July 28, 2004

Discovering DITS: Democrat Induced Tourette's Syndrome

I NEVER MEANT TO BECOME ONE OF THOSE WHO TELL THEIR TELEVISIONS TO "SHOVE IT!" It just happened. I am ashamed and afraid, but curiously enough feel the need to share before the angle of my descent into madness becomes more acute. The next step will probably be to stake out a little patch of shaded sand down at the beach in town and get myself a lend-lease shopping cart and a mutterline. If that happens I'm going to be glad if the Democrats actually sell their snake oil to America, because I am going to need social services, numerous and multiple.

I wasn't always the sort of deranged soul who blasted a stream of obscenities at inanimate electronic visual aids while twitching and lunging about the room searching for the remote control I had just flung at the wall. No, I am an ordinary, Henry Higgins kind of man. A patient man am I, down to my fingertips, the sort who never could, ever would, let an insulting remark escape his lips. A very gentle man. These are my firm watchwords.

I value calm. I dote on children. I deeply love my wife. I address amiable canines I pass on the streets as, "Hey, there, good dog." My speech is, if not always temperate, invariably considered. My choice in clothing, mundane. My tattoos and facial piercings, zero. I mist up at the slightest excuse, even in bad movies. I have no record and, except for a brief misunderstanding involving my failure to license my dog, have never been in jail. Except for Rudy Guilani, I have always voted for the Democrat......

The Democrat.... the Democrat!..... hurts!.... make it..... STOP! ...... Aieeeeeeeee! It's starting again, again... No, mustn't, mustn't.... (Excuse me a minute while I take a civility break.)

Yes, I am the man who now finds himself swearing at his television. I'm not sure what the Democratic Convention is doing for the other thirty-two Americans who are watching it, but as far as I can tell the only thing it has done for me is to help me discover my Inner Tourette's.

Tourette's, that debilitating syndrome where the afflicted erupts in various twitches both physical and verbal. Tourette's, a syndrome where an ordinary sentence such as "Perhaps, after all, the Democrats are fit to rule." is unwilling stated as "Perhaps, after BOOGERBUGGER! FATASS! all the C**PF**K! ASSHATS! Democrats are WEINERBUGGERS! fit to RAMMERHARDER! DITZBREATH MONGOMUFFINSB***ME rule SWEET F**K ALL! ..... sorry, sorry, please excuse, .... excuse... pity... poor Gollum, yes precious?"

A crude and uncaring person often finds this mental malfunction strangely amusing, but I am certainly not one of those. I realize that having Tourette's rules out careers that involve public speaking, surgery, care of small children and Swiss Watch Repair. I am sympathic to these lost opportunities and wonder if we should not legislate Affirmative Action set-asides in these sectors; especially surgery where some big bucks could be made. Yes, even with all the things I have been instructed to care about over the decades by those with the ...."D".... persuasion in politics, I still have not entered a permanent state of

Chronic Compassion Fatique -- though I have visited for a week or so lately.

Watching the Boston Fornication Festival overwhelmed me with both nostalgia and inertia. It brought back another shimmering and memorable evening of mine in the New York City of long ago.

At the beginning of the 1990s, John's Not Mad , the first documentary on Tourette's Syndrome came to New York. The 1989 film took a close look at the life of "John" but since Tourette's was not yet feature film, Tic Code , material, the documentary had a difficult time being shown.

Theater owners of that innocent age, even those in the art houses, were not keen on screening a film whose script was dominated by the mantra, "F**KS**TP***C**T!" So as a gesture of avant garde carrying the Museum of Modern Art graciously agreed to screen it. The announcement, as I recall, was discrete, artistic and for a bit was only to be found in MOMA's Bulletin to members and visitors. But, as the day of the screening approached, the announcement was picked up by the Village Voice, New York Magazine, and other weeklies.

It was only about an hour before the John's Not Mad's American debut that the staff of the museum began to understand the enormity of what was about to happen.

By ones, by twos, by the vanload, by the busload and trainload, virtually every person within a hundred mile radius who had Tourette's syndrome, began to arrive at the museum and buy tickets, or in the case of extreme twitchiness, have them purchased for them by their designated driver.

In no time, MOMA's theater filled to capacity with whooping, cursing, twitching patrons, each with a slightly different affliction and each with a different internal clock driving it's manifestations. It was a night at the movies for which the word "pandemonium" was crafted.

When the seats were filled, those that could stood around the edges of the theater up to and exceeding the Fire Marshall's limit. Outside in the hall, the line of those that could not get in shivered, shook and shouted. Upstairs, clots of disappointed patrons, some of whom had been driven a hundred miles, twitched, muttered and eructated with spasms of speech and apology best not transcribed here. And yet there were, in the words of that Who song in Tommy, "More at the door."

Correctly sensing a public relations disaster of Biblical proportions, the staff at MOMA did the right thing and scheduled extra screenings until all their customers had been served and passed away, whooping and twitching, into the wild Manhattan evening. I saw an early show and do not know what went on in the restaurants in the area after the movie let out and the viewers went off in groups to have a late night snack. I remember sending up the dutiful prayer thanking God that I had been passed over when he was handing out this particular challenge.

But it now seems He, in His infinite wisdom, having given us a Democratic Convention that recreates that long ago evening at the cinema, has only stayed His hand. I have now discovered, and do not yet know how to tell my beloved wife, that I have been stricken with DITS -- "Democrat Induced Tourette's Syndrome."

It was my "inadvertent" watching of the Boston Convention coverage that triggered it. It was brought on by a deadly dose of Democrat: Ted Kennedy, who slimmed down but forgot to sober up, Ron Reagan, the walking example of why stem cell research and early genetic intervention is desperately needed. I felt the early warning signs, but ignored them to my eternal regret.

