To the editor of THE EAGLE:
In the Oct. 5 Eagle, Martin Silver’s letter states "The Navy Yard, Newtown and Colorado theater mass murders were each committed by a deranged individual acting alone. Identify and treat the mentally ill with the potential for such heinous crime and prevent their easy access to guns. The terror killings at Fort Hood, Boston Marathon, Kenya Mall, London Underground, and on 9/11 were all perpetrated by Islamist extremists fulfilling their commitment in honor of Allah on their way to Paradise. There is no easy solution to prevent Muslim religious fanatics from being suicide bombers."
In the same Eagle, Charles Steinhacker’s letter states, "(The) reason for holding the government hostage is all about plain old racism. ... (Their) entire agenda is to bring down Obama ... (The) consequences of plunging the government into default would be catastrophic."
In my view, they want to bring down Obama because he is a very successful black statesman who makes them look incompetent by comparison. If he was black but less competent they wouldn’t persecute him.
On Oct. 3, John Boehner, who has led the extortion of shut down and no debt limit relief unless the Affordable Care Act is compromised, stated, "This is no damn game!" belying the essential silliness in his driving the country toward economic suicide for no apparent reason.
In my view, all three situations have a single commonality -- the likely presence of paranoid schizophrenia where paranoid delusions and senseless violence or bizarre silliness override survival. Some got group support and some didn’t, but the survival instinct is absolutely primary in people.
Those who could be deemed unfit to govern due to mental illness by a non-partisan congressional ethics committee hearing if we had such a procedure would need to be put on leave with psychiatric evaluation and treatment and then be reinstated when their fitness was restored.