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The Rot from Within: Character Disorders of the Republic

In reading a number of books on the destructive manipulative behavior of people with personality disorders I became increasingly struck by how the behavior of our politicians and our nation, especially with respect to foreign policy, was so precisely described.

The lesson from this study is not just sobering, but taken alongside the invincible tide of history – the collapse of every empire – the prognosis for our nation is bleak.

The most important book for me was titled In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People by Dr. George Simon. The title and tactics identified within it accurately describes not only our national leaders, but our national character. Our nation has not just one, but multiple destructive personality disorders.

I do not mean this in the metaphorical sense, but in the direct clinical sense. Dr. Simon indicates that in a repressive Victorian society individual citizens suffer more neurotic kinds of disorders because they have natural human sexual desires that are relentlessly suppressed and vilified, resulting in anguish over reconciling natural human urges with extreme social sanctions against them.

In more recent decades, with the "anything goes" revolution in the 1960′s and onward, the kinds of personality disorders in his clinical work came to be more dominated by the opposite end of the spectrum, known as character disorders. Neurotic disorders are from "too much conscientiousness". Character disorders are from "not enough conscientiousness".

Character disorders are destructively aggressive. The most interesting to me is a type called "covert aggression" where underhanded, deceitful tactics are used to serve highly narcissistic and flatly evil objectives. Covert aggressors use "innocent" cover to give plausible deniability to base motives of power, greed, and even sadism. The foreign policy of our nation is exactly so described – aggressive wars cloaked in "humanitarian" garb.

If you look at the tactics for covert manipulation, they describe the tactics of our national leaders in both parties perfectly:

Lying, denial, selective attention/inattention, rationalization, minimization, diversion, evasion, guilt-tripping, shaming, playing the victim, vilifying the victim, playing the servant role, seduction, project the blame, feigning innocence, playing dumb, brandishing anger…

There are almost no national politicians that base their positions on an over-arching set of principles maintained consistently across the issues. An example would be Ron Paul. I can’t think of any others. In general they are lying, hypocritical, deceitful cowards cloaking their manipulative actions in sheep’s clothing.

There are numerous exact parallels between our collective national actions and individual manifestations, especially in children. One of them my friends in primary education have alerted me to is bullying. Apparently the problem is so pervasive that many schools now have mandatory policies in place for how to deal with it. Small wonder. Look at anyone who has dared standing up intellectually to the status quo of our corrupt, bankrupt, and murderous empire.

The clinical literature is emphatic on the point that children learn by example and copy behavior. The "best" education, meaning the most permanent, is inculcated by watching what we do instead of what we say. Politicians and voters who actually cared about education would start by changing their behavior.

As a nation, almost everything we do is driven by hidden agendas with superficially noble intentions. Just look at acts passed by Congress such as the "Patriot Act" or even entire institutions such as the Federal Reserve.

The Patriot Act is clearly something the founding patriots fought a revolution to overthrow in terms of the Bill of Rights. The Federal Reserve is not an institution of the Federal Government, and there is nothing on reserve. As a rule of thumb, you can predict that the nature of a Federal Act is the opposite of what it claims to be.

The children of this nation are also learning well the lesson that a million Iraqis or Afghanis are not worth the life of one American, and how to rationalize with specious arguments their utter destruction. It cannot escape them by direct inference that the lives of one million Americans are not worth their own, and that you get what you want domestically by the exact same arguments in foreign policy.

At one time, the way I unsuccessfully dealt with manipulative people in my life was struggling for them to "see" their behavior was wrong and trying to understand them with the wrong model – an assumption they had integrity and scruples. Likewise in the political realm I debated, participated in discussion boards, held elective office, wrote, and professed with a belief people could be brought to reason with enough effort on my part.

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If you go back into Genesis

you will read that God stated; Cain shall rule over Able. This is because Able was of God's Spirit and of a submissive, servant, type, LOVE..Cain on the other hand is of an aggressive type a self made man who does not consider the other person.

It is only a natural proccess or natural example for man, that this aggressive type of person would rule over a humble, mild mannered, meek, kind, temporate, joyfull, peacefull, long suffering, LOVING, individual.

There is nothing great in a man who can rule over what is only natural to happen. Some would say that a type of Able is a weak person but this type obeys God to a fault , so that GOD takes up his fight. And GOD always wins . PERIOD.

There you go Jesse Ventura.
Now do you understand. Christians become weak in obeydience to GOD , not because of "human" weakness.
To become a true Christian takes strength beyond the human ability..It takes the Spirit of GOD to complete this event within the individual's, HEART, or (center of belief). This comes from God of Heaven and cannot be found from within a person's self. This is a supernatural event only GOD can perform. Placing HIS charachter within the human HEART. His laws become written on the human HEART , as predicted in the old testament. Read DANIEL or any other prophet. It has been fullfilled and is being fullfilled every time a person comes to Christ. The "age of GRACE" for men to recsive what GOD has been provided. HIMSELF, "IN YOU", the hope of glory. HIMSELF, being the ONLY thing that will last into ETERNITY. Without HIM you are lost to the LAW of GOD. Judgement. Judgement which is also done out of LOVE because things could not exist, (as HE wants them to exist), if the LAW was not applied.

