Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weird But True: Racine Coalition For Peace & Justice Chair Wants Psych Tests For Political Candidates

Are the politicians in your hometown psychopaths or sociopaths?

Well, the quick answer is: probably.

Wouldn't be great if you could just give each candidate a psychological screening to know if they were a psychopath or sociopath in advance of election day?

Of course, such a diagnosis wouldn't prevent a candidate from running for office - it's just in the interest of public knowledge.

Riiiight.

The Siren thought this was just a joke, You know, some folks have fun on the internets.

Turns out it's not really a joke, but an actual ballot initiative proposed by Dr. Ken Yorgan, Chairman of the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice.

We know this because he recently appeared on local slum lord and Libertarian Delux, George Meyers, web TV show and said so himself - knowing he was being videotaped. It's the oddest thing ever.

Yorgan appears with the RCPJ's name and website proudly displayed - including his impressive "Dr." prefix. (Note: He's a chiropractor, not a psychiatrist - but apparently plays one on TV.) Yorgan and Meyers yuck it up through the 7 minute video:

Yorgan: "What I would like to see is a screening to determine if someone is a psychopath or a sociopath."
Meyers: "Ha ha ha ha."
Meyers: "So we're going to somehow evaluate each candidate to find out if they are sociopathic or psychopathic or hopefully, there's a couple of them who are going to be sane."
Yorgan: "Ha ha ha, yes, that would certainly be the ideal."
Both: "Ha ha ha ha."

Mental illness is so fucking funny.

Oh, they chuckle through for several minutes longer - describing the various psychological diagnosis (not forgetting to add in Hitler and Ted Bundy for historical reference) and then giggle some more. Lol, lol, lol.

Lest one believes the Siren didn't get the joke - they point out this is no joke:

Meyers: "Do you have some actual plans to do this?"
Yorgan: "Oh yeah, I'm working on getting that all together. We've done it in the past with other issues, several years ago, I'm Chairman of the Racine Coalition of Peace and Justice and we got an initiative on the ballot which was a bring home the troops initiative, which passed by about 60% in the city of Racine. So this is entertaining and I mean, your laughing and I'm laughing with it a little bit. But I think this is a deadly serious issue."
Yorgan: "There is going to have to be a signature gathering campaign, so if there is anyone out there who is interested in putting this initiative forward, please be sure to contact me."

Whoo, whoo, ha, ha, ha! Wasn't that fun?

The RCPJ is an affiliate of Wisconsin Peace Action and the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, none of whom would be too thrilled about one of their groups mocking mental illness and proposing public referendums on diagnosing mental illness as a potential disqualification for office.

They are somewhat more thoughtful than that.

The Racine group is a small but earnest group of people - who speak out regularly on issues largely related to Middle East peace and military involvement. There is nothing in their previous activities to suggest mental illness screening for political candidates being within their organizational purview.

Plus, it's just stupid.

While everyone has the right to their own opinion and to appear individually without necessarily bringing every connection to the party - Yorgan appeared in the context of his stature as Chairman of the RCPJ and allowed their name and website to be used in support of his stupid and insulting idea.

For that, he owes the Racine Coalition of Peace and Justice an apology. Here's the video: