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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PRESIDENT OBAMA: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RACIAL DIALOGUE


PRESIDENT OBAMA: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RACIAL DIALOGUE
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

While you use your bully pulpit to lecture us on your version of reality and reasons for white privilege bigotry towards blacks Americans have been a captive audience. You constantly go back to slavery as if the United States was the only nation to practice it when the nation was founded. The truth is having slaves was and is a worldwide phenomena that was common throughout history and exists even today. All major civilizations and religious groups such as Jews, Christians, Muslims and Hindus were enslaved and enslaved others.

Progressive revisionist historians have maliciously portrayed our founding fathers as evil slaveholders. The cultural context belies that many of these wise men were adamantly against slavery on religious and moral grounds but were unable to convince other leaders, especially in the south due to powerful economic reasons. It was such a inner conflict for many that whites on both sides of the issue fought a Civil War killing more Americans, mostly whites: 620,000 soldiers, more than any other war we were involved in.

Institutional racism in the US has been systematically eradicated with the end of Jim Crow laws, the 1965 Civil Rights Laws, affirmative action laws, reparations, election of blacks in positions of political power and the election of you as president of the United States, the most powerful position on Earth. However, it did not end resentment, prejudice or viewing oneself as a victim for too many African-Americans. A person can choose to develop personal maturity, responsibility and morality by appropriate actions, have a willingness to suffer, sacrifice and walk a righteous path but you cannot legislate it.

President Obama, your focus on racism is one of the major causes of African-Americans feeling resentment towards whites. It is dead wrong and counter productive. There are many African-Americans that are living the American Dream through their own efforts. New immigrants from Africa are economically advancing at a faster rate than African-American citizens who have been here for generations. If a person wants to climb the socio-economic ladder, he has to work hard, live right, spend judiciously and keep the family intact with both parents. This can be accomplished by anyone.

We have learned your own road to success, like all of us, was not easy. Your father was a black man from Kenya who left your white mother from the Midwest, USA when you were only two-years old. You have a mixed white and black racial background. You lived as a child in Islamic Indonesia as Barry Sotero, where cultural confusion must have been mind-boggling. As a university student you wrote that you dealt drugs witnessing firsthand the police and the judicial system’s strict treatment of criminals. Your lifestyle and the psychological and emotional difficulty of being from a biracial family shaped your unwarranted empathy and support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Your decision to advocate for this movement and honor race baiters, Al Sharpton and Rev. Jackson in the White House, has increased- not eliminated racial problems. You are president of all the people in the USA not just African-Americans. Your stance of blaming all Black peoples’ issues on racism is giving dysfunctional blacks an excuse for not being accountable for their choices.

You are doing a disservice to naive African-American supporters of BLM by legitimizing their shameful behavior. You have jumped to conclusions about police officers hurting or killing blacks before the facts have been established. Michael Brown did not have his hands up submitting to police when he was killed. “Hands up, don’t shoot” was shown to be a lie by our justice system. You never tamped down the irrational anger of blacks by sharing the truth of this incident. Michael Brown was not an aspiring college student. The completed investigation showed he was a hostile thug who had just robbed a convenience store and unprovoked attacked the police officer in his car.

Situations where you immediately voice your opinion such as “the police acted stupidly” during the Harvard Professor Gates incident, was a false narrative. Prejudging that Treyvon Martin was an innocent victim who could be your son and the crumbling Freddy Grey saga, showed again your tendency to jump to conclusions before the judicial process was even begun. Morally equating the five dead Dallas police officers and Micah Johnson, a Nation of Islam follower’s, behavior and death at the memorial service was disgraceful. Then you had the audacity to bring gun control up in your speech by ridiculously stating, “It is easier for a teen to buy a glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.” This pronouncement was beneath the office of the president and another obvious falsehood.

President Obama, every time you jump to conclusions about a black man being shot by a cop or change the narrative to confiscating guns to protect the people, you are not acting as a presidential healer, rather as an incendiary proponent of racial strife. Every time you invite BLM or Nation of Islam leaders to the White House for discussion of race you are placing your government stamp of approval legitimizing black racism and condemning law-abiding whites. You should be calming, not fanning the flames of hate.

