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"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" -- Genesis 12:3
My (Gentile) opinion of antisemitism: The Jews are the best we've got so killing them is killing us.
I have always liked the story of Gideon (See Judges chapters 6 to 8) and it is surely no surprise that in the present age Israel is the Gideon of nations: Few in numbers but big in power and impact.
Postings from Brisbane, Australia by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.) -- former member of the Australia-Soviet Friendship Society, former anarcho-capitalist and former member of the British Conservative party.
America is no longer the land of the free. It is now the land of the regulated -- though it is not alone in that, of course
The Leftist motto: "I love humanity. It's just people I can't stand"
Why are Leftists always talking about hate? Because it fills their own hearts
Envy is a strong and widespread human emotion so there has alway been widespread support for policies of economic "levelling". Both the USA and the modern-day State of Israel were founded by communists but reality taught both societies that respect for the individual gave much better outcomes than levelling ideas. Sadly, there are many people in both societies in whom hatred for others is so strong that they are incapable of respect for the individual. The destructiveness of what they support causes them to call themselves many names in different times and places but they are the backbone of the political Left
The large number of rich Leftists suggests that, for them, envy is secondary. They are directly driven by hatred and scorn for many of the other people that they see about them. Hatred of others can be rooted in many things, not only in envy. But the haters come together as the Left.
Leftists hate the world around them and want to change it: the people in it most particularly. Conservatives just want to be left alone to make their own decisions and follow their own values.
Ronald Reagan famously observed that the status quo is Latin for “the mess we’re in.” So much for the vacant Leftist claim that conservatives are simply defenders of the status quo. They think that conservatives are as lacking in principles as they are.
The shallow thinkers of the Left sometimes claim that conservatives want to impose their own will on others in the matter of abortion. To make that claim is however to confuse religion with politics. Conservatives are in fact divided about their response to abortion. The REAL opposition to abortion is religious rather than political. And the church which has historically tended to support the LEFT -- the Roman Catholic church -- is the most fervent in the anti-abortion cause. Conservatives are indeed the one side of politics to have moral qualms on the issue but they tend to seek a middle road in dealing with it. Taking the issue to the point of legal prohibitions is a religious doctrine rather than a conservative one -- and the religion concerned may or may not be characteristically conservative. More on that here
Some Leftist hatred arises from the fact that they blame "society" for their own personal problems and inadequacies
The Leftist hunger for change to the society that they hate leads to a hunger for control over other people. And they will do and say anything to get that control: "Power at any price". Leftist politicians are mostly self-aggrandizing crooks who gain power by deceiving the uninformed with snake-oil promises -- power which they invariably use to destroy. Destruction is all that they are good at. Destruction is what haters do.
Leftists are consistent only in their hate. They don't have principles. How can they when "there is no such thing as right and wrong"? All they have is postures, pretend-principles that can be changed as easily as one changes one's shirt
I often wonder why Leftists refer to conservatives as "wingnuts". A wingnut is a very useful device that adds versatility wherever it is used. Clearly, Leftists are not even good at abuse. Once they have accused their opponents of racism and Nazism, their cupboard is bare. Similarly, Leftists seem to think it is a devastating critique to refer to "Worldnet Daily" as "Worldnut Daily". The poverty of their argumentation is truly pitiful
The Leftist assertion that there is no such thing as right and wrong has a distinguished history. It was Pontius Pilate who said "What is truth?" (John 18:38). From a Christian viewpoint, the assertion is undoubtedly the Devil's gospel
"If one rejects laissez faire on account of man's fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action." - Ludwig von Mises
The naive scholar who searches for a consistent Leftist program will not find it. What there is consists only in the negation of the present.
Because of their need to be different from the mainstream, Leftists are very good at pretending that sow's ears are silk purses
Among well-informed people, Leftism is a character defect. Leftists hate success in others -- which is why notably successful societies such as the USA and Israel are hated and failures such as the Palestinians can do no wrong.
A Leftist's beliefs are all designed to pander to his ego. So when you have an argument with a Leftist, you are not really discussing the facts. You are threatening his self esteem. Which is why the normal Leftist response to challenge is mere abuse.
