Sarah Palin and America’s Over-Worked Mental Health Professionals14 July, 2009
I remember some odd dinner time conversations when my Mom was going to college. She took lots of psych courses (undergrad and graduate school) and the subject of sanity came up at least once a week or so (not sure why that subject would come up; after all, I was at the table). She said, repeatedly, that mental health, specifically abnormal mental health, is really hard to diagnose. The various mental illnesses are referred to as spectrums because almost no one ever exhibits all, or even a majority, of the various symptoms.
Now, thanks to right wing whackaloon politics, we have a reasonably accurate gauge of sanity. Or lack thereof. CBSran a poll asking “Does [Sarah} Palin have ability to be President?”
If Sarah Palin is resigning her position as Alaska’s Governor to run for president, she faces doubts – even from Republicans – about her ability to be an effective one, according to a new CBS News poll.
Less than one in four Americans, 22 percent in particular, say she does have the ability to be an effective president. Only 33 percent of Republicans say she does.
Yes, folks, more than one out of five Americans think that Sarah Palin has the ability to be President. Next time you’re driving in heavy traffic, cursing the morons who lean on their horns in stopped traffic, bemoaning the lack of investment either America’s infrastructure or alternate forms of transportation, do a quick count. One out of five (national average, of course; in Alabama, Oklahoma, Utah, or other strongly red state, the number will be higher) of those people driving two tons of lethal steel think that she could be President.
Sarah Palin attended four mid-level colleges and her professors could not recall her as a student. She lies constantly (Russian and her backyard, the Bridge to Nowhere, and the polar bears are a good starting point). She cannot write (witness her ‘I quit’ speech). She has accused a majority of Americans of not being real Americans. She has had enough ethical lapses to disqualify her from being night-shift dog catcher in Wasilla. And on and on and on.
It strikes me that anyone who realistically thinks that soon-to-be-ex-governor Palin really could handle, on any level, the office of President of the United States of America has rather severe issues with reality. Now this is not to say that every single person who thinks she would be a good President is, by definition, insane (and, conversely, there are probably some insane people who do not like Palin for President). It does strike me, though, that America’s over-worked mental health professionals may want to add one more question to their initial assessment.
And for even more shits and giggles, take a look at the comments on the CBS page. Many of them border on hagiographic in their love for Palin. Scary.