Today I want to focus directly on Mitt Romney, namely his odd and baffling behavior from bullying in Prep school to his never ending flip flops on some of the most important issues of our times. And most importantly what it is he lacks not just as a Presidential candidate but as a human being. Much more below the fold.
Lack of Empathy
Something we have all seen in news articles, blogs and heard from political pundits is Mitt's lack of empathy. If you do a Google search "Mitt Romney Lack of Empathy" you will find pages upon pages of articles, blogs and news items focused on this one, but very crucial aspect of Mitt Romney. Below are just a few examples.
The Jeb Report on Daily KOS:Mitt Romney wants you to know he was for empathy before he was against it
From Open Salon: Empathy Wars: Mitt Romney and the GOP's Bully Politics
Bloomberg Business:Romney Touts His State’s Health Law While Bashing Obama
Chicago Tribune: Lack of Empathy
When it comes to the major news outlets most seem to just dance around the edges describing his actions and words, but what we are witnessing here are not merely the typical human flaws and mistakes we all have and made, these things we've seen for ourselves are symptoms:
- Lack of Empathy
- Lack of Remorse or Guilt
- Glib & Superficial Charm
- Grandiose sense of self
- Manipulative & Conning
- Early behavior problems like Bullying
- Pathological lying
- Parasitic Lifestyle
- Feeling self entitled
- Inappropriate language and behavior
*There are several more symptoms, I listed the ones I felt were relevant to this article. (The Sociopathic Style) |(Health Guidance) | (Sociopath World)
(The Mayo Clinic) | (Love Fraud) | (Wikipedia)
So what does this mean when we add it all up? When we take a closer look and take into account the totality of this man, his actions, words and behavior, we call people with these particular traits Sociopaths also known as Antisocial Personality Disorder. When most of us hear the word "Sociopath" we tend to think of serial killers. But this disorder is far more common than you could ever imagine, with most things concerning human behavior there are many varieties and degrees of severity. There are estimates that anywhere from 1 % to 4 % of the U.S. population are sociopaths, so in short there are millions of them, though the exact number is not known. While many studies have been conducted among prison populations there have been several conducted on the average population with a more realistic idea of how many walk among us, are in our lives, are our boss or even our lovers, friends and family members. Dr. Martha Stout author of the book "The Sociopath Next Door" has taken a wonderful approach to this topic by making it accessible to the lay person and using true accounts from her patients who were victims of a sociopath, various studies and her own personal experiences and interviews with sociopaths.
The Successful Sociopath
One might assume that being a sociopath is a sure fire way to being a failure or a criminal. Only the ones that get caught. However, The world is full of highly successful sociopaths. If they are smart and have a firm control of their impulse control they can thrive and become wildly successful, especially in business. Take someone like Mitt Romney for example and his work at Bain Capital. His job was to fatten up the companies, lay off employees, raid pension funds and sell off the corpse, making himself and his shareholders millions in the process. Mitt Romney is the poster boy for the successful sociopath. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you have no conscience or empathy and born with a silver spoon in your mouth.
I don't know about you, but I have had first hand experience with a sociopath and were it not for a loving husband and kids, my strong will and creative expression, I don't really know how I wold have survived. Many don't pick up the pieces of their lives and go on to fight another day. I am not a doctor, I am a witness and it is my firm and informed opinion that Mitt Romney is indeed a sociopath. I don't say this lightly. I feel the future of our country in the hands of a sociopath would be disastrous. We've all seen the 47% tape, that was just one tiny glimpse, we all know he's responsible for millions of Americans loosing their jobs China, We all know about Mitt and Bain's offshore money, his tax evasion, We've heard Mitt Romney talk about bombing Iran and we all know he'll say whatever he thinks will win over a particular audience on any given day and then reverse himself only hours later. We've all seen the brown-face pander moment on Telemundo and the list is far longer than I can list here. Simply put he must be stopped, this is just another prize to him, he doesn't care about our country and it's people, not even the ones with the (R) on their voter cards, perhaps especially not them since so many of them are the working poor.
*Sociopath Poster - A few words about spoof poster I made for this article. I took the "socialist" poster made of President Obama and used it as my inspiration. The socialist poster was offensive and stupid. What does the Joker have to do with Socialism? Nothing at all - but you know what, the Joker is a Psychopath and he did rob banks and hurt people, so I saw it as only fitting to use their ill conceived propaganda and co-opt it for this piece. So, if you like it feel free to use it. I'll be making lots more political art in the days to come, feel free to make requests of me - I'm an expert at Photoshop and a life long artist and activist.