It would appear that the homophobes in the Republican Party and their far-right base may actually be out of their minds. A new study performed by the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine indicates that homophobia may be the product of severe mental issues.
“We found that psychoticism represented an important risk factor for homophobia, demonstrating that pathologic personality traits are involved in homophobic attitudes” reported the study, meaning it could be an indicator for “severe psychopathologic conditions, such as delusion, isolation, and interpersonal alienation, but also hostility and anger.” Which makes a lot of sense, as that describes the modern-day Republican Party in a nutshell.
Lots of misplaced anger and hostility against the President, against the government, against immigration? Check. A delusional perception of the world that is utterly divorced from reality? Check. The deliberate alienation of every demographic group that isn’t Christian white males? Check. Rampant homophobia? Check.
It is very clear that there is a deep dysfunction within the Republican Party. Their unwillingness to even give a cursory impression that they actually intend to govern is evidence enough. If these results are conclusive, it would seem that the GOP desperately needs a therapist – and certainly not a presidency.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.