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Remember those silly ads that appeared on TV a few years ago? “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” The upshot was the actor urged us to “play doctor” at home by using whatever over-the-counter medical product he was advertising.


It was an absurd notion that a paid actor with no medical training should presume to tell us what product we should use, but I suppose the ad was effective enough that the catchphrase has entered the American lexicon.


But real-life examples of this are happening every day, aided and abetted by our government. “Doctors” with no more training than, say, my backyard garden hose are diagnosing us for various illnesses, often with life-altering consequences.


I refer to psychology and its use as a weapon of destruction. You might call it psychological warfare in a very literal sense.


Though the terms are often used interchangeable, psychology and psychiatry are different areas of study. Psychologists are trained in the study of the mind and human behavior, but have no medical training. Psychiatrists are medical doctors specializing in the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders and can, among other things, prescribe drugs. Psychiatrists also have extensive training in psychology. This column discusses psychology, not psychiatry.


Up to this point I’ve had very little to do with either field, but I’ve known people who have benefited greatly from psychological help. I have no doubts most psychologists enter the field with a genuine interest in, and willingness to help, those seeking relief from emotional difficulties.


But because psychology doesn’t require a medical background, too many unqualified people engage in it. It’s one thing for someone to counsel a friend experiencing marital difficulties or emotional issues. It’s a whole different thing when a person in authority who is untrained in the field is asked to “play one on TV” and look for “mental illness” in society.


In the right light and with the right interpretation, anyone and everyone can be classified as mentally unbalanced. A perfectly ordinary, happy, stable homeschooling family can’t just be ordinary, happy and stable. No indeed. They must be hiding dark secrets behind that ordinary façade since, after all, no one can be that happy. And if they’re homeschooling, they’re even more suspicious since no doubt they’re just hiding the bruises.


That’s how it starts. Suddenly armchair psychologists are profiling happy, stable, ordinary people in order to classify them somehow – anyhow – as psychopathic pre-killers just waiting to snap and go on a killing spree.


Using the respectable field of psychology as a weapon of war is nothing new. Soviet Russia used psychology (and psychiatry) against dissidents in the 1970s and ’80s. Bottom line: If you disagreed with the government, you were ipso facto crazy. How did this happen? Simple. Psychology and psychiatry became government-sponsored fields. Professionals were no longer employed by their patients; they were employed by an entity whose goal was to stifle any and all opposition.


“Overt tyrants don’t need to employ psychiatry as a weapon, but establishing a dictatorship that pretends to be a republic requires a stealthy way of silencing opponents,” wrote Dr. Lee Hieb. “As the Soviets discovered, not everyone is afraid to speak out, and when dissidents are perceived by the public as speaking truth, they must somehow be discredited. What better way than to be labeled mentally ill? That accomplishes two things: First, the mentally ill person can be silenced and secreted away into a mental institution. And secondly – this is especially important for prominent people who may have left behind their written statement – it discredits the person’s beliefs. If the dissident is determined by ‘great medical men of learning’ to be ‘mentally ill,’ then people will be less likely to take his words seriously.”


Think this could never happen in America? Think again. The biggest laboratory for government-sponsored psychological warfare is taking place in government schools where children are held captive by law and brainwashed in accordance with approved orthodoxy. Teachers are asked to “play” psychologists and tasked with making sure their students conform with pre-approved government thought.


For example, a new FBI initiative based on Britain’s “anti-terror” mass surveillance program instructs high school authorities across America to inform on students who express “anti-government” and “anarchist” political beliefs.


While on the surface it might seem this is a respectable idea to prevent young people from joining radical Muslim jihadists, in fact all references to Islam were scrubbed. Instead the website called “Don’t Be a Puppet” warns of “extremism such as white-supremacy extremists, environmental extremists, militia extremists, religious extremists and anarchist extremists” but “omits any reference to Islamist extremism or Islam,” according to Judicial Watch.


In other words, teachers and fellow students – people entirely untrained in the field psychology – are encouraged to “rat out” young people who are not in conformity with approved government thought.


A couple of years ago in Connecticut, a bill was proposed calling for a “confidential behavioral health assessment” of every public school student in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, and every homeschool student at ages 12, 14 and 17. This assessment would include “a review of physical and mental health, intelligence, school performance, employment, level of function in different domains including family situation, and behavior in the community.”


Now law enforcement officers are being trained to spot “domestic terrorists,” characterized by:


  • Expressions of libertarian philosophies (statements, bumper stickers)
  • Second Amendment-oriented views (NRA or gun club membership, holding a CCW permit)
  • Survivalist literature
  • Self-sufficiency (stockpiling food, ammo, hand tools, medical supplies)
  • Fear of economic collapse (buying gold and barter items)
  • Religious views concerning the book of Revelation (apocalypse, anti-Christ)
  • Expressed fears of Big Brother or big government
  • Homeschooling
  • Declarations of constitutional rights and civil liberties
  • Belief in a New World Order conspiracy


It was Voltaire who noted, “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” Somehow it comes as no surprise that No. 39 of the “45 Communist Goals for Takeover of America” reads, “Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gain in coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.” In short, if you disagree with the government, you’re crazy.


Government service too often attracts the power-mad, yet those of us who just want to be left alone to live a quiet life are considered dangerous. Go figure.


So if my written voice suddenly goes silent, you’ll know it’s because the men in white coats are

ha ha …


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