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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

AN OVER-ACHIEVER IS NOW STIGMATIZED


AN OVER-ACHIEVER IS NOW STIGMATIZED
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Throughout history there have always been people who take pride in their work and others who just get by with as little effort as possible. The ones who want to be recognized for their effort see their production as a reflection of themselves. Many others needed incentives to get them to do the simplest tasks. It is the percentage of the doers versus the takers that determines the vitality of the nation.

At different stages of history nations went through periods of rewarding merit and others rewarded family status. Family name, wealth and powerful connections were the deciding factors in being chosen into the ranks of the privileged few. These different economic approaches have been going on for centuries. In stagnant economic societies the affluent, connected families did not have to concern themselves with the children’s future opportunities. Their influence insured their children top government positions regardless of their training and abilities. Achievement was of little value to advancement. It was all about family and political connections not production. In a free market economy there is competition that rewards hard work. Cut off from the opportunity for advancement, competition ceases and the nation’s economy withers.

In the United States our economy is transitioning into a planned, centrally controlled economy. Too many are entitled to the wealth of others, which is desensitizing our people to the importance of competing with others. The economy has been devalued by affirmative action decrees written into law. Certain groups of people are given preferential treatment for selection in college and employment even if they do not merit it. These laws are being forced by the loss of government funds and federal discrimination suits. This fear motivates states and big business to go along with this government intrusion into their affairs. We are turning towards a national socialistic model of government that chooses winners and losers rather than have them compete in the free market of opportunity.

In public schools achievement is being deemphasized by rewarding everyone equally in academics and extra curricular activities. The millennium generation and a large portion of the welfare recipients are turning towards the false promises of large government Marxist ideals. This naïve reliance on government to compensate for a person’s laziness is becoming fashionable in higher education.

Over achieving is defined as any person who performs better than their IQ would indicate. These people have a high drive to overcome obstacles through hard work to be the best they can be. The quality students who have been the backbone of our educational system and free enterprise are currently being viewed as mentally and emotionally odd individuals. They are not being valued for their dedication and discipline rather as disrupters of social engineering of a less competitive more inclusive lowest common denominator educational system.

Any hard working individuals are supposedly striving too much to compensate for their feelings of inadequacy. These so called chronic neurotics’ “fear of failure” are seen as obsessive, compulsive. They are often called workaholics, pleasers who can’t say “no” to authority figures. These driven people are less sociable and culturally influenced by the latest fads. They are often disliked because they make others feel inadequate and jealous of their achievements. They are demeaned at every turn. Stigmatizing a producer may make the parasites feel better but it does not get the job done.

Yet these energetic doers are the driving force of a free market economy. High performing over achievers are the strength of any business in small mom and pop endeavors. They have to be performing at a high level or they will fail. Those who do the work of several people in any business will keep the labor force down increasing the odds of being a successful business. The same strong work ethic in larger, lean and mean businesses creates more rapid advancement, higher benefits and a successful future.

Destroying the individual who sets high standards is killing “the goose that lays the golden eggs.” Our national educational and economic system is lowering the bar to accommodate the incompetent. Setting low baselines for performance is a catastrophic policy that needs to be reversed to restore our excellence.  The millennial generation is the product of deemphasizing the family, education and work standards. These young adult underachievers are not prepared for the reality of striving to climb the socioeconomic ladder.

More than ever we need focused doers that are over achievers for our country to once again prosper. 




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, May 18, 2016

TOLERANCE FOR DEVIANTS BUT NOT FOR NORMAL


TOLERANCE FOR DEVIANTS BUT NOT FOR NORMAL
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD Traditional Realist

Humans have the freedom to choose any behavior they desire. However, there are physical limitations to those choices such as flying like a bird, running like a cheetah and swimming to great depths like a fish. We can overcome these limitations with the ingenuity of mechanical devices but flying in an airplane does not make us a bird, a racecar does not make us a cheetah or a dive tank a fish. We are humans no matter how loud or often our state controlled culture says we can be whatever we want to be regardless of reality.

The vast majority of people exhibit common and uniform behaviors that define us as humans. They have intercourse with the opposite sex to produce children. This is normal and necessary for human survival. When children are not created in sufficient numbers a society self destructs and eventually disappears.

Historically, in most cultures, women have been the nurturers and the men have been the protectors/warriors. Children are raised in families by parents or relatives.
Schooling was done for children to pass down the culture not a political agenda. Anyone who robbed or randomly killed was severely punished or banned from the community.

