When you’re dealing with a sociopath who is a leader, a few things happen, usually in this order.
First, they show up on the scene and they’re charming and commanding. Most people are convinced that they will bring necessary change. A few will enter into more of a worship-like state. Those who see the truth are condemned by the sociopath’s supporters.
Second, the changes begin coming and most everyone thinks the changes are AMAZING. Stories are created of how awesome the sociopath is, and all his great exploits. More will move toward adoration. The condemnation of the opposition grows and the situation becomes more polarized.
Third, there will be a groundswell of sweeping changes … Many changes will be unpopular in the people-group the sociopathic leader serves, in part because the program’s implemented were just as “grand” as the sociopath himself, but are lacking in substance and sustenance. But because the ground has been laid, many will feel obligated to support … It only makes sense to. More people will oppose … But many of them will do so from a point of silence (which equals acceptance), saying “I was forced to” and “I had no choice”.
Fourth, the sociopath will attempt to make himself THE leader, whether in reality or just in the eyes of the people. He/she will attempt to depose the current system of leadership and replace it with something as grand as himself. People of the inner circle who question these tactics will be removed, one way or another. During this phase things become very polarized, you’re either in or you’re out. Gaslighting is an extremely common tactic employed in this phase. Some of the opposition becomes extremely vocal and outraged, but they are usually dismissed as being whack jobs or as over-reacting. Often the opposition ends up fighting within itself, rather than accomplishing anything grand.
Fifth, one of two things happen … Either the sociopath is removed from his place of influence, or the take-over becomes complete. We’ve seen this pattern over and over and over again – read any history book. There are those who set themselves up as kings … And those who deal with those who set themselves up as kings.
Gender-neutral bathrooms, anyone? Taxpayer-paid anatomy changes and abortions?