This US election it is time for mental health and mental health care in America to come out of the darkness, with approximately 42.5million or 18.1% of American adults suffering from mental illness. There are many issues that are linked to mental health in America, from gun crime to healthcare from the prison system to the police force in the United States.
I'll hold my hands up and admit it. I'm no fan of Hillary Clinton. Barring a massive shift in opinion, she's going to be the Democrats' nomination for the next U.S. President. But as much as I find her unconvincing, I'm not going to write about the Democrat race because we already know the result. Sorry Bernie Sanders, but unless Hillary falls under a bus, you're not getting it.
Trump's rhetoric is increasingly dangerous and divisive. Trump might claim he is simply 'telling it how it is.' That's not true. He is telling it how he sees it, and how he sees it, is not how it is. Trump is harming decent people through some warped sense of reality. And his platform keeps growing. We can't continue to laugh awkwardly. It is time to take the drunk, offensive Uncle to bed.
Trump and Carson are exploiting a very American flavor of disgruntlement -- the obsessed, conspiratorial mindset of a pocket of the population besieged by paranoia and a fear of the hidden hand. Whereas the billionaire property tycoon is peddling empty optimism, Carson's campaign has the hue of an Internet comment board.
White and Black Americans have fought in one way or another, side by side in the Union Army, in World War I and II, in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, only to return to their own separate neighborhoods, separate houses of worship and their own separate lives. Black and White Americans, for the most part, simply do not live in the same society and do not see the world around them in the same way.
Having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, it is unsurprising that Republicans are desperate to bask in a few rays from Reagan's reflected glory. In 2011, he ranked third in a poll of the most popular US president of the past 50 years behind Jack Kennedy and Bill Clinton. But, as America marks the 10th anniversary of his death, just how comfortable would Reagan himself be in today's Republican party?