Will our next President be a psychopath?

The June, 2016 issue of Discover Magazine contained a very interesting article titled, “Into the Mind of a Psychopath.” (“Fifty years ago, his chilling experiences as a prison psychologist led Robert Hare on a lifelong quest to understand one of humanity’s most fascinating — and dangerous — disorders.”).

The word (“psychopath”) has become a synonym for a certain type of evil, denoting a specific breed of cunning, bloodthirsty predator who lacks empathy, remorse and impulse control, readily violating social rules and exploiting others to get what he or she wants.

Among all those who campaigned this year, for President of the United States, which one(s) do you believe best fit that description? Any? Some? All?

Psychopaths are capable of the most heinous crimes, yet they’re often so charming and manipulative that they can hide behind a well-cultivated mask of normalcy for years and perhaps their entire lives. Only the ones who get caught become household names, such as Ted Bundy, “Killer Clown” John Wayne Gacy and “Ken and Barbie Killers” Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.

Research suggests 1 in 100 people are psychopaths who tend to blend in, like cold-blooded chameleons. We know psychopaths make up 15 to 20 percent of the prison population, at least 70 percent of repeat violent offenders and the significant majority of serial killers and sex offenders.

Any Presidential wannabes come to mind, yet?

We know so much about psychopaths because of The Hare — officially the Psychopathy Check List-Revised (PCL-R) — the test that Hare developed for researchers in 1980 and released publicly in 1991.

It’s now the gold standard used by researchers, forensic clinicians and the justice system to identify the hallmark traits and behaviors that make psychopaths chillingly unique.

Many are violent criminals, but even repeat offenders tend to do only short prison stints, or they are released from psychiatric hospitals because they are diagnostically sane, displaying “a perfect mask of genuine sanity, a flawless surface indicative in every respect of robust mental health.”

“My view is that psychopaths have the intellectual capacity to know the rules of society and the difference between right and wrong — and they choose which rules to follow or ignore,” says Hare. “They might even consider themselves more rational than other people. A psychopath I met in my research once told me that using his head instead of his heart gave him an advantage. He saw himself as ‘a cat in a world of mice.’

Sound like any candidates so far?

The article continues in greater depth, but “The Hare,” the test for psychopathy, boils down to certain characteristics. Read them slowly, and as you do, try to imagine who you believe, among all the candidates, most displays them:

The clinician scores each item with 0 (no presence), 1 (uncertain) or 2 (definitely present). Psychopaths score 30 to 40 points. The general population typically scores less than 5.

THE HARE Test for Psychopathy

  1. glibness
  2. superficial charm
  3. grandiose sense of self-worth
  4. need for stimulation
  5. proneness to boredom
  6. pathological lying
  7. conning/manipulation
  8. lack of remorse
  9. lack of guilt
  10. Shallow emotions (emotions felt in shallow and fleeting ways)
  11. callousness
  12. lack of empathy
  13. parasitic lifestyle
  14. promiscuous sexual behavior
  15. early behavior problems
  16. lack of realistic, long-term goals
  17. impulsivity
  18. failure to accept responsibility
  19. many short-term marital relationships
  20. juvenile delinquency and criminal versatility.

I don’t know about you, but for me, one candidate stands out, encompassing almost all of the signs.

Think about it.

I suppose most politicians have some measure of the psychopath in them. The lying and manipulation alone are qualifications. But, some are more psychopathic than others, and I suggest that this year, one is an extreme case — an extreme psychopath.

What do you think?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. ELIMINATE FICA (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich afford better health care than the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE AN ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA, AND/OR EVERY STATE, A PER CAPITA ECONOMIC BONUS (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONEFive reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefiting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
Corporations themselves exist only as legalities. They don’t pay taxes or pay for anything else. They are dollar-tranferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the government (the later having no use for those dollars).
Any tax on corporations reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all corporate taxes come around and reappear as deductions from your personal income.
Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and corporate taxes would be an good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt


Recessions begin an average of 2 years after the blue line first dips below zero. A common phenomenon is for the line briefly to dip below zero, then rise above zero, before falling dramatically below zero. There was a brief dip below zero in 2015, followed by another dip – the familiar pre-recession pattern.
Recessions are cured by a rising red line.

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.


Mitchell’s laws:
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..

•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.
•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
•Deficit spending grows the supply of money
•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
•The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.

•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest..
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the Gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..



10 thoughts on “Will our next President be a psychopath?

  1. And speaking of psychopaths:

    NRA’s Ted Nugent sparks yet another ugly controversy

    Four years ago, Ted Nugent, a musician, reality-show personality, and National Rifle Association board member, was doing his best to help Mitt Romney get elected.

    Appearing at the NRA’s national convention, Nugent said, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.

    “If the coyote’s in your living room pissing on your couch, it’s not the coyote’s fault. It’s your fault for not shooting him.”

    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent, who will deliver a speech at the NRA’s annual meeting this month, shared a fake video that depicts Hillary Clinton being graphically murdered by Bernie Sanders with a handgun during a presidential debate.

    Apparently, this is what passes for intelligence and class in the world of the NRA.


    On Supreme Court, Republicans can’t keep their story straight

    First, it was about the GOP’s self-imposed, made-up principle regarding confirmation votes in a presidential election year, not the merits of the individual jurist.