All lives matter, aborted babies’ lives matter, Chicago blacks killed at the hands of black gangsters matter. Policemens’ lives matter. Bringing people together, quelling the fears of all should be your role. President Obama, you need to educate America to the facts, not falsehoods. You should acknowledge what Harvard Professor, Roland Fryes, a black man, found that cops are 20% less likely to shoot blacks than whites not state information that is grossly inaccurate. More blacks kill blacks then cops kill blacks. You should be advocating for incarcerating violent criminals and for more effective mental health services for all Americans not just release them onto the street to wreck havoc. Mentally ill individuals have perpetuated all of our recent.

President Obama, your perspective of the racial divide is extremely one sided. A true dialogue with all Americans will teach you to move from an advocacy to an unbiased honest broker of advancing all Americans. United we stand, divided we fall. All lives matter.








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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW INSPIRES LAWLESSNESS


SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW INSPIRES LAWLESSNESS
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD Traditional Realist


Our founding fathers became outlaws of King George III’s regime. Many had strong allegiance as some emigrated from England while most were American born. They were citizens of the colonies but were driven into becoming revolutionaries that disregarded the laws that were imposed from England. King George III’s selective enforcement of his decrees and unfair taxes without representation to the people of the American colonies created contempt for his government’s arbitrary treatment of the colonies.

The law should be enforced justly and without favor to any. This process builds a respect for law and order. The arbitrary enforcement of the law encourages instability and distrust. Without the rule of law there cannot be peace or liberty. Our freedom is based on the vast majority believing that following the laws is necessary to maintain order.

When law is executed to protect the ruling class, law becomes a tool used only to repress the people. Law and order people become despondent while the ruling class become emboldened to view themselves as above the law. This wedge between the average American and the special privileged breeds disunity.

In the elite’s PC controlled world there is selective enforcement of the law. A Muslim beer company truck driver is allowed to continue on his job and given the right not to deliver beer because of religious reasons while a Christian CVS pharmacist is not allowed to use religious rights to refuse to dispense an abortion pill even though there are many nearby pharmacies willing to do so. This biased interpretation of the law is repulsive to the majority of Americans who believe in the same rights for everyone.

The discriminatory application of the law by the ruling elites is the most destructive to the acceptance to the rule of law.  It undermines the law’s justification.  If a certain group of people is immune and privileged from the consequences of the law then the decrees of government creates a two-tier society: the privileged and the sheeple.

FBI director, James Comey’s 15-minute stinging indictment of Hillary Clinton’s actions concerning her private email server as Secretary of State certainly sounded like she was guilty of gross negligence. He found she had used multiple devices, 100 classified documents at the time, three clearly marked “top secret” and over 30,000 emails personally deleted by Mrs. Clinton. It was found she did use her private server for government emails. The FBI uncovered these facts; contrary to statements Mrs. Clinton gave to Congress and the media.  
Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) said, “it defies credulity that Mrs. Clinton didn’t know that a “(C)” by certain paragraphs in the emails meant the information was classified.” Mr. Comey disagreed, suggesting Mrs. Clinton wasn’t well versed in the classification system. “It’s an interesting question whether she was sophisticated enough to understand what a C in parens means,” Mr. Comey ridiculously said. “It’s possible—possible—she didn’t understand that a (C) meant, when she saw it in the body of the email like that.” Her position as Secretary of State necessitates her dealing daily with highly classified information correctly.
Stunningly, Comey said Ms. Clinton and her aides were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information but did not lie or break the law. He did not recommend criminal charges be brought against Hillary. He never even questioned Ms. Clinton on statements that were made to other government institutions, which contradicts the conclusion that she had never lied.  Comey implied that anyone else of lower status that did the same thing should not expect to receive the same preferential treatment. They would be harshly punished for these types of actions.  Loretta Lynch, head of the Justice Department, immediately dropped the Hillary email case.

This outrageous acquittal is a black mark on the credibility of the FBI and the Justice Department’s fairness and impartiality in reaching a just verdict in administering the law. This is obvious, as a sailor took a photo of a nuclear submarine and was convicted and sentenced to up to10 years for illegally taking photos inside a restricted area. A potential political rival for president, General David Petraeus, was found guilty and punished for mishandling of classified material when his biographer and mistress was given access to his personal notes.

Americans are realizing a new normal is being established. The political elites like John Corzine, Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Charlie Rangel, Harry Reid and numerous others, even President Obama are above the law. The flaunting of immunity of prosecution, including taking impeachment off the table by congress, is demeaning all our laws. It is eroding the structure and cohesiveness of society.

