Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mythomania, Pseudologia Fantasia, Pathological Lying and ACORN

Somewhere along the line, in our busy lives, we have encountered a person or persons, who suffer from this psychosis. We shall turn to Charles C. Dike, MD, MRCPsych, MPH, et al. for a clear description of the condition:

"Pathological lying is falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime."

I strongly suggest you re-read that sentence carefully; discover for yourself if this possibly describes any prominent or ordinary folks you know or observe even casually. An honest appraisal will reveal that yes, you can easily identify someone who is a victim. It may well be that crazy uncle whom we all tolerate by reason of his familial relationship, the caricature used car dealer we have encountered, or the sportsman we know who constantly misunderstands universal measurements when describing a recent fishing trip. These examples, though they appear harmless, are predictors of more dangerous behavior. As a result we implement the traditional defense: a grain of salt.

A truck load of salt would be insufficient to counter some of the pronouncements which come from the current White House. The most recent claim involves a near total separation from the group, ACORN. Check the link and hear the disassociation with ACORN expressed by then Senator Obama. Continue in the video and hear the honest appraisal of that same relationship. In total, it is a remarkable capture of mythomania in action.

There are long-term ramifications from this behavior. On an international scale, the leaders among our allies and our enemies have come to differentiate between a sincere effort to communicate on our differences to seek solutions and the offering of undependable information. Here at home, the citizenry is gradually learning the perils of having a serial prevaricator in the oval office. Once it achieves the level of common currency in the minds of the electorate—the party’s over. In the past, even presidents for whom I had little respect and often disagreed, offered occasional hard truths which were easily recognized. I truly believed that we held opposing view points but they were neither shy nor dishonest in presenting their positions.

This is the reason we earnestly pray for divine guidance for our president regardless of party. Party loyalty does not insist upon barring the intercession of Almighty God to have successful leadership. Here success is defined by the preservation of the union in liberty for all its people.

It should be unnecessary to pore over the entrails of sheep to determine the veracity of each presidential utterance. His favorite expression in endless speeches is “Let me be clear,” as he proceeds to cloud each subsequent issue in five syllable words and murky logic. The value of and the association with ACORN to this president is inescapable. To deny this relationship is to take the people of this nation as absolute fools. Well, they did elect Barack Hussein Obama to the presidency so maybe that observation isn’t all that far off.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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