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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

THE PROGRESSIVE MEDIA’S TREATMENT OF THE TWO “BILLS”


THE PROGRESSIVE MEDIA’S TREATMENT OF THE TWO “BILLS”
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist


Rules for Radicals, by Saul Alinsky instructs his followers how to marginalize traditional leaders. Rule #13 states: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.” The point is to target and vaporize, eliminating the adversary. It is defined strategy to win the war of establishing Marxist ideals in the minds of the people.

The different way the media treats the same alleged behavior of the legendary “Bills”, Clinton and Cosby, should be instructive to thoughtful people. Why is the media targeting one and giving the other a pass? During his first term, President Clinton was accused by several women who came forward saying that he raped them. This was buried as old news that had no bearing on his ability to be president of the United States. According to the progressive media the “Bimbo Eruption” was nothing more than dirty political tricks.  These women were portrayed as self-serving, gold diggers and trailer trash.

National Organization of Women remained silent choosing not to defend these women and condemn the most powerful male’s exploitive behavior. He lied under oath in his sexual harassment trial undermining the moral value of truthfulness. Even the affair between President Clinton and his young intern, Monica Lewinsky, did not get a peep out of this hypocritical organization condemning his despicable behavior. His behavior of using the power of his office while on duty as president was dismissed as a simple indiscretion. The political progressive ideals took precedence over the stated mission of promoting and protecting women’s rights.

The treatment of the other Bill (Cosby) was entirely different. The beloved comedian has been viciously and relentlessly attacked as a hideous hypocrite by the same media. His crime was criticizing black males for not doing their duty as role models for their children. He noted the lack of a strong black family unit was the root cause of much of the existing problems of blacks, not white racism.

Bill Cosby’s admonishing black youth to pick up their pants and get a job has been twisted to use against him. The “ingenious media” has created and repeated a catchy phrase that “Cosby should keep “it” in his pants.”

The attack on this black man of conviction who used his popularity, not for his own self-interest but to share his concerns and insights to help his people is a high crime against progressivism.  Instead of “pimping off” his people to keep them dependent on big government, he audaciously encouraged them to become self-reliant. This is also a high crime against Marxist dogma that is justified as an all out attack on Cosby.

The alleged incidents did not take place recently but were supposed to have taken place decades ago.  None of these allegations were ever found to be true in a court of law. The statute of limitations has run out a long time ago. These incidents were dredged up and revisited to eliminate a viable spokesman who could express common sense solutions for the good of the black subculture. Bill Cosby has been targeted by the progressive media to render him worthless as an advocate for blacks. This was done since his ideas could not be refuted.

The same formula that was used on Cosby had been successful with Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain to marginalize them through sexual innuendo destroying their credibility. As self-made successes these men have earned the right to be legitimate spokespeople for black advancement.

Cosby was dropped from a project at Netflix and TV Land decided not to air reruns of the Cosby Show. He decided to resign from the Board of Trustees at Temple University after serving as a member for over 30 years to avoid controversy at his alma mater.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson are protected by the media as well as all card-carrying progressives because they are on the “left wing” of the political argument. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s, senator from Illinois, blatant corruption scandal was deemed not to be newsworthy to protect one of their own, although it had all the elements of a Greek Tragedy.

These Marxist tactics of “politics of personal destruction” can only continue to work if we allow the media to black list speakers of logically reasoned arguments without resistance. Being passive is a losing strategy against the Alinzky, Rules for Radicals.  

In order to maintain a free country, we must foster an open and free exchange of ideas by informing the media we will no longer accept ad hominem attacks on people.

Believers of Marxism have no right to censor the speech of their opponents by falsely discrediting them. The people of all political stripes have to declare an end to the media’s retro McCarthyistic shenanigans. It is becoming too obvious for fair-minded people of either party to condone as politics as usual.

When the “end justifies the means” becomes business as usual, we have lost our freedom and the world will no longer have the free America it needs.



