BY: Kathleen BarryFeminist Activist, Sociologist, and Professor Emerita
Our apology to our readers and the author as we published this article in last month’s DWF NEWS but with an incorrect format that was confusing to readers. Hence our decision to republish it.
Roger Kotila, Ph.D
President, Democratic World Federalists
AS THERE IS NO CURE FOR PSYCHOPATHY, IN A CIVILIZED COUNTRY ALL THAT IS LEFT IS REMOVING THE PSYCHOPATH FROM OFFICE.
A broad range of Americans deplore the cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants, especially the separation of them from their children ordered by Donald Trump. But we see him responding with macho bullying and grandiose threats riddled with his unbridled racism against people he wants to keep out of his country. His cold, highly aggressive behaviors evidence the essential characteristics of psychopaths whose disregard for the welfare of others comes from an absence of both empathy and remorse, the foundations of conscience that make us human. In place of being empathetic with the migrant families, he pushes the harm deeper and feels no remorse for the trauma his actions cause the children. Instead, he is the winner with the power to harm others to be able to punish others to make them the losers. That is what we see when Trump withdrew the US from the UN Human Rights Council this last week because the UN called upon the US to stop the inhumane treatment of migrants and their children at our borders. He showed them and us who is boss. That is what matters to him.
While Angela Merkle is managing a difficult challenge from members of her government to her open policy for migrants in Germany, boisterous, mean-spirited Donald Trump takes to Twitter with whatever comes to his mind that will stir disruption and discord around her inserting himself and hence the US in German national politics. As usual, he made up statistics about increased violence in Germany from migrants, lies to give aid to Merkle’s enemies. Psychopaths find little or nothing to gain from telling the truth, and more likely most of the time, he does not even take the problem of his facts vs lies in his statements into consideration. All of his self-made drama is about him, not about the country he governs. If harm comes to others because of his policy or behavior, what matters to him is his power to create it and even if he changes policy, it is about him and his power to stop the wrongs he created. That fits with how Trump is alienating allies of the United States while he cozies up to a brutal dictator with whom he can identify. It seems that he could care less that the US is losing allies and respect around the globe as long as his actions serve his ego and keep him at center-stage globally. He even has to show us his signature when he signs an order.
Psychopaths find little or nothing to gain from telling the truth, and more likely most of the time, he does not even take the problem of his facts vs lies in his statements into consideration.
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