Certainly, he can’t be expected to remember such an inconsequential (to him) event.
Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents remembered as ‘vicious.‘ “The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another.” but, “Governor Romney has no memory of participating in these incidents.” Does not recall.
The people closed round, and looked at Monsieur the Marquis. There was nothing revealed by the many eyes that looked at him but watchfulness and eagerness; there was no visible menacing or anger. Neither did the people say anything; after the first cry, they had been silent, and they remained so. The voice of the submissive man who had spoken, was flat and tame in its extreme submission. Monsieur the Marquis ran his eyes over them all, as if they had been mere rats come out of their holes.
He took out his purse.
“It is extraordinary to me,” said he, “that you people cannot take care of yourselves and your children. One or the other of you is for ever in the, way. How do I know what injury you have done my horses. See! Give him that.”
He threw out a gold coin for the valet to pick up, and all the heads craned forward that all the eyes might look down at it as it fell. The tall man called out again with a most unearthly cry, “Dead!”
Targets of Opportunity
Men as deities don’t accept others — ‘them’ as having Rights. Why the victim as ‘gay’ was less the issue than being a ‘them’ target of opportunity, for feeling an endorphin high, a power money might rush from the top of the pecking order.
Two wrestlers were holding the victim down for the hair cutting but the victim who didn’t fight back adequately to the old-South, couldn’t ‘man up,’ deserved his corrective treatment for having long hair, being a ‘trouble-maker‘ by being effete, different, Them. For the ‘if anyone (who cares) was offended‘ ‘apology’ as a ducat flicked out of the St. Evrémond carriage window with a snap of the whip to hurry on. Dismissive.
An accomplice says
“It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Personalities are set by the age of seven. Bullies are sociopathic without empathy — Antisocial Personality Disorder is a mental health condition, a character flaw, in which a person manipulates, exploits, or violates the rights of others.
‘A person with antisocial personality disorder may: Be able to act witty and charming.’ Ted Bundy, charming enough. Pretty smile. A great guy.
Be good at flattery and manipulating other people’s emotions. As his accomplices in the assault were enrolled to do ‘something stupid.’ ‘Not show guilt or remorse,’ as the Marquis St. Evrémond from The Tale of Two Cities.
Bullying resonates with bullies. The ‘genetic factors and child abuse’ is to pretend that they aren’t incorrigible from born resonance within their role of the soul. To keep hope of treatment alive. Why do some abused grow up to fight abuse, and others to uphold an attractive tradition?
Beauty is symmetry. Infants can distinguish the beautiful from the ordinarily lop-sided. Some born with great beauty have empathy for the common. And others enjoy their good fortune as providential opportunity to torture, to prey on the less so, from a lack of empathy in a congenital deficiency of humanity within the soul of that person. There’s no known treatment because routinely they can’t give a definite why. As Eric Smith:
You may think I’m a threat to the well-being of society. And I can understand why you would feel that way. The fact is that I’m not. I’d be an asset to society.
Some needing therapy, others juvenile life imprisonment, based on ‘looks’ excused with a must have been inadequately loved as the angelic King brothers who bashed their father’s head in with a baseball bat. Misunderstood. Have feelings of inadequacy. Are ignorant buffoons. Impulse control and anger ‘issues.’
There are two types of bullies. The private bully that eschews any public display, like a protection racket or extortion. Getting the money is the point, not calling attention. Then there’s public humiliation, that’s all about creating attention, a demonstration of power. Bringing the victim down like a gazelle on the Serengeti. Leading a group against a victim reinforces the group acceptance, validated as leader, and victimized both the target and followers. Large and in charge.
Learns to Prey from Safety
Personality Disorders are famously intractable to treatment because the personality is integral to the psyche, to who the person is. ‘Nothing wrong with me.’ ‘Talking’ and incarceration only to persuade what they’ve been doing has caused trouble, for them. ‘Empathy’ never enters the considerations of the Antisocial Narcissist.
Predators, bullies, never change, only evolve in tactics by Rule of Law and lack of targets of opportunity. The issue isn’t whether they’ll continue with these ‘tendencies,’ the core personality already realized by the age of seven. Most who aren’t in prison develop the ability to operate within the bounds of society in a continuum of severity to psychopathic personality (psychopathy). Learn to prey from safety.
