The psychology trap: Why MAGA is bad for America

Sigmund Freud got it all wrong.  The real cure for our neuroses doesn’t lie in our past—but in our future!

Here’s one of my most favorite quotations:  “Neurosis is caused by the lack of a sense of future.”  What great psychologist said that?  Hardly any of them—but it is true nonetheless.  Or to put it in layman’s terms, “If we sense danger instead of hope around every corner, then we’re screwed.”  We are bound to make bad choices based on fear instead of on logic—or even on joy.

“Make America Great Again” says it all—forcing us to follow some decrepit weed-strewn yellow brick road back into America’s dim and dismal past.  That way only leads to neurosis—and worse.  Let’s look to the future instead.  America can still have a bright future, honest!  But not one based on our falsely-imagined past—that sleazy pot-holed broken-down and morally disheveled road based on genocide, slavery, poverty, exploitation, oppression, corruption, false “war” myths, false promises and outright lies.

If Americans ever want to have a shining and hopeful future, then we need to dump our sleazy past first.  Dwelling on robber barons, climate-change deniers, racism, economic depression, breaking the Sixth Commandment time after time, sabotaging democracy at every point and keeping our women chained in domestic slavery?  Pretending to be holier-than-thou “Christians”—ones who know every inch of all those weird stories in the Bible and yet act like they’ve never even heard of the Sixth Commandment, the Golden Rule or anything at all that Jesus preached?  Not gonna help.  Is really gonna hurt.  MAGA gets it totally wrong.

If you are proudly wearing a MAGA hat right now, then perhaps it’s time to consider going to see a psychologist after all.  A forward-thinking psychologist that is.  America has been neurotically mired in fake nostalgia and “false brain messages” for far too long.  It’s clearly time to throw off all that debilitating weight of craziness from our past and strive toward a safe, happy and do-able future for all of us.

And then dump those MAGA hats in the trash.

Jane Stillwater is a freelance writer who hates injustice and corruption in any form but especially injustice and corruption paid for by American taxpayers. Her latest book is “Road Trip to Damascus.”

One Response to The psychology trap: Why MAGA is bad for America

  1. “If Americans ever want to have a shining and hopeful future, then we need to dump our sleazy past first.”

    What exactly does that mean? “…dump our sleazy past”? How specifically does one go about that?

    Given the cancerous blight on our planet US Empire and associated NATO thugs have become, maybe, just maybe, what we should actually be dumping is the pervasive, deeply engrained nationalistic mindset we’ve been indoctrinated to embrace since birth, and trading it in for a more global perspective where we start thinking of the welfare of ALL world citizens as no less important than our own.

    This would surely imply that we MUST, with all haste, take wisdom of The Declaration of Independence to heart:

    “…but when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…”

    How long does the “train” of abuses and usurpation have to get? How glaringly obvious does it have to become that we have no means working within the system by which to throw off these behind-the-scenes international bankster criminals who control EVERYTHING of any importance?

    It is said that history repeats itself—that’s because it does.