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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DOING THE RIGHT THING INOCULATES A PERSON AGAINST EVIL

DOING THE RIGHT THING INOCULATES A PERSON AGAINST EVIL
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

In today’s world temptations are more accessible to our youth in our “anything-goes” culture. The lifestyles for most adults are harried and hectic with their careers and social activities. Besides ever increasing material wants, there are many social options to occupy oneself. Work hard and play hard leaves little time for parents to intimately and directly interact with children to teach right from wrong. Instead children are left unsupervised to explore the world through the babysitter: TV, and now the monster electronic devices.

There is plenty of idle time that modern children need to fill. Children are often isolated from each other because modern parents have decided to live in transient suburban communities where people are anonymous and isolated from each other. Everyone does his own thing. Understandably parents have little faith in the safety of their children and the children have too few peers for the children to play outdoors. Extra curricular activities such as karate, team sports, gymnastics, dance and music lessons provide some limited socialization skills with other children under adult supervision. This partially fills in the void for children to play in a relatively protected environment. It likewise gives the parent a reprieve from being the child’s playmate for a short time.

Most of their extra time is being spent on social media and unfettered access to the Internet. Although parents attempt to monitor their children’s access to their cell phones too many children know how to get around their parental controls. Children as young as 6 or 7 have access to illicit sites from which they should be protected.

The opportunity and energy that parents have to teach and demonstrate moral values is minimal. This conscience development vacuum is very dangerous to the youth’s future. The children’s leisure time and increased exposure to evil temptations leaves children more vulnerable to it. Most have no clear idea what is right or wrong nor do they understand the long-term consequences of going down the wrong path.

Being inoculated with traditional Biblical moral values gives a shield for children unknowingly walking down a path of evil. Without this knowledge of right and wrong a young person does not have an early warning system to signal potential future danger. Doing the good deeds decreases the exposure and appeal of possible problematic temptations. Too few youngsters are given these guided lessons.

When an individual knows good from bad and follows moral behavior the effect is one of strength that deflects a predator from continuing his pursuit. Instead they turn to easier prey that appears confused and weak to attempt to control them for their personal pleasure and satisfaction. These targets are becoming more plentiful.

Going down the straight and narrow moral path, guides and attracts a person to others with a similar state of mind and spirit and naturally repels them from negative and self-destructive behavior. The inherent weakness of a spiritual-less existence opens this type of person to an instant gratification lifestyle that has temporary emotional highs and long drawn out lows. This makes one susceptible to shyster’s smooth talking promises. These frauds use lies to hook a person to a life of unfulfilled dependency on negatively addictive things and other similarly destructive people.

More than ever in a world of numerous and incredible choices at one’s fingertips in our anonymous computer existence, people have to realize beforehand the real potential consequences of their behaviors. It is much easier to continue down a destructive path without immediate detection.  Parents in our modern world have to inoculate their children with powerful moral lessons to clearly teach right from wrong, good from bad. Today’s culture has a multitude of negative subgroups readily available to join.

These peer groups have a powerful influence on an individual especially during the adolescent or young adult stage of life. Parent’s control and influence wanes as young people find their own social groups. In order to belong to any group you have to please other members by accepting their speech, thinking and behavior.

When the things the group does are contrary to one’s moral values they can change those values to fit in or reject the group. A person with a weak belief system is more prone to be sucked into a deviant lifestyle. Those who have internalized a traditional one are going to have many moral conflicts that will create wedges retarding the process of becoming a member or even prevent it.

The clear and precise definition of good and bad behavior will create a strong inner conscience that will protect them from going down a path of dissolution. Rather it will protect them from the forces of evil. The thorough knowledge of moral values and reality consequences are a wonderful insurance policy to keep an individual on the straight and narrow.


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









                                                                                                                                             






Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NO CONSEQUENCES IMPEDES SUCCESS

NO CONSEQUENCES IMPEDES SUCCESS                                                   2/15/17
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Many parents, teachers and other authority figures view consequences as cruel. They believe admonishing is harmful to a child’s self esteem. These arbitrary rewards or punishments stigmatize a child who is not doing well. According to many modern parents and teachers’ school should be fun not a fierce competition between students. All children are unique and should not be placed on the same scale to be measured on different academic and behavioral skills and abilities.

