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    Who Controls our Government? The Psychopathic Corporate Elites of America 

    Is it only me or is there something fundamentally flawed with the people who are running our government, including the autocrats, technocrats and bureaucrats who number in the hundreds of thousands. Does it bother you that the Wall Street banks and major corporations, many of our academia and religious institutions and our medical, military and intelligence gathering complexes, Big Pharma and Big Insurance have their needs met at the expense of everyone else? They control our government. We don’t. Instead we fear our government.

    They tell us, “Trust us. We know what to do and how to fix all of our crises.” Okay we trust you. They say we are for peace, democracy and freedom. But everywhere we look they are colonizing and militarizing foreign countries with over 960 military bases with a budget of 1.6 trillion going to numerous corporations to keep American imperialism afloat. At the same time, there have been massive home foreclosures, repossessions, for-profit prisons stuffed to the brim with inmates for minor crimes, and the now reappearance of debtor prisons in 27 states. We are graduating students who are functionally illiterate.

    They say trust us, unemployment has decreased to 6.7 percent. And we say that the real number is 24 percent due to the millions who no longer receive compensation and have stopped looking for work.

    They say lower taxes. We say why don’t you pay what you owe instead of getting accountants to fudge the numbers in order to pay zero tax. They say that the economy is booming and the stock market is reaching record numbers. We say is that because you are loaning to small businesses? Is that because you are helping new companies to jumpstart manufacturing again in the US, or is it because you can go to the fed to be bailed out at zero interest?

    They say trust us, we need more law and order. And yet, private banks and corporations have been fined tens of billions of dollars for being serial repeaters crimes and never go to jail. On the other hand the average person gets caught jaywalking and can be thrown into the slammer.

    They say they are uncertain whether or not global warming is real. And we say we have had 120,000 extreme weather events globally in the past year and the scientific consensus around the world is that global warming is very real and a global threat to humanity’s future.

    They say they believe in protecting our rights for our freedom of speech, but then our government monitors anyone who is critical of Washington policy and major corporations. They say we need Obamacare. We say there is nothing in Obamacare to prevent disease nor any provisions to enhance a person’s survival if they have a disease. The US is the sickest developed nation in the world and the pharmaceutical giants and insurance companies are perfectly happy to keep it that way.

    They say we should not have rules that limit globalization nor hinder free market casino capitalism. And we say look at NAFTA, the outsourcing of jobs overseas, which collapsed American industry, and the ghettoization of America’s cities like Detroit, Compton and Camden. They say we should not give welfare to the lazy and nothing should be socialized. We say major corporations reap 200-300 billion a year in corporate welfare. When they succeed citizens don’t share in the profits. When they fail we are forced to pay for their ineptitude.

    They encourage us to watch television and shop because it is good for people and the economy. And we say our life is more substantial than a reality show. And why is there no honest effort by the media to know what it means to be a person suffering today. They say, we are doing everything for your benefit; however when whistleblowers come forward they are immediately demonized and prosecuted.

    We are bothered by this and much more, because behind all the corruption, lies and deception there is no viable solution to the nation’s increasing economic disparity and the rise in unemployment, poverty and depression.

    Our education policy makers welcome us to their institutions. They convince us they will help our children master the art of critical thinking so they will be more empowered to live authentic, constructive and meaningful lives. Yet to the contrary their expertise has been limited solely to teaching children how to take exams and behave as programmed robots. Many of our educational leaders refuse to join protests over the takeover of schools by immoral business privatizers, which goes to show academia is nothing more than a handmaiden of the corporate industrial complex.

    Our leaders tell us that they want the nation to be energy independent and this can be done safely and efficiently while also addressing the increasing challenges of climate change and global warming. And we trust them. But to the contrary their cards have been stacked to abet the fossil fuel moguls and hydrofrackers who without remorse contaminate and destroy the environment while depleting precious water resources upon which communities depend. And then even in the aftermath of Fukushima, we are told believe that nuclear power is a clean, safe and green alternative.

    We constantly hear from our politicians that the US is the greatest democracy in the world and they are fully devoted to keep it as a “shining light on a hill.” But then, as we have learned from Edward Snowden and other courageous whistleblowers, none of the politicians trust the American people. Otherwise there would be no incentive or reason to conduct massive covert spying and surveillance on every aspect of our lives. As well as militarize the police to assure that demonstrators are dealt with the needs of Big Business and Big Government

    They tell us we have medical freedom of choice. But if we don’t want to treat our children who suffer from cancer with their toxic chemotherapy drugs and radiation, they take the children away. And where is the choice in declining a vaccine when state governments mandate vaccination in our school systems?

    After they tell us we have a bill of rights and our Constitutional rights are protected, they then turn around and take away habeas corpus which allows them to search and seize anything they want. In addition they can harass and arrest those who they fear.

    The media repeatedly claims it is fair and balanced; yet all of their guests and so-called experts are corporate propagandists whether from think tanks, foundations or academia.

    They tell us we are the wealthiest and most financially stable country in the world. The nation has a $15 trillion GDP. However against that there are exponential amounts of debt including $17 trillion to the federal debt, $6 trillion for state debt, $125 trillion for corporate debt, $10-15 trillion for personal debt, about a trillion each for credit card and student loan debt as well as unfunded liabilities at over $128 trillion. So our real total debt is over $293 trillion. In effect, the US is worse off than Greece or Spain. In fact, the US is virtually bankrupt as the most indebted nation on the planet

    We were repeatedly being told that an Obama presidency would be the most open, transparent administration in presidential history. However, everything in this White House has been the exact opposite, with more documents being classified secret than any other administration. Increasingly the administration has stripped away government from the people and handed it over to a corporate oligarchy.

    Is the problem, therefore, we the people? Are we at fault for having been seduced by those in power to sell us blank bill of goods, drugs, products and policies that are more harmful than beneficial? Are we at fault for having deceived our selves by being convinced that their illusion is the truth? Or is the elite, the best and brightest in Wall Street, Washington and throughout the top stories of the multinational corporate networks, the real obstacle to a promising future for all? Are the oligarchic elite, including corporate Democrats and corporate

    Republicans in all branches of government, not in fact a special breed of psychopath with no moral compass, striving solely to maintain their power, control and wealth? In this article we explore this phenomena with two leading experts on the psychopathic nature of our CEOs, business leaders and politicians who rule America from their residences on Psycho Street.

    Several decades ago, finding an individual with strong psychopathic characteristics serving in an executive function at a major Wall Street bank or multinational corporation would have been almost unheard of. During the Great Generation following the Second World War, most people’s entire careers were often with a single company or firm. They climbed through the ranks based upon seniority and time spent at the firm. Because corporations and banks were more stable then, it was therefore incumbent that business leaders be psychological stable as well.

    Today that has all changed. Given the dramatic deviations within high finance and large corporations, the business culture and ethics have degenerated and given way to a landscape of classical psychological derangement. The advent of radical deregulation, the rise of our present free market and the neoliberal capitalist paradigm has made way for a new dominant economic system that is fundamentally amoral, as Jerry Mander has elaborated upon in The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System. Within an amoral system we would expect to find chairmen, CEOs and executives who are also amoral and callous about the financial decisions and policies they make and that consequently have a profound deleterious impact on the lives of others.

    Several studies investigating the psychopathic nature of our private industrial and financial systems and the executives leading these institutions have shed light on the underlying causes of our national economic woes during the past five presidential administrations. Percentage estimates of high level corporate executives who can be clinically diagnosed as psychopathic vary. Psychopathology for the general population is approximately one percent.

    However, among the wealthy and power elites, estimates range between four percent (Dr. Robert Hare, an expert in criminal psychology at the University of British Columbia) to ten percent (Sherri DeCoveny, a former investment banker now researching psychological disturbances in the finance community). Welsh journalist Jon Ronson, author of the bestseller The Psychopath Test, claims the percentage is even higher. Psychologist Clive Boddy at the Nottingham University has devoted his research to studying corporate psychopaths. In his book Corporate Psychopaths As Organizational Destroyers, Boddy argues that it was the psychopathic behavior of the financial elite that brought about the economic collapse in 2008. His research also indicates that those with the most psychopathic tendencies are promoted fastest through the corporate ranks. And it is well known that the risks for crime and illegal activity is far greater among psychopaths than the general population.

    Investigations into many companies, such as Enron, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, AIG, JP Morgan, Freddie and Fannie, MF Global, HSBC Bank and others have uncovered widespread, systemic crime. In a survey of 500 senior executives in the US and UK, 26 percent observed firsthand wrongdoing in the workplace, and one in four believed it was necessary for professionals in the financial sector to engage in unethical and illegal conduct in order to be successful. Sixteen percent stated they would commit insider trading if they were certain they could get away with it, and 30 percent said that the pressures to maximize on compensation plans were an incentive to break the law. These statistics provide evidence to just how deeply ingrained psychopathic qualities have become institutionalized in our financial industry. They validate the former Goldman Sachs employee, Greg Smith, who has written and spoken publicly about the disturbing psychological characteristics among his colleagues. And wasn’t it Goldman Sachs’ Chairman Lloyd Blankfein who rhetorically asked an interviewer with the London Times, “Is it possible to have too much ambition? Is it possible to be too successful?” Blankfein has publicly stated he doesn’t believe there are or should be caps on either personal ambition or compensation and reward for personal ambition.