Lawlessness is becoming rampant. The Democrat Party and the Black race hustlers, whose existence depends on racial divisiveness, are encouraging Black Lives Matter murderous behavior. They are not condemning the call to kill white police officers while wholeheartedly supporting the BLM movement.

Disrespect for law enforcement is breaking down our sense of safety leaving law-abiding citizens feeling isolated and powerless. These peaceful citizens need to push back voicing their objections to Black Lives Matter as All Lives Matter. We cannot stand back fearing being called “Racist” when racism and violence now has become a strategy of the progressive movement.

Only through law and order judiciously administered will our leaders and institutions regain the credibility where everyone is working to bring back a peaceful America. We need leadership with integrity and love for all citizens.


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. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

BREXIT IS AN ANTI ONE-WORLD EARTHQUAKE


BREXIT IS AN ANTI ONE-WORLD EARTHQUAKE
By Domenick J. Maglio Traditional Realist


A 27-year experiment to erase eons of old cultures to unite into one European Union has been repudiated by Great Britain.  It is amazing that it has lasted as long as it has with these radically different cultures and their financial promises that never materialized for the people. The European International Banking elites immediately rushed in after the Brexit vote to create a financial scare by showing losses totaling over 2 trillion dollars to intimidate any other EU member from following England’s decision.

A few days ago The United States celebrated July 4th, Independence Day when we declared our independence from the global British Empire’s repression of our liberties. King George III along with his worldwide government elitist structure has no respect or fear of the colonialists in America or the rest of the empire. The King and his cohorts’ arrogance over their subjects showed to be the cause of most leaders’ being overly abusive to their so-called subjects. Americans should not give up our freedom and constitutional government to become pawns again to a detached ruling class.

Most US citizens are proud of believing in American exceptionalism even though progressive politicians, the media, universities and the last several administrations have been propagandizing us to view our country as an exploitive and unjust nation. These progressive elites undermining of our incredible accomplishments made little sense until they felt secure enough to openly advocate a globalist agenda that they believe they will be part of.

President Obama lectured the Brits to stay in the EU or they will be put: “back of the queue” for trade talks. He, along with every leader in the former independent European nations, put immense pressure on England to remain in the EU. More incredible, after Brexit, the political elite from both sides of the US political spectrum such as Henry Kissinger, GW Bush, George HW Bush, Alan Greenspan, Jay Rockefeller, Dick Cheney, the Clintons, Barbara Walters, John McCain and David Rockefeller who proudly admitted his family members were always dedicated internationalists. Almost everyone in the political establishment openly backed chipping away our sovereignty through trade agreements and international treaties behind the backs and without the consent of the people.

An overwhelming number of our leaders, Republican and Democrat, want a new political order of a one-world government instead of continuing as a sovereign nation. All those conspiracy theories of our country being sold out by our elites can no longer be denied. A world without borders is a world without nations until a One-World government is formed to end the chaos. Although our politicians have seen the inefficiency, ineffectiveness and corruption of the United Nations, they have supported giving power to international organizations to make decisions that will affect the lives of all the people of the world without their knowledge or consent.

The United States secretive political establishment has agreed to NAFTA- North America Free Trade Agreement, the SSP- Security and Prosperity Partnership, the CAFTA-Central America Free Trade Agreement and the TPP- Trans Pacific Partnership which is being pushed hard.  The US elites have financially backed the WTO- World Trade Organization to spend US tax money to buy international corporation power and influence throughout the world of nations.  We are enmeshed in numerous international agreements concerning financial, ecological, fool consumption, population control, nuclear weapons, Laws of the Sea and climate issues which are unknown to most US citizens.

America’s entanglement in a web of bureaucratic international laws has eroded our constitutional republic’s power. Although Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have tapped into the anger against the political establishment’s underhanded, deceptive and corrupt practices of rigging our political system with bypassing the rights and interest of America they have not exposed enough. They have not exposed in detail all its negative implications to the American people.

The Brexit vote to withdraw from the EU has sent tremors into the secret master plan of imposing a one-world government. The European Union is the prototype of how to manipulate politicians of nations to give up their own nation’s sovereignty to obtain a seat at the table of a world government. The unraveling of the EU could bring back competitive nationalism and the end of the irrational fairy tale of a global government peacefully standing over all the world’s people.

Leaders throughout the world have felt the earth shake under their feet when it comes to one happy, Kum-baya, financially stable world government controlled by the intellectual elites. Greece, Italy Spain and even France are witnessing a national ground swell to regain more of their nation’s political autonomy that they have squandered.

