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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

"Aparanoia" -- Our New
Mental Illness

June 16, 2013 --

What is a psychiatrist supposed to say, now, to someone who complains that he is under constant government surveillance?

Apparently, the citizen who is convinced that the government is not eavesdropping on his phone calls, internet communications, credit card transactions is the deluded citizen. LPR would suggest that such a citizen suffers from aparanoia -- which LPR would define as the unreasonable belief that government leaders do not regard a law-abiding individual as a potential threat against the security of the community.

Aparanoia -- the ordinary citizen's irrational response to a ruling leadership that is either afflicted with paranoia or simply refuses to distinguish between between the law-abiding and the bad guys.

Congressman Peter King is quoted as declaring Edward Snowden, the individual who revealed that we are all under government surveillance, "'dangerous to the country.'"

LPR has this curious notion that the surveillance program Snowden revealed considers any and all Americans potentially "dangerous to the country."

The IRS Target-gate scandal has instructed that under severe leftist government of the type endorsed by Bill Ayers and George Soros, conservatives are not included in the phrase "We, the People," but rather are to be regarded as "They, the Enemy."

And wasn't it Hillary Rodham Clinton who, as First Lady, asserted the existence of "a vast rightwing conspiracy?" Coming next: TSA checkpoints at your local intersection.

David Brooks, apologist for leftism, asserted in his June 11 New York Times column that Snowden, among other things, "betrayed the Constitution." Brooks did not not elaborate. The Fourth Amendment protects us from "unreasonable searches and seizures." LPR must conclude that for David Brooks, blanket surveillance of all Americans is...reasonable. LPR is confident, however, that Madison and Jefferson would disagree.

LPR recalled that Snowden was the name of a mortally-wounded member of Yossarian's crew in Catch-22, the World War II novel by Joseph Heller. Googling "Snowden," LPR found this Yossarian quote at Wikipedia: "Man was matter, that was Snowden's secret....The spirit gone, man is garbage.'"