Today’s modern western nations have rejected traditional normal behavior for false enlightenment (tolerance) of what was labeled in the past as deviant behavior. The violently insane are no longer incarcerated but are heavily medicated and are roaming our streets.  According to Loretta Lynch’s justice department, even sex offenders or hardened criminals cannot be “discriminated against” by calling them what they are. The PC description by the Justice Department is, “Justice Involved Individuals.” This ridiculous approach puts the innocent in jeopardy of being harmed while coddling the evil perpetrators.

The rights of the vast majority of Americans, 99.97% are being trampled upon. Currently the Department of Education and the Justice Department have decreed that .03% of the population who self identify as transgenders should be granted the right to invade the bathrooms and showers in schools and other public facilities. These confused and mentally disturbed souls are being given absurd rights that infringe in the rights of the healthy majority of citizens to live the lifestyle that has existed and been sanctioned for centuries. Even if you give the right of private bathrooms for transgender individuals this will not satisfy the government edicts. They want them to choose whatever bathroom they would like. 

Until 1974 in the United States homosexuality was defined as a mental illness. This abruptly changed to normal behavior by a simple vote by the American Psychological Association and not due to any solid scientific evidence. This classification has been wiped out and has become not only acceptable but a cool, chic behavior that should be emulated. Being a transvestite, an individual who attempts to pass as a person of the opposite sex, was clearly seen as abnormal. This tolerance of abnormality has been taken to a new level by adaptive surgery to attempt to be accepted as the opposite sex. It is being advertised as a human right that is paid for by taxpayers for government workers.

Arbitrarily changing the concept of normal using anti discrimination laws has been forced on the majority. We are tyrannically told to be accepting through PC indoctrination and decreed anti discrimination laws by the executive branch.

Political correctness  and other “group think” techniques are tools previously used by leaders to transform the society into a more centrally controlled one. In these nations it was important to destroy the traditional cultures to introduce a totalitarian one. The family allegiance had to be obliterated to instill the state as the supreme power over all their subjects.

All traditional institutions have to be dismantled. Husbands and wives, blacks and whites, rich and poor, parents and children, young and old have to be divided through a war of one against the other. Local control has to be eliminated on all levels by centralizing it. Education and law enforcement have to nationalized. People power has to be eradicated and converted to the almighty government.

The most direct way to reverse the central government’s confiscation of local power is to reject the tolerance indoctrination campaign inundating us through the media, public schools and universities. We need to solidify our traditional natural law and Biblical moral values that have been passed down to us. Intolerance for immoral and destructive behavior will return us to sanity. The loss of freedom to think and speak our minds is extinguishing our ability to remain free.

Standing up for normal moral action is not intolerance, it is sanctioning good over evil. Tolerance of deviant behavior is supporting evil over good. The future course of civilization will be determined by the way we react to blatant brainwashing by the state.



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, May 11, 2016

MELTING POT SPREADS UNITY WHILE TOSSED SALAD-DIVISION


MELTING POT SPREADS UNITY WHILE TOSSED SALAD- DIVISION
By Domenick J. Maglio Phd. Traditional Realist

Immigration has always existed throughout history. As civilizations rose and fell people moved toward those societies that offered more possible advantages and away from ones that were stagnating or decaying.

From its beginning people worldwide understood that America was an exceptional nation for creating a better life. Older Americans were taught that ours was a land of opportunity. People immigrated from all over the world to earn their way to an improved life for themselves and their families. There were no government handouts. These mass immigrations revitalized our country through the physical and creative energy these people brought to every aspect of life in America.

These immigrants arrived from every corner of the world. They first formed their own communities where they helped each other in many ways. Chinatown, Germantown, Little Italy, Polish, Irish, Jewish, Hispanic, Korean, Japanese, Ethiopians and others formed their own neighborhood ghettos.

Each community had its own stories of gross discrimination against them. Some came as indentured servants being locked up in cages at night until their labor was sufficient to satisfy their exploitive contracts. This happened to members of various ethnic groups well into the 20th Century. During WWII Japanese, German and Italian American residents were placed in interment camps until the end of the war.

