In "Republican war against reality" (Aug. 9), Paul Krugman cites the House Republicans as not accepting the reality of the actual effect of their steep spending cuts, their cutting food stamps in half, their 40th vote against Obamacare, and the Ryan economic plan totally devoid of specifics and states, "What we see now in the House (is) a party that seems unable to participate in even the most basic process of governing."
Suggested criteria for competence to govern are accurate facts with constructive motivation. Inaccurate facts with constructive motivation would be ignorant incompetence. Accurate facts with destructive motivation would be ethical incompetence. Inaccurate facts with destructive motivation would be dangerous incompetence.
But Krugman is suggesting something further than incompetence, which is unfitness. Substantial incapacity to test reality leading to substantial avoidance of reality is the hallmark of psychotic mental illness. This is a medical problem.
What is desperately needed to avoid the persistence of collapsed government functioning is hearings on fitness to govern for those House Republican representatives for whom being out of touch with reality seems to be the case to determine if indeed that is the case and if so to recommend them for placement on leave or removal from office.
I am writing David Skaggs, co-chairman, Office of Congressional Ethics at U.S. House of Representatives, P.O. Box 895, Washington, D.C. 20515-0895, requesting fitness hearings. This is a nonpartisan office. I urge all who agree to write him also.
AUGUSTUS F. KINZEL M. D.