Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Not A Hateful Personal Attack

From Forbes, Henry Miller requests that Vice-President Biden undergo a check-up from the neck-up. Nothing wrong w/ that, right?
Biden should submit to a thorough neurological and psychiatric examination, with special attention to whether he is experiencing “transient ischemic attacks” – marked by impaired blood flow to the brain – small strokes, seizures, or suffers from a brain tumor.  After all, we often demand to know whether a candidate has recovered from open-heart surgery, cancer or a stroke, and many states require elderly drivers to be re-licensed.

Aren’t the vice-president’s highest-level security clearance and his influence on public policy as important as the ability to drive a car?

An exam by an expert offers an assessment of cognitive abilities, memory and quality of thought processes.  It includes assessments of alertness; speech; behavior; awareness of environment; mood; affect; rationality of thought processes; appropriateness of thought content (presence of delusions, hallucinations, or phobias); memory; ability to perform simple calculations; judgement (“If you found a letter on the ground in front of a mailbox, what would you do with it?”); and abstract reasoning.

Don’t voters have a right to know whether Biden is ill or merely unlikeable, impulsive and prone to deceitfulness?

Henry I. Miller, a physician, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
It would indeed be irresponsible not to speculate ad nauseum about whether he's a jerk or a crazy jerk. And sure, once we're finished w/ physician Miller, why not talk to Biden?

3 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Henry I. Miller, a physician, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

So there you go: a complete douchebag.
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Another Kiwi said...

Well they talked to someone who said that they were Henry I. Miller. It sounds like they got the local version of the old guy who hangs around most universities and pretends to be a prof.
No one has the heart to tell them to fuck off.

M. Bouffant said...

Books Editor:
Not the Henry Miller for whom we were hoping.