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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.

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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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This is not the America we have known and loved. This is legal warfare striking at the heart of our republic. For the first time, an American President has been found guilty on 34 counts in a New York courtroom. As it now stands, he will be sentenced on July 11th. It may be unlikely Trump will be sentenced to prison, but even if the verdict ends up being repealed, what will be the result of this unanimous conviction on the November election and our growing political divide?

Will Americans rally behind a President wronged by a partisan assault on our legal system? Those who support him will clearly rally to his side. Within hours Trump doubled the record for daily contributions with a commitment of over $34 million, over twenty percent of which was from first time contributors. Right now, his support is growing.

That small New York jury, influenced by a biased judge, will not decide the future of America, voters will in November. Americans will have the opportunity to vote the verdict that counts most by reelecting Donald Trump President. But as positive as polls may appear right now for the past President, those voters who hate Trump are happy with the result and will show up at the polls to defeat that “felon” Trump.

The “Hate Trump” vote gave Biden the Presidency in 2020. Biden didn’t win on his personality or platform; it was the “hate Trumpers” who came out in record numbers to defeat Donald Trump. They have not gone away, and they now have more ammunition to fuel their hatred of the man.

Conservatives know that this next election is critical to the future of our republic. Candidate Biden presented himself as a harmless centrist ready to unite the country. But he governed as a progressive extremist using executive orders to end our energy independence, open our border to millions of illegal aliens, and spend our way into crippling inflation leaving many living paycheck to paycheck. Biden will claim that the rate of inflation has come down, but the result of months of inflation remain, putting more and more American on the brink of insolvency.

If people vote on whether they are better off after 4 years of Joe Biden, Trump’s conviction will mean little. Far too many Americans are hurting. No matter your age, politics, or race, if you can’t put food on the table for your family, you want a change. You remember what your life was like under Donald Trump. They will compare that to life under Joe Biden. The choice should be easy for another Trump victory.

But will that be the case in November. Now, there are strong reactions engendered by this kangaroo court and the travesty of these convictions. But it is a long way to November, and we are yet to see what the long-term impact of this court decision and possible additional convictions that may yet come. Some legal analysts have suggested that the New York case was the least likely charge to result in a conviction. Will Americans get weary of a wounded warrior, a President that is fighting against one partisan persecution after another?

Republicans are united in the belief that they must win this next election. Will there come a time that the baggage Trump carries into the election make his election unlikely? As of now, he is facing a failing opponent who has a hard time putting sentences together. But more and more Democrats are calling for Biden not to run and to find a new candidate to put forward.

What would happen if Biden steps down as President Johnson did? Who would Democrats put in his place? Would it be Michelle Obama? Some question putting a person up for election that has never been elected to any office. On the positive side, Michelle has no record to defend, she would bring back the aura of President Barack Obama’s Presidency, and she could easily disavow support for Biden’s controversial decisions. In short, she could be the Democrats dream candidate to rally behind.

On the morning after the verdicts and record donations to his campaign, Donald Trump said to America, “I will do what I have to do to save our country.” What if the early poll numbers for Trump begin to fade the closer we get to November? Would Donald Trump put America first if it looks more and more like he might lose to the candidate Democrats choose? Could he step down and campaign in support of a candidate with no negative baggage and powerful Contract with America? The Republicans have a strong bench of ready candidates and winning issues to support.

Right now, it is not clear his stepping down is necessary. But if it is, I hope that Donald Trump would put his love for country first. He has been wronged, but winning in November is more important than whether Donald Trump is our next President. Whoever Republicans elect would bring the right people to Washington and the policy priorities that matter to Americans would once again drive the focus of this great country.

Rest assured that if Trump is the Republican candidate in November, we must work to rally support for him. Just know that with the election irregularities that are sure to surface, our candidate must win big. If the GOP wins big, Democrats can’t cheat their way to victory. May Trump live up to his promise to do whatever he has to do to save this country, whether that means running himself or supporting someone else better positioned to win. But win we must! May it be so.