    So when a study conducted by Vanderbilt University finds that psychopaths frequently have an abnormality in their neurochemical dopamine levels, which contributes to a narcissistic drive for personal reward at any cost and to engage willingly in risky behavior that benefits themselves while injuring others, we can better understand why unlawful conduct is commonplace among high powered traders, fund managers and their executive bosses

    Dr. Christopher Bayer is a psychoanalyst who has earned the title of the Wall Street Psychologist after thirty years counseling and treating financial executives, CEOs, venture capitalists, hedge fund execs, traders, Wall Street lawyers and their families in Manhattan. He is intimately aware of the self-destructive and devastating psychological damage being caused by those deeply immersed in high finance culture, and is blunt about the epidemic of psychopathic personalities running throughout America’s corporations and firms. During a conversation with Dr. Bayer, he noted that psychopaths lack the capacity to experience empathy. “They don’t experience guilt. They don’t experience anxiety. They are driven, hyper vigilant and on Wall Street most of it is about power and control.” He estimates that among his Wall Street clients, this is the norm. “It’s about seduction. Show me the money. It’s the opiate of western culture and this is what I glean from my patients.”

    “The people I work with basically say to me, ‘Let them catch us if they can. We have enough money to legally draw out for ten or twenty years anything the government does to us.’ It’s a war of attrition, and the Bernie Madoff caper is a good example.”

    “The 2008 subprime crisis, based on the people I work with, was totally predictable. John Paulson made 15 billion dollars because of that crisis. Totally predictable and it’s all self-serving. The issue of sustainability, righteousness and virtue is not considered.”

    The Vice President of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Jim Corey, collected data on personality traits common to specific professions, primarily looking at superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness and lying, lack of remorse, and manipulation of others. These are common traits of psychopathic killers, but Corey also found them common among many politicians. The problem that arises is whether or not the entire system within which private corporate industries and our federal government function and progress is now programmed to be psychopathic. Has corporate culture now de-evolved to such a degree where psychopathology has been legalized and above the law?

    Today it is not so much that people believe our CEOs and politicians act without empathy or compassion regarding the well-being of average citizens, especially towards those in dire poverty, but rather whether or not our entire system is psychologically deranged. Psychopathology has become fully institutionalized as a legitimate way of doing business and making policy decisions. The Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, which ruled that corporations and banks are “persons,” was a further step infecting our entire politics and society with a serious mental disorder that has steadily contributed to the US’s widening inequality gap, class struggle, and Americans’ loss of democracy and freedom of speech.

    Joel Bakan is an internationally recognized legal scholar at the University of British Columbia specializing in Constitutional and economic law. The award-winning documentary film The Corporation was based upon his bestseller The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. When I last spoke with Professor Bakan, I asked him about the kind of corporate personality the Supreme Court ruled in favor of. “The corporation,” he said, “is legally programmed to always serve its own interests. Its directors and managers have a legal obligation always to put the financial interests of shareholders above all other interests. It breaks the law with impunity if it can get away with it.”

    The problem lies less in the fact that Wall Street and multinational presidents and CEOs are psychopaths. Rather according to Bakan, “we’ve created an institution that attracts psychopaths and that incentivizes psychopathic behavior.” If we can imagine putting JP Morgan or Monsanto on the shrink’s couch, analyze the way these firms think and function, how they are programmed, they would be diagnosed as psychopathic. Bakan believes this is the current state of private industry. A bank’s collective control and power is unfathomable to the average person. Executives believe they are untouchable and their astronomical wealth enables them to act with complete freedom and without regard for the consequences of their actions.

    Dr. Bayer takes these firms’ socio-political dominance further. “Corporations existentially are like feudal fiefdoms,” he said. “They are countries with regulations and laws unto their selves. International corporations can commit crimes and do certain things, and then relocate their headquarters and be off the hook in terms of legality, extradition, and penalty.”

    Back in the late 19th century, large industries, such as the railroad and telegraphy companies, discovered that being thoroughly self-centered was an effective way to raise huge capital to expand and further develop productivity. However, to keep the industrial moguls such as the Rockefellers and Carnegies within bounds, the government instituted a regulatory system. Joel Bakan explained that this was a way to “hedge it in by all the different laws that ensure that these industries don’t overrun public interest in having a health society, clean environment, and human and workers’ rights.”

    With the election of Ronald Reagan, the regulatory system began to be dismantled while leaving the inherent psychopathology of these corporations not rehabilitated. When Glass-Steagall was repealed and the Future Commodities Trading act was approved under Bill Clinton by psychopathic financial giants in his administration, “we basically let the psychopath off its leash,” says Bakan. “We’ve let it run amok. We’ve taken away all the constraints that were in place.” The illusion that deregulation would improve the economy from the top down is as irrational as giving a crack addict more cocaine to reduce his habit. Now Wall Street firms and large corporations can essentially self-regulate, which is the same as saying there is no regulation at all. Bakan poses the question, “would you ever ask a psychopath to self-regulate himself?” But that is exactly what we have today and the consequences are self-evident as we witness the erosion of Constitutional rights and the emergence of a distinctly postmodern police state indoctrinated to protect corporate interests over the needs and demands of the American public.

    The idea that Wall Street and policy experts surrounding the president are among the “best and brightest” in America is a deceptive ruse of propaganda spin. When Dr. Bayer applies his evaluative model to his Wall Street patients, the bottom line is that the revenues they generate and who they succeed in influencing in order to protect the firm’s interests is all that matters. The prestige of a person’s alma mater, ZIP code and family background is of little consequence. Speaking about Manhattan’s financial community, he described it as “an insane den of elitism and money mongrels, frankly, and people are competitive and actually believe they are special.”

    The TARP and subsequent taxpayer bailouts of the banking industry during the Bush and Obama administrations may be one of the largest economic crimes ever committed by American presidents. These bailouts are indicative of just how dysfunctional and subservient to the power elite our nation has become. Since the 2008 derivative collapse, the economic gap has steadily widened and the middle class is sinking to its lowest point in history.

    British epidemiologists Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson have shown that there is a strong correlation between a nation’s unhealthy obsession with economic growth and swelling inequality. This in turn has led to a cascade of social crises, increasing the incidence of scourges including mental illness, violence, addictions and much more. And it has been the richer countries, particularly the US, which have been overrun by an oligarchic, corporate elite who believe austerity is a solution towards economic stability. Joel Bakan holds the view that “Societies that have large disparities and inequalities of wealth are societies that quickly become dysfunctional. There is a pathology behind inequality; that is, when people have the power of wealth they don’t feel the necessity of being tied to community. And when they don’t feel that necessity, they lose their natural sense of empathy, which I think in a way is a survival sense.”

    “In part, we’re empathetic,” Prof. Bakan continued, “because we understand that we may be in a bad position some day. We may be diving in dumpsters. So we need to create a society that ensures that people aren’t diving in dumpsters and that when people fall through the cracks, they’re protected because we may be there some day.”

    “But when you’re very rich and powerful, you don’t believe you may be there; so, it makes sense that you would lack that sense of empathy. And when you look at the austerity measures in Europe and increasingly in North America as well, the morality behind it is disgusting.”

    What is even worse is that these same psychopathic corporatists serve as the primary advisors to the President and elected officials. At the state level, the GOP aligns readily with the Koch Brothers, perhaps two of the most ideologically fanatical individuals in the US’s billionaire club. The same can be said for many of the advisors who revolve through the circular door between Washington and Wall Street.

    Several years ago I interviewed and filmed Jordan Belfort, the former stock trader portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. Belfort spoke about the insanity behind the lack of ethical decisions rampant throughout the financial industry and the instant gratification of a select elite who are willing to destroy everything for short term profits in order to accumulate massive amounts of wealth. Belfort shared one noteworthy example: the former Treasury Secretary Robert Ruben who “lobbied to ease limits on derivatives and was instrumental in getting derivatives traded on Wall Street in an aggressive way.” What does Ruben do after completing his stint as a politician in Clinton’s administration? “When no longer Secretary of Treasury,” Belfort continues, “he goes down to Wall Street, gets on the board of Citibank, convinces them to plunge head first into these derivatives that he just deregulated and makes $500 million by most accounts. And then he bankrupts what was once the largest bank in the world.” To this day government officials have not made any effort to investigate and indict Ruben for reckless, unconscionable behavior. His foolhardy acts have devastated the livelihoods of countless people. A common psychopathic criminal would be placed behind bars immediately for far less misconducts than Ruben and his Wall Street cronies.

    The sickness behind the entire system is that it rewards such behavior and patronizes the ability to create power and wealth rather giving preference to efforts that raise the standards of living for everyone, in particular those who have minimal opportunities for social progress without the assistance and protection from government. However, the problem is more systemically entrenched than simply having a bunch of psychopathic personalities sitting in high executive positions. Joel Bakan has explained that “the problem is not so much that we allow people to get away with breaking the law. It’s that we create laws that allow people to get away with doing things that are horrific. And what I mean by that is that it takes us back to the issue of how deregulation combines with the law of the corporation. The law of the corporation basically says it is your legal duty to exploit and to plunder in order to create wealth for your shareholders. The law of the regulatory state used to say, “but you can’t do this or that.” It no longer says that. So, in effect, what used to be illegal behavior that is certainly morally wrong, whether it meant creating unsafe environments for workers, creating an unsafe factory or insider trading are no longer illegal.”

    “It is law and order for poor people who might steal a popsicle from a corner store. Three strikes and you’re out. But for corporations, the legal restraints on their activities have been diminishing rapidly since the 1980’s, and our entire political culture is hostile to the notion that government should regulate corporations with well enforced laws.”

