Wednesday, April 27 2005
The question at hand is this: if George W. Bush had lost the election in November would we be seeing stories about conservatives undergoing therapy to deal with the disappointment? I don't think we would. So why have some liberals been so traumatized by politics (specifically the results of the last two presidential elections) they've resorted to pyschotherapy and support groups?

Part of the reason falls to Sommers and Satel's thesis that the "culture of therapy" in America has expanded to encompass virtually all aspects of every day life.

Another part of the reason is that liberals, who tend to have a world view more heavily influenced by emotion, are probably more predisposed to see therapy as a valuable tool for managing emotions - even those created by the result of an election. Conservatives, on the other hand, take a much more narrow view of the legitimate uses of therapy - and dealing with an election loss is not among them.

But the issue is really less about how liberals and conservatives view therapy than about how they view each other politically. As Charles Krauthammer pointed out nearly three years ago:

"To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil."

Evidence of the truth of this statement is everywhere. Howard Dean tells the Democratic party faithful that politics is "a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good."

Markos Moulitsas, proprietor of the influential liberal blog Daily Kos, has probably used the word "evil" to describe Republicans and the Bush administration more times in the past month than the top twenty conservative blogs have used it to describe liberals in the past five years combined.

From top to bottom, Democrats tend to frame political debate these days in the most alarmist, even apocalyptic terms; conservatives want to poison the water; bulldoze forests and let greedy corporations rape the environment; make granny choose between food and her pills; throw women who have abortions in jail; take away day care and shred the safety net of Social Security; pack the courts with people who want to take us back to the 16th century and tear down the wall between church and state to establish an evangelical theocracy. And that's just the GOP's domestic agenda.

Is it any wonder some on the left are ridden with such terrible anxiety?

As Linda Huf, a member of the new liberal activist support group I wrote about on Monday, explained "I'm very worried about what's going on in the world. I was worried during the Vietnam War too. But somehow, today, the evil seems too big."

Why does "the evil seem to big?" Because the Democratic party, with the subtle yet consistent help of the liberal media establishment, has convinced some of its members that conservatives aren't just political adversaries with a different point of view, conservatives are a threat to their very existence. The reason some liberals need therapy is because they've traumatized themselves by buying into such demagoguery. - T. Bevan 9:45 am Link | Email | Send to a Friend

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