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, December 10, 2014

BE RESPECTFUL TO POLICE FOR YOUR OWN GOOD


BE RESPECTFUL TO POLICE FOR YOUR OWN GOOD  
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

Police have the important function of enforcing the law to keep the peace. They have been given immense power by the community to protect everyone from people who do not respect the rights of others. The police uniform should be a warning to anyone approached by the officer to follow his commands or things could get out-of-control.

It is dangerous for a cop to confront people they do not know. Every officer is vulnerable to unpredictable actions of strangers in our transient communities. There is rarely a relationship to build upon to make a friendly contact with the suspect regardless of the “sensitivity training” he completed.

Most of us never find ourselves feeling warm and fuzzy when a police officer questions us about our behavior. The police normally are straightforward and formal in their mannerisms for their own protection. Nearly everyone, regardless of their race or ethnic background, who is confronted by the police, feels the process violates their dignity.  No one: white, black or Asian, is happy to be pulled over by a flashing police car in the rear view mirror.  Most of us are anxious anytime we are questioned by a policeman. A few individuals become extremely belligerent and usually cause themselves greater problems than they would have had.

Police officers should not play the role of the social worker when approaching someone who might be breaking the law. There is no way he can know how the person on the street or in a car he is stopping might react. The individual might have a weapon that could wound him or worse. Cops have to always be in control of the situation to minimize it from getting out of control or they may be seriously hurt.

Stress increases in an officer whenever the person he is addressing is powerfully built and does not comply with his instructions or commands. Often these circumstances trigger an adrenalin response. Any sign of backing down by the officer would encourage an aggressive offender to escalate his non-compliance.  Law officers have to walk a tight rope of appearing physically formidable while not being physically or verbally abusive. This is an extremely difficult and dangerous role to perform.  

In order to deescalate a potential incident the person approached should be respectful or he will start down a road that does not end well. When the officer sees deference in the person he is facing he feels more in control. Any sign of hostility by the individual increases the natural instinct to regain the upper hand.

Acting respectfully to authority figures has become uncommon. Too many families are comprised of single parents. Respect for male authority has practically vanished due to absentee fathers.  Modern parents avoid obedience training. Too many youngsters have a “chip on their shoulder” when they are approached by an adult.  This often leads to future difficulties.

Schools no longer require students to be respectful to each other, to staff and anyone else. Corporal punishment and consequences for outrageous behavior have for the most part been banished in public schools. Without reality training by the parents, especially by the father, young adults are reckless in their disrespectful behavior toward law officers.

It is the youngsters who need training in respect for authority figures rather than the authority figures needing special sensitivity training to deal with punks or each of the special interest groups. Our nation is built on the rule of law not on the media’s self-righteousness or sensitivity training for criminal behavior.

It is foolish for our culture to place the onus on law enforcement to be “sensitive” to the feelings of: LGBT, ethnic groups, illegals, blacks or feminists. The law should be enforced in the same manner for all. Everyone should follow an officer’s instructions regardless of the group to which they belong.

If officers had to shift their approach when dealing with a criminal because of a minority designation their normal response time would be inhibited. This would greatly hinder their ability to do the job of protecting citizens. The reaction time of the officer would become a problem endangering everyone. The officer should not have to be concerned about winning the trust of the civilians who should automatically comply with his commands.

Police officers are people. Some can be jerks abusing their power and should be weeded out. It is up to each citizen to go up the legal ladder when they have been wronged. Any person who feels he has been mistreated by the police for any reason should take his complaint to a superior in law enforcement or the judicial system to address the alleged issues.