    Former investment banker Sherree DeCovney has stated that she has “come to know many psychopaths, from Ponzi-schemers to book-cooking corporate executives. They are always charming and narcissistic. They display wonderful glib senses of humor and spin the truth like a roulette wheel.” Clive Boddy explains that psychopaths “take advantage of the relative chaotic nature of the modern corporation.” Under these circumstances they are able to clothe themselves in a veneer of charm which makes “their behavior invisible.” They are able to take full advantage of circumstances for their firms and personal self-aggrandizement while simultaneously feeling no remorse over the consequences of their decisions and consistently deny any personal responsibility for how damaging their acts may have been.

    An aura of charm and charisma is one distinguishing trait corporate psychopaths have in common—think Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein, JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon, Robert Ruben or Monsanto’s Hugh Grant. Likewise, firms’ public relations arms reimagine corporations in a glowing, positive light. Joel Bakan suggests that “the largest problematic myth today is the notion that corporations can be good and socially responsible. To me, that is like the charm of the psychopath because they actually can’t be those things just as a psychopath can’t. They can’t be responsible to society when their required imperative and structure is to be responsible only to their shareholders.” For this reason, he concludes, their ability to create a sense of themselves that is very charming is one reason why people buy into the “sheer lunacy” of the entire system.

    In our conversation, Christopher Bayer noted that average Americans are vulnerable to being seduced. They want to believe what they hear and be charmed. “We all have the capacity to surrender and turn over our thinking and our will to people who we find charismatic and charming,” says Bayer. Such likeability “is an insanely powerful force in human interaction. We are all vulnerable to selling our souls to the devil. I see this every day in my practice.”

    “There is an attitude structure among plutocrats. They don’t look at the rest of us as valid, equal, worthy human beings. They take financial inventory constantly. They measure worth in terms of their portfolio size. I hear this constantly in my practice. This is at the root of how they see the world. They don’t have empathy. They can’t relate to it. The attitude structure is if you’re not a multimillionaire, then you’re a failure, there’s something wrong with you and you’re not a worthy human being. This is the guts of the psychology of it and they just can’t relate to it.”

    This is the dividing line that separates the psychopaths running Wall Street, the multinational corporations, private military contractors and Washington from everyone else who desires a more just, equitable and sustainable nation and world. The psychopath lacks the ability to care for the stranger. This is why Jordan Belfort warns that their coldhearted behavior, void of any redeeming morals and ethics, destroys everything. As long as such people are placed in charge of banks and firms that control so much of our economic lives, and we continue to elect legislators and presidents based upon charm rather than true integrity and moral substance, the US as a nation is destined to continue on its long descent into psychopathology and towards a future of narcissistic bliss for an oligarchic elite and immense suffering for everyone else.

    SOURCE: Who Controls our Government? The Psychopathic Corporate Elites of America March 2014 By Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null

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    Frank Underwood’s Warning: American Democracy or Republican Pathocracy? 

    “We must now acknowledge the reality that we have allowed the Republican party to become the largest and most lethal organized crime syndicate and terrorism network in world history.”

    –– Andy Caffrey, 2014 Democratic candidate for Congress (CA-2)

    Frank Underwood's WarningAs we get reacquainted this Valentine’s Day weekend (2014) with Vice President Frank Underwood in season two of Neflix’s TV show, House of Cards, it behooves us all to consider the most fundamental lesson provided by the show: We have psychopaths running our democracy. And they are destroying it and the planet. They are ruthless. We must stop them before it is too late!

    Medically, a psychopath is someone who does not have a “conscience and [is] incapable of empathy, guilt, or loyalty to anyone but themselves.” (Hare, Snakes In Suits) About 1 in 100 people in the general population are psychopaths, so there are over 3 million of them in the United States. It is also known that they concentrate at the tops of corporations and in elected government offices, and they are almost always men.

    Harvard’s Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, even describes how some people who cluster around psychopaths become themselves “Almost Psychopaths.” Psychopathic morality, behavior, and deformed ways of thinking are contagious, and spread like a virus. An entire national culture can thus effectively become a malignant psychopathic infection. Just ask the Germans. Imagine only Fox News, Pat Robertson, and Duck Dynasty on television.

    Psychopaths don’t have a bad conscience, they have no conscience. This is not a moral evaluation. It’s physiology. Their brains do not have the punishment circuitry which makes the rest of us feel shame, embarrassment, or guilt by feeling crappy when we do something bad as we’re growing up. That physiological negative reinforcement by our brains of bad behavior develops conscience and character by adulthood, usually. That didn’t happen with someone like Texas Senator Ted Cruz or former President George W. Bush.

    Fortunately for us, we can use science to discern these people, and if we heed the warning of House of Cards, then the next thing we must do is figure out how to get these people out of office before they kill the planet with their continuing, relentless, decades-long conspiracy to subvert the national security prophylactic actions of the entire nation against the nation-collapsing threats of permanent, catastrophic, climate destabilization. They are holding us all hostage, keeping us dependent on fossil fuels, enslaved like a nation of petro-junkies.

    The unhindered (by Nancy Pelosi Democrats) psychopathy of George W. Bush has literally murdered a million Iraqis and countless Afghanis (so far) in completely illegitimate “wars” that utterly destroyed two nations, one of which is absolutely blameless in any transgressions against our nation. The guy who ran that country, Saddam Hussein, got executed; but serial mass murderer George Underwood Bush is still left to himself, painting pictures of his ass, completely unprosecuted.

    This is despite the fact that the successful prosecutor of psychopath Charles Manson, former Los Angeles District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi, wrote an entire book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. What’s up with that? Didn’t Pelosi think global serial mass murder was an impeachable offense, or might Pelosi herself be covering up her own culpability in facilitating Bush’s war crimes?

    NeuroimagingFirst, there is the emotional words test. The test subject is shown a series of slides of words and slightly misspelled almost words. Some of these words have an emotional charge, like “baby,” “love,” or “cancer,” and when they are flashed among the unemotionally charged words like “wood,” “concrete,” or “air,” to the nonpsychopathic viewer, all kinds of circuits in the brain light up which never light up when the psychopath views them, because the psychopaths don’t have those circuits at all.

    I think every member of Congress and every President should be challenged to take the emotional words test.

    Then there is the industry standard Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R) developed by the world’s most eminent scientist of psychopathy, Robert D. Hare. It’s pretty simple, but it has “withstood the test of time and scientific scrutiny.” (Hare, SIS) In the screening version (PCL:SV) there are twelve traits and the evaluator determines whether each of those traits are typical of the person, which earns a score of 2 points, or if the “trait applies only partially or sometimes,” (Hare, SIS) which scores one point, or not really characteristic at all. So there is a maximum score of 24 points.

    So let’s check out, oh say, all of the Republicans in the House and Senate. Psychopathic characteristics are exhibited to me by their unanimous votes to shut down the government–and to literally set about dismantling our democracy and destroy our nation’s good credit and the economy.

    As a scientifically-trained layman using common sense and decades of experience suffering from psychopaths (and studying about them) and a passionate defender of America and the planet in this time of climate crisis, here’s how I see it:

    Al top potential GOP 2016 candidates investigated, indicted, or finedTo heartlessly kill unemployment benefits for millions of people on the verge of losing their homes and trying to keep their families together and well, to be heedless of the suffering of the poor without adequate healthcare, especially American children who go hungry every day, while doggedly preventing any more taxation of the Super Rich plutocrats, and to either pretend that climate destabilization is not real, or not even bother to master the essential scientific and strategic understandings morally required of anyone in the modern world entrusted by the American people with their national security, leads me to score them all the following way, as a minimum.

    That’s not considering any adolescent sociopathic behavior, obvious for example, in the youth of both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, which scores them both two more points. I don’t know about the youthful lives of most of these legislators, so many of them will score even higher than this.

    Here we go. These traits reveal four factors of the psychopath. “The interpersonal domain describes how they present themselves to others, the affective domain includes what they feel or don’t feel emotionally, the lifestyle domain describes how they live in society, and the antisocial domain describes their propensity for antisocial behaviors.” (Hare, SIS)

    Out of the twelve items of the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-SV), I would score them all with twos for:

    1 – Deceitful, Pathological Lying. Relentless lying, without shame: e.g. lying us into war, about there being a national debt crisis, and about Obamacare.

    2 – Grandiose Sense of Self Worth (plays by own rules, ignoring society’s rules): e.g. shutting down the government and threatening the default of the nation on the debts that they, the Republicans, voted to take on for the nation.

    3 – Glibness/Superficial Charm: e.g. praising a maimed soldier at the last State of the Union address while unapologetically and recklessly sending 10,000 U.S. soldiers off to die in Iraq and Afghanistan to kill millions more, while lying about it; launching murderous drone attacks on innocent people.

    4 – Lack of Remorse and Guilt: e.g. I know of only one Republican Congressman who has apologized for unleashing the Iraq War.

    5 – Callous/Lacks Empathy/Insensitivity to the Suffering of Others: e.g. vote against unemployment benefits and fight for $40 billion in SNAP cuts; vote for and fund for over a decade the extermination of a million muslims in illegal wars.

    6 – Doesn’t Accept Responsibility for Own Actions: e.g. the colossal failure of the sequester deal; killing a million Iraqis; costing the economy $24 billion in lost economic output by shutting down the government. That’s a 0.6% drop in annual GDP growth. (Moody’s)

    7 – Is Irresponsible: e.g. killing a million Iraqis; shutting down the government; the sequester deal; no federal budgets for four years; 113th Just Say No Congress is least productive in history; over 40 Obamacare votes, but nothing else; debt default threats and actions; overthrowing the Gore presidency.

