After much review and thought, Political Night Train has distilled the Democratic candidates down to two key issues for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: Character and Competence. Of those two issues, none is more important than Character, and under Character, for both Obama and Clinton the main are of focus is “Trust”. One advantage of this rather long Democratic primary is that it has clearly shown that both Obama and Hillary have different, but major weaknesses when it comes to “Trust”.
For Hillary the trust issue has been along and winding road, going back many years and is due to her ingrained personality traits, those being, a major world class control freak, extreme narcissistic personality disorder, and as Bill Safire said, “a congenital liar”. The lies have now become pathological. Hillary just cannot tell the truth. It all starts with her unwillingness to be truthful to herself, and this is simply a defense mechanism.
The Bosnia lie was not the latest. Now Hillary tells a story about how her father taught her to shoot a gun. That now makes her pro-gun rights. Anyone who believes this latest story has been in deep freeze, or on another planet. Here are a few more:
Lied about a $100,000 bribe, camouflaged as futures trades, from Tyson Foods Inc. At issue was a $100,000 windfall from cattle futures after a $1,000 investment.
Lied about speculating in Health Care industry futures while overseeing legislative reform of same.
Failed to correct false testimony (i.e., lies) by co-defendant Ira Magaziner in Health Care trial.
Lied about ordering members of the Health Care Task Force to shred documents that were the target of a court probe.
Lied about and obstructed justice by ordering the shredding of Vince Foster’s documents in the Rose Law Firm.
In 1996, Hillary was accused by the Senate Special Whitewater Committee of ordering the removal of potentially damaging files related to Whitewater from Foster’s office on the night of his death and telling aides to lie about their removal. Of course, Hillary denied everything.
Obstructed justice by keeping her billing records, a document sought under subpoena, in the White House residence. Then lied about it.
Lied to investigators about her knowledge about billing records.
Lied to investigators about her involvement in the Castle Grande land flip con.
Lied about ordering the use of the FBI to discredit Travel Office employees.
Lied to investigators about her involvement in the firing of Travel Office Employees (Travelgate). In May 1993, the co-president was accused of having a central hand in firing several long-time employees of the White House Travel Office, the better to give the pricey travel business to her Hollywood pals, Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Harry Thomason. Hillary denied everything and when Whitewater Independent Counsel Robert Ray investigated Travelgate, he concluded that there was substantial evidence that involved Hillary but not enough to warrant an indictment.
A Federal judge orders a trial on July 25, 1994 to determine if Hillary Clinton’s heath care task force illegally operated in secret.
Here then are some of the characteristics of a narcissistic personality disorder, note that Hillary displays all these characteristics:
Remember that a narcissist’s goal is attention. His or her whole life is a game of monopoly for it all. Keep in mind that attention comes in many forms, including regard, love, and respect.
Slander others, or treat them like dirt
Lack of empathy, or play-acting empathy, such as tears-on-demand
It’s all about getting attention
Projecting a image of oneself, even if it means telling lies
Projecting an image of oneself such that others owe the person all their attention without having to ask for it.
For Barack Obama, the full picture has not yet developed as it has for Hillary. However, we do know that there are major trust issues related to Obama’s long term relationship with Jeremiah Wright, Trinity United Church of Christ, and James Meeks. Obama’s embrace of Black Liberation Theology, as preached by both Wright and Meeks has questioned whether voters should trust what he is saying on the campaign trail, or what he has practiced, through TUCC for the past 20 years.