Occasionally when I’m bored, I like to look in on the ultra liberal Huffpo blog to see what new inane drivel is being offered there in an attempt at serious journalism.
I was not disappointed when cruising down to the third post I found what looks like a psychoanalytic analysis of President George Bush (sort of) by a Dr. Martha Stout. The good doctor is a clinical psychologist, author and instructor with impeccable credentials from Harvard Medical School, Mass General and other prestigious institutions.
After listing what appears to be her own historically researched 10 typical behaviors of leaders that use Paranoia to keep their minions under their control, she comes to the conclusion that Bush fits each of the ten descriptions and therefore is a “fear mongerer”. Furthermore, she hopes that in 2008, the country votes in someone who is not a fear mongerer. To paraphrase, someone who will not “wage emotional war against us” and “make our worse fears his best friends”.
I wonder if our good doctor ever heard the expression…. Is it still Paranoia if it’s real?
Dr. Stout’s dabbling in political history (an area of study somewhat removed from her field of expertise) makes it easier to understand why from the early days of the 1930’s until the Nazis invaded Poland in the fall of 1939, there was no successful “fear mongerer” who may have derailed Hitler’s rise to power. Countless of millions of innocent lives might have been saved. Were there academic elites with impeccable credentials admonishing the great unwashed masses to be weary of their leaders lest they “wage emotional war against their people”?
That was then. We should have learned a hard lesson from WWII but this lesson seems to have been forgotten far too fast.
Currently, there is a plethora of warning signs and even direct blustering statements from tyrants who want to wipe entire nations of the map. Islamic extremist terrorists have attacked and murdered over 3000 of our neighbors. Is history repeating itself ..... again?
I think the good doctor had better dispense a better prescription and take off the rose-colored glasses