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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


By Domenick J. Maglio, PhD. Traditional Realist

France became the 52nd nation to end any and all forms of corporal punishment of children. This movement has become a well-financed global progressive initiative. Sixty-two percent of French citizens polled reported spanking their children. This is a deflated figure due to political correctness, with 82% of the respondents clearly voicing opposition to the ban, which passed. Statist governments are dictating to parents in 52 nations of the world that spanking for any reason or in any limited form will no longer be allowed by the parent or guardian. This is a direct attack on the right and power of parents to raise their children.

The extraordinary effort to limit parent’s discretion in child rearing has been gradually happening over a half century through the psychological and educational expert’s advice. This indoctrination by the media to brand any spanking as an abusive act has fallen short of the desired results. This campaign wanted a total ban on any form no matter how responsible and appropriate the spanking.

Parents in developed nations have been brainwashed to be conscious that politically correct “do gooders” will be upset to witness any form of a verbal reprimand or moderate spanking.  They are aware they would be reported to the government authorities. The citizens are encouraged by the media and government authorities to report any overt acts, which parents use to demonstrate their power to get their children to obey their authority. 

These so called, child advocates are short sighted. Often they had not raised children of their own or had less than sterling results with their own children. They believe that their children should be on an equal power plane as the parents. These utopian egalitarian ideas sound wonderful and are more important to comply with than the actual outcomes that are disastrous. They are more focused on making themselves and their children delusionally happy than preparing them for reality.

When children are not functioning normally they are labeled with a mental disorder. The child’s own thinking, listening and behavior is evaluated not the parent’s child rearing practices. It does not seem to matter that parents’ lack of consistency, follow through or any other aspect of their child rearing practices that has had a negative impact on the child. The child is viewed by the mental health professional as an independent individual rather than through the broader lens of being one element of the family dynamics in this process. The child is labeled as defective while the “loving” parent becomes the martyr for dealing their problem child.

The stigmatizing or prohibiting any method of asserting parental power has been devastating to children’s development. Without parents being in charge, the children are left to their own devices. The lack of parental authority means little daily structure or boundaries.  The child’s lifestyle becomes chaotic. The parents become solely observers of the child doing his own thing. These are missed opportunities to teach necessary life skills, politeness, gratefulness and many other moral values that are needed to perform well in a complex society.

Moderate spanking has been used throughout human history. It is and was very rare, even in this permissive era for a child to never have been spanked. The vast majority of adults have been spanked in their lives without any emotional, social or psychological damage. As adults these children have turned out to be psychologically, socially and emotionally healthy people.

Elizabeth Owens and Diana Baumrind of the University of California, Berkley authored a ground breaking longitudinal study of 100 families on their child rearing practices. They found there is no detrimental evidence that moderate spanking of a child causes any ill effects on their development. It does note that any verbal or physical consistent and severe abusive behavior does negatively impact the individual.

There is a significant distinction between moderate spanking and abusive corporal punishment that is being ignored. By lumping them together we have lost out on an essential tool in gaining the child’s attention to adhere to parental decisions. Physical abuse does not work while moderate spanking does. The lack of establishing limits with a child does have potentially negative implications to the child’s development. Children without parental parameters and a moral compass are not prepared to face reality as they age. This vacuum of predictable consequences for behavior leaves the person a dysfunctional being.

Once you frighten parents from meeting their honorable obligations under the threat of breaking the state’s arbitrary and capricious laws you have undermined parent’s power. They lose the ability to do the crucial and most difficult duty of their lives: raise good, healthy citizens.  The family is the most important social unit of any society. Without parents taking responsibility for their children, the children suffer and so does the nation.

The governments of numerous nations have proven that they cannot be good substitutes for a healthy family. Their social engineering intervention has been a dismal failure.

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

The USA is a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. The founders of our nation definitely understood that past democracies, dating back to The Golden Age of Greece, were unstable and prone to radical changes in the direction of the nation. It is for this and other practical reasons they chose a representative, federalist form of governance. Our founders were intellectual, rational people who studied the history of civilization learning that a representative republic was the most efficient form of government.

These wise men realized that there were many competing regional interests in a geographically vast nation and everyone needs to have skin in the game. They understood it was beneficial to recognize that all these factions should have the ability to be heard as well as possess power to influence the direction of the nation. Through individual state representatives in the Electoral College every part of the nation knew it possibly could have sufficient voting power to determine the outcome of a presidential election. It was a brilliant formula to maintain unity and accountability in the election of the president of the United States.

