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  •  so ptsd is a disquaifier from office? (1+ / 0-)
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    No soldier can ever run?

    I think if you can function in society and  get a license to drive a car and own a gun, then whats to prevent a person from running from president.

    Sounds like a field day for the Americans With Disabilities Act advocates.

    War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." G.W Bush

    by LieparDestin on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 11:15:36 AM PST

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    •  It can be. (8+ / 0-)

      When you run for office and win, your entire social life becomes an integral part of your work. And you work 18 hours a day, with a full appointment book, and lots of those appointments are in front of large groups and crowds.

      If your PTSD compromises your ability to manage that workload, it compromises your effectiveness as a statesman. It's of course a matter of degree, but in Stephen King's case, it's probably a deal breaker.

      •  seems like John McCain (2+ / 0-)
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        has done just fine (well ok not really just fine, but he has managed)

        If his Kings PTSD, if real and documented, it could be treated with therapy, medication, and everyday social interaction. Also it has not shown to have stopped his commentary writing for magazines, working on new books, showing up at anti-tea rallies, running radio stations, managing his home/family life, supporting his wife and childrens writing/art careers. Sounds like a pretty heavy workload that hes done just fine with.

        You think King isnt used to stages and crowds after countless book signings, movie premieres, college speeches, literary events, awards ceremonies, tv appearances, etc? Kind of makes... no sense.

        He would be no less effective as a statesman than Bachmann, Inhoff, Cantor or (insert republican here).

        Seriously, your argument rules out Giffords (i mean she has to suffer some PTSD right), anyone who received anthrax letters, crime victimes, soldiers, doctors, emts, disaster survivors, among many other things.

        While I understand to a point that some conditions may prevent service, Ive seen no sign of that from King.

        Crazy talk.

        War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." G.W Bush

        by LieparDestin on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 11:36:39 AM PST

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        •  He has the option, as a private citizen, to take (5+ / 0-)

          breaks whenever he chooses. Being hemmed in by obligation and the constant pushing by hostile opposition would be very wearing. And 'he could be treated with meds and therapy' is pretty flippant and obviously from someone who has no concept of the condition. Sorry, but it's his call and if he was interested or able he would have done it by now.

          Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

          by FarWestGirl on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 01:55:48 PM PST

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          •  Never said it was easy (1+ / 0-)
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            But that it was possible. Having a brother and law and sister both having served multiple tours in Iraq, I do know a bit about PTSD, and I dont think it should prevent anyone from serving in office treated under the appropriate doctors care. Sorry for advocating for people who happen to suffer from a string of letters due to a trauma inflicted on them. Thats like being abused twice. First the trauma, and then being told you arent capable of mking coherent and rational decisions because of the trauma.

            Tammy Duckworth would probably beg to disagree with you as well.

            War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." G.W Bush

            by LieparDestin on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 02:08:45 PM PST

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            •  I was diagnosed in my 20's. Had a lot of time with (0+ / 0-)

              a lot of 'Nam vets back then, too, which continued after I earned the RN. King says he's not interested, I accept his assessment of his capability and inclinations.

              Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

              by FarWestGirl on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 02:02:36 PM PST

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    •  Not all soldiers get PTSD. But the stress and (2+ / 0-)
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      being in a fishbowl and attacked regularly would be really difficult to combine with PTSD, it would hit a lot of the triggers. Most of us prefer to have less populated surroundings.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 01:52:08 PM PST

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