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My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.
According to Web M.D. ,
Delusional disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, is a type of serious mental illness called a "psychosis" in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of this disorder is the presence of delusions, which are unshakable beliefs in something untrue. People with delusional disorder experience non-bizarre delusions, which involve situations that could occur in real life, such as being followed, poisoned, deceived, conspired against, or loved from a distance. These delusions usually involve the misinterpretation of perceptions or experiences. In reality, however, the situations are either not true at all or highly exaggerated.
Now, a few stories from the recent headlines.
:Dan Rather, on Larry King:
. . .although I do think the most important reason is somebody sometime has got to take a stand and say democracy cannot survive, much less thrive, with the level of big corporate and big government interference and intimidation in news.
:from the WaPost
In 2004, MoveOn spent millions from wealthy donors such as financier George Soros, but it has grown into a force that has raised millions in donations from members and pumped more than $6 million into ads in this election cycle alone. . . .
Between the two measures, nearly every member of the Senate had repudiated MoveOn, including Democratic presidential contender Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Obama, who both voted for the Democratic version that did not include MoveOn's name but said there had been an "unwarranted personal attack" on Petraeus.
However, Clinton did vote against the actual measure that blasted MoveOn.org, and Obama--in an act of amazing leadership and political courage--walked off the floor during the vote so he wouldn't have to go on record.
:Hillary Clinton referred to Vice President Dick Cheney as Darth Vader
:Federal prosecutors have charged Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu with breaking campaign finance laws and cheating investors out of millions of dollars in a $60 million Ponzi scheme. . . .
Hsu has raised money for several Democratic candidates, but most substantially for Sen. Hillary Clinton's, D-New York, presidential bid. Clinton's campaign has said it will return the $850,000 Hsu raised to the individual contributors.
So, to draw all of these links together . . .
Dan Rather complains of the power of corporate interests in news and in politics, while not being particularly troubled by MoveOn's apparent control of the Democratic Party in Congress, and, in particular, its top two candidates for President.
Rather complains of corporate interests ruining his career, but is oddly sanguine about the foreign big money that tried to buy this election by deeply funding Hillary Clinton, nor does he lose sleep over the vast influence of George Soros (also, not an American) and the far-left influence peddlers at MoveOn.org
Clinton . . . seriously. Darth Vader? You want to talk "highly exaggerated"?
This is all part and parcel of the Left's core that fuels their passion for the upcoming election. The belief--contrary to all rational evidence--that Dick Cheney is capable of superhuman manipulation of others, particularly the President; the purchasing of policy by "neocons", in spite of much greater evidence of corruption on their own side; the influence of government on the delivery of the news, despite overwhelming evidence of leftward bias in the media.
These are all right out of the definition of paranoid/delusional disorder, and have presented themselves over and over in the modern Democratic party. There are a few bastions of rationality--Joe Leiberman leaps to mind--but the vast majority of the party dances to the tune of bands that NOBODY else can hear.
To their (small) credit, at least most Democrats can be credited with the mere misinterpretation of events and experiences; but some--like Harry Reid and his "million Iraqis" or John Murtha and his "Haditha Six"--are clearly both imagining things and then attempting to shape American policy based on their delusions. This is, of course, both dangerous and suicidal . . .
but it also represents a huge block of the Democratic Party.
And that is, quite simply, very bad for America.