Often the party that loses the election calls for change in the rules for electing a president through a straight popular vote. This happens especially if the election was close especially when the candidate won the popular vote but lost the election. Some even call for the reversal of the election results based on the candidate receiving a greater plurality of the votes. The establishment’s rules influence the strategy a candidate uses to win the election based on the rules given to them. If the rules called for the winner of the popular vote to become president then it would be unwise to spend time in less populated rural areas. The best strategy would be to concentrate on urban centers where the candidate’s exposure would be maximized.

This is similar to fans in a best-of-seven-game championship series saying their team scored more total runs in the series than the team that won four games and should be awarded the championship. The games won, not the run total, was established beforehand and accepted by everyone in the process. Changing the rules of the game after the contest is over would encourage many teams to use a shrewd adviser to apply creative formulas to attempt to alter the results after the game was already played.

The abolishment of the Electoral College would lead to candidates for president visiting only highly populated city areas making promises to these people and ignoring the rural areas where it is difficult to reach sufficient numbers of voters. These smaller population segments’ interests would be ignored. This would create resentment and division since their votes and concerns would not be taken into consideration.

By giving each state the power to run and certify its own presidential election lessens the chance of fraud. The local community has a greater opportunity to identify people who are not legally registered members of the local area. Nationalizing the election process would make it almost impossible to accurately certify this process in particular states.

Nationalizing the election would definitely tilt the process from covering specific small states, concerns and issues to a simple popularity contest based on looks, personality, celebrity and promises.  The biggest vote getter would be like a high school popularity contest -election. This type of election based on personality would diminish the seriousness and power of the office of the presidency in the eyes of citizens.

America is a Representative Republic. It should be based on a thoughtful, educated and wise electorate voting on principle and important issues. This process would more fairly determine the direction of the nation for four significant years by not excluding the interests of smaller, less populous states.

Our republic system with the removal of the Electoral College would significantly increase the chances of us becoming a “banana republic.” It could be more easily stolen by fraudulent manipulation through a central government based on who can rig and steal the most popular votes.

The electoral process has worked incredibly well for our entire existence as a nation. It has been a process that helped the USA to remain unified and stable.
The electoral process has proven over many years to be best suited for our republic form of government.

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

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist                                         1/4/17

It is dawning on the “elite media” that they have lost the power and influence to control the future implementation of the progressive agenda.  President elect Trump bypassed them through his rallies in front of large crowds and his direct tweets. He has even gone as far as to suggest that there will be a change in the sacred White House daily briefings. Not maintaining the present seating arrangement for the elite press members seems to be an intolerable affront to their egos. This treatment of the media by Trump’s use of social media is the same as Obama’s used to get around the media but then it was not an issue. They are having a conniption in full view of the American people.

The election results were so devastating to these entitled intellectuals that they had become the latest and greatest victims of our modern age. These “smuggers” of the 4th Estate are becoming hysterical and frightened humans. Most are scattering in every direction to attack anyone and everything that may have caused this “catastrophe.”

Most progressive pundits still cannot even accept the fact that Trump won the election. Hypothetical, nonfactual propositions that Putin, the FBI and Wikileaks were the unconvincing arguments given for Hillary’s loss.  When they realized this was not working they turned instead towards a frontal attack on the Electoral College. They were under the illusion that somehow they hoped it could flip a sufficient number of elector’s votes in order to deny Trump his victory.  This “Trumped Up” non-story was just another pipe dream to alter the people’s voice.

The next attempt to delegitimize Trump’s election was the story that Putin directed his intelligence agencies to hack into the Democrat Party and influence a Trump victory. The elite media incessantly repeated all the national intelligence agencies agreed Russia was behind the hacking. This allegation was presented as an unassailable fact, which has started to fall apart, again showing the elite media as a shill of the Democrats.

These irrational leftist pundits are the same ones who adamantly insisted that Mr. Trump had no feasible pathway to the White House. These “supposed seekers of the truth “ failed to mention that the polls were significantly and favorably skewed towards the Democrats. They failed to report the massive enthusiasm for Trump’s, “Make America Great Again” campaign, which was a factor not taken into the election equation. As advocates for the progressive movement they were shielding and singing the praises of a flawed and most pathetic Democrat presidential candidate ever. The “in-your-face” bias of the state media was front and center for all citizens to view.

