Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The GOP control of the U.S. Congress and nearly half of US state governors does not bode well for mental health in the American public arena. The increasing influence of the Tea Party within the GOP creates a climate of unapologetic bigotry, and religious justification for violent Christian fanaticism.
The inter-racial discord and hostility toward American Indians that the Tea Party actively supports is a reflection of widespread American sentiments. With the Democratic National Committee committed to neo-liberal privatization and social services austerity, progressive panic and despair -- combined with Puritanical religious hysteria -- signals a steadily deteriorating US society.
With the consolidation of mainstream media and the corruption of NGOs, civil society leadership in the US resides in the margins. With the largest transfer of wealth in American history still devastating US communities, resources available to civil society are nil, meaning Wall Street has a free hand for the foreseeable future.