Our Lib Lab Rat
Let's don our lab coats, shall we, and look at our lib lab rat to see what we can discern. Our rat's name is Alec, and here's the latest lab report from E! Online:
Alec Baldwin may have requested last year that his ex-wife Kim Bassinger, be forced to undergo psychological evaluation, but a Los Angeles court has instead ordered the 48-year-old actor to consult a therapist before he is allowed extra visits with his 10-year-old daughter, Ireland, L.A. City News Service reported Friday.
... Superior Court Commissioner Maren E. Nelson gave Baldwin a week to consider whether he would allow a sit-down with a court-appointed psychologist. Nelson said in court that she wants a professional to help judge whether Baldwin would try to turn his daughter against her mom if they were to spend more time together. ...
After seven years of marriage, Basinger filed for divorce in 2001 and she and Baldwin have been hammering out custody details ever since. Among the personal jabs they've traded, each has accused the other of having a few screws loose.
Baldwin claimed in court documents late last year that Basinger, 52, had "a pathological need" to turn Ireland against him and moved to have the L.A. Confidential star examined by a psychologist and be forced to take parenting classes.
Representing Basinger, Hersh countered the request by stating that the oldest Baldwin brother was the one with the "severe emotional problems."
I've never been through a child custody fight, thank God. It must be an awful place to be caught without an anchor. Baldwin is emotionally adrift on a sea of "if it feels good, it must be right; if it feels bad, it must be wrong," and probably doesn't even realize that his belief system is doing him no good at all.
It's the same belief system that drives his anti-American rants. It doesn't feel good to have to judge what's right, and it doesn't feel good to have to fight for what's right. But that doesn't make it wrong.
An excess of money and an absence of maturity can do terrible things. Unfortunately, one thing it rarely does is convince such a person that it's a good idea to keep his opinions to himself.