Predatory Abuse Dynamics And A Nation Of Political and Corporate Victims: "
Here's just one way the notion of health insurance
abuses us. I have paid over 100,000 in insurance premiums in my lifetime, and
not one dime of that is now available since I no longer have private insurance.
Had this gone into medicare, I would still have access to it.
By Max Blumenthal -
December 14, 2009, 1:50PM TPMcafe
While covering the radical right
over the last six years, I began to notice a shared sensibility among the
movement's followers that went far deeper than politics or religion. Many of the
movement's most fervent activists had suffered existential personal crises
ranging from struggles with homosexual urges to alcoholism to mental illness
that propelled them into far-right politics. For these trauma-wracked
personalities, who ranged from reclusive movement financiers like Howard F.
Ahmanson Jr, a resident for two years in a mental institution before he became
the self-proclaimed sugar daddy of the Christian right, to key Republican Party
leaders like Tom DeLay, a philandering drunk known as 'Hot Tub Tommy' before his
rebirth as an evangelical Christian, authoritarian politics served as a balm for
their psychological anxieties.
In my book, Republican
Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, I show how a
culture of personal crisis has animated the right's politics of resentment, and how those who control the radical right have projected
their crises onto the Republican Party that they substantially control, throwing
it into conflict with itself. (This is an apt
description for the current state of Roman Catholicism whose current leadership
was wracked by the trauma of WWII and Communist
At the center of my narrative is James Dobson, the leading figure of the
Christian right for the past two decades. Despite having commanded a supposedly
religious movement, Dobson has no religious training or theological credentials; he is a child psychologist who has exploited the private sufferings of
his followers to mold them into unflinchingly loyal, uniquely fervent political
shock troops. By setting his flock against Republican moderates like
Bob Dole and Colin Powell, Dobson and his allies set the stage for the
transforming of the Republican Party from a big tent into a one-ring circus. (This is an important point to make about Dobson. Child
psychologists spend a great deal of time understanding the dynamics of abuse.
The idea is to educate child psychologist to help people out of abuse dynamics,
but the fact is, that knowledge can be used to other
When Sen. John McCain, a figure detested by all factions of the
conservative movement, won the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, the
influence of the Christian right made Sarah Palin the only logical choice as
McCain's running mate. As unqualified as she was, Palin embodied the right's
culture of personal crisis. She did so by openly discussing her decision not to
abort her Down's Syndrome-afflicted infant son, and by campaigning beside her
teenage daughter, whose out-of-wedlock pregnancy seemed to undermine Palin's
advocacy of abstinence-only education but actually endeared her
to right-wing parents whose daughters faced similar predicaments.
By broadcasting her private family struggles to the right-wing masses,
Palin became their heroine, a God-fearing glamour girl who naturally embodied
their sensibilities. When Palin struggled to answer softball questions from
Katie Couric, movement members viewed her not as a liability to their cause, but as the victim of liberal elite persecution, another
Christian thrown to the secular lions. Indeed, Palin's ignorance proved to be
one of her greatest assets.
(Once a victim, always a victim, because one is
completely blind to the fact one too frequently takes action to insure they
remain a victim. Dobson has taken great advantage of this fact and Palin is a
classic example of a perpetual victim finding self fulfillment in her own
victimhood by preying on other victims. It gives her the illusion of
And now we have a senate health care bill where most of
the programs which would have helped those 45 million Americans without health
insurance have been stripped from the bill. We are left with a bill which
essentially 'helps' the uninsured by legally mandating they buy health insurance
which they can't afford from the very corporate entities whose excesses the bill
was supposed to curb. This is called abuse dynamics. It is no wonder that most
of the rest of the world sees Americans as the consummate victims of global
corporate capitalism. We delude ourselves into thinking we're not because our
'lifestyle' is higher than those others who our corporations exploit to keep us
dumb and pacified. We are allowed to be dumb and pacified but not allowed access
to affordable health care, much less a real democracy.
Right now I am so angry with Joe Lieberman, Barack
Obama, and the Democratic party that I want to spit nails. Dobson has made his
inroads manipulating abused people, but don't for one moment think that
manipulating abused people is solely the tactics of the Republican party. Look
in the mirror Democrats because predatory abuse is a-political and a-religious.
It knows no party and no god. It knows only prey. Especially in it's American
sanitized corporate form draped in the Stars and Stripes and foisted on the
American people by our elected 'representatives'. Abuse is not just a Catholic