Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The American people are their own worst enemy. David Safier has on occasion described this condition as battered person syndrome, where repeated cycles of violence and reconciliation can result in the following beliefs and attitudes:
- The abused thinks that the violence was his or her fault.
- The abused has an inability to place the responsibility for the violence elsewhere.
- The abused fears for their life and/or the lives of their children (if present).
- The abused has an irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and omniscient.
This may or may not explain why the American people keep returning for more abuse from the abusive GOP. But two incompatible headlines today at Talking Points Memo demonstrate that Americans certainly suffer from cognitive dissonance:
Soooo, the takeway from this is that the "less-than-less-than-do-nothing" 113th Congress, the "Worst. Congress. Ever." due to GOP obstruction and sabotage by its anti-government insurrectionist Tea Party wing, nevertheless is being rewarded by Americans for its destructive behavior and gross incompetence? Maybe David is right. . . too many Americans appear unable to quit their abuser.