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An Exhibition of Conservative Paranoia

Exhibit 60: Is Gina Loudon A Psychopath?

The WorldNetDaily columnist's eagerness to armchair-diagnose President Obama's purported mental illness makes one wonder about her own mental state.

By Terry Krepel
Posted 8/7/2014

Dr. Gina Loudon

Dr. Gina Loudon uses her WorldNetDaily column to spread lies and fearmongering, making readers wonder if she is in need of the psychiatric help she purports to dispense.

Indeed, in accusing President Obama of being a psychopath, as she did in her April 6 column, Gina Loudon appears to be demonstrating her own psychopathy. It starts with her admission that "No one can make a mental diagnosis from afar, and I am certainly not qualified to make that diagnosis," yet attempting to make the diagnosis anyway.

More evidence of Loudon's psychopathy is the bogus evidence she uses to back up her claim of Obama's psychopathy. She claims that "Obama has taken more luxury vacations than any other president," ignoring that George W. Bush has taken three times as much vacation as Obama has. She also asserts that "Obama has golfed more than any other president," even though The Week reports that Dwight Eisenhower played four times as much as Obama has.

Loudon goes on to write:

The truly skilled psychopath can make his own biases look like they are the shortcoming of his opponent. When the New Black Panther thugs with clubs were intimidating voters during the 2008 election, those who voiced concern were called racist and alarmist for even bringing up the issue. Once elected, Obama had his attorney general, Eric Holder not only drop all charges but actually drop convictions!

In fact, nobody ever reported being intimidated by the New Black Panthers, and it was the Bush administration's Justice Department -- not the Obama administration -- that made the decision not to pursue criminal charges against them.

Loudon further demonstrated her psychopathy with a serious display of hatred that goes straight into Obama derangement:

After the second round of murders of government-guaranteed defenseless Fort Hood soldiers last week, Obama mustered a tear or two for cameras before slipping out the back door to head to a $32,000-per-plate party for himself.

This pattern of inauthenticity would be very difficult, even debilitating for someone with an intact conscience, in my opinion.


Another common trait of the psychopath is a mysterious and shady past. We know very little about President Obama’s formative years and little about his college years. Records are sealed or withheld, and requests for them are dismissed as ridiculous requests from paranoid detractors.


Perhaps most flagrant act of this president, if we are looking at evidence of psychopathy, is the lack of any substantive remorse, or responsibility shown for what happened to two Navy SEALs, an American ambassador and an information management officer, at the hands of vicious terrorists in Benghazi. The American public has repeatedly expressed outrage and fury for the lies and manipulations that cost these precious American lives, but the administration has arrogantly dismissed, excused and ignored any culpability or held anyone to account.

No one knew that Pol Pot, Hitler or Ceausescu were psychopaths until they knew. Could America be more perceptive, more insightful, more predictive of a psychopath in leadership before it is too late?

Such spewing of hate -- portrayed as a psychiatric evaluation -- shows us that the true psychopath here is Loudon.

Loudon played the I'm-a-doctor-dammit card again in her July 20 column defending her armchair diagnoses of Obama:

I have a background in psychology. I am declaring the statists of America insane.

Statists were enraged when I went on Lou Dobbs’ show and said that Americans might want to question the sanity of the current president. My hate mail stacked up, as did threats, and other disparagements. I twirl my lipstick in anticipation of the vitriol I will incur from this piece, but someone has to point out the big, fat, cake-eating, poorly endowed, and yes, insane, naked emperor.

People in my field have a convenient “out” when it comes to their profession staying dominated by statists. You see, if you are a “professional” in a mental health field, you aren’t “allowed” to “diagnose” a public official (ostensibly because you haven’t personally analyzed the individual, and regardless of how obviously insane the daily behavior of the person becomes. So I guess Hitler was of a sound mind. Good to know).

Not only that.

You laymen out there aren’t allowed to diagnose insanity, either. After all, you aren’t professionals. We are. So be quiet, you, or we will label you insane. After all, we are the professionals. But we only diagnose you. Makes for better tyrann… uh, therapy. Yes. You understand? Do you need another blue pill?

That makes it simple for the ladder-pulling statists to facilitate radicalism in every facet of culture and society. If no one can call the leadership insane, then the only people labelable are the ones screaming that something is wrong. Smile for the cameras, crazy one. That’s YOU! And it is easy to dismiss the ranting of a crazy person, so the statists marginalize those who aren’t lockstep with their view.

That, my friends, is how insanity is institutionalized and instituted.

Loudon couldn't possibly be the one who's demonstrating mental issues. She's a doctor, dammit!

A blind spot for WND

If Loudon can't identify her own psychological issues, she certainly isn't going to it for the outlet that publishes her column. Loudon wrote in her Jan. 5 column:

Politicians and their consultants are like amateur sociologists and psychologists. Politicians spend each election season trying to figure out what constituencies want and get into the mind of the voter. The 2014 midterms will be no different.

The political bullies hit the playground every two years and do the same thing they did in elementary school (which is exactly why I homeschool my children). Dr. Dathan Paterno and I called this “Playground Politics” in our book, “Ladies and Gentlemen,” and I believe we could lose our country based upon our gut reaction to political games and our childish reaction to the head games they play on the political playground.

Loudon then lists those playground tactics, pretending that only liberals engage in them and failing to note that her employer does the very same thing. Let's help her out, shall we?

Fear the rich kid

WND -- and Aaron Klein in particular -- loves to fearmonger about George Soros, as if no right-wing billionaire ever sunk lots of money into politics.

Fear the new kid (he is extreme)

That's pretty much the underlying theme of WND's mendacious coverage of President Obama for the past five years.

Fear the unknown

That's the underlying theme of WND's birther obsession. There's a reason why WND never reports that birther conspiracy theories have been discredited.

Fear the fear

FEMA camps, anyone? On top of that, WND is ratcheting up the fear of Obama to foment a military coup and make it palatable to its readers.

Sadly, Loudon is too busy ranting against "most vacationing, golfing, tyrannical president in the history of the republic who has never even held a job in the private sector, met a payroll or successfully built an empire based on his own merit" to hold her employer accountable for the very same behavior she's criticizing.

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