The problem with the tea party, slobbering devotion to Ayn Rand, libertarians, and those who support them is this tendency to lose one’s soul in the process. In order to accept what is offered, to join their little club, a person must set aside compassion, honor, decency, and if they are a Christian, turn their back on the teachings of Christ. It is an ideology based on the selfish. The only person who counts is the great I AM. Nothing else matters but the will of the the one who wants what he/she wants. It is all about achieving that goal, no matter what it costs.
One of the more humorous aspects of all of this is the fact that the far right, who are doing what they are doing, to protect the country and save money have cost, so far, about $700 billion. They have also cost the country nearly a million jobs. Yes, they are that stupid. Then again, no one ever said libertarians were very bright or have much wisdom. Want proof, this last stupidity has cost about $25 billion and 0.6% of nation’s GDP.
Ted Cruz is a textbook psychopath. He doesn’t care about anyone or anything, only his agenda. He is not above using something that harms people for his own benefit. He’s raising tens of thousands of dollars while tens of thousands of Americans suffer. When questioned about the ACA, Marsha Blackburn (R-ALEC) basically admitted she cared more about destroying it, than she did about America. She reflects the attitude of most Republicans in the House and Senate. They don’t care about the country, only their agenda. Like Patrick J. Buchanan said, it is better to destroy the country than submit to Obamacare.
A psychopath is someone who is only interested in himself/herself. Yep, that’s Ayn Rand. Her vision of America nearly came true this week.
“..Rand was a Russian from a prosperous family who emigrated to the United States. Through her novels (such as Atlas Shrugged) and her nonfiction (such as The Virtue of Selfishness) she explained a philosophy she called Objectivism. This holds that the only moral course is pure self-interest. We owe nothing, she insists, to anyone, even to members of our own families. She described the poor and weak as “refuse” and “parasites”, and excoriated anyone seeking to assist them …
Atlas Shrugged, published in 1957, depicts a United States crippled by government intervention in which heroic millionaires struggle against a nation of spongers. The millionaires, whom she portrays as Atlas holding the world aloft, withdraw their labour, with the result that the nation collapses. It is rescued, through unregulated greed and selfishness, by one of the heroic plutocrats, John Galt …
Rand’s is the philosophy of the psychopath, a misanthropic fantasy of cruelty, revenge and greed … Ignoring Rand’s evangelical atheism, the Tea Party movement has taken her to its heart. No rally of theirs is complete without placards reading “Who is John Galt?” and “Rand was right” …”
The is a check-list for a psychopathy or a psychopath. Have at it. Let’s see how many of these qualities Ted Cruz has.
Facet 1: Interpersonal
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Facet 2: Affective
Lack of remorse or guilt
Callous/lack of empathy
Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Facet 3: Lifestyle
Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
Lack of realistic, long-term goals
Facet 4: Antisocial
Poor behavioral controls
Early behavioral problems
Revocation of conditional release
- Superficial charm and good “intelligence”
- Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
- Absence of “nervousness” or psychoneurotic manifestations
- Untruthfulness and insincerity
- Lack of remorse and shame
- Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
- Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
- Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
- General poverty in major affective reactions
- Specific loss of insight
- Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
- Fantastic and uninviting behavior with drink and sometimes without
- Suicide threats rarely carried out
- Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
- Failure to follow any life plan.
Many politicians are psychopaths. And, yes, I think Ted Cruz is one. If nothing else, he has a narcissistic personality disorder. We’re now left cleaning up the mess. And, no, this was not intended as a cheap shot. I don’t like the man. I think he is disturbed and disturbing. He has the ability to wrongly influence people. When you are in power, are a psychopath, and have that ability, people should be afraid, be very afraid.