Is America Ruled By Psychopaths?
The Government uses the Law to
Harm People and Shield the Establishment
by Prof John Kozy
June 8, 2010
Most Americans know that politicians make
promises they never fulfill; few know that politicians make promises
they lack the means to fulfill, as President Obama's political
posturing on the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
makes perfectly clear.
Obama has made the following statements:
He told his "independent commission"
investigating the Gulf oil spill to "thoroughly examine the
disaster and its causes to ensure that the nation never faces
such a catastrophe again." Aside from the fact that presidential
commissions have a history of providing dubious reports and ineffective
recommendations, does anyone really believe that a way can be
found to prevent industrial accidents from happening ever again?
Even if the commissions findings and recommendations succeed in
reducing the likelihood of such accidents, doesn't this disaster
prove that it only takes one? And unlikely events happen every
The president has said, "if laws
are insufficient, they'll be changed." But no president has
this ability, only Congress has, and the president must surely
know how difficult getting the Congress to effectively change
anything is. He also said that "if government oversight wasn't
tough enough, that will change, too." Will it? Even if he
replaces every person in an oversight position, he can't guarantee
it. The people who receive regulatory positions always have ties
to the industries they oversee and can look forward to lucrative
jobs in those industries when they leave governmental service.
As long as corporate money is allowed to influence governmental
action, neither the Congress nor regulators can be expected to
change the laws or regulatory practices in ways that make them
effective, and there is nothing any president can do about it.
Even the Congress' attempt to raise the corporate liability limit
for oil spills from $75 million to $10 billion has already hit
The President has said that "if laws
were broken, those responsible will be brought to justice"
and that BP would be held accountable for the "horrific disaster."
He said BP will be paying the bill, and BP has said it takes responsibility
for the clean-up and will pay compensation for "legitimate
and objectively verifiable" claims for property damage, personal
injury, and commercial losses. But "justice" is rendered
in American courts, not by the executive branch. Any attempts
to hold BP responsible will be adjudicated in the courts at the
same snail's pace that the responsibility for the Exxon-Mobile
Alaska oil spill was adjudicated and likely will have the same
The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in
Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989. In Baker v. Exxon, an
Anchorage jury awarded $287 million for actual damages and $5
billion for punitive damages, but after nineteen years of appellate
jurisprudence, the Supreme Court on June 25, 2008 issued a ruling
reducing the punitive damages to $507.5 million, roughly a tenth
of the original jury's award. Furthermore, even that amount was
reduced further by nineteen years of inflation. By that time,
many of the people who would have been compensated by these funds
The establishment calls this justice.
Do you? Do those of you who reside in the coastal states that
will ultimately be affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster
really believe that the President can make good on this promise
of holding BP responsible? By the time all the lawsuits filed
in response to this disaster wend their ways through the legal
system, Mr. Obama will be grayed, wizened, and ensconced in a
plush chair in an Obama Presidential Library, completely out of
the picture and devoid of all responsibility.
Politicians who engage in this duplicitous
posturing know that they can't fulfill their promises. They know
they are lying; yet they do it pathologically. Aesop writes, "A
liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth."
Perhaps that's why politicians never do.
Government in America consists of law.
Legislators write it, executives apply it, and courts adjudicate
it. But the law is a lie. We are told to respect the law and that
it protects us. But it doesn't. Think about it people! The law
and law enforcement only come into play secundum vitium (after
the crime). The police don't show up before you're assaulted,
robbed, or murdered; they come after. So how does that protect
you? Yes, if a relationship of trust is violated, you can sue
if you can afford it, and even that's not a sure thing. (Remember
the victims of the Exxon-Valdez disaster!) Even if the person
who violated the relationship gets sanctioned, will you be "made
whole"? Most likely not! Relying on the law is a fool's errand.
It's enacted, enforced, and adjudicated by liars.
The law is a great crime, far greater
than the activities it outlaws, and there's no way you can protect
yourself from it. The establishment protects itself. The law does
not protect people. It is merely an instrument of retribution.
It can only be used, often ineffectively, to get back at the malefactor.
It never un-dos the crime. Executing the murderer doesn't bring
back the dead. Putting Ponzi schemers in jail doesn't get your
money back. And holding BP responsible won't restore the Louisiana
marshes, won't bring back the dead marine and other wildlife,
and won't compensate the victims for their losses. Carefully watch
what happens over the next twenty years as the government uses
the law to shield BP, Transocean, and Halliburton while the claims
of those affected by the spill disappear into the quicksand of
the American legal system.
Jim Kouri, citing FBI studies, writes
that "some of the character traits exhibited by serial killers
or criminals may be observed in many within the political arena.;"
they share the traits of psychopaths who are not sensitive to
altruistic appeals, such as sympathy for their victims or remorse
or guilt over their crimes. They possess the personality traits
of lying, narcissism, selfishness, and vanity. These are the people
to whom we have entrusted our fate. Is it any wonder that America
is failing at home and world-wide?
Some may say that this is an extreme,
audacious claim. I, too, was surprised when I read Kouri's piece.
But anecdotal evidence to support it is easily cited. John McCain
said "bomb, bomb, bomb" during the last presidential
campaign in response to a question about Iran. No one in government
has expressed the slightest qualms about the killing of tens of
thousands of people in both Iraq and Afghanistan who had absolutely
nothing to do with what happened on nine/eleven or the deliberate
targeting of women and children by unmanned drones in Pakistan.
What if anything distinguishes serial killers from these governmental
officials? Only that they don't do the killing themselves but
have others do it for them. But that's exactly what most of the
godfathers of the cosa nostra did.
So, there are questions that need to be
posed: Has the government of the United States of America become
a criminal enterprise? Is the nation ruled by psychopaths? Well,
how can the impoverishment of the people, the promotion of the
military-industrial complex and endless wars and their genocidal
killing, the degradation of the environment, the neglect of the
collapsing infrastructure, and the support of corrupt and authoritarian
governments (often called democracies) abroad be explained? Worse,
why are corporations allowed to profiteer during wars while the
people are called upon to sacrifice? Why hasn't the government
ever tried to prohibit such profiteering? It's not that it can't
In the vernacular, harming people is considered
a crime. It is just as much a crime when done by governments,
legal systems, or corporations. The government uses the law to
harm people or shield the establishment from the consequences
of harming people all the time. Watch as no one from the Massey
Energy Co. is ever prosecuted for the disaster at the Upper Big
Branch coal mine. When corporations are accused of wrongdoing,
they often reply that what they did was legal, but legal is not
a synonym for right. When criminals gain control, they legalize
Unless the government of the United States
changes its behavior, this nation is doomed. No one in government
seems to realize that dissimulation breeds distrust, distrust
breeds suspicion, and suspicion eventually arouses censure. Isn't
that failure of recognition by the establishment a sign of criminal