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.
However, Lifton's career has been about expanding his professional role from his office to the larger world. Big mistake. The truth is that we in the shrinkology fields have a terrible time just trying to understand one person in our office. When it comes to strangers, or the larger world, we are as much amateur opinion-vendors as anybody else.
Maybe it's Lifton's grandiosity (but I am doing the same thing to him now) but, more likely, it's pure political animosity from disappointed Hillary fans. About half the country voted for The Donald so maybe we (I include myself, voted for him with a mix of disgust and delight, choosing Buffoon over Wicked Witch, but few of my colleagues have admitted to doing so) are all nuts. After all, Trump is just a messenger.
Using diagnoses as projectiles is simply rotten behavior. If you hate somebody, just say so in plain English. Recent history shows that ploys like Lifton's have been most obviously directed towards Goldwater, Nixon, Reagan. Any pattern?
Very appropriate for this to come from Bill Moyers.com, given that Reverend Moyers played a big role in attack ads in the 1964 campaign. Reverend Bill Moyers played a leading role in the Daisy ad in 1964. You know, the one that told us that Goldwater would lead us to nuclear war. Barry Goldwater, GOP Hero, Dies
Bill Moyers, director of Johnson's efforts to attack Mr. Goldwater's position through television advertising, approved two controversial TV spots aimed at linking a Goldwater victory with nuclear war.
One showed a little girl in a field, counting as she plucked the petals from a daisy. As she counted, a male voice, deep and ominous, counted backward from 10, getting progressively louder. The male voice reached zero as the girl reached 10, and the scene was rent by a nuclear explosion. As a mushroom cloud rose, a tape of Johnson's voice said: "These are the stakes, to make a world in which all of God's children can live or go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die."
The other television spot was of a girl licking an ice cream cone while a woman's voice talked off-screen about how radioactive fallout from atomic bombs exploding in the air made children die. There was a treaty prohibiting testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, the voice said, but a man who wants to be president of the United States voted against it.
"His name is Barry Goldwater," the voice said against a crescendo of Geiger counter clicks, "so if he is elected they might start testing all over again." Then there came a male announcer's tag line: "Vote for President Johnson on November 3. The stakes are too high for you to stay home."
Only the first of the two spots was used on commercial television during the campaign, and it was broadcast only once. Political tacticians decided not to use the second one at all.
Reverend Moyers is definitely an objective source to listen to when he informs us that Trump is nuts. Yeah, right. This is just another attack ad.
Tarasoff warnings are very specific about what circumstances constitute a Duty To Warn, and this is nothing remotely like that. He is using those words dishonestly, as an incantation.
Understand what is happening in the heart of these psychiatrists that they themselves do not see, however many years of analysis they have undergone. These Others - conservatives, populists, Republicans, all jumbled together in a psychic mess with little definition - are threats to their status, their power, their ability to get jobs, and mates, and friends, and prestige. We others are not "ill", we are competition, and any tactic is legitimate to bring us down.
Assistant Village Idiot
Lifton is just following the communist playbook. Remember all the "dissidents" in the old USSR who were declared mentally ill, incarcerated, and destroyed on mind-altering drugs? Writers, thinkers, artists, all mentally ill threats to USSR society.
After all, anyone who voted against Hillary !!! must be mentally ill, and in need of being "cured".
I wonder what Lifton's diagnosis of Hillary !!! would be? Narcissist, sociopath, psuchopath, or just a just a pay-for-play crook without a moral compass or fiduciary sense of responsibility for others and the country? ?