Policemen have an essential function to perform which is to enforce the law creating a secure and safe society. Let us grow up and accept the power of law enforcement by fully complying with them instead of inappropriately resisting them.  This behavior would decrease the danger for both the suspect and the officer.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

RABBLE ROUSERS NEED TO BE MARGINALIZED NOT ENCOURAGED


RABBLE ROUSERS NEED TO BE MARGINALIZED NOT ENCOURAGED
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D.  Traditional Realist


Life is full of instances of being wronged. It can be a family member, friend, stranger or public official that has grieved us. Prejudice is faced by most of us. One’s height, weight, gender, facial features, religion, politics, skin color, ethnic roots, race as well as personal preferences in clothing, food or music can cause it. Whatever is the cause of the discrimination, it is part of human nature and is real.

People who fixate on these unfair, inappropriate and even serious injustices are limiting their future development. These people live in the past using a past discriminatory incident as an excuse for one’s failure to overcome a common human failing. It becomes a formula for being left behind, a loser.

Too many “community leaders” agitate groups of alienated people to increase their own power base.  These rabble-rousers do not solve problems but blow them up. A self proclaimed leader pitting one group against another is playing with fire that can cause greater injustice and devastation to the group and destabilize the entire society.

The French Revolution of 1789 was supposed to correct real social inequality. “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” was a slogan that resonated with the poor and aspiring middle class. By some instigators using disinformation, false promises, malice, envy, jealousy and exaggerated abuse a mob mentality took on a life of its own. During this “social justice” upheaval, 40,000 people were guillotined, 300,000 were executed and millions more were murdered. The underlying problems were worsened, not solved.

  The Ku Klux Klan arose from ashes of the American Civil War.  These KKK members, during Reconstruction used inciting language and acts of terror to impose fear and hatred on the “emancipated” blacks. They employed these tactics to make blacks submit to their will. This again did not lead to solutions to integrate blacks into society but further divided the people in the south.

In 1891, a jury of their peers found nine Sicilian immigrants innocent of murdering police chief, Dennis Hennessy. These nine men and two other Italians were pulled out of the jail by a mob and lynched. This happened after local political leaders agitated the populace into mob frenzy. This was the largest mass lynching in the USA. Yet this ethnic group did not turn to rioting but to individual perseverance to succeed regardless of the injustices they received.
                                           
Mob violence under the guise of social justice does not serve anyone’s interest. When a specific person is tried by a jury of peers and found innocent or guilty of a crime, justice is served better than any other known system. The Ferguson, MO grand jury found there was no basis for indicting Darren Wilson. There was strong forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts that corroborated Wilson’s testimony.

However, when people are encouraged to blame all their problems that they face on being a certain ethnic group or race then we have created a potential time bomb for mass hysteria. There cannot be social justice or stability by resorting to mass chaos.
Rioting and looting and destruction of building and businesses is not a strategy for seeking justice. It is a way of satisfying base urges and instincts while illegally obtaining goods. It hurts the very community where the rioters and looters live.

Rabble-rousers have existed since there was rabble to rouse. Al Sharpton and others of this ilk should be exposed as the charlatans they are. They are destroyers, not creators of a more just and equitable community. Certainly Sharpton should not have been invited to the White House to share his thoughts on how to prevent future outbursts.  

President Obama bringing Rev. Sharpton to the White House sent the wrong message to the rioters. The focus of the conference was to place the blame on the Ferguson police department’s tactics and poor community relationships rather than squarely on progressive activists, professional rioters from across the country and opportunistic looters. Many of the organizers of the riots throughout the country were leaders in Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and other leftist causes.

People of all ethnic groups and socioeconomic levels are witnessing with their own eyes the results of the work done by these conveyers of hate. These individuals should be exposed for the self-promoting agitators dividing rather than bringing people together to exist in harmony and peace.

Only by shining light on their obvious lies and actions can they be seen for what they are- nothing but the same old intellectual haters of self-reliance, freedom and American exceptionalism. “Burn, baby, burn” is their perverted Marxist view of America.

Our president should not certify a forum to foment the seeds of a progressive revolution. He should denounce rabble rousers for destabilizing our nation. President Obama should use this educational moment to communicate to the people the difficulty of law enforcement officers in making split second decisions to enforce the law.




