For weeks I’ve been hearing annoying radio ads for some kind of business opportunity speaking deal with Rudy Giuliani and Colin Powell. There were some other big names too, one from sports, I think, and someone related to Warren Buffet. What surprised me was the advertised price, $1.95 per office. Not per person, per office of people, causing any skeptic’s spidey sense to tingle. The dog and pony show finally came through last month and a friend of mine went. Surprise surprise, it’s a combo proselytizing and self-help sales pitch rolled into one.
I’m told the celebrity speakers were there as advertised and they delivered, but the over all spiel was nothing new. Just the typical motivational flim-flam with a big heaping helping of Republican Jesus on the side. Republican Jesus was somehow important to this shin-dig, how exactly isn’t clear. But the crowd was worked into a sort of revivalist born-again lather over several hours with full-blown Praise Jesus moments mixed in with God Wants You To be Rich sermons, followed by the inevitable sting Please Follow Us To Get Rich!
The now emotionally tweaked crowd was siphoned off into another section set up like a convention hall where displays and sign up desks were ready and waiting. One of the lesser celebrity speakers reportedly segued smoothly into the sting, explaining, ‘now folks there’s a lot of hucksters and conmen in the motivational get-rich-quick business, … but we’ve personally checked out these experts’.
Presumably the venders pay for everything, that’s why it’s so cheap, they pay the speakers and rent, all for a shot at mesmerized attendees at the most vulnerable and lucrative time. They’re selling everything from self-help books and DVDs, to one-on-one spiritual-wealth counseling or week-long seminars on how to network under the guise of Bible study.
I know I should have gone, but it just sounds awful.
Anyway, sad … like little Newt Gingrich’s all working the grifter circuit, milking the faithful and greedy, hooking them with promises of dreams made real but if only you believe, truly believe. And if you don’t get rich quick, well you should have prayed harder or something, I’m sure. Giuliani I can sort of understand, his frantic desperation for money and power comes through even on a muted black and white TV. But Colin Powell sold out for this shiite?