The elite media’s response for being outright shills for the Democrats was their direct assault on the alternate media and anything Mr. Trump would do and propose. They even went so far as to arrogantly dictate what the President Elect should do to meet their status quo “good practices.” The demeaning, mocking and ridiculing of the Conservative opposition are the latest losing strategy to regain their power and credibility. They are dividing the country when they constantly say they want to unite it. Although they are the creators and crusaders for “fake news,” they decided to try to brand the alternative media as the culprits of made-up news.

The fake media doubling down on annihilating any alternative viewpoint is offensive and obnoxious to any thinking person. Now they have the audacity to suggest that certain progressive sites should be the arbitrators of false or true news. These “paragons of virtue” who claim they want to preserve our “Democracy” (it is a Republic) failed to mention these “fact checking” sites would merely rubber stamp everything the establishment media says is the truth and anything the opposition states as false. “Fact checks” are not about black and white issues; instead they are subjective speculations on the manner the event unfolded and its implications.

This pathetic ruse of assigning their own brethren, to be “gatekeepers of truth or falsehood” shows the disrespect they have for US citizens. They named established progressive media sites such as Politifact of the St. Pete Times, an ultra liberal newspaper, Snopes, ABC News where the head of investigative news, Brian Ross is infamously known for exposing only Republican members and giving the Democrats a pass in the DC Madame scandal. CBS News conglomerate president, David Rhodes, whose brother, Ben Rhodes is a Deputy White House National Security Advisor in the Obama administration again demonstrates the incestuous relationship between the Obama administration and the progressive media. 

The “fake news” label cannot be easily switched from the elite progressive news providers since their modus operandi for decades has been confirmed by their hysterical accusations, Wikileaks and actions after the election. The cat is out of the bag. The state media has been wrong and inaccurate in the presentation of their narrative on so many issues that many citizens can no longer be counted on as simply “sheeple.” The silent American people have shouted they want to be heard.

 The progressive elite media has many reasons to be distressed. The people voted them out after turning to the alternative media news. For the first time in decades there are multiple interpretations of events. The elites have new eyes looking over their shoulders to give another perspective and cogent point of view. The days of the state media monopoly is over. The fact-check gimmick is too late. It is not going to work. The public has seen the deception and will not easily be deceived again. The genie is out of the bottle and cannot be squeezed back in no matter what method they use.

Lying has historically gone on forever in the political arena. Fact checking should happen but not by the media elites. As President Thomas Jefferson noted in his political experience, false statements cannot be stopped by a decree limiting free speech and a free press. The ultimate fact checking is the duty of the citizenry. The truth is determined by the people’s judgment. The hardworking people of America as a large group are smarter than a small group of Washington, DC elites. The elites frantically continue to repeat their failed strategies and agenda. The state run media has every reason to be in a panic. American people have won the election. The progressive establishment lost.

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

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

President Obama was a community activist before he entered the national political arena. He learned as a community organizer how to use non-violent means to influence the changing of public policy. His ability to persuade through his oratory skills, not inciting violence was his methodology of choice to get his follower’s grievances addressed. The protest he encouraged and implemented were peaceful.

His silence about violent actions in the guise of protesting is troubling and confusing. In his November 2016 joint press conference with Germany’s Chancellor
Angela Merkel, he stated that, “I’ve been the subject of protests during the course of my eight years. And I suspect that there’s not a president in our history that at some point hasn’t been subject to these protests. People who feel strongly or are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent. What I would advise, what I advised before the election and what I will continue to advise after the election is that elections matter.”

President Obama’s statement is puzzling as it fails to mention that many of the actions of the protestors are illegal and violent. Americans understand that they are privileged to live in a free nation where citizens have the right to free speech and assembly. Thus they do not and should not remain silent if they desire their voice be heard through a peaceful protest but not a violent one.

The mob violence we have witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, MD where 108 participants in a so-called protest were arrested for their violent behavior. The vicious beating of a white male who displayed a Trump sticker was also not an acceptable means of protest.  It was an uncalled for assault on a citizen’s free speech. The looting of businesses and burning of buildings is not a “street party” but a series of criminal acts against law and order.

 President Obama’s advice of tolerance towards protestors is ironic since he had little of it when opposed by civil protestors. The Tea Party movement was a peaceful protest against his progressive policies that were attempting to erode traditional moral values. There was never a hint of violence in any of those Tea Party demonstrations yet President Obama openly mocked and ridiculed them.

