Bagojevich Faces Triumph and Disaster Without Apology

I don’t know where I can get a copy of Blagojevich’s full “apology” but here is all I can find on some news sites. This from the reliably untrustworthy Associated Press:

“I’m here convicted of crimes … ,” Blagojevich said, “and I am accepting of it, I acknowledge it and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it.”

 “I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity and actions, words, things that I did, that I thought I could do,” he said.

And a statement after he was sentenced follows:

“Rudyard Kipling in his poem If, among the things he wrote, was ‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same,’” Blagojevich said. “Patti and I, and especially me, this is a time to be strong. This is a time to fight through adversity. This is a time for me to be strong for my children, to be strong for Patti. And this is also a time for Patti and me to get home, so we can explain to our kids, our babies Amy and Annie, what happened, what all this means and where we’re going from here. So we’re going to keep fighting on, through this adversity, and see you soon.”

Having dealt with municipal criminals for some time, I was wondering how Blago was going to “apologize” and never thought he could bring himself to do it.

And I believe I am correct.

This sample of his “apology” is exactly as far as he can go, as a sociopath.

If you read the words all in a row and look carefully at his conclusion, it simply says that he accepts the jury finding him guilty of stupidity.

Bravo Blago! You are still “winning.”

Blago wasn’t stupid enough to just apologize in the proper fashion:

1. Admit the wrongdoing.

2. Admit the harm.

3. Accept responsibility.

4. Apologize to those affected.

This means Blagojovich thinks he still has some cards to play – as all true criminals do. See if this description from fits Blago.

Profile of the Sociopath

This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning

They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

Grandiose Sense of Self

Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

Pathological Lying

Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities.

Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt

A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core.

Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions

When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

Incapacity for Love

Need for Stimulation

Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

Callousness/Lack of Empathy

Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature

Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency

Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

Irresponsibility/Unreliability Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity

Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle

Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility

Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.