We have heard liberalism (aka Democrat-ism) described as a mental illness. A little research seems to prove this observation. You need not be a goateed psychiatrist with a German accent to conclude liberals/Democrats are anti-social misfits. See for yourself; see how well liberalism/Democrat-ism fits into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) criteria for identifying the mentally maladjusted.
While we usually think of “Psychopaths” as the occasional notorious serial killers, they are more common than we imagine. Nevertheless, the unfortunate over use of the term “psychopath” in popular culture has led people to believe they only exist in movies. This isn’t true. Statistics tell us up to 3% of men and 1% of women are psychopaths. The majority of psychopaths find ways to restrain themselves, not for concern about us but for fear of being discovered and punished for doing the vicious things they want to do.
Some, not all but some, psychopaths go into politics, many as elected Democrats. Review this list of traits and keep Teddy Kennedy in mind.
The DSM IV lists these traits for psychopaths. N.B. it is not necessary to possess all of these traits to be a psychopath; a preponderance of them will do. Psychopaths are:
Selfish, callous, and remorseless in their use of others; they show:
Glibness/superficial charm (smooth-talking, engaging, and slick)
Grandiose sense of self-worth (greatly inflated idea of one’s abilities and self-esteem, arrogance and a sense of superiority)
Conning/manipulative (uses deceit to cheat others for personal gain)
Lack of remorse or guilt (no feelings or concern for losses, pain, and suffering of others)
Emotional poverty (limited range or depth of feelings)
Callous/lack of empathy (a lack of feelings toward others; cold, contemptuous, and inconsiderate)
They fail to accept responsibility for own actions and live a chronically unstable, antisocial, and socially deviant lifestyle.
Moreover, psychopaths show these traits as well:
Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom (an excessive need for new, exciting stimulation and risk-taking)
Parasitic lifestyle (exploitative financial dependence on others)
Poor behavioral control (frequent verbal abuse and inappropriate expressions of anger)
Promiscuity (numerous brief, superficial sexual affairs)
Lack of realistic, long-term goals
Irresponsibility (repeated failure to fulfill or honor commitments and obligations)
Juvenile delinquency (criminal behavioral problems between the ages of 13-18)
Early behavior problems (before age 13)
Revocation of conditional release (violating parole or other conditional release)
Many short-term marital relationships (lack of commitment to a long-term relationship)
Criminal versatility (diversity of criminal offenses, whether or not the individual has been arrested or convicted)
Kennedy had at least fifteen of these traits. Pick another Democrat and see how well he/she matches up to these traits. They’re out there.
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