[lit-ideas] Re: Maybe Amago is right!

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 22:30:07 -0400

It is The Onion, but it does show the extent to which these concepts have 
permeated our society.  I can't find a movie that doesn't have some variation 
of this in it.  In the History Channel's advertisements for their series on 
Lincoln they had a bunch of teenagers in a class saying that Mrs. Lincoln 
definitely had issues.   Most states, probably every state, has a child 
protective agency and these organizations often mandate parenting classes for 
people referred to them.  All this heightened awareness says to me that we're 
light years ahead of macho cultures like Mexico even if nowhere close to where 
we need to be to have a truly functional society.  The U.S.'s not having a 
stomach for war is to me part of that evolution to a higher plane that the U.S. 
is in; violence just doesn't satisfy the way it used to.  It's ironic that our 
leadership is so far behind the rest of the country.  It makes one wonder if 
that's why they have such an affinity for Mexico.

There's a new agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada that effectively 
ends the U.S. as we know it.  Rather than secure our borders with Mexico, we're 
going to be securing Mexico's southern border with Guatemala.  It's all part of 
the NAFTA superhighway, minus American unions or even American workers to drive 
the trucks.  It's not being debated in Congress at all and is sneaking in 
almost entirely under the radar of both Congress and the people.  Search it in 
Google and only government sites come up.  Just as a BTW, in 2003 all of four 
(4) employers were sanctioned for using illegal workers.  Fake SS cards are 
standard operating procedure.  They did finally apprehend the guy who was 
generating most of them, but I'll be surprised if it makes a difference.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Mike Geary 
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 6/23/2006 7:08:41 PM 
Subject: [lit-ideas] Maybe Amago is right!

Report: U.S. May Have Been Abused During Formative Years
June 21, 2006 | Issue 42?25 
WASHINGTON, DC?A team of leading historians and psychiatrists issued a report 
Wednesday claiming that the United States was likely the victim of abuse by its 
founding fathers and motherland when it was a young colony.
 "In its adulthood, the U.S. displays all the classic tendencies of a nation 
that was repeatedly mistreated in its infancy?difficulty forming lasting 
foreign relationships, viewing everyone as a potential enemy, and employing a 
pattern of assault and intimidation to assert its power," said Dr. Howard 
Drexel, the report's lead author. "Because of trust issues stemming from the 
abuse, America has become withdrawn, has not made an ally in years, and often 
resents the few nations that are willing to lend support?most countries outgrow 
this kind of behavior after 230 years."
 According to Drexel, nations that act out in selfish, self-destructive ways in 
statehood were usually granted too much independence at an early age, 
especially if the motherland had other newly annexed lands to care for.
According to Yale University psychology professor John Bauffman, while some 
rebellious behavior in a nation's adolescence is common, and sometimes healthy, 
America's historically stormy relationship with mother country Great Britain 
points to a deep need for acceptance. 
 "The U.S. is characteristic of an abused nation in that, even decades after 
noisily pushing away from Britain, it still maintained close contact with the 
motherland, took care of it, even giving it financial aid?all the while fearing 
disapproval even though the parent country is now old, decrepit, and 
powerless," said Bauffman, a prominent contributor to the fourth edition of the 
Democratic Symptoms Of Maltreatment handbook, or DSM-IV. "On the other hand, 
Canada, which was raised in the very same continent by the same mother country, 
only exercised small-scale resistance, remaining loyal well into its maturity. 
Though some see Canada as cold and remote, it has, unlike the U.S., managed to 
lead a peaceful, reasonably healthy existence."
Bauffman pointed to another telltale sign of abuse in the U.S.'s tendency to 
bully, torture, and persecute less powerful, vulnerable creatures, such as 
buffalo, passenger pigeons, forests, and Native Americans. 
Although the American nation appeared to be on the road to recovery by the 
early 1990s, watershed events such as the open discussion of sexual issues, a 
protracted custody battle in the closing months of 2000, and a series of 
threats and physical attacks from enemy nations triggered centuries of 
repressed memories and set off a recurring pattern of violent outbursts and 
emotional volatility.
"America compensated for early mistreatment by taking out this pent-up 
aggression on other nations?getting involved in aggressive conflicts seemingly 
just for the thrill of it, starting arguments and wars that can't be won, 
suspecting that everyone is out to get them," Drexel said. "This nation needs 
help, but by its very nature, refuses to accept it."
 Drexel defended the study's findings amid claims that America's current 
condition can be attributed to a much wider variety of factors.
 "Granted, part of America's problems may stem from the fact that it was 
burdened with a false sense of responsibility at a young age because of the 
unrealistic expectations of the country's forefathers, and there is certainly 
something to be said about America having been part of a broken homeland for a 
four-year period in the mid-19th century," Drexel said. "Even though the U.S. 
is over 200 years old, emotionally it's younger than Lithuania."
Added Drexel: "But we must remember that the country also idealized the 
forefathers in a classic victim?abuser relationship."
The report recommended that the United Nations Security Council once again 
renew its efforts to organize an international intervention to help the U.S. 
get the counseling it needs. Prior attempts have failed to move beyond the 
planning stage, however, with many countries saying they are afraid that the 
U.S. may lash out.
from The Onion

Mike Geary

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