of his endurance because he continues to believe that his tormentors have some basic morality,” Meerloo wrote about American prisoners in the Korean War, “that they will finally realize the enormity of their crimes and will leave him alone.  This is a delusion.”

In the same way, believing that the current crop of Democrats, leftists and progressives “have some basic morality” and, at some point, will “realize the enormity of their crimes” is also a delusion. The people wrecking things will never let facts and evidence interfere with their lust to have their way with America.  

And if ex-KGB defector Yuri Benmenov is correct about the decades-long brainwashing process of ideological subversion in America – demoralization, destabilization, crisis, and normalization – it’s already too late for generations of Americans whose “soft heads” were pumped with Marxist ideas as students in the ‘60s, without being challenged. 

“Most of the people who graduated in the sixties – dropouts or half-baked intellectuals – are now occupying positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media and educational system,” said Benmenov.  “You are stuck with them.  You cannot get rid of them.  They are contaminated.  They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern.  You cannot change their minds.  Even if you expose them to authentic information … you still cannot change the basic perception and logical behavior.  In other words, [for] these people, the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible.”


He said that in 1984.

Flipping through the half-torn pages of that yellowed-out newspaper, it didn’t take long to find stories about the rebellious ‘60s generation clamoring for revolution.  At the same time America was shooting for the moon, the Black Panthers were making demands to “decentralize the police.”

Ideological seeds sown in that generation, little by little, created the snap we saw in 2020.  But what they foolishly ignore is that while institutions, buildings and statues can be destroyed, the character of this nation – built over centuries on the laws of nature and nature’s God – is not so easily destroyed.

While many are either in denial about America’s despoiling or waiting for their tormentors to “realize the enormity of their crimes' ' and, at last, leave them alone, at least half the country sees the crime for what it is, and their blood is boiling.  

It is that blood-boiling, not NASA’s Artemis I moon mission, that will be this century’s loudest shout to the world that the American spirit is still very much alive.  Nothing on earth will convince these people that men have babies, milk is racist, the moon is made of cheese, or that gravity is optional.  

Here on Earth, gravity is immutably real.  So is divine law, which governs man’s gravitational pull toward freedom.  Tyrants who try to stifle or control it by force or delusion – whether Democrat, fascist, socialist, communist, or global technocrat – will always be short-lived.


So, it’s only a matter of time when freedom-loving Americans, too, will snap. The political and mental rapists who refuse to quit imposing themselves on the people without their consent, is making it inevitable.    

That’s not a threat.  It’s just gravity.  

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