The Therapy Sessions
Thursday, May 29, 2003
It didn’t take long.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto (Best of the Web, May 21st), Jayson Blair, former reporter for the New York Times, suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (or DID, as its known on the street).
It is so fitting. We live in an age where we give Prozac to our dogs. You aren’t depressed because you are a lonely alcoholic; you’d be perfectly happy with a few pills. Children aren’t brats. They suffer from ADHD. They need drugs, not discipline.
These diseases may or may not be real; they may have some basis in biology or none at all. I don’t really care. What bothers me is that they all excuse individual behavior. No one is responsible for anything they do.
It fits with the socialist conceit: people are cogs in a machine they cannot control, and they cannot be trusted with their own freedom. Such people need a large, protective government, ensuring that their personal choices are controlled. They are not to be trusted with dangerous things – like cigarettes, alcohol, fatty food or guns.
I think that when liberals decided that personal responsibility was an outdated concept, they jumped from the election winning strategies of JFK to the buffoonery of Teddy. As long as they shack up with that clown, they will lose elections.
And they know it. So they have gone to the courts to overrule the will of the people.
That is the scary part.