Teresa put me over the edge. Yes, Teresa Heinz who, I think, was supposed to speak about her husband, but instead scolded us that the voices of women, which have been silent since the Bronze age, were about to be heard "in full and at last" right here in Whoopi Goldberg's America.

At first, this was a great solace to me since I have often wished in my shallow life to be able to hear even one woman's opinion of me "in full and at last." For decades I have yearned to hear what women really think and feel. I have puzzled over the vow of silence Gyno-Americans seem to have taken at birth. So I was proud to hear the combination First Lady Wannabe and Kerry Welfare Program proclaim to a waiting nation that this silence would now be broken foever. It would be a round of Charddonay and a potted chicken inside the kitchen prisons of America, on her.

But my joy was brief for then she spoke the line that triggered my DITS episode. Yes, not content to give American women their voice, Teresa then proclaimed: "No one will defend this nation more vigorously than [ John ] will. And he will always, always be first in the line of fire."

For one brief shining moment, I had a vision of the Senator reclaiming his youth in full flack jacket by walking point down a dark alley in Fallujah, hearing the safeties click off on weapons in front as well as behind him. But then reality came slamming back and I found myself alone in the dark with my remote shattered against the far wall and a dense and uncontrollable mutterstream frothing from my lips. It was a dismal moment as I realized that over-exposure to Democrats over the past year of their relentlessly tone-deaf advance to this bogus convention had given me terminal DITS.

Then again, at least I can still use a T-Word -- "Tourette's." As someone else has pointed out, you could listen to the entire evening at the Convention last night, you could listen to all the speeches, and you would never hear the Democrats use the T-word -- "Terrorism."

No such thing as "Terrorism" in "D" world. Only the afflicted, the misunderstood, the left behind, the spongers, and the Islamic fascists who only need a hug, food stamps, rent subsidies, public housing and a credit card to induce them to play nice with others.

I think I'll stick to my Tourette's. It makes more sense.

Posted by Vanderleun at July 28, 2004 10:05 AM
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The first step to recovery is to admit the problem. It seems you've done that, "Except for Rudy Guilani, I have always voted for the Democrat......" Now you can begin to heal. The realization that hyperbole and platitude do not an agenda make is important.

Posted by: J.R. at July 28, 2004 11:20 AM

Though I rarely comment, I must now speak out "in full and at last" or I shall, quite literally, burst. The DITS I can tolerate (and I do, frequently) but the lies and deception must stop. I'm talking about, of course, Mr. Van der Leun's flagrantly inaccurate portrayal of himself, as in "My choice in clothing (is) mundane." LIAR! Trust me, the man has sartorial savvy up the yin-yang. Though it is true that he tried to foist the Wrangers jeans concept on me a few days ago. I just can't go there.

Posted by: Mrs. VdL at July 28, 2004 2:49 PM

You're a stronger man than I am. I didn't make it to Teresa, Gephardt put me over the edge when he said "John Kerry will attack the terrorists where they are before they can hit Americans here." Talk about cognitive dissonance.

Posted by: Jim in Virginia at July 28, 2004 5:36 PM

The CDC has issued a bulletin: It's a pandemic.

Posted by: danae at July 28, 2004 9:44 PM

Mrs. VDL

Speaking strictly of the foisted Wranglers ...

I have seen many a woman in jeans, and never do they look better than when wearing Wranglers. Not only for cowgirls. Not only for slim, svelte, fitness models.

Levis only look good on that small percentage with the right shape, size, etc. Wranglers truly are color-blind, or size/shape-blind.

Vicariously, I beg you to reconsider VDLs foisting.

Posted by: Tom_with_a_dream at July 29, 2004 7:20 AM

I couldn't agree more. It is well that reasonable voices are heard on this matter. I did not I should note insist on the Wranglers, I only said that they worked for me and offered up the mere suggestion that she might travel to the vast Wrangler warehouse that is Boot Camp. A concept was foisted, only a concept. When it was rejected out of hand and with vigor, I quickly went to the next stage of arguing -- I shut up.

I agree that over the years I have observed that Wranglers have much to offer over the now debased and foreign-made, outsourced, Asian sweatshopped Levis. And I also agree with your astute perception that Wranglers are truly color size and shape blind. But I am up against an idee fixe to be really French about it .

All I can do is put the concept forward. As someone once said, "I just make the phone calls. God places the orders." I would have thought that an opportunity to shop just into the try-it-on stage would be something snapped up. How many women after all have husbands that say, "My love, let's go shop together."

But no, out of hand Wrangler concept rejection is my lot in life. I must accept it and move on.

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun at July 29, 2004 7:41 AM


It gladdens my heart that you took the time to encourage my reconsideration of the Wranger concept. Please sleep soundly with the assurance that your kind suggestions have not fallen on blind ears.

Posted by: Mrs. VdL at July 29, 2004 7:59 AM

Ah, that's it! I have DITS!!! I can now explain those spurious outbursts of profanity while driving and listening to NPR. I had to turn it off yesterday while they were covering the DNC or I would have either had an accident or been pulled over by the Highway Patrol.

Posted by: Stephen at July 29, 2004 8:59 AM

That's brilliant. From now on, whenever I am pulled over for erratic driving, I shall simply say, 'Officer, please understand that I was listening to NPR at the time I lost control of the vehicle."

Not only wouldn't I get a ticket, I wouldn't get a breath test and I'd be given an escort to my destination.

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun at July 29, 2004 10:36 AM