Saturday, January 14, 2012


I came across a definition of the term sociopathy here and I was struck by how well so many of its particulars fit Willard: 

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

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.

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.

My God, that's Mittens to a T. Remember, this is a guy who destroyed businesses, left their workers high and dry, looted their pension funds, wiped out medical benefits, and in at least one case made the government pick up the tab for the lost pensions! And Willard doesn't give a DAMN about any of the suffering and loss he has inflicted. (You can read about Willard's looting of a South Carolina mill hereyou can read about how Willard looted a company in Kansas City and stuck the rest of us with a pension bill here.) 

Gary Weiss in Salon had a tremendous article on Willard's sociopathy, right here. Excerpts:
The Wall Street Journal examined 77 Bain deals during Romney’s tenure and found that “22% either filed for bankruptcy reorganization or closed their doors by the end of the eighth year after Bain first invested, sometimes with substantial job losses. An additional 8% ran into so much trouble that all of the money Bain invested was lost.”

Among the companies acquired and plundered by Bain that eventually went bankrupt were Stage Stores, American Pad & Paper, GS Industries and Details. The job slaughter at American Pad became a campaign issue when Romney ran against Ted Kennedy in 1994. Bain and its partners, including Romney, made a fortune on each of these companies. There were other Bain companies that did nicely — Romney likes to point to Staples — but it’s ludicrous to give Bain credit for Staples prospering after it recovered from its assault on the company. That’s like thanking a virus for not turning into pneumonia.

Romney sees absolutely nothing wrong in the trail of destruction that he left behind him, and in his victory speech Tuesday night he criticized his Republican opponents—hypocrites though they definitely were, but accurate hypocrites—for putting “free enterprise on trial.” That’s typical. A sociopath is a person who “lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.” Listening to Romney Tuesday night, I was reminded of another scene from “The Godfather,” Michael Corleone’s line from “Godfather II“: “Senator, we are all part of the same hypocrisy.” It’s hard to see Bain Capital’s Romney as being any less sociopathic than the Harlem numbers banker who, while breaking the law, at least gives employment to large numbers of indigent people. The buyout business is perfectly legal, even celebrated by free-market types as an example of the kind of capitalistic enterprise that built this nation and created jobs.
 We know he lies about EVERYTHING. We know he has flip-flopped on EVERYTHING. We know he will do or say ANYTHING to win. Folks, you need to spread these facts around. The Republicans are about to nominate a soulless, dangerous sociopath for the highest office in the world. We need to warn the country in no uncertain terms: Romney the Liar is the kind of person who casually wrecked other people's lives, made a fortune doing it, and now says that anyone who challenges him on this hates the free enterprise system. He's not just a danger to workers--he's a threat to America itself.

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