Thursday, August 16, 2012

When You Are Governed By Psychopaths - 3

"I did not say what I said ..."
In this series we ponder how mentally unstable people could get into government.

We Americans are a funny bunch concerning how it is difficult for us to trust politicians, while at the same time finding it difficult not to trust our government to be honest and forthright with Americans and with others.

But we find our eyebrows raising a bit when there is so much fuss by government officials concerning "the WikiLeaks", at least in the sense that having nothing to hide equals no fear of being caught by WikiLeaks for hiding a lot of something.

Then we wonder why the government is leaving no stone unturned while trying to silence an entity that can do no political harm to them because the government says they have nothing to hide.

Therefore, it is all the more natural for the voters to question how a psychopath could attain power in the U.S.A. these days, especially when it involves attaining that power through an election process.

Then there is Bush II and his minions who bolster the notion of psychopathology in government:
''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
(Dumb & Dumber -> Bleak & Bleeker, quoting Karl Rove). And of course there is the definition and description of the term which also bolsters the notion:
The psychopath is callous, yet charming. He or she will con and manipulate others with charisma and intimidation and can effectively mimic feelings to present as “normal” to society. The psychopath is organized in their criminal thinking and behavior, and can maintain good emotional and physical control, displaying little to no emotional or autonomic arousal, even under situations that most would find threatening or horrifying. The psychopath is keenly aware that what he or she is doing is wrong, but does not care.
(When You Are Governed By Psychopaths - 2, quoting a psychologist). The "reality" Karl Rove liked to create ended up not being very real.

The same thing is happening with Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential choice, Paul Ryan:
After repeated denials, Paul Ryan has admitted he requested stimulus cash even after sharply criticizing the program.

Ryan had denied doing so as recently as Wednesday, when he spoke to ABC’s Cincinnati affiliate, WCPO, in Ohio.

“I never asked for stimulus,” Ryan said. “I don’t recall… so I really can’t comment on it. I opposed the stimulus because it doesn’t work, it didn’t work.”

Two years ago, during an interview on WBZ’s NewsRadio he was asked by a caller if he “accepted any money” into his district. Ryan said he did not.

“I’m not one [of those] people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any stimulus money,” the congressman answered.

But as we’ve now learned, Ryan did write letters. He did request stimulus funds.
(ABC News). They live in "their own reality", one of the hallmarks of the psychopath who "does not understand or need other people," as Ayn Rand, the mentor of Paul Ryan, described "the perfect man".

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.



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