His own vice president, Joe Biden, called Tea Party members “terrorists.” President Obama’s support of the Tea Party’s right to express its viewpoints would have gone a long way in establishing his credentials as the president of all the people. His underwhelming support of honorable public servants, and police officers who do an incredibly complex and dangerous job did nothing to tamp down resentment and violence. No administration should cater to one group over another. We are supposed to be a nation where justice is equal for everyone. There have been police officers killed nearly every day, up significantly from 2015 numbers, which demonstrated the president’s policy of silence toward these violent hoodlums is not working. The policy of allowing rioters to “blow off steam” is a license to encourage more, not less destruction.

Peaceful protest against a politician or policy is protected under our Bill of Rights and has been a hallmark of our freedom of speech. When the protests turn violent it crosses the line into lawlessness. Chaos is not allowed or condoned by any viable government. It leads to more forceful attacks and greater violence. The violence shuts down free speech leaving only brute force to determine who will be in control.

Violence should not and cannot be tolerated as a legitimate means of protest as it will spread like a brushfire overtaking the structural underpinnings of a stable society.

America should let it’s voice be heard and not be silent. It is part of our Constitution, Bill of Rights and tradition to have these freedoms and rights. The fact is regardless of some political official’s sentiments citizens have no right to violence or other lawlessness.

America is a nation based on law and order. Any lawless act threatens the safety and stability of us all.

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

Wednesday, December 07, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Recently Colin Kapernick became a media celebrity as a multi millionaire- professional quarterback with a dubious ability to win big games. He has lost six games in a row for his team. His major rise to media prominence occurred after he refused to stand for the National Anthem by “taking a knee” at the beginning of a game. He was immediately given a national forum to spout his ignorance about the nation that allows him freedom to speak his drivel while receiving a vast salary for merely playing a game. Kapernick demonstrated his profound lack of knowledge and understanding of recent world events.

Cuba, according to him, is a great political model for the world to emulate. Where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara were great revolutionaries and freedom fighters for the people. They established a fair and equitable society where everybody receives free healthcare, welfare and education services. These are supposed to be far superior to what we receive in the USA. It is where peace and tranquility are in abundance. It is a country where a single US dollar is so valuable in this poverty-stricken nation that it is immediately taken off the market and replaced with useless Cuban pesos. Kapernick even gave praise like another genius: basketball freak, Dennis Rodman, did to the greatness of North Korea’s wonderful society.

More devastating to the state of our society is that many “educated and media savvy people are also incredibly misinformed. The propaganda in the media and the indoctrination in higher education is so prevalent that many young college students and many 1960 anti-establishment hippies who have grown older but not wiser have perpetuated the socialist/communist propaganda in their elite positions.

Fidel Castro, probably killed more citizens per capita than did Stalin. The ultimate hero of these leftist advocates, Che Guevera, prolifically and joyfully executed many without due process. Che killed hundreds of innocent people by shooting them point blank in the head. He was a sadistic thug not a principled, humane person. His smiling face is seen on the shirts worn by middle to upper class utopian dreamers throughout the world.

North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un is also a brutal totalitarian. Kapernick’s anti government rants would end abruptly in North Korea when he was  unceremoniously killed. There is no 1st Amendment or any other laws to protect the people of North Korea or in most other countries of the world.

It is amazing that our university professors and most top commentators in the progressive media still express romantic sentiments of communist Cuba and even when discussing the historical Soviet Union. They gushed with admiration and love about the equality and political freedom of these failed experiments. It is torturous to be forced to listen to them just to get a college diploma.

President Obama’s formal statement concerning the passing of Fidel Castro is more bewildering than Kapernick and other delusional people. The President is a highly educated person who has firsthand interaction and knowledge of world leaders. Yet, he made this announcement not only to citizens of the US but the entire world. “At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing…, recalling countless ways Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families and the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him.” This sounds like a tribute to this brutal dictator.  

President Obama spoke these words while Cuban exiles gleefully rushed into Miami streets in order to celebrate Castro’s demise. For over 60 years, these exiles and tens of thousands of others have risked their lives to escape the poverty and firing squads of Cuba to experience freedom and opportunity in the USA. There is no doubt in the minds of the average past and present Cuban residents how to “judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him.” Fidel Castro was a horrendous, evil, despot to most of the Cuban people.

