POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica

Bush Derangement Syndrome Metastasized

by David Trumbull

September 5, 2008

“Bush Derangement Syndrome” was coined by conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer in a 2003 newspaper column. Krauthammer defined BDS 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".

I’m not a medical man, but neither is Krauthammer. And I am a conservative columnists looking for a “catch phrase.” How about “Palin Derangement Syndrome”? It’s manifested by panic, irrationality, outbursts of anger, and just plain silliness on the part of liberals and Democrats upon learning that come next January there may be a woman in the White House and she will be a conservative Republican.

By now everyone knows Sarah Palin is the governor of Alaska. With two years as chief executive of the 49th State and six years prior as mayor of Wasilla, she has exactly eight years more executive experience than Obama and Biden combined. The predictable liberal reaction has been to say that Governor Palin is inexperienced.

While Obama and Biden fall in line with Planned Parenthood and other extreme anti-family and anti-life fanatics in the Democratic Party (it must be so easy to be a Democrat, you don’t’ have to think about anything, just mouth the current liberal orthodoxy), Governor Palin has had to do what Obama and Biden, being male, will never have to do—hear her physician explain that the child she is carrying has Downs Syndrome. Mrs. Palin has said that she feels blessed that God chose her and and her husband to raise a Down syndrome baby. Democrats go cross-eyed at the thought that the first woman who will be elected to the execute branch of our national government is pro-life.

It may seem hard to believe, but Massachusetts is not the most liberal political entity in America. That “honor” properly goes to the District of Columbia, where congress has neglected its constitutional mandate (Art. I, Sec. 8) over the federal city. Rather, under an ill-conceived “home rule” arrangement, liberals have been allowed to enact the dystopia they desire for the rest of us. They look down condescendingly on rubes who—in Obama’s infamous words—“cling to guns or religion.” You can imagine their low opinion of the mental faculties of Sarah Palin who is a life member of the National Rifle Association as they contemplate her from their offices in Washington. Of course, they don’t actually live in D.C. That city’s notorious gun ban (recently overturned by the Supreme Court) has resulted in Washington being one of the most dangerous and violent cities in America, with criminals knowing they have absolutely nothing to fear from an unarmed citizenry.

Having inflicted liberalism at its most virulent on the federal district the liberals move out to northern Virginia or suburban Maryland. They may complain about $4-a-gallon gas for their daily commute, but they would rather import the oil than drill in far-away—and probably never visited except possibly on a tourist cruise once—Alaska. Governor Palin on the other hand knows and loves well her state and has strongly promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling.

[David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.]