A Tale of Politicians & Psychopaths
by Dan Eden
When I was in gradeschool, decades ago,
we learned about government and politics. George Washington was
a famous politician because he supposedly was incapable of telling
a lie. "I cannot tell a lie. It was I who cut down the cherry
tree." Abraham Lincoln was famous for ending slavery, an
unpopular position at the time which caused the Civil War, but
nonetheless was the high moral road to take.
It wasn't until I was in mid-life that
the truth about politicians really hit me.
I lived in a small community in [redacted],
Connecticut and worked in a small office building where Viewzone
had a two room suite. The basement was occupied by an up-coming
local politician who also ran an insurance business. The party
affiliation isn't important -- that's not what this story is about.
This particular politician started out as a Selectman but has
since moved up the political ladder to the State level and, as
far as I know, his future looks bright.
One evening I was working on a story and
stayed late in the office to use the computer. At some point I
heard someone scream and moan. It continued for almost an hour,
reaching a crescendo and then diminution. Curious, I watched the
politician leave with a redhead. His wife was a brunette.
This happened a couple of times a week,
for many weeks. The redhead was replaced by blonds and raven hair,
sometimes older and sometimes younger.
One night I was working late and someone
knocked on the office door. It was my biker friend, "Big
Jim." Jim saw my lights and told me he was going to a strip
club in Hartford and bent my arm to come with him and stop being
After several beers Jim made us sit on
the "runway" and flashed a ten dollar bill at one of
the dancers. She eagerly strutted her body in front of us and
Big Jim was having the time of his life. Then, framed by two legs
in fishnet stockings, I looked into the darkness of the bar to
a small booth and made eye-contact with this same politician who
was groping a scantly clad blond. His wife was a brunette.
Embarrassed to be there myself, I acknowledged
our glances with a smile and raised my bottle of Rolling Rock.
Minutes later a waitress brought us a half-dozen of the same,
"Compliments of that man... huh? Well he was sitting right
over there." He was gone.
A week later there was another late knock
on the office door. It was him. He asked me to come down to his
office. There, spread over the desk that was the source of the
moans and groans he had a collection of charge card slips. I could
see that he had circled some entries for bars, clubs and motels.
His voice trembled, "The other night didn't happen. You didn't
see me and you don't know anything about my personal life. Right?"
He was correct. It was none of my business
what he did. I agreed and we shook hands.
Shortly after that I was speaking with
a waiter friend named Duane. Duane worked at the local country
club and told me about a very unusual dinner he had served which
involved this certain town Selectman. He said all the "movers
and shakers" were there, from Washington DC and other states.
He said that they decided to back the Selectman because he "looked
the part" and was "very cooperative" with their
goals. He told me to keep an eye on this man because "Someday,
who knows, he might even be president."
Years, no, decades have passed and I have
moved all over the globe. I recently spoke with Big Jim and reminded
him of that night in the strip club. I wondered what ever happened
to the politician. He laughed. It seems he was doing well -- a
Senator now -- and had recently gained the support of ultra-conservative
Christians and had sponsored bills to "strengthen the family
I know, it's not unusual for politicians
to be involved in sex scandals. It's come to be a stereotypical
behavior. But as you will learn, it's part of a bigger and more
evil personality profile that we really ought to be very concerned
Sexual promiscuity is more than having
a "good time." It reveals the ability to think of women
as victims, of objects to be used for personal pleasure. It also
shows that selfish motives rule the brain. In the case of politicians
it also reveals a kind of malignant hypocricy, especially when
one professes to support moral behavior.
Jim Kouri [right], vice president of the
National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has assembled a group of traits
that define psychopathic personalities -- like serial killers
-- and has discovered that these trait also apply to many of today's
Traits such as superficial charm, an exaggerated
sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse, manipulation
of others, and sexual obsession are the hallmark of both groups.
Kouri notes that these types of psychopaths
are psychologically capable of committing their dirty deeds free
of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences and with
absolutely no remorse, save getting caught.
"While many political leaders will
deny the assessment regarding their similarities with serial killers
and other career criminals, it is part of a psychopathic profile
that may be used in assessing the behaviors of many officials
and lawmakers at all levels of government."
Psychopathy is a personality disorder
manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation,
intimidation, and occasionally violence to control others, in
order to satisfy their own selfish needs. Although the concept
of psychopathy has been known for centuries, the FBI leads the
world in the research effort to develop a series of assessment
tools, to evaluate the personality traits and behaviors attributable
Interpersonal traits include glibness,
superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological
lying, and the manipulation of others. The affective traits include
a lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy
and altruism, and failure to accept responsibility for what they
do. The lifestyle behaviors include stimulation-seeking behavior,
impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack
of realistic life goals.
The relationship between psychopathy and
serial killers is particularly interesting. All psychopaths do
not become serial murderers. Rather, serial murderers may possess
some or many of the traits consistent with psychopathy. Psychopaths
who commit serial murder do not value human life and are extremely
callous in their interactions with their victims. This is particularly
evident in sexually motivated serial killers who repeatedly target,
stalk, assault, and kill without a sense of remorse.
Some would argue that politicians do commit
murder by their acts committing troops to wars that they know
are unjust, or by legislation that impacts the vitality of their
constituents. These acts are typical in "deal making"
and usually are rewarded by some personal gain such as a campaign
contribution from a lobby group or access to a prestigious government
Another Connecticut politician comes to
mind. I won't mention his name but he recently threw a wrench
in the Health Care legislation that would have provided coverage
to millions of poor families that cannot afford it -- almost certainly
resulting in sickness and death -- for the personal gain of his
campaign which is sponsored by insurance, pharmaceutical and health
care providers. This gentleman can do this and continue to smile,
apparently with no care for anyone but himself. But, hey, I don't
want to name any names. His wife is blond.
There's enough finger pointing to go around.
Remember the Weapons of Mass Destruction that weren't? That killed
about a half-million civilians and over four-thousand US soldiers.
How about Obama's promise to be transparent? Clinton's episode
with Cuban Cigars? Dancing feet in a public toilet? Hiking trips
to Appalachia? Hundreds of thousands of dollars in a freezer?
Geez... I don't have enough web space to tell even a fraction
of what goes on!
What happened to America? Yes, I know
George Washington had slaves and wooden teeth. I know Abe Lincoln
had syphilis. But they did their job representing the people in
a way that was moral and honest. They never became disconnected
from the awesome task of making a better world for the people
who elected them.
Something has taken over in the recent
history of our great nation. It is something evil. It appears
to prefer flawed personalities because it can manipulate them
with rewards of sex, wealth and power and, at the same time, threaten
them with public disclosure and humiliation. These are the carrot
and stick of the ego.
Perhaps John Kennedy, a man with many
demons of his own, described this evil best:
"For we are opposed around the world
by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily
on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence -- on infiltration
instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation
instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies
by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material
resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient
machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic,
scientific and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published.
Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced,
not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed,
no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with
a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to
What is this evil? It is so strong that
I cannot mention it by name. Believe me, I've tried. But you can
easily understand what it is.
Who controls the Congress and Senate?
Which group has the strongest lobby in Washington DC? Who is behind
these immoral political decisions that hurt so many Americans?
Who gains from these acts? Ask these questions and a common denominator
will emerge. Yet, even as you realize who this is, you will feel
their influence telling you to avoid believing it. You will be
afraid to tell other people what you have learned, lest they too
have been influenced to chastise you.
Recognition of evil is a very private
affair. That is how they succeed.