John Ransom

JasonCharleston wrote: Sociopaths pay off the government so they can act dishonestly. They are always going to find someone to pay off in government to work dishonestly.

This should be completely obvious after the Obama administration. Apparently, not for some.- Washington and Wall Street are Broken; Here's Proof

Dear Jason,

I think you might be on to something.

While Michael Savage turned the phrase Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, I would take that a step further.

I would say that a fair number of people who seek elected office suffer from some sort of mental disorder that involves the ego, such as sociopathy or narcissism.

They learn how to mimic the traits of conscience without actually having empathy for others.

Only a mind so buffeted from reality could be as venial say as an Ed Towns, or Jon Corzine without suffering from some sort of breakdown.

We know that criminals in jail have much higher tendencies to these ego disorders. Perhaps a fair portion of politicians are just high-functioning sociopaths or narcissists, who by dint of higher intelligence choose their victim in a more socially acceptable way- through the ballot box.

It would be an interesting study to see if this were true.

But here’s the practical point: Our Founding Fathers understood that self-interest guided politics. They designed a system that limited political power and took advantage of individuals’ venality to create a system of laws, not men.

This is why modern liberalism is bound to fail. There is no morality in government, as our Founders knew. Only people are moral, not governments, not corporations, not non-profits. Liberals have the mistaken belief that by giving organizations power, they also give them morality.

In fact, just the opposite is true. 

Goverment, as we know, is made up of elected officials who too often are ruled by matters of ego rather than public good. Why would we give them more power over our lives?         

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance, host of Ransom Notes Radio and you can catch more of the best money advice and monetary commentary by him daily 10am PT, 1pm ET at or on Comcast Cable


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