America Cracks Up: The Anatomy Of A National Nervous Breakdown

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

Another shooting, another day in America.

Or so it seems.

With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the country’s fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many objections from the citizenry.

Take this latest mass shooting that took place at a small church in a small Texas town.

The lone gunman—a former member of the Air Force—was dressed all in black, wearing body armor, a tactical vest and a mask, and firing an assault rifle.

Devin Patrick Kelley, the 26-year-old gunman, was described as a “regular guy” by those who knew him.

This “regular” guy’s shooting rampage left at least 26 people.

President Trump and the Governor of Texas have chalked the shooting up to mental illness.

That may well be the case here.

Still, there’s something to be said for the fact that this shooting bore many of the same marks of other recent attacks: the gunman appeared out of the blue without triggering any alarms, he was dressed like a soldier or militarized police officer, he was armed with military-style weapons and clearly trained in the art of killing, and the attacker died before any insight could be gained into his motives.

As usual, we’re left with more questions than answers and a whole lot more fear and anxiety.

That sense of unease is growing.

How do you keep a nation safe when not even seemingly “safe places” like churches and rock concerts and shopping malls are immune from violence?

The government’s answer, as always, will lead us further down the road we’ve travelled since 9/11 towards totalitarianism and away from freedom.

Those who want safety at all costs will clamor for more gun control measures (if not at an outright ban on weapons for non-military, non-police personnel), widespread mental health screening of the general population and greater scrutiny of military veterans, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do random bag searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more surveillance of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

All of these measures play into the government’s hands.

As we have learned the hard way, the phantom promise of safety in exchange for restricted or regulated liberty is a false, misguided doctrine that has no basis in the truth.

Still, why do these things happening?

Clearly, America is in the midst of a national nervous breakdown.

Things are falling apart, and the inmates in the asylum are starting to turn on each other.

This breakdown - triggered by polarizing circus politics, media-fed mass hysteria, militarization and militainment (the selling of war and violence as entertainment), a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness in the face of growing corruption, the government’s alienation from its populace, and an economy that has much of the population struggling to get by - is manifesting itself in madness, mayhem and an utter disregard for the very principles and liberties that have kept us out of the clutches of totalitarianism for so long.

When things start to fall apart or implode, as they seem to be doing lately, I have to wonder who stands to benefit from it. In most cases, it’s the government that stands to benefit by amassing greater powers at the citizenry’s expense.

See, we’re like lab mice, conditioned to respond appropriately to certain stimuli.

Right now, we’re being conditioned to be reactionaries capable of little more than watching and worrying. Indeed, we are fast becoming a nation of bad news junkies, addicted to the steady and predictable drip-drip-drip of news—be it sensational, devastating, demoralizing, disastrous, or just titillating—that keeps us plastered to our screen devices for the next round of breaking news.

So much is happening on a daily basis that the average American understandably has a hard time keeping up with and remembering all of the “events,” manufactured or otherwise, which occur like clockwork and keep us distracted, deluded, amused, and insulated from reality.

We are suffering from “the crisis of the now.”

All the while, the government continues to amass more power and authority over the citizenry.

This is how the corporate elite controls a population, either inadvertently or intentionally, and advances their agenda without much opposition from the citizenry.

Rod Serling, the creator of the Twilight Zone, imagined just such a world in which the powers-that-be carry out a social experiment to see how long it would take before the members of a small American neighborhood, frightened by a sudden loss of electric power and caught up in fears of the unknown, will transform into an irrational mob and turn on each other.

It doesn’t take long at all.

So you see, Devin Patrick Kelley may have pulled the trigger that resulted in the mayhem in that small Texas church, but something else is driving the madness.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we’re caught in a vicious cycle right now between terror and fear and distraction and hate and partisan politics and an inescapable longing for a time when life was simpler and people were kinder and the government was less of a monster.

Our prolonged exposure to the American police state is not helping.

As always, the solution to most problems must start locally, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our communities. We’ve got to refrain from the toxic us vs. them rhetoric that is consuming the nation. We’ve got to work harder to build bridges, instead of burning them to the ground. We’ve got to learn to stop bottling up dissent and disagreeable ideas and learn how to agree to disagree. We’ve got to de-militarize our police and lower the levels of violence here and abroad, whether it’s violence we export to other countries, violence we glorify in entertainment, or violence we revel in when it’s leveled at our so-called enemies, politically or otherwise.