    8 – Has a History of Adult Antisocial Behavior: e.g. killing a million Iraqis; overthrowing the Gore presidency; attacks on voter access and rights; corrupt district gerrymandering, everything ever broadcast on Fox News or uttered by Contalk Radio show hosts.

    9 – Has a History of Poor Behavioral Control: e.g. killing a million Iraqis and 10,000 American troops as a response to the 9/11 attacks; over thirty years of inaction on the climate crisis; Republicans shutting down the entire 113th Congress making it least productive in modern history; Rush “Oxycontin” Limbaugh, Bill “Fuck It!” O’Reilly.

    OK. Let’s stop right there for a moment. Nine characteristics times two points is 18 points, the “cut score… typically used for a diagnosis of psychopathy.” (Hare, SIS) That’s for all of the Republicans in Congress! Hundreds of them!

    But there’s more, which perhaps don’t apply to every single Republican in Congress, but do to many of them:

    10 – Is Impulsive: e.g. killing a million Iraqis and 10,000 Americans as a response to the 9/11 attacks which killed 3,000 people, and obliterating two entire nations, by launching two wars. That’s killing more American citizens than the 9/11 terrorists murdered. Republican Friendly Fire.

    11 – Lacks Goals: e.g. no Republican goals for legislative accomplishments in the 113th Congress except to shut it down; the Bush Wars. No exit strategy. Starting wars that have no possible good ways of ending and no possible ways of making anything better.

    12 – Has a History of Adolescent Antisocial Behavior.

    Wow! The Republicans make Frank Underwood look like Mother Theresa!

    The Democrats don’t get off the hook. I’ve met many psychopaths in activist groups, progressive activist groups. Those psychopaths were feminists, environmentalists, anti-war, anti-NSA spying, pro-labor, name your altruistic cause; and you are likely to find strong advocates, even charismatic and popular liberation and equality movement leaders, who are nevertheless psychopaths. Consider the TV psychopath Dexter if you want to see how easily they can fit in. They are excellent and shrewd observers, and like Frank Underwood, they know how to mimic appropriate behavior. They have average or slightly above average intelligence.

    I have concerns about Nancy Pelosi who in one of the most grandiose actions ever taken by a House speaker decided to, despite swearing an oath to protect it, subvert the Constitution when she took “impeachment off the table.” Think how different this country would be now if Bush and Cheney had been impeached and convicted in 2007. The Republicans would have then not won the House back in 2008 and Obama would have had a Democratic House and Senate for all of both terms.

    We would have single-payer health care, climate legislation, a jobs bill, unemployment benefits and no SNAP cuts. No sequester, no government shut downs, no downgrading of America’s credit. Pretty much Obama’s entire centrist agenda would be law now. Instead of painting pictures of his ass, George W. Bush would be be in prison looking out for his ass.

    None of that happened because Nancy Pelosi took impeachment out of the Constitution in her House.

    There is even a study done in 2004, Personality, Character, and Leadership in the White House, by Steven J. Rubenzer, Ph.D., and Thomas R. Faschingbauer, Ph.D., in which scientists evaluated all of the U.S. presidents for mental health characteristics and disorders, including psychopathic traits. Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and John F. Kennedy are among the top scorers along with Nixon and LBJ–even FDR and Teddy Roosevelt. LBJ scored lower than 999 Americans out of 1,000 on the character scale! (No wonder he’s Frank Underwood’s favorite president!) However, they have an entire chapter on George W. Bush.

    The authors conclude, “The ability to lie and deceive is an important quality for success in the White House, and presidents that are less straightforward typically make better presidents…. Presidents are much more extroverted today than in the past and less intellectually curious than in the past. They may also be lower in character.”

    But you can give the Dems some credit. They’ve produced the only president in modern times who “much resembles Founding Fathers Jefferson and Madison and the greatest president of the nineteenth century, Abe Lincoln.” That’s Jimmy Carter. However Republican/almost Democrat Dwight Eisenhower “is the only modern president much like Washington.”

    Hillary's Email Defense is LaughableHillary Clinton is no Jimmy Carter or Dwight Eisenhower. When she just fabricated the lie that she had been shot at from sniper fire while landing on the tarmac in Bosnia, she revealed herself to be deceitful, grandiose, impulsive, irresponsible, superficial, and having poor behavioral control.

    As far as I know, she has not apologized for that bizarre whopper of a lie, so she also shows no remorse and doesn’t take responsibility for her actions. At the time she said she “misspoke” and that it was only a “minor blip,” even though she vividly described running “with our heads down” from the plane to avoid sniper fire at the Tuzla Air Base: “I say a lot of things — millions of words a day — so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement.”

    If you just score her 2 points for each of those traits, she scores 16 points. When she did this, I experienced her as a psychopath and decided to vote for Obama solely for that reason. He does show remorse and takes responsibility for his actions more so than any other president I’ve witnessed.

    Even though I doubt he is a psychopath, he does score two points on some of those characteristics as revealed by his drone warfare, and NSA spying operations. Most of the rest of us nonpsychopaths usually score in total no more than a 2 out of 24. I score zero, as do most of the people I know. The average score for criminals is 13. So Republicans and many Democrats in Congress, and the entire Bush regime score higher on the scale of psychopathy than do criminals. They even score higher than the Boston bombers!

    There is even a scientific term for a government run by psychopaths: pathocracy. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Grover Norquist run the Republican Pathocracy and Americans better wise up, especially the Republican voters that are voting them in! I wonder what it is about Republican voters that they only vote psychopaths into Congress or for President… Consider the fact that everyone who made it into the Republican presidential debates in 2008 and 2012 easily meets the psychopathy threshold.

    We have got to oust these psychopaths from the highest positions of government NOW if we want enough climate action in time to avert creating a world of permanent climate chaos… before the commencement of the Runaway Disintegration of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets.

    There is no higher priority for our nation or for your activism. Everything else we want to accomplish as a society hinges upon it. Seriously. If the Republicans keep control of the House and continue to use the filibuster to stymie the Senate, they will bring about the collapse of civilization as our nation is crushed by climate destabilization and chaos, crashing ocean fisheries, twenty feet of sea level increase–probably over the course of only 20 years–an Amazon ablaze, unleashed melting permafrost and ocean methane hydrates bumping global atmospheric temperatures up as much as 6 or 7 degrees C in less than a century, and an extinct middle class because the Republicans have no consciences. Please, check it out for yourself!

    Just consider some of these obviously psychopathic behaviors by the Republicans in just the last few weeks.

    Going Rogue and Bizarre at Republican Debates NYT By Alan Rappeport1) The Republican party has at least 18 fake candidate websites soliciting contributions for Democratic Congressional candidates that actually funds their Republican opponents. this is in violation of FEC Rule 102.14(3): “An unauthorized political committee may include the name of a candidate in the title of a special project name or other communication if the title clearly and unambiguously shows opposition to the named candidate.”

    The National Republican Congressional Committee response? “It’s no surprise that Democrats are nervous that the truth is finally getting out about their disastrous records, but despite their whining, we plan on continuing to showcase their support for Obamacare and other failed Washington policies straight through to election day.”

    2) Mike Rogers, chair of the House Committee on Intelligence, on national TV just made up the completely unsubstantiated charge that Edward Snowden is a Russian spy.

    3) Unemployment benefits eliminated and radical cuts made to SNAP. The Republicans got $8 billion in SNAP cuts, but wanted $40 billion in cuts. Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, one of only nine Democrats to vote against the farm bill, emphasizes that 300,000 families in her state alone will recieve $90 less each month in SNAP benefits. Along with the Republicans, all but nine of the Democrats signed the farm bill with these cuts.

    4) Still trying to take away healthcare from the poor and middle class with their faux attacks on Obamacare under the guise of pretending to help the people who are fortunate enough to have health insurance. To work to take down healthcare for the 50 million poorest Americans without first installing a better system to protect everyone is unconscionable!

    5) Taking the recent CBO numbers about the equivalent of 2.5 million people leaving work because of the end of health insurance job lock and saying that it means Obamacare will cost 2.5 million jobs when it really means that there will be 2.5 million job openings! If four workers at a company decide to cut back a 50-hour workweek by 10 hours each, to only work a 40-hour workweek, the boss still needs those combined forty hours covered, so he’ll hire a new worker to work those 40 abandoned hours. So that’s 2.5 million more jobs created by Obamacare.

    6) Republican governors and state legislatures who prevent the poor in their states from getting Obamacare medicaid expansion. Nineteen states are refusing to enact Medicaid expansion. Six others are stalling as they continue debating the issue.

    In Arkansas, Tea Party Republicans are threatening to take away healthcare from 100,000 Arkansans, and, according to Chris Hayes, “quite possibly cause the entire Medicaid program in the state to collapse.” This is contrary, of course, to the bogus Republican lies that the worst thing that could happen to you is that Obama would keep you from having the health insurance plan that you want. Ironically, Arkansas was one of the few southern states to take the Obamacare money to expand Medicaid. This was because the Arkansas plan just took the federal money and used it to buy private insurance plans for the poor. The Republicans are holding the entire Medicaid funding bill hostage unless those 96,000 people are kicked out of the program.

    This is a Republican conspiracy to commit negligent homicide of thousands. A study by Harvard and City University of New York estimates the Republicans nationally will murder between 7,000 and 17,000 people from failure to expand Medicaid. Six million people nationally will continue to go without healthcare because of the Republican thugs of those 19 states. Is Soylent Green around the corner?

