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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.


The Real Mitt Romney

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 Real Mitt Romney

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.

[Successful Sociopaths]|[Say Yes to Success]

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.

Tan-Der-Ing

*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.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    satrap, JeffW, a2nite, Chi

    "Today we say all art is political. But I'd say all art has to do with ethics. Which after all really comes to the same thing. It's a matter of attitudes." ~Ingmar Bergman

    by Digital Auteur on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:32:09 PM PDT

  •  I'm tipping and reccing (1+ / 0-)
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    because I like your creativity and creativity is the lifeblood of this site.  But I think Mitt does have a conscience; I don't think he's an evil guy.  I think he'll lie and say anything to become President of the USA but I think he needs to do that because the right wing movement is sociopathic and without a conscience.  He needs them to vote for him.  It's sad, but true.

    I think one of the reasons- the main reason- the debate was jarring for us was not that BO was so bad, because he wasn't, it was the Mitt came across as a knowledgeable guy who seemed OK.  Didn't look or sound crazy.  People in general like that and, while I realize sociopaths can do such a thing, Mitt doesn't scream CRAZY in the way that Bachmann does.

    We're better off going on the offense of against the general sociopathy of the GOP and its hardest core, rather than the individual personality of Romney....

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:40:01 PM PDT

    •  To add just one thing (0+ / 0-)

      I think WE'VE built the GOP (for good reason) to be entirely sociopathic in our own minds.   It's very true in broad terms since Limbaugh, Fox, etc. express themselves with a bellicose, hostile, unhinged style.    And so everyone in their party gets labeled as such.  The Tea Partiers actually deserve the appelation, but I don't think Romney necessarily does or, say, the Maine Senators or a guy like Mitch Daniels or Pawlenty,etc.  They're just your normal people who are Republicans.  

      From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

      by satrap on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:45:33 PM PDT

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    •  thanks for the feedback (3+ / 0-)
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      That's just the thing though with sociopaths - successful ones don't come off as crazy at all. If you click a few of the links on sociopaths you'll  see what I mean. They are smart, articulate, smooth and very very convincing. They are master manipulators. But since they don't feel things the same way folks with a conscience do  they are forced to mimic emotions. That's why I think Mitt has such a hard time connecting with people and seeming genuine.

      "Today we say all art is political. But I'd say all art has to do with ethics. Which after all really comes to the same thing. It's a matter of attitudes." ~Ingmar Bergman

      by Digital Auteur on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:48:16 PM PDT

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      •  In terms of absolute clinical (0+ / 0-)

        definitions, you may be right, although it's tough to tell with Romney.  I think one of the reasons he comes off as such is that he's a Republican in a national campaign: Their bedrock attitude is 'Emotional political decisions have us in the mess we're in, so cold logic must prevail and logic dictates that entitlements and spending are the problem," etc.

        We know it's not true, but they are who they are and Mitt carries their banner.

        Either way, over the past few days, I've decided that the best emotional way to deal with my fear of Mitt is to characterize him as a normal enough guy who would be a disaster because of the policies his party favors.  That means tying him to them, rather than trying to view him through any particular psychological prism.

        From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

        by satrap on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:54:56 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry, I can't agree that Mitt came across (5+ / 0-)

      as a knowledgeable guy who seemed ok.

      He reminded me of a fast talking used car salesman. The reason they talk so fast is that they're trying to con you, and if they keep talking fast they hope you won't be able to realize that what they're saying actually doesn't make sense.

      Maybe it's a gender gap thing, I don't know. But Mitt's demeanor and performance screamed out "creep" to me in the loudest possible voice.

      I can't wait until October 22 when I can vote against this asshole. Of course, I'm excited to vote for Barack Obama again, but I feel much more strongly this time than I did in 2008 because Mitt produces such a strong negative reaction in me, worse than McCain/Palin combined. Worse than George W. Bush. Worse than Reagan. Worse than Nixon. Worse than the whole lot of them combined.

      •  I realize you feel that way and you're (0+ / 0-)

        right to feel it, but, face it, we on DK are self-conditioned to feel that way.  It's the mirror image of the way National Review feels about Obama.  

        Honestly I think he's much, much more polished and astute than Bush ever could have been.  

        I want to vote a milllion times for Obama too.  But again it's because of the forces behind Romney, not necessarily any Strangelovian features I detect about him personally.

        I think that's also a good way to sell undecideds against Mitt, rather than jousting at psychological windmills.

        From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

        by satrap on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 02:59:16 PM PDT

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        •  No, sorry (0+ / 0-)

          I don't think it's that at all. As I said, my reaction to Romney is visceral, something far and beyond anything I've ever felt for any other Republican politician, ever.

          I think for me it's the depth and breadth and scope of Romney's persistent lies.

          I'm not a particular fan of this diary, myself, by the way. I'm not interested in putting Mitt on any psychoanalytic coach. I'm just interested in putting him into permanent political retirement.

    •  I see no sign he has a conscience (1+ / 0-)
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      Chi

      His history shows he cares for no one but his family unless they are useful to him.

  •  No mention of "Smith" or "Mormon" (0+ / 0-)

    in this, much less zeroing in on the "White Horse Prophesy."

    Lying was a way of life for Joseph Smith.

    Same for Romney.

    They both base their political plays on lies and belief that they have magical charms to protect their lies.

    White Horse Prophesy.

    Romney has been telling lies with his life on the line since the Monday morning after his fatal accident at Beaulac France in 1968.

    Then he came up with a story that had a "drunk priest" driving two ladies home after Sunday Mass. He eventually came up with a fake name, "Albert Marie," to use with English speakers to avoid detection.

    Magic and pay-offs -- all it takes to get away with grotesque dishonesty.

    The press ??? As bad as the SEC dealing with Bernie Madoff.

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