Is This What Insanity Looks Like in the Body Politic?


Albert Einstein:  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Is It Me or Them?

by Barbara Carvallo, Northglenn,  CO

February 7, 2012

There has been a kind of creeping insanity in the political system including the Democratic Party for years.   I first noticed it when the Party started to become  afraid of the word “Liberal” and cowered to the right wing.  Carl Jung said, and I am paraphrasing now, “When you separate yourself from some part of your humanity that from which you are separated returns as disease.” Welcome to Bedlam.

It isn’t just the Democrats; it is the whole damn body politic.  Some days I think that I have awakened in the movie, “Snake Pit.” The sensation is reinforced by the fact that Secretary of Treasury Geithner looks like Robert Stack.  Jan Brewer, Governor of AZ  reminds me of Lady Macbeth in her final scene – washing her hands and completely out of her mind.  Governors Rick Scott and Scott Walker are mental defectives riding the crest of madness. That helium balloon Christie in New Jersey is a megalomaniac and, I believe, a sadist. Obama is the first man of color to prominently play Hamlet, caught in an Existentialist crisis and driving himself nuts because he can’t make and stick to a bloody decision. In short they all appear to be  nuts in the Theater of the Absurd.  

Shakespeare loved madness as a color on his pallet. It makes a point. Today, the point is that the system has moved so far into the dysfunctional that only the seriously, clinically, dysfunctional can survive and continue to rise to the top of the pack. 

When insanity becomes the norm, the sane become a threat to the state.  When our insane government has its head so far up Wall Street and corporate America’s ass that their whole world looks like a gallbladder, the sane are not supposed to notice. When we do we are “undermining capitalism.”  When the insane put on stiletto heels, stroll up and down the Washington Mall singing “Hey Sailor” to every passing lobbyist, the sane are not supposed to know that they are whores.  When we do we are undermining the “free market.” 

It is a mark of lunacy to personify concepts.  Capitalism and the free market are concepts – they don’t eat, sleep or go to the toilet.  They are simply thought forms unless you are crazy enough to imagine them to exist as living entities and drag them around like a breathing teddy bear.  If that is your bag, then everyone who doesn’t’ want to play with your bear is a threat to the state.

So on days when I think I have awakened to the movie, “Snake Pit,” I walk out doors and  glance at the beautiful snow capped Rockies to the West of me  Then I am prepared to say, “Don’t go east young person (to Washington) unless you want to join the insane asylum.  If I can’t get out, then there is no point in screaming.  My voice would be lost amid the screams of a million others who are really suffering as our two party political system strives to make us all crazy and destroy our  Republic.

Barbara Carvallo lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, sister and two cats. She is a hardcore Liberal leaning Socialist. A writer by trade and poet by disposition, she is also a master gardener deeply in love with the essences of beauty – the rose.



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