Once a rich politician, arch-conservative
Clinging to blind partisan dogmas, hallucinative,
Compelled always entirely to misstate
And implacably unable to play straight,
Became incredibly, regressively, degenerative.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *"Is something wrong with the Senator?" asked the new intern of an aide to the senator.
"Waddaya mean?" said the older and far wiser aide.
"Well, I've only been here a few weeks I know, but it sure seems like he doesn't pay much attention to things, or what people tell him.
"Well, like I spent over three weeks doing research for him on this National Health Act bill. He just looked at the cover page on my report and threw it in the trash. I haven't got much experience under my belt yet, but I do have my master's degree in political science and graduated #2 in my class. I do know how to bear down and do good, solid, factual research."
"Oh that," said the more senior aide. "He probably just doesn't like whatever real facts you uncovered. It was nothing against you personally, or your work."
"You mean the Senator doesn't care about facts?" asked the intern incredulously.
"Nah," said the aide. "Not unless they agree with his own doctrine he doesn't. And, like always, his doctrine is strictly in line with that of his major campaign contributors. My guess is the Senator's just trying to train you into his ways. You know, he's been in Washington a long time now and has developed a pretty bad case of RDD."
"RDD? What the hell is that?"
What's RDD? Oh hell. I guess you ARE still pretty wet behind the ears, aren't you? RDD is "Reality Denial Disorder". It's a very common disease, and almost all top politicians get it by their second terms in office. Damned few of them don't. Their party doesn't matter. It's pretty serious and clouds their judgement and affects their personal lives too. Else, why would anyone ignore obvious cause and effect realities to pick up some queer in a public restroom or fly off to Argentina to meet some bimbo? RDD can be pretty serious all right."
"Reality Denial Disorder? I never heard of it!" said astonished intern. Is it like a neurological disease?"
"Well, I don't know if there have been any formal studies on RDD or not, but everyone who's been around politicians any time at all time knows about it - and that's what we call it. It's a lot like ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder. You know, they just can't or won't get their minds around anything not in line with their own dogma. It's a psychological impossibility for them."
"RDD!" mused the intern. "Well, I guess I must still have a lot to learn."
"Oh yes," replied the aide. "There's all kinds of things to learn about our senator. Important things. For example, he also has HPD, NPD, and worst of all maybe, GCD!"
The intern stared at the aide in dismay. "What in hell is all that?" he implored.
"I guess I'm gonna need to get you a book." the aide replied. "HPD is "Histrionic Personality Disorder". You know, when someone gets all dramatic and works up an artificial passion. NPD of course is "Narcissistic Personality Disorder", which is self-explanatory and pretty damned bad all by itself, but when it comes coupled with GCD, it's almost impossible to deal with. GCD is "God Complex Disorder" if you don't know that one. Our senator has it all. He's such a major pain in the ass, if I weren't trying to work myself up to a lobbyist job, I'd tell him 'sayonara' and 'kiss my ass' today."
"Well, I'm sure glad you enlightened me on all this." said the intern. "In fact, right now I feel like I've just come down with a bad case of HWD myself."
"HWD?" asked the aide. "That's a new one on me. What in hell is that?"
"Oh hell, you know." said the intern. "That's that good old 'Hank Williams Disorder'."
"I'm moving on!"