Politicians: Sociopaths or Pathological Liars

Most citizens consider a partly true or a “bent” story intended to scare, seduce or mislead others a lie. For sure career politicians bend the truth about everything, large and small. Thus, a career politician’s rhetoric is mostly a lie. We citizens have come to accept this as rather than demand the whole truth. Why?

A large percentage of U.S. career politicians are lawyers. Lawyers as part of the “adversary truth” process are trained to bend the truth and lie to benefit their client. It is up to the lawyer’s adversary to do the same and expose any lies. While this is a reasonable process in a legal setting it is not in the best interest of our Nation, but unfortunately, all career politician now practice the adversary truth process.

All politicians should be considered sociopaths (lies incessantly to get their way and do so with little concern for others) or pathological liars (lies out of habit as their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions). Either way voters need to dig for the truth rather than rely upon politician rhetoric, media sound bites and negative ads for information. We must not be trapped into believing what we want to hear. Knowing the whole truth is the only way to assure needed changes can be implemented. Become informed.

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Dr. Cleland’s Ph.D. is from Purdue University where he specialized in complex systems theory. His technical training and experiences includes analyses of many types of systems, involvement with numerous federal, state, and local agencies, and management of a broad set of set of professionals, services, and trades people. He has managed scientists, engineers, policemen, firefighters, environment, health, safety and emergency planning experts, building trades and maintenance crafts personnel, and others.

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