The Dead Sea scrolls confrim

That the Genesis passage reagrding Cain's birth was altered. Cain was actually the son of Eve and Satan. Put that into your bowl, stir it around, and see if that makes sense and puts other things in better perspective...

And once again......

the ONLY way we will get a change in direction, is when that change comes in the hearts and minds of the POPULOUS!!! A change of HEART is what is needed in society as a whole, and that has to start one individual at a time, and spread via the example of peace and love and sacrifice that those noble individuals display.

NOTHING that has happened over the past 50 years of our country has happened without the CONSENT OF THE POPULOUS. The "People" get what they want.... and end up with what they deserve.

Those who crave power always have and always will crave power. This has been true throughout the history of mankind. BUT, the PEOPLE are the determining factor in how much power those in positions of authority may exercise.

It is the PEOPLE who have GIVEN IT ALL AWAY. And it is the people that MUST be the ones to regain their moral center and their values. THIS IS NOT A FLASH IN THE PAN STRUGGLE. It is a struggle that will take our lifetime.

Thanks for this fabulous read!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

I'm with you except for one thing, otherwise thank you

for taking the time to read the link and comment. I am appreciative so please don't get me wrong.

"NOTHING that has happened over the past 50 years of our country has happened without the CONSENT OF THE POPULOUS."

I agree in some respects, but you have to factor in that "we" have been "brainwashed" to believe what "we" believe over decades by our society and all of the institutional structures. The internet has been "rationality's" saving "grace". All of the people I have talked to throughout my existence, very, very few have no comprehension of what Liberty is all about. I am still being "awaked" more and more each day.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
http://youtu.be/eWVrdFrpXHE

And I agree with you in some respects...

Yes, the people have been fed mis-information and have been "brainwashed" by the mass of media garbage that they watch. The schools have not taught analytical THINKING in so long that the process of thinking hurts the brain of most people.

BUT... I don't think "brainwashing" is exactly true in many respects. It has been a lust for sweet taste of POWER over one's neighbor, laziness in allowing others to do the thinking, and apathy to the ramifications of each law passed, that has been the motivation behind GIVING AWAY their own power, in order to relax and take it easy and make their own little "perfect" world where nothing "annoying" ever happens to anybody.

It is much EASIER to allow others to think for you. It is much more satisfying to have the power centers "create laws" that limit what one's NEIGHBOR can do, than to live in peace with the "annoying" person next door. And the lust for all of the gadgets and goodies took the place of the lust for justice and peace and responsibility.

I know that all of us were "fooled" for a long time, but I don't like making excuses for those who, even now, refuse to see the consequences and who refuse to admit the painful fact of their own complicity, and who refuse to "Repent and sin no more".

BUT.... having said all that, my main point was that we must change this "Social Mood" or "Social Apathy" if we want progress. Getting Ron Paul elected president... and getting ALLLLL of our Liberty Candidates elected will do no good if they do not have the support of the POPULACE. And overcoming the greed and avarice and laziness and basic corruption of society is going to take a LONG time.

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

Thanks for sharing elviejo

You are definitely right, but I believe that what I stated was "true" as well. There are multiple "truths" on different levels, which all intertwine depending on which "picture" you are talking about.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
http://youtu.be/eWVrdFrpXHE

This is not only an Earthly struggle

It comes out of the invisible Eternity. Pride challenged Love and the authority of love. Pride challenged and still challenges the Son of God in whom ALL things exist.
So that if Pride would have a chance of winning, all things would be destroyed anyway. Which is why GOD will win. This is the Eternal Law of GOD and why HE does what HE does. TRUE LOVE always prevails. It is people and Entities that need to "repent" and get their minds and Spirits right. they need to ASK, for CHRIST is merciful and does ALL things out of LOVE.

He does not force anyone into anything , that includes HEALTHCARE or a pyramid sceem. He will free us from bondage. His END GAME, the End of Days.

A man places HIMSELF into the hands of the Son of GOD or into the hands of GOD's eternal LAW. It's a man's choice. Just as satan chose.

This is true, but don't be fooled, man & satan is sending a false christ ahead of the TRUE Christ, as prophesyed. It's their last game.

Integrity

When we live our lives from a place of Integrity we do not doubt ourselves. There is no second-guessing our actions or our words. Sometimes I see people try to superimpose a sense of integrity into their decisions by refusing to consider a second opinion. This can be the pretense of integrity in the name of not appearing weak or not living up to our own image of what we believe we should be. This is the ego’s version of integrity. The mind has the desire to believe that everything we do is in our integrity. Often we work very hard to make ourselves believe it we have integrity. But, it is a false image of integrity. If we have to convince ourselves that we are acting in our integrity, we are likely to be wrong. When we are in our integrity, our mind does not have to tell us what we are doing is right. The heart and will know and the mind follows without a doubt. Real emotional integrity doesn’t come with a sense of being right. It comes with a feeling of love.