The debate of the benefits and liabilities of the EU on the people of these various nations should have initially been part of the process of establishing it. It was not. Instead of coming from the grass roots to the leaders, it was imposed by the European elite from the top down.

Everyone should thoroughly and transparently consider the discussion of relinquishing one’s cultural lifestyle, beliefs and personal freedom. Continuing down the road toward one world bureaucratic totalitarianism may be in the self-interest of the minority ruling class, but it will enslave the majority.

Great Britain has stood up and shown the way to prevent people from all over the world losing their liberty to a One-World central 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. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.






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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

REPUBLICAN DERELICTION OF DUTY IN THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL


REPUBLICAN DERELICTION OF DUTY IN THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

It is disconcerting to conservatives that the Republican Party talks a good game but never seems to deliver. Their track record is becoming impossible to ignore. America in 2010 and 2014 gave Republicans a mandate to stifle President Obama’s transformation of our country into a socialist state. The obscene $20 trillion debt, deceptive and malfunctioning Obamacare, the opening up of the borders to hoards of illegals, our pathetically conflicted, weak, destructive “leading from behind” foreign policy that punishes our allies while rewarding our enemies and deconstructing our constitutional safeguards was supposed to be reversed.

The Republicans were given voter approval to reverse them but the Republican establishment refused to use their political capital. They put their tails between their legs and folded. The excuses they employed ranged from blaming others to not wanting to appear oppositional or racist. This was nauseating. They never risked taking a stand that might jeopardize their political positions. They displayed contempt of the voters even after the people had spoken loud and clear.

Possibly the most incomprehensible and bewildering behavior of the Republican establishment was its response to President Obama’s Iran Nuclear Agreement. Both the Democrats and Republicans acknowledged that Iran’s obtaining nuclear capabilities would radically change the Middle Eastern nations’ power position and ignite a nuclear arms race. Past adversaries such as Israel and Saudi Arabia united to pressure the US to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Powerful Democrats and Republicans joined together to prevent this nuclear deal from happening.

This deal between the US and Iran had so many dangerous implications that it should have risen to the level of an official and highly stipulated treaty to increase the safeguards to prevent their reneging on its provisions. Instead, the Republican complicity allowed the executive branch to bypass congressional approval of a treaty that would have required a 2/3 vote for approval. It would have doomed the treaty.

The excuse for relinquishing of the senate’s power was that other presidents, including G.W. Bush, had made more agreements with other nations. However, none of them was remotely at the level of world importance. The Corker Bill was a scam to give political cover to the Republicans to not exercise their responsibility as accountable representatives of the people. The Corker Bill accepted the claim that this was an agreement not a treaty. Saying it is a agreement undermines the constitutional power of the senate by putting the onus on Senate to find 67 votes to block this agreement along with 2/3 of the House of Representatives. The Corker Bill turned on its head the intent of the founding fathers by making it virtually impossible to ratify an ill-advised treaty. It reversed the constitutional process of needing to obtain 2/3 of the senate to pass a treaty to requiring 2/3 of both the house and the senate to overturn a presidential veto of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. The Corker Bill made it almost impossible to stop the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

It was almost a year after the Iran Nuclear Deal became official that the startling information came out that there was a bone given to the Republicans. The one hundred fifty billion dollar release of frozen Iranian assets was partially going to be used to buy 100 commercial airliners from Boeing. The Boeing Company is a huge contributor to the Republican Party. The pieces of this puzzling behavior of the Republican establishment fell into place as soon as one was able to follow the money.

The Iranian Nuclear Deal is a game changer. It will not make us safer but rather more vulnerable to Iran’s hostile tactics by emboldening Iran to engage in dangerous actions such as intimidating our aircraft carriers with rocket fire, boarding our ships, detaining and humiliating our troops while equipping their terrorist allies with advanced weaponry including ballistic missiles. It lifts the Khamenei regime into one of, if not the most significant threat to the United States. Iran leadership continues to proclaim “Death to America” and calls the US “The Great Satan.”

The Republican establishment could easily have killed this one-sided agreement of these two powers by doing what they said they were going to do. They needed to stick to their guns by insisting this required a ratified treaty. Instead their party interest overruled the interest of the American people. The Republican leadership has continued to behave disgracefully as one part of our three branch Constitutional Republic. 