    7) Boehner, McConnell, and almost all of the other Republicans just making up the lie that Obama won’t enforce new immigration laws, when he has deported more immigrants than any other president.

    8) Now the Senate Republicans are concertedly impugning all of the Democrats as liars! As Chris Matthews reports, “Republicans want to use healthcare to sow the seeds of distrust against all Democrats. According to The Hill newspaper, ‘Republicans focused on winning the Senate have a clear goal this year: convincing voters that vulnerable Democrats are liars…. The goal is to erode voters’ trust in respected members….’

    Flummoxed, Matthews continues, “They keep fanning the flames of hatred, the ideological fury. You must hate Obama, because you hate Obamacare. You must hate all Democrats because his promises weren’t fulfilled.” It reminds him of the Cold War Red Scare: “Everything was a Cold War issue. The Republicans let nothing be talked about, anything else, jobs, unemployment, education, healthcare–forget all that! It’s the Cold War and you’re on the wrong side….In this case, every single Democrat has a character flaw because they voted for healthcare, and therefore they are a part of the Big Lie….”

    9) Accusing the most Congressionally ingratiating president in modern history, Obama, of using the executive order to run an imperial presidency, when history clearly shows that it has been the Republicans who connived and conspired for one-party rule from the White House. Just ask Karl Rove. This didn’t stop the plutocratic radical Rep. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee, on Meet the Press, from both defending Bill Clinton’s executive order:

    “One of the things that we have to remember is cost-benefit analysis has to take place, and that is something–that goes back to a Clinton executive order. And it is required. And it is unfortunate that some of the federal agencies are not conducting that cost-benefit analysis. They’re focused on the outcome.”

    … and darkly condemning Obama (and dooming the planet) using it now to reduce emissions from coal plants:

    “The President should realize that Congress has taken action. Whether it was cap-and-trade or Boiler MACT or any of these regulations, we have said no to that. And one of the reasons is the cost-benefit analysis. Another is the impact.”

    The cost-benefit analysis has been done: there is no possible benefit worth the cost of a dead planet from inadequate climate action in time.

    Republican House majority Leader Eric Cantor: “President Obama has provided new clarity as to what constitutes an ‘imperial presidency…” The House will consider a number of bills… to restore the balance of powers created by our founders.”

    10) Two words: Chris Christie. “Our party’s priority should be on winning. Not on winning the argument, winning the election.” “Blame the mayor of Fort Lee!” As you watch his show on TV from here on out, see how many psychopathic traits you can spot in the glib, impulsive, irresponsible, deceitful, superficial, callous, unempathetic, grandiose, unrepentant, remorseless, antisocial Christie, who lacks behavioral control.

    As a Congressional candidate I can assure you that if anyone working for my campaign had screwed up big time, especially if it negatively impacted or hurt others, there is no way I would not have picked that person’s brain to find out the complete extent and every last detail of what was screwed up and what needs to be stopped, fixed, apologized for, etc. Because everything they do reflects on me and I am the one accountable for it and the one who must take full responsibility. How could I do that if I didn’t know everything. Everything I didn’t know could still be going on and making things worse!

    Consider this scenario: This was all Chris Christie’s plan so he knows everything that happened. That’s the reason for him not having asked Bridget Anne Kelly, his deputy chief of staff, every last detail and name of everyone involved before firing her! He knew it all already! Why bother sitting down and having her recount every detail that both of them already know. Just have her clear out her desk and look for cover.

    But Christie knows that if he admits to having asked Kelly for the whole story before firing her, then he would have no excuse for not answering answer the question: “If she did this to you, what did she say happened?” By implausibly insisting (and us cutting him slack on credulity) that he didn’t ask her, we let him get away with not answering that question, and his scam goes on weeks or months more.

    Since it is his plan, as a psychopath, he nevertheless does have to fabricate an entire Wizard of Oz fairy tale to escape justice, but he has to reveal the absolute minimum that he can plausibly get away with.

    Because he knows once he starts making it up that to get away with it, he must fabricate a perfect fairy tale (which he is obviously too stupid to do, and he probably knows that). Every detail he fabricates is one more opportunity for the fraud to be exposed. Much better to just keep the secret of what happened isolated from scrutiny. Lies that aren’t said can’t be exposed as lies. I learned this in junior high when I wrote a paper on the Emergency Core Cooling System of nuclear power plants. The lesson: the more complicated a system of safeguards you design multiplies the possible things that can fail.

    When he gets pushed up against the wall of plausibility, he just pushes the limits of plausibility into absurdity (what else can he do?), hoping in this Fox News-gullible world that he can bully us into not looking close enough. But it truly is beyond plausibility that this was all Kelly’s scheme and he didn’t find out everything from her. Chris Christie letting an underling completely fuck over his presidential career forever and not water-boarding every last detail out of her? Are you kidding me!

    So if Chris Christie is a psychopath, then apparently Mitt Romney would agree with me that the entire party leadership is psychopathic, because he said, “They don’t come better than Chris Christie.” Exactly my point! Nevertheless, Wanna Be Pathocrat-in-Chief Romney continues the glorification of psychopathic attitudes and policy develpment for the Republican party: “Chris could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again.”

    11) The Republican War on Voting Rights. Republican anti-Constitutional voter suppression conspiracies in more than three dozen states to subvert voting rights and disenfranchise minority voters.

    12) Another two words: North Carolina. As Lawrence O’Donnell reported on MSNBC, “Under Republican control in North Carolina: 500,000 people have lost Medicaid coverage; 900,000 lost the earned income tax credit; new restrictive abortion laws; and new restrictive voter ID laws.”

    13) Banning contraception.

    14) Decades of Good Ole Boy gutting of regulations, enforcement, and budgets for agencies that would otherwise protect us from toxic spills in West Virginia and coal ash spills in North Carolina rivers and offshore deep water oils pills off the Gulf Coast. Buddying up with industry to allow murder and extinction by pollution.

    15) Fracking, Tar Sands, Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, Offshore Oil Drilling, the Extinction of Organic Agriculture and Wild Salmon from unregulated GMO Agricultural Pollution. Oklahoma used to have 30-100 2.5 or greater magnitude earth quakes per year, but thanks to fracking, last year it jumped from 64 per year to 222 per year. So far this year it has had 94. In February. At this rate the state will have over 700 this year. And Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, whose company does fracking, has joined a lawsuit in Texas to stop a water tower near his home from being built for fracking. He’s concerned that his property’s value will drop.

    16) The Tea Party’s Scott Taylor’s million dollar OPSEC 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization to swiftboat Hillary Clinton. The IRS requires of such organizations that their activities not be primarily political. Yeah, right… Tell that to Darrell Issa! Its funders are invisible.

    It was put together with Ben Smith, spokesperson of the Republican party political consultant-created Tea Party Express, which spent $350,000 to successfully get Scott Brown elected to the Senate in Massachusetts. TPE was created by the Our Country Deserves Better Sacramento PAC. Salon calls TPE a “kingmaker (and queenmaker)” and the New York Times considers it “one of the [Tea Party] movement’s most successful players.”

    Former spokesperson for G.W. Bush’s Director of National Intelligence and Fox News pundit Chad Kolton is also a spokesperson for OPSEC, “whose members are primarily former U.S. special operations forces and intelligence community personnel.” (wikipedia)

    17) NRA

    18) Fox News and con talk radio pundits who dwelled on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, and Susan Rice for years, hypocritically condemning MSNBC after one week for witch-hunting Chris Christie–who is still lying to all of us and is still in office and is still unprosecuted!

    19) Republicans vs VW Auto Workers UAW vote in Tennessee. Governor Bill Haslam created a blackmail threat lie to freak out the workers: auto suppliers won’t relocate to Chattanooga if you workers join the union!

    Expanding this union-busting Republican conspiracy, State Senator Bo Watson threatened VW with losing state help if the UAW is voted in at the Chattanooga plant: “…any additional incentives… for expansion or otherwise will have a very tough time passing the Tennessee Senate.”

    Then Republican Congressman gangster of intimidation Bob Corker, former mayor of Chattanooga, at first lied that he would not get involved in the vote, but then two days before the vote he offered a bribe–which was also a lie immediately refuted by the chairman of VW–to the workers: “…should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new midsize SUV, here in Chattanooga.”

    Then, as you can always tell with a psychopath, he blamed his opponents for malicious intentions which are actually his own: “It’s about one thing. It’s about money, and it’s about power.” Obviously, to Corker, it was not about improving the lives and rights of workers or infusing their communities with increased consumer spending. He even warned of the unions as outside influences. Outside influences… at a Volkswagen plant!!

    Even the pathological Republican loyalty oath cultist Grover Norquist started a national group with a lie for its name, “Center for Worker Freedom” (aka War is Peace, Terror is Joy) and rented billboards with hideous messages of manipulation and racism: “United Obama Workers: The UAW spends millions to elect liberal politicians including BARACK OBAMA workerfreedom.org,” and “Detroit: Brought to you by the UAW.”

    Now Republican Pathocrat South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has come out against creating any new union jobs in her state! “We don’t have unions in South Carolina because we don’t need unions in South Carolina because we’re gonna bring back slavery…. We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to take the water…. Unions are trying to get in wherever they can. They’re getting desperate and so they are trying to sneak in anywhere they can. My job is to make sure that I keep kickin’ em out.” (OK, she didn’t say the part about slavery…, but she said the rest) Eric Holder needs to launch a RICO investifgation of Nikki Haley and the state government of Sout Carolina. It’s time for the feds to step in like LBJ did before in the South in the sixties.”

