Anthropologist Tok Thompson of University of California says Cooties are “profoundly important” if kids choose to participate in the mythology, law and language that surrounds them. Simon Broner of Penn State in Harrisburg says kids represent their own “semiliterate society with their own touchstones” according to an article in Smithsonian magazine by Jane C. Hu. If an adult does stop learning adult critical analysis at adolescence — as I theorize — then it stands to reason some of that mythological reality stays with them in Adult Arrested Adolescence. I introduced you to that concept in my last blog.
Look how “adolescent law, myth, language and loyalties become a starting place for adults to become fixed or trapped into a constantly argumentative, self-loathing street fighter for causes. Politicians with the easy access to the “bully pulpit” of their positions become Tri-As when they use intimidation, threats of suit and other legal action against people who disagree with them. They are just as apt to become potent salespeople or showmen and could make a real career in either field. Fake news then is nothing new it has just been given permission you might call it when politicians fear to lose the support of voting blocs like BLM or the religious right. So, cooties really play a part in this whole show of Adolescent Impeachment.
They are just techniques used by both the junior high “fem-phenom” who rules an adolescent clique adopted by colorful upwardly mobile politicians on both sides of the aisle of the United States Congress.
The cootie myth
Cootie, is a part of that secret language of children. Their semi-literate societies choose to believe in cooties; they can experience real nauseous if cooties got on them; and there are stories in abundance of children being persecuted for “having cooties.” Even today, you still see movies that refer to them. Cooties, boogers and pee-pee are all things that really belong in the pre-adolescent world. Our parents teach us to keep our fingers out of our noses and kids. quickly figure out that a booger is a ballistic weapon. We tell our children to wash our hands in the bathroom and watch where we step in public restrooms and some of them figure out boogers, poop and urine can be tools for torment. This adds a pejorative term or two to the adolescent vocabulary e.g. “Pee-pee head” “You peed in your pants.” Each becomes terminology in a playground battlefield for position and power. When an Tri-A finds his place inside some social or political movement, name-calling just becomes another cootie term. “Figuratively then they decide our side does not have cooties but their side does; I know how to do that! Those guys are ________!” Look at the kinds of perverse and cruel terms used against President Trump, Obama, Bush all because of political differences rather than real offenses.
Just fill in the blank with a term like racist, hateful, or anti-anything, and suddenly, they begin to feel at home in a clique, a place that is familiar and cozy. Everyone there understands your language. This kind of public disorder in our legislative branches “trickles down” into the normal citizens activity.
I have worked as a peach officer called to a disturbance and seen a Tri-A verbalize exactly this sort of thing. A dog pooped in someone’s yard, they call the police, they call animal control, they go to the city council meetings, and they do crazy things just to promote their own importance and power. Police see this sort of thing all the time, but it does not affect the entire country when neighbors argue.
An unprecedented black mark on our country
Adult adolescence has greater impact when it occurs in our government and when it becomes rampant in our culture because of our schools. Tri-As in government are damaging to the entire country. It creates what we know as a “bunker mentality” that blocks out all rational thought. It gives a name to a position behind a barrier from which the acolyte figuratively screams: “Don’t argue with me, you have cooties!”
Without reservation, having understood the FBI from the time that Hoover ran it, working with the FBI people in my areas, I can say they the Mueller, Comey and so-called FBI standoff with congress have none of the adult behavior I saw from earlier FBI agents following Hoover’s creed of conduct. This is a disgrace to the reputation of the Federal Bureau Reputation and I and sure it will take another Hoover to restore respect. Seeing them on television, reading the language of their statements and comments, the entire debacle is based on cooties. Their opposition has cooties and those they support, took money from, peddled influence with, and the way they stacked their investigative staff with true believers is nothing more. “They got cooties, we don’t.”
The adolescent impeachment and many of those involved on both sides, their staff, their supporters seem more concerned about winning the “gotcha wars” with each other and using the media to keep score. We have watched mere handful of self-important people play out this farce who are more interested in doing things their way than the original rules under which we were founded. They are not serving the American people. What is happening in that regard is a Tri-A process of the junior high clique. It is sad that the people there do not have greater maturity.
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