Because of the fragility of a Leftist's ego, anything that threatens it is intolerable and provokes rage. So most Leftist blogs can be summarized in one sentence: "How DARE anybody question what I believe!". Rage and abuse substitute for an appeal to facts and reason.
Their threatened egos sometimes drive Leftists into quite desperate flights from reality. For instance, they often call Israel an "Apartheid state" -- when it is in fact the Arab states that practice Apartheid -- witness the severe restrictions on Christians in Saudi Arabia. There are no such restrictions in Israel.
Because their beliefs serve their ego rather than reality, Leftists just KNOW what is good for us. Conservatives need evidence.
“Absolute certainty is the privilege of uneducated men and fanatics.” -- C.J. Keyser
"Almost all professors of the arts and sciences are egregiously conceited, and derive their happiness from their conceit" -- Erasmus
THE FALSIFICATION OF HISTORY HAS DONE MORE TO IMPEDE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT THAN ANY ONE THING KNOWN TO MANKIND -- ROUSSEAU
"Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him" (Proverbs 26: 12). I think that sums up Leftists pretty well.
Eminent British astrophysicist Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington is often quoted as saying: "Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine." It was probably in fact said by his contemporary, J.B.S. Haldane. But regardless of authorship, it could well be a conservative credo not only about the cosmos but also about human beings and human society. Mankind is too complex to be summed up by simple rules and even complex rules are only approximations with many exceptions.
Politics is the only thing Leftists know about. They know nothing of economics, history or business. Their only expertise is in promoting feelings of grievance
Socialism makes the individual the slave of the state – capitalism frees them.
MESSAGE to Leftists: Even if you killed all conservatives tomorrow, you would just end up in another Soviet Union. Conservatives are all that stand between you and that dismal fate.
Many readers here will have noticed that what I say about Leftists sometimes sounds reminiscent of what Leftists say about conservatives. There is an excellent reason for that. Leftists are great "projectors" (people who see their own faults in others). So a good first step in finding out what is true of Leftists is to look at what they say about conservatives! They even accuse conservatives of projection (of course).
The research shows clearly that one's Left/Right stance is strongly genetically inherited but nobody knows just what specifically is inherited. What is inherited that makes people Leftist or Rightist? There is any amount of evidence that personality traits are strongly genetically inherited so my proposal is that hard-core Leftists are people who tend to let their emotions (including hatred and envy) run away with them and who are much more in need of seeing themselves as better than others -- two attributes that are probably related to one another. Such Leftists may be an evolutionary leftover from a more primitive past.
Leftists seem to believe that if someone like Al Gore says it, it must be right. They obviously have a strong need for an authority figure. The fact that the two most authoritarian regimes of the 20th century (Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia) were socialist is thus no surprise. Leftists often accuse conservatives of being "authoritarian" but that is just part of their usual "projective" strategy -- seeing in others what is really true of themselves.
Following the Sotomayor precedent, I would hope that a wise older white man such as myself with the richness of that experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than someone who hasn’t lived that life.
IQ and ideology: Most academics are Left-leaning. Why? Because very bright people who have balls go into business, while very bright people with no balls go into academe. I did both with considerable success, which makes me a considerable rarity. Although I am a born academic, I have always been good with money too. My share portfolio even survived the GFC in good shape. The academics hate it that bright people with balls make more money than them.
If I were not an atheist, I would believe that God had a sense of humour. He gave his chosen people (the Jews) enormous advantages -- high intelligence and high drive -- but to keep it fair he deprived them of something hugely important too: Political sense. So Jews to this day tend very strongly to be Leftist -- even though the chief source of antisemitism for roughly the last 200 years has been the political Left!
And the other side of the coin is that Jews tend to despise conservatives and Christians. Yet American fundamentalist Christians are the bedrock of the vital American support for Israel, the ultimate bolthole for all Jews. So Jewish political irrationality seems to be a rather good example of the saying that "The LORD giveth and the LORD taketh away". There are many other examples of such perversity (or "balance"). The sometimes severe side-effects of most pharmaceutical drugs is an obvious one but there is another ethnic example too, a rather amusing one. Chinese people are in general smart and patient people but their rate of traffic accidents in China is about 10 times higher than what prevails in Western societies. They are brilliant mathematicians and fearless business entrepreneurs but at the same time bad drivers!
