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Addiction

Okay.

I have to stay calm.

I am not going to go on a rant.

We all know that I get irritated with some in the Tea Party caucus.

The fact is without the tea party, as a whole, the environment in Washington would never have changed from how much can we spend to how much can we cut. My problem with a minority of the tea party is they are as uncompromising as the radical progressives. Since I actually consider myself one of the Tea Party, I can call them anything I want. In the end, we agree on the destination we want our country to go.

Now, enter MSNBC. the bastion of integrity.

Sense my sarcasm?

Martin Bashir, one on MSNBC’s talented hosts( Sense my sarcasm again?) He interviewed psychologist Stanton Peele, who happens to be an “expert” in addiction. The excerpt has to be read to be believed:

BASHIR: What is the effect giving people their way all of the time? How does it shape our thinking behavior if by being adamant and dogmatic we get our way?

PEELE: Well, the way I think about it is they are pursuing goals that can’t be achieved. It’s sort of like a child who has some kind of fantasy, and they keep asking you to give them things to acquire that, but it’s impossible to arrive at the goal that they want. The idyllic paths that they are pursuing probably never existed and certainly not something we can reach right now.

BASHIR: So you’re saying that they are delusional about the past and adamant about the future?

PEELE: They are adamant about achieving something that’s unachievable, which reminds us of a couple of things. it reminds us of delusion and psychosis. It reminds us of addiction because addicts are seeking something that they can’t have. They want a state of happiness or nirvana that can’t be achieved except through an artificial substance and reminds us of the Norway situation, when people are thwarted at obtaining something they can’t, have they often strike out and Norway is one kind of example to one kind of reaction to that kind of a frustration.

BASHIR: But going back to the Tea Party in this country. Do you think that having achieved their goal, no new taxes. instead of this actually making them think about compromise in the future? It’s actually simply going to harden them so this kind of battle this, kind of standoff, this kind of face-off is just going to become routine in Washington.

PEELE: Well, I’m looking at one beyond. they want no new taxes because they seek some kind of idyllic past. No new taxes won’t bring them, won’t bring them economic recovery so they will have to turn their attention to some other supposed method of attaining that until they go through all of them. Perhaps they can push through all of them. perhaps people become discontented and perhaps they will become discontented and people are likely to get riled up, and it could become a very angry movement could, potentially become a violent movement.

Did you remain calm? 

Did you pick up your lap top and throw it across the room? Not that I would ever do such a thing.

There is a lot I could say to this so-called ”addiction expert.” If the Tea Party caucus is filled with delusional individuals acting like addicts because they are trying to get what they cannot have, what the HELL does that make the Democrats who continuously seek the things they cannot have? The Tea party caucus voted by a  32-28 margin for the final passage of the debt ceiling. The Democrats split their vote on  the bill 95-95. The Democrats voted against the debt ceiling increase by a greater percentage than the Tea Party caucus. The Democrats have voted against(nearly unanimously) every prior debt ceiling bill submitted.

I have one question for this so-called ”expert.” Given the results of this debate, and the current atmosphere in Washington,  who is acting more delusional? The Tea Party got most of what they wanted. If we go by the standard set by this “addiction expert” it is the Democrats behaving more like the addicts than the Tea Party. The Tea Party is just attempting to ween them of their addiction to taxes and spending.

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