Thursday, September 10, 2009
AN ANTI-MUNCHAUSEN'S HERO EMERGES
Congressman Joe Wilson's act of lese majeste last night in the face of Obama would ordinarily call for condemnation. But his outburst may be useful in coming to grips with a relatively new phenomenon. I speak of course of the epidemic of Münchhausen's disease among our leaders. We always knew that politicians stretched the truth. Some, like Jimmy Carter seemed to be living in a fictive universe all their own. But since Clinton, our leaders seem infected with this compulsion to blurt out falsehoods that would not fool a toddler, and seem to revel in doing this to our faces, daring us to to gainsay their hubris.
What is one to do when our intelligences are insulted by the very people we elect to handle our business? I suspect that Congressman Wilson felt the blood rush to his cheeks and simply couldn't resist the impulse to utter the terrible truth. The President is a jive merchant, suffering from Münchhausen's syndrome. Obama says things that he, and those he speaks to, both know to be untrue. So how much majesty or respect does he deserve? If he would have the Office of the President respected, he should first respect the dignity of the public and the other two branches of our Republic's government.
So in the health care debate, Obama should consider Joe Wilson's outburst a timely therapy in the President's struggle against the heartbreak of Münchhausen's. Let's all pray for the President's recovery, before we all get sick.