The above is good testimony to the accuracy of the basic conservative insight that almost anything in human life is too complex to be reduced to any simple rule and too complex to be reduced to any rule at all without allowance for important exceptions to the rule concerned
"Why should the German be interested in the liberation of the Jew, if the Jew is not interested in the liberation of the German?... We recognize in Judaism, therefore, a general anti-social element of the present time... In the final analysis, the emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of mankind from Judaism.... Indeed, in North America, the practical domination of Judaism over the Christian world has achieved as its unambiguous and normal expression that the preaching of the Gospel itself and the Christian ministry have become articles of trade... Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist". Who said that? Hitler? No. It was Karl Marx. See also here and here and here. For roughly two centuries now, antisemitism has, throughout the Western world, been principally associated with Leftism (including the socialist Hitler) -- as it is to this day. See here.
Leftists call their hatred of Israel "Anti-Zionism" but Zionists are only a small minority in Israel
Some of the Leftist hatred of Israel is motivated by old-fashioned antisemitism (beliefs in Jewish "control" etc.) but most of it is just the regular Leftist hatred of success in others. And because the societies they inhabit do not give them the vast amount of recognition that their large but weak egos need, some of the most virulent haters of Israel and America live in those countries. So the hatred is the product of pathologically high self-esteem.
Conservatives, on the other hand could be antisemitic on entirely rational grounds: Namely, the overwhelming Leftism of the Jewish population as a whole. Because they judge the individual, however, only a tiny minority of conservative-oriented people make such general judgments. The longer Jews continue on their "stiff-necked" course, however, the more that is in danger of changing. The children of Israel have been a stiff necked people since the days of Moses, however, so they will no doubt continue to vote with their emotions rather than their reason.
Who said this in 1968? "I am not, and never have been, a man of the right. My position was on the Left and is now in the centre of politics". It was Sir Oswald Mosley, founder and leader of the British Union of Fascists
The term "Fascism" is mostly used by the Left as a brainless term of abuse. But when they do make a serious attempt to define it, they produce very complex and elaborate definitions -- e.g. here and here. In fact, Fascism is simply extreme socialism plus nationalism. But great gyrations are needed to avoid mentioning the first part of that recipe, of course.
Politicians are in general only a little above average in intelligence so the idea that they can make better decisions for us that we can make ourselves is laughable
A quote from the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931–2005: "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
The Supreme Court of the United States is now and always has been a judicial abomination. Its guiding principles have always been political rather than judicial. It is not as political as Stalin's courts but its respect for the constitution is little better. Some recent abuses: The "equal treatment" provision of the 14th amendment was specifically written to outlaw racial discrimination yet the court has allowed various forms of "affirmative action" for decades -- when all such policies should have been completely stuck down immediately. The 2nd. amendment says that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed yet gun control laws infringe it in every State in the union. The 1st amendment provides that speech shall be freely exercised yet the court has upheld various restrictions on the financing and display of political advertising. The court has found a right to abortion in the constitution when the word abortion is not even mentioned there. The court invents rights that do not exist and denies rights that do.
"Some action that is unconstitutional has much to recommend it" -- Elena Kagan, nominated to SCOTUS by Obama
The U.S. Constitution is neither "living" nor dead. It is fixed until it is amended. But amending it is the privilege of the people, not of politicians or judges
The book, The authoritarian personality, authored by T.W. Adorno et al. in 1950, has been massively popular among psychologists. It claims that a set of ideas that were popular in the "Progressive"-dominated America of the prewar era were "authoritarian". Leftist regimes always are authoritarian so that claim was not a big problem. What was quite amazing however is that Adorno et al. identified such ideas as "conservative". They were in fact simply popular ideas of the day but ones that had been most heavily promoted by the Left right up until the then-recent WWII. See here for details of prewar "Progressive" thinking.
