Friday, March 22, 2013

Despising the Conservative Mindset, Part II: A Nation Run by Sociopaths

Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from my own home state of Ohio, recently made an announcement that he is now for gay marriage because his son came out to him as gay. Rather than reassuring me that Rob Portman is capable of having a change of heart, he has me worried that we are a nation run by sociopaths.

It's a wonderful thing that Portman has decided to support his son, rather than cast him off. But I can't help but think that Portman's support is entirely self-serving and worse, borders on mental illness.

I've written before about "The Conservative Mindset". Conservatives, to me, are incapable of empathy and understanding about any frame of reference other than their own. Their "hate the sin, love the sinner" attitude allows them to turn a blind eye to bigotry, prejudice, hatred and their own unbalanced mindset.

Republicans prove over and over again that their mindset is that of a sociopath: they are mentally unstable, irrational, and incapable of showing empathy on any issue that doesn't affect them directly. However this is not limited to Republicans. The end conclusion of my last article was that Barack Obama is not a liberal, but a conservative. No where does he prove this more than with the drone wars, the expansion of warrantless wiretapping, and the coordination with the Department of Homeland Security to have the Occupy Wall Street protestors labeled as terrorist and their encampments demolished. 
Sociopaths...can feel emotional attachment to other individuals. The sociopath will still lack empathy & attachment for society and won’t feel guilt harming a stranger or breaking the law in any form, but won’t lack empathy for those to whom he feels attached. ...[S]ociopaths are capable of committing horrible crimes...The sociopath will lie, manipulate & hurt others as well, but will more likely avoid hurting the select few he/she cares about/feels attached to, and he/she is likely to feel guilty if he/she ends up hurting somebody they feel attached to. 

...He/she will con and manipulate with charm and intimidation, has the ability to present himself/herself as normal to society. ...[T]he sociopath is less organized, he/she might be quick to display rage, nervousness, agitation. A sociopath is likely to spontaneously act out in inappropriate manner, snap out in rage, without thinking about the consequences.
Sociopath vs. Psychopath, Differences Between Psychopathic & Sociopathic Personality Disorders Read more
I think most conservatives feel that "Obamacare" is a "liberal" idea that is merely a carrot dangled to the American public to get him re-elected. Having read more about this issue and the politics around it, I firmly believe that President Obama believes the Affordable Healthcare Act is in the best of the country. Not as a humanitarian issue, but as a financial one. I think he's done the math and found out it's actually cheaper to insure everyone. I also believe this because, on the gay rights issue, President Obama really didn't have a better excuse for his change of heart on gay marriage than Senator Portman.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts...”
In the case of each man, they can't stand to hurt the ones they know and love, or fight for their cause, but until that point, it is impossible for them to understand or really even care how these issues affect others. The very definition of a sociopath.

I'm not the first to notice President Obama's

Rob Portman's revelation should prove him less fit for office, not more- and any all Republicans who think like him was well. That Portman is only capable or willing to do what is best for him and people like him shows that he is the worst of pandering politicians: at best selfish and uncaring - at worst, mentally ill.

  *****PS- I'm not the only one who has noticed Obama's preference for, uh, let's just call it, self-preservation, at the expense of the rest of us.

The Fried Chicken Flu
     Anchorman: Today, [the mayor eating a chicken with cameras flicking flashes] the mayor of Louisville ate chicken at a press conference in show of support. [mayor in a strecher with some vomit on his shirt as he is being carried away by paramedics] Seven hours later, he was in a coma. [sick people are eating fried chicken] Yet, amazingly, people are still eating chicken, packing into the few restaraunts that still have the golden bird in stock, willing to risk life and limb for a leg and a thigh.

    Riley: They going to die. [Jazmine begins crying very loudly] Hey man, she gonna be crying like this all the time? 'Cause I say if she is, we kick her out.

    Robert: Shh! Everybody shush! Shush! President Obama's talking. I know he's gonna tell us what to do. [Barack Obama is shown]

    Barack Obama: Uh, good afternoon. I'd like to start off by thanking all of you out there, uh, who have called and written letters about the safety of the first family. You'll be happy to know that Michelle, Sasha, Malia and myself and Bo are all fine.

    Robert: Don't nobody care about you, man! Tell us everything gonna be okay for us.

    Barack Obama: Everything is gonna be okay...for us. We are currently in our very own super-r-secret underground bunker with enough food and water and entertainment to last several lifetimes. But I'm here tonight to talk about you. In time of crisis, Americans pull together and gonna get us through this difficult time? Sharing...

    Robert: Sharing!

    Barack Obama: Lending a helping hand to a neighbor in their hour of need.

    Robert: No, fuck a neighbor! What we need is a cure!

    Barack Obama: Unfortunately, there is no cure for the pandemic we now face. But we do have an even more powerful weapon...compansion for our fellow man.

    Robert: No, fuck compassion for our fellow man!

    Barack Obama: In conclusion, I want to say that we are in some tough times ahead, and when I say "we", I mean you but Michelle, Sasha, Malia, myself, and Bo are gonna be right here, rooting for you all the way. Good night and god bless you and may god bless the United States of America.

    Robert: [mourning] We're all gonna die! [Jazmine and Robert begins crying] We're all gonna die! [screen fades black.

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