RABBLE ROUSERS NEED TO BE MARGINALIZED NOT ENCOURAGED
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D.  Traditional Realist


Life is full of instances of being wronged. It can be a family member, friend, stranger or public official that has grieved us. Prejudice is faced by most of us. One’s height, weight, gender, facial features, religion, politics, skin color, ethnic roots, race as well as personal preferences in clothing, food or music can cause it. Whatever is the cause of the discrimination, it is part of human nature and is real.

People who fixate on these unfair, inappropriate and even serious injustices are limiting their future development. These people live in the past using a past discriminatory incident as an excuse for one’s failure to overcome a common human failing. It becomes a formula for being left behind, a loser.

Too many “community leaders” agitate groups of alienated people to increase their own power base.  These rabble-rousers do not solve problems but blow them up. A self proclaimed leader pitting one group against another is playing with fire that can cause greater injustice and devastation to the group and destabilize the entire society.

The French Revolution of 1789 was supposed to correct real social inequality. “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” was a slogan that resonated with the poor and aspiring middle class. By some instigators using disinformation, false promises, malice, envy, jealousy and exaggerated abuse a mob mentality took on a life of its own. During this “social justice” upheaval, 40,000 people were guillotined, 300,000 were executed and millions more were murdered. The underlying problems were worsened, not solved.

  The Ku Klux Klan arose from ashes of the American Civil War.  These KKK members, during Reconstruction used inciting language and acts of terror to impose fear and hatred on the “emancipated” blacks. They employed these tactics to make blacks submit to their will. This again did not lead to solutions to integrate blacks into society but further divided the people in the south.

In 1891, a jury of their peers found nine Sicilian immigrants innocent of murdering police chief, Dennis Hennessy. These nine men and two other Italians were pulled out of the jail by a mob and lynched. This happened after local political leaders agitated the populace into mob frenzy. This was the largest mass lynching in the USA. Yet this ethnic group did not turn to rioting but to individual perseverance to succeed regardless of the injustices they received.
                                           
Mob violence under the guise of social justice does not serve anyone’s interest. When a specific person is tried by a jury of peers and found innocent or guilty of a crime, justice is served better than any other known system. The Ferguson, MO grand jury found there was no basis for indicting Darren Wilson. There was strong forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts that corroborated Wilson’s testimony.

However, when people are encouraged to blame all their problems that they face on being a certain ethnic group or race then we have created a potential time bomb for mass hysteria. There cannot be social justice or stability by resorting to mass chaos.
Rioting and looting and destruction of building and businesses is not a strategy for seeking justice. It is a way of satisfying base urges and instincts while illegally obtaining goods. It hurts the very community where the rioters and looters live.

Rabble-rousers have existed since there was rabble to rouse. Al Sharpton and others of this ilk should be exposed as the charlatans they are. They are destroyers, not creators of a more just and equitable community. Certainly Sharpton should not have been invited to the White House to share his thoughts on how to prevent future outbursts.  

President Obama bringing Rev. Sharpton to the White House sent the wrong message to the rioters. The focus of the conference was to place the blame on the Ferguson police department’s tactics and poor community relationships rather than squarely on progressive activists, professional rioters from across the country and opportunistic looters. Many of the organizers of the riots throughout the country were leaders in Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and other leftist causes.

People of all ethnic groups and socioeconomic levels are witnessing with their own eyes the results of the work done by these conveyers of hate. These individuals should be exposed for the self-promoting agitators dividing rather than bringing people together to exist in harmony and peace.

Only by shining light on their obvious lies and actions can they be seen for what they are- nothing but the same old intellectual haters of self-reliance, freedom and American exceptionalism. “Burn, baby, burn” is their perverted Marxist view of America.

