by Chris Stevenson
Remember when Herman Cain’s wife came to his defense back in mid-November in response to growing accusations of sexual harassment and attempted infidelity? She made a statement however then that may be more revealing than anticipated in light of a recent study. It came as a surprise to some-present company included-that Cain’s wife is African American. At the time of this writing there are 5 accusers (the latest one claiming to have had an actual 13-year-affair with Cain) and three of them who’ve shown their faces are white. The others have kept their identities a secret for fear of not becoming another Anita Hill (whatever that means).
Gloria Cain choose to use a little process-of-elimination and state that for Cain to have done all those things, means he would have to have a “split personality.” Cain of course is a conservative, a black conservative. In the eyes of many his whole life is one of duality. Most of his personal views are not in common with most African Americans, in fact he prefers to not even be identified as African American: “I am an American. Black. Conservative. I don’t use African American.” In a separate statement he rants, “African Americans have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view.” He lacks empathy for the working-class, and especially non-working Americans. This makes him on schedule with a recent study on conservatives by Marcus Arvan PhD., of the University of Tampa. called “Bad News for Conservatives? Moral Judgments and the Dark Triad Personality Traits: A Correlational Study.”
This “Dark Triad” he talks about are the three most frequently seen negative qualities displayed by people identifying themselves as conservatives; Machiavellianism, Narcissism, and Psychopathy, and based on a moral institution survey (MIS) involving 302 male, 257 female, and 2 transgender liberals or conservatives whose median age is 28.
“Commonsense suggests that there is a relationship between personality traits and moral value judgments. History is particularly suggestive in this regard. Consider for example the following historical figures. Their personalities, and some of their more notable moral judgments: Adolf Hitler (mass murder), notable personality trait(s); ‘counteractive narcissism,’ a type that is stimulated by real and imagined insult or injury (Murray 1938): notable moral judgment(s): anti-semitic” Now Arvan uses the same formula against a less extreme personality: “Jean-Jacques Rousseau (political philosopher), notable personality trait(s); notoriously vain, ungrateful, and paranoid (Rousseau 1782); notable moral judgment(s): moral and political philosophy focused on inequality and envy (Rousseau 1754, 1762)… in each case the person’s moral judgments ‘fit’ their personality,” according to this online study site. These traits are matched against issues like economic justice, gay marriage, gun control and capital punishment. In short the overall result of this is the strong relation between conservatives and the aforementioned negative personalities.
The Dark Triad is not a new category of traits, and this isn’t the first time an observation between political party and decision-making and personality trait has been done. A few years ago I took note of another similar study. What they do for me is confirm my belief about why it’s so hard to get through to people of conservative disposition. Especially black ones.
Gloria Cain said weeks ago, “to hear such graphic allegations and know that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman, and I know that’s not the person he is. He’s totally respects women… and I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that she said.” Split personality, or it’s clinical terminologies; multiple personality disorder, or dissociative identity disorder are perhaps what Mrs Cain is more referring to. Of the 3 of Arvad’s “Dark Triad” negative personality traits, Machiavellian matches up best with those disorders. Machiavellian is a tendency to deceive and manipulate. Not just typical cheating, cheating from a man spending inordinate amounts of time trying to prove to you he is an independent clean-living man of family values.
Were I to use Arvad’s formula (as opposed to Gloria just calling the producers of “Cheaters”), what then is Herman Cain’s (black conservative, former fast-food executive, presidential candidate, accused sexual groper and now cheater) notable personality trait(s)? A form of Machiavellianism that is closely tied to self-righteousness and psychopathy: Trying to solve economic, political, and governmental problems with the same principles he used to solve junk-food-chain-restaurant problems (please send picture of principles). Notable moral judgments? Thinks everybody is lazy except for conservatives.
A new story by the Daily Beast says however that Gloria is not as Cain-washed as many of us suspect, but has simply been playing along with Mr. Split Personality in order to give their marriage an aura of peace, and provide the all-important united-couple public front. The Beast quotes a source close to the Cains who says the accusations regarding him and these women are only knew to us, not only has she known, but the two have lived in separate quarters for years.
These facts are slowly coming out in the face of fast-rising skepticism about President Obama and his policies. That begs a full-scale study about American voters in itself and food for thought in light of an anticipated announcement from Candy-Cain this weekend.
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