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The Dictator Syndrome

August 30, 2009

Show the French Cowboy a person who likes to dictate to others what they have to do and the French Cowboy will show you a lefty. Hotair reports on a certain Carol Shea-Porter, a Congresswoman from New Hampshire and, need I add?, a Democrat, who has a retired policeman removed from her town hall meeting by not retired policemen because, er, well, maybe she didn’t like his plaid shirt (watch the video here):

He challenged Shea-Porter on the appearance of SEIU protesters in the room, one of whom got up and disrupted his question. When the first man then challenged the residency of the SEIU rep, police swooped in and removed him.

Now, the interesting thing is the following:

In four short years Carol Shea-Porter has evolved from a rabble-rousing, town hall disrupting anti-war activist who once had to be forcibly removed from a President George Bush event in Portsmouth to a Member of Congress who instructed armed security guards to remove a frustrated voter from her own town hall event in Manchester on Saturday.


[…] Shea-Porter used to be a ‘tea-bagger’ on the left,” writes Nashua Telegraph columnist Kevin Landrigan. “She stalked then-congressman Jeb Bradley at town hall-style meetings the 1st District Republican incumbent held throughout his district.” Four years ago Carol Shea-Porter protested at the State House alongside people dressed as Nazis while accusing the federal government of trying “to brand us like sheep.”

Shea-Porter must be suffering from the dictator syndrome: no matter in which position she is, she has to force other people to do what they don’t want to do. Before she was a politician herself she was a noisy, classless activist who shouted down people with opinions different from hers. As a congresswoman, she uses the finer methods that come as a perk with her position. The methods change, even the political goals may change, but the underlying motivation stays the same: satisfying the desire of not only contradicting other people, but of silencing them lest they succeed in demonstrating how substanceless and paper-thin is the logic from which Shea-Porter derives her opinions.

Interestingly, persons who suffer from the dictator syndrome commonly find their haven in the left wing of the political spectrum. The reason for this is straightforward: telling other people what to do is at the core of the Left’s political philosophy. Whether it is grabbing everday-life decisions from the poor and unlearnt masses (of which everyone is a member except they themselves and their friends) or intimidating those who protest against higher taxes by calling them racists etc, liberals can get away with a lot more bullying than conservatives could ever dream of. Not that they do dream of it. Conservatives, after all, don’t want their lives to be run by others by definition, nor do they want to run other people’s lives.

Are there other examples of persons with dictator syndrome among the Democrats?, you want to know. The French Cowboy would argue that the entire left wing of the party is composed of people who have it. Obviously, this includes the current president. Monsieur Obama may have a different style than Shea-Porter – he wasn’t, as far as we know, a noisy protester, but a community organiser – but on the campaign trail Obama certainly felt comfortable wagging his finger at Americans on their heating their homes, telling them not to let their children eat too much fast food and to keep their car tires well pumped up. Now, in the White House, Obama has bigger fish to fry: determine Wall Street wages, take control over GM and Chrysler, and, last but not least (I suppose), partner with God “in matters of life and death“. And while Obama may not be the type to engage in shouting matches, he yet knows how to silence his opponents… Chicago style.

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