The basic aim of all bureaucrats is to maximize their funding and minimize their workload
A lesson in Australian: When an Australian calls someone a "big-noter", he is saying that the person is a chronic and rather pathetic seeker of admiration -- as in someone who often pulls out "big notes" (e.g. $100.00 bills) to pay for things, thus endeavouring to create the impression that he is rich. The term describes the mentality rather than the actual behavior with money and it aptly describes many Leftists. When they purport to show "compassion" by advocating things that cost themselves nothing (e.g. advocating more taxes on "the rich" to help "the poor"), an Australian might say that the Leftist is "big-noting himself". There is an example of the usage here. The term conveys contempt. There is a wise description of Australians generally here
Some ancient wisdom for Leftists: "Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself over wise: Why shouldest thou die before thy time?" -- Ecclesiastes 7:16
People who mention differences in black vs. white IQ are these days almost universally howled down and subjected to the most extreme abuse. I am a psychometrician, however, so I feel obliged to defend the scientific truth of the matter: The average black adult has about the same IQ as an average white 11-year-old. The American Psychological Association is generally Left-leaning but it is the world's most prestigious body of academic psychologists. And even they have had to concede that sort of gap (one SD) in black vs. white average IQ. 11-year olds can do a lot of things but they also have their limits and there are times when such limits need to be allowed for.
Jesse Jackson: "There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery -- then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved." There ARE important racial differences.
Some Jimmy Carter wisdom: "I think it's inevitable that there will be a lower standard of living than what everybody had always anticipated," he told advisers in 1979. "there's going to be a downward turning."
R.I.P. Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet deposed a law-defying Marxist President at the express and desperate invitation of the Chilean parliament. He pioneered the free-market reforms which Reagan and Thatcher later unleashed to world-changing effect. That he used far-Leftist methods to suppress far-Leftist violence is reasonable if not ideal. The Leftist view that they should have a monopoly of violence and that others should follow the law is a total absurdity which shows only that their hate overcomes their reason
Did William Zantzinger kill poor Hattie Carroll?
The "steamroller" above who got steamrollered by his own hubris. Spitzer is a warning of how self-destructive a vast ego can be -- and also of how destructive of others it can be.
Many people hunger and thirst after righteousness. Some find it in the hatreds of the Left. Others find it in the love of Christ. I don't hunger and thirst after righteousness at all. I hunger and thirst after truth. How old-fashioned can you get?
Heritage is what survives death: Very rare and hence very valuable
I completed the work for my Ph.D. at the end of 1970 but the degree was not awarded until 1974 -- due to some academic nastiness from Seymour Martin Lipset and Fred Emery. A conservative or libertarian who makes it through the academic maze has to be at least twice as good as the average conformist Leftist. Fortunately, I am a born academic.
As well as being an academic, I am an army man and I am pleased and proud to say that I have worn my country's uniform. Although my service in the Australian army was chiefly noted for its un-notability, I DID join voluntarily in the Vietnam era, I DID reach the rank of Sergeant, and I DID volunteer for a posting in Vietnam. So I think I may be forgiven for saying something that most army men think but which most don't say because they think it is too obvious: The profession of arms is the noblest profession of all because it is the only profession where you offer to lay down your life in performing your duties. Our men fought so that people could say and think what they like but I myself always treat military men with great respect -- respect which in my view is simply their due.
Two lines below of a famous hymn that would be incomprehensible to Leftists today ("honor"? "right"? "freedom?" Freedom to agree with them is the only freedom they believe in)
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean
It is of course the hymn of the USMC -- still today the relentless warriors that they always were.
