(KPLR) - The most famous example of mass hysteria in American history is probably the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692. Twenty people were executed, one of them squeezed to death between giant stones. Hundreds of people were jailed. Dozens were tortured. And all because mass hysteria convinced people that their neighbors were witches.
Call it mass hysteria or use the medical term, sociogenic attacks. Psychiatrists and trauma doctors say it spreads through fear...and fear is as contagious as the flu. And fear resulting in mass hysteria seems the most plausible explanation for what happened last week in the Missouri House of Representatives.
The Missouri house has passed a proposal declaring the federal health care reform law null and void. State workers are forbidden from implementing any part of the health care law, including the private-market health care exchanges. Any federal employee trying to enforce health care reform would be guilty of a crime.
This is delusional. The state cannot legally declare a federal law void. This is nothing but hysteria driven by fear of a Black Muslim socialist from Kenya in the white house. How else to explain it.
If this actually became law, it would mean insurance companies in Missouri could now turn you down for pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies would be free to dump all the customers who've joined since the law was passed. But never mind that. We're gonna burn us some witches.
I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.