Actually the celebrated “Romne[y]sia” of selective and non-memory, perpetual “etch-a-sketch” resets, denials of having said X, by Romney and his fellow Kool-Aid aficionados and Romne[y]siacs, is but a portion or slice of a broader syndrome best called Romne[y]pathy which is a hybrid cross between psychopathy (no allegiance to anyone or anything except one’s own narcissism, megalomania, certitude, destiny to rule, etc) and sociopathy versus the sociopath that is capable of allegiance to a small sub-set or cult or criminal gang and some values transcendent of himself or herself and own pleasures). Romney, although clearly an Ayn Randist type, a total malignant narcissist and megalomaniac, is nonetheless by all accounts a devout Mormon suggesting that he has some allegiance to a set of “values” and objectives he might be willing to die for; psychopaths are unwilling to dies for any Cause as their only “Cause” is themselves and their own survival and pleasures-obsessions.
We start with the classic Robert Hare PCL-R Checklist of psychopathic behavior and diagnosis. Here is my personal scoring (opinion from someone not trained as a psychiatrist or mental health professional) of Romney from PCL-R for Fun published under FAIR USE for Educational and Civic Discussion purposes.
Let’s start with and then modify the basic PCL-R or Psychopathy Checklist Reduced developed by Robert Hare. For other articles on this subject in this blog please consult the following for more nuanced and expanded coverage of psychopathy and sociopathy.
From PCL-R For Fun Myers » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:41 am
So, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the PCL-R… As you read each item, rate yourself (or someone else) with either 0, 1, or 2. If you rarely display such behavior, you get a 0. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of chances to score. If you think the description applies to you sometimes or you can see yourself behaving as such, 1. If you read a description and think, “Doesn’t everyone do that?”, go ahead and give yourself a 2.
And, for the sake of political correctness, the characters in the descriptions are not all the same gender. Because women can be psychopaths too. Like Lucy Liu in Kill Bill.
1.Glib/superficial charm: (Romney = 2+)
You’re so confident in your gift of gab that you believe you could sell flood insurance to someone living in the Sahara desert [or in Romney’s case for his Kool-Aid drinking supporters, he could sell bacon cheeseburgers and deluxe editions of the Qu’ran at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs]
Actually, you remember selling flood insurance to this old lady that lived near Death Valley when you were mooching off your Aunt Sally in California and needed some extra cash (you’d already cleaned Aunt Sally out). Dumb old hag thought you were the sweetest lad, ha! Fooled her.
The old joke is that “an economist is someone who is good with facts and figures but lacks the personality of an accountant.” That would mean that a Romney-ite is someone who lies about facts and figures, makes them up on the fly and lacks the personality of an economist. How to square this? Well Romney tries at schmoozing and superficial charm, and his supporters, also without substance respond, it is just those with higher than room temperature IQs and souls that seem immune to Romney’s superficial charms.
2.Grandiose sense of self-worth: (Romney = 2+)
So you were sleeping with your latest “thing”, and, mid-coitus, she screams out “Oh, God!” You think, “Finally! Someone’s calling me by my real name!”
or, How is this for delusions of grandeur? “As Man is God once was; as God is Man [Romney] can become?” [Mormon Doctrine and Convenant by Joseph Smith] There is also a hierarchy of Gods in a system known as “Godhood” which can only be reached with plural wives, high rank in Mormon cult.
“With the White House just down the block, Romney confided to a Bain and Co. colleague the trajectory sketched out for him by his father.
“Dad says, first you go into business and you make a lot of money, you give the church half of it, and then you go into public service,” Romney said, according to his Bain colleague and Marriott roommate Patrick Graham. “And then you become president of the United States.”
Romney has followed his father’s road map. By the early 1990s, he had matured from his days as a privileged youth to build a family, a fortune, and a flock as the leader of his church in the Boston area. He also grew receptive to encouragement from family members and others who considered him born and bred to replace less-perfect men in power. They wanted Romney to take on Ted Kennedy in 1994.
