We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know that we do not approve of using mental health terms as ad hominems against those with whom we have honest disagreements on political, or other, topics. I have been guilty of sometimes opining that "big, benign government types" are indulging in infantile fantasies of ideal parents, and I should not do that.
World-views differ, as do views of human nature. It makes life interesting and interestingly-contentious.`
At some point, one needs to grow up. The fact is, the human quest for salvation, whether personal or social, cannot be left to the reckoning of children. Given the perilous condition to which progressivist utopianism is taking our country, its pubescent psychology deserves to be even more carefully scrutinized. The soft-focus, Pollyanna attitude of the left, which has come to be known as the therapeutic perspective on the world, is often accompanied by unmitigated savagery. Even if the assault on culture is not physical but legislative, its effects are almost universally devastating. The historical register shows that the effort to improve the world by revolutionary violence or by comprehensive and indiscriminate cultural revisionism — therapy gone wild — is practically guaranteed to cause far more misery than it attempts to alleviate.
Addressing the tough realities of the real world, and the depressing limits of one's own self, are the best vitamins.
Well, seeing that one political element that claims that the other element is often 'evil, mean-spirited, deranged, ect' , its no wonder the 'mental' aspect of the bandied words comes into play.
Goebels often chided ' Say a lie often enough, and it will be believed as truth' (or, something close), and it seems that one political element has taken that to heart and modis opperendi. I even think there was one esteemed college study that said that conservatism could be diagnosed as a form of mental illness a while back, but quickly dismissed.
Political discourse has always been harsh - see the Borgias and the likes - but the current entanglements are more 'heady' and 'logical', using images, words, and thought as the political predecessors never imagined.