Furthermore these ethnic groups dealt with financial and social hardships as well as overt prejudice: “no Micks need apply,” and legal discrimination against them. They were grateful for the chance to work for the freedoms granted in America and the peaceful stability provided by being a US citizen. After one to three generations they blended into being proud Americans. This process was called the “melting pot.” These ethnic groups kept some of their ancestor’s ways such as special foods, music, and celebration of holidays but all became Americans first and foremost but knew their ancestors’ place of birth. Regardless of their last name many modern children have no knowledge of their family background. They have been fully acculturated as Americans.

Today children of immigrants are being indoctrinated to keep their country of origin’s identity and even language. Many come demanding government welfare not the freedoms America offers them. They have been told they are entitled to freebees of the government without having to pay any price.

The elites of America have revised history by stating America’s greatness comes from multi-culturalism instead of becoming appreciative of America’s exceptionalism. The ruling class has arbitrarily altered the facts of our immigration to the United States to fit their own vision of a new “Babylon.” They call this utopian notion a “tossed salad” or “salad bowl,” where every group does its own thing, while rigidly retaining the ways of their country of origin.

In this “salad bowl America” everybody will speak his own language and follow their own ancestral culture without having to blend in with the society. This is a prescription for internal strife and chaos in any nation. We are witnessing this horrendous multicultural impact on the nations of Europe.

In this new progressive America different ethnic and class groups politically fight for the scraps of government handouts divides one group from another. These policies enable the ruling class to win elections by promising more material handouts, hope and change to each and every diverse group. Progressives do this to increase the power of the central government by the method of divide and conquer. This separates America into many diverse groups fighting each other rather than uniting us into a cohesive nation.

America is moving toward the European model of nations that no longer have people with a common culture and a specific patriotic identity. Instead they are distinctly different groups of people in serious conflict. These radically different communities are promoting their own laws and self-interests rather than the nation’s interest. This concept of retaining their old culture is tearing up the little amount of national fabric holding the society together.

The progressive ideology promotes diversity/multi-culturalism as positive by catchy phrases such as: “toss salad” or “salad bowl.” This disconnection between groups is supposed to increase the cosmopolitan flavor of the country. These distinct and often clashing tastes may initially excite the palate although in the long run will upset the stomach and the entire entity.

When cultures blend together the nation functions more regularly creating a healthy and better environment for everyone. The “melting pot” produces a unique strong and healthy place for citizens to safely be productive and free. It is a formula that has served America well for three centuries.


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, April 27, 2016

PSEUDO PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY IS REPRESSING FREE SPEECH


PSEUDO PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY IS REPRESSING FREE SPEECH
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist


America’s culture has been based on moral values and practices that worked for centuries. The founders studied past civilizations compiling what things led to the wellbeing of successful nations. Natural law and many biblical practices were recognized for their effectiveness over time.

Our modern society has rejected many of these traditional thoughts and practices moving quickly to supposedly scientific ones. The media has successfully marketed these pseudo scientific theories. Many of these notions sound reasonable but often are based on false assumptions that they plug into complicated and sophisticated studies that cannot be duplicated. This has happened throughout our child development and family practices leading us astray from good parenting. We have seen in a relatively short time an epidemic of bitter divorce and childhood mental disorders.

One modern psychological theory that quickly became a fad was “venting therapy.” This idea was incredibly well sold to the public but it did not have the expected results. A patient was supposed to vent his anger through loud rants, screaming and exhausting physical exercises including hitting objects. Punching pillows was supposed to extinguish the feelings of anger. The problem was that it did not work. It had the opposite impact that prolonged and increased the instances of angry outbursts.

Nevertheless it became part of the pop culture and has taken on a life of its own. Venting has metastasized into many new irregular offshoots. Many experts are promoting youngsters as young as preschool to express their anger issues. This is translated in the child’s mind to telling others including parents and other adults how the child is bothered by these adults. It encourages the child to think he is equal or superior to anyone disciplining him for inappropriate behavior. This results in blatant disrespect of others.

Some children’s self esteem becomes so inflated that they will tell their peers, teachers and parents how they specifically annoy them and the way these people should change their behavior.  These untested practices have seeped into our culture as infallible advice that produced more harm than good. These children are inadvertently being trained to be disobedient and become future oppositional defiant personalities.