The members of Cuba’s ‘communist elite and other nation’s dictatorial elites would have an 180 degree opposite opinion. They would see him as a great revolutionary leader who “altered the course of individual lives, families and the Cuban nation” for equality, social justice and the welfare of the people.

Kapernick’s positive feelings for Fidel and Cuba are easy to understand. He is a product of our alt-left higher education and state media who glorify leftist statist nations.

President Obama’s reluctance to accurately describe Fidel’s actions is not the result of a lack of pertinent knowledge. He well knows the reality of this regime.  Perhaps it could be attributed to his belief that these atrocities committed by Fidel are short term, necessary means on his march to unify the family of nations into a one-world community of nations.  According to some, this fantastic accomplishment would justify the temporary drastic means to reach this unobtainable goal of eternal peace and equality for all.

Whatever the thinking process of President Obama and even Colin Kapernick, all patriotic Americans should cheer, “good riddance” to this brutal, murderous dictator’s demise.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD Traditional Realist

The American people fired self-serving, corrupt politicians from both parties. The progressive media and political correctness indoctrination, which was strangling the free exchange of ideas and speech was clearly rejected. We have experienced an American Brexit which has shouted “hell no” to the national and international establishment’s attempt to abolish local representation that ensured our endowed rights from God of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The elites attempted to create an elite self-serving global nation.

The reaction of the media, celebrities and political elites was pure unbelieving shock and outrage at the voter’s voice. They had no inkling that their uber progressive, socialist value system was alienating the American people on so many levels. These “smuggers” are isolated in their upper class enclaves with no interaction with the working class. On top of this was the ridiculous mass media misinformation campaign, which convinced the establishment that the election was “in the bag” and added to the depression and surprise.

Everything they thought they knew was from second hand sources, especially the “fake” news media. The professional commentators felt about the average American people that they were, for the most part, antagonistic, unflattering, deplorable, ignorant and hateful. The progressive Palm Beach Post news was so blind sided and apoplectic that they asked for Trump voters to visit their editorial boardroom to speak to them. They wanted to learn the reasons why anyone would actually cast a ballot for him. The media is reluctantly realizing that the power to control the information and thinking of the majority of citizens has ended.

The same significant disconnect between the people and the establishment that happened in England has revealed itself in the USA. This spreading revolution is a response to the repressive, indoctrination and tight control over the release of pertinent information. The progressive media monopoly has lost a good part of its monopolistic effectiveness due to the development of alternate media Internet competition and social media. This loss of total control of information has prevented the media from its much-anticipated victory.

In the Bush and Obama administrations we have witnessed an increasing $20 trillion national debt, nationalizing of our education through No Child Left Behind and Common Core, Obamacare, nationalizing city police departments through the Department of Justice, out-of-control regulations, blatant corruption through choosing winners or losers, rampant indoctrination in colleges, top down social engineering and progressive media through “politically correct thought control.”

Americans were so fed up with these shenanigans that they voted for a total political outsider whose style was at times highly offensive to many but highly effective in opening up public discourse. His obvious flaws, rebelliousness, stubbornness and contrariness were nullified by his genuineness, courage to speak his mind openly and directly to a hostile media, which endeared him to many Americans. He singlehandedly crushed the PC taboo on free speech and thinking to give citizens hope that they would be heard.

The most important thing that propelled him to winning the election was his fearless articulating and plainspoken language that “America can be Great Again.” He spoke about stopping illegal immigration, establishing law and order, cultivating all sources of energy, de-regulating and incentivizing all businesses to create high paying positions, strengthening the military, halting public funding of Planned Parenthood, social engineering, bring under control our $20 Trillion debt and most importantly shake up the establishment by focusing on the people’s interest rather than that of the ruling class.

Few believe Trump will succeed in all of his agenda items but if he begins the process he will be hailed as a hero. Many citizens felt that either political party was not hearing them. These disenfranchised voters finally feel that someone hears them and will straighten out some of these issues.

This election demonstrated that America has been and is still a center right nation. The lies of the progressive media and the falsely manipulated polls; stories to glorify socialist ideas, ridiculing traditional ones and deceptive economic reports have been exposed and understood by many citizens.

 All Americans should thank President Obama’s firsthand glimpse of the horrible results of socialism. His attempt to manipulate, humiliate and coerce citizens into changing their traditional moral values and dismantle our constitutional republic has resulted in powerful blowback. His strategy of ramming Chicago’s strong-arm politics down the public’s throat has been revealed and has failed.

