Wake The-Hell-Up America: You Are Killing Your Children and Yourselves!.

Wake The-Hell-Up America: You Are Killing Your Children and Yourselves!

My mother and father would not let me buy or read the vivid combat, horror or super-hero comic books of the 1940″s and early 1950’s. They knew then what it took social scientists decades to demonstrate. Fantasy violence is very bad for children.

Like most kids I was fascinated by war, horror and violent super-hero comics and would have collected them in a great  pile, had I been allowed to do so.

I remember looking forward to going to The Simm’s Barber Shop, about once every 5 or 6 weeks to get my standard butch-cut. There “I wallowed in” all of the creepy horror and combat comic books that they kept in big piles. I remember happily turning a half-hour barbershop visit into an hour or longer.

Horror and violence sold then, “like hotcakes” to children, just as it does now. The only difference now is that the violence is exponentially more florid and graphic and more parents are divorced, at work, on drugs, on welfare, dating and/or partying irresponsibly–more often than ever in our history. There is more. America’s children are less supervised, more often exposed to actual violence and abuse in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods than before. They are more exposed drugs and alcohol than ever before. They live like nomads, out of suitcases, as they move between separated or divorced parent’s homes more than before. They are more frequently raised by tired elderly grandparents than before.

Children all-too-often assume they are to blame for their parents single or serial separations or divorces. It is natural for them to be egocentric. More than ever they have step-siblings in multiple homes,  they have had multiple men or women who have assumed parental roles in their lives, only to abandon them for someone else. People may not like to hear it, but the non-biological live-in parental figures are more likely to sexually or physically abuse the children they are with than are the biological parents.

All of this is incompatible with good parenting and the needs for normal child development and it all interacts and summates to create mild, moderate, severe and profound emotional problems in our children more than before. The unthinkable carnage that we all witness in America is normally the result of children, teens and adults with histories of severe to profound emotional problems.

So, my point is that increasingly our children emotionally troubled: They are frustrated, angry, depressed, anxious, and withdrawn. Now on top of all of this, our self-destructive Culture feeds them a steady diet of murder and savagery in increasingly realistic participant videos. We now teach our kids to do simulated killings and maimings of other humans, over, and over, and over…hundreds and even thousands of time. See below.


Do you really expect that there will not be a small minority of kids who lose contact with reality, who are desensitized to gore and violence, who despise their lives, who come to hate their parents and their ridiculing and tormenting peers. Do you think it odd that so many grow to hate the institutions and authority figures around them, by whom they feel  rejected and alienated? Can’t you perceive, without training,  the avenues and mechanisms of the bad behavioral contagion that is spreading and destroying America like a rising tide? Do I even have to explain what bad behavioral contagion is? Can’t you see it and feel it?

How could any, even slightly psychologically minded adult, not understand that our modern liberal/progressive interpretation of our Founding Father’s intended meaning of the First Amendment has morphed into a terrible culturally destructive force.

Don’t believe me? Do your homework, please. You must see and understand the research findings on media violence and aggression in children and adults.

Common, America, wake the hell up!

You are killing your children and yourselves!


V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Health Services Provider in Psychology

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