Another very common issue with the disorder of political hubris, especially in big government, is that this mental and social disorder is very contagious. We can clearly see this from the Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony on the scandal surrounding why he authorized the warrants for emails from the Associated Press. A.G. Holder’s answer to the House Judiciary Committee in support of his decision was not only arrogant and prideful, but once again showed a complete disconnection from reality. If the Attorney General supports such a drastic measure for national security, then his answers to Congress should be more than “I do not know…I do not know…I don’t know” when asked to explain himself. Once again, this instance alone could be explained by many other factors, but when seen in the light of New Black Panther Party (NBPP) voter intimidation case, Fast and Furious, and now the AP email scandal, we have all the symptoms of the same disorder infecting the President and most of Washington.
We can only hope that Sarah Hall Ingram, head of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations that resigned due to the IRS targeting conservative groups is not in the late stages of this crippling disorder. It appears she is infected because instead of having the human reaction of taking responsibility and experiencing humility by truly resigning, Commissioner Ingram is now the director of the IRS Affordable Care Act office. In this position, with power over which citizens to tax for not having health coverage, we can only pray that this disorder allows her to switch from targeting conservative groups to merely taxing citizens who cannot afford health insurance and cannot pay the extra tax. This new focus of targeting poorer Americans should be great replacement therapy for Commissioner Ingram.
While the disorder of political hubris may seem like a laughing matter, it is real. It is as old as human history. When we study Rome, Greece, and military history we find this problem again and again. While political hubris will never be seen as a disease or disorder, we can still recognize it for it is and hold our leaders and ourselves accountable.