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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Might as well put them in a wood chipper

By Steve Brenneis
Ars Mens Mentis

There is a jpeg floating around the net showing a child of some age under ten giving the stink-eye to the camera. Beside the kid's picture is the following caption:

Ritalin: It's easier than parenting.

Vicious, but oh so true.

In spite of study after study showing that parents would be better off stuffing their kids into a wood chipper than giving them Ritalin, more and more of them acquiesce to pill-pushing witch doctors (a.k.a. psychologists) or worse, public school teachers, and start destroying their children with the drug.

ADD and ADHD are "disorders" invented by the psycho-chemical industry in order to create a market for their poisons. It has recently been demonstrated that sufferers of "clinical depression" are no better off taking the various anti-depressants than they would be sugar pills. Some people like to portray that as evidence of the pharmaceutical industry's ineptitude. It is more likely that, like ADD and ADHD, clinical depression simply doesn't exist. The effect is like taking aspirin for a headache you don't have.

Psychologists are the post-modern equivalent of witch doctors and shamans. They have dispensed with the rattling bones and shrunken heads, but they still issue the arcane mumbo jumbo intended to disperse demons. Because the demons now have medical-sounding names does not make them any more material. And in keeping with a society bent on instant and simple gratification, you don't have to smoke or drink the witches' brew, it comes in a neat, tidy little capsule.

So go right ahead, parents. Abrogate your responsibilities. Succumb to the whispering of the shamans with the college degrees. Addict your offspring to a drug that is going to increase their likelihood of committing suicide, falling victim a violent psychotic break, or simply ending up as sterile meat. I mean after all, your well-being and peace of mind, not to mention your uninterrupted television viewing and unimpeded self-gratification are far more important than your children's long-term prospects of surviving childhood with an intact brain. Right?


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