“Electile Dysfunction”: the inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year.
Electile Dysfunction (ED or political impotence) is an emotional dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain any excitement over the political process. There are various underlying causes, such as general apathy of the voting bloc, nerve trauma from negative propaganda in the news media, none of which can be cured by traditional surgery.
The causes of electile dysfunction may be physiological or psychological. Physiologically, election excitement is achieved by a hydraulic mechanism based upon blood entering and being retained in the brain to feed it the necessary oxygen for the necessary thought processes that go into making political decisions.
There is, at present, a general lack of cogent thought process in much of the political debate by candidates, and even less in the electorate.
There are various ways in which this can be impeded, most of which are amenable to treatment. Psychological impotence is where logical penetration fails due to thoughts or feelings (psychological reasons) rather than physical impossibility; this can often be helped.
Electile Dysfunction is often tied closely to erectile dysfunction and can have devastating psychological consequences including feelings of shame, loss or inadequacy. There is a strong culture of silence and inability to discuss the matter, especially in circles of friends where you are in the minority opinion of philosophical ideas. In fact around 1 in 10 voters will experience recurring Electile Dysfunction at some point during a political campaign.
* Neurogenic Disorders (spinal cord and brain injuries) caused by “slamming” from push polls, and sudden impact with mud slinging.
* Hormonal Disorders (pituitary gland tumor; low levels of the hormones) due to abnormalities inherent with candidates of both genders.
* Arterial Disorders (peripheral vascular disease, hypertension; reduced blood flow to the cranium), which affects about 90% of the general populace, and over 95% of political candidates.
* Nonphysical causes: Mental disorders (clinical depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, personality disorders or traits, psychological problems, negative feelings) which affect but a few of the candidates.
* Lifestyle: alcohol and drugs, obesity, cigarette smoking, (a common malady that has afflicted previous candidates-including those who don’t inhale).
A few causes of Electile Dysfunction may be iatrogenic (medically caused). Excessive alcohol use has long been recognized as one cause of ED, a leading symptom among lower socio-economic classes, and a few former governors. The euphemism “brewer’s droop,” made light of a similar phenomenon by Shakespeare in Macbeth could aptly be applied to today’s present condition of lack of passion in the political process.
A study in 2002 found that ED can also be associated with bicycling and jogging. The number of hours on a bike and/or jogging, is indirectly related to electile dysfunction. Some have even gone further in their case studies to suggest that horse-back riding and chopping wood on the ranch can be equally contributory to ED.
There are no formal medical tests to diagnose Electile Dysfunction. Some tests are generally done with exercises in logic; but due to the fact that most political candidates don’t exercise logic and critical thinking, nor does a large bloc of the electorate, it is a long process in finding a cure.
A useful and simple way to distinguish between physiological and psychological impotence is to determine whether the patient has ever had an actual coherent political thought process based in logic. If never, the problem is likely to be physiological; if sometimes (however rarely), it could be physiological or psychological.
If the patient has had repeated thought processes over a long period of time – say, over several decades – and they continue to make the wrong conclusions in the political debate, then they’re just plain stupid.
The earliest attempts at treating Electile Dysfunction date back to previous elections — and sometimes — revolutions. Jogging the electorate’s memory of previous political debacles is an effective remedy (sometimes) if you can get them to engage a dialectical thought process.
Sometimes there is no other cure but to start over. Eliminating Electile Dysfunction will never happen, but if all elected officials were recalled (fired, terminated) on a regular basis, then perhaps the candidates would become serious about performance of their jobs. If political candidates were to spend more time flipping hamburgers, working on a trash truck or digging ditches instead of figuring out ways to enslave the electorate with more pork, taxes and subsidies, then there might be more enthusiasm about the whole process of elections.