The Mental Illness of Our Political Class… (“While Michael Savage turned the phrase Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, I would take that a step further. “)
JasonCharleston wrote: Sociopaths pay off the government so they can act dishonestly. They are always going to find someone to pay off in government to work dishonestly.
I think you might be on to something.
I would say that a fair number of people who seek elected office suffer from some sort of mental disorder that involves the ego, such as sociopathy or narcissism.
They learn how to mimic the traits of conscience without actually having empathy for others.
We know that criminals in jail have much higher tendencies to these ego disorders. Perhaps a fair portion of politicians are just high-functioning sociopaths or narcissists, who by dint of higher intelligence choose their victim in a more socially acceptable way- through the ballot box.
It would be an interesting study to see if this were true.
But here’s the practical point: Our Founding Fathers understood that self-interest guided politics. They designed a system that limited political power and took advantage of individuals’ venality to create a system of laws, not men.
This is why modern liberalism is bound to fail. There is no morality in government, as our Founders knew. Only people are moral, not governments, not corporations, not non-profits. Liberals have the mistaken belief that by giving organizations power, they also give them morality.
In fact, just the opposite is true.