Hoodwinked? A definite possibility. Bamboozled? Most likely. Hornswoggled? Should be considered.
Whatever you want to call it, Mr. Jackson Jr. disappeared six months ago; five months ago Mrs. Jackson Jr. read a prepared statement which delicately described Mr. Jackson Jr.’s sudden absence without divulging the root cause. Mrs. Jackson’s calculated disclosure purposefully neglected any explanation of Mr. Jackson’s bizarre journey from Washington, D.C. to an addiction retreat in Arizona and finally his willful confinement at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Someone with considerable influence strongly urged Mr. Jackson to depart Washington, D.C. without a peep and bee-line himself to the addiction retreat in Arizona. Certain accounts told of Mr. Jackson reaching out to Reverend Jackson who, it was said, immediately went to aid his son. Upon arrival Rev. Jackson described Mr. Jackson’s condition as serious: weight-loss, insomnia, restlessness, hopelessness, fatigue, and a general feeling of depression.
When I presented very similar symptoms at the pinnacle of my ascension to mania, I was strongly advised to immediately be evaluated by a psychiatrist in order to determine if I was clinically depressed. Were my self-medicating behaviors indicative of a substance addiction? Certainly, especially if that’s what you’re looking for. But a member of Congress with the best health insurance in the country? Did he seek an evaluation from a psychiatrist in Washington? Is it likely that a psychiatrist prescribed an addiction treatment facility in Arizona while ignoring Walter Reed Army Medical Center or the Psychiatric Institute of Washington? Doubtful. Are we to believe that no one in Mr. Jackson’s inner circle was curious as to what other illnesses might Mr. Jackson be suffering when presenting his specific symptoms?
I must admit that a fair percent of public comments insinuate that timing for political gains has been, from the very start, the predominant focus. His alcohol addiction (reason for in-patient treatment at an Arizona Rehab Center), bipolar diagnosis (reason for his transfer to the Mayo Clinic), and clandestine exodus from Washington (to protect his privacy while en route) is, to his discredit, a shrewd, calculated, and well-executed chain-of-events whose purpose, Mr. Jackson’s representatives said, was to seek the best treatment centers for his addiction and subsequent bipolar diagnosis. One month passed before Mr. Jackson’s representatives confirmed he was at a HIPAA protected treatment facility. Then he was transferred to the HIPAA protected Mayo Clinic. Then he ran for re-election without a campaign: no appearances, no advertising, no lawn signs. And he won 64% of the vote! Finally, six months after his twilight departure from Washington, the requested and ultimately expected communiqué was delivered to House Speaker Mr. Boehner in a two-page letter of resignation citing health issues and a federal investigation.
And that’s it.
But. . .if he has an addiction and suffers from bipolar disorder, then his timing couldn’t be worse for his career and the reputation of his family. But then again. . .if it was all a ruse to buy time and strategize his reaction to the upcoming federal indictments, then his actions were dishonest, cowardly, and ignorantly insensitive and offensive to those of us who struggle with mental illness on a daily basis. But what if. . .he is an addict and bipolar and anticipating federal indictments? It’s difficult, even for me who defended him on this very blog, to be sympathetic. After all, he’s a crooked politician who stole tens of thousands of tax-payers money for personal gain, who then fled under the guise of addiction and mental illness to protected locations for six months, abandoning his job, his constituents, and those who voted for him, in order to clean his own house and strategize his legal response and perhaps a plea bargain. Oh, and he’s an addict and suffers from bipolar disorder.
Well Mr. Jackson, I suffer from bipolar disorder and face that fact every single day head on. . .I don’t hide behind it. . .and I certainly don’t break the law and then use my mental illness to garner sympathy.
Truth is Mr. Jackson, you’re a coward, a liar, and a thief. The Illinois politician’s trifecta!
- From Mayo Clinic for a Bipolar Disorder to Negotiating Plea Deals (urbanmommies.net)
- US Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Leaves Mayo Clinic (hispanicbusiness.com)