Political Psychopaths

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no difference between psychopaths and the majority of politicians.  Both have a tendency to be selfish, callous, remorseless users of others, irresponsible, pathological liars, glib, con artists, lacking in remorse. 

There is little difference between the havoc wreaked on innocent lives by uncaring, unfeeling, selfish, irresponsible, parasitic criminals or elected officials who lie to their constituents, trade political favors for campaign contributions, turn a blind eye to the wishes of the electorate, cheat taxpayers out of hard-earned dollars, favor the corporate elite, entrench the military industrial complex, and spare little thought for the impact their thoughtless actions and hastily passed legislation might have on defenseless citizens. 

Once psychopaths gain power, the result is usually some form of totalitarian government that operates against the interests of the peasants.  In other words, electing a psychopath to public office is tantamount to national hara-kiri, the ritualized act of self-annihilation, self-destruction and suicide. It signals the demise of democratic government and lays the groundwork for a totalitarian regime that is legalistic, militaristic, inflexible, intolerant and inhuman.

So why do we keep doing electing psychopaths to office despite clear evidence of the damage that has already been inflicted on our nation? 

Unfortunately, psychopaths are no longer confined within the walls of the Capital – it has spread like a virus among the peasants.  As an academic study into pathocracy concluded, “Tyranny does not flourish because perpetuators are helpless and ignorant of their actions. It flourishes because they actively identify with those who promote vicious acts as virtuous.”

And they have little to fear from the peasants because they know it isn’t easy to be expelled from Congress.   Most politicians are either “censured” which entails no actual consequences other than those enforced by the party caucuses involving nothing more than being removed from leadership positions and committee chairs or “reprimanded” which triggers even less than zero punishment.  

Only 20 members of Congress have ever been expelled from Congress, 15 from the Senate and five from the House.  Most of those cases had to do with the Civil War.   Lawmakers have survived criminal convictions.  Two House members were re-elected from jail.  Expulsion almost always requires breaking the law and being convicted of it. In both the House and Senate, expulsion requires a two-thirds vote, but the Constitution allows both houses to expel members according to their own, self-created rules, without consent from the other chamber, as long as the two-thirds requirement is met. But Congress is typically reluctant to invoke that power.

Trying to recall a member of Congress is an idea that has likely crossed the minds of voters in every congressional district in the U.S. at one time or another.  But guess what?  You can’t recall them because there is no recall mechanism in the Constitution.  The framers of the Constitution actually debated whether to include a recall provision but decided against it as a result of the arguments of some state legislators during the ratification process.

The best way to eliminate these tyrants from government is to never elect them in the first place but it is sometimes hard to see the psychopath behind the mask of political rhetoric.  All we have left is to vote them out of office.

Remember, education precedes action. We need to the do the hard work of educating themselves about what the government is doing and how to hold it accountable. Don’t allow yourselves to exist exclusively in an echo chamber that is restricted to views with which you agree. Expose yourself to multiple media sources, independent and mainstream, and think for yourself.

For that matter, no matter what your political leanings might be, don’t allow your partisan bias to trump the principles that serve as the basis for our Constitutional Republic.  As journalist Zach Beauchamp noted, “A system that actually holds people accountable to the broader conscience of society may be one of the best ways to keep conscienceless people in check.”

However, if we allow the ballot box to become our only means of pushing back the battle is already lost.   Resistance requires a citizenry willing to be active at the local level.  Get involved, follow your representative’s voting patterns, call, write or visit their local offices to express your concerns.  Only when they know that we are watching do we stand a chance to keep them in check.

We are not faceless numbers. We are not cogs in the machine. We are not slaves.  We are human beings, and for the moment, we have the opportunity to remain free—that is, if we tirelessly advocate for our rights and resist at every turn attempts by the government to place us in chains.

The Founders understood that our freedoms do not flow from the government. They were not given to us only to be taken away by the will of the State. They are inherently ours.  And, until we get back to this way of thinking, until we can remind our fellow Americans what it really means to be free, and until we can stand firm in the face of threats to our freedoms, we will continue to be treated like slaves in thrall to a bureaucratic police state run by political psychopaths.

Source:  The Pathocracy of the Deep State: Tyranny at the Hands of a Psychopathic Government  By John W. Whitehead, the Daily Bell

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