"Stupid Is As Stupid Does"

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
The American Psychiatric Association publishes a thick volume every several years entitled, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR). It lists loads of information on what they consider all the psychological disorders along with that disorder's numeric code. After the election in a couple of days, I have heard rumors that they will come up with another psychological disorder. Some claim that it will be called flip-flopping. I haven't yet heard what the numeric code is to be. Apparently, many of those in psychology and psychiatry feel the need officially to name this disorder after it has been so widely demonstrated by Mitt Romney during the run-up to the election.
While I certainly understand their concern, my only issue is with the title of the disorder: flip-flopping. I get the name but feel that moonwalking disorder would be a better term. I feel that flip-flopping is a far less refined way of describing the very smooth manner of reversing one's stand or direction in life without looking like you actually flip-flop all over the place.

I can't say for sure that Romney studied under Michael Jackson or not. He certainly did not learn to sing under MJ's tutelage, but perhaps Romney has at least watched videos like this several hours daily for much of his political life:

Romney does the moonwalk on every position that he has ever had. It is a mesmerizing experience to listen to him one day and how quickly he can moonwalk all over his past position. One position that he has moonwalked on was healthcare reform. In fact, his healthcare reform in Massachusetts became the model for the rest of America. Romney calls it Obamacare. Now, the moonwalking presidential candidate thinks that it was good for Massachusetts but certainly not for the rest of America.

Nevertheless, the issue that Romney and his friends have that rattles me is his position on women. Things like equal pay for women. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was the first bill signed by President Obama. When Romney's campaign was asked whether he supports the bill, his spokesperson responded that they were looking into the matter. One would think that within the span of 3-years and 9-months that they would come to some decision on equal pay for women. Actually, you would have thought that this type of legislation would have been passed back in the time of the civil rights movement nearly a half century ago...when blacks got equal pay with whites. Why women were left out of that loop doesn't make sense to me.

When I started to write the rough draft of this article, I mulled over the issue of women and their position in life. It just didn't make sense to me. We had finally woken-up and smelled the roses when it came to dealing with racism. One would think that we would have woken-up at the same time on sexism. I just couldn't get it. Why couldn't we just grow up and mature on both issues at the same time? While I mulled over my concern, I recalled what a very wise person said, "My mama always said, 'Stupid is as stupid does.'"

Thanks to Forrest Gump, I finally got it. What concerns me and also psychiatrists and psychologists is that if one moonwalks over everything, then that person's psych disorder could metastasize to other. We can clearly see that with Romney; it is spreading well beyond his political company.

You can see why the people dealing with psych disorders are concerned; it has already spread from Romney to many politicians. Romney endorsed the republican candidate for the open seat for the US Senate from Indiana.

It is not difficult to understand why Romney likes Mourdock. Mourdock can speak for women, the medical community, and God in a 30-second statement. He has honestly looked into what is right for women, medical doctors, and God. He has decided to tell women that even if they were raped that they should go through with the pregnancy...since it was God's will and a gift to those women.

Beyond Mourdock in Indiana, moonwalking has already spread into the senatorial race in Missouri. Aiken, the male candidate running against ironically a woman, also has read enough medical books and listened to medical research to tell that legitimate rape isn't really a problem because a women's body can decide which is legitimate and which is illegitimate rape. Then the body can stop conception due to legitimate rape.

Santorum, who ran against Romney in the presidential primary, also has caught Romeny's moonwalking disorder. Piers Morgan's interview with Santorum revealed that Santorum is also suffering from the same psych disorder as Romney. In addition to deciding on the issue after not thinking about it until he ran for office, Santorum can espouse his disorder with a very strong sanctimonious tone.

Now, regardless of what the name or the numeric code used in the next DSM might be, that isn't the issue. The issue, IMHO, is to listen again to a wise person. He said, "My Mama always said, 'You've got to put the past behind you before you can move on.'" Forrest is correct...move on from the medieval mindset of sexism to a healthier lifestyle that treats women as equal. Let them determine how to care for their bodies. It is their bodies...and men don't own them.

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Obama Signing the Affordable Care Act

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Forrest Gump Film Poster

Forrest Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does."

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