I imagine that few of my readers will understand it, but I am an unabashed monarchist. And, as someone who was born and bred in a monarchy and who still lives there (i.e. Australia), that gives me no conflicts at all. In theory, one's respect for the monarchy does not depend on who wears the crown but the impeccable behaviour of the present Queen does of course help perpetuate that respect. Aside from my huge respect for the Queen, however, my favourite member of the Royal family is the redheaded Prince Harry. The Royal family is of course a military family and Prince Harry is a great example of that. As one of the world's most privileged people, he could well be an idle layabout but instead he loves his life in the army. When his girlfriend Chelsy ditched him because he was so often away, Prince Harry said: "I love Chelsy but the army comes first". A perfect military man! I doubt that many women would understand or approve of his attitude but perhaps my own small army background powers my approval of that attitude.
The kneejerk response of the Green/Left to people who challenge them is to say that the challenger is in the pay of "Big Oil", "Big Business", "Big Pharma", "Exxon-Mobil", "The Pioneer Fund" or some other entity that they see, in their childish way, as a boogeyman. So I think it might be useful for me to point out that I have NEVER received one cent from anybody by way of support for what I write. As a retired person, I live entirely on my own investments. I do not work for anybody and I am not beholden to anybody. And I have NO investments in oil companies, mining companies or "Big Pharma"
UPDATE: Despite my (statistical) aversion to mining stocks, I have recently bought a few shares in BHP -- the world's biggest miner, I gather. I run the grave risk of becoming a speaker of famous last words for saying this but I suspect that BHP is now so big as to be largely immune from the risks that plague most mining companies. I also know of no issue affecting BHP where my writings would have any relevance. The Left seem to have a visceral hatred of miners. I have never quite figured out why.
Despite my great sympathy and respect for Christianity, I am the most complete atheist you could find. I don't even believe that the word "God" is meaningful. I am not at all original in that view, of course. Such views are particularly associated with the noted German philosopher Rudolf Carnap. Unlike Carnap, however, none of my wives have committed suicide
I have no hesitation in saying that the single book which has influenced me most is the New Testament. And my Scripture blog will show that I know whereof I speak. Some might conclude that I must therefore be a very confused sort of atheist but I can assure everyone that I do not feel the least bit confused. The New Testament is a lighthouse that has illumined the thinking of all sorts of men and women and I am deeply grateful that it has shone on me.
I am rather pleased to report that I am a lifelong conservative. Out of intellectual curiosity, I did in my youth join organizations from right across the political spectrum so I am certainly not closed-minded and am very familiar with the full spectrum of political thinking. Nonetheless, I did not have to undergo the lurch from Left to Right that so many people undergo. At age 13 I used my pocket-money to subscribe to the "Reader's Digest" -- the main conservative organ available in small town Australia of the 1950s. I have learnt much since but am pleased and amused to note that history has since confirmed most of what I thought at that early age. Conservatism is in touch with reality. Leftism is not.
I imagine that the RD are still sending mailouts to my 1950s address
Most teenagers have sporting and movie posters on their bedroom walls. At age 14 I had a map of Taiwan on my wall.
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It seems to be a common view that you cannot talk informatively about a country unless you have been there. I completely reject that view but it is nonetheless likely that some Leftist dimbulb will at some stage aver that any comments I make about politics and events in the USA should not be heeded because I am an Australian who has lived almost all his life in Australia. I am reluctant to pander to such ignorance in the era of the "global village" but for the sake of the argument I might mention that I have visited the USA 3 times -- spending enough time in Los Angeles and NYC to get to know a fair bit about those places at least. I did however get outside those places enough to realize that they are NOT America.
If any of the short observations above about Leftism seem wrong, note that they do not stand alone. The evidence for them is set out at great length in my MONOGRAPH on Leftism.
COMMENTS: I have gradually added comments facilities to all my blogs. The comments I get are interesting. They are mostly from Leftists and most consist either of abuse or mere assertions. Reasoned arguments backed up by references to supporting evidence are almost unheard of from Leftists. Needless to say, I just delete such useless comments.