Unless we can learn to live together as brothers and sisters and fellow citizens, we will perish as tools and prisoners of the American police state.

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MuffDiver69's picture

This idiot by all accounts including the Air Force was a psychopath. Writing he was a regular guy is a bold faced lie and his mental illness was well known by all. He cracked his toddlers skull

Dindu Nuffins's picture

We need a Fort Sumter incident. There is no shared sense of America left intact. How can there be anything but "us versus them" in a society where no values are shared anymore?

spag's picture

bah..... if the people at the top think the solution to everything is violence - iraq, syria, etc etc.... why should anyone be surprised when people at the bottom think thats their solution too?


Dindu Nuffins's picture

The history books also seem pretty big on violence being the solution to everything.

What the history books say about democracies and voting, on the other hand, is much less bullish, since even Athens collapsed under the franchise, and quickly at that.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Athenian democracy made some horrible calls. They made Socrates drink hemlock. The worst one was when 6 victorious generals in a crucial sea battle were killed because the weather got too rough for them to search for survivors and pick up the dead. Then the next time they needed generals, no one wanted the job.

SofaPapa's picture

This goes beyond America, as globally societies are all facing the same problem to one extent or another.

Humanity has dealt with this strain of thought for millenia, waxing and waning depending on context.

Fundamentally, this is the age-old question of relationship to authority.  The strong majority (>>95%)of human individuals reference an external authority to determine correct behavior.  Sometimes, they behave to support that authority, and sometimes to defy it, but they act in response to authority.  Acting with no regard for authority, neither cooperating nor resisting, is very rare.

Until we learn as a species to rely on nobody for our "self"-validation and "self"-protection, this dance will go on.

Yes, it is insanity, but this insanity has been with us literally as long as we have walked the planet.

any_mouse's picture

America has always been "us versus them". The Redcoats. The British. The Indians. The Mexicans. The Canadians. The Negroes. The Southern States. The Indians. The Spanish. The French. The Germans. More Germans. The Japanese. The Communists. The Koreans. The Iranians. The Latin Americans. The Vietnamese. The Iranians. The Soviets. The Libyans. The Iraqis. The Somalians. Former Yugoslav republics. The Taliban. The Iraqis. Libya. Syria. Iranians again. Russia.
China. Korea.

All external threats, except the South, to the white majority of Americans. The BS had to be deep to get brother to kill brother over Negro slavery.

It is only recently when the extremes took over American political and social life, that we have two very large groups playing us versus them.

Demographic and cultural changes.

Both extremes are lies. At the center are lies.

There is no core to steady the nation.

The spinning top is slowing down and starting to wobble visibly.

Fort Sumter, another False Flag that kick started a war.

I hope this time there may be only a few who get sucked into the Deep State's lie.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

There are not 2 groups. There is 1 very extreme group and more likely 1 man nominally named Soros that funds this extreme group and some false flag Occupy types turned Tiki Torch Brigade.

spag's picture

you are right , there is only one group vs everyone else. that group are retards, libtards, trumptards, clintontards, altrighttards.



Kidbuck's picture

1. He was not "clearly a trained killer." He was an asshole shooting fish in a barrel.

2. He cracked an infant's skull. No one in that family killed him or beat the shit out of him within an inch of his life. When families don't handle their own problems they are sloughing them off on the rest of us.

DosZap's picture

"Devin Patrick Kelley, the 26-year-old gunman, was described as a “regular guy” by those who knew him"


WHAT media did you read?, evidently not real news.TYhis dude was SCREWED UP and a mean SOB.

RussianSniper's picture

Entirely by design.

Civil liberties get diminished.

Permanent ruling class allows themselves more power and wealth.

A few hundred people die here and there is just the price they have to pay....

Until Assange reveals their corruption and complicity.

DosZap's picture

Or,until the stupid pricks TRY and disarm colon cleanse of the 1%er's if they try that.

J S Bach's picture

America is brain dead. To the continental herd, there is no soul nor ideology other than that which is propagated by the (((media))).  Only those few with the acquired lens of learning can see through the fog and thus expedite a movement toward resuscitation.  The pathogen is vividly obvious.  The remedy is a bit more obscure.

HRClinton's picture

The remedy is not obscure. But should probably be kept obscure for now.

Wise Gold's picture

Ya think?  Definitely.  Brain Dead in the herd because everyone thinks he knows it all rather than being submissive to the truth that really is out there. 

