Anger Management Badly Needed Here

English: President Barack Obama speaks to a jo...

English: President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“@amandacarpenter May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.”

“Busy blocking the tapeworms that have slithered out of hellspawn @amandacarpenter’s asshole. How’s your day so far?”

The above were supposedly tweeted by Allan Brauer, Communications Committee Chairperson for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC), to Ted Cruz speechwriter and senior communications advisor Amanda Carpenter early Friday afternoon, after Carpenter tweeted a gung-ho message in support of using the Congress’ power of the budget to defund the Affordable Care Act:

“GOP beat gun control, changed Obama’s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!”

I will admit, the above seems brazen, even cocky, arrogant. I’m sure it was deliberately meant to be such.  While I deplore the inclusion of a person’s offsprings in a political fight, I also deplore the Republicans’ pervasive peacock posturing. Take for example, John Boehner’s statement:

“While the president is happy to negotiate with Vladimir Putin he won’t engage with the Congress on a plan that deals with the deficits that threaten our economy.”

Does the statement get results?  No.  Does it further clarify issues towards any resolutions?  Nope.  But it fills the internet, the airwaves, the TV because it’s sensational!  Should his resignation be demanded too for these inflammatory comments?  You think this is tame? I guess it is, huh? I’ve heard worse in the last 5 years.

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This political divide is tearing us all apart, bringing out the worst in all of us.  How can we cross party lines and work together?  How can we get Middle America to accept a president who does not look like them?  Didn’t Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky declare, in an interview with the National Journal in 2010:

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

To be fair, Senator McConnell did add that he does:

 “not want the president to fail” and cooperation was possible “if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues.”

But, it set the tone that Republicans have no intention of cooperating. That every “win” by the current administration would be taken as a defeat on the GOP camp, even it it’s for the common good.

English: Depiction of the Senate vote on H.R. ...

English: Depiction of the Senate vote on H.R. 3590 (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) on December 24, 2009, by state. Two Democratic yeas One Democratic yea, one Republican nay One Republican nay, one Republican not voting Two Republican nays (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Depiction of the House vote on H.R. 3...

English: Depiction of the House vote on H.R. 3590 (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) on March 21, 2010, by congressional district. Democratic yea Democratic nay Republican nay No representative seated (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My hubby and I visited Toronto last week to attend a friend’s memorial service. (We used to live there. Our daughter was born there.) It was well attended by the medical community and the University of Toronto’s finest. Our friend was a well-respected engineering prof and his wife is a pediatric anesthesiologist.  At the reception, I was inundated with sympathetic words for our troubled government and dysfunctional society.  Canadians just can’t understand why we Americans are the way we are. 

We trivialize what is essential and we make mountains out of mole hills over fluff.  We have dumbed-down our news, film, theater.  See stellar ratings for reality shows and MTV. Even Sondheim, in his public radio interviews admits sadly to this, the imposed limitation of ensuring that media put out information and entertainment for say, grade level 3 only.  We perpetually surround ourselves with guns to feel secure.  We are the only first world country that can’t take care of our citizens’ health properly, adequately, and appropriately.  If you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we are only at the second level from bottom and we can’t even satisfy it consistently.  How can we ever aspire for self-actualization? Does this mean Americans will forever be harassed, stressed and angry? Never happy?

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, courtesy of Wikipedia

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, courtesy of Wikipedia

What gives, America?  

P.S. I can’t help but wonder if more than half of the country even understands the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts on their lives.  How could people vote against something they may not even understand?  I think information has not been properly disseminated. This puts the misinformants at a clear advantage.

P.S. II:  I can’t imagine how someone with a viciously nefarious tongue (or fingers) could be let loose in the Democratic Party organization.

This post was inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue.  Do go see what other WordPress bloggers have come up with.

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12 Responses to Anger Management Badly Needed Here

  1. “This political divide is tearing us all apart, bringing out the worst in all of us. ” Sad reality that most ignore, become insensitive or just have that “don’t care anymore” attitude. Our country needs a lot of healing. A lot of barriers to break. A lot of healing and help for the broken. Anger stirs media attention but in the end only leads to more chaos and violence. I hope for the sake of our children and their generation, we’ll hold hands and be of one heart to stop it.

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    • likeitiz says:

      Well, the discourse in the last few days, including Senator Ted Cruz’s 21hour filibuster was a complete waste of time and energy. What was he thinking!

      What I found comical is his choice of bedtime reading for his daughter, which he read during his filibuster. He read Dr. Seuss Green Eggs an Ham. If you know the story, you will find that although it started by saying he didn’t like green eggs and ham, in the end he ended up liking it, if the republicans can get over themselves and start thinking of what’s good for the common everyday American, they would see that healthcare is one service owed to every citizen of this country.

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  2. seeker says:

    Civilized did you say? Is that even in their dictionary. I don’t understand politics. Good read though.

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  3. auntyuta says:

    Anger Management, is that what it is all about?
    You ask: “If you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we are only at the second level from bottom and we can’t even satisfy it consistently. How can we ever aspire for self-actualization?”
    I imagine it would be important to make sure that all mankind can at least exist on the first level and that people who have the good fortune to be on a higher level learn some kind of
    ANGER MANAGEMENT!

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    • likeitiz says:

      Anger management consists of counseling and behavior training to curtail outbursts of anger whether verbal and/or physical and to channel it it more constructive, more socially acceptable, and more productive activity. There are people who lash out uncontrollably and then they regret what they just did —- destroy property, relationships, even batter people who love and care about them.

      We seem to have quite a few of them in our government.

      Now, the question is, which is the chicken and which is the egg? Are people walking around so angry because they are so stressed and harassed that their sense of safety is not adequately addressed by the society they live in? Or are most people so insular and espouse “every man for himself” such that a safe society (second level for Maslow) can’t seem to be achieved? And any attempts at getting there are shunned and treated asan invasion of their rights?

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  4. Quite the wide range of topics you have broached. Thanks to Frizz a few months ago I now have Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs saved on my screen. Nothing is solved overnight and nasty tweets feed the Media which I distain and avoid and I do not even watch television. I do not know how to tweet , sometimes I wish I did but mostly, no . I learned quite a bit about Amanda Carpenter today…..I appreciate and enjoy that fact that you speak your mind!

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  5. *Snaps* There is a huge gap in understanding when it comes to policies and the actual practical effects they have. Not just with healthcare, either, unfortunately.

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  6. Every word, beautifully and articulately written. Bravo and I agree with every word.

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