The verdict on President Elect Trump’s presidency can only be evaluated at the end of his tenure as to whether he was able to close the deal on any of these issues. All of us should wish him the best to bring back America’s greatness through US ingenuity, competition and competence rather than false “hope and change” of a delusional utopian fantasy. Trump’s victory puts us on the path for reestablishing our republic and to ensure our freedom from government oppression.

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 has a new book, available on Amazon and other sites, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Government workers are servants for the people. When congress requests pertinent information about a federal investigation all government officials have the obligation to assist the process in order to uncover the truth. “Taking the Fifth” obstructs and impedes congressional members from establishing accountability in the people’s government.

This is a different situation than in an individual’s Fifth Amendment rights not to be forced to testify against himself. “Taking The Fifth” by citizens protects them from being coerced by government enforcement members to make false statements to incriminate themselves. The Fifth Amendment protects citizens from being abused by the politically powerful. Without the Fifth Amendment the person would be at the mercy of dishonorable and corrupt government officials.

Our founding fathers studied history and knew the British system of law and justice used an inquisitor method of questioning. This system allowed browbeating confessions out of the accused by requiring them to answer rapid-fire questions. This questioning technique of suspects increases the possibility of false, self-incriminating statements, unconsciously or consciously to end the terrifying process. Our Fifth Amendment protects citizens from this intimidating interrogation.

In no way should taking the 5th protect a public servant from using his position to subvert investigations into corrupt practices of self, fellow members or superiors. The unwillingness to answer simple and direct questions to which the person should know the answer is a dereliction of duty as a government official. These negative acts impact the public right to accountability of its government officials.

In our current political establishment government officials have used the right of the Fifth Amendment to stonewall congressional investigations. John Sepulveda, a veteran’s administration official took the 5th concerning his two extravagant waste of tax dollars conferences. Patrick Cunningham invoked the 5th concerning the “fast and furious” transporting of 2000 guns over the border to Mexico. A Solyndra official pleaded the 5th concerning the fraudulent $535 million loan from Obama’s stimulus package. Greg Roseman, a deputy IRS director took the 5th regarding his awarding the largest contract to his friend. Lois Lerner, of the IRS, was involved in targeting conservative groups for withholding or prolonging applications for tax-exempt status. She took the 5th repeatedly throughout the congressional hearings, retired and is receiving her full pension. Hillary Clinton’s information technology specialist, Brian Pagliano, took the 5th even after receiving congressional immunity. Paul Cambatta wiped Hillary’s server clean with “bleach bit” two weeks after congress requested all emails be preserved and invoked the 5th 125 times in a deposition for Judicial Watch. Two of Hillary’s lawyers, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, got immunity for turning over the laptop computers although they proceeded to take the 5th. Incredulously the head of the Justice Department, Attorney General of the USA, Loretta Lynch, pleaded the 5th on the secret Iran $1.7 billion ransom payments. She also met with Bill Clinton days before FBI director James Comey’s refusal to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her well-documented email scandal. Hillary Clinton, herself deleted 33,000 of her own emails and had memory loss, responding, “I don’t remember” throughout the congressional Benghazi investigation, obstructing it.

The “Taking of the 5th” in a government investigation should at the least result in the termination of the person’s position. Under the law, it should be illegal to participate in bilking citizens out of their tax dollars by using it illegally or covering up information to protect another government official.

The “honest service law” allowed investigators the latitude to punish government employees for dereliction of duty. In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled this statute was too vague and narrowed the definition to an outright bribe to be able to prosecute any government employee under this provision. This statute should be rewritten to provide some limitations of government officials who are not providing their services for the interest of the public. The Supreme Court should reexamine this statute to provide citizens some firm restrictions on keeping out-of-control corrupt government officials in check. The people have the right to see their justice system punish the powerful government elite for corruption in an equal manner as any other citizen.

These government elites should not be allowed to hide behind the protection of the 5th Amendment when they are performing their official duties as government employees. There should be significant consequences for any government employee taking the 5th, lying by omission for anything involved with government business.

The automatic loss of government positions including benefits and pension will help to keep the officials on the straight and narrow path. This will put everyone who works for the government on notice that they are not entitled to own their position in perpetuity.  They will be placed on notice that their job is conditional on doing honest service to the people by following the rule of law.

The use of the 5th Amendment to shield corrupt government policies and behavior is an unconscionable example of the political ruling class’s brazen disrespect for the people’s right to an honorable republic with integrity.

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