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The Age Of The Dark Triad Elitist

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In the world of psychology, the term “Dark Triad” refers to the degree to which an individual manifests the personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. People who score high in these 3 areas are less empathetic, less agreeable, less satisfied with their lives, and less likely to believe in the goodness of themselves and in humanity. People who score high on these traits are also more likely to commit crimes, not fit in socially, and be disruptive. Hence the word “dark” in describing this triad of personal characteristics.

Those with the trifecta of Dark Triad personality traits, therefore, can end up being a high powered corporate executive, a politician, or Ted Bundy. The level of narcissism required to be Dark Triad is intense and deeply internalized. The individual deeply believes they are superior to everyone else, their self love is ridiculously high, and many are drawn to someone with such an excessively high level of self-confidence. It does not matter if the Dark Traid’s self-confidence is substantiated or not; the result is that it rubs off on other people as they subconsciously assume that someone who loves themselves that much must have a basis for their self image. The average person is relatively insecure with low self-confidence. They, along with even those who have some confidence, will gravitate toward a person of excessive self-confidence.

This high confidence in combination with the trait of psychopathy leads to the Dark Triad Individual being more likely to take risks and to dismiss failure by rationalizing it away. The strength of the high level narcissist is the ability to achieve enormous success. The weakness lies in their inability to accept truth and reality.

Machiavellianism is characterized by tactical strategy, manipulation, duplicity, and a high level of selfishness. The Machiavellian is a chess player, thinking several moves ahead of everyone else, and constantly employing mis-direction and smoke screens. The Machiavellian will use lies and deceit to achieve their end game.

Psychopathy is the degree to which one lacks emotion and the level to which the brain connects behaviors to guilt and remorse. The Dark Triad person shows no empathy and will feel no remorse for bad and immoral behaviors. This ability is a skill to the Dark Triad Individual in our tough and unforgiving society, but it is defined as a serious mental disorder for a reason.

The originators of the term “Dark Triad” describe the traits that make it up in this way: “To varying degrees, all three entail a socially malevolent character with behavior tendencies toward self-promotion, emotional coldness, duplicity, and aggressiveness.”

Not everyone who is highly successful or exceedingly rich displays these disturbing Dark Triad personality traits, but everyone who displays these Dark Triad traits is highly successful or exceedingly rich. Many of the elite who dominate our government, media, and corporations regularly exhibit these dark triad personality traits. In the Enron scandal, the elite fraudulently propped up the company’s stock price, leading thousands of unsuspecting employees to lose their retirement savings. The tobacco companies spent decades misleading people and covering up scientific evidence of the harmful nature of their product. During the 2008 financial crisis, big banks sold clients billions of dollars of deceptively valued securities tied to risky home mortgages. Mortgage lenders qualified people for loans, knowing their clients could not repay them. Pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma marketed OxyContin for years after the company learned that the drug was highly addictive, resulting in an opioid crisis. Jeff Bezos is a notoriously mean boss and a cheapskate. Bill Gates is obsessed with population control. Hillary Clinton was accused of treating people poorly when she was the First Lady, and Donald Trump’s past infidelities, poor decisions, and infidelities have been documented. Examine any successful politician, corporate exec, athlete, or celebrity through the lens of the Dark Triad and you will easily be able to identify the behaviors and traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. You may even notice them in your boss at work.

Psychologists have found that those with greater wealth, status, and power are more likely to have one or more Dark Triad personality traits. In fact, higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior. Several studies have found that upper-class individuals are more likely than lower-class individuals to break the law while driving, exhibit unethical decision making tendencies, take valued goods from others, lie during negotiations, cheat to increase their chance of winning a prize, and endorse unethical behavior at work.

In our system, it is the wealthy who are the ones with the means to be elected into government positions of power. Since we can establish that those with more wealth and power behave badly, then we as citizens ought to be wary of all increases in government size and decreases in individual rights. Our founding fathers found this deeply concerning. George Washington warned that “ Government is not reason, it is not eloquence,—it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action”

“Irresponsible action” is something our elite have perfected in recent decades. Failing to protect our country from the attacks on September 11th, 2001, the failed wars in the middle east, the housing bubble and financial crisis of 2008 and subsequently bailing themselves out at the expense of the people, spying on American citizens, the mixed messaging on the COVID-19 Pandemic and the botched handling of it, and the catastrophe of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

The genesis of everyone of these events of the past two decades can be directly or indirectly linked to the government having too much power and the Dark Triad elites who wield it behaving badly. John Adams wisely and correctly wrote that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Adams was not speaking only of the elite who rule us, but also of us as citizens. The average citizen must focus on their own morality and then absolutely demand moral behavior from the elite whom we temporarily cede power to. And we must restore the power they have to a very limited function. This was the original intent. For perhaps our elites who designed our system knew of their own Dark Triad tendencies and created an experiment that they knew would depend on what Lincoln referred to as “the better angels of our nature.”

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Will Democrats Do What They Must?

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On a warm August evening in 1974, President Richard M. Nixon said from the Oval Office that he was resigning, becoming the first president to do so. He confessed that he no longer had “a strong enough political base in the Congress” to finish his term.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, Ariz., the 1964 GOP presidential nominee, was a respected conservative leader in a Senate whose Republican ranks were less conservative than now. In a May 1973 interview with Time magazine, Goldwater had given an early warning, “If it can be proved that he (Nixon) lied, resignation would have to be considered. It would be quick. Everything would be over, ended. It wouldn’t drag out like impeachment.”

At a regular Senate Republican Conference lunch on august 6 of 1974, Goldwater had fumed: “There are only so many lies you can take, and now there has been one too many. Nixon should get his ass out of the White House today!” When he went to see President Nixon, Goldwater confided, “There’s not more than 15 senators for you.” After that showdown, the curtain on President Nixon’s presidency came down three days later.