My academic background
My full name is Dr. John Joseph RAY. I am a former university teacher aged 65 at the time of writing in 2009. I was born of Australian pioneer stock in 1943 at Innisfail in the State of Queensland in Australia. I trace my ancestry wholly to the British Isles. After an early education at Innisfail State Rural School and Cairns State High School, I taught myself for matriculation. I took my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. I then moved to Sydney (in New South Wales, Australia) and took my M.A. in psychology from the University of Sydney in 1969 and my Ph.D. from the School of Behavioural Sciences at Macquarie University in 1974. I first tutored in psychology at Macquarie University and then taught sociology at the University of NSW. My doctorate is in psychology but I taught mainly sociology in my 14 years as a university teacher. In High Schools I taught economics. I have taught in both traditional and "progressive" (low discipline) High Schools. Fuller biographical notes here
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Saturday, April 03, 2004
By: Dick McDonald
The Democratic party and their elite media is posing a catch 22 in fighting terrorism. At every turn, the Bush administration is being blamed by them for not doing enough in fighting domestic terrorism yet the same left-wing is blocking every effort by the administration to improve our intelligence-gathering capabilities. If the terrorists successfully mount a domestic attack on America, the left will blame Bush, hiding the fact that it was their assault on the ingenious electronic advancements that such attacks were successful. As the Democratic Party controls almost all major media, conservatives are subject to a massive dose of Catch 22. Of course, that is nothing new.
The tool of the left is "privacy". Bush is to locate the bad guys by Braille. He is forced to ignore the immense data base that can be scanned by advanced mathematical means by a computer. By asserting the fear that a "1984 Orwellian society" is being proposed by the administration, they have effectively blocked the TIA program of "data mining". The leftist medias success in scuttling TIA has spread a pall over national security computing. But make a note; the same people will be the first to scream in the event of an attack that could have been averted by "mining".
Richard Clarke has put counter terrorism at the front of the class. Yet nothing is being said about the horse and buggy intelligence gathering in the era of massive advancements in artificial intelligence, data interpretation, etc. The leftists claim "survelliance", "Orwellian", etc. and we are to just meekly submit to their insanity. We are trying to fight a war with a weapon the leftists cow us into not using. Its one thing to fight a war with a weapon you don't have but failing to fight a war with a weapon you have is just plain insanity. But that's the left.
Besides the DOD's TIA Total Information Awareness (data mining ) program, the left has scuttled a biometric camera that protects our embassies and other critical government buildings, an artificial intelligence program to help battlefield commanders analyze engagements with the enemy. The left, led by the socialist organ, New York Times, have identified these programs as "toys of evil". These affiliates of our enemy, have the airline passenger screening system and an interstate network to share law-enforcement and intelligence in their sights.
If these "privacy" advocates get their way, look forward to sitting next to a terrorist on your next flight. Don't expect law enforcement to identify the D.C. snipers. Just sit on your hands and let these leftist condemn us to a life of electronic blindness. What in the world is the American public thinking. Letting a group circumscribe our officials from learning what our credit card companies and the local porn shop records already reveal. Friends, we are way past 1984 and the only drawback is we are more efficient. Except, of course, in our war on terrorism.
Victacrats Forced To Work
By: Dick McDonald
There is no greater sin a Republican can visit on a Democrat than a government reform that works and releases the Democrat party faithful from victimhood and reliance on the dole provided by their prison guards, the Democratic Party. Such is the case of welfare reform brought to you by the Republican juggernaut that took over Congress in 1994.
The leftist press and the politicians predicted blood in the streets. That poverty would skyrocket. Look what happened. When the benefits ran out and they didn't have other choices many of the people on the dole went back to work. In going back to work, they kept out of trouble and lo and behold BLACK CHILD POVERTY fell from over 45% in 1994 to its present rate of 30%.
This is no surprise to the Republicans (and probably not to the Democrats). The real question is whether the blacks are ever going to reduce their political dependence on a party that panders to their weakest instincts. When will they realize that slavery ended in the 1860's and anti-civil behavior in 1950's. Other races have melted into the American scene seamlessly. Why not blacks?
Republicans freed the slaves (Lincoln), passed the Civil Rights Act (the Warren Court), and have sponsored vouchers to assist inner-city children in getting a better education. Republicans are generally more religious as are blacks, they reject same-sex marriage as most blacks do. What will it take to get blacks to vote Republican. Do they dismiss Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Rod Paige as Uncle Toms? Why don't blacks? White America is actually quite proud of and deeply respects each of them. The black trail to acceptance is not through a party that seeks to keep them dependent. Their take on this is a mystery.
