Republicans May Be Brain-Damaged and Psychosocially Incapable to Lead

Author: August 13, 2011 3:03 pm

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Bennet Omalu, MD
• Poor executive function • Paranoid ideation • Exaggerated response to life stresses • Rampart fluctuation in mood • Breakdown of intimate and family relations • Insomnia, violent, alcohol/drug abuse • Major depression • Increase religiosity.

We define Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as, a progressive neurodegenerative syndrome caused by single, episodic or repetitive blunt force impacts to the head and transfer of acceleration-deceleration forces to the brain.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of neurodegeneration believed to result from repeated head injuries. Originally termed dementia pugilistica because of its association with boxing. The neuropathology of CTE was first described by Corsellis, in 1973, in a case series of 15 retired boxers. CTE has recently been found to occur after other causes of repeated head trauma. This suggests that any repeated blow to the head, such as those that occur in American football, hockey, soccer, professional wrestling, and physical abuse, can also lead to neurodegenerative changes. These changes often include cerebral atrophy, cavum septi pellucidi with fenestrations, shrinkage of the mammillary bodies, dense tau immunoreactive inclusions (neurofibrillary tangles, glial tangles, and neuropil neurites), and, in some cases, a TDP-43 proteinopathy. In association with these pathologic changes, disordered memory and executive functioning, behavioral and personality disturbances (eg, apathy, depression, irritability, impulsiveness, suicidality), parkinsonism and, occasionally, motor neuron disease are seen in affected individuals. No formal clinical or pathologic diagnostic criteria for CTE currently exist. But the distinctive neuropathologic profile of the disorder lends promise for future research into its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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Pee-Wee, middle school, and high school football is the major cause of head trauma in children. Football is the most popular and promoted community based sport in Texas. There is even a series on television touting the “awesomeness” of football in Texas. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

Texas is one of the strongest, oldest, and most constant of the Republican states in the United States. The support of the Republicans for waterboarding, proven to be totally useless, shows just how mean-hearted, ignorant, and sadistic these individuals are.

Being mean-hearted, ignorant, and sadistic with poor executive functioning, and behavioral and personality disturbances are not qualities needed in our political leaders. These have been the “qualities” the Republicans have shown to be most consistent at. As a result of the neurodegenerative syndrome pathology the Republicans have essentially disqualified themselves from any leadership political position. These people must be purged from the political process before their neuropathology ends up destroying the nation.

Edited By: Alexis Atherton


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  • sigh. a little nuance, please. aren’t liberals supposed to be good at that?
    i’m not saying that this couldn’t be a factor for some of the people in office-minimal brain damage has many subtle and not so subtle affects. (i have epilepsy, everything from abscence, partial complex to grand mal seizures. i’ve kind of got a vested interest.)
    but people are multi-factorial, to grossly understate the case. there is one factor that seems to show up repeatedly in conservative brains-their amygdalas are more active in comparisons to people with more liberal or moderate views. in other words, these folks seem to be coming from a place of fear. which makes sense when you stop to think about it.

    that’s not brain damage. it’s just a particular style, a certain framework, a staging area of sorts. a base point. if you add actual brain damage? well, brain damage is never a good thing. and just by the way, as a person who has spent time in mental hospitals, i am personally not particularly amused by the pictures of people in straitjackets on this page. i find it insulting and demeaning.

    • Health Guardian

      Thanks for the reply:

      1. “amygdalas are more active in comparisons to people with more liberal or moderate views”. This is a chicken and egg argument. Is the amygdala larger because they are more afraid or is it larger because they are constantly bombarded with fear producing arguments?

      2. Ask yourself, out of all the thousands of readers why is it that YOU feel this way. The personal experiences you have had are yours and yours alone.

  • Health Guardian

    What more proof do you need to show that some of them are brain dead???

    http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/110830-shots-fired-at-congressman-gene-greens-office

  • It is worth mentioning that Texas has historically been a long-time Democratic stronghold. Only in last last couple decades through vigilant opportunism and flagrant gerrymandering has the GOP established a firm foothold in that state. It is my understanding that a large percentage of the citizens on Texas are extremely unhappy with the overall state of government affairs in their state, and a solid majority thoroughly detest their own state’s latest export, Rick Perry. So I would be careful about painting Texas at large with too broad a brush. The state would likely still lean more often than not for the Democratic party were it not for the hijinx perpetrated under the direction of organizations such as Texans for a Republican Majority.