Congressional power is specifically outlined in the constitution giving congress the responsibility to ratify international treaties and not be a bystander in United States foreign interests. Enhancing the coffers of a major contributor to the Republicans may insure the party’s financial future but it abdicates its sacred duty to protect the safety of its citizens.

The Kabuki Dance the Republican establishment is trying to hide behind is a thin veil that is no longer disguising the moral vacuum and spiritual decay of the Republican Party. It is  advancing the destruction of our nation.


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. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

REPUBLICANS ARE THE GUARDIANS OF PROGRESSIVE ADVANCES


REPUBLICANS ARE THE GUARDIANS OF PROGRESSIVE ADVANCES
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist


Donald Trump raised a firestorm when he questioned federal judge Gonzalo Curiel’s ability to be fair in his decisions about the Trump University’s civil fraud case. The leftist media held onto the story for months before releasing it and attacking Trump unmercifully. Most surprisingly was the vicious manner the establishment republicans solidly lined up to crucify him as a bigot who had to repent to regain any of their support. Somehow his comment that Judge Curiel could be biased against him because of his tough anti illegal immigrant stance certifies Trump as a racist. Curiel’s past actions, statements, and affiliations were not to be questioned.

The founder of the San Diego Lawyers Association, Marco Obledo, noted that Hispanics would take over California and send whites back to Europe, a tenet of the National Council of La Raza. Judge Curiel belongs to the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association that has historical ties to the National Council of La Raza. This organization (The Race) has a radical agenda to unite the southwest USA with the mother country of Mexico. It should be noted that Hispanics are people of differing racial backgrounds and ethnic groups whose sole connection is they are all Spanish-speaking people not a race.

Many judges might be pompous but they are still human. Judge Curiel admitted that he assisted an illegal alien to obtain a US university scholarship. This act of abetting a law breaking individual was improper or even an illegal one. This judge in the Trump University case appointed the Robbin Geller, Rudman and Dowd law firm to represent the plaintiffs and the firm is paying the bills to continue the case against Trump University.  This firm has had a continual close relationship with Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, and paid $675,000 for Hillary’s speaking engagements. The appointment of the Geller firm raises concern about the judge’s impartiality in the case.

Trump’s concerns might not be sufficient for Judge Curiel to recuse himself but they are not in any way racist. Every citizen has a right to an unbiased trial. Judges are required to step down from a case if their background or previously stated beliefs are in conflict with being an impartial representative of the court or even the appearance of it. Former Attorney General of the USA, Alberto Gonzales, wrote that a private citizen has a constitutional right to question the fairness of any judge who presides over his case.

The reaction of Trump’s statement concerning the judge was most revealing about the Republican elites rather than the Democrats or Trump. Their allegiance is to the Republican Party not to the people and the Constitution. Almost every major Republican from Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Lindsay Graham and a host of others expressed their strong feelings that he acted as a bigoted racist. They say that Trump should apologize for his apprehension that Judge Curiel could be prejudiced against him even though he has a constitutional right to do so.

The question to ask is, why did Republican elites fall in line against their own presidential candidate rather than protect his right to be skeptical about the legal process? This judge is a highly politicized one appointed by a highly political president in a crucial election year. Instead, the instinctual reaction of the Republican elites was to protect their party and their own politically correct reputation.

The Republican Party is part of the ruling class. They did not resist the PC censorship of political questioning and speech for the past 7.5 years of the Obama administration. These representatives of the people did not follow through on their expressed intentions to fight nationalizing healthcare, public school take over, weakening of our military and a halt to out-of-control spending using bureaucratic regulations to limit free economic competition. The Republicans backed off their responsibility of being an oppositional party and went against the people’s wishes to preserve, not risk, their power positions. RINOS, Republicans in Name Only, are solidly lined up against Trump since they are politically progressive hacks and apologists.

Donald Trump is dangerous to both the Republican and Democrat ruling class. He says many things that would change the direction of our country. He certainly alienates many special interest groups that are the backbone of the progressive movement. He is a non-politician who attacks the necessary issues in a non- politically correct manner that could place us back on track again to be the leader of the free world.

His direct talk to the American people has already upset the applecart, which has frightened many establishment politicians. It appears too many Republicans are more concerned about ensuring their special perks and privileges than stopping the progressive socialist takeover of America.