    Then things got nutty:

    Soon after, the Republican National Committee suggested the Republicans had changed their mind about whether the fight was about the principle.

    Then, over the weekend, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said, “This is about principle, not the person the president has nominated.”

    A day later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched again, saying it is about the person the president nominated.

    Soon after, McConnell quickly switched back, adding, “It’s not the person. It’s the principle.”

    On “Fox News Sunday,” McConnell then contradicted his argument – saying the fight is about the person.

    In the same interview, McConnell then contradicted this argument – saying this isn’t about Garland at all. “I think what we need to focus on is the principle, the principle,” he argued. “Who ought to make this appointment?”

    The constitutional process directs the Senate to advise and consent in the confirmation process.

    Mitch McConnell thinks senators shouldn’t even consider a qualified nominee because MoveOn.org and the National Rifle Association have provided the Senate Majority Leader with all of the information he needs to know.

    And then:

    Trump already squirming on primary principles

    No sooner has Donald Trump eliminated the competition for the Republican presidential nomination, than he has begun to soften his stance on familiar campaign refrains: calling his Muslim ban “just a suggestion,” planning fundraisers instead of “self-funding,” and even making up excuses to avoid releasing his tax returns.

    Is it any wonder that the Republican Party wound up with Donald Trump as its nominee?




  2. Rodger, you intrinsic democrat you, do ya think Hill’s the more throne-deserving, more fit psychically + philosophically to be our PreZ? Holy cow, wise man, I wouldn’t trust her w a bag of my trash!

    Trump’s far from an idyllic candidate. But, comparatively, come on — give the U.S. a break! Anyone who can’t fathom what Hill + Bill were up to re. TS
    State Dept. E mails relative to their fraudulent Charity, needs to think beyond penny-ante misdemeanor to our ‘Racketeering’ statutes! Weighty penalties!

    Trump will hiss and sputter but will finish at least 1 term in 2021.

    Best health wise man! …………………………


  3. pinata and Dan,

    Ah, so you don’t like dishonest people? So you’re all upset about Hillary using a private server rather than the government’s server?

    O.K., I’ll see your Email scandal and raise you a crooked Trump University along with a Trump lie that he would release his tax returns and now refuses with the fake excuse he is being audited. (Even Nixon showed his tax returns while he was being audited. What is Trump hiding?)

    And I’ll see your Benghazi, and raise you a ban all Muslims (which he now has denied he meant!)

    And I’ll add his suicidal idea about negotiating with creditors for the interest they are owed on Treasury securities.

    And then there’s his phony claim he is “self funding” his campaign. (He never was, and won’t in the future).

    Ah, but maybe you’re a builder, who wants to get into the wall construction business for Trump’s phony wall.

    Or are you in the security business, and want to get the contract for hiring thugs in jackboots to kick down the doors of 11 million men, women and children (many of them citizens), and dragging them, hysterical and screaming, into boxcars, so you can deport them to concentration camps?

    Or it surely could not be that you like bigots? Please tell me it ain’t so.

    Truth: Donald Trump is the least qualified, most dishonest man to run for President since Nixon. I cannot believe that you, an intelligent man, would fall for his endless line of BS.

    Republicans would have been far better off with Mitt or Jeb than with the phony carnival barker. It’s amazing that intelligent people can fall for his lies and bluster.


  4. Any one who aims at high office, like being President has to have some part of a psychopath personality disorder. It’s a spectrum. Trump is one, but so would have been nearly all “winners” of high office. The job is such a hornets’ nest of unsavoury characters and lunatics, you’d need to be one to be there!


    1. In Logic, that is known as a “faulty comparison.”

      It’s like saying, “We shouldn’t prosecute criminals, because everyone has some dishonesty in them and none of us is perfect.”

      There are degrees of psychopathy, and Trump has exceeded his human allotment.

      No “they all are” excuses, please.


      1. For the very first time, both candidates for President have unfavorable ratings above 50%. Separately, both candidates have the highest ever net negatives of anyone running for President.


        One candidate won’t show his tax returns, and the other candidate will not show her transcripts of speeches given to a Wall Street bank.

        Has this country digressed from the lesser of the two evils voting to which candidate is the bigger psychopath?


        1. Good people don’t want to run for office, because politics has become a cesspool.

          One of the several reasons is the media’s loss of a moral compass.
          For instance, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Johnson and Kennedy all were known to have mistresses, but the media didn’t broadcast it, because it wasn’t relevant to the job. Today, that would be headline news.

          No one has led a perfectly pure life, so no one wants their imperfect life broadcast.

          You can’t get good people to run for President, if you’re going to rip them up in advance.

          (On the other hand, Trump cheated on his wife and married his mistress. No one cares. Maybe that’s better.)


  5. From Tip Parker: “Rodger, you may not have seen this in relation to the psychopath test.”


    Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private
    Interviews reveal unwelcome advances, a shrewd reliance on ambition, and unsettling workplace conduct over decades.

    This is the man who is the favorite of the religious right wing, the group so pious they despise gays because of the bible.

    But apparently religion goes only so far.

    Trump is immature, having never has advanced beyond high school. The people who vote for him have the same problem.

    And that high school child is only a step away from the Presidency.


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