December 5, 2007

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On Tuesday, Tucker Carlson talked with Dr. Daniel Amen, a neuropsychiatrist, about the notion that all presidential candidates should undergo brain scans before they can be elected to office. Amen uses brain scans to treat criminals and people with depression and other mental illnesses, and says they can also detect Alzheimer's Disease up to ten years in advance of onset. He also thinks they should be performed on all presidential candidates so the public can see what, if any, predispositions they might have to criminal behavior as well as poor judgment or future illnesses.

On one hand, a brain scan may have prevented the reign of George Bush -- on the other hand, it does have a certain creepy factor to it. Do we WANT to know this much about our candidates? Their physical health is always fair game, why not their mental health as well? We have a lot of great readers here at C&L and I'm curious to know your thoughts on this.

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