As these self-absorbed children have gotten older, they have moved from controlling anger to controlling others rather than learning new social skills to get along with them. In universities the venting of one’s feelings has morphed into telling others how they should act, think and speak. Anything that hurts their sensitivities is called “micro aggression.” This could be as simple as how they feel walking into a room with others. If they feel uncomfortable hearing certain accents or seeing mannerisms or witness certain expressions on other’s faces these innocent people are seen as “guilty of micro aggression.” The pampered individuals expect others to be punished for making them feel bad. The self-important students want others to conform to their personal view of the world.

When these emotionally immature students become upset they want the comfort of “safe spaces” on the university campus. This area should only be for people who think and speak in the same way. It does not stop at making special provisions for their delusional power but they want to go much further.

These students demand the right to cut off speech of anyone who has the audacity to possess a different point of view. Their “cheering squad,” the progressive politicians and media, encourages them to continue to disturb and halt the speech of anyone expressing traditional values. These students throw objects such as pies at speakers. They even go onto the stage to physically intimidate and confront the speaker. The elite cowardly leaders of the university do not take a stand to end this student tyranny. Instead they act like innocent bystanders or they actually legitimize the repressive and un-American actions.

These American attacks on the most important institution of the free exchange of ideas should alarm all of us who believe in our freedom.

The marriage between pseudo psychology and highly sophisticated marketing is dangerous. It could result in mind control, groupthink and an enslaved, brainwashed society without any understanding of true freedom as it was erased from the minds of the people.



Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.
















Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TRUMP A MASTER AT BRANDING OTHERS AND HIMSELF


TRUMP A MASTER AT BRANDING OTHERS AND HIMSELF
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Donald Trump is a charismatic celebrity personality. He is a billionaire who knows how to wheel and deal with the big boys, which makes him a consummate big businessman in our materialistic culture. Trump does not make any excuses for playing the crony capitalistic games. Proudly he says he has given millions of dollars to politicians of every persuasion to win favors. This bypassing of regulations, which hold other businessmen back from accomplishing their projects, does not affect him. Many of his followers view this corruption as a normal part of business although they hope he will change his habits as soon as he is elected.

Trump says he is financing his own campaign and cannot be bought. He fails to say once he is in power how is he going to recover from his horse trading addiction. His modus operandi has become a life long method of accumulating power and wealth.

Trump’s impromptu speeches show a wit and fearless entertaining ability of pointing out the absurdity of politically correct speech in dealing with critical issues facing all of us. The credit for opening up discussion on previously taboo subjects belongs to Trump’s engaging style of talking directly to the people. This style can be mean spirited toward anyone who poses a threat according to him. He does not argue the merits of his ideas but goes directly for the jugular. His ability for personal destruction of his opponents is masterful. The opponent’s strength is attacked making it a weakness by repeating a narrative that is not supported by facts.

Donald Trump can take a statement and twist it into a pretzel. He can make it mean something very different. In one of the first debates Cruz criticized Trump for his “New York values”. Over the years Trump has taken many liberal stances. In 1999 he had an interview with Tim Rusert justifying his support of abortion and gays in the military stating: “I live in New York City, in Manhattan, all my life so you know my views are a little bit different then if I lived in Iowa.” Trump attacked Cruz for having no respect for New Yorkers. This blatant change of Cruz’s statement from an indictment of liberal values to Cruz belittling New Yorkers changed the news cycle against Cruz. Trump had the audacity to reinforce his position by calling Cruz” a nasty guy” for degrading New Yorkers.

This technique of labeling his rivals: “Little Marco”, “Low energy Bush” and “Lying Ted”, have stuck. Other times he uses a sleight of hand by making an offhanded rude comment like the “the face of Carly Fiorina, Megyn Kelly’s blood shooting out where ever, Ben Carson’s psychopathic profile of a child molester and Cruz’s six affairs without a shred of evidence. These innuendos plant “the seed of doubt” about these people that has a real impact on how they are viewed. The attacks disappear as soon as the person stops being a challenge but the branding sticks.

His branding and marketing skills are also used to build up his celebrity mystique. ”I am the best negotiator”, “I will make America great again”, “My business products have been top notch and successful” as he displays his Trump brand water, meat, clothing and hotels while not mentioning that many of these items have failed in the marketplace. It is all about Trump, with no credit given to the staff that actually did the work.  He is an egotist who uses the word “I” incessantly.

Trump’s complaints of rigging the Republican primary against him because the rules are different in each state is an indictment of his ignorance of our political system. Our founding fathers threw roadblocks in the way of populist candidates. They set up the Electoral College on the national level and left the nomination of candidates up to the political parties and states. They understood total democracy led to chaos. Instead they chose a representative government to nullify large swings in the direction of the country caused by a cult of personality.

