What is wrong with Harry Reid – Is he losing it?

What is wrong with Harry Reid?

Is it just me or do other people wonder if there’s something (physically/mentally) wrong with Harry Reid? I understand being a staunch advocate for your party or your causes but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has seemed to take many of his stances beyond the boundary of the sane. There doesn’t seem to be sanity to many of his comments nor many of his actions. Many times it seems that the words that escape from his lips are not those of man in full control of his faculties; and the way he shuffles about and speaks as though he’s heavily medicated raises a lot of red flags for me.

I hate to raise this issue and single out any individual with questions of their mental health; but when a Congressional leader is regularly making comments outside the realm of sanity, what choice do I have? I write this with a heavy heart because my mother suffers from dementia and I have experienced other family and friends with dementia. So, if there is some form of dementia going on with Sen. Reid, I have great sympathy for him. Let me say this to make things clear: I AM NOT saying that Sen. Reid is demented – I have ZERO information on his health status. However, when so many of his comments don’t make sense (based on publicly available information) I don’t think it’s out of bounds to question whether something is going on with him.

If you aren’t aware of his comments (and think I’m crazy), here’s a brief list of just some of his outlandish claims that have been proven to be absolutely incorrect and have been disavowed by even the most left leaning Democrats:

  • While the Koch brothers admit to not being experts on the matter, these billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change. That’s what they do very well. They are one of the main causes of this. Not a cause, one of the main causes.”
  • “Despite all that good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America,”
  • “The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled [and] could die without her medication, Mr. President, that’s an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It’s absolutely false. Or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month–ads paid for around America by the multibillionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false.”

  • “We heard about the evils of Obamacare, about the lives it’s ruining in Republicans’ stump speeches and in ads paid for by oil magnates, the Koch brothers. But in those tales, turned out to be just that: tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements.”

  • “Mr. President, these two brothers are trying to buy America. They not only funnel money through their Americans for Prosperity, they funnel money into all kinds of organizations to do the same thing that they’re doing. They’re trying to buy America. I don’t believe america is for sale. We’ll see, Mr. President.”
  • “You guys have said his (Mitt Romney) wealth is $250 million,” Reid went on. “Not a chance in the world. It’s a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars.”

This is far from a complete list but it’s a few choice comments to illustrate my point. It’s not hard to find reference to many, many more with a quick Google search. Nor is it hard to find where so many of Sen. Reid’s comments have been given extreme Pinocchio Awards, have had to be walked back after his staff got a hold of him following the comments or where fellow Democrats have run from his comments.

Aside from his strange and outlandish comments, we have the procedural move that Reid pulled in the Senate to strip the minority party of it’s traditional rights and abilities. This “nuclear option” may well change, forever, the way that the Senate operates. Sounds great if you’re the party in power; but what happens when the winds of change arrive (which they always do, at some point) and the power shifts? Well, there’s payback – that’s what happens. Conservatives will be faced with 2 options: A. They can undue the nuclear option, taking the high road, and return the Senate to the way it has been for the majority of our nation’s history. But, the precedent set, they will be fearful that the “nuclear option” will just be re-employed when the winds of change shift again. So, they’re likely to stick with the new procedure which just hurts the system and the minority party at any given time. B. They can run with the system that Reid created unilaterally and dish out the same type of treatment that they received under Reid’s leadership. NEITHER option is a good one! The system worked well for most of our history and, now, it’s been forever altered by ONE addled Majority Leader and his misguided leadership. This is a situation that should concern members of BOTH parties because it endangers our very system of government.

I understand wanting to support the actions and comments of our particular party leaders so I can sympathize with Democrats who are hesitant to call out a party leader. However, at what point do they have to come the realization that maybe their faith and tolerance is misplaced? Reid’s comments and actions have LONG past the border of sanity. If a Republican leader was acting this way, I would be making the same comments and calling for a review. We (all parties) expect modern politicians to shade the truth to advance their party’s agenda. We see this from John Boehner (R) to Nancy Pelosi (D), from Reince Priebus (RNC Leader) to Debbie Wasserman Shultz (DNC Leader) but what we don’t see from them is the consistent kind of outlandish (and frankly insane) behavior that we see from Sen. Harry Reid. He has become a category of his own. So, at what point do we (as Americans) begin to ask questions about the mental health of one of our nation’s most powerful people?

This is a fairly unique situation so I don’t have a clue how, procedurally, one would question the mental health of a standing member of Congress, much less a Senate leader. However, I do know one group that has some influence – the people of the Great State of Utah! If I lived in Utah, a state full of pragmatists, I would be supremely embarrassed to have one of ‘my own’ acting this way (and representing me) in Washington. If the Democratic Party as a whole wont take a close look at this situation, I would pray that the people of Utah will. They are our last, best hope. Maybe things will change some come November but even a Republican takeover of the Senate will not do much for the ‘Reid Situation’ because he would, undoubtably, become the new minority leader. He surely has enough ‘dirt’ and ‘chips to call in’ on his fellow party members to retain a power position. No doubt this is why/how he retains his position currently, in the face of his behavior. Ultimately, I fear that 2016 (when he’s up for reelection) is our only hope. It’s time that the people of Utah give up the “pork” they get from having such a powerful Senator, for the good of the nation.

I feel bad for Senator Reid because I fear that he’s not 100% in charge of his own faculties and, if he was just another citizen, I wouldn’t be concerned about him – I’d just be concerned for him. But he’s not. He’s one of the most powerful men in Washington. When we have a real concern about one of our leaders, we have a duty to raise attention about our fears. It’s not about politics, it’s about genuine concern for our country.


If you want to read some further articles about Reid’s outlandish comments, here are a few of interesting ones:











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