Folie en Famille
To the Editor:
Regarding the column, Trivia, by Sam Wein, Union Democrat, Weekender, page 2, Nov. 17.
Mr. Wein should not find the syndrome of folie en famille strange. The Republican Party is one such family, the biggest one I know of. The tea partiers certainly share delusional psychoses.
Jean E. Howard, MD
Choosing a president
To the Editor:
The U.S. process of electing a president is so flawed that we elect inept leaders. Besides the huge amount of money needed to build a campaign, the public's natural gullibility is the second most important flaw. Have you noticed that potential candidates have to be attractive or photogenic? This is true in the U.S., but not in England.
There are many unattractive members of British Parliament and Prime ministers elected. Do you remember Prime Minister Gordon Brown? Only his mother and wife might find him "good looking." By electing attractive men and women we rule out over 90 percent of the population. Do you remember Winston Churchill?
How did this happen? The U.S. has too much exposure to Hollywood. One needs almost perfect teeth to be elected in the U.S., but not in England. Also, England has a tougher and longer history making it necessary to find a better leader. A very small country once ruled the world and still has more influence than their military size dictates.
Presidential debates on TV focus too much on the appearance of the candidate, his suit, his hair, his eyebrows; putting even more pressure on females, because people (even women) focus on women's physical appearance. Ideally, some debates should be on radio, not TV. Also, responses should be written (and read by a third party) and not oral because one focuses too much on their eye contact and other superficial delivery techniques.