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Jewish students are being assaulted on American and European campuses with a viciousness that is reminiscent of 1938 Nazi Germany. The demonstrators, many of whom are professional agitators in their 40s who have been trained to cause mayhem, scream “kill the Jews” as they physically prevent Jewish students from attending classes. Jewish students were told to “go back to Poland.” In New York City, Jewish students at Cooper Union sheltered in a library while pro-Palestinian demonstrators banged on its glass windows and doors. Protesters at Tulane University assaulted a Jewish student, breaking his nose.

“This truly has been the worst antisemitism crisis on campus that we have seen for a generation,” said Edward Isaacs, president of the Union of Jewish Students in the UK, “and its impacts run deep throughout the Jewish student population.”

With few notable exceptions, college administrators have coddled the demonstrators instead of expelling them for committing assault, destroying university property and creating an unsafe environment. Local police have been told to stand down instead of enforcing the law.

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When it comes to choosing sides between violent antisemitic demonstrators and Jewish students who simply want an education, I am clearly coming to the defense of the innocent students. Instead of hearing angry responses from people who object to the flagrant contempt by the demonstrators for law and order, we have witnessed members of Congress, led by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Cori Bush (D-Minn.), express their demands that police should protect the violent demonstrators.

Omar and Bush have compared police responses after pro-Hamas protests on campus to the so-called Kent State massacre of May 4, 1970, where four students were killed by the Ohio National Guard. The students in that case were protesting against American military involvement in Vietnam. “On the 54th anniversary of the Kent State Massacre, students across our country are being brutalized for standing up to endless war,” Bush tweeted on X. “Our country must learn to actually uphold the rights of free speech & assembly upon which it was founded. Solidarity with our students.”

Are we denying the free speech and assembly rights of the demonstrators? The real question is, should we protect speech when it becomes violent? The answer is straightforward. When violence occurs, it is no longer about protecting free speech—the rule of law must be upheld. “Violence, vandalism, and antisemitic harassment and intimidation are not free speech and those engaging in this behavior should be held accountable,” read a statement from Congressman Adam Schiff’s office.

When it comes to free speech, the pro-Hamas protestors are intolerant of opposing points-of-view. One student at Columbia University made that clear when she expressed sympathy with pro-Palestinian protesters and not with students of opposing views. “At the end of the day,” she said, “I don’t want a relationship with students who don’t support the cause.” Free speech for me but not for thee.

Many of the current crop of demonstrators who are physically assaulting Jewish students, shouting “death to the Jews,” believe they have the right to exercise violence in support of their views and think they should bear no consequences for their violent actions. They are upset at the prospect of being suspended or expelled. Most of them wear keffiyeh and Covid masks, presumably to protect their future Goldman Sachs job prospects.

“I think that the university needs to start with dismissing all their charges against the students if they want to rebuild trust,” said a deluded student at Columbia. Alex Morey, director of campus rights advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, disagreed. “That doesn’t mean that students are immune from the consequences of their actions,” Morey said. “You don’t want to see cops in riot gear descend on peaceful student protests. But if they’re breaking the rules and engaging in civil disobedience … sometimes that’s what has to happen,” she says.

Beating up Jewish students and destroying campus property do not come under the heading of civil disobedience. They constitute a flagrant contempt for law and order. Such activities must be stopped right at the outset. Jewish students across America are terrified, as they should be. They will not feel safe on their college campuses as long as hateful, antisemitic rhetoric, violence or intimidation go unaddressed.

Violent, antisemitic demonstrators deserve to be arrested, put in jail, and then expelled from the university. Campus administrators like Minouche Shafik at Columbia who attempt to negotiate with the neo-Nazis are doing a disservice to our republic. University leaders should take “personal responsibility” for protecting Jewish students on campus, said UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. This is not 1938 and we must not give an inch to the haters.

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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