A quote from Stephen Pollard at the Spectator blog, 14 February 2008
I hate to link to the Brussels Journal again, but I think a recent post there is a pretty typical (and typically obnoxious) example of what we are in for. […] Now if you think the piece itself is bad enough, have a read of the comments – comments which the Brussels Journal is clearly happy to have.
American Obamania displaye[s] key similarities with Diana Derangement Syndrome, a mass epidemic of which broke out in Britain upon the death of Princess Diana when it was revealed to be the defining disorder of contemporary British society. The main characteristics of DDS are the replacement of reason, intelligence, stoicism, self-restraint and responsibility by credulousness, emotional incontinence, sentimentality, irresponsibility and self-obsession. Political icons to which this disorder gives rise achieve instantaneous and unshakeable mass followings of adoring acolytes because they grant permission to the public to suspend the faculty of judgment and avoid making any hard choices, indulging instead in fantasies of turning swords into ploughshares (which have a habit of turning grumbling global problems into murderous crises). […]
Obama has a troubling record of surrounding himself by people who are hardly on the side of civilisation. Among these are the pastor of his Black Power church who is an ally of the racist and anti-Jewish demagogue Louis Farrakhan, […]. The fact that so many in America either don’t know this or are actually cheering for him because they are on the same side should cause those of us who have not fallen victim to DDS more than a shudder of alarm.