This anti-evaluating phenomenon is taking place in sports, the workplace and the classroom. It has resulted in delusional students and eventually delusional adults. Millennials have been conditioned to believe that their performance is much better than it actually is.  These high “false self concepts” are understandable when you examine our modern culture. Many of them participate in equal playing time in activities even if they possessed no talent or desire to practice the skills necessary to improve.  This anti training and anti competition by some authority figures does appease parents and students and works to avoid many unpleasant conflicts that arise from an honest assessment of a child’s ability and actual performance. The avoidance of straightforward evaluation of positive and negative skills and behavior leads to delusional thinking in these students.

In the work place many of these young adults are under many employment misconceptions derived from the over inflated evaluation in education and business. Self-important academic professors who do not have a clue about the world of business often foster the exaggerated self-appraisal. These academic “geniuses” think once a student is granted a degree they are ready to do a job better than a person who has been in that position for many years with first hand knowledge. These professors naïve arrogance is unfortunately passed on to the unsuspecting students. These students believe and expect to start at the top of their profession with inflated salaries.

It is understandable that parents who themselves went through this weak, non-existing evaluative process would think that their children should be handled in school in a more gentle, kinder egalitarian manner. They want more of the same inflated evaluation and even greater compassion than they were afforded. They feel and behave that their precious child should not experience the suffering of failure in any form or arena. Little do they realize that this will leave their child unprepared and unable to deal with real life experiences. The coddling of anyone leaves him or her less able to deal with the harshness of reality.

Modern parents seem to be oblivious to the reality that only when a person works hard to gain a skill or important knowledge does he experience a sense of accomplishment. This challenge and successful overcoming of obstacles enriches an individual’s competence that increases the student’s self worth and confidence.

Failure in anything is the first step in propelling a person to a higher level of effort that produces improvement and eventual mastery. The surmounting of adversity makes a person realize that as long as you focus on a problem long enough it can be solved. They realize they will arrive at the answer in their own unique way.

Parents, teachers, coaches and other authority figures are there to demonstrate, correct procedures of proceeding to do the project, motivate and inspire a person to continue to persist until they succeed.  They point out little advances in a student’s struggle to improve. They might reward them with praise by pointing out the incremental progress the student is making. At times when a student is stuck the authority figure might note that they are failing to do the best they could. They might gain their attention by punishing the student by giving the “cold shoulder” or not allowing them to participate in an activity that others have earned.

The pain of sitting on the sidelines, receiving a failing grade or being held back in a grade or having to repeat a grade in the long run is often more compassionate than not telling the truth which enables a person to lie to himself. Shocking a person into action hurts in the short run but may be a great lesson to awaken a student to his destructive habits and delusional thinking.

All authority figures from parents to all forms of loving, caring people should realize deceiving or ignoring another is a mean act. Giving a person a true assessment of their behavior or performance is a very beneficial one. Everyone needs honest feedback to improve and learn where he stands in order to get a better grasp of where to put his energies to improve.

Consequences, especially natural ones, teach a person self-reliance. When an individual desires something, he needs to persevere through hard work until he earns it. This realization that striving to overcome obstacles enables a person to become the best he can be. It was the American Way and strong appropriate consequences will bring it back.



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

























Wednesday, February 08, 2017

THE MEDIA DOUBLES DOWN ON TAKING SIDES WITH FAKE NEWS

THE MEDIA DOUBLES DOWN ON TAKING SIDES WITH FAKE NEWS
By Domenick J. Maglio, PhD. Traditional Realist

The election result is that Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. The media has not accepted this fact. Instead of focusing on the administration’s actions the media is creating dubious “feeling” narratives to undermine President Trump’s legitimacy. It appears democrat and republican elites, anarchists, Hollywood and the media feel the wrong side won and they are going to change it.

The “establishment” professional politicians, celebrities, anarchists (indoctrinated university loafers) are understandably shocked at losing their status and power. The 4th estate (the news media) is another story. Their sacred duty is to keep all elected government officials on the straight and narrow. The media is not supposed to dictate or undermine the political party that won the election by creating false narratives and facts. The media in the United States had been a powerful institution to report both sides of the news in a truthful manner. They are ethically not supposed to be advocates of any political party, as it would corrupt the free exchange of ideas and factual information. Citizens would be indoctrinated by groupthink and would lead to a totalitarian state.