Connecting the Dots
By: Dick McDonald
The claim that there was no connection between al Queda and Iraq is as non-sensical as saying there was no connection between Jesus and his disciples. Hell, they are all Muslims and Iraq was the end all sanctuary of all Muslim terrorists. Now Bush is being castigated for putting the dots together. The leftist media is now left with the paralyzing fact that a politician could put the dots together without their help. No wonder they hate Bush. He has usurped their sacred ground and beat them at every turn. And America knows it. How annoying can that be.
What is really getting annoying is the incredibly long wait to the election and the earful of leftist pap we all must suffer from the media, Hollywood TV writers, celebrity dim lights, ABS, CBS, NBS, CNNBS and that bastion of bias, the New York Times. If it weren't for Kerry's many vacations, operations and positions and Bush's faltering sentences, this would be no fun at all. Actually, It is looking like a real snore from here on in.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
By: Dick McDonald
As Wall Street expected a 105,000 increase in non-farm employment in March, they and the world were shocked to find that the figure was actually 305,000. However they were not as shocked as the Democrats. Yeah. reducing taxes eventually puts more money in the pockets of those willing to risk that money on new business ventures WHICH CREATES JOBS. When will our idiot brethren understand that Government, in ther main, waste money and primarily creates inefficient make-work jobs. Businessmen invest it to the everlasting and continuos benefit of all and in the process create new jobs that in the main fulfill the dreams of the soul..
Thursday, April 01, 2004
Muslims Are Responsible
By Dick McDonald
Ignacio Sosa of Boston's letter to the Wall Street Journal of March 31st:
"The real question isn't whether Israel was justified or not in killing Sheik Yassin, the so-called spiritual leader of Hamas. Rather, it is why the Islamic world does not question what kind of spirituality could be used to justify the senseless slaughter of innocents. There cannot be any peace between Islam and the West until mainstream Islam's leaders repudiate violence as a legitimate tool to achieve political ends."
What is so disconcerting about this letter is that the WSJ publishes it as if the Islamists responsible can't justify in their mind the slaughter of innocents. They can, and do. The Muslims follow the Queran (the Muslim "bible"). The Queran specifically calls for a "Jihad" (Holy War) against all non-Muslims in the World. Muslims believe that their "God" wills them to kill all non-Muslims. Muslim clerics (supposedly only the "radical ones") teach Muslims the Queran proscribes death for the infidel (which is defined as all non-Muslims).
Now it is estimated that there are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world leaving four times that number that Muslims plan to slaughter. Now comes Madelyn Albright, Clinton's erstwhile Secretary of State, telling the world that Bush's belief in God is causing Muslims to hate us. As Muslims plan to murder us, why would we care about what Bush's beliefs should matter? If a portion of the Muslim world doesn't want to murder us, why haven't we heard from their many clerics and organizations condemning their radical brethren?
Tempers are going to get hotter in the next several months. The Saudis have convinced OPEC to reduce petroleum production by 1 Million barrels a day. This will cause prices in the US to rise. What the politicians and the media are failing to tell us is that with the value of the US Dollar dropping 25% in value, OPEC has taken a real financial hit selling oil to us. That, combined with the rapid increase in the use of oil by China bundled with the terrorists interest in getting Kerry elected by bombing our malls should make for an interesting election campaign.
Monday, March 29, 2004
By Martin E.P. Seligman
(On the occasion of receiving the PhD honoris causae
Universidad Complutense Madrid
January 28, 2004)
I want to thank you for bestowing on me one of the greatest honors of my professional life. To have a doctorate from this ancient University that has contributed so much to the culture of Spain and the world is for me a dream come true.
When I was President of the American Psychological Association, I had an encounter with CNN that may sum up why you have chosen me for this honor.
Their reporter asked to interview me about the "state of psychology today." "But," she warned me, "this is CNN, so you only get a sound byte."
"How many words do I get?"
"One," and the cameras rolled.