SJEqualizer's picture

This all started when women got the right to vote with their emotions.

The cucks just sit by sipping their soy lattes...wondering why the world is falling to pieces while their wifes and daughters get double teamed under their own roof.

Emasculated men are, and always have been, the enemy of liberty and freedom.

curbjob's picture


... allowing these womans to rides automobiles is also big problems.

hugs; Mullah Omar

Billy the Poet's picture

Although I am an atheist it seems to me that religious people often have their feet more firmly planted on the ground than the average wishy-washy automaton.

curbjob's picture

Okay ... I have had exactly the opposite experience . 

iLLivaniLLi19's picture

Religion exists because it's functional, not because it's true.


That should answer your implied question.

Wise Gold's picture

Slightly oversimplified, but yeah!  you are right.

Refuse-Resist's picture

Testosterone: Build civilizations

Estrogen: Destroy them.

serotonindumptruck's picture

I didn't read the article after I saw John Whitehead was the author.

I'm not afraid anymore.

If the feds want to come here and kill me for being a political dissident, then so may it be.

Yeah, be very, very afraid of the man with the badge and the gun, cuz if you piss him off, he just might kill you for being a smartass.


Giant Meteor's picture

"... he just might kill you for being a smartass ..."

Looks like my fate is sealed ..

44_shooter's picture

“Devin Patrick Kelley, the 26-year-old gunman, was described as a “regular guy” by those who knew him.”

Not one person has described him as a “regular guy”. Most common dscriotion used was “outcast”.

Fucking fake news...who writes this shit?

konadog's picture

If I could upvote you 10 times I would. That was also the original spin on Stephen Paddock. WP == Operation Mockingbird

HRClinton's picture

Whoever called him "a regular guy" just did not want to get entangled in the MSM web.

Not everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame.

White Devil's picture

ameriKa is becoming a garbage nation.

Giant Meteor's picture

Yes, where has White Devil been ?

SybilDefense's picture

It's called a "melting pot". 

In all seriousness, Why doesn't the author pose the query: if it's us verses them, why do we increasingly allow more of them in our country?  And once them are here, us have to chance to become more sensitive to them's shortcomings, as them get all the government assistance.  And even after us give them, give them mind you, a greater than equal opportunity, we are routinely told it's not enough and we are responsible for their plight (because they are still them, only us had to change).

Well it kinda pisses one off.   Perhaps emigration should have proceeded more slowly until the first batch became fully integrated.  Do we really need a diverse workforce, or does diversity only offer business the benefit of cheap labor.  I don't see why it's all that bad to keep us a little more like us.

Before globalization of the world through communication, if one  country ran amuck like Germany, the rest of the world could call them on it.  Today... The whole world has run amuck with no greater force of oversight other then God or the common man.

cheech_wizard's picture

i guess the author completely overlooked the fact he escaped from a mental hospital.

Just as I was going to read the story for the details, up pops the WaPo ad... Get access to this story, and every story, on the web and in our apps with our Basic Digital subscription. Keep reading for $10 (no scratch that) $1...

I got a chuckle out of that...

Texas church shooter Devin Kelley escaped from a psychiatric hospital five years before carrying out the worst mass killing in Texas history, according to a police report released on Tuesday.

The report stated that El Paso police were advised Kelley, then 21, was a danger to himself and others as he had been caught smuggling firearms onto Holloman Air Base in New Mexico and was trying to carry out death threats against military superiors.

"Regular guy" - Seriously?


Giant Meteor's picture

Be all you can be ..

Wait that's the other branch ..

Ron_Mexico's picture

it's actually "Aim High," which is a tad ironic in this context.

Refuse-Resist's picture

The responsible parties who fucked up the chain of documentation all need to burn.

CaptainObvious's picture

"We’ve got to work harder to build bridges, instead of burning them to the ground."

Yeah, okay.  Let's build a bridge toward people who insist you're a racist misogynistic homophobe for even opening your mouth.  You offer solid, verifiable facts to that cast of idiots and they get all demon-eyed and foam-mouthed at you because you're introducing concepts that contradict everything they've ever been indoctrin--uh, taught.

Or, let's build a bridge toward people who insist that you convert or die.  Because in Islam, anyone who does not recognize Allah as the supreme master of the universe is an infidel.  And worse, those who wake from the Mohammad-fog and become normal, rational, non-Muslims are apostates for whom the punishment is death.  Yeah, I'm sure they're interested in a nice open dialogue.

