I'm not the first to think theres something more going on with our County Mayor. It pains me to suggest this and I take no pleasure in it.In trying to understand whats going on with our county, some of the mayors responses/actions and how it keeps going on, I'm reminded of another politician most of us remember well. I'm not wanting to debate that person but his problems are well documented-alot by the people who supported him AFTER he left office.
We haven't seen any shame out of anyone in this county's administration and the closest Rags has done is:
“I suspect that instead of going to read with school kids, I could have spent more time in the office making financial decisions,”
(Which was moments before the 'Showboat" comment, caught by WBIR.
He used "kids" to try to gain sympathy, give merit to his lack of attention to spending, to play upon peoples natural tendency to "want to believe" after voting for that person.
People 'want to believe' in someone they supported and played a part in supporting-electing, just like they "don't want to believe" they were wrong for doing so.
It's normally followed by apathy and cynical i.e. "they all do it" "thats just how government works".
There are several things we'll never know- and some we never need to know in the description below.
However, there are many that fit him as if was the subject studied to make this description.
Profile of the Sociopath
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.
Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.
Other Related Qualities:
- Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
- Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
- Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
- Conventional appearance
- Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
- Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life
- Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
- Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim
- Incapable of real human attachment to another
- Unable to feel remorse or guilt
- Extreme narcissism and grandiose
- May state readily that their goal is to rule the world
Being a person with sympathy, I'd rather br hood-winked by a person with a mental condition than a criminal who knowingly and thoughtfully is spending our county's money with disregard and lack of respect to all that pay taxes.