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  •  Too often we see mental illness used as a (4+ / 0-)
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    way to belittle and stigmatize political opponents. It's wrong to do that b/c it cheapens the life and experience of people who do suffer from real mental illness. Making fun of or degrading someone based on their mental health status is what is really crazy. Besides, we should be debating and debunking the ideas and policies rooted in falsehood instead of attacking the messenger.

    We need to look towards the notion of denial and prejudice of right wing conservatives instead of labeling them mentally ill. How many times have we heard their economic ideals rooted in racism? It's ok for white people to be on medicare or get help financially when they need it, but not for other racial minorities....according to many in the tea party crowd. Again this is not diagnosable mental illness. It's a combination of denial and prejudice at its worst.

    As someone who has suffered w/ depression and eating disorders through life I know the stigma that goes along w/ it. Especially as a man who are viewed even more harshly for having problems. Sexism works both ways. Anyhow, the main point is using the suffering of people w/ genuine mental illness as a way to delegitamize, degrade, or attack people one politically disagrees w/ is abhorent.

    •  Agreed they aren't sick; let's them off the hook (0+ / 0-)

      The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

      by a2nite on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 05:14:31 AM PDT

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    •  Making fun of the mentally ill is simply wrong. (2+ / 0-)
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      Using it as a political ploy, which you can find RIFE in anti-marijuana propaganda in the UK, borders pretty much on evil.

      Even here in the US with our federal government's UGLY embrace of reefer madness you don't see them scaring people with the threat of "schizophrenia".

      UK reefer madness has a very lurid preoccupation with it.

      #occupywallstreet: Although I know the rhythm you'd prefer me dancing to, I'll turn my revolt into style.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 05:15:16 AM PDT

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