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The Political Class - the Democrats [AKA leftist/socialists] and Republicans [AKA radical right NEOCON autocrats] , paticularly the ones running for President in 2008 - undeniably suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

This article explains alot about the Political Class. It brings to mind the Bible verse, "By their fruits ye shall know them."

If the following does not describe 90 to 95% of the so-called Presidential candidates we are being offered [as well as U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives] then nothing does.

Link: http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis1/p21-pe07.html

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

- has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)

- is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

- believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

- requires excessive admiration

- has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

- lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others

- is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her

shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

Differential Diagnosis
Histrionic Personality Disorder; Antisocial Personality Disorder; Borderline Personality Disorder; Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder; Schizotypal Personality Disorder; Paranoid Personality Disorder; Manic Episodes; Hypomanic Episodes; Personality Change Due to a General Medical Condition; symptoms that may develop in association with chronic substance use.

This begs the question: Should persons with such a mental health issue be trusted in positions of enormous power that impact the lives and rights of literally hundreds of millions of people?

The answer to that question is obviously NO.

I am no mental health professional, but it seems that Ron Paul is the only candidate for President to whom the diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder does not apply.
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