Our president should not certify a forum to foment the seeds of a progressive revolution. He should denounce rabble rousers for destabilizing our nation. President Obama should use this educational moment to communicate to the people the difficulty of law enforcement officers in making split second decisions to enforce the law.




















































































































Monday, November 24, 2014

BEWARE OF THE SEXUAL ADDICTION EPIDEMIC


BEWARE OF THE SEXUAL ADDICTION EPIDEMIC
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. traditional Realist


Our culture has become a highly sexualized one, which is the understatement of the ages. Sex is used to sell everything and anything. The word “sexy” has been applied to almost everything. Cars, clothes, phones. food, toothbrushes are labeled “sexy” to promote them. Modern children are exposed to visual images from birth that in the past were only seen in peep shows or Penthouse Magazine.

The so-called “sexual revolution” was propelled by the fraudulent 1960s Kinsey Report. This controversial report radically changed sexual behavior by falsely setting the level of sexual activity higher for adolescents than it actually was. It motivated youngsters to fit in by becoming more sexually active at an earlier and earlier age. It removed sex from the bedroom to front and center in the public domain. Television, movies, computer screens, DVDs, magazines inundate our children and us with provocative to explicit images, which are powerfully stimulating.

Today children are indoctrinated into a sexual reality before they develop the emotional maturity to put it into its proper prospective. Many people are introduced to all consuming sex through music, drugs and the social media. The majority of these experiences are physiologically and psychologically highly pleasurable, which seduces some into a sexually dominated lifestyle.

These dysfunctional behaviors have reached epidemic proportions. There is a speculative range of 3-6% of the population or 9-18 million people who suffer from sexual addiction. The increasing incidence of sexual addiction should be a concern of every adult, especially parents.

There are numerous evolving venues to entice people into becoming obsessed with sex. There is pornography, cyber sex, infidelity, compulsive masturbation, online hook ups, exhibitionism, prostitution, strip clubs and voyeurism. These behaviors are not only more prevalent but have lost their stigma in society.

The availability and options have greatly expanded with the decreased societal condemnation of these behaviors. This has led to the surge in sexual addiction. Traditionally males have comprised 90% of this group although female sexual addiction is becoming more prevalent with sexy feminists such as Beonce and Miley Cyrus changing attitudes and mores.

Psychologically early initiation into the world of sex increases the peer status of a youngster. Peer recognition with instant gratification makes the person chic and in the know. This contrived image directs the person to employ higher levels of deception. These braggadocio stories have to be elevated by more outrageous fantasy exploits. The addicted person’s relationships, lies and distortions hurt family, friends and others. Honor and loyalty have to be sacrificed for the next conquest to maintain the reputation.

Eventually the exaggeration and deception leaves the “player” psychologically and physiologically exhausted. The situation becomes a tangled web of emotions that causes confusion and at times even some guilt. As their attractiveness and stamina falters they often turn to alcohol and drugs to perform.

A preoccupation with sexual activities has consequences. It often starts someone down a path of becoming imbalanced and winding up in a self-destructive life style. These people lose control over their sexual behavior. Lines are crossed that they never thought they would cross. They employ any means available to maintain the player image. It often affects families and work environment.  Others start to sense the desperation to keep everything together. Relationships and production deteriorate. A hole is dug that gets deeper without hope of finding a solution of reversing it.

The addiction requires a greater frequency, duration and intensity of sex to receive the same “numbing out” release or pleasurably high experience. The ego gratification for performing the act becomes less attainable. The risk of contacting STDs or being caught in an embarrassing or unlawful situation increases. The inability to control ones thoughts and urges is frustrating. Drinking and drugging increase and mask the psychological pain and shame.

The Hollywood and media’s incredibly positive narratives like “Sex in the City”, “Mad Men” and James Bond are destructively unrealistic. These creative writers portray a fantasy lifestyle that they would like to live out in their own mundane lives. They do not understand the negative implications of living a delusional life of self-deception.