In this challenging time in our history when President Biden’s competency is under serious question, will Democrat leaders have the courage to do the same? With this report, more Democrats and Independents will be less inclined to vote for Biden. That may very well impact the future of many Democrat politicians whose own election could be impacted if their voting base stays home. After his Wednesday night address, the evidence that Biden is in trouble is plainly obvious.

President Biden’s poll numbers are now at an all time low. The shocking Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Hur report suggests that Biden should not be indicted because Biden is “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” that a jury would be unlikely to convict. The Special Counsel also noted that Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen;” he noted that such actions “present serious risks to national security.” It is clearly a risk for Biden to remain in office.

When President Biden addressed the country after the report was disclosed, he asserted that his memory was fine, and the report confirms that he was not indicted and did nothing wrong. His comments to the press questions were combative and defensive. He took no personal responsibility, blaming his staff for the faulty storage of classified documents. His message was strident and clear-Trump is guilty, and I did nothing wrong.

If he is not competent to stand trial for his actions, how can he be confident enough to remain president? It’s time for a private confrontation by Democrat leadership. If Biden does not listen, it is time to exercise the 25th amendment option to remove him from office.

It is not easy to use that 25th Amendment option. It is even more difficult with only 9 months before a critical national election. Waiting until the Democrat Convention in August leaves little time to right the ship and promote a replacement candidate.

Democrats, do your job to clean out your own house. President Biden is not competent to meet the challenges of our time. Do it now or pay the price in November. As Republicans, we hope you let Biden remain your candidate, but that is selfish. President Biden is our current leader and his decisions impact all of us and a world in turmoil. This isn’t about politics. We can’t afford even eleven more months of a mentally incompetent President.

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Claudine Gay, Ex-Harvard President, Will Strike it Rich in 2024

Gay will be a hot ticket at conferences leading up to the 2024 election.

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If she were a straight white male, Claudine Gay’s career in academia would have been completely finished weeks ago. Along with the presidents of MIT and (then) University of Pennsylvania, as a result of Gay’s anti-Semitism and her disastrous testimony before Congress in December, much of the country was in an uproar.

Pretzel Logic

Days later, when it was discovered that Gay had plagiarized or inappropriately paraphrased and lifted passages from other authors, from a variety of academic works, that would have sealed her fate. In this utterly illogical age of unreason, just the opposite of what ought to happen actually did happen. The Harvard bigwigs backed her!

Gay punched all of the intersectionality buttons: Black, gay, female, and what else you want to throw into the mix. So was she not terminated from her widely visible, high-profile position. Luckily for Harvard, she quit as president! She retains her cushy post as professor, however, at $900,000 per year. And more amazing good fortune likely is in store for her. She may well reap an income bonanza unlike most other college presidents in the U.S. or around the world.

You have to understand that Gay is actually a hero to many factions on the Left. Let’s see … she stood up to the man! She let Congress have it with both barrels. She defended her academic turf. She stuck with what she believes in. She didn’t kowtow to the U.S. pro-Israeli faction. She spoke her truth! My goodness, what a leader, what a noble soul, what a speaker we might have at our convention!

Media Darlings

A variety of questionable figures on the Left have become darlings to groups who lap up their every word. If you think this won’t happen with Ms. Gay, think again.

Unbelievably, the parents of Trayvon Martin became media darlings. Martin was a violent teenager who punched a bus driver in the face, stole money and other items at school, and was suspended from school at the time of his death. He met his fate while pounding George Zimmerman’s head into a sidewalk.

Democratic groups have celebrated the Martins ever since then. Their public appearances were considered to be special. In another minute, with a cracked skull, Zimmerman might have bled out and died, making Martin a murderer.

Honored at the DNC Convention

The parents of Michael Brown also made the rounds and were accorded celebrity status. The super-sized 18-year-old from Ferguson, MO had stolen cigars and choked a small Asian convenience store clerk just 10 minutes before he had tried to wrestle a gun away from an officer sitting in his police car.

Had Brown, whose fingerprints were all over the officer’s car, successfully taken the officer’s gun, Brown, too, might have been a murderer. At the Democrat National Convention attendees couldn’t get enough of Brown’s noble mother. Sadly, the city of Ferguson, MO, paid Brown’s family an extorted $1.5 million, largely due to fears of more mob violence.

If parents who’ve raised career criminals are celebrated, what are Claudine Gay’s prospects?

Prospects Aplenty

Presumably, she has no violent incidents in her past. Prior to her resignation as Harvard president she may have already, privately signed on with one of the top speaker’s bureaus from either in Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. Bureaus value having partisan speakers in their lineup when they can book such individuals at large conferences and conventions. Gay will be a hot ticket leading up to the 2024 election.

She will be featured as the head liner at many conferences.

How much can she glean from such appearances? The floor is 20 to 40 thousand per outing, but 50 to 75 thousand is within reach, of which the bureau takes 25%. At that level of earnings for a speech, she could easily exceed another $900,000 by the end of the year. Will you earn $1,800,000 in the next ten years?

Knowing No Bounds

As one audience after another offers her special treatment, her already outsized, over-privileged ego will know no bounds, and all of her past sins will be long forgotten. The groups to whom she speaks will consider themselves to have done their part in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Gay’s intersectionality seals the deal, so by any measure, it’s a win-win-win (bureau, speaker, and audience) for Leftists.

To those on the Right, such developments are sickening, but we’ve come to accept that this is the world as it is currently. With all the devastation and destruction promulgated by the Biden administration, we have much bigger fish to fry.

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