Although last weeks post on RxISK portrayed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a Socialist when the times call for something more than this, she does seem to offer a lot more than any other politician, almost anywhere else.
Targeted by the Capitol Hill mob, she has since drawn a compelling analogy between what happened and what happens after sexual abuse. See Here.
“The reason I say this and the reason I’m getting emotional in this moment is because these folks [Republicans] who tell us to move on, that it’s not a big deal, that we should forget what’s happened, or even telling us to apologize, these are the tactics that abusers use.”
There are many ways to define politics. There is a famous framing in terms of the art of the possible. Another framing centres more on an ability to be economical with the truth – not actually lie but definitely mislead.
The one that appeals to me is that politicians learn to ignore the obvious. This is one of the things you learn working with the adverse effects of drugs – politicians, regulators, the media, the great and good, the Guideline makers all manage to ignore it when told pretty well the entire literature about on-patent drugs is ghostwritten and that there is no access to the data from the clinical trials that have been done.
This ghostwriting and data sequestration turns doctors and health service staff into Abusers – who tut-tut us if we say our drugs have caused problems. When we are Drug Wrecked, the response is there, there little girl – just get on with it.
The people who don’t ignore the obvious when it involves their children (even 20 or 30 year old children) or parents are women. (They may not respond the same way to a husband – see next week’s post).
Time and again, brushed aside by doctors and lawyers and others, they have found their way to me and to RxISK and when they have presented the details of what happened it has often been pretty obvious that some drug did exactly what they said.
Clinical psychologists, nurses and all sorts of other people who hate doctors run the other way when it comes to being asked could my drug have caused a problem. See Shipwreck – Footprints in the Sand – for more details on how those who preach the horrors of trauma go out of their way to ignore Drug Traumas.
There are few areas of human endeavour where such a blind eye is being turned to problems so obvious. This is not just a mental health issue – it applies across the board.
These women, mothers usually, have been courageous and persistent. That it happens and so often is one of the most hopeful things in my life. It is difficult to avoid being attracted to these women. Some but not all of them feature on the Dedication page of Shipwreck.
The same hit me about AOC. For what seem similar reasons, she is attractive to me anyway. I ran into fire from a bunch of people when I mentioned this. I could say Courageous and Charismatic without it being a problem but Attractive was read as Beautiful and sexist.
The men who get involved in these things are equally attractive. Yannis Varoufakis is attractive. Jose-Mario Bergoglio used to seem attractive but I think I’d downgrade him to appealing – he refuses to engage with Drug Wrecks.
Attractive seems the right word to me. It describes what is needed – an ability to draw people to you. Having an isolated Courageous or Charismatic Hero is of limited use.
AOC runs cookery classes or sessions online. It was at one of these that the storming of Capitol Hill and the link between that and sexual abuse came up.
It would be great if people tuned in and tried to get some sense as to whether she would confront or ignore the obvious when it comes to Drug Wrecks. She seems to respond genuinely – how would she respond on this?
Sexual abuse and trauma is easier to talk about these days than Drug Wrecks.
We need an Attractive politician – female or male – to pick this gauntlet up.
Shipwreck opens with an offer to any politician or political party to make available the material to enable them to pick these issues up – issues that are making the climate of health services more toxic than the global climate and are leading to falls in our Life Expectancies that are more dramatic than any rise in sea levels.
Is there an Attractive Person out there?