As with all things, starting out pulling the wings off insects, to the coward who leads a crowd to assault, some are content to torment those foolish enough to get within range, i.e. employees and family members, and others eventually graduate to ‘big game’ hunter. Of targets of opportunity.
There’s no criminality when the law is on their side. Much lobbying effort is and will be expended to make sure it is by preying on the political system, dismissive of inconvenient laws except to change them.
The Man Already Made
On the one hand, this is to be excused as a childhood peccadillo, well beyond the age of Bar Mitzvah, when the man has already been made. ‘To be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, a person must have had a conduct disorder during childhood.’ if that ‘childhood’ excuse is to be believed, only proves the case. Consistent with ‘Symptoms tend to peak during the late teenage years and early 20s.’
Joking around. Having a good time. Showing leadership.
Gary Davis’ of ‘smells like nigger shit’ isn’t expected to become empathetic, but to avoid making comments like that on the job. As rape, the physical or verbal assault is to humiliate. With any opportunity, he’s humiliating someone somewhere as the plantation manager hollering ‘we have a doctor working here, ha ha.’
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
There’s nothing new here since before there were humans. Marquis St. Romney was only being consistent with his Role of the Soul, with old-South values of bullying in a dominion ‘way of life.’ A character.
Whenever a history of bullying arises in the old-South dominion culture, there’s a happy face on it. Or a redemptive face on it. Or a wafered and forgiven ‘in the past’ face on it.
Or an ‘it’s my wife’ face on it.
Domestic abuse is just such an opportunity of the strong to prey on the weak. As long as the behavior doesn’t progress to physical assaults beyond the age of majority on those with legal standing, women and minorities until recently fair game, all’s well. ‘Correcting her.
By Unintended Consequences, this revelation of bullying only cements the Marquis St. Romney as the old-South’s kind of man, an Inveterate Misanthropic Corporatist without empathy for the common beyond a honed ‘do not recall’ expedient version of the Fifth Amendment. Neither admission nor denial, without liability. Dismissive.
Loyalist faith-basis of xenophobic justification and Ba’al’s power money might removes the ability to show the negative consequences of Norquist and the Tea Party bullying the political system into a lower credit rating.
Bullying for no-oversight of the financial system. Bullying to no Human Labor or Civil Rights. Bullying by requiring a super-majority for any legislation.
Inveterate misanthropes are inherently anti-social psychopathic, with no use for ’empathy’ beyond fatuous statements to diffuse the anger of customers that’d been hosed by marketing say-whatever for do-whatever after Getting Paid. Cheery-bye. Smiling. Feigned ’empathy’ emotions are purely a Customer Service show in furtherance of the profitability goal.
Predator or Prey: Choose
Why everybody in prison needs access to a shank or gang protection. If you let yourself get ‘punked,’ you’ll die from lack of respect, become one of ‘them.’ To be preyed upon. In the ultimate of old-South animistic survival ethic.
While the old -South derides President Obama for having been a ‘community organizer,’ what he was doing had Virtue, of care.
In the Marquis St. Romney’s context, it’s only tactics and opportunities for ‘targets,’ without care.
Bully or Empathy: Choose
If viscous bullying resonates, vote with the old-South for the say-do-whatever bully who couldn’t care to remember which of so many ‘that he led that got out of hand joking around,‘ tone-deaf to ‘them’ – ‘you people’ as having Rights.
A perfectly fine and 50-most beautiful Spectacularly Wealthy Guy without malice, or care.
Monsieur Marquis St. Romney’s been running after a pretty presidential feather for his tricone since 1968.
George Washington: Truthfulness as Character
While the George Washington chopping down a cherry tree and telling his father the truth story was a Mason Weems lie, truthfulness as character was taught as mother’s milk when I was a child.
Never one who found lying palatable, the story resonated with me.
The anti-social personality may be able to moderate that behavior, but the fundamental sociopathic urge, the character as taught of George Washington’s truthfulness, continues throughout. Remains.
Not only an empty say-do-whatever suit and empty pretense of being able to ‘relate’ jeans, an empty heart.