Is there any cure? It hasn’t yet made it into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), but it will no doubt figure in the Fifth, along with Rumsfeldia and the dreaded Bush Complex. Homosexuality was, you may recall, removed from the DSM in 1973, and some US Right-wing fundies have been complaining ever since. Sufferers from Howard’s Syndrome are usually more circumspect, as their vote addiction tends to cause a degree of behavioural adaptation or camouflage, but they seem lately to think fundie in private, and increasingly in public. Gay sufferers from Howard’s Syndrome are especially to be pitied, as their conflicted natures may scarcely be imagined by those unafflicted.
A much better case can be made for the inclusion of Howard’s Syndrome, though, as we have been seeing it affect people in all sorts of dreadful ways for a decade now, especially since the Senate fell victim to the epidemic of October 2004. Prior to 1996 it could only be found in a few isolated thinktanks, so we really were unprepared when it broke out into the wider community.
Trouble is, I can’t find an adequate description of the symptoms yet. Would you like to help me out? I am afraid a few of my friends may already be sufferers… People who get too involved with a sufferer, I hear, even in opposition, start acting really strangely themselves and may even self-destruct, so we do need to be careful. Our old mate Mark Latham has warned us about that; and look what happened to him.
If you know any of the symptoms of Howard’s Syndrome, please add them to the comment page. Do you know of any remedy? If so, please tell us all — before the problem gets any worse. Or is it true that exorcism is the only answer?
The ACT government will be very keen to read your ideas. So will humanity at large.
To get you started.
I found one symptom earlier today in my entry on “soft on drugs”:
not inclined to let the facts interfere with his opinions.
Over to you.