WASHINGTON, February 20, 2017 — An apocryphal tale says that in 1919, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin paid a visit to renowned Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov.
“I want the masses of Russia to follow a communistic pattern of thinking and reacting,” said Lenin.
“Do you mean that you would like to standardize the population of Russia? Make them all behave in the same way?” asked Pavlov, the man famous for conditioning his hungry laboratory dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell.
“Exactly,” Lenin said.
The Soviet dissident magazine “A Chronicle of Current Events” noted in its May 1976 issue:
“The Odessa Regional Court has now labelled Vyacheslav Igrunov, 27 years old, as ‘off his head’ … There is no legal justice. Nor will there be, while courts are given the right to try a man because he is an individual, because he thinks for himself… we should demand their immediate release!… Freedom for those who have already been incarcerated… in Soviet camps and psychiatric prisons.”
In 1978, Sidney Bloch, from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, submitted a paper on Soviet psychology to “The Freedom of Science” symposium in Venice, Italy:
“Twenty-five percent of the [Soviet] medical student’s curriculum is devoted to the study of political subjects: Marxism-Leninism, political economy, dialectical materialism … and scientific atheism … The most crucial development arising out of the Pavlov era has been the immense widening of the criteria for the definition of mental illness, and of schizophrenia in particular … one most commonly diagnosed in [political] dissenters.”
Taking a page from the Soviet past, leading Democrats in Congress are saying President Donald Trump is mentally unstable and should be relieved of duty.
Democratic Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon says the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which deals with presidential succession in the event that the president dies or is unable to discharge his duties, does not go far enough regarding the president’s mental impairment.
Recently, The New York times published a letter signed by 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health workers questioning the “grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions.”
But during the 2016 campaign, the president of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Maria A. Oquendo, cautioned organization members:
“Since 1973, the American Psychiatric Association and its members have abided by a principle commonly known as ‘the Goldwater Rule,’ which prohibits psychiatrists from offering opinions on someone they have not personally evaluated. The rule is so named because of its association with an incident that took place during the 1964 presidential election. During that election, Fact magazine published a survey in which they queried some 12,356 psychiatrists on whether candidate Sen. Barry Goldwater, the GOP nominee, was psychologically fit to be president. A total of 2,417 of those queried responded, with 1,189 saying that Goldwater was unfit to assume the presidency.”
Lucky for us, America is not a one-party state.
That fact became painfully obvious to the left last November. And if they manage to somehow declare winner Trump “insane,” they’ll have to commit half the country—middle America’s dissidents—to the loony bin to enforce the order.