Mr. Trump’s threat of running on a third party and riots at the convention should be a red flag that he does not understand that electing a president is not the same as the coronation of a king. The power of charisma was the key factor in President Obama’s victory. His bypassing of the rules of law has been devastating to our system. Trump is coming from the same perspective as Obama except he chose to run on the Republican ticket. Trump and Obama are believers in large central government, personality power and behind the scenes deals to disregard the other two branches of power. They are both proponents of crony capitalism/a fascist state.

The voters who want an America based on the restrictions of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Judaic Christian moral values need to look elsewhere than Trump.
They should look for a candidate who adheres and follows a steady and slow course dictated by the power of the three branches of government instead of the power of a charismatic personality as the president.

Branding of self and others is a powerful skill that should not determine the selection of a presidential candidate. In America presidents have come and gone but we have had stability by following our Constitution and the rule of law. Our republic is the difference between us and all other countries throughout history.

Let us not give up on our founder’s wisdom for a quick fix. Our nation has taken a radical, progressive fix of statism that has to be corrected over time to put us back on course. We should follow the compass that our founders set down for our greatness.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"I TRIED MY BEST" DOES NOT GET THE JOB DONE


“I TRIED MY BEST” DOES NOT GET THE JOB DONE
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

In our permissive culture hardly anyone is held accountable. People do not want to get involved with correcting anyone else. It is less aggravating to accept an unacceptable excuse than to investigate the circumstance to decide if the person’s reasons for their actions were legitimate. Even if the authority figure arrives at the truth of the person’s behavior he still has to confront the individual. This responsible approach will tarnish the person’s reputation as a “nice guy,” which has become more important than doing his duty. This same issue of having to be a “nice guy’ to my child rather than do my duty as a parent is permeating the way we are raising our children.

Parents are busy working and socializing with their peers. The quality time they spend with their children is limited. When the children are mature enough to contribute to the family, modern parents do not make the time to teach them how to do the activity in an effective and efficient way. The parent assigns a task but does not follow up to show the child the correct way to do it. Afterward the child gives the parent an argument that he cannot do it.

The child is told by the parent or other adult to “just do your best” when the child says, ”I can’t do it. The parent or other adult unwittingly gives him a built-in excuse to do as little of the task as the child thinks he can get away with. The child hems and haws making one excuse after another for not doing a credible job. The parent becomes exasperated and ends the confrontation by saying “just do your best.” This becomes the child’s built-in fall-back position for everything he does carelessly. “I tried my best.”

Today’s children are being taught that making the simple statement: “I tried my best” gets them off the hook for not putting quality or effort into completing an assignment. The majority of parents and other adults conveniently feel the youngster is too young to be accountable. These parents are ignoring the responsibility to show the child how to do a good job to become a more skilled and competent individual.

The bar for doing a good job is lowered not out of kindness but rather the laziness of not dealing with work ethic training. The same excuse is used over and over again with no one mentioning “this is not anyone’s best,” “I will show you what you have to do for an acceptable job.” This training is an act of kindness. The parent, teacher or any other authority is being responsible by calling out the child’s game and  showing him what makes an excellent job. This begins the process of ending the child’s shenanigans.

The follow–up is the key to reversing a bad habit. “Do you remember you were supposed to do this next step and in this way? After you accomplish this then it will be necessary to do all the required steps to do an excellent job.”

When the child realizes he cannot talk his way out by doing a non-caring, sloppy job without getting significant consequences, the job begins to approach some level of acceptability. Only when he obtains a level of quality should he receive praise that he now has earned.

Quality work is developed by repeatedly doing something correctly through a best effort. “I did my best,” and other excuse games can be conquered by due diligence from a concerned adult.  The longer the game has been used, the harder it is to reverse. It is best to start the training as soon as possible, depending on the physical and mental capacities of the child. Much of the training should begin in the toddler stage.

Doing a quality job is a great gift to instill in a youngster. It changes the way a person attacks any activity and arrives at an excellent result. It forms a framework for the young person to evaluate the completion of any activity. It sets up standards and expectations that guide the person in tackling any endeavor from schoolwork to chores and later professional work and everyday projects.