Here is why:
“You will see the constitution of the United States almost destroyed. It will hang like a thread…A terrible revolution will take place in the land of America…[T]he land will be left without a Supreme Government…[Mormonism] will have gathered strength, sending out Elders to gather the honest in heart…to stand by the Constitution of the United States…In these days…God will set up a Kingdom, never to be thrown down…[T]he whole of America will be made the Zion of God.” (Joseph Smith, May, 6, 1843, founder of Mormonism, quoted in “One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church” by Richard Abanes, Four Walls Eight Windows Press, NY. 2002, p xvi)
“Listeners of KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show” were surprised on November 9, 1999 when Wright’s guest, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (a devout Mormon) quoted the infamous “White Horse” prophecy. The prediction by Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith, contains what has always been the Mormon American Dream–i.e. the transformation of the U.S. government into a Mormon-ruled theocracy divinely ordained ‘not only to direct the political affairs of the Mormon community, but eventually those of the United States and ultimately the world.” (Ibid. p. xvii)
Here it is, Mormon theology in their own words, that only insiders get to see and it is given in layers according to how trusted the initiate not to run and turn into an apostate. That is one of the aspects of a cult rather than open religion; also deceptive recruiting, pressure to disavow family not in the cult, reprisals against former members, internal mind control, etc.
Questions for the next debate for the Mittster:
and on Chickenhawkness of him and his boys who push for the military and wars they will never serve in:
3.Need for stimulation: (Romney = 2+)
For some odd reason, your boyfriend convinced you that going to the zoo and having monkeys fling their own fecal matter at you would be enjoyable. Not 10 minutes into the adventure, you’re painfully bored and practically dragging your significant other past the exhibits. Then you come upon a pane of glass that was cracked, held together by packaging tape, and imprisoning a silverback gorilla. Your SO is off looking at other animals, and no one else is in the building. Without a second thought, you grab a large rock out of the snapping turtle enclosure and throw. You grab your SO and run out screaming, “THE GORILLA ESCAPED!” You delightedly watch the mass hysteria ensue and think, “Okay, so maybe the trip wasn’t a total loss…”
By all accounts from childhood Romney was a bully, prone to pranks on others but not willing to be pranked himself, full of himself and his family wealth, contemptuous of children non-Mormon and not wealthy, full of his own sense of himself and his supposed “Pre-destination” to rule others, callous, without empathy and like a shark continually on the hunt for the next way to advance himself over others.
4.Lying: (Romney = 2 + + )
At the moment, you’re only home because you have to make sure you’re the first one to answer the phone in case Cherry, or Candy, or whatsherface calls. Your newest girl is smoking hot, has a rich daddy, and you’ve got her convinced you’re a CEO of some corporation or the other. You can’t risk one of your other things calling at the most inopportune moment and blowing your cover.
What can we say? How do you know Romney is lying? His lips are moving. His record for switching and disavowing positions in picoseconds is legendary and on the record for all who can read.
5.Manipulative: (Romney = 2 ++)
You just started a new job and you’re sucking up to the boss and a few of the other uppers. You’ve also started working on your boss’s secretary, as she has insider information on the company’s workings. And once in a blue moon you stop by the head honcho’s desk for a chat, and you’re convinced he has the hots for you. After you’ve gotten your “support system” secure, you subtly sabotage your supervisor with dirty gossip and the like. You plan to have his job in 3 months if all goes well. Yeah, just like your last job… Damn, you’re clever…
Any disaster no matter how grave, Romney will use, along with any victims as stage props, for his own grandiosity and sense of destiny to rule. People are just objects, props, to be moved around like pawns on a giant chessboard with check and check mate destined by prophecies to be played out with the Mittster in the center of it all. Look at his eyue contact with people (people who meet him are told not to make eye contact with him and not to speak unless spoken to–same directions for those who met Hitler). This is related to another proclivity of psychopaths and sociopaths and that is “Predation”; they are predatory see added item #21.