When we are acting from our Integrity, what we could call our authentic self, we don’t try. We don’t’ have a need to try. We just take action. We don’t concern ourselves with whether what we are doing is the right thing. We also don’t have a need to justify or defend what we are doing to anybody. This includes ourselves. The action comes from the heart and is with love, that is how we know it is true. It also comes with humility because we are acting on behalf of love and not for ourselves or a sense of righteousness. Emotional integrity Words don’t corrupt this authenticity with chatter in the mind.

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." ~ Albert Einstein

Vital Info to study: Political Ponerology and Psychopaths

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/129933

see the other great links here to:

"Trick of the Psychopaths's Trade: Making us believe that evil comes form others:"

"Twilight of the Psychopaths"

article worth reading--

bump.

I sent it to a neo-con friend!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Social Norms

Social Norms: The rules that a group uses for appropriate and inappropriate values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. These rules may be explicit or implicit. Failure to stick to the rules can result in severe punishments, the most feared of which is exclusion from the group. A common rule is that the some norms must frequently be displayed; neutrality is seldom an option. Norms are often transmitted by non-verbal behavior, for example with ‘dirty looks’ when people act outside the norms. They may also be transmitted through stories, rituals and role-model behavior. Other norms include:

•behaviors which are perceived as being approved of by other people.

•perceptions of how other people are actually behaving, whether or not these are approved of.

•Explicit Norms are written or spoken openly.

•Implicit Norms are not openly stated (but you find out when you transgress them).

•expectations that valued others have about how we will behave.

•standards we have about our own actions.

An impeccable warrior does not abide by most social norms. To do so would be to compromise their integrity. People are just basically playing the game, giving people what they want to hear but without any energetic attachment to the act. Just going through the motions in order to fulfill their expectations.

Social norms are part of the foreign installation and only serve to divide. They encourage false behaviors and mask a person’s authenticity. A warrior can see through the façade though and as a result has nothing to do but laugh and laugh at the ridiculous behavior they witness. Most of my life is lived authentically, no pretenses, and in conversation I am very direct which puts makes most people uncomfortable. Why waste time making small talk with lots of insincere comments when you can be efficient and to the point?

How many “social norms” do you buy in to? How many of them are the result of being so ingrained in your head from early conditioning and how many are the result of your need to fit in? Recapitulate them…all of them. It will make people around you very uncomfortable to see you act in a manner that does not appeal to their behavioral expectations. It will, essentially, stop their world, and bring about all sorts of judgment on their part. GOOD! While breaking down your own foreign installation you will be assisting them in weakening theirs. It’s a mutually beneficial action.

You will become more efficient, authentic and free. You will become an impeccable warrior because you will no longer try to mask yourself and hide in an attempt to please the people around you and further strengthen the predator. You will gain personal power and find clarity.

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." ~ Albert Einstein

The knowledge

that seeking the favor of another
Means the murder of self. Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
http://youtu.be/eWVrdFrpXHE

worthwhile content--

*we* don't study social behaviors enough; evil behaviors are perpetuated when *we* don't question and seek.

Important thing to say--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Proverbs 25

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." ~ Albert Einstein

Speaking of "character disorders"...

I see where Charlie "The Thief" Rangel is in the hot seat (finally) for his tax evasion/corruption charges that were levied years ago...I don't suspect much will come from the congress doing anything serious to Rangel as "birds of a feather, flock together"...Maybe I should buy a villa in the Domincan Republic and not pay my taxes...just saying. A few other character disorders may run in the form of Schumer, Frank, Pelosi, Reid, W(H)att, Graham, Waters, and so many other thiefs, Israel first psychopaths leading our congress....

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya

Good Read

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Thanks

good article.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

"Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

But it’s worse than that. There is a self-selection bias in politics: people who love power are attracted to politics. We have progressively granted politicians more power over our lives. In the long run the combination of self-selection bias alongside accelerating power is fatal to a republic."

"But what the children are getting instead is the slickest death-merchant we have yet seen in our republic, simultaneously winning the Nobel Peace Prize while accelerating the longest war in our history. Obama is the poster boy for covert aggression: war crimes in the name of award-winning humanitarian objectives; announcing a surge at the same time he insists there will be a draw-down."

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Thanks, I've read a lot

on this subject too! Will finish the rest of this article when I get back.

"The children of this nation are also learning well the lesson that a million Iraqis or Afghanis are not worth the life of one American, and how to rationalize with specious arguments their utter destruction"

You might like this one also:

The Lies That Bind: The Myth of American Exceptionalism

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/140774

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Good article

bump for others.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

I'm glad you read it and liked it quilting

Thanks for the bump. I appreciate it.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
http://youtu.be/eWVrdFrpXHE