My husband and I are pretty ordinary people. We have a solid marriage. We have two terrific kids. We’re healthy. We’re happy and stable. Nothing dysfunctional about our family!
… Which, apparently, makes us unusual. Normal is the new Abnormal. Since we look so wholesome and ordinary, we must in fact be dangerous psychopaths who are good at disguising our true malevolent nature. There are those who peer at us with narrowed eyes and wonder what dark secrets we’re hiding behind our happy façade. And we homeschool! Proof positive that we’re keeping our kids out of school so we can hide the bruises!
Yes, that’s how it starts. The psychological profiling of happy, stable, ordinary Americans in order to classify them somehow – anyhow – as psychopathic pre-killers just waiting to snap and go on a killing spree.
Since the Sandy Hook shootings, there has been an understandable focus on the mental health of our nation and the role of guns in reducing the abundance of crime and mass murder. But what constitutes mental illness?
In the right light, with the right interpretation, anyone and everyone can be classified as mentally unbalanced. I first realized this about 20 years ago when I read of a case in which a stable cheerful couple – much like us – were denied permission to adopt because (get this!) they were too happy. The judge determined that it was unhealthy for children to be raised in an atmosphere so free from strife.
See? We’re all nuts.
“[A]s lawmakers rush to restrict [firearms] access in the wake of recent mass shootings,” writes Matthew DeLuca with NBC News, “mental health experts warn of unintended consequences: from gun owners avoiding mental health treatment to therapists feeling compelled to report every patient who expresses a violent thought.”
I’ve seen this firsthand. I know some people, avid hunters, whose teenage son is exhibiting some symptoms of mild OCD. They were planning on taking him to see a therapist but changed their mind lest he be branded too “mentally ill” to be in a home with firearms. This boy is 16 and has safely handled guns since he was a child. His parents are stable and happy, the boy is respectful and mature, and there is no earthy reason why the family should be forced to give up their firearms … unless some government goon deems their son to be “adjudicated as a mental defective.”
In a sobering essay on the subject of the dangers of Obama taking over psychiatry, Dr. Lee Hieb reminds us of one the major human rights scandals in the 1970s and 80s: the use of psychiatry against dissidents in the Soviet Union. Bottom line, if you disagreed with the government, you were ipso facto crazy.
What allowed dissidents to be classified as mentally ill, Dr. Hieb points out, “was the total nationalization of the psychiatric profession. In other words, the psychiatrists all worked for and were paid for by the government. They no longer were employed by their patients.” [Italics added.]
The Obama administration is pushing to implement a national registry system which, among other things, would require that the names of people who seek counseling be sent to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Should this registry be implemented, massive numbers of people would be disqualified from owning firearms merely for seeking counseling.
Can you see where this is heading? If mental health experts and physicians are required to report to the government everything regarding their patients, how fast do you think “everything” will be classified as a mental problem whenever the government deems it convenient? Overeating, shyness, unhappiness, too much happiness, too much faith … anything and everything can be twisted to suit the agenda of a government hell-bent on disarming the American people.
Now we learn that Connecticut is proposing a bill calling for a “confidential behavioral health assessment” of every public school student in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, and every homeschool student at ages 12, 14 and 17. This assessment would include “a review of physical and mental health, intelligence, school performance, employment, level of function in different domains including family situation, and behavior in the community.”
As if this weren’t bad enough, there is discussion that “Somatic Symptom Disorder” will be added to the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental disorders, the DSM-5. What this means is anyone’s physical illness which is deemed to have a psychological or emotional origin (stress, depression, grief, etc.) will be classified as a mental illness potentially resulting in, among other things, the loss of one’s Second Amendment rights. Whatever happens, don’t report your stress headache to your doctor. Don’t get grief counseling. Physical illnesses ranging from gastrointestinal upsets to cancer could mean the government can take away your firearms.
It was Voltaire who noted, “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” It’s well documented that Janet Napolitano attempted to get all patriots classified as domestic terrorists in 2009. When that didn’t work, the government seized the Sandy Hook and Batman shootings as evidence that the Second Amendment is a bad idea. It’s getting to the point where if you’re opposed to removing guns from citizens for trivial reasons, it must mean you have a mental disorder. Our Constitution is being dismantled, and then our mental stability is questioned when we object.
Somehow it comes as no surprise that No. 39 of the “45 Communist Goals for Takeover of America” reads, “Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gain in coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.” In short, if you disagree with the government, you’re crazy.
Our politicians don’t have the slightest interest in preserving our rights. After all, they’re immune from each and every restriction they place on us. They don’t have to conform to “gun free zones” (their children attend school with armed guards). They don’t have to be personally vulnerable (they’re surrounded by security personnel). They don’t have to comply with Obamacare (they’re exempt). So what do they care if we’re shackled and hogtied, as long as they, the Elites, are free?
Ironically it’s politicians who often display signs of psychological disturbance. Egomania, narcissism, megalomania … these are all genuine psychological disorders. What do you call politicians who are drunk with power? Mentally ill? (Just askin’.) Government service attracts the power-mad, yet those of us who just want to be left alone to live a quiet life are considered dangerous. Go figure.
So if my written voice suddenly goes silent, you’ll know it’s because the men in white coats are coming to take me away, ha haa …