Ron Rosenbaum

David Horowitz Denounces Obama Derangement Syndrome

It’s about time some prominent conservative called for a halt to the growing toxic hysteria that charcterizes contemporary conservative rhetoric, the venomous and unhinged phenomenon that well-known conservative David Horowitz calls “Obama Derangement Syndrome”. Here’s how he puts it:

“Conservatives, please. Let’s not duplicate the manias of the Left as we figure out how to deal with Mr. Obama. He is not exactly the anti-Christ, although a disturbing number of people on the Right are convinced he is.

“I have recently received commentaries that claim that ‘Obama’s speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history’ and ‘never has a politician in this land had such a quasi-religious impact on so many people’ and ‘Obama is a narcissist,’ which leads the author to then compare Obama to David Koresh, Charles Manson, Stalin and Saddam Hussein. Excuse me while I blow my nose.”

He goes on to compare it to the Bush=Hitler derangement of the Left. As a liberal who nonetheless spoke up against Bush Derangement Syndrome (and as someone who studied Hitler and has some strong feelings about loose and stupid comparisons to him) I have to say I’ve been surprized by the low level of of discourse on the part of commenters who seem unhealthily fixated on the irredeemable Evil of Obama. They seem not to know the difference between political contestation and religious war. (I suspect comments to this post will prove my point and I thank you ahead of time).

But I have to say I’m glad that some conservatives–well, at least one– recognizes that one can oppose the President’s policies without turning him into a Big Scary Demonic Anti-Christ.