While we're at it, let's build a bridge toward people who claim we have a fictional condition called "white privilege" and despise us for our skin color and are intentionally self-segregating.  The only bridge they want toward us is a bridge that leads directly from our wallet to theirs.  They DESERVE reparations, doncha know, cuz muh slavery and some shit.

Since your book is called "Battlefield America", you should know something about the rules of war.  The first is to never, ever leave a bridge standing.  A bridge is left standing only to encourage the enemy to commit to crossing it, and you attack when the forces are arrayed on the bridge with no possible means of retreat.  So why, exactly, would we build a bridge toward those lunatics?

We're going to have a second Civil War.  There is no avoiding it at this point.  You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences for ignoring reality.

Refuse-Resist's picture

Let's build a bridge out into the open ocean. Then march all these motherfuckers right off the end of it.


Great post.

Nobodys Home's picture

We're already tools. It's up to you if you decide to let yourself become a prisoner.

pparalegal's picture

How do you keep a nation safe when not even seemingly “safe places” like churches and rock concerts and shopping malls are immune from violence?

You can't. Only a culture can. Random insane people have and will alwys be with us.

 The deadliest school-related massacre in American history happened in 1927, at an elementary school in Bath, Mich. A school board member named Andrew Kehoe, upset over a burdensome property tax, wired the building with dynamite and set it off in the morning of May 18. Kehoe’s actions killed 45 people, 38 of whom were children.

Sy Kloine Bee's picture

This brings up a question - why always a mass shooting and never a bombing these days? Explosives are much more devastating, and can be obtained/manufactured more easily and cheaply than firearms.  There have been recipes for them on the internet since forever, even to the point where you can watch youtube and learn how to make your own explosives from urine. For the mass killer, explosives would seem to be the weapon of choice.  So why does every mass killer choose a semi-auto firearm?  Even those that were said to be planned well in advance?


Kidbuck's picture

Handling explosives without blowing yourself up requires more knowledge than shooting a gun. It also requires more planning to get it right.

jughead's picture

so fucking what?  The point...if you were not fixated with the one on your that bad people have always done bad shit and all the fucking laws and prior-restraint bullshit in the world is not going to change that.  Granted, your fucking pea-brain can't come up with better solutions than those that require prior-restraint and mass punishment of those who have done NOTHING and others that require your fellow citizens to give up their freedom in exchange for some false sense of security...but try anyway.  Just because you don't value freedom doesn't mean the rest of share your character flaw. 

Cloud9.5's picture

We have been desensitized by an entertainment industry that is in the business of selling a momentary distraction.  In an effort to outbid each other, the various moguls ramped up the language, the sex and the violence with each new offering.  We are now to the point that nothing shocks us anymore.  We have seen it all on TV. The social mores of the country have been destroyed on the altar of momentary distraction masquerading as entertainment.

The election of Trump triggered the 3 percent on the left.  The Clinton supporters were devastated by the election of Trump. Their preconceived notions of victory turned out to be false.   Images of Umma crying in the streets swept the nation.   Unable to accept the fact that Hillary actually lost, they concocted the narrative that the deplorables aided by Russian interference stole the election.   The stolen election narrative convinced many that foreign espionage and treason had put the President in office.  These people believe the President is a usurper.  That is why they put out images of a woman holding the decapitated head of the President on social media and thought it was apropos political commentary.  This is why a play was so popular with the left, depicted the President as Julius Cesare, and they celebrated his murder on stage. 

Elements of the  left believe that it is their moral obligation to foment a civil war and take down the President.  It is no wonder that the less stable members of their cohort have been triggered to commit these atrocious acts of violence.  Trump supporters have been dehumanized by Hillary Clinton.  When she labeled half the country as deplorables, she stripped conservatives of their humanity.  This is the first step in the march toward genocide.  Dehumanized conservatives can now be shot at baseball games, at country western concerts and in church.


The blood of these murdered people is on the hands of left leaning news agencies, political pundits and agenda salesmen who have pushed this narative.




Md4's picture

"We’ve got to refrain from the toxic us vs. them rhetoric that is consuming the nation."

Not if there actually IS an us and them.

jughead's picture

and the lines are pretty clear: those who value order and security over freedom versus those who value freedom over order and security.  

gigadeath's picture

Keep sitting in traffic while your leaders fly over you in helicopters, cattle. Youll meet the abattoire soon enough.