Republican Anxiety

by Rob Schneider
File under: Baby Boomers22 Apr 2013 7:53 EDT

Did you know that the cause of your poor mental health is... the government?  And Obama in particular?  That seems to be the case, according to an article recently highlighted by the Drudge Report, that online beacon for the weakest political 'opposition party' in US history.

The author of the article is someone named David Kupelian.  Here's his major thesis:

In the age of Obama, America is undergoing a “fundamental transformation” ... But what few seem to realize about this transformation is that the sheer stress of living in today’s America is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self-destruction.

He cites some health statistics and tries to draw a dubious causal relationship between them and something he calls "socialism."  Suicides have gone up in recent years.  Do you know why?  Obama.  The use of antidepressants is now very high.  Why?  Obama again.  It continues on like that.  His methodology is clearly very scientific.  And to boost his credientials, he also quotes Rush Limbaugh.

Most obnoxiously, this author claims to be an advocate of "freedom" and "capitalism" — but nothing could be further from the truth.  If he actually believes that the government can cause bad mental health, then he also believes that the government can cause good mental health.  Big government is not a problem, per se, so long as we have a "good" one.  That doesn't sound like capitalism to me.  

And the utter lack of personal responsibility expressed in this article doesn't seem very capitalistic either.  Really, this rant is just another part of the childish blame game that seems to swirl around mainstream US culture like an endlessly flushing toilet.  No, really, my poor mental has nothing to do with any of the personal decisions I made in my life.  It's someone else's fault!!  Obama made me do it!!!

Individualism par excellence.

Luckily, Mr. Kupelian is not all 'doom and gloom' — he's full of solutions.  For instance, he provides an ecstatic, infomercial-style endorsement of a book written by some quack pseudo-scientist, the cover of which looks like this:

And he also, predictably enough, quotes the Bible and pimps his religion.  Prayer, if you didn't already know, is a good solution to Obama-related stress, because it allows us "the opportunity to seek the Creator's will while letting go of accumulated anger, frustration and resentment."  

Older Republicans certainly have anxiety issues today, but the cause is not external.  It stems from the realization, at some deep level, that they themselves have been politically irresponsible for decades, that they have shown resignation and complacency instead of leadership, and that they have led their children and their country into this present unenviable situation (as victims).  Now the only comfort they can find is in trying to displace the personal blame and shift it to a public voodoo doll like Obama.

Don't blame us!  It's not like we've been able to vote for the past 30 years!

Don't blame us!  It's not like we lost an election to the "worst president in history"!

This kind of raw absurdity is to be expected from such a failed movement.  It is, by definition, the stuff of failure.  And it will continue to be so, until this irresponsible, equivocating, neurotic, sellout generation finally retires from the arena.

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