A parent or other authority figure such as a teacher who accepts a child saying “I did my best” statement when he did not, is doing the child a great disservice. It encourages the child to believe that lying pays dividends. Additionally it convinces him that adults are not too smart or do not care enough to give the child “the time of day.”

Children quickly come to the conclusion that most adults, even parents are phony as they do not truly care. This assessment is a pathetic although correct appraisal of too many adults. Children look for strong authority figures who show their love through discipline. Being honest with children about their deceptive games is more time consuming than the adult taking over and finishing the task, which produces a slacker.

This “slacker” will be a parasite on the family and eventually on society.  In the long run teaching the child to honestly do his best will be a blessing for everyone. A productive individual benefits all of society while an excuse maker is a burden on all of us. Watch for excuse games and eliminate them for everyone’s sake especially the one using them.


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, April 06, 2016

THE LUNACY OF WOMEN IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES


THE LUNACY OF WOMEN IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD Traditional Realist

Females in the armed forces go back to the American Revolution. There were some women like Deborah Sampson who pretended to be men in order to fight in the war.
Clara Barton went in the middle of an active battlefield to tend the wounded during the Civil war as bullets flew around her. WWI and WWII saw women in supportive roles and a few of them were nearby combat zones. From Vietnam to the Iraqi war women’s roles have expanded in wars that have no defined fronts. Modern female soldiers in computerized combat using drones or sophisticated aircraft have ample ability to perform the mission as well as men.

President Obama’s administration has been pressuring the military to open up opportunities for women in direct combat. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, recently finalized former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta’s directive that stated all direct combat units will be available to women.  Females in all the Special Operations are close to becoming a reality.

Not everyone in the military thinks this is a viable idea. On April 4th, 2015 a survey of Special Ops troops found a majority of them believe that women do not have the ability to withstand the physical and mental demands of elite combat. These incredible men should know better than anyone else the reality of these operations. Not surprisingly test results of females versus men in physical comparisons have mysteriously been lost. There were two different sets of standards being used to evaluate them.

Even if females were able to meet the vigorous, high physical standards in large numbers there are many other crucial issues to be considered before going farther down this radical path.  The decision to put women in special operations is not just another progressive gender diversity program to demonstrate that women can do anything men can do.  The stakes are much greater than appeasing and increasing the feminist-voting block. It is placing women in dangerous and treacherous situations that can arise anytime, any place in the world where their physical differences make them more vulnerable than men.

The success of these special operations is vital to the survival of the nation. Physical strength and endurance, coupled with the ability to function under physical pain, mental stress, lack of food or shelter are crucial criteria to be measured in choosing the unit’s members. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint-chiefs of staff, made a clearly political decision when he tried to get around mandating different physical standards for males and females. He did this in a conniving, PC manner. The general placed the burden on the individual Special Operations forces to show why lowering the physical standards for female accommodation should not take place. This was done instead of requiring the commander to demonstrate the positive reasons why females would be equal or an asset in accomplishing these strategic missions. This was a top-down decision making process.

Besides these important physical differences there are strong cultural, religious and moral values that complicate sending females to these high risk and high value assignments. The close quarters will create an emotionally heightened situation producing a strong attraction among the opposite sexes. The emotional dynamics of an all male special Ops groups would change drastically with the addition of females. Obviously, the natural attraction and possibly romance could cloud the decision making process in these very tight groups.

Strong feelings or open romances could endanger the lives of the unit members and the entire operation. This cannot be controlled with orders. On the home front the implications for the military spouses’ relationships will destroy the cohesiveness of the military community. This could be curtailed and modified by micro- psychological monitoring of the group dynamics but it would add an unnecessary problem to an already difficult situation.

The more subtle although strong instinctual and cultural value is the urge by men to protect females. This can have a disastrous impact on a military mission.
The potential rape and torture of females by the enemy would complicate the decision making and be used to break down soldiers to give intelligence information to the enemy in order to prevent it from happening or stopping it.

The preserving of Special Ops unit readiness, cohesiveness, morale and ability to successfully complete the mission should be the number one priority. Being an equal opportunity employer should not be a consideration. The president and his military leaders’ major responsibility is to protect America, not use social engineering to advance their domestic agenda.

The use of the military to foster gender equality is lunacy and puts our nations’ survival in jeopardy. Placing females in special operations should be reevaluated taking all the physical, emotional and mental factors into consideration from a military perspective not a domestic reelection one.




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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