The incomparable Charles Krauthammer has an excellent piece on an growing concern to public health: Bush Derangement Syndrome, a disease that robs one of all mental faculties in regards to anything remotely related to President Bush. As Krauthammer explains:
It has been 25 years since I discovered a psychiatric syndrome (”Secondary Mania,” Archives of General Psychiatry, November 1978), and in the interim I haven’t been looking for new ones. But it’s time to don the white coat again. A plague is abroad in the land.
”Bush Derangement Syndrome”: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.
(Just a quick note on this – when Krauthammer says he discovered a psychiatric syndrome he isn’t kidding. He actually has an MD from Harvard and was the chief psychiatric resident an Massachusetts General Hospital…)
Indeed, the signs of BDS are easy to spot. Just mention his name and if the subject begins ranting about right-wing conspiracies and secret Fox News satellites beaming hate beams, chances are you’ve found a victim of BDS. Indeed prominent public figures suffer from BDS. As Krauthammer explains:
Now, I cannot testify to Howard Dean’s sanity before this campaign, but five terms as governor by a man with no visible tics and no history of involuntary confinement is pretty good evidence of a normal mental status. When he avers, however, that ”the most interesting” theory as to why the president is ”suppressing” the 9/11 report is that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance, it’s time to check on thorazine supplies.
When Rep. Cynthia McKinney first broached this idea before the 2002 primary election, it was considered so nutty, it helped make her former Rep. McKinney. Today, the Democratic presidential front-runner professes agnosticism as to whether the president was tipped off about 9/11 by the Saudis, and it goes unnoticed. The virus is spreading.
It’s clear that something must be done. The only way to help end the scourge of BDS sweeping this nation is through significant shock therapy. I’m thinking that another four years should do the trick nicely.