6. No remorse: (Romney 2 + + )
Let’s say you’re plan in number 5 goes smoothly. Now your old boss is working at a meat packing plant and had to send his gran-gran to a retirement home because he’s working 12-hour days and doesn’t have the time to take care of her. Gran-gran became clinically depressed and kicked the proverbial bucket after a dramatic decline in overall health. You muster up some crocodile tears for your colleagues, but your internal reaction was … “How was I supposed to know that my accusations of him stealing from the corporation’s finances and downloading kiddie porn on his work computer would look bad to his next employers? Besides, he should be thanking me because now he doesn’t have to take care of that old bag of bones. It’s not like she had much longer to live anyway.”
7.Shallow effect: (Romney = 2 ++)
You just don’t get all the hoopla over newborn babies. You can’t think of anything worse than waiting hand and foot on something the size of a football, then having to wipe its ass to boot! Or why people even go to funerals. They’re so damn boring! And why do people get all emotional when their SO leaves them? Why not just go down to a bar or a concert and pick up another one? Your friends say you’re cold and emotionless, but you feel plenty! Like the time you robbed that old couple, and the cops were on your tail. Damn, was your heart beating!
Just look at the Mittster when he has to fake giving a shit about the public in one of his photo-ops as a stage prop. As Marx (Groucho that is) put it: The secret to success is honest and fair dealing. And if you can fake those, you’ve got it made”. As the syrup flows, you can just see the mental wheels turning: “Oh shit how long to I have to hold on to this dirty kid, click the damn photo and we are out of here…”
8.Lack of empathy: (Romney = 2 ++)
Your dad just died earlier this morning, and your mom is all distraught over the matter. After a few hours of pained expressions and fake tears for the visiting mourners, you wander over to the living room to watch some TV. Then mom comes in looking for comfort and sobbing on your shoulder. If it were any other occasion, you’d pat her on the shoulder and pretend to care. But your favorite show is on and it’s the last episode of the season, so you tell her to get ahold of herself and pipe down for a damn minute because she’s driving you nuts. Oh … because daddy’s death was just so sad and you want to take your mind off it.
9.Failure to take responsibility for own actions: (Romney 2 ++)
It’s not your fault that your kid almost drowned in your neighbor’s pool while you were busy talking on the phone with that cute girl from down the street. Your ex should’ve taken them to swimming class or something, then this wouldn’t have happened.
It is not your fault he keeps switching his positions on what he is for, against, no comment on, it is the damn polls and public that keep switching what they want to hear then he has to switch his positions to the new what they want to hear for him to get selected.
10.Parasitic lifestyle: (Romney 2 ++)
Your old house wasn’t working out because your roomies refused to lend you any more rent money, so you picked up this nice, respectable guy -recently divorced and lonely- and moved in with him for the moment. Your last job was a waste of time and didn’t pay enough, so you quit and just started mooching off anyone willing to listen to your #######4 sob stories. You don’t even get your own food anymore. You make friends with people at food joints and ask for discounts, or you just show up at someone’s house around dinner time and expect them to invite you in.
Garages full of Cadillacs and even an elevator to stack them? What can we say? This guy defines parasitic entitlement and grandiosity.
11.Poor behavioral controls: (Romney 2 ++)
You find yourself at a hotel pool with some family, and you’re sitting around a table with your Crackberry, ignoring everyone else. Your dipshit little nephew decides to shoot you with a squirt gun while you’re not paying attention. He then drops the squirt gun and runs for safety. So you pick up the toy and gimp after him. He’s about to get in the hot tub to hide, so you hurl the squirt gun at his legs, and he goes flying into the hot tub. Haha! Little bastard…
What can you say about an Anglophile that goes to England and winds up pissing off the Brits with comments on how poorly they have planned and carried out the Olympics? This guy will say anything on the spur of the moment to get elected with not one bit of concern of who will have to clean up the PR mess from his naked lies that are so easily exposed as such and also that he does not believe his own lies or has told opposing lies in other venues.
