Death rates among middle-aged white Americans have been rising in recent years, driven by an epidemic of suicides and substance abuse, and the phenomenon has confounded many health and mortality experts.
But it hasn’t confounded award-winning journalist David Kupelian, who explained during a recent radio interview on “The Janet Mefferd Show”: “The political and cultural left that gave us the sexual revolution and rampant divorce and the idea that there is no God. … This has metastasized and bloomed,” he said, into a widespread negative and even pathological influence on millions of Americans.
“These are astounding numbers, and I’m saying that all this horrible wretchedness and pathology and suffering is being caused in large part by the progressive left that claims to be saving us and enlightening us and liberating us, and instead, they are enslaving us,” Kupelian declared.
For at least the past 100 years, the author explained, leftists have been slowly but surely seizing control of most major American institutions, including the news media, many churches and especially the education system. One result of a left-wing public education system is that many young Americans have been raised on a diet of political correctness and victimhood.
As evidence, Kupelian noted the growing obsession on America's college campuses with extreme political correctness and "taking offense" at things so minuscule they can hardly be seen - hence the term "microaggressions." Likewise, the phenomenon of students and faculty rising up in arms over what amounts to the differences of opinion that are part of normal, everyday life. Simple words or phrases once considered innocent are now deemed offensive and worthy of sanction, ridicule and punishment. Overly sensitive students seek "safe spaces" on campus where they don't have to be subjected to ideas they might find disagreeable. Many students even take to censoring, protesting or disinviting on-campus speakers who have view with which they disagree.
This sort of behavior creates a climate of fear not just on campuses, but in the country at large.
"The country as a whole is basically being affected by this fear and intimidation," the intended effect of the far left's political correctness, "and you know what happens?" Kupelian asked. "It's a form of brainwashing. … We're not only afraid to say what we think, we're afraid to think what we think."
Kupelian referenced a September article in the Atlantic, "The Coddling of the American Mind," a title very similar to that of Kupelian's book. The authors of the widely read article contended that today's toxic campus environment is actually harmful to students' mental health.
"A campus culture devoted to policing speech and punishing speakers is likely to engender patterns of thought that are surprisingly similar to those long identified by cognitive behavioral therapists as causes of depression and anxiety," the authors wrote. "The new protectiveness may be teaching students to think pathologically."
Kupelian remarked: "We are teaching our young people to be mentally ill for only $50,000 or $60,000 a year!"
Kupelian weighed in on why so many young people voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and are supporting openly socialist candidate Bernie Sanders ("Trump called him a 'communist maniac,'" Kupelian noted) for president in 2016:
"This is not just a generation of young people that don't really know what makes America [work], the principles of this country that have made it successful in the past; this is also more and more a broken generation," he said. "The amount of depression and mental illness that's being recorded in our colleges by the social scientists and the people that are there treating them is through the roof."
Leftists are able to take advantage of that brokenness and ignorance of America's past, says the author. And because they control the schools, the news media, the entertainment world and many mainline churches, they are able to reinforce their values over and over.
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