Instead of joining the Democrat assault on Trump to solidify the advances of the progressive movement, patriots of all political persuasions should join together to restore citizens’ rights to speak their minds. Only though open debate of ideas can we regain our correct bearings. All American citizens, politicians, military and community leaders should stand up to freely express their minds to defeat a socialistic progressive takeover. They can rationally show the negative outcomes of the utopian promises of hope and change. Remaining in the vise of political correctness will result in the loss of our Constitutional protections.

Trump’s courage to speak his mind frightens the entire establishment. Shaking it up is a legal, safe and effective way of producing change. Let us all think before we shut down the one person who can shatter the chains of groupthink that is smothering the rights and freedoms of all Americans.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

WHISTLEBLOWERS: GOATS OR HEROES


WHISTLEBLOWERS: GOATS OR HEROES
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

There are plenty of people who release false personal information on someone to destroy that person, politician or businessman’s career. The intent of the pronouncement is to hurt others not to protect unaware and innocent people. The accusations they make are mostly based on innuendo, which is stated to promote them over an adversary or seek revenge over a perceived wrong. The same nasty intentions can motivate a whistleblower. Whistleblowers are not always honorable guys; they can be scoundrels too. Some of these people’s acts are not behaviors to be celebrated but ones to be condemned by fair-minded people.

Whistleblowing can be an heroic act. It puts an individual in jeopardy of being attacked as an opportunist, a rat or worse, a traitor to his organization’s mission. When an employee of a company puts his own livelihood on the line to protest evil acts, it is courageous and should be applauded. The exposing of falsifying positive test results when the product is causing serious physical damage to others is another moral act of substance. Standing up against wrongdoing the person (the whistleblower) should be protected from retaliation by business or government officials. The problem is determining whether the person is a disgruntled individual lying for his own ends or a person committed to justice. This should be determined before an unknown official designates the person as a whistleblower.

In the case of Rear Admiral Brian Losey, the verdict concerning his behavior depends on whose word one believes. Retired four-star general, Bill McRaven, US Special Operations Commander from 2011-2014 stated, “Brian Losey is without question one of the finest officers I have ever known for 30 years. I have seen him in every possible leadership position.” The General noted Washington politics, not malfeasance was the driving force for his not being promoted. The community of SEAL Team Six acknowledged he was highly respected as a fair, by-the-book commander. The decision not to promote Admiral Losey was outside the normal chain of command.

These political difficulties began when Losey was assigned to lead the Special Operations component in Africa. His commanding style conflicted with the existing, relaxed anything-goes culture. The clash produced two civilian and one military personnel filing whistleblower statements. After an exhaustive examination, the Navy Review Board voted 3-0 to promote him and grant him a second star. However, some members in the Senate, led by John McCain, protested the promotion.  The Navy shortly overturned the Navy Review Board’s recommendation. Brian Losey was forced to retire. Was it a just verdict or a means of eliminating a strong military leader who would not bow to political pressure?

The Edward Snowden whistleblower revelations in 2013 became the most explosive story of the year or perhaps a decade. Political elites lined up to opine about either the harm or the virtue of his actions. Mr. Snowden released documents showing the NSA, National Security Agency, had detailed information on every American citizen. According to the proponents of the NSA the information would only be reviewed in extraordinary cases that challenged our Homeland Security.

This invasion into our privacy caused a strong reaction. Many people were horrified that the government had fingertip access to any and all information on every individual American. They expressed that personal data on Americans could be used by power-seeking individuals to intimidate the masses into the acceptance of a totalitarian regime.

It is true that our adversaries could use the information released by Snowden against our national security interests. It exposed many of our security techniques, information and identified specific personnel. Snowden’s released information made many individual’s lives more vulnerable and showed Americans the power of the national government to spy on its own people, very few of which had any inkling of it.  This incredible surveillance program of all Americans was an eye opener of the power of our central government.

Before Mr. Snowden’s indisputable evidence that the NSA had the ability to spy and blackmail anyone, this notion would have been laughed at as a conspiratorial wacko theory. Currently we are more aware of the sophisticated intelligence, power and dangerous potential of our government officials. This should send a chill down the spine of every law-abiding citizen. The people of the USA have a right to open a debate especially since our government has been prone to lie to us on numerous occasions. We have to determine whether we should go down this path or not.

Rear Admiral, Brian Losey, a person whose reputation was called into question by whistleblowers, and the most recognized whistleblower, Edward Snowden, who revealed sensitive governmental spying on every American are on the opposite ends of the spectrum of the whistleblowers law.  Each of the accused and the accuser have to be judged on the evidence of their actions and should have the right to due process of the law.