    So much for Republicans truly wanting to keep Big Government (which is always bigger and more Big Brothery when it is in Republican hands anyway) from interfering with the affairs of private business for blatantly political reasons.

    This is what a conspiracy of psychopathic Republicans looks like. The Archetype of Evil. Ed Schultz reports that UAW officials say, like a sighting of Satan (my words), “they have never seen anything like this. They were caught blind-sided.”

    20) The shameless and unembarrassable Congressman Darrell Issa’s ongoing and seemingly relentless Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee Republican propaganda machine’s pathological whining over fabricated Benghazi and 501(c)(4) conspiracies, and now accusing President Obama of being an imperial president who must be impeached.

    When Obama has signed fewer executive orders than any president since Grover Cleveland, and Republicans having signed the most, with a double-standard hypocrisy typical of a psychopath, Issa and the imperialist Republican war criminals have never threatened to bring George W. Bush or any other Republican criminal president to justice with impeachment and conviction. And George W. Bush not only signed way more executive orders than Obama, but actually overthrew the Presidency of the United States in a Supreme Court judicial coup. He engaged in conspiracies to wage illegal warfare, and his administration outted C.I.A. agent Valerie Plame. Obviously an impeachable offense.

    21) Dana Milbank reminds us that, “Since the Republicans who are so desperate to go after Hillary Clinton exposed the existence of a secret C.I.A. facility in Benghazi, fifteen people there, who have been cooperating and helping the United States, have been killed.”

    22) Texas Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has Ted Nugent shilling for him and arousing hatred among the electorate. Here’s the psychopathic wisdom of Ted Nugent:

    Aug 22, 2007: “I was in Chicago and said, ‘Hey, Obama you might want to suck on one of these you punk.’ [holds up two machine guns] Obama, he’s a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. Let’s hear it for him. And then I was in New York. I said, ‘Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.’”

    At gun show on January 17, 2014: “I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod and not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel, like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.”

    On The Dennis Miller Show: “There was an incrementalism to what hapened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly. And they started, you know, the power struggle between the different races, and the power struggle between different elements of society… I really believe that what we see with the IRS can be compared accurately and historically to the early maneuvers of people like jack booted thugs, like the brownshirts… I think he really wants to destroy America.”

    On Erin Burnett’s OutFront on Feb. 24, 2014:

    “I think the president is intentionally disassembling the greatest quality of life in the history of the world. I believe that he is creating class warfare intentionally to get Americans to draw this line in the sand where I have never seen such political discourse in all my life…. The concept of social justice and economic equality is truly bizarro. The president’s a bad man…. But for anyone to claim that I’m a racist or it had racist overtones is the typical crap that the propaganda ministry and the media, particularly most of your cohorts there, even though I got Piers Morgan’s ass thrown out and I’ll do the same with Don Lemon and Wolf Blitzer when I can….

    “I would call it inflammatory speech when it’s your job to protect Americans and then you look into the television camera and say, what difference does it make that I failed in my job to provide security and we have four dead Americans? What difference does that make? Not to a chimpanzee or to Hillary Clinton, I guess it doesn’t matter…. Give me a break on that. I referenced no racial overtones there whatsoever. I was referencing people who would look in the camera with four dead Americans in Benghazi and refuse to be accountable and say, what difference does it make? You’ve either got to be a punk, a liar, grossly dishonest, dangerously anti-American, or some kind of animal to agree with that kind of stuff…. That’s the Saul Alinsky propaganda ministry running amuck like your goofball friend Paul Begala who claims that I’m a has-been. I just celebrated my 50th greatest tour. Fifty years, number one guitar player in Detroit last year. I’m a black guitar player from Detroit. Get over it…. Live on ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT, CNN, Ted Nugent, remember the Alamo, February 24, 2014, I’m not going to call people names anymore.

    However, I have a little escape clause here, because when I’m on stage singing “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang”, would you give me permission to go overboard on occasion? Please tell me you will….”

    Nugent is a pedophile who has also admitted having sex with underaged girls, and thus committed statutory rape. He even wrote the Pedophiles’ National Anthem, “Jailbait”:

    Jailbait you look so good to me.
    Jailbait won’t you set me free.
    Jailbait you look fine, fine, fine.
    I know I’ve got to have you in a matter of time.

    Well, I don’t care if you’re just thirteen.
    You look too good to be true.
    I just know that you’re probably clean.
    There’s one lil’ thing I got to do to you.

    And the particularly creepy stepfather lines:

    It’s all right. It’s OK
    I talked to you mama.
    She said, “Go ahead.”
    She said, “It’s quite all right.
    Just be nice. Be nice. Go ahead, Ted
    Go ahead. It’s OK. It’s all right.”

    Nugent was a draft dodger refusing to fight in the Vietnam War according to Joe Madison on Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation, “because he wanted to continue to play rock ‘n roll, and even said that if he had been drafted and gone to Vietnam, he would have shot his own men!”

    Abbott’s office’s pathocratic response was, “The controversy is what he said in the past. We are not endorsing Ted Nugent, he is supporting us…. I believe ted Nugent recognized his language was wrong and he rightly apologized… This is not the kind of language I would use or endorse in any way. It’s time to move beyond this.”

    Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry on whether he would still campaign with Ted: “Ted and I have been on the stage together. He is a proud and a strong defender of the Constitution of the United States. We’ve all said things that we would like to real back in. I suggest to you that this is probably one of those for him. And he does that and… I don’t know.”

    Tea Party pathocrat Texas Congressman Steve Stockman glorifying in their mutual psychopathy actually brought Nugent to the State of the Union address by President Obama.

    You see, this is how psychopathy gets normalized in society, especially in our political discourse. I first started to realize how psychopathic Republicans in the federal government are when every single thing George W. Bush uttered was a lie, and then when the Supreme Court overthrew Gore’s presidency. No one seemed to notice. Not one Republican said, “Count all the votes!”

    But Hastert, McConnell, Boenher, Cantor, et al normalized this kind of psychopathy when they didn’t censure the first birther member of the House or Senate who started ranting about Obama as a Kenyan communist with a fake birth certificate, which is a violation of House rules (and probably Senate rules too). In the House Code of Official Conduct, the first rule is, “A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”

    Representative Michelle Bachman herself recently said, “The President’s legacy will be the establishment of lawlessness in the United States. From stem to stern, this president has said,’The law doesn’t apply to me.’… Has he violated the law? In my opinion, yes. the president of the United States has violated the law. But we must have the support of the American people in order to have impeachment.”

    24) Kappa Beta Phi

    25) Texas Rep. Steve Stockman listed on his web site mostly endorsements by groups that did not endorse him, according to the Washington Post, including one “attributed to Howard Phillips, a conservative activist who died seven months before Stockman got in the race,” and one from the NRA, which endorsed his opponent.

    26) From Think Progress: While the Republicans slammed the federal stimulus on its fifth anniversary, “over half of the GOP caucus praised the effects of the stimulus or took credit for the federal dollars in their home districts and states–despite repeatedly voting against it.”

    Instead of blaming Boehner’s House for no action on job creation or reinvigorating the economy, Marco Rubio blamed Obama, deficit spending, and the stimulus for today’s unemployment and underemployment, the “astounding” number of people dropping out of the workforce, and the slow growth of the economy.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell lied and called the stimulus “a tragedy to lament.” The tragedy is that the Republicans assured that the stimulus would be inadequate. Then they blamed the President for its inadequacy. “None of this was necessary. Republicans have always been willing to work with the president on reforms that would have broad bipartisan support.…”

    This is the same guy who on the day of Obama’s inauguration said his number one priority was to destroy the Obama presidency. McConnell is a traitor who is actively sabotaging and dismantling our democracy, by, for example, filibustering under Obama half of all the nominees ever filibustered in the history of the nation, crippling federal courts and government agencies. First they break government and then they point out how much the government sucks in everything it tries to do.

    27) Stand Your Ground

    28) Republican governor of Wisconsin and public employees union-buster Scott Walker’s racist, sexist, homophobic emails. Emails also reveal that his Milwaukee County Executive staff did campaign business for Walker’s run for governor on government time. Six of Walker’s aides and allies were convicted of ethics violations, but the governor was never charged. The emails also reveal Walker had an extensive vote caging operation in conspiracy with out-of-state Teabaggers to suppress minority voting.

    29) Paul Ryan was for defense cuts until President Obama announced those cuts. He actually makes policy only if Obama is against it. Obama’s cuts were even less that Ryan’s proposed budget agreement cuts to the military, but Ryan’s response was, “It’s disappointing that the President continues to use these vital funds as bargaining chips for higher taxes and more domestic spending.” He said this even though Hagel’s announcement included no new or higher taxes and no domestic spending proposals.

    On December 10, however, after developing the Budget Agreement with Democrat Patty Murray, which had even more cuts to military spending than Obama’s proposals, he wrote, “I’m proud of this agreement. It reduces the deficit–without raising taxes. And it cuts spending in a smarter way.”

    30) American Republicans involved in writing Uganda’s life sentence penalty law for being gay.

    31) Arizona bill SB 1062 allowing business owners to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers.

    There is the Republican Senators’ conspiracy to use the filibuster to shut down the operations of the Senate. Speaking of the debt ceiling, when are the Republicans going to pay for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, especially if they force us to pay for unemployment benefits before agreeing to extend them? And who is going to pay the ultimate price for conspiring to get us into these illegal wars of global mass murder to begin with?

