I have a link to an interesting video. As far as I can tell, it was made by a committee working for Newt Gingrich. The video is about the workings of Bain Capital — the organization that Mitt Romney formed, and it shows how he made his money. It put Bain Capital in a very bad light. If I am to believe the video, Bain, with Mitt as CEO ruined a lot of lives. They put thousands out on the streets. The URL of the video appears at the end of this blog.
So far Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are criticizing Romney’s bad behavior and the bad behavior of his company. But they are both opposed to proposing any laws putting an end to Bain’s leveraged buyouts, modifying them, or even the proper procedures for handling laid-off workers. So, are Gingrich and Perry as bad?
Gingrich made the comment that Bain’s actions are not traditional capitalism. I would have to ask Mr. Gingrich, “Where has he been for the last 30 or so years?” We still are able to create good competitive companies like, say, Microsoft or Apple, or Amazon, but, at the same time our business laws allow people to become billionaires by screwing their fellow human beings. Buying another company and simply throwing the workers away like garbage is very much a part of our capitalistic system. Do you think this is OK? That is what Bain did. They were very successful, but, of course they threw untold thousands out of jobs. Bain and people such as Rush Limbaugh have criticized the making of the film — and putting capitalism in a bad light — rather than it’s contents. So, maybe the film, as nasty as it is, is quite accurate.
If we Americans are going to let capitalism continue in its present form, how about, at least, allowing a good health care system to survive instead of continually threatening to destroy it? How about bolstering Social Security and Medicare instead of trying to destroy that? How about expanding unemployment coverage? The Republicans have continually been cheerleaders of nineteenth- century capitalism. The rest of the civilized world has outgrown that. As a Republican was once quoted, “Greed is Good!” Well, how much greed is good and when does it begin to cause the destruction of a nation? We need to think about this — before our beloved capitalism destroys us.
Imagine – if you can – not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.
And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.
Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.
You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.
You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences will most likely remain undiscovered.
Is that a fair description of Bain Capitol? Is it a fair description of Mitt Romney? Looking at the past behavior of Newt Gingrich, is it a fair description of him? You and I can wrestle with that.
I will tell you this, though. That is the accepted description of psychopathic behavior.