The reality is not every whistleblower is a hero or everyone a self-promoting selfish person out for revenge or notoriety. A self-proclaimed whistleblower has to be investigated for motives as any accuser of someone to determine their testimony’s validity. The decision of the whistleblower’s impact, whether it was a virtuous or evil act, can only be made on a case-by-case basis by a jury of his peers not by an edict from an unknown bureaucratic government official.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

IS BERNIE DISHONEST, BRAINWASHED OR JUST IGNORANT?


IS BERNIE DISHONEST, BRAINWASHED OR JUST IGNORANT?

Bernie Sanders is folksy appearing in his rumpled suits and spastic finger pointing. His speeches are direct with simply expressed ideas. Bernie clearly attacks the
“1%ers” of each party. The Wall Street lobbyists, big money friends are his primary targets. He often infers that our nation is too capitalistic and we should adopt socialistic policies. His older brother, Larry, who he greatly admires, placed him on his socialist path. He has stated he is a “democratic socialist,” the same term Lenin used before Russia was revealed as a communist state.

Bernie is a sophisticated politician who has served 25 years in the House and Senate. He has been a proponent of the second amendment, which is contrary to his socialistic ideals. The reality is he is a senator from Vermont with a strong belief in gun rights. Any gun control rhetoric would have doomed his election. In this instance he is a typical politician saying what his voters want in order to be elected.

Sander’s speeches are full of references to a political revolution. He harangues against both political parties and their leaders. He views the Republicans as well as Democrats as part of the status quo and pawns of Wall Street’s corporate world. Bernie pretends that he is one of the 99%ers with one pair of underwear. The reality is he lists his net worth at half a million dollars. His other assets have been put in his wife’s name, Jane O’Meara Sanders, who was the president of Burlington College. He adamantly states that the rich do not pay their fair share although he deducted $8,946 on his 2014 tax returns for business meals. He has been an IRS enrolled agent and had his own tax preparation business preserving every cent of his income.

Mr. Sanders thinks the government should provide economic security and social equality for all. In a recent speech at the University of Puerto Rico he blames the debt crisis of PR on Wall Street but cowardly did not touch on the outrageous out-of-control spending and corruption. He shouts about explosive income equality, insisting that government should have greater control of every aspect of our lives and have more give away programs. He believes this will correct all socio-economic ills. He wants to break up the banks, not by increasing competition but through increased regulation to increase government control. Obamacare is too timid for Bernie who wants to make it a total single payer system. The millennials love his pronouncement that he will provide free university tuition for everyone.

Furthermore he advocates for the typical progressive A-Z agenda: diversity, multiculturalism, pro choice, women- LGBTQ rights, planned parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and Global Warming reversing it through taxing the people of advanced nations. Not surprisingly his fanatical supporters do not question how he will finance these programs.  Even his Democrat opponent in the primary, Hillary Clinton, is not asking this question.  Instead she is attempting to one-up his impossible promises. His entire presidential campaign could be considered to be based on Obama’s “Hope and Change” slogan except on steroids.

The progressive media is also mute on the economic front. They concur with his radical socialistic-communist agenda. Most of them have been indoctrinated in our leftist university system. They have been taught that socialism-communism is the pinnacle of the intellectual’s central governance of citizens. Bernie is saying leftist ideals more straightforward than the intelligencia mass media ever though possible in their lifetime. He is their darling.

Bernie is a product of this progressive system. He attended the very liberal leftist University of Chicago. He was constantly exposed to leftist propaganda. He studied the horrors of the Soviet Union’s murdering of millions of its own people. He lived through the destruction of Cuba’s economy and freedom in the 1960s by Fidel and the murderous Che. He was exposed to Mao’s violent Cultural Revolution, Ho Chi Min in Vietnam, and Pol Pot in Cambodia- with the elimination of 1.5 million people of the opposition and currently the socialistic failure of Chavez’s Venezuela.

The question that should be asked after seeing these communist policies implode is how can he support them or deny that radical socialism does not work? He could disregard the evidence, which means he is not being honest. He can argue that the reason that all communist societies do not work is that they just did not have the right person to make proper decisions. This political view would have to lead people to believe either he is brainwashed, not too bright or is ignorant.

Another more realistic possibility is he is a slick politician playing the role as a fumbling, kind, weird uncle who is trying to win the 2016 presidential election.



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. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.