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Is the Mind of America Disordered or Ill?

Some say that America created its own mess and we deserve what we get. To that end I would ask, “Is a personality disorder or mental illness created by choice, environment or is it physiologically induced? If not by choice, does one who is negatively impacted by their own disorder deserve what they get?”

Does a nation have a collective mind or personality? Can that national mind be disordered? Why do we assume that a nation’s mind is healthy and therefore deserving of its fate when we accept that an individual’s mind may not be and therefore a victim?

If the government of a nation could be compared to its mind, and that government is acting entirely outside its original intent and against the wellness of its body of citizens, would we not declare this nation’s mind to be disordered or even ill. How then could we in good conscience declare that the body of that nation deserves what it gets?

The retort is that unlike we fellow human beings, a republic can choose its own mind/government so the body of the nation/its citizens can and should be hold responsible of the actions of its mind/government.

Disorder in the mind of the nation might exist as an extension of the disorder in the body/minds of its citizens but even then that does not mean the mind/government acts in a vacuum, but its actions rather reflect the disorder in the minds of its citizenry.

I would agree, yet the medicine for reordering the mind is quite painful. Two thirds of the federal government of the United States is highly subjective to the will of the people through elections yet the barrier to entry of being placed on the ballot is much higher than the vast majority of citizens could afford. Therefore, political parties essentially control the ballot. Over the decades, political parties have gerrymandered the ballot geography to lessen the cost of control and now have a tight lid on who gets elected.

The gatekeepers of the mind of America are the political parties. The gerrymandering effect allows the parties to become highly polarized, almost applying a bi-polar mentality on America. 2004 swung to the Republicans but Bush was too warlike so 2006 swung to the Democrats. 2008 was for hope and change but deficits and Obamacare scared the Republican mentality so much that the Tea Party lobe stressed budget cuts during a time of peak unemployment and attempted to use its newfound power to kill unions. Now in 2012, Ohio, a highly unionized state in the thick of having defended against union attacks may throw its weight to Obama.

And during all this bipolar action. the 0.01 percent of the nation that pays for America’s elections will continue to push its agenda on American economics while the cuckoo bird sings. No, the mind of America is ill, is disordered, is severely outside the norm of the vast middle class, and defends itself mightily against healing.

America knows it is not well. Its passive youth sat outside Wall Street asking for counseling yet had no real clue how to heal America’s brain. Its unemployed swung double digits for Romney after just one debate hoping he offered mental salve. The gender gap has all but collapsed and women are turning for Romney even as Democrat campaigns spend tens of millions on abortion ads in the midst of a failed economy.

Yet until a either viable third party changes the landscape of American politics, or a grass roots effort rises up similarly to OWS, this time with the understanding, will power, and intent that our government must be exorcised of its bipolar excesses, or eventually after the body finds itself in the gutter after hitting mental bottom and chaotically reels in upheaval, this body will remain captive to its unhealthy brain.

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The Political Machine is a Frog Cooker

The collective power for change ultimately rests with the public and therefore some point to our failure for letting such political parades continue but there are barriers to entry that make the obvious voting solution for change a contankerous one.

Political parties hijacked the political process long ago. Votes are parsed along various social interests and Parties take opposite and extreme positions along these battle lines to split the electorate. Then candidates are chosen by the parties for their puppeting of these highly differentiated party lines to acquire voting majorities. From these slim majorities in the legislature, party bosses control ongoing votes down tthe party lines.

Campaign dollars collected by the parties then flood small segments of society and narrow, battleground geographies to persuade the votes of those that cannot otherwise be captured with these extremist techniques. After narrowly winning slim majorities, the winning party claims a right to vote down these same party line extremes. And from the vantage of these winning positions, parties then elicit billions of dollars from donors that obtain behind the scenes votes for financial gain from which slivers of profits can be re-introduced into the political machines to continue funding extremist campaign policies.

This machinery is a barrier to entry for those that might otherwise vote out the bastards in hopes of changing a country’s direction for the betterment of the economy and the vast middle class. So when the frog of the middle class electorate is exposed to the rising temperatures of the pot of political water such as described above, it is very difficult indeed for an unorganized groundswell movement of electorate to overcome such party politics through the mere act of voting.

Certainly, movements like the Tea Party and OWS can rise up, especially when both are funded behind the scenes by powerful monied interests, but seldom in history do we see ground swell movements overcome party politics. It can be done, usually as the water reaches a boiling point, but by that time the frog might be dead.

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