Conservatism as a Mental Illness
The specter of mental illness does indeed loom large over creationists, but they are not alone. Signs of psychopathology can also be seen among their political bedfellows, conservative politicians, especially when you consider a wide range of illness indicators. In his award-winning 2005 book, Dr. James Whitney Hicks discusses 50 signs of mental illness (link is external) including denial, delusion, hallucination, disordered thinking, anger, anti-social behavior, sexual preoccupation, grandiosity, general oddness, and paranoia. Now I’m no clinician, but in my (admittedly biased brown) eyes it seems that prominent Republicans have evidenced each of these ten telltale signs of mental illness over the past year:
1) Denial: humans did not evolve; Obama is not a native-born American Christian (link is external)
2) Delusion: climate is not changing
3) Hallucination: God ordained me to be President (link is external)
7) Sexual Preoccupation: a fervent compulsion to control when we can mate, with whom we can mate, and precisely how we are allowed to mate (which I lampoon in Why Do Politicians Want to Police Dick and Jane’s Private Parts?)
9) General Oddness: Ron Paul (link is external)
Even (the not necessarily dumb (link is external)) Pope Francis appears to recognize (link is external) that “it is a serious illness, this of ideological [conservative] Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”
Regrettably, the Republican who least exhibits anti-science stances is the only one who (tongue-in-cheek) acknowledges his mental illness:
Until Jon Huntsman becomes the sane voice of his insane party, maybe “Republican Syndrome” should be added to the DSM-V (link is external) so that crazy conservative pols can receive the mental health treatment they need. I bet “Obamacare” would even cover it.
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