“All swindlers upon earth are nothing compared to the self-swindlers; and with such pretense do they cheat themselves” - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the world’s leading authority on researching and developing psychological profiles for different personality types. Consider this personality description, as defined by the FBI (Note 1):
“This personality is manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation, and intimidation to control others, in order to satisfy their own selfish needs.
“Interpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, and manipulation of others. The affective traits include a lack of remorse and guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility. The lifestyle behaviors include stimulation-seeking behavior, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation and a lack of realistic life goals.”
What kind of person do you suppose the FBI is describing? Why, a professional politician of course! This profile describes most politicians to perfection. In fact, it reads like a page from the FBI’s top-secret file on Barack Obama. The parallels are striking, aren’t they?
If you guessed the above profile belongs to a politician or Obama, you are sadly incorrect. The profile, according to the FBI, belongs to a serial killer (Note 2). I’m not making this up.
Don’t feel bad if you were fooled. Even the FBI points out the remarkable similarity in psychological profiles between serial killers and politicians (Note 1):
“Character traits exhibited by serial killers or criminals may be observed in many within the political arena…Many political leaders display varying degrees of anger, feigned outrage and other behaviors. They also lack what most consider a ‘shame’ mechanism. Quite simply, most serial killers and many professional politicians must mimic what they believe are appropriate responses to situations they face such as sadness, empathy, sympathy, and other human responses to outside stimuli.”
This is why the professional politicians in Washington DC must be evicted. They are, for the most part, dangerous people masquerading as responsible and patriotic citizens. They are not.
I cannot help but recall an insightful yet cynical observation made years ago by a famous salesman (Note 3): “The key to closing any sale is sincerity,” he said. “Learn how to fake that and you’ve got it made.”
1 Law Enforcement Examiner, “Serial Killers and Politicians Share Traits,” by James Kouri, June 12, 2009, quoting material from the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit.
2 The only missing psychological dimension, compared to a politician, is violence. Yet even here there is a striking similarity. Serial killers, in varying degrees, use physical violence as a tool to do what-ever they want whenever they want. Violence, according to the FBI’s profile, is a mechanism for control and exploitation [Ibid.]. Politicians also more or less do whatever they want whenever they want; but they need not exercise physical violence to do so. However, you could say that politicians inflict a sort of passive violence on their constituent victims. The only difference is that the constituent may not be aware of the violence done to them. More and more citizens, however, are waking up and fighting back. As the network news anchor Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) famously declared in the 1976 motion picture Network, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Mr. Beale’s exhortation has never been more relevant than today. To see a video of his famous rant, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qgVn-Op7Q&feature=player_detailpage