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    We might even see the “Affluenza” case in a new light. Ethan Couch’s excuse was that he has PTSD and the amoral corruption of his idle rich parents’ child-rearing behaviors somehow “broke” his conscience beyond his ability to fix it and take moral accountability for killing four people and severely injuring two more in a drunk driving accident. But maybe he was just born that way, heartless. Maybe he’s just a psychopath who got away with a con. Amoral as his filthy rich parents might be, how they raised him probably had nothing to do with any of this.

    One might also see attacks on immigrants, access to abortion, and same-sex marriage rights, the minimum wage, and perpetuation of the War on Drugs in a new light. Maybe it’s not the degenerate medieval religious and political justifications that come out of the mouths of the legislators who kill medical options for women that motivate them. Maybe it’s just psychopathic deadness in their hearts and consciencelessness that propels this massive anti-American Women, Republican Big Government, anti-Liberty intrusion and wicked hatred into the lives and families of millions of women.

    How much are pathocratic tendencies behind the U.S. military chain of command’s perpetuation of institutional tolerance of rape and sexual assaults? Senator Gillibrand reports that last year there were 26,000 cases of sexual assault and rape and unwanted sexual contact in the military. Only 3,000, 1 in 10, assaults are reported. Sixty-two percent of those who did report were retaliated against! It’s just like the Catholic Church’s institutional tolerance of pedophilia. And how dark is that!

    Are the Supreme Court justices who overthrew the presidency of Al Gore psychopaths? How about Bush’s appointees, the deceptive PerJurors John Roberts and Samuel Alito, both of whom lied under oath during their confirmation hearings?

    How about the status quo diversion for half a century of ten trillion dollars away from taking care of the needs and advancement of our people to engorge the militarists of the plutocracy, in order to fight the greatest fabricated myth of the twentieth century, the Cold War (Russia, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Grenada were never planning to invade and take over the United States).

    Forget what these people say. You can’t believe anything they say. For they are indeed pathological liars. Maintain your vigilance! Learn how to do this from your brothers and sister back from war with PTSD. Keep your eyes on everything they actually do, especially the things they do over and over again that everyone lets them get away with. And ask yourself–especially before voting for them!–and your friends and neighbors, is what they are going to do going to ruthlessly, immorally, and needlessly kill someone or otherwise devastate lives?

    That might be your tip-off that psychopathy is on the prowl.

    Then ask yourself, how ruthless and cruel a nation do we want America to be? How generous and compassionate? E pluribus unum or not, America? We have to decide. Do we want to be a Great Nation, an emblem of righteousness to the rest of the world, or not? Do we want to be noble?

    I have found that using the psychopathy checklist is the most accurate tool of prediction for modern times Republican behavior in Congress. With it I’ve been able to easily predict that the House budget deal would not lead to unemployment benefits getting passed in ensuing legislation, that there would be no gun control legislation, immigration reform, employment stimulus, or anything to deal with the climate crisis.

    For example, Rep. Henry Waxman, co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, reported that the Republican-led 112th Congress voted 53 times “to block action on climate change. House Republicans even voted to deny that climate change is occurring. And when Congressman Rush and I wrote to the leadership of the Energy and Commerce committee over twenty times requesting a hearing on the important developments related to climate change, we never received even a single response to our letters.”

    The only reason, in the end, Boehner passed the debt ceiling bill this time is because his party is so psychopathic that they couldn’t come to agreement on how evil a national blackmail conspiracy they could all get behind if they threatened destroying the nation’s good credit once again.

    When one understands psychopathy, it sheds new light on the movement to hate Obama: the Birthers and Tea Party. Every host on Fox News is a psychopath or at least a malignant narcissist. People only believe that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. because Republican psychopaths in the media and government created and sustain the hatred and the ridiculous (to those not easily duped) lies. They discovered that if some people will believe that the earth was created in six days, you can get them to believe anything if you demagogue them with just the right Frank Luntz framing.

    Then they elevate people like Ted Cruz’s Neo-Red Scare dad (and, AP reports, his “occasional political surrogate” who received “more than $16,700 in travel expenses and mileage reimbursement,” from Cruz’s Senate campaign.) Pastor Rafael Cruz, who said about Obama in 2012, “We have to unmask this man. This is a man that seeks to destroy all concept of God–and I will tell you what, this is classical marxist philosophy. Karl Marx very clearly said Marxism requires that we destroy God because government must become God…. If you have heard him recite the Pledge, he skips ‘under God.’ Never says those two words–“under God.”

    The conservative journal, National Review, however, reports that “his son trusts his father’s political instincts, and instead of hiring a big-name Republican strategist to shepherd his ascent, he uses his father for the kind of guidance you’d expect from a consultant.” Nevertheless, Cruz lies about it, his office issuing, “Pastor Cruz does not speak for the senator.” But Wayne Slater reports about Rafael on Hardball, “He is talking and saying things that Ted Cruz wants him to say to particular constituencies…. The key here is not whether this is encumbered by facts or not. The key is that the audiences that Rafael Cruz is talking to believe every word of this…. Ted Cruz is his father’s son.”

    During former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel’s Secretary of Defense confirmation hearing last year, according to Politico, “Cruz used… video clips of Hagel being interviewed by Al-Jazeera to suggest the nominee espoused views hostile to Israel (and asked) whether North Korean sources may have funneled $200,000 to the nominee.”

    Something that is particularly irksome is the mass media’s normalization of psychopathy, particularly Fox News and CNN, by having psychopaths on their shows as respected commentators every day. It doesn’t help that someone like Fareed Zakaria regularly has serial mass murderer and wanted war criminal Henry Kissinger on his show and treats him with deference as if Kissinger is somehow a more moral and righteous person than Michael Dunn. But Kissinger has murdered thousands more people than Michael Dunn has. Dunn isn’t a war criminal on the lam either.

    Meet the Press allowed the ruthless Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee to echo and perpetuate on NBC the treacherous deception of the 2003 Frank Luntz climate memo to Republicans:

    “The scientific debate is closing [against us] but not yet closed. There is still a window of opportunity to challenge the science… should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate.”

    Let’s not forget New Orleans Mayor Ray Negin and Connecticut Mayor John Rowland or, as Rachel Maddow pointed out, the New Jersey mayors of Newark, Camden, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Hoboken, Passaic, Asbury Park, Orange, Hamilton, and now Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, who since 2000, “have been convicted or pleaded guilty in corruption cases.”

    As we consider the fate of the psychopathic “Loud Music” murderer, Michael Dunn, consider the fact that, especially to the peaceful muslims of the world, we have hundreds of Michael Dunns running Congress and murdering millions of people around the world, even if they only vote to pull the triggers and launch the drones and do say “under God” during the Pledge of Allegiance.

    The psychopathic Republicans and fossil-fuel Dems in Congress and their Almost Psychopathic dupes have kept us from taking any action on the climate crisis for 33 years now! In each of the last three years major scientific reports have given us five years (until 2017) to redirect our energy policy away from fossil fuels.

    I’m calling for President Obama to declare a climate crisis national security emergency and launch a “national emergency conversion effort” to get off fossil fuels as fast as humanly possible, in ten years or less, with the sustained focus and energy as our response to Hitler and Japan.

    Wake up America! It’s only the end of the world if we don’t oust these Boehner/McConnell/Teabagger psychopaths from power!

    So as you watch these Republican liars on TV from here on out and see them talk as if they have no conscience, please, please, please, my fellow American, realize that they really don’t! No matter how much you expose their lies, they are never shamed, never embarrassed, they never feel guilty, and they never stop telling them.

    Consider the word evil and what we mean when we say we have experienced someone or some situation as evil. I would suggest to you that from a natural sciences perspective, what people were truly experiencing were simply the dead hearts and ruthless cruelty of psychopaths.

    We must now acknowledge the reality is that we have allowed the psychopathic and traitorous Republican party to become the largest and most lethal organized crime syndicate and terrorism network in world history.

    To this day they are still shilling for a devastating, planet-killing austerity and deregulation and fossil fueled economic program that has now conclusively been proven a catastrophic failure everywhere in the world that it has been tried. Republicans have nothing more of value and effective functionality to offer modern America than do the Whigs.

    When are we going to confront the fact that when the Republicans pretend there is no threat from global warming they are traitors. They are subverting our national security for the benefit of fossil-fuel and militarist psychopathic plutocratic enemies of you and me, our kids, our nation, the land and seas, and the rest of creation, and everything else we love. There are no jobs and no property or second amendment rights on a dead planet!

    It’s no different than paid-off traitorous leaders loyal to a foreign enemy intentionally lying to convince their citizens that there is no need to arm against their enemy, to the point where the enemy can invade and conquer the nation.

    And consider what that means for your children and grandchildren if we don’t change the situation very, very, very soon.

    You know, if I was talking about pedophiles in Congress and not psychopaths, those people would be drummed right out of Congress. Psychopaths should get the same scrutiny, especially when entire political parties engage in conspiracies to wage wanton criminal wars of conquest and genocide.

    It’s time for a Climate Nuremberg of Congress: Saboteurs of National Security.

    Excerpt from: Andy Caffrey for President Committee, Frank Underwood’s Warning: American Democracy or Republican Pathocracy? A New Common Sense 2014

    Psychopath TEST Politicians

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    • Anon Uk 12:34 on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      No, Hilary Clinton isn’t a P. You do your credibility a great disservice with sweeping statements like that. Bill, on the other hand, exhibits FAR more of the characteristics of a P – lies (to camera), promiscuity, grandiose (Lewinsky in the White House), no remorse, charming blah blah blah.

      The PCL-R is not meant to be used in a one-off incident. The factors are meant to be demonstrated across time and place. Hilary is charmless and has probably picked up some of Bill Clintons psychopathic traits but there’s little evidence that she’s a P.

