By Deborah C. Tyler
The recent publication of a close-up of Lena Dunham’s naked bottom as season’s greeting from America’s new sweetheart prompts a moment of psychoanalysis.
Fundamentally, Dunham’s repulsive presence is political propaganda. Totalitarianism maintains its control through fear and imposition of the irrational, inhumane, and self-destructive mental condition generally termed dissociation. The vulgarity and obscenity of many female comics play a role in inducing that malleable mental state in people who have fallen into attenuated connections with God and conscience. Dunham leads the pack of the propagandistas of the disgusting.
This article originally appeared on American Thinker
by Deborah C. Tyler
Throughout his writings, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. explained that white moderates who claimed friendship to the negro cause but rejected social disorder and cautioned patience and calm were more of a stumbling block to freedom than the frank racists of the KKK. That stumbling block to change seems to be recreated in the psychology of many prominent conservatives writing about the current presidential election. A permeating subtext across the writing of elite conservatives ranges from concern to contempt to fear of the righteous anger of patriotic Americans.
Anger is the fuel of political freedom. The misconstruction of right-wing anger by conservative elites is becoming more of a stumbling block to saving the Republic than the open hatred of conservatism by the left. Radio conservatives are interacting with real people so they tend to be more open to the justified anger of their listeners. But many elite conservative writers read like heads separated from hearts, more likely to write about Edmund Burke than my friend Ed, a laid-off factory worker. They seem to be more concerned about Ed becoming fanatic than the open borders and bad trade policies that cost Ed his job.
There are two principal reasons conservative elites fear anger on the right. First, they were educated at left-wing universities because those are the only kind there are. Though they don’t know it, right-wing elites were brainwashed at those universities to believe a fascist lurks within every ordinary American, itching to pop out with guns blazing if allowed to get angry. Second, prominent conservative thinkers are comfortably employed and ensconced in life. While the destruction of the economy and borders of our Republic is most troubling indeed, it is not personal, as it is for Ed.
Anger is among the first emotions in life. A newborn baby, eyes still swollen and shut, asserts: I exist, I feel, if you hurt me (or not) you’ll hear my anger. Anger provides vital energy for protection and survival. It is the emotional state induced by the life-sustaining impulse to protect, to defend against or attack a perceived threat. Healthy anger is hardwired into the nervous system as a reaction to pain and suffering. Righteous anger is the highest form of healthy anger. It is the beneficial force for good which forms in the self-respecting hearts of principled people who have been lied to and who are suffering because of it. Righteous anger forms under conditions of oppression when moral, legal, or personal contracts are broken. It is the force which impels, sustains, and advances political freedom. In the fullness of time, it is the righteousness of anger which determines if it is creative or destructive.
There is a mistaken notion that the heroes of liberty are the authors of the great documents articulating human rights. The philosophers and writers play their part. But it is the nerves and muscles and blood in the veins of righteous men who decide, “We will fight, we may perish, but this will not stand,” that enable freedom. The yield of righteous passions are enshrined in documents of liberty and justice. It is because righteous anger arises again and again in the hearts of oppressed people that those documents of freedom remain alive.
In recent years the greatest threat to the survival of the Republic has not been from the left wing or from the foreign enemy. It is because righteous anger against the “blame America first” worldview has been degraded, dragged, and drugged out of the hearts of patriotic people.
Despite all the illegality and abuse inflicted on the American people by unchecked government, the right-wing pundits still counsel, “Beware of anger.” It is abominable that cosseted conservative writers, purposed to sound brilliant while resisting change, are railing against the too-little, too-late anger that has finally appeared, perhaps in great part because of the candidacy of Donald Trump. The Tea Party movement failed because they stifled the righteous expression of their anger.
Unrighteous anger is a generally unconscious defense of adaptive self-delusion. It is a transference of unhealthy emotion away from the actual causes of harm to a presumably safer, more convenient scapegoat. But the big lie that any anger in Americans of traditional values will transmogrify into violence against minorities is indelibly engrained in the educated mind on both the right and the left. In truth, it is amazing that there is so little of that noxious transmogrification, so little resurgence of historical hate crimes, in light of what has been inflicted on the ideals and opportunities of Americans.
A comparison of the political effects of the unrighteous anger of the left to the political paralysis of the anger-phobic right explains why the left wing is crushing conservatism across most battlefronts. Take the case of the venerable unrighteousness of Jew-hating. Contemporary Jew-hating trends of the left are styled around rejecting the prophetic deliverance of Jews to their sacred homeland. Contemporary Jew-hating promotes divestment, boycotts, and sanctions against Israel. These highly successful political tactics arise out of grassroots anger, righteous or not. Tactics such as economic boycott were essential to the civil rights movement. But these effective methods of political action are almost never encouraged by conservative leaders. Why not? Because they are afraid of the anger and neither understand nor trust the inherent restraint of Judeo-Christian righteousness.