Adults, especially those with children, have to become more aware of the horrible consequences of a life of sexual addiction. This should be shared with their children as often as possible so as to prevent developing a very destructive habit of conning others.

Loved ones of an already sexually addicted person should confront him about how he has lost control over his life. These loved ones need to point out the path of destruction he has left behind. This intervention could wake him up to seek help through guidance from a respected elder, in prayer, church intervention or seek professional help.


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.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

PARENTAL ABSENCE RESULTS IN DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES


PARENTAL ABSENCE RESULTS IN DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES
By Domenick J. Maglio  PhD. Traditional Realist


Parents usually want the best for their children. Today there are more choices than ever about raising a child. Almost everyone who has raised a child is a know-it-all expert. People who have even limited exposure write books believing they are going to revolutionize child rearing after centuries of child rearing tradition. 

President Obama in a November 3rd speech said, “we don’t want women to stay home.” He was advocating mothers be absent from the family. His reasoning was a stay-at-home mother would never have the earning power that a career woman would. This cradle to grave approach of government involvement in our lives is marginalizing the role of family in modern society and is weakening our entire nation. There are government infant and toddler programs that are urging women to enter or stay in the workforce.

Most children spend more time with the daycare workers than they will with their own parents. Both parents and children will lose their invaluable interaction that creates a love bond between them. Too many youngsters no longer radiate the natural love of adoring parents.

The separation between a child and parent makes effective parenting very difficult.
Many working parents are at a disadvantage of learning their child’s idiosyncratic behavior. These parents receive second hand reports from the caretaker rather than drawing their own conclusions from the child’s interaction with others.  Modern parents have to rely on others to gain a perception of their own child.

Instead of employing a common sense, problem solving of inappropriate behavior and inattentiveness, modern parents currently are directed to a professional. Often an alarmed teacher will suggest an expert evaluate the child’s behavior. A speech therapist, a mental health professional or a medical doctor are the experts recommended.

Modern parents have a reason to be confused, which motivates them to bring the child to the office of an expert. Parents’ unfamiliarity with their own children’s behavior and lack of an extended family giving advice leaves many parents at the mercy of these unknown professionals.

These professionals can give remedial recommendations to correct the problem, explaining it is “normal behavior.” Too often the professionals, instead of employing a long-term therapeutic approach, unethically offer a mental health diagnosis, which does not meet all the criteria. They provide a quick medical (drug) solution that only masks the underlying issues and diagnose the child with a mental disorder relegating him to a life long stigma.

In our nonjudgmental culture family friends would remain silent or approve of, not question the parent’s decisions. This formal “expert” process is usually a relief to the parent as it gives them clear scientific "certitude" that the problem lies with the child not with their parenting. In many cases the parent wears their child's diagnosis as a badge of courage for having endured the antics and hassles of dealing with a "defective" child.

These child development experts have permeated the thoughts and beliefs of almost all parents, including those at home full time. Modern parents have been indoctrinated not to use time-tested methods such as the “cold shoulder,” moderate spanking on toddlers and preschoolers and strong consistent consequences to regain control of their child’s actions. It is easier and less stressful to put faith in the hands of the state licensed professionals than to examine and change the interaction with their own offspring.


The child becomes the victim of the parent’s ignorance of the child's “game playing,” the power of their role and their unwillingness to be take-charge parents. The child's reaction to the consequences of the caregiver is teaching the caregiver, not the parents, the best way to manage the child. Absentee parents do not have the opportunity to learn these lessons. These missed experiences leave today's parents in an inferior power position as compared to parents of the past.

The lack of awareness and knowledge of their children's behavior makes it almost impossible to remediate the child's dysfunctional behavior. Instead the child receives, and will suffer from, the mental health label that will identify him for the rest of his life. This phenomenon is becoming more prevalent reaching epidemic proportions.

