by Stephen Lendman
Make no mistake. He’s a deplorable choice for president. The problem is Hillary’s worse, a despicable character I call the most ruthlessly dangerous presidential aspirant in US history based on her deplorable public record.
Comparisons with Trump aren’t straightforward as he’s never held public office - so it’s only possible judging him from his rhetoric and what’s known about how he does business as it relates to how he might govern.
Billionaires are shady characters by nature. Getting super-rich requires operating and getting away with dealings far different from someone like myself in small family business for many years - playing by the rules, observing the law, cheating no one, earning an honest living by providing an honest service without connections in high places providing an unfair advantage.
Trump’s foreign policy, by his own admission, will be hawkish if elected president. Yet psychologist Kevin Dutton calling him more psychopathic than Hitler creates the appearance of fronting for Hillary’s campaign. Was he hired to demonize Trump?
Notable independent leaders refusing to bow to Washington’s will, like Vladmir Putin and Hugo Chavez, are deplorably compared to Hitler - US officials and supportive media scoundrels willfully lying.
Dutton’s Psychopathic Personality Inventory - Revised (PPI-R) methodology is imperfect under the best of circumstances. Yet he based his analysis on Trump without direct personal contact. Practicing psychologists and psychiatrists operating this way would likely be called quacks.
Dutton says traits constituting psychopathy include fearlessness, cold-heartedness, egocentricity, ruthlessness, self-confidence, charisma, and dishonesty with deficits in empathy and conscience.
Some are positive, others not, Dutton saying “great and terrible leaders score higher than the general population for psychopathic traits, but it is the mix of those traits that determines success.”
“For example, someone who scores highly for being influential, fearless and cold hearted could be a decisive leader who can make dispassionate decisions. If those traits are accompanied by a high score on blaming others, they might be a genocidal demagogue.”
Psychoanalysis is an imperfect science at best - qualitative, not quantitative without lab and other tests needed to diagnose disease. Conducting it without direct personal contact with a subject makes it highly suspect.
In the case of a presidential aspirant like Trump, overwhelmingly opposed by establishment interests, including media scoundrels assailing him relentlessly, claiming he’s more Hitlerian than Hitler frames him based on dubious circumstantial evidence - over-the-top bashing in service to Hillary.
Both candidates are unfit to serve, she the worst of the two. Arms-length psychological evaluation is no way to judge how deplorable they’ll be, especially since presidents and other high office holders represent the interests of their backers, governing accordingly.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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