America, as a nation, is badly in need of psychotherapy

"Why did Americans become so vulnerable to divisive political tactics? Why did America get dragged into such an unwise war in Iraq? Wy have fundamentalist groups, Fox News, and hate-filled right wing radio played such influential roles in America's landscape? Why are long accepted scientific ideas like evolution under siege? These questions and others puzzle people from all points on the American political spectrum and from all points around the world. What has happened to the American mind?" p.2

Dr. Bryant Welch, State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault On The American Mind

The answer is that certain politicians, religious leaders, and media celebrities have deliberatedly manipulated the emotionally vulnerable by suggesting a false reality so that the perpetrator can control this emotionally vulnerable population in order to pursue their own devious purposes. The examples of this behavior are plentiful and it goes by the name of gaslighting or what I have called mystification.

You have people like James Dobson, the founder of Focus On The Family, the largest right wing religious organization in America who says things like "Tolerance is a kind of watchword of those who reject the concept of right and worng. It's a kind of a desensitization to evil of all varieties. Everything has become acceptable to those who are tolerant."

Dobson is a demogoge who is preaching hate, distrust, paranoia to the emotionally vulnerable under the guise of religion. Forget the fact that Jesus said to love your enemies, be kind to those who persecute you, and died that way to demonstrate his teaching. Dobson has set himself up opposite of Jesus and yet people love Dobson and follow him and he has tremendous influence along with Falwell, Robertson, and the other false teachers who have gained such popularity in a confused and vulnerable American mind.

Dobson has said, "State universities are breeding grounds, quite literally, for sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), homosexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, alcoholism, and drug abuse."

To an uneducated, lower class population, this is music to their ears to learn that better educated people have been contaminated at State Universities. This subtle appeal to classism is a divisive and destructive tactic in the United States and leads to dependence on religious authorities rather than on education of the free and developing mind.

The point is that there is an element in the United States fueled by ignorance and fear that is ripe for manipulation by psychopaths who would pry on the emotionally vulnerable for their own gain. This is not only a huge mental health issue but a huge moral issue as well. We as a society need to raise our level of consciousness so that we are aware of the psychopaths among us who would exploit us for their own purposes. These psychopathic terrorists are not abroad as they would have us believe but right here at home taking advantage of us daily. They are among us killing and injuring our soldiers, impoverishing all but the very rich, trashing our environment, destroying our commons, and manipulating our democracy for the advantage of the corporations and the very rich.

There are a few of us, but unfortunately not many, who realize that the emperor has no clothes on. We understand their crazy making tactics and watch our fellow citizens become "dumbed down" every day. We see the fear in our fellow citizens eyes as they pay over $4.00 at the gas pump, and are told that the Iraq war will go on for a 100 years. We see the demonizing that is perpetrated against us blaming the immigrant, the poor, the gay, women who want to have control over their own bodies and their reproductive health to distract us from their devious behavior and purposes.

America is badly in need of psychotherapy, a therapy which will make the unconscious conscious so that the gaslighting and mystification is illuminated and labeled, help the nation make better decisions that are reality based not fantasy based, and improve national functioning so that we can live in a society with one another which is much more satisfying and fulfilling.

To be kind, honesty is required.

I share with my clients the idea that honesty is the sine qua non of a good relationship. A relationship based on dishonesty is not worth having because the feedback one gets from the partner is distorted, it is based on illusions and misunderstandings. The feedback has very little value. As they say in the computer field, "garbage in, garbage out."

Further, lying takes unnecessary emotional energy. The liars' anxiety goes up a bit because now they must expend the energy to keep the lie straight with other communications and/or to keep the truth in the dark. That lying is stressful for most people, and has physiological symptoms of stress, is the underlying assumption of how lie detectors work. These machines, supposedly, are able to detect these more subtle symptoms of stress which the human eye cannot detect.

Can people who lie be kind? At a superficial level, I suppose they can, but at a spiritual level it is very difficult because there is a pretense, a charade, and illusion created which is not authentic, not genuine, and comes between the people in the relationship.

In counseling I often hear the complaint, "He/she is not the man/woman I thought he/she was!" Or, "if I knew then what I know now, I would never have done it."

Learning the "truth" can be very disillusioning and often comes with a sense of betrayal. The dishonest presentation of self was not kind, but in the long wrong cruel, even if the cruelty was unintended.

Honesty is the best policy and in the long run is the kindest thing. Remember, being nice and being kind are not the same thing. You can be "nice" and lie your ass off - salespeople and politicians do it all the time, but being kind always requires honesty.

