Dear Bernie Sanders: Mental Illness Is Not A Joke
Someone’s feeling the Bern, and it just happens to be Sanders himself.
Bernie Sanders made a joke about mental illness at last night’s Democratic debate, implying that the GOP candidates’ behavior was the result of mental illness. Here’s the joke in his own words:
“We are… going to invest a lot of money into mental health, and when you watch these Republican debates, you know why we need to invest in mental health.”
Really, Bernie? I never liked this guy much to begin with, mainly because he’s a Socialist, and he wants to destroy the freedoms we’ve held onto for so long. However, I find that his failed joke irks me more than his policies at the moment. He’s essentially implying that behavior he and others find offensive is the result of a mental illness.
Guess what, Mr. Sanders. My mental illness is not the result of my political or religious views. Mental illness doesn’t pledge itself to any individual party. It affects people of all backgrounds, creeds, races, genders and sexualities. Democrats, Republicans, Independents and more have mental illness, so perhaps you should take a step back and realize you’ve isolated 1 in every 5 voters. Because that’s how many people have a mental illness in this nation.
I don’t care what your views are. I don’t care whose side you’re on, who you’re voting for, or what you ate for breakfast this morning. Mental illness is indiscriminate. Bernie Sanders’ joke about mental illness was met with applause, but I can only hope the audience at that debate realized later how awful it was to clap for it.