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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

THE TEA PARTY NEEDED A LEADER- HE IS HERE


THE TEA PARTY NEEDED A LEADER- HE IS HERE
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD.,Traditional Realist

The indisputable fact is the Tea Party was a real organic movement. There was no calling from an official to make arrangements to meet in Washington, D.C. The only thing these American patriots wanted to show the nation was there are many Americans who love and believe whole-heartedly in the United States Constitutional republic. There were plenty of recognized diverse public figures from all over America but no one assumed the mantle of leader.

These major events first in Washington, D.C. and later in cities throughout the states were orderly, cohesive and very civilized affairs.  Everyone who attended was respectful to others. Amazingly everyone cleaned up so there was not a piece of trash left. The range of people was a cross section of America.  There were entire families, individuals from all religions, ethic and racial groups. They all blended together, united by being proud and honored to be citizens of this extraordinary country. Most of them had never before been involved politically in any group.

The only ones who were disruptive or disrespectful to President Obama’s image came from the LaRouche Party. These members stuck out like sore thumbs. This fringe group that gave out hateful pamphlets, were ignored and shunned. The Tea Party members felt a spiritual kinship with each other and understood they all desired the continuation of our exceptionalism not of a venue to vent their anger. This movement was peaceful and respectful to all the speakers and to each other.

These members knew a leader would emerge. He did in the 2016 presidential primary race. He appeared in the center of sixteen other candidates. Donald Trump was center stage. His toughness, sarcastic humor, cleverness and most importantly, the love of America made him clearly stand out as a leader. He picked up the essence of the Tea Party mantle aligning his pledges with them.

The enthusiasm and connection with hard working Americans was obvious. His campaign pledges are being kept one after another to the amazement of his supporters and the chagrin of his detractors and haters. His communication to his audience is straight and clearly worded. President Trump’s explanations of why he did what he did, negotiating with other government leaders makes sense to his supporters. The progressive supporters found President Trump obnoxious and upsetting for the crude and insufficiently nuanced message for these supposedly sophisticated elites.

His courage to take on the entire progressive media has made him a folk hero to liberal conservatives and hated by globalists. He does not absorb the negative and often false narratives but rebuts them, unlike past republican presidents and other establishment republicans. He speaks with his deeds and actions not with smooth, convoluted double talk that is not backed up with meaningful consequences.

President Trump’s progressive detractors call him every pejorative imaginable. He is supposedly a fascist, racist, mentally unstable, low energy, poorly educated and on the verge of full blown Alzheimer’s. Although these claims are repeated continually, night and day by a chorus of progressive elites it has not resonated as his actions demonstrated how incorrect these claims are. He is practically everywhere giving unbelievable speeches with audiences in different states that are inspirational to them. His spontaneous non-prompted reactions are often hilarious and priceless.

President Trump is a warrior leader directing the traditional Americans on how to remain positive in the face of subversive attacks by the imbedded elites in the shadow government. These agency heads are supposed to enforce the laws passed by our representatives, instead they are attempting to enforce their own beliefs. Instead of enforcing the law they are being lawbreakers. Trump’s masterful chess playing moves with these arrogant bureaucrats is demonstrating to all of us that it is actually possible for his administration to “drain the swamp” and resurrect a government that follows the laws passed by the people.

The strategy of “Make America Great Again” would require borders with legal immigrants of merit who become assimilated and acculturated patriotic citizens.  They would be individual’s pledged to believe in the constitutional republic, limited government, capitalism, law and order, and blind equal justice for everyone under the law. These new citizens of the USA are proud to be part of this great nation.

The battle lines are drawn and the results of the mid-term election may put things in clearer focus. But America has a president that has the leadership ability “to drain the swamp” returning the government back to the forgotten people and make America once again the leader of the free world.


Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN  and a new just published book, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.
























Tuesday, August 07, 2018

KIDS USED TO IMITATE PARENTS, NOW PARENTS ACT LIKE KIDS


KIDS USED TO IMITATE PARENTS, NOW PARENTS ACT LIKE KIDS
By  Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist


In these modern times there are many new electronic devices introduced almost daily. The pace of change has shifted into fast gear on all levels of our culture. This change happened so rapidly, that it seemed like it was allowing little time to evaluate the consequences of these devices. They have altered the way we interact with others. Presently we have the ability to communicate with people directly in any part of the world. Parents and their children are no longer involved in intimate exchanges where parents can instill necessary skills, attitudes and moral lessons of our culture and civil society.

Both are interacting mostly with their “friends” and not enough with each other. The adults and children’s differences are melting into each other. Our traditional moral values of following the Ten Commandments in the family and community have been swept away replaced by selfish ones. Accumulating and spending wealth has superseded doing what is right to others to create a wholesome environment. Exploiting of others to increase advantages by conniving, openly lying or cheating has become common.

