Wednesday, June 22, 2005

On Symptoms Of Pathology

A common symptom of mental illness is the loss of a sense of proportion. Dr. Mark Steyn analyzes the case of one "D. Durbin":
One measure of a civilized society is that words mean something: "Soviet" and "Nazi" and "Pol Pot" cannot equate to Guantanamo unless you've become utterly unmoored from reality. Spot the odd one out: 1) mass starvation; 2) gas chambers; 3) mountains of skulls; 4) lousy infidel pop music turned up to full volume. One of these is not the same as the others, and Durbin doesn't have the excuse that he's some airhead celeb or an Ivy League professor. He's the second-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Don't they have an insanity clause?
Read the rest here. (Hat tip to RealClearPolitics.)