WITHDRAWING THE LEGITIMATE USE OF POWER SPREADS CRISES
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD., Traditional Realist
Abdicating one’s power is an irresponsible act. It is easy
to sit back and relax rather than worry about preventing future problems.
Effective actions usually take planning and execution that requires the person
devoting time and effort to do it right. This increases the stress level of
someone’s life but it pays great dividends.
Our lives would be less hectic and simpler in the short run
if we disregard our responsibilities. But in the long run it will create crises
that would require greater time and energy to resolve with less likelihood of
success. Once the genie is out of the bottle it is hard to get it back.
Our modern culture is instructing us to relax, self-medicate
and be happy. We are not supposed to be preoccupied with children’s misbehavior,
potty training, speech or even character development. The same philosophical
notion holds true for the child’s unwillingness to contribute to the home and
master subjects they do not like in school. When the child has issues at home
we blame the other adults in the family. In school we attack the teacher and
administration for children’s inappropriateness and laziness.
As citizens we do not keep ourselves informed about our
local representative’s legislative actions. It takes too much effort. We love
our own representatives since we are saturated with their PR efforts. On the
other hand we have no regard for representatives in other parts of the country,
especially if they take a controversial stand to do the right things. These
patriotic behaviors are usually ridiculed in the media. We are too lazy to
research the story under the headlines by using other sources.
Our nation’s view of foreign policy has been that we are the
leader of the free world. However our political elites want to relinquish the
responsibility of this leadership. The world should take care of itself. The
USA’s lack of use of its power (leading from behind) will force other nations
to do more. This will eventually create a Utopian world of peace.
Because of this unrealistic fantasy drivel many nations have
tested the waters to see if they can obtain what they want through intimidation
and military force. Many “two bit” dictators have grandiose ideas of becoming
the leader of the world. They are not constrained by concern for other nation’s
rights. They presently have no fear of American power stepping in to stop their
aggression. This is the same scenario that occurred when America withdrew its
power as the world leader under the Carter administration in the late 1970s.
Whenever the benevolent power of a parent, teacher, judge,
representative or the president of the US is withdrawn, inappropriate acting out
and evil will eventually fill the vacuum. Undisciplined parents, judges, teachers,
local, state and national leaders, who are not judiciously administering power
will create resentment, lawlessness and ultimately open rebellion.
Responsible use of power to develop moral values and punish wrong
doers establishes societal order. Appropriate behavior becomes the standard to
judge others. Courageously standing up to overt aggression is a formula for developing
internal and international stability.
Eternal order and peace will not be achieved given the
imperfections of humans and the willingness of some to cross the line into immorality
and perversion. Avoiding taking a principled stand shows weakness, not
strength. Appeasement of our subordinates creates an environment for future
Improving our children’s potential, our institutions and national
leadership require long-term conscientious day in and day out positive role
modeling by all authority figures, especially parents. They should not shrink
from their responsibilities but embrace them. A leader leads with a strong
Righteous people need to stand up to evil to save us from
it. The wisdom of their decisions will shine the light to guide the people to a
high level of exceptionality as a nation.
In our short history as a nation we have been graced with
leaders of moral character. Americans need to execute their responsibilities
with dignity on a personal, familial and professional level. America should elect representatives on every
level of government whose main goal is the self-interest of the nation rather
than just their own.
Once we perform our duties with utmost morality in our
everyday lives we will be more aware and sensitive to choosing better leaders
on every level. These people will courageously act to teach and protect their
charges rather than sit on their hands due to laziness, selfishness or personal
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