Missouri GOP Senator Wonders: “Is Liberalism A Mental Disorder?” Here’s His Answer

Senator Brian Nieves (R-MO)

In September 2010, this guy pulled out a gun and threatened to kill a political opponent’s campaign director. And he says liberals have a mental disorder. Photo of Senator Brian Nieves (R-MOron) from a KDSK 5 article entitled “Hearing delayed for House member Brian Nieves amid assault accusation.”

Missouri Senator Brian Nieves posted a serious comment on his facebook page recently:

“I honestly wonder, and I’m being sincere about this, if liberalism is indeed a mental disorder.”

The comment came during a discussion in which he was confronted by Anglican Priest about a picture of a large gun, which he posted on his facebook page. The unsuspecting priest apparently thought he could have a rational conversation with Nieves about gun violence. Nieves has a sordid history of being rude and directing offensive comments towards his constituents, something this priest was obviously unaware of when attempting to engage in civil discourse with his Senator. Senator Nieves immediately turned the conversation to abortion and began hurling verbal insults at the priest and at liberals and Democrats as a whole. This was done repeatedly, and it became apparent reading the conversation that Nieves has a strange way of turning every subject into a conversation about abortion, including gun rights, gun control, poverty, healthcare, labor, voting rights… He also has a cheering section of about three people, who chime in with comments like “At least the poor have life.” Finally, the Anglican Priest stated he was tired and said good night, obviously realizing that he was not going to have a rational discussion with Nieves.

After the priest signed off, Nieves and his small fan club continued to rant about abortion and then the Senator got around to saying that he wondered if Liberalism may be a disease, apparently because Liberals are able to think and discuss topics other than abortion, or possibly because they try to engage in civil conversation about issues affecting the previously born.

I decided to take Nieves question as seriously as he did. I made up my mind to do some investigative reporting on the subject of “Is Liberalism a disease.” I felt confident I could find  reliable information, which would be useful in helping to answer this question posed by the Missouri Senate Majority Whip. The first thing that I did was turn to the dictionary, something I’m not sure Nieves knows how to do, considering some of his trouble with spelling. Low and behold, I found just what I was looking for – the definition of Liberalism. Here it is, as stated by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary:

LIBERALISM: a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity or

Liberalism: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically   : such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (as those involving race, gender, or class)

Next I went to the DSM4, otherwise known as the 4th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Here I looked for words included in the definition, such as liberty, spirituality and ethics. I was not able to find any mental disorders associated with those concepts. Next I tried searching for progress, goodness, autonomy, civil liberties, equality and other such terms, still no luck… I thought, just to be fair I’d look for words associated with Conservatism as well. Words like racism, sexism, homophobia, paranoia, greed, self-obsession, violent fixations (guns, war, execution etc…)  all policies promoted by the party Mr. Nieves associates with. Low and behold I found several disorders that I am sure could be accurately applied to diagnose the extreme right wing. The categories of mental disorders that could be applied included adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, impulse control disorders, mood disorders, sexual disorders, even psychotic disorders and personality disorders.

After making that discovery, I wanted to go a step farther, to see if I could diagnose Brian Nieves himself. In September of 2010, Nieves apparently pulled a gun out and threatened to kill the campaign director of a political opponent. The man told police that Nieves “grabbed him by the shirt, pushed him against a wall, slapped him, head-butted him and pulled out a gun and set it on a table.” Is this a sign of a mood disorder or a psychotic illness? That was what I wanted to know next. As it turns out it could be either, but given Nieves assertions that everyone around him is crazy and he’s sane, even as he is posting pictures of big guns on his public profile page, I decided that a safe diagnosis would include psychotic behavior, with paranoid delusions, fixations on violence, severe impulse control disorder and a strong tendency to dissociate from reality.

In other words: A modern day Republican.