"What, Professor Seligman, is the state of Psychology today?"
"Cut. That won't do. We'll have to give you a longer sound byte."
"How many words do I get this time?"
"What, Dr. Seligman, is the state of psychology today?"
"Cut. I can see you're not comfortable in this medium. We'll have to give you a real sound byte: three words."
"What, Professor Seligman, is the state of psychology today?"
"Not good enough!"
Please pardon me, but I must continue in English.
In what ways has Psychology of the last century been good and not good? And how might Psychology of the next decade become good enough?
Before World War 2, in the USA, Psychology had three missions:
to cure mental illness
to make the lives of normal people happier, more fulfilling, and more productive, and
to identify and nurture high talent, genius.
In 1946 and 1947 the mission was subverted: The Veterans Administration Act was passed and psychologists found that they could get reimbursed for treating Neurosis in Omaha. That's what legions of practitioners then did. Then the National Institute of Mental Health was created (In spite of its name and its charter, it has always been the National Institute of Mental Illness, only remotely concerned with health, and mistakenly equating the notion of health with the absence of disease), and academics, such as I, found we could get grants if our research was about curing mental illness. That's what legions of psychological scientists then did.
Good. As a result of this $30 billion investment, two great things happened: First there are now fourteen of the major mental illness that can be relieved by specific forms of psychotherapy or drugs, and two of them are actually curable; whereas in 1947 no mental illness was treatable-it, was all smoke, mirrors, fog, and superstition.
Even better, a science of mental illness developed. We found we could measure such fuzzy concepts as depression and alcoholism with statistical precision. We created a classification of the mental illnesses (DSM and ICD), with which we could diagnose mental illness reliably. We could unravel the causes of mental illness by doing longitudinal studies of the genetics, early environment, life events, and mental states of individuals across time. We could pin down causes by eliminating third variables using the experimental methods. We invented psychotherapies and drugs to treat the mental illnesses and best of all, we did rigorous, random assignment, placebo controlled studies of the putative therapies to find out which ones really worked and which were inert. (The fine Department of Psychology here in Complutense Madrid represents this tradition in exemplary form.)
So Psychology can boast that we have discovered ways to actually make miserable people less miserable.
Not Good. Three problems of working in the disease model have plagued Psychology since it became a mere handmaiden of medicine. First, victimology, a moral problem: We took on a pathological view of human nature such that people were seen as victims of circumstances, and we forgot about venerable concepts like choice, will, character, and responsibility. Second, we misplaced our mission of making normal people happier and worse, genius became a dirty word. Third in our monomania of developing therapies that would relieve suffering, we forgot about developing interventions that would make people happier, productive, and fulfilled.
Good enough? So how might Psychology of the next decade become good enough? Toward this goal, I have been part of a movement called Positive Psychology. It has three aims: To study and build positive emotion (the Pleasant Life), to study and build the strengths and virtues (the Good Life, eudaimonia), and to study and build positive institutions (the Meaningful Life).
Parallel to the science of mental illness, we have found that we can measure such fuzzy notions as life satisfaction, optimism, social intelligence, and strong families with good statistical precision. We have created a classification of the Strengths and Virtues, the opposite of DSM and ICD classification of the insanities. We have a burgeoning science that looks at the causes of what makes life worth living. So for example, longitudinal studies of optimism show that optimists live on average eight years longer than pessimists, and experimental studies of mediators show that activity of the left frontal cortex may be a cause of tranquility. We have refined a large number of interventions, created over centuries from the Buddha to Tony Robbins, and are testing which ones actually work to build happiness and which are inert in random assignment, placebo controlled studies.
So my hope for Positive Psychology is that it may show in the next decade that Psychology can make untroubled people happier. And if that occurs, Psychology may then be good enough.
Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D. is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the founder of the field of Positive Psychology, a Past President of the American Psychological Association (1996), and the author of 20 books including his most recent best seller, Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. With Chris Peterson, he is co-author of the forthcoming Character Strengths and Virtues: A Classification and Handbook. He is also the co-founder of Authentic Happiness Coaching LLC.