The in-lockstep media portrayed Trump as not winning the election. They directed their energies to de-legitimizing President Trump’s election results. First there was their emphasis on Jill stein’s recount of four state ballots, which never had any real possibility to succeed. They hopefully pushed it anyway. Next there was the incessant insistence that the Electoral College should be replaced by the popular vote of citizens.

Another attempt to taint the election results was the constant call for President Trump’s tax records. One year of his tax returns was anonymously leaked to the press that showed his financial business loss would allow him not to pay taxes for a numerous years.  This media obsession with releasing records did not occur at all with President Obama’s eight year presidency even though his personal history including his education records were never released.

The media initiated the story of the smaller crowds at Trump’s inauguration compared to Obama’s. Then they had the audacity to say that President Trump was egotistically questioning it. The Reuters’ picture showed of Trump’s crowd being much smaller than a corresponding Obama photo. The problem was the time stated was approximately 11:04am for Trump’s photo and 11:30am for Obama’s. This was another attempt to minimize Trump’s victory through devious means. After President Trump invited the media to enter the White House, a reporter stated that the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. had been removed. This was another false statement. Zeke Miller of Time Magazine apologized to the press corps but not to the president for his incorrect assertion.

The Washington Times, reported that the Mexican transcript of a phone call between the two presidents, Trump and Nieto released by the associated Press was false, according to the Mexican government. There was no discussion by Trump of using the US troops in Mexico.

The firing of acting judicial department head, Ms. Sally Yates (who is a progressive political activist from the Obama administration) was fired for not executing Trump’s executive order. This was compared to President Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre although President Trump’s firing for insubordination was absolutely just as she did not carry out his orders. Again the media attempted to attach a hysterical interpretation to the president simply exercising his power.

The “spontaneous anti Trump airport demonstrations” after his order to detain 109 out of 325,000 air travelers was made to appear as a national uprising against his immigration policy. As it turned out the Arab league, George Soros’ Tides Foundation and others planned the demonstration for months only waiting for the right moment to unleash it. The University of CA at Berkley and New York University experienced violent, destructive riots. They were not spontaneous but organized by the same anarchist group that participated in Occupy Wall Street. There was no call by the media for the Democrat party to repudiate these actions like they would have done with Republicans.

The immigration issue has been framed by the media as a religious discrimination against Muslim people who wanted to come to America. This narrative attempted to make President Trump to look like a religious, racist bigot. The seven countries that were identified by President Obama as being unstable or sponsors of terror were the same ones that Trump used in his executive order. The Trump administration reasoned that these hot beds of terrorism could not certify any person’s background.

All nations have a right to choose who they want to be citizens. Out of 8 billion people on earth allowing everyone who wanted to enter to come would overwhelm the United States’ 350 million population. The open border argument is idiotic and should be rejected by rational people. The media reported falsely that the Homeland Security administration did not know about this executive order. General John Kelly stated unequivocally that he knew about it 18 months and reviewed at least two drafts before it was announced. Again, another made up story.

The media is doubling down on sabotaging President Trump’s administration. This is not supposed to be their role since they are supposed to be non-partisan. President Trump’s administration will make mistakes, as did every other administration. They should be held accountable by the media for the sake of our nation.

The media’s sinking credibility by the public is frightening for the future of America.  The media elites are currently ranked below any other institution including congress. We need a credible, honest and impartial press or we could move too far to the right on the political spectrum. Adults in the media establishment have to come to the forefront to re-establish a disciplined and responsible group of professionals to communicate the truth to the American people or their value as a check and balance on the governing administration will not function but instead be ignored.

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





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

UNDERMINING PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND POWER


UNDERMINING PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND POWER                          1/18/17
By Domenick J. Maglio, PhD. Traditional Realist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

THE ELECTORAL PROCESS IS BEST FOR OUR GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM


THE ELECTORAL PROCESS IS BEST FOR OUR GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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