A manipulator uses your beliefs against you. A manipulator uses your beliefs to play on the fear you have of that which you neither know, nor understand. Once the fear is established, mentally, you become paralyzed; trapped within a prison of your creation. A prison in which you hold the keys to the shackles and the bars, but are unable to recognize because of the FEAR!
The issue in becoming so dogmatic within your belief system, is that it traps you within a narrow mindset; unable to process anything beyond what you perceive as truth. Typically, these are not beliefs which you have discovered for yourself, but are passed onto you by those you trust(ie; elders, parents, clergy, etc). And even when confronted with new information that challenge these beliefs, we continue to lean upon the now antiquated information. It is human nature to seek out that which is familiar. This, provides us with confront and stability. However, it also leads to stagnation and complacency. These things hinder our growth as individuals. And once we become afraid to challenge ourselves, we become stuck within imaginary limits. And as the vicious cycle continues, we lean upon our "belief system" for answers. Instead of searching within, we point fingers without: "this group's taking our jobs" or "that groups lifestyle is wrong" or "the devil did it", and so on and so forth. Our internal fear mixes with our "beliefs" to manifest a pungent equation of bigotry and intolerance. Fear unchallenged, will inevitably lead to hatred.
Which brings us to this election cycle. And regardless of political sensibilities, its safe to say that "FEAR" is leading in all the polls. Both parties have adopted it as their platform. And depending upon the political dogmas which you ascribe to, the side you're on is playing off your fear of the other. Presidential Bloods and Crips if you will(isn't it ironic that they use the colors red and blue). This election provides us with quite the astute metaphor for our society in general: when you allow fear to dictate your actions, you ultimately end up in a situation where the only choices you're left with are horrible or horrendous.
Question everything, especially that which you hold in the highest regard. Don't be afraid of the uncomfortable, for that is a sign of growth, and growth is a part of life. Those lessons that we refuse to learn, are the ones we are doomed to repeat. So, who do I think you should vote for? It's not really up to me to say.
I'll leave that to the manipulators. ;)