As President Jack Kennedy stated during his 1961 inauguration speech, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Our current motto should be “what our country and others can do for me is all that counts.” These immature and shortsighted ideals are similar to a spoiled child who does not understand the long-range consequences of receiving everything they want without earning it. Too many young adults are shunning their responsibilities to becoming independent. Older adults are regressing to be like teenagers again. The benefits of maturing into an adult are not being demonstrated or taught. This leaves both children and adults confused about their roles in particular stages of the life cycle.

The youth culture has become the ideal for many Americans. Parents and even grandparents are doing everything to appear and act younger. Seen from the back the age of females cannot be distinguished by their dress. These days both the teenagers and older females have little difference in their styles. The child wants to look older and sexier while the supposed adult wants to appear younger and sexier. Young girls go through serious cosmetic surgery to transform their breasts and faces while the older person’s facial and body operations are done to appear more youthful.

Males are no different. Young teenage boys pump iron to build up their bodies to appear older while the older men wear their sports caps backwards, a trend started in prison by young punks, to appear “cool.” The casual dress of both is often indistinguishable along with their hairstyles. The desire for adults to appear youthful is blurring the visual difference of the aging process.

One of the most important changes that have taken place is our reverence for youth and rejection of the wisdom of elders. This drastic distortion of the natural process of maturing in order to be productive and successful is being forgotten. Adults have forgotten that superficial pleasure seeking; impulsive behavior has to be replaced by establishing a more disciplined lifestyle to meet long-range goals. The important stages of the life cycle are being rejected, as many adults are not willing to grow up. Wisdom has lost its value.

This lack of mature role modeling is negatively affecting the natural passing of the baton from one generation to another. Furthermore, it is lowering the standards and expectations of all our institutions since there are very few elders acting like adults. Many older citizens do not want to be seen as cranky, negative people by sharing their knowledge gained through experience. Instead many shortsighted adults are sharing the motto, “You only live once.”  This means taking all the pleasure you can regardless of the long-term negative consequences for establishing a positive future. Adult role models should point out that living only in the present is a self-destructive strategy

Living for today and taking advantage of everybody else is a death sentence for a healthy society. When there are few elders willing to guide and direct our society towards a positive outcome then the nation is on a disastrous course.

Wisdom comes from learning, from confronting reality and conquering it not by burying one’s head in phony youthful excuses and unjustified arrogance. Adults need to be leaders again. Guiding our youth with wisdom, which will probably not win any favor with them but eventually will be followed as young people see its worth is a wonderful legacy.

Being labeled as an old fuddy-duddy in the short run is not attractive but eventually will win the appreciation and respect of reasonable people the adult has touched.


Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN  and a new just published book, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.













Tuesday, July 31, 2018

DIPLOMACY DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK IN A LEADERSHIP POSITION


DIPLOMACY DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK IN A LEADERSHIP POSITION
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Rationalism

Parents have been taught by modern child rearing experts to be friends with their children. Being the BFF is now a virtue for parenting. But when a child sees the parent as a friend, the parent has forfeited his natural authority. The equality of parents and children has created a barrier for parents to instill discipline and moral values. The use of authority as the parental leader of the family has practically vanished.

Leaders cannot be friends or “lead from behind.” It does not produce leadership and besides is an oxymoron. A leader has to be in front physically or mentally to be considered as leading. People who have chosen to be in a position of power have to say and do things not everyone in the group agrees with or likes. The objective of the leader is to meet the goals of his position not to be voted the nicest boss. Instead the leader’s job is to get everyone to work together to accomplish the mission not to win a popularity contest.

A leader has to show his underlings a track record of improvement and success. Promoting, demoting, rewarding, encouraging and firing individuals for the betterment of the enterprise are some of the functions of a leader. The personality of the boss determines the style of leadership, although all leaders should have more power than their subordinates regardless of the approach. Some people in authority might use psychological reinforcement, intellectual persuasion, fear, role modeling or a mixture of all of these to reach their vision.

Regardless of the approach leaders use to gain respect, at times they should be feared. They may directly confront or subtly point out a poor decision to convey a criticism. Sometimes a stern reprimand, a put down or a sarcastic comment could be given when someone is not doing his fair share by being careless, obstinate or disregarding his specific responsibilities. It is the force of their personality and their actions that motivate their people to put forth their best effort.

The concept that we always have to be friendly, polite and diplomatic in dealing with others is absurd. In certain periods particular approaches are looked upon with more favor than others. All leadership styles at one time or another have been successful in reaching fellow worker’s needs. Being overly cautious and attempting not to hurt a person’s feelings may buy loyalty but seldom add productivity.

Making a ridiculous statement such as a leader is too direct, offensive or critical to be an effective leader should be an insult to any critically thinking person. In the long run an individual should be judged on the results of his actions, not just his diplomacy. Using a soft manner often gives a confusing message. Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words.

Winston Churchill is considered by most experts to be a great WWII leader. He did not mince words, and displayed great courage in front of his enemies. Regardless of his direct reality assessment, his statements resonated with the British citizenry. Additionally he was noted to praise the perseverance of the Britons in their darkest hour. He was a man of action.