Honesty is also directly related to one's mental health. People who lie and equivocate loose track of who they really are, what they really think, how they really feel. They not only mystify others, they even mystify themselves and they loose their authentic voice. As Polonius says in Hamlet, "This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man."

McCain gets it wrong about privatizing social security - pure baloney

The Republicans smeared John Kerry with the put down "flip flopper" but nobody "flip flops" like John McCain. This video lasts 1:24 is one of the craziest making things I have seen from this guy and he has some pretty crazy making statements. Watch this and see if you can determine where he stands on Social Security. There seems to be a little something here for everyone. His statements are pure baloney.

U.S. Supreme Court gets it right for the third time and George W. Bush continues to get it wrong about Guantanamo

Eugene Robinson's column in the Washinton Post on June 13, 2008 describes the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Bush Administration's policy re: Guantanamo and depriving defendents of their civil and human rights. The really alarming thing is that McCain defends there illegal policies and wants to continue them.

It shouldn't be necessary for the Supreme Court to tell the president that he can't have people taken into custody, spirited to a remote prison camp and held indefinitely, with no legal right to argue that they've been unjustly imprisoned -- not even on grounds of mistaken identity. But the president in question is, sigh, George W. Bush, who has taken a chainsaw to the rule of law with the same manic gusto he displays while clearing brush at his Texas ranch. So yesterday, for the third time, the high court made clear that the Decider has no authority to trash the fundamental principles of American jurisprudence. In ruling 5 to 4 that foreigners held at Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detentions in federal court, the court cited the Constitution and the centuries-old concept of habeas corpus. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's majority opinion seems broad and definitive enough to end the Kafkaesque farce at Guantanamo once and for all.

Eugene Robinson - A Victory for the Rule of the Law -

Video lasts 2:25

McCain on Guantanamo and U.S.Supreme Court decision. Video lasts 3:48

Pentagon deliberately gets it wrong providing false information to American people about Jessica Lynch, Pat Tillman, etc.

It's hard to believe that the government deliberately lies to the American people to further their imperialistic purposes. Do you think it more likely that the goverment will continue lying to the American people under a McCain administration or an Obama administration?

Here is a video of Jessica Lynch testifying before congressional committee on oversight and government reform. It is the lying to the American people which mystifies people, engenders confusion, distrust, polarized opinions, and delusional thinking on a national scale. Government officials deliberately precipitating national psychosis is evil. Video lasts 7:10

John McCain gets it wrong on health care.

John McCain enjoys the best health insurance in the world being a U.S, Senator, something he would deny other Americans saying big government should not provide health care for us just for him. He says he is going to leave it up to Americans to make their own decisions not the government but what decisions can Americans make about their health care when they have no resources?

This man should be ashamed of himself. He speaks as stupidly as George W. Bush does but he is not as charming or as funny.

Video of McCain talking with George Stephanopolous in April of 2008 lasts 2:37

Bush administration lied to American public about reasons for Iraq war according to Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Here is the reason why smart and sophisticated people listen to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show for the news albeit satire, because he is one of the few who actually alludes to the important news in our society.

The Senate Intelligence report came out on June 5, 2007 and basically concludes that the Bush administration lied and distorted the facts to rationalize reasons for the war misleading the American people into a trillion dollar fiasco. Two of the three networks, CBS, and ABC didn't mention this most significant finding at all on their news broadcast, and NBC only gives in cryptic coverage.

It seems indeed ironic that you have to watch a satirical comedy program to get any significant news in the U.S. Makes you seriously question the role of the corporate media in our so-called democracy where propaganda and entertainment passes now as the evening news, and comedy gives us the truth.

The video lasts 4:24 and is worth watching.

Jon Stewart mocks the vacousness of the media. Great critque.

Jon Stewart mocks the vacuousness of the media. What a great critique. It lasts 6:41 and every student of the media should watch it.

I don't pay for cable TV because most of it is so stupid. It has very little value. I worry that our democracy is in peril if people rely on this media for their information about what is important in our society. Thank god there are critics like Jon Stewart who bring our attention to how ridiculous it is. His mockery really is funny and the joke is on us.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist got it wrong on STDs and HIV+

George Stephanopolous grills Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist on whether tears and sweat transmit HIV. Stephanopolous also grills him on abstinence based programs' effectiveness.

The country's public health is safer with this guy gone and his Republican cronies and their cockamamie policies based more on religious and ideological beliefs than good public health research.

This is leadership at its worst. It is malpractice and irresponsible.

Video lasts 3:03.