The writing of right-wing pundits about the new angry American falls into two categories: a patronizing minimization or an hysterical apprehension of fanaticism. On the one hand, clucking conservatives belittle the righteously angry as “disaffected” or “indignant.” Worse are the mealy mouth Ivy League staccato talkers (“But, but, but brownshirts, brownshirts!”) who see a fascist in every American who loves their country. Conservative writers are as fully brainwashed against Americans as are progressives. Jeb! has supporters, Trump has followers.
The so-called conservative pundits with the deep cerebral folds generally make it clear that if America is lost, better that she goes out with a whimper. So the bums never get thrown out. Obama and Jeh Johnson can stick it to America again, defunding border protection, because there’s not enough righteous anger left to stop them.
Why don’t the supposedly brilliant thinkers on the right seize upon the energy of the people’s ire instead of disparaging it? Why do they call for sober reflection and reasoned debate in the face of national catastrophe? Because for them the decimation of job growth and the erasing of our borders are troubling, ill-advised, even foreboding, but not personal. They don’t live where Ed lives, across from the big green house on Pine Street. It was so well kept once. Now the paint is peeling and the yard is a mud pit. Young men speaking Spanish come and go all hours of the day and night. They keep to themselves, but doors slam and car engines roar. There’s a barking dog on a four-foot chain and some days they throw food out to him. The cops come by when Ed calls, but say there’s nothing they can do.
by Deborah C. Tyler
Much of the time Governor Bush is campaigning or giving a speech his arms appear to be plastered to his sides. Pictures of Jeb as a child show his hands stuck to the sides of his tall frame while others solve the universal dilemma, “What should I do with my hands in this picture?” in the more normal manner of holding them unnaturally in front of the body. There doesn’t appear to be a picture of Jeb Bush with both arms raised to a 90 degree angle. In relatively few pictures does he raise his arms to a 45 degree angle. In the dozens of pictures on the net, when he raises his arms slightly, his hands are usually held symmetrically before him in a position of entreaty rather than to add emphasis. For emphasis, Governor Bush turns his head in accommodation to his audience. In the snaps with George and Jeb together, Jeb appears to take a supportive stance, almost as an adjunct to George. George is the central figure with Jeb seeming to take a place in his orbit as a supporting character.
The major personality theories include the formulation of the peacemaker personality. Perhaps the most famous is Enneagram 9-the mediator. The mediator prefers harmony, he is agreeable, and does not tend to make enemies.
Mr. Bush made a good showing in the Republican debate of 1/14/16 because he allowed himself to be natural. He opened by saying, “Hillary Clinton would be a disaster.” But that statement implies that Mr. Bush is envisioning such a presidency. In his next turn he made the classic statements of the peacemaker, “We need to unite behind the winner… everybody needs to discount some of the things you’re going to hear in these ads… everybody has to discount the back and forth.” Governor Bush gained energy and raised his arms a bit in talking about the unifying issue of mental health, “Republicans and Democrats alike believe this.”
Even if the nation wanted another Bush presidency (it doesn’t) and the Republican oligarchy could install their candidate (they can’t), this is not Governor Bush’s season.
Governor Bush does not lack energy. He doesn’t have the right kind of energy for this moment.
by Deborah C. Tyler
In a recent American Thinker article, the perceptive Daren Jonescu posed the question, “Is Trump the kind of leader who might begin to restore a crumbled constitutional republic?” This essay considers Jonescu’s doubts and proposes alternative possibilities in the light of Neo-Jungian masculine archetype theory.
by Deborah C. Tyler
The kind of addictions that make your hands shake and head spin are easy to understand. They develop when fast-breaking, feisty chemicals from outside the body make their way into the tiny spaces in the brain which regulate feelings and force aside the chemicals from inside the body which are already there. These upstart chemicals can evoke all the same feelings as do the naturally occurring ones—euphoria, energy, relaxation, mysticalness. But the bold extrinsic chemicals usually cause those feelings to happen much more quickly and more potently than do the chemicals already there. When the flashy new chemicals subside, the displaced natural ones are even slower to produce energy or relaxation than before they were pushed aside. Craving for the intense feelings provided by the wallopers from without starts the addictive cycle. This mechanism explains Breitbart addictive syndrome, or BAS. Breitbart is pushing aside fogyish conservative news outlets with reporting that grabs readers and listeners, and without manipulation makes their blood rise in a gratifying way. The presentation is a rush of information designed with users in mind.
Above we have a simplified biochemical explanation of addiction. Counselors and therapists deploy a different definition of addiction, as a compulsive behavior which puts one’s life out of control or causes severely negative effects. By either definition though, the more an addiction is indulged the more of it is required. So when your hand begins shaking on the mouse and hypervigilance for new posts sets in, or when you panic when the radio show is over off, the signs point to chemically based BAS. When you sneak to the restroom to check for new postings on the smart phone, it probably points to the therapeutic definition. Either way, it’s time to admit you’re an addict and break the cycle.
There is help. The first step is to admit that your hand on the mouse has become unmanageable. But know that your higher power can restore sanity in your life. Join a Breitbart Anonymous group. If one is not available, start it. And carry the word to others.