We live in a culture of entitlement where when people don’t get what they want they try to take it instead of working for it.
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When large groups of people are dealing with poor leadership on any level in government, people who aren’t mentally stable often suffer more than most people. They don’t tend to have the coping skills necessary to deal with little problems in life that are often managed by government officials in one capacity or another. Veteran campaign workers may or may not admit to that oddity, and honestly, many probably haven’t even really thought about it. It’s background noise for many in the business of political campaigns, but some use the level of insanity on the call-in phone lines, and now on email forms, to gauge just how bad an area is. If I were still in the business, I would be using it as a primary barometer for any given district, to determine exactly how desperate the voters were becoming.
I didn’t really think about the affect of poor leadership on the mentally ill until Matt K. Lewis brought it up on The Daily Caller. (http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/17/did-the-shutdown-drive-mentally-ill-people-over-the-edge/) His observation was regarding the rash of mass shootings and other insane acts in the DC metro area during the government shutdown. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it before as a systemic issue, that could theoretically affect behavior of the U.S. population at large, because it had always been in the context of specific political campaigns for me – always localized. But, Lewis stopped me in my tracks, and I didn’t set it aside completely. It stayed in the back of my mind, and remains there now. There have been a couple more incidents involving mentally ill individuals using weapons in public places, and several stand-offs across the nation over the past month or so. Perhaps the contention that it was the shutdown that brought out the craziness was just the tip of the iceberg.