12.Promiscuous: (Romney = 0)
You’ve been called a whore by all of your exes. But they were just jealous. And the fact that you were cheating on all of them and borrowing their money to get hookers is beside the point…
Although Romney by all accounts has never had a “Bimbo problem” his Mormonism says that he does not get his own planet in the Celestial Realm unless he is sealed to plural wives, a faithful Mormon of high standing, and cranks out lots of little spirit beings to be sent to earth to inhabit physical bodies prepared for them like something out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. But it appears that Romney would not be driven by old fashioned lust, just duty to those plural wives on his planet to crank out little spirit beings for the future. Think of it as a “dirty nasty job but someone has to do it” and we do not believe that it is the old Jimmy Carter problem of “lust in his heart” which is the same as real lust that results in transfers of bodily fluids.
13.Early behavioral problems: (Romney =2)
You would sneak out frequently. You once ambushed a flock of sheep with a paintball gun, and you thought it was just the funniest thing ever. Since your parents forced you to go to church, you made the best of it by ######6 a deacon’s daughter in the bathroom during a sermon.
Romney was, by press accounts, a kind of teen gang leader that tormented classmates they thought were gay or effeminate or just not one of them. By all accounts he was a snotty, self-absorbed and narcissistic punk full of entitlement and himself. As for torturing small animals there is nothing about that, but a dog on the roof for a long-distance trip might qualify as adult animal torture.
14. Lack of realistic, long-term goals: (Romney 2 ++)
You’re forty-years-old, overweight, and fresh out of prison. You spend all day watching TV or sleeping. And you’re still telling everyone how you’re going to be a professional swimmer and win medals and $#%^. You’ve been saying this since you convinced your girlfriend in college you were going to try out for the Olympics swim team, and you haven’t even been to a pool for years.
Romney clearly is not really that bright no matter what academic degrees from what institutions he holds. But his goals include becoming not only a God but a higher-order one like Elohim who was once a mortal Man, president of the U.S. and head of a Mormon Theocracy ruling the earth, to become super-rich, that is all a lot of grandiosity and delusions of grandeur for someone with as many limitations as Romney. Then again, in the land of the idiots, the half-wit is king.
You meet this sexy, young thing at a bar one night, and you think you must have her. So you move her into your house the next day. You would’ve moved her in the same night, but you had to get rid of the present live in first.
Although Romney claims to be following a master plan laid out for him as a youngster by his father and the Mormon cult, Romney also gives indications of impulsivity and running his mouth without a care to how he sounds to people with IQs over room temperature. He later has to clean up his mess with more lies that sound even worse. “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive” Sir Walter Scott.
16.Irresponsibility: (Romney = 2+)
You keep getting calls from bill collectors, and their insistent tones just put you in a foul mood. After a few days of that nonsense, you just unplug the phone.
You think you can drive better drunk than most people can sober. You frequently prove your point.
Romney will promise anything to anybody to get them to vote for him or to try to one-up them, will say anything and count on bad memories and a sycophantic media to cover-up and move them along to the next impulsive moment full of irresponsible and undoable promises.
17.Juvenile delinquency: (Romney = 2)
By the age of ten, you knew the first and last names of every police officer in town, and not because they were friends with your parents. You frequently stole booze from your dad’s liquor cabinet and sold it to your friends. You bootlegged candy and soda into the school when it was banned. You were the reason it was banned in the first place. You started going to Sunday school so you could steal from the church’s offering plate. You were caught vandalizing cars and houses on a regular basis. When the fuzz foiled your plans, you simply moved onto new enterprises.
Eventually, your dad nailed your window shut because he didn’t want to keep paying the cops off to keep your record clean. Shows how abusive he was, too. What if there had been a fire? I would’ve died dad! Do you want that on your conscience!?
