Sooner or later I will stop writing about the utterly insane ramblings of Keith Ablow, a member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. But for now the entertainment factor is still too high.
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In his most recent article on the Fox News web site, Ablow has diagnosed President Obama as suffering from a “victim mentality.” Remember, Ablow has previously asserted that Obama is “waging psychological warfare on Americans,” that he is the “enemy of heroism,” and that he “has contempt for the Supreme Court.” These pseudo-analyses are in violation of the American Psychiatric Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics (Section 7.3), which state:
“…it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.“
That notwithstanding, Ablow has again belched out his hilariously asinine perspective of the President for whom he has a palpable hatred. The apparent trigger for Ablow’s ire is Obama’s use of words like “hostage taking” and “extortion” to describe the behavior of Tea Party Republicans who have shutdown the government and are threatening to throw the nation into default unless they get exactly what they want – in other words, hostage taking and extortion. Ablow says…
“President Obama’s rhetoric is finally coming closer to what appears to be his psychological truth: Because America victimized him and countless millions of others, any person or party or movement that opposes his views and does not yield to him is not just his adversary, but abusive, predatory and even threatening.”
Obviously Ablow has not been listening to any Republicans lately. If anyone regards their ideological adversaries as threatening, it is the right-wing nutjobs who demonize Obama as a socialist, Muslim, dictator from Kenya. They have resorted to the most brazenly hyperbolic rhetoric to attack Obama and his initiatives, including warnings that immigration reform, climate change mitigation, tax increases on the rich, and, of course, the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), will literally destroy America, if not the world. Nothing Obama has said comes even close to that level of dementia. Ablow continues his rant by demonstrating that he doesn’t even understand the hostage analogy:
“It is exceedingly difficult to come to terms with a person who sees you as his oppressor, his kidnapper, and someone terrorizing him who might well destroy him. You aren’t likely to consider whether your assailant and jailer and would-be killer has a few good ideas, after all.”
Ablow badly misinterprets the terms of the current debate. He seems to think that Obama is the hostage in this narrative. But anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows that it is the country or the economy that is being held hostage. Republicans have their weapons trained squarely on the financial well being of the nation and are threatening to harm it if Obama does not succumb to their demands. So Obama is not the kidnap victim at all. He would be the parent in this scenario, trying to save the child from those who will harm it for their own selfish interests (i.e. the Koch brothers funded, Fox News promoted, Tea Party driven, Republicans).
It is not enough, however, for someone as delusional as Ablow to stop at merely getting everything wrong about the analysis he is peddling. No, he must go further and tie unrelated issues to it in order to heap as much scorn on the object of his animus as possible. So Ablow throws in a dig at poor people whom he regards as collateral damage in his war on Obama:
“The president’s victim mentality could contribute to dissolving the will of countless Americans who might otherwise see themselves as capable of summoning internal resolve and creativity to surge out of poverty.”
See that? Because the President allegedly has a victim mentality, poor people lose all of their incentive to improve their lot in life. If it wasn’t for Obama’s victim psychosis, there would be no poverty in America, and there would be no lazy moochers clamoring for frivolous things like food and medicine.
Just for good measure, Ablow also threw in conservative dog-whistle canards that castigate Obama for a so-called “apology tour” that never took place; for his remarks defending a Cambridge professor who was assaulted by police; and for his empathetic response to the tragedy of the murder of Trayvon Martin (who Ablow refers to as “an alleged drug user and burglar”).
Keith Ablow is a quack of the highest order. He repeatedly violates the ethical standards of the profession he purports to practice. And he wastes no opportunity to blame Obama for any and all ills of society. And all of this makes him the perfect spokesman for Fox News as their in-house psychiatric correspondent.