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Bush-Bashing Hysteria - December 8, 2003

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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The former practicing psychiatrist and op-ed writer Charles Krauthammer has identified a new disorder. He calls it "Bush Derangement Syndrome."

Apparently, the condition causes distortion in the perception of reality. Curiously, it appears to be endemic within the left-leaning celebrity sphere.

There are several signs that growing numbers of star libs are experiencing episodes of BDS-related hysteria.

Michael Moore has publicly stated on cable TV that he thinks the Bush administration is hiding Osama bin Laden.

Janeane Garofalo has mused aloud on the national airwaves that the president and Saddam Hussein are morally indistinguishable.

According to Us Weekly, Cher has voiced a peculiar sort of preference, saying, "I would rather stick needles in my eyes than be a Republican."

The dysfunction is apparently affecting segments of the media as well. Certain reporters and broadcasters recently latched on to a noticeably non-story news story dubbed "Turkey-Gate."

The Washington Post ran a piece that revealed the naked truth about the turkey in question, which sat on a platter held by President Bush during his Thanksgiving visit with the troops. CNN's cure for insomnia, Aaron Brown, also signaled his fixation on "Turkey-Gate" when on his show he covered the matter extensively and even asked Mary Matalin about the "veracity of the White House."

Guess the folks with BDS, finding out that the turkey was merely a "decorative" bird and not one to be served to the troops, tossed them into a heightened state of poultry anxiety.

Speaking of naked things, a new tool is being added to the dis-Dubya arsenal ­ sex.

A group of women in Michigan who call themselves Babes Against Bush say they want to "promote political awareness in the most unlikely of audiences: men whose cultural tastes tend towards centerfolds and the swimsuit issues of sports magazines."

One livid lady named Eleanor Vast-Binder explains to the Washington Post, "What better way is there to get guys to notice that the president is a bozo."

And then there's another group known as the Radical Cheerleaders, which has a network of young female activists who do cheerleading routines at left-wing protests. The organization has squads in Phoenix, San Diego, Sweden, London, Warsaw, Ireland, Ottawa and on several college campuses, with names like the Rocky Mountain Rebels and the Memphis Dirty Southern Belles.

I have a few words to say about cheerleaders who do cartwheels and splits trying to get the attention of the White House: Creative concept, wrong White House.

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