There is evidence throughout history that desperate people will follow just about anybody. Generally the numbers do not reflect the majority. Generally the numbers are quite small in proportion to the whole. That was the case with the Mormon cult, it was the case with the Jim Jones cult, and it is the truth with the Rush Limbaugh Cult.
Charles Taze Russell led a movement later to be know as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The premise and the promise were based on the idea that “…the religion was developed in response ‘to what they saw as compromise and corruption in mainstream Christianity’ …” (from wikepedia). This sounds very much like Rush Limbaugh and his frantic fanatic followers (Three ‘F’ words in a row.)
Ellen G. White was among the founders of the 7th Day Adventist Church. She held herself to be a prophet, much as did Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Rush Limbaugh. The ‘remnant church’ theology recognizes other Christian denominations as being anti-Christ.
The Baptist have spread, evolved, devolved, and regrouped over time. Theirs is a more accepted form of cultism. From Wikepedia:
“Baptists are typically considered Protestants. Some Baptists reject that association (see Origins and Questions of labeling subsections below). Most Baptist churches choose to associate with denominational groups that provide support without control. Examples of such denominations are the Southern Baptist Convention, National Baptist Convention USA, Conservative Baptist Association of America, American Baptist Churches USA, American Baptist Association (Landmark Baptists), among others.”
Many of the choking weeds of ideology have found root in fear and ignorance. Left alone, unchallenged, the toxic ideologies take root and spread. In the past, when there were wide frontiers, challenge would be met with retreat and the sanctuary of the wilderness. Note the Mormon migration to Utah in the 1850’s. Jim Jones tried to take his flock to a wilderness – but times had changed and sanity followed him, resulting in disaster. David Koresh attempted an isolated cult – but the duty of civilized man is to their fellow man – and Karesh’s cult domination met with doom.
Rush Limbaugh leads a cult based on fear, ignorance, and hatred. His words are those of historical cults – ‘… there is compromise and corruption in Right Wing politics…’ and Rush claims the mantel of the Prophet who will lead the lost into the Promised Land.
Sadly – there are people who will follow.