Tuesday, December 18, 2007

One Crazy Sumbitch

Is the Republican presidential frontrunner a genuine sociopath? Here are a few of the common characteristics:

Glibness and Superficial Charm

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Incapacity for Love

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

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.

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.

Irresponsibility/Unreliability Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

Welcome to the life and times of Rudolph Giuliani, overall still the favourite of Republicans to become the next president of the United States. It's telling that the one place not in thrall to Giuliani is the one place where his true character is best known - New York City. In its December 17 edition, The New Yorker takes a funny peek at "America's Mayor"

On Giuliani:

"His goal in life is to spear people, destroy them, to go for the jugular" - Former Mayor Ed Koch

"He is not bound by the truth. I have studied animal life, and their predator/prey relations are more graceful than his." - Schools chancellor Rudy Crew

"It's like a cult he's got there. You can't work with the guy unless you're willing to drink the Kool-Aid." - Police Commissioner William Bratton

"[He] didn't bring us together, our pain brought us together... We would have come together if Bozo was the mayor." - Al Sharpton

"He is a small man in search of a balcony" - Columnist Jimmy Breslin

On The Blame Game:

When Giuliani blamed an underling named Jerome M. Hauer for the foolhardy idea of placing the city's emergency=management headquarters in the World Trade Center, he was confronted with a memo in which Hauer had argued against the site and in favor of a less visible target in Brooklyn.

On Early Rudy:

Q: Who is Leo D'Avanzo? A: The Mob-connected uncle who employed Giuliani's father as a bat-wielding debt collector.

On Abusing the Rights of Others:

What action by the Giuliani administration was found by the courts to have violated the First Amendment rights of New Yorkers?

(a) Preventing taxi-drivers from assembling for a protest.
(b) Requiring city workers to obtain permission to speak to the press.
(c) Refusing to issue a permit for an anti-police-brutality march.
(d) All of the above, and many more.

Don't even ask.

On Giuliani's Vindictiveness:

His legal skirmish with New York magazine over a bus ad touting the magazine as, "possibly the only good thing in New York Rudy hasn't taken credit for."

On Judiths:

Judith Regan - carried on an affair with a top city official in an apartment near Ground Zero donated for the use of the relief workers.
Judith Nathan - carried on an affair with a top city official at a house in Southhampton.

On Rudy's Appointees:

Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik - indicted on sixteen charges, including corruption, mail fraud and tax fraud.
Housing Commissioner Richard Roberts - pleaded guilty to perjury
Housing Development Corporation head Russell Harding - found guilt of embezzlement and possession of child pornography.

But wait, there's more, so much more but I'll have to post that later. The point is that Republican presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani would be one scary guy as leader of the free world. What's scarier, however, is that all this background, and more, is public knowledge and yet a lot of Republicans would still support a Giuliani presidency. Heaven help us!

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