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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Wikipedia: A mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life.
Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and increased arousal.
“PTSD” usually refers to a “disorder,” but what is a “disorder” in the scheme of human behavior?
Each of us is unique. In that sense, we each have “disorders.” We each have unique beliefs, emotions, tastes, desires, fears, hatreds, and hungers.
Part of what makes each of us unique was implanted from our first days of life, and our ongoing life’s experiences continue to alter us.
We all suffer traumas. The effect on our brains depends, in part, on the traumas.
Consider children of Holocaust survivors. Many are children born in America to parents who survived Nazi death camps. These children never saw such a camp, yet they share some interesting commonality.
Although their parents often refused to speak of the death camps, the children’s brains were affected by their parents’ moods, silences, attitudes and overall demeanor.
Now imagine what happens to a child who directly is subject to serious trauma:
This frightened, squirming child was spanked with a wooden paddle by his school teachers. He screams, “Mommy, mommy, help me.”
The little boy, perhaps in kindergarten, must have committed a “grave” offense, as little boys are wont to do. Perhaps he spoke when he was supposed to sit silently, hands folded, and no fidgeting.
Perhaps he ran when he was supposed to walk. Perhaps he took someone’s crayon. Or some other serious crime.
Surely he didn’t carry a loaded gun on the street or into a bar, endangering everyone around him. That’s for adults to do.
Never mind that little boys are, by their very nature, unable to keep still like statues. The chemicals running through their bodies force them to act – like little boys. And punishment is the “cure” for this normalcy? Really?
So for his serious crime the little boy was taught a lesson, by being hit with a wooden paddle.
And what was the lesson? When you grow up, your children should be treated harshly.
Then, when he grows up, he will treat his children harshly. That paddling was the beginning of his PTSD. And he will act harshly to his neighbors and strangers. He may shoot some of them or commit other crimes. Children who are treated harshly tend to do that by the time they become teens.
You may wonder how it’s legal for teachers to administer corporal punishment to children. Believe it or not, corporal punishment on helpless little children is legal in these states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.
What else do these states have in common? They are red states, populated with Very Religious people.
Very Religious people believe in the strict word of the Bible. The Bible is harsh. It authorizes the death penalty for: Murder, Adultery, Bestiality. Rape. Sodomy, Picking up sticks on the sabbath, Worshiping other gods, Witchcraft, Cursing, Kidnapping, Disobeying a parent.
And that’s just the death penalty, which can involve stoning and other forms of cruelty. The Bible contains many other harsh penalties.
By contrast, I know someone who used to drive downtown each Saturday, to feed the homeless. You could call him a “feeder.” Odds are his parents taught him to care about the less fortunate.
Many people were enraged by this. They believed these feedings encouraged people to become homeless, and that instead of rewarding the homeless with food, the homeless should be punished for their misery — jailed or chased away to somewhere (?) by the police, who should beat the homeless with batons. You could call those people “beaters.”
Odds are, the “beaters'” parents hated the unfortunate.
The irony about those Very Religious people, who voted to have teachers “educate” little children by hitting them with a stick – the irony is that they not only love the Bible, but also love Jesus, who clearly was a “feeder” and definitely not a “beater.”
Very Religious people have a form of PTSD that prevents them from seeing, caring about, or even remembering the inconsistency of loving Jesus and hating the less fortunate.
The point is this not very original idea: Children’s brains are affected by their parents, friends, and all the events in their world.
Children are not born bigots, haters or afraid. Children find these beliefs and emotions traumatic.
So, if your parents are bigots, haters or fearful, this atmosphere caused changes in your brain — a form of PTSD. You more than likely, are a bigot, a hater or fearful, though you may neither recognize it, nor understand why. Hatred and fear are communicable diseases. PTSD is communicated by circumstance, by proximity and by sensory input.
If your parents hate Jews, Catholics, gays, blacks, browns, yellows, reds, the poor, the rich, immigrants, foreigners, liberals and people who think guns really do kill people, you probably feel the same way.
None of these hatreds are normal. Children are not born with them. Hatreds are PTSD. They are mental disorders.
And that is why the mentally disordered Donald Trump, the Republican bigot-in-chief, held a rally in Patchogue, NY, just a few yards from where several Hispanic men were attacked, and one killed, by seven teenagers, in a notorious hate crime.
And thousands of mentally disordered, white, Trump followers cheered as he repeated his vow to build a wall and make Mexico pay.
Trump and the Republican Party have given America PTSD. Let us pray America can recover.
Until then, we have this: 5 Cruelest GOP policies
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually Click here
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)
10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
THE RECESSION CLOCK
Recessions begin an average of 2 years after the blue line first dips below zero. A common phenomenon is for the line briefly to dip below zero, then rise above zero, before falling dramatically below zero. There was a brief dip below zero in 2015, followed by another dip – the familiar pre-recession pattern.
Recessions are cured by a rising red line.
Vertical gray bars mark recessions.
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..
•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.
•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
•Deficit spending grows the supply of money
•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
•The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.
•Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest..
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..