      I’m from the UK, neither Democrat nor Republican, just observing America.

      Also – can you write shorter posts please?

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      • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 18:11 on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Charm is an acquired skill, not an innate trait. Many psychopaths do not practice it, and it is not a defining feature. The common thread among psychopaths is that they have no conscience, which they each have their own way of hiding. That is why people are so easily fooled. Psychopathy testing needs to be implemented for politicians.

        Female psychopaths are much better at hiding their psychopathy because it is expressed differently, but they still don’t care about anybody else.

        This post is a reblog, none of the authors here wrote it, and no, we cannot write shorter posts.

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        • Anon uk 05:20 on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Fair enough. Shorter posts however = more concise reading.

          I’m no fan of Ps (I’ve had a P experience that knocked me out for a year) but where’s the evidence that HC is a P? BC, very ‘obviously’ – lots of evidence. I would say that HC has NEVER learnt charm. Yes, many don’t practice it – the abrasive, or the puppetmaster Ps. And yes, it is a defining feature in the sense that it’s in the PCL-R. We could equally well say that ‘lack of remorse’ is not a defining feature.

          HC having lived with BC I would suggest she’s acquired psychopathic traits. Possibly. It’s certainly painful watching her try to charm people.

          The problem with more and more people flinging around accusations that politician X is a P is that it becomes impossible to distinguish between ANY of them. And they’re not ALL Ps. Any accusations should be backed up with some sort of evidence.

          My early memories of HC is of a very awkward, gauche person.

          Now if you’d said Sarah Palin was a low-functioning P that wouldn’t have surprised me in the least …

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          • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 20:30 on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Thanks for taking the time for giving input. Take a really good look at people. Do their eyebrows move during emotional events? If not, then there seems to be a disconnect and they don’t really feel what they are saying.
            Review HC’s speeches and study her face.

            With 12 million psychopaths in the US (4 percent of the population), most politicians certainly can be psychopaths. It’s about power and who wants it most. The childishness on display over here in the political arena (Congress) is very psychopathic.

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            • Anon UK 05:00 on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

              I take on board the moving eyebrows thing – as a possibility. The P I knew was totally invisible. Blended in perfectly. Moving eyebrows etc. – no chance of that being a clue. It was his actions that gave him away, and only after a lot of study – and ONLY when he decided to target me. After that, once tuned in, it became more and more obvious.

              Same with HC. It’s her actions that are definitively going to give her away, and I just don’t see those actions. Maybe it’s a case of ‘don’t see them yet’. Quite possibly. But she’s a diligent worker, clumsy at getting on with people (and a high-functioning P turns on the charm to those he/she wants to charm e.g. the electorate) … well, to me she’s just a bog-standard politician, the sort we get in the UK all the time, nothing special (apart from being married to a probable psychopath).

              12 million Ps – hmmm – 3.2 million, as in 1% (Hare). Most people with ASPD are NOT Ps. Martha Stout got it wrong – as have a lot of others – equating sociopathy / ASPD with psychopathy. Their get-out-clause is that ASPD / sociopaths don’t have a conscience. Disagree. Lack of remorse (the closes thing to ‘not having a conscience’ in ASPD) is NOT the same as not having a conscience. Any of us can hurt someone else who we perceive to be a lethal threat – purely as an example – and not feel remorse. Or we can construct world views where it’s justified to commit crime.

              Also, going off on a tangent, ASPD (APD) is meant to be 2% population, not 4% (3% men, 1% women = 2%).
              http://www.minddisorders.com/A-Br/Antisocial-personality-disorder.html
              Though the figures vary according to what research is read.

              My calculations indicate 200,000 Ps in USA prisons, 3 million at liberty.

              The importance of being specific about this stuff can’t be overstated. As far as I can see there are indications that high-functioning, self-disciplined Ps are involved in, or have an influence over, the definition of psychopathy. Muddling it in with other disorders, defining it out of existence is the way to make psychopathy go away. And the antidote to that is to get ever more precise. Hare is doing his best to defend the concept of psychopathy agains those who would define it away. Even Cleckly suggested that there almost seemed to be a conspiracy of silence about psychopaths (see quotes at end of comment).

              Not quite sure about the significance of left-handed people …?
              The only study I could find on left-handedness and psychopathy was
              http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11186158
              But I didn’t have access to the full study, just the abstract, to see whether or not the methodology looked sound, or the conclusions seemed valid, or what the percentage of left-handers was etc. But research like this – it usually comes up with ‘subtle indications’, ‘possibilities’, ‘ifs and buts’. The idea that every left-handed President is a P (IF that’s what you’re implying?) doesn’t seem plausible to me.

              QUOTES:

              Most psychopaths meet the criteria for APD, but most of the offenders with APD are not psychopaths. Rogers et al., (2000) had this to say about the situation: “ DSM -IV does considerable disservice to diagnostic clarity in its equating of APD to psychopathy” (pp. 236 -237). Or, as Lykken (2006, p. 4) put it, “Identifying someone as „
              having‟ APD is about as nonspecific and scientifically unhelpful as diagnosing a sick patient as having a fever or an infectious or a neurological disorder.””
              The PCL-R and its derivatives do not measure the same construct as does APD

              Click to access St_Yves_Book_Chapter_English_Version_Edited_Sept_30_08.pdf

              Research supports that Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) and psychopathy are two distinct entities, despite overlapping in some ways. According to Widiger et al. (1996), a majority of men in prison (70-100%) qualify as presenting APD whereas the Psychopathy Checklist–Revised only diagnosed 28% of men in prison a Canadian study, and 25% of men in a Swedish prison study (Stalenheim & Knorring, 1996).
              https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/insight-is-2020/201508/the-field-guide-the-female-psychopath

              Surrounded by what almost seemed a conspiracy of silence, a desert of evasiveness or indifference, not only the relatives of the patients but also courts, physicians, and medical institutions had, it seemed little to guide them in a task of the first order.
              (The Mask of Sanity).

              It is hoped that these points may help us keep in mind that in our attempts to understand the psychopath we must struggle not only with the intrinsic problem of trying to distinguish and evaluate a complex psychiatric disorder but also with an almost impregnable approach. To touch our subject itself we must somehow make our way through a surrounding zone dense with false or dubious assumptions, mined with terms that at the same time make sense and nonsense. The approach to our subject is, furthermore, still skillfully camouflaged by traditional influences that may, before we know it, have us talking about two or four or seven other things, no matter how earnestly we strive to speak of one at a time.
              (The Mask of Sanity, page 252).

              So, after decades of labour in peaceful obscurity, Bob Hare has become a man with a suitcase, a passport, and a PowerPoint presentation, a reluctant celebrity at gatherings of judges, attorneys, prison administrators, psychologists, and police. His post-retirement mission is to be a good shepherd to his Psychopathy Checklist.
              “I’m protecting it from erosion, from distortion. It could easily be compromised,” he says. “I’m a scientist; I should just be doing basic research, but I’m being called on all the time to intervene and mediate.”
              http://www.hare.org/links/saturday.html

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              • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 20:49 on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

                I love your extensive research. All studies of psychopaths were done on the prison population. I, however, read the research and I know 19 psychopaths personally, including my daughter, who is not a jailbird, and my brother who is a lifetime criminal. I understand them – they are not a mystery at all. My name is GeneticPsycho because the trait runs very strong in my family. My father told me that he is a psychopath and that solved the puzzle of his questionable behavior.

                One of the authors on this site (James) is a psychopath. He was nice enough to evaluate my list of psychopathic habits that anybody can use to spot a psychopath, even the most civilized ones. https://nopsychos.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/spot-a-pro-social-psychopath-the-psychopaths-response/

                Feel free to comment on his post and ask him all the questions you want – do some first-hand research. 🙂

                We are on the same page as far as ASPD vs psychopathy. I like the higher estimate of 4 percent because I will not be one to underestimate any of them.

                I don’t know if left-handedness is associated with psychopathy – I stated it because they are a small part of the population. It was a counterpoint to your assertion that all politicians are not P’s. I would put my money on more than 50%. Who knows until MRI testing is implemented?

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                • Anon uk 05:23 on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

                  🙂
                  I just left a comment on harlantaylor.com thinking it was your blog. I now realise it probably is but I was commenting on a reblogged post. Damn, these reblogged posts do my head in.
                  Anyhow, on one of your posts – I’ve temporarily lost track, I’ve been following links around – you said that mild-mannered Ps treat their partners and family as room mates. I found that fascinating. Do they not get bored / go through the IDD stages?

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                  • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 21:05 on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

                    Thank you for reading my blogs! I have not been inclined to write my own material, but I use harlantaylor.com for more personal experience articles. Whereas this one has a political agenda, and is a collection of articles by writers who are “enlightened” to the psychopathic corruption of society. It only takes one psychopath in power to drag us all to hell, so this site is highly important to me.

                    In answer to your question about IDD which I think is Idealize, Devalue, Discard: Every psychopath has an individual goal, and different uses for people. Growing up in my father’s house, it was a nightmare of IDD every couple of years. I later discovered that that kind of longterm abuse can make you bipolar and even schizophrenic. My mother had a breakdown and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Some people only have one use and are discarded pretty quickly. I don’t know if boredom really has anything to do with it, it’s more of an ongoing game. I happen to think that people never bore them.

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          • @GeneticPsycho (Tina) 20:34 on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Also, 5 of our last 7 Presidents were left-handed. Small percentage of lefties and yet there they are.

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