    • Health Guardian

      Thank you for your comment. As you stated, Texas WAS a Democratic stronghold but not for the past several decades. There is a “large percentage” that are unhappy, but are they the majority? Is there an organization such as the “Texans for a Republican Majority” for the Democrats? If not, why not? What do you think would be needed to get these people organized?

  • You know, I took this for complete satire at first…and then I read the comments. So now I feel compelled to ask: Is this actually being written seriously? Please, please, please tell me no.

    • Health Guardian

      It’s both. Can you come up with a better reason for their behavior?

      • Yes, actually: A fundamentally different worldview, based on fundamentally different assumptions about how the world works and on how people should function within it. Of course they’ll come up with a different answer–they’re working on a different equation.

        Although, any even half-serious suggestion that somehow all conservatives are brain-damaged (and that somehow liberals who play football are some sort of exception) is so laughable that with a little rewriting and grammatical proofreading, this article could easily be moved to the Political Humor section.

        • Health Guardian

          Thanks for your reply. You stated what happens not how. How does a “fundamentally different worldview” and “fundamentally different assumptions” take place? How is this processed into behavior?

          You are painting with a broad brush with, “all conservatives are brain damaged”.

          I stated, “Being mean-hearted, ignorant, and sadistic with poor executive functioning, and behavioral and personality disturbances are not qualities needed in our political leaders. These have been the “qualities” the Republicans have shown to be most consistent at.”

  • Health Guardian

    FACT: Of all the western industrial countries the US is the only one WITH Football as a MAJOR sport. Of all the western industrial countries the US is the only one WITHOUT a national healthcare plan. (Football is played in Canada but not as one of the major sports.)

  • I’d like to see less sophomoric attacks on the republicans and more positive praise for the politicians (from any party) who are making real efforts to accomplish things. Yes, I do agree with the points of views in many, if not most, of the articles on this site, but the bombardment of negativity gives an impression of bitterness. Let’s stick to the facts and not stoop to the level of Fox News. Never allow others control over your emotions or mind…nobody can make you feel a certain way without your permission! Steel your minds, open your hearts, pick up your feet, and busy your hands.

    • Health Guardian

      Then what is your explanation for the actions of the Teapublicans? • Poor executive function • Paranoid ideation • Exaggerated response to life stresses • Rampart fluctuation in mood • Breakdown of intimate and family relations • Insomnia, violent, alcohol/drug abuse • Major depression • Increase religiousity????

      • You missed my point. I am not defending them, I loathe the tea party and agree with most of what is said here. I’m not debating the cause of their insanity, just saying that complaining about it does nothing…especially when the complaints turn nasty, that is simply stooping to Fox News’ childish level. I just think we, as intelligent people, should find a much more constructive way to help the fight for our human rights. I don’t have the solution to that in my back pocket, but I really think that we need to be more unified against the teabaggers. Although, I do believe they will dissolve from within, as all large gatherings of fanatically inclined sociopaths do.

        • Health Guardian

          Thank you for agreeing with me.

          “I just think we, as intelligent people, should find a much more constructive way to help the fight for our human rights.”

          Isn’t discovering and evaluating the enemy one of the first lessons in “The Art of War”?

          “So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
          If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
          If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.”

          Isn’t that what I have done here?

          The teachings from “The Art of War” are being used in business and is being used by the Teapublicans to take away our rights.

          Have you not heard of fighting fire with fire?

          • Health Guardian

            “So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
            If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
            If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.”

  • Hey I played football for 12 years…well acutally I still do…but since I had more than enough brain cells to begin with I didn’t end up being a Republican…yay for me!

  • Interesting assertion, and it does make some sense with the popularity of football in Texas, but it is a bit offensive as a person who is dealing with a brain injury. My life and everything I had worked for in 20 years was ruined after a bad car accident sophomore year of college. I’ve been struggling every day for the past 5 years and will be dealing with the lingering effects for the rest of my life. I know most people don’t understand how debilitating brain damage can be, but making light of a disability that many people (including a horrifying number of veterans) battle with is very insensitive. People/politicans can easily be ignorant, hateful assholes without brain damage.

    • Health Guardian

      I am sorry for your individual problem but it is not the type you probably have that was the topic of this story.

      Ans what is your thought behind the actions of the Teapublicans???

  • This has got to be the dumbest article I have ever seen.

  • The Platzner Post

    Oh, that’s their excuse!!!

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