In Romney’s case even those who participated with him as teenagers in tormenting a kid they labeled as Gay, pranks on others they now regret with age that which Romney still denies or cannot remember now as being involved with in his youth. By all accounts he was a rich-kid bully and full of himself showing no empathy, no remorse, no acceptance of personal responsibility for youthful delinquency.
18.Revocation of conditional release: (Romney = 0)
You got probation for petty theft, but a week later you were shoplifting groceries from WalMart. But that didn’t count because you weren’t caught. And you were $#%^ broke because these horrendous accusations against you have prevented you from getting a respectable job (you haven’t even bothered to look), so you were starving and needed the Twinkies to survive.
19.Many short-term marital relationships: (Romney = 0)
You spend a lot of your time dodging your ex-wives who are always calling and asking for child support or trying to get you to watch the kids for the weekend. Nothing but a bunch of gold-diggers and slackers… As a matter of fact, your 1st or 2nd ex tried to come to your house the other day … Uhh, what was her name again? Anyway, it was a good thing your girlfriend answered the door so you could sneak out the back and hide at your other girlfriend’s house.
20.Criminal versatility: (Romney = 1)
“So, that’s how the pyramid structure works…”
Offshore accounts, investments in outsourcing, high level and hidden machinations in a racist and proto-fascist cult, serial tax avoidance (not illegal) many would call tax evasion (illegal); many activities that should be illegal are not and that is the real problem not that the rich break the law, but that they write the laws through their paid minions so they do not have to break them.
21. Predation (Romney 2 ++)
People are objects, things, to be used and thrown away. People are stage props, they are “votes”, they are “contacts”, they are “demographic entities”, they are contents or “stuff” of statistical cohorts called “buckets” (males, females, old, young, pro- choice or anti-abortion, pro or anti gun etc) but they are not real, breathing, feeling, in need, precious human beings. Psychopaths and sociopaths seek out, they are predatory and opportunistic, and they are predators for the next opportunity to be served and their agenda advanced.
22. Opportunism (Romney = 2++)
Able to seize the moment and identify who or what can be used and how. Fast on the feet to look for a zinger lie to counter an unpleasant truth; quick to identify weaknesses in others that can be exploited; able to see multiple possibilities and how they can be tied together to yield maximum benefit no matter than pain on others.
23. Malignant Narcissism (Romney = 2 ++)
Watch his mannerisms, posing, theatrical flourishes, speech inflections, calculated pauses, periodic sweeping of his hair, and his eye movements and contacts and they have all the signs of a calculated poseur and malignant narcissist.
24. Obsession with Winning, Recognition, Getting Even and Payback (Romney = 2++)
Related to the other characteristics of psychopaths and sociopaths, characteristics such as narcissism, predation, shallow affect, lack of empathy, grandiosity and the like, is the need for revenge, to get even plus interest, to dominate, to come out on top from any perceived slight or being played by someone better than the psychopath or sociopath was able to play others. These types do not get mad, or even get even, they want interest.
25. Conspiratorial, Capable of Long-term Planning and Scheming Combined-in Contradiction-With Impulsivity and Need for Immediate Gratification, Payback and Winning (Romney = 2 ++)
Psychopaths and Sociopaths want to win at all costs, at all times over all adversaries. They do not take losing gracefully. They want not only to get even, they want compound interest. They need to make a point; they need to dominate and for the one who wronged them in their view to pay and to know that they are behind the payback. They need to dominate. But they are caught in a contradiction between being able and having to scheme and plan a campaign over a protracted period time, often a conspiracy of some sort, versus their need for recognition, payback, instant gratification and often to make a quick kill and run.
If you remembered what the score was for each item, add them up. You need a 30+ to get a diagnosis of psychopathy if you’re in the US, and a 25+ if you’re in the UK or Canada [on the 20-point scale]. Dr. Bob Hare claims most folks only get a 0-2, 5 tops. Yet again, only for my amusement
Romney’ Score: 43 (and +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++) on the 25-point modified Hare PCL-R (20 points = max 40 points and max 50 points on a 25-point scale)