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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Grifters Back in the White House

This post is written by the Dumb Plumber's wife and also posted at her blog Dust Bunnies of the Mind.

Over the years of watching Bill and Hillary Clinton ,with the same unsettling fascination as watching a snake eat a live gopher, I have finally put my finger on what it is that makes them so repulsive. They are both Sociopaths. The masks that they have worn for years have developed more and more cracks and the rest of the world is slowly waking up to the dysfunctional nature of the Clintons.

Sociopaths are not always the serial killer or the rapist. Quite often they are just the guy or gal next door. They blend well into society because they appear to be normal, intelligent and charming. But that is just an appearance an illusion carefully crafted to be able to get what they want. The typical sociopath is also your typical grifter or con man. They aren’t crazy people. They know exactly what they are doing and do it with ruthlessness.

From “Without Conscience” by Robert D Hare PHD

"Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations and empty wallets. Completely lacking in conscience and feelings for others, they selfishly take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret."

Here are a few of the traits of the Sociopath from the Humanities and Social Sciences Dept at the California Institute of Technology. CIT

1.Glibness and Superficial Charm

2. Manipulative and Conning They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

3. Grandiose Sense of Self Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

4. Pathological Lying Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

5. Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

6. Shallow Emotions When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

7. Incapacity for Love

8. Need for Stimulation Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

9. Callousness/Lack of Empathy Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

10. Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

The Clintons exhibit almost all of the 10 classic symptoms of Sociopathy. Bill’s habitual lying, promiscuity, lack of remorse over abusing women and his out of proportion anger when questioned by others. Hillary’s sense of entitlement, cold reptilian personality, lust for power and lack of concern for anyone but herself. Witness her throwing her staff under the bus, ruining their lives and careers when it suits her purposes and her manipulative ways with not only colleagues but with her own mother and child.

Just imagine the hell on earth that these two sociopaths have created by being wed to each other. They need each other in the way vampires need warm blood and they are shackled to each other by their congruent forms of Sociopathy. Hillary is the more ruthless and power hungry of the two pushing for her ambitions with every calculated move she makes. Imagine the abuses of power that she will feel to be her right if she should ever (God forbid) be given control of our lives and of our nation. At least the abuses of power Bill exercised were merely over the small lives of individuals like Monica and Jessica and other women. With Hillary’s grandiose plans to remake society into her ideal of socialism and her sociopath’s lack of concern for people, do you think that we will have any hope of free will?

The mask is falling off of the Clintons and what is underneath is truly hideous. The “Long Con” is falling apart. It has taken years, even decades, but the citizens--the Marks-- are finally beginning to realize that they have been manipulated. It has taken decades because the Clintons have had enablers and assistants in deceiving the public and keeping the illusion….the media and those who have profited by riding on the political coattails of the Clintons. Do we really want to bring these dysfunctional grifters back to the Whitehouse?

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