Recently, I was presented with a question as to why I referred to Sarah Palin, the former Vice-Presidential Candidate as having Bi-Polar disorder on my page, Antonymically Correct. As you – my fellow readers – know, this is the page where I list those people, ideas, and institutions of whom I have little regard for professionally. On this page, I wrote the following statement in complaining about Sarah Palin:
She’s obviously bipolar, manic, and stupid.”
If I have offended anyone with this statement – I’ll just say now that that was kind of the point. I wanted people to get angry, pissed off, upset, and maybe even teary-eyed over this. I wanted people to get up and throw their political affiliations at the wall and play pin-the-tail-on-the-weathergirl with a picture of Sarah Palin. I wanted people to go to the windows and shout at the top of their lungs “FUCK POLITICS!” My intention was to pervay my own rational thought process about Sarah Palin upon the mass throng of Americana.
But I am not Howard Beale.
I wrote this page a while ago, expecting that somebody would read it and have responded to it by now, but no one did. So, I assumed that nobody had any problems with the way that I was insulting certain individuals. And if they did, they certainly weren’t telling me about it. Or, perhaps, nobody was reading anything except for what was on the front page of my blog.
To be honest, I was half-expecting one of the disciples of the Catholic faith, or an Anon hacker to respond to my insults about them before anyone responded to me about a single word I used to describe Sarah Palin.
I would like to clear the air about this whole bi-polar disorder and Sarah Palin issue.
The whole thing started when a book about the 2008 Presidential Campaign called GAME CHANGE was released. In the book, twenty five specific adjectives or phrases were mentioned to describe the extremes mood swings of Palin, which had been observed by members of the McCain campaign. These observances made by the campaign staff led to the inferred idea that Sarah Palin could possibly have bipolar disorder. During one of the closed door meetings of campaign personnel one staffer is reported to have asked “do you think she’s bi-polar?”
This line was used in the HBO movie version of the book by the same name. The movie GAME CHANGE is played by an all-star cast, including Julianne Moore as Palin, Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt, and Ed Harris as John McCain.
So, it has been floating in the air that Sarah Palin could possibly have bi-polar disorder ever since she was on the campaign. Here is what a certain P.H.D. in Clinical Psychology (who shall remain unnamed) said about the situation.
…it’s possible that she has a Bipolar Spectrum Disorder. It’s impossible to know without having direct contact and additional information. My impression is that she is more personality disordered than anything; she exhibits multiple traits consistent with Cluster B personality disorders (e.g. Narcissistic PD, Borderline PD, Histrionic PD, Antisocial PD).”
Since I know that none of you can read hospital, I’ll dumb this down for you; this doctor is saying that he has never met Palin, so he can’t know anything for sure. But what he can say is that from the few observances that he’s made, and the limited studying that he’s done as to her peculiar and unstatesmanly conduct, is that he doesn’t believe that she has bi-polar disorder. He thinks that she has something more of a split personality disorder, rather than bi-polar.
All of this goes to show that the jury is still out on what type of mental disorder to diagnose Sarah Palin with, but most officials agree that she does emit many of the traits and symptoms of many different kinds.
So, before I say what I’ve been meaning to say, I want you all to logically think about Sarah Palin. About Bipolar disorder, and about what the significance is that it might have had on your life so far. The BBR foundation says that over 2 million Americans have bipolar disorder. Do you know anyone with bipolar disorder?
I don’t think the question is why did I say that Sarah Palin had bipolar disorder, there is plenty of evidence available to conclude that she could possibly have the disorder;
the real question should have been “why did I use it in such an insulting demeanor?”
Am I insulting all people with bipolar disorder by saying the word “stupid” in the same sentence? NOT AT ALL. One of my sisters was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was in high school. One of my best friends has bipolar disorder. A girl I almost went out with one time had bipolar disorder. This disorder is simply a label that humanity uses to classify and categorize the less desirable of their ranks. Its something that we do to keep ourselves safe from the effort of having to deal with other people on a daily basis. In my opinion, mental disorders should not have broad categories – I think that we should write a DSM for every single individual on the planet, and that should be the job of the primary Clinic or mental care facility.
The people that I know who have bipolar disorder do not exhibit any form of stupidity at all. One is a straight-A student – at Harvard, and the others I have known my whole life. They do not drive me angry or push me against the wall, ever.
But Sarah Palin does. She is stupid. And when the campaign advisors had to TRAIN HER WITH FLASH CARDS about foreign policy, they had serious doubts as to how she had become the candidate for Vice President. But they didn’t alert McCain about these doubts until it was far too late and the damage had been done.
And so for my mistake in grammar only, I profusely apologise. But I hope it is clear now that Sarah Palin probably has a mental disorder of some sort, and it might be bipolar spectrum disorder.
I have updated my the page where this issue stemmed from. To be honest, this is the page where I am expecting a LOT of flak. So please, throw me some comments and I will read them in time. THANK YOU.