Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Solo Psychiatrist's White Paper for America, Americans, and Immigrants

Mankind is driven “to have” and “to hold” food, shelter, and clothing, and persons, places, and things to survive. Thus, this could be called a “sovereign drive” that every man and every woman has. The word, “sovereign,” is a synthesis of reign (to have) and sover (to hold – to render safe from attack or injury). All sovereigns can resort to four techniques or weapons of sovereignty[1]: physical power, economic power, psychological power, and the use of or protection from propaganda. Those who are particularly resourceful to have and to hold more than others, earn the title, “Sovereign” or one of its synonyms. And when Sovereigns corral (“arch”) persons, places, and or things they earn another title, “Monarch” – one arch, or one of its synonyms.

As adult status emerged the colonists and immigrants acknowledged that Great Britain was denying them sovereignty, to have and to hold. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence comprised the major premise – that “all men are created equal… with certain unalienable rights… life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness… that when [there is] a long train of abuses and usurpations…it is their duty to provide new guards for their future security.” Jefferson followed this with the minor premise – “… let facts…a long train of abuses and usurpations… be submitted to a candid world.” And lastly there was the conclusion: let there be a war for independence (that Americans are “popular” [people] sovereigns and have a right to have sovereignty).

Over 200 years have passed since the creation of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, both documents serving to protect the sovereignty of Americans. We need to apply the same logic to our present situation that Jefferson applied in 1776.  I state this because these two documents are not being respected by those in power and by many Americans.  This is a trichotomy:  the wealthy who are primarily committed to their wealth;  those Americans and immigrants committed to the principles of America; and those who feel disillusioned.

Here is the minor premise – an abbreviated list of “abuses and usurpations”: immigrants are not being respected as vital to our survival; updating and repair of America’s infrastructure is not happening because of insufficient money; pluto-cracy (the power of the rich) suggests that they are obsessed with money and power, that plutocracy disempowers demo-cracy (people-power), and that there are many in the three branches of the federal government who are inclined to assist the rich; those appointed to and hired by bureaucracies often dismiss legitimate sovereign needs of Americans and immigrants; the middle class is diminishing in number; there are debtor’s prisons; a catch 22 – America wants Americans skilled in the sciences but ignores their incapacitating student debts; there are those in state government who usurp the right of pregnant girls and pregnant women to decide whether or not the fetus developing out of “dust” is healthy enough to harbor a soul, or that the soul does not deserve to be born into insufficient comfort, nurturing, money, or protection; there is an absence of understanding that children and adults with inhibited grief over the loss of persons, places, or things are more vulnerable to carrying out delinquent behavior; there are men and women without vocational and economic sovereignty; there are families with health problems and individuals and families without sufficient health or medical coverage; the American dream (to seek to have and to hold) is more and more difficult to achieve; that our cities are facing more and more of the marginalized, the homeless, the poor, the hungry, and the angry.

Local and national elections are the hallmark of democracy. American citizen - sovereignty and immigrant - sovereignty need to be acknowledged and carried out by the incumbent and by bona fide promises of candidates. America must have the elected carry out the techniques of sovereignty wisely, effectively, and for all Americans, including immigrants. The power of demo-cracy (people-power), sovereignty, needs to be revitalized by voting and by keeping plutocracy and bureaucracy from diluting the power of democracy.

[1] Marshall, James. Swords and Symbols. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1939, 1966, 1969: 20