On the other hand, British Chancellor, Nevil Chamberlain, was a refined, consummate negotiator who was very courteous and solicitous to Adolf Hitler. Hitler signed treaties that he had no intention of following. Chamberlain’s apparent weakness as the leader of England was fully exploited by Germany. He was a man of pleasantries and words that turned out to be worthless and dangerous to the survival of the nation.

In times of crisis the stick (action) is more effective and appropriate than the carrot, playing nicey, nicey. If you stare eye to eye with intensity at someone who is attempting to intimidate you, it conveys, “stop or I will hurt you.” The instigator backs off his threats, which is a more successful method in the situation than sweet talk that ends in submission.

Diplomacy has a place but so does confrontation. After displaying strength, a softer manner can be used to establish a more meaningful relationship. Once leaders demonstrate they can handle adversity with strength of character, their status as a leader increases in the eyes of others. Being a straight, tough talker and acting reasonably when someone else is doing the same can get amazingly beneficial results.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN  and a new just published book, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.











Tuesday, July 24, 2018

THERE ARE VERY FEW LIBERAL DEMOCRATS


THERE ARE VERY FEW LIBERAL DEMOCRATS     
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

Our founding fathers were believers in classical liberalism that took place around the enlightenment period. Adam Smith, Thomas Hobbs, and John Locke greatly influenced the leaders of the American Revolution. Adam Smith’s ideas became the basis of our capitalist economy. Limited government, the right to liberty and property, rule of law, individual civil freedoms such as the right to freedom of speech, religion and assembly and the right of citizens to bear arms against an oppressive government were inspired by these philosophers. 

Both evolving early American political groups had a common allegiance to the philosophy of classic liberalism. Jefferson advocated a weak central government along with much of the power remaining with local states. The John Adams/ Alexander Hamilton coalition pushed for a strong central government and limited state powers. They argued fiercely with each other although both sides could compromise on how to implement the policies as each group believed in liberal principles.

In the beginning of the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson announced they were progressive politicians. This meant their main objective was to reform society and to advance progress for mankind. They attempted to do this by government intervention using a top down approach. The focus shifted from keeping America a free, prosperous country to reforming the world. Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations was to create peace and progress for all mankind.

In the early 21st century Hillary Clinton started to refer to herself as a “progressive.”
Many other democrat joined the bandwagon. The democrats rebranded themselves “progressive” from the label, “liberals,” which had taken on a negative connotation. “Progressive” is a more accurate description of the party at this time. Establishment politicians of both parties are intellectual elites who believe in bypassing the voice of the people to implement their objectives. These past champions of individual liberties transformed their priorities into socialistic, communist ones. They trumpet utopian, egalitarian ideas of social justice by cultural/social engineering. “Free everything” included money to every citizen, open borders and self-destructive apology tour foreign policy. Some of these progressives, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez, have had the courage to openly advocate failed over-the-top socialistic concepts.

Democrat “gradual-change strategy” toward a statist government clearly ended with Obama. There was nothing incremental about the policies he enacted. He led by presidential fiat through executive orders. The Obama administration bypassed the other two branches of government. The progressive reforms came fast and furiously without the consent of congress. The EPA, IRS, Justice Department, CIA, FBI, and ICE wrote internal regulations that rapidly altered the way the USA operated. The changes were only a temporary mirage that were unraveled as quickly as they were implemented.

America was being transformed into a statist, centrally controlled economy. They promoted an upside-down culture by such means as multi-culturalism, non judgmentalism, identity politics, hate crimes, political correctness and offensively interfering with all debate. These changes were not done transparently but clandestinely.

Currently after the shock of President Trump winning the election the political elites in both parties and the embedded unelected bureaucratic chiefs have openly attempted to impeach the president. Anything and everything the president has done has been criticized from every conceivable angle.  An alliance of progressive politicians with the media sources justify and rationalize these attacks.

The progressives’ silence and tacit support of mob violence with destruction of property is reminiscent of dictatorial takeovers. There is maybe an ounce of liberalism left in the progressive democrat party. This is the reason law and order is not maintained but undermined.

The reason progressive democrats can ignore or support Antifa, Black Lives Matter, anti-free speech university students, and other social change organizations who use tactics of rioting, beating opponents, preventing debates, targeting people in their private time, censoring free speech through hate speech is that are not followers of liberalism. These radical groups members believe social ends justify the means. Many progressive politicians have adopted the “Rules for Radicals”.

The progressives are a far cry from democrat Daniel Moynihan, Scoop Jackson, JFK and Harry Truman who fought and understood the inherent evil of socialism/ communism. The current and past standard excuses of why there has never been a positive statist society is always the same. The advocates say that none of these regimes had the right leader for it to work not that the utopian ideas are unworkable. This leads to populist frustration and then repression.

The progressive democrat party has demonstrated, by their unwillingness to accept and support a duly elected President of the United States, that they do not believe in the power of the people. The democrat party should not ever be called “liberal” as they are now committed to “the ends justify the means” not a constitutional republic of the people and for the people.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN and a new just published book, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.