When asked his opinion on the matter, a liberal man responded that the Sheriff has "issues" because there was more than one incident of alleged abuse. Less liberal commentators focus on the neighbor who dropped a dime on the lovers' spat or on the connection to Latino melodrama. Those of us with sympathy for both partners despair over the way their private lives have been dragged into the public spotlight against the wills of all involved, including the over-zealous neighbor.
The liberal assumption that the Sheriff suffers from some sort of mental illness relates to a false paradigm of mental processing that is prevalent in liberal circles. Robert Bellah might tie it to a religion of psychotherapy that has become prevalent in pill bottle culture. Leftist literature, such as the work of Herbert Marcuse, cautions us on the inadequacy of treating environmental problems with individual therapy. Medical literature, such as the work of Thomas Szasz, cautions us against armchair diagnosis of disease where no physical pathology exists. Liberal prejudice avoids rational analysis and assumes a medical condition exists.
Poor people are less susceptible to the liberal delusion because they are forced to be more independent of the medical profession. They have a healthy skepticism of medical practice due to extensive experience with medical malpractice. There is a sense of the limitations of the drug and the knife that liberals lack. From the liberal perspective, the poor suffer from medical neglect. Unwittingly, liberals themselves suffer from medical negligence.
What prejudices do you bring to your perspectives on domestic political violence?