Not only does the label influence the thinking and behavior of others but it gives the child a built in set of excuses that fortifies his sense of believing he is defective. Negative self-talk about what a person can and should do, lowers his standards and expectations. This makes the dubious diagnosis a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The modern parent’s void in directly experiencing the child's behavior results in a lifestyle of disorder for the entire family. The ultimate victim of this family dysfunction is the labeled child, although everyone in the family suffers.

Our central government continues the dismantling of the family and is paving the way for a more totalitarian nation. This central control of our lives is disabling our children, families and 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.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

THE REJECTION OF THE PENNY TAX PROVES WE ARE NOT STUPID


THE REJECTION OF THE PENNY TAX PROVES WE ARE NOT STUPID
 By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

MIT professor, Jonathan Gruber, architect of Obamacare, smugly pronounced American voters were stupid to believe in the distortions and outright lies that were repeatedly used to gain legislative approval of it. However, it is appearing that unrealistic and false promises are getting harder to sell to the public.

Throughout the nation local and state governments are finding unique ways of extracting money from the people. In Hernando County, a small central Florida county, another penny sales tax was vigorously promoted as “Penny for Projects”. They used previously discussed road projects, local airport upgrades, school repairs, electronic tablets for each student, and other assorted absurd “Projects for a Penny” to entice citizens to vote “yes.” The political and connected business leaders raised an incredible $160,000 to put together a glossy campaign to pass this referendum for their interest not the public’s.

The county administrator, a major player in this effort, stated the Penny for Projects proponents “played a pretty good game.” The “stupid citizens” were not fooled by “the game” even though they were inundated with signs, mailings and sophisticated commercials telling them to vote, “yes.” They answered with a shocking, resounding “no!”

This  “No” vote response happened without a counter promotion to expose passed additional tax campaigns where the raised revenues disappeared into thin air without any concrete results. 

The American people have learned that increasing public money to solve problems does not produce the desired results. Nationally we have thrown trillions of dollars at public schools. These large sums of money have created larger school districts with fancier buildings but did not do anything to improve student performance. More money allocated for education has produced more administrators and an impenetrable bureaucratic wall that mutes parent feedback and impedes school accountability.

Locally we see closed private businesses now filled with ever expanding government.  The number of government agencies and workers metastasized while the accessibility to public servants lessens. The local government has introduced a glut of regulations that impede our freedom to live our lives as we see fit.  Meanwhile our roads, building departments, parks and other public services have deteriorated. 

The voters are becoming aware that money is not the crucial issue in our local government.  What is crucial is holding public servants accountable for fulfilling their obligations to the public.  This process will require citizens to point out to government supervisors when a government employee has done an excellent or an atrocious job in assisting them. Citizens have to assert themselves by evaluating government workers to convince the higher-level officials that their own positions are on the line if they do not manage well. 

This grassroots feedback would translate into hardworking public servants moving up the ladder while poor functioning ones are demoted or fired.  The word will circulate that job security and advancement will be based on merit, not politics all the way up the ladder.

This message of merit will become a guiding principle of completing tasks in an efficient manner. This will motivate supervisors to fire incompetent or dysfunctional employees.  City and county commissioners will have to demonstrate to the public through their actions that they will not tolerate any dereliction of duties of any member of the local government regardless of their connections.

Citizens have turned a blind eye to our local, state and federal government officials. This passive approach of going along with approving more revenue to solve problems has been a formula for waste and inefficiency.

At this point in time, Americans are opening up both eyes to gain some control over an out-of-control government. Public servants are supposed to work for We the People. We have to do our jobs of rating them like we do for many products, services and hotels online in the private sector. We need an “Angie’s List” of government servants and politicians to inform others of their effectiveness or ineffectiveness. 

Many communities took the step and voted down increasing taxes. These taxing gimmicks will reappear more deceptively until the local ruling elite realize the government is not entitled to the people’s money.

