I've been running into a lot of Obama Derangement Syndrome recently. In fact, it's why I started blogging. The right, who coined the term Bush Derangement Sydrome in response to the Left's irrational paranoia that George W. Bush was going to turn the country into a Nazi State, has had an equally ridiculous reaction to Barack H. Obama, which has been consequently similarily named Obama Derangement Syndrome. Read my last post's comments and you'll see exactly what I mean.
But let's look at Bush Derangement syndrome first. According to Wikipedia's entry on it, Bush Derangement Syndrome was coined by the conservative political columnist and pyschiatrist Charles Krausthhammer in 2003. He defined it as "the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush". The entry further says that some extreme criticisms of President Bush are of emotional origins rather than based on facts or logic, which is exactly what I'm seeing in many of those that find fault no matter what Obama does. That is irrational and paranoid.
Just as Bush didn't turn this State into a Republican paradise with the government's cameras in everybody's bedrooms, neither will Obama turn us into some socialistic State where the rich aren't anymore and the poor are now the middle class.
People, calm down.
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