When asked about past members charges that the LaRouche group is a cult, LaRouche aid Paul Goldstein gave answer that a cult would. He said the past members "have gotten burned out because of the pressure" of outsiders' attacks(39 ).
A 1973 LaRouche memo said "taking your bedrooms away from you until you make the step to being effective organizers . . . . Your pathetic impotence in your sexual life" Is political matter, the memo said, and went on "I will take away from you all hope that you can flee the terrors of politics to the safety of 'personal life.' " (40 )
In 1972 LaRouche became convinced that the British brainwashed his ex wife new boyfriend, Chris White in an attempt to assassinate LaRouche. Lyndon started a two week deprogramming of White. The New York Times got a tape of the sessions. They were marked by sounds of weeping and vomiting at one point a voice could be heard saying "Raise the voltage." (41).
Alice Weitzman also had been accused of being brainwashed to assassinate LaRouche. She made a wrote a note for help and sailed it out of her New York City apartment. When the Police arrived they found several LaRouche followers who were staying with here because they said she was brainwashed as part of a plot to kill LaRouche (42 ).
The issue of a candidate's mental health resurfaced in the 1988 campaign when Michael Dukakis was forced to deal with allegations (43) that he had received treatment for depression on two occasions, once after his brother was killed by a hit-and-run driver and a second time after he lost a Democratic gubernatorial primary in Massachusetts(44 ).
In the 1976 presidential race Lyndon LaRouche ran an ad that said "It is no exaggeration to say that if Jimmy Carter were to be elected on November 2nd this nation would be committed to thermonuclear war probably no later than the summer of 1977."(45 ).