When the people see cutbacks in local government workers and programs citizens will know these local elites finally get it. We need to be forever vigilant in our civic duty by holding ourselves, family and government servants accountable.  This positive energy will return our nation to better stability and harmony proving to the elites that citizens are not stupid.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

THE POOR JUDGEMENT OF A VICTIM SHOULD BE ACKNOWLEDGED


THE POOR JUDGEMENT OF A VICTIM SHOULD BE ACKNOWLEDGED
By Domenick J. Maglio Phd., Traditional Realist


There are times when a person is an innocent victim of an unforeseen incident. A car erratically driven and killing a pedestrian just walking on the sidewalk is a tragic incident that is in no way the fault of the victim. Neither is lightning striking a person out of the blue. An airplane killing someone as it lands on a beach or a tree limb crushing a person are unpredictable events that are understandably devastating to their loved ones. When life appears cruelly unfair, most of us turn to God for solace because the unfortunate victim was not responsible in any way for what happened.

There are other times when people put themselves in dangerous positions that blow up in their face and that could have been avoided. Placing oneself in risky situations has potential consequences that should have been taught at an early age. This knowledge gives young adults the ability to anticipate patterns of behavior that would be harmful to them.

People who ignore the possible consequences of dangerous behaviors are partially to blame for the suffering they receive. When people do not acknowledge their poor judgment they often repeat their actions. Learning from one’s mistakes protects the individual by not going down the same path. They are able to think on their feet to minimize potentially aversive dangers.

There is a cellphone application that has been introduced, which uses data analysis to inform people what are high criminal risk neighborhoods. Many in our culture did not favorably receive this important and relevant information for a person’s safety. Many experts in the media and the NAACP viewed this as a racist item that should be banned from the public domain. In other words people should be kept ignorant of statistical data even though it would keep them out of harm’s way because it disproportionately shows African-American areas are bad.

In our current culture the message to our youth is whatever a person does should have no bearing on his being taken advantage of by another. A male going to a bar noted for its violence should ignore the reality that he is taking his life in his own hands. A young woman who is intoxicated and is dressing provocatively is unaware she is putting herself in jeopardy of being exploited. Actions and decisions that put one in a tenuous situation do matter because it increases the possibility of getting hurt.

Risky behavior often has consequences that we should consider before taking certain actions. It is the responsibility of the parents to teach their children about the reality of certain behaviors. “Stay far away from firemen when they are fighting a fire, they would not expect you to be there and would inadvertently knock you down.” “Don’t accept a ride or candy from a stranger.” These warnings about possible outcomes encourage a child to think before compulsively acting.

As the youngster matures his responsibility to observe the behavior of others should increase. This increased awareness of people will determine the advisability of befriending or avoiding a certain person. Reality is a great teacher to guide one’s decisions.

A person who knows permissive sex increases STDs and that heightens the probability of certain cancers and commits to this lifestyle is taking a gamble. The same naiveté goes for a person who divorces her spouse for a minor issue even though she knows that raising a child alone would result in lower socio-economic conditions with a higher probability of problem children. A person who commits a crime while under a mind-altering substance should be held accountable for his actions. It was his choice to put himself in a mindless state.

When individuals put themselves in potentially dangerous situations they are partially responsible for the horrendous outcome of the chain of events. People should be accountable for putting themselves in risky circumstances, as it was their decision.

As a society we can no longer hide behind the infantile politically correct thinking that we can never discuss the poor judgment of the victim. This missed opportunity to learn from a discussion of other’s poor judgment does everything to increase mindless behavior and nothing to prevent dangerous impulsive actions.

Good judgment begins with good parenting. Parents should point out to their child the potentially harmful consequences of risky behavior. This early training lays the foundation for the person’s ability to make mature decisions.

Our media should report all the relevant facts of these tragedies even though it might show the victim’s dubious decision making. This knowledge would be powerfully helpful to many other young people that would prevent unnecessary tragedies.

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