Shill- a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others; one who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.

Yet, and more importantly, do all shills know that they are shills?  Or, have they been so brainwashed, so duped themselves, that, like programmed robots, they have no idea that they really are [unpaid] shills?  At least a real shill gets a pay check.

Corporate shills were busy during the Health Care debate [ruckus] last year; one of them was spotted wearing his corporate logo as he posed as a teabagger. At least he was on salary.

Just think about all of those unpaid shills who ‘work’ for the banking, business and corporate interests who are not paid for their shilling services. I wonder if they need to organize themselves into a union? The Shilling Union of America.

I think back on those ‘Kill the Bill!’ rallies at which the Tea Party was so active.  There were ordinary blokes shilling for the Health Insurance industry.  Mom and Pop holding their signs and waving the flag in support of the insurance giants- the ones who don’t give a rat’s ass about Mom and Pop.  Not only did these poor shills not get compensated for their time and effort, but the poor souls had to pay transportation costs to and from the ‘rallies.’

Now Mom and Pop are shilling for BP. “It’s Obama’s fault!” they cry.  No doubt there will be more Tea Party get-togethers soon with signs reading, ‘Blaming BP is Un-American!’  I wonder if any will bring those 2008 signs, “Drill baby, drill!”?

It’s been my hypothesis for years that Americans are some of the most easily duped and propagandized people on the planet. Why should we be surprised, then, that so many of them have become unpaid shills for corporations?


8 thoughts on “Shills

  1. As I said in my post in the last thread, the Israeli defense of their action with the Gaza Freedom Ship is at this point in time directed to the American press. Their most important market and their most easily duped market.

    Drill Baby, Drill? Didn’t you see the comment of Louisiana Republican Senator Vitter yesterday? Or the comments of Mr. Limbaugh who is constantly trying to downplay the reality of the BP disaster?
    Only Mr. Limbaugh in his defense of BP has only made himself look even more massively idiotic than he normally is capable of.
    He referred to the continuing disaster in the Nigerian Delta, which I will agree, undeniably dwarves the Mexican Gulf disaster…for the time being….
    So what is Mr. Limbaugh trying to say?

  2. Is this the Sam’s Club Republican phenomenon? The people who should be democrats (as in they fit into the “democratic” demographic pattern), yet support the Republicans since they are under the misimpression that Republican policies will lead to a better life?

    But where has deregulation of the economic sector led?

    Likewise, does it make much sense to privatise social security?

    And we have people who are pushing for a national health care scheme due to the rising cost of health insurance which includes large business:

    In fact, the US system of health care has been shown to be detrimental to its competitiveness:

    Anyway, I made the comment that people are looking to the federal government for a solution to this problem rather than industry. The problem is that industry has been trying to remove regulations which would have prevented this disaster from getting as far out of control as it has.

    Anyway, you have to remember what P.T. Barnum said:
    “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people”.

  3. Laci- It truly is incredible how dumbed-down America has become. I was thinking about this just this morning as i watched the people in the Gulf decry the BP oil disaster. Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are solid RED STATES who vote Republican year after year.

    The rednecks there have become stooges- shills even- for corporate America, attacking regulations and unions. They still hate the Federal Government for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That’s why they vote GOP election after election. And just what do they think of a black president?

    Now, as you say, they come crying to the Federal Government, palms open ready to ‘get something’ from the very body that they have hated for generations. Pathetic.

    Do they still chant, “Drill baby, drill!”?

    I also wonder just how sympathetic these rednecks were to the Detroit auto workers when GM and Chrysler were asking for a loan to keep them afloat. Were these the same people who condemned Obama for trying to rescue these domestic auto companies?

    Odd stuff, isn’t it?

  4. I have used the analogy that liberals climb up the ladder and help those less fortunate also climb up the ladder.

    Conservatives pull the ladder up so that no one can follow them.

  5. liberals climb up the ladder and help those less fortunate also climb up the ladder. Conservatives pull the ladder up so that no one can follow them.


    I have always suspected that there must be some personality disorder in those who espouse the tenets at the far-right side of the political spectrum. I’m preparing a post about that. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Sara is blaming the environmentalists for the oil spill.

    In the next thread, Laci added this category to the personality disorder list:

    Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

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