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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TRANSGENDER IS ANOTHER FAD INDICATING A SOCIETY OUT OF WHACK


TRANSGENDER IS ANOTHER FAD INDICATING A SOCIETY OUT OF WHACK
By Domenick J. Maglio, Ph.D. Traditional Realist


Our nation was established with understanding and respect for natural law. The founders realized that attempting to change human nature was futile.  This non-reality orientation would evolve into a non-functioning society. Perversion of nature produces guilt, frustration and self-loathing in an individual.

These wise men are probably rolling over in their graves looking down at our upside-down nation.  Productive citizens are financially penalized while dependency is rewarded. Our police are portrayed as evil-doers while killers and looters are seen as innocent victims. Illegal immigrants are given priority over legal immigrants. Traditional men and women’s roles are obsolescent while changing your sex has become cutting edge.

In the recent past when toddlers pretended to be a dog or a superhero like Superman, parents and others traditionally set them straight. There was no way to legitimize this behavior.

In the new progressive culture we are promoting bizarre choices. On the application for college entrance, students are asked to identify themselves as male, female or “in transition.“ What ?? There are too many ridiculous choices that are warping normality. 

The recent fad of two young girls walking arm-in-arm down high school halls kissing each other created instant celebrity status. Identifying oneself as the opposite sex is becoming the vogue of today.

A Fairfax school district has passed a transsexual rights bill that would allow any student to self identify its sex without consulting the parents. Girl Scout USA is now accepting transgender boys on a case-by-case basis. Parents of children in grades k-3 in Kittery public school in Maine have just learned their children have been taught from a transsexual indoctrination book. “I am a young child with a boy’s body but a girl’s brain” is the theme of the book. There is a miniscule group of parents who are beginning to seek reassignment surgery for their youngsters. These naïve parents feel it will make their child’s transition from one sex to another less traumatic.

There are many parents and college students who think it is caring to be accepting of any person with weird and confused feelings. A student can express that they think they are a squirrel and be taken seriously. Our culture has coined the term “otherkin” to describe the person who identifies partially or wholly with a non-human or an inanimate object. Instead of correcting the child that she is not a bird, vampire, elf, or an inanimate object, they are going along with these fantasies.

A few parents are using a similar approach when a child states he feels like he should be the opposite gender. Modern parents are not reinforcing what the child was actually born as but are appeasing the child or making an avant-garde statement by pretending he or she has the right and ability to just choose his/her sex. The parent who wants the child to self-express to get in touch with himself or herself is being an accomplice to more confusion and a traumatic lifestyle.

Many parents are unwilling to nip the child’s identity confusion in the bud. The reality intervention of telling the child to cut out this nonsense would be considered by some to be intolerant and mean spirited. Telling the truth is a kind act.

These utterances, thoughts and feelings, were supposed to be tolerated as a temporary phase. Now too many psychological/education experts are arguing it is even a human right to be whatever a person wants to be.

Parents were the anchors that laid down the parameters of acceptable and unacceptable thoughts and actions. Boys do not have babies, girls do. Boys grow into courageous men who protect others. Girls nurture and shape the children to whom they gave birth. Boys cannot be girls and girls cannot be boys. Even with reassignment surgery this is a partial anatomical change but the person’s DNA remains the same.

The creation of antidiscrimination laws to make transgender a protected class does not solve the mental and emotional dilemma in the head of the person.

The majority of citizens might be bullied by political correctness and punitive antidiscrimination laws to conform but this will not appease these dissatisfied individuals. In college where tolerance/PC is religiously practiced even sympathetic students get annoyed with transsexual students who are offended if someone calls the person “he” when he wants to be called “she” when the next day he might want to be called something else. This is an insane situation for the most empathetic person to handle day after day.

The majority should not be punished for the few who suffer from this. This confusion and dissatisfied person should be directed to psychological therapy for help. Our progressive “experts” should not use punitive discrimination laws to force the majority to placate the disturbed few.


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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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE IS WEAKENING THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD


THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE IS WEAKENING THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD
By Domenick J. Maglio, Ph.d. Traditional Realist

The childrearing process forms the foundation of a child’s behavior, moral values, attitudes and belief system. Parents, primarily mothers, were responsible for caring during the formative years of the child’s life. The fathers traditionally provided the necessary goods, shelter and safety for the family.

In the past half-century the individuals caring for the child has shifted from mothers to child care professionals, other relatives and friends.

The feminist movement and a radical change in parenting philosophy fostered by Dr. Benjamin Spock’s permissive-materialistic childrearing has resulted in lazy parenting. This approach has greased the track for mothers to enter the labor market with children and even infants at home.

Presently there are more stay at home fathers than in the past although in most modern families, both parents work. Grandparents often take over the traditional parent functions since parents have to stay late, travel out of town for days at a time to maintain their positions.  Other grandparents are given quasi to full custody of their grandchildren for assorted reasons due to their own child’s dysfunction.

Many jobs are demanding more work be done at home after office hours. This results in parents asking their relatives to care for the children for extended periods or even regular days during the week. The parents are relegated to being friends with the children while the grandparents are dealing with nitty-gritty issues with their grandchildren. They do this gingerly so as not to offend their own child or the spouse.

There is no one in charge of youngsters in this ever changing and unstable world. Our children are suffering from not having specific standards and expectations for their development. This behavioral chaos is confusing.  This negatively impacts not only these future generations, but the vitality and direction of nations.

The proverb goes, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” William Ross

Numerous government service programs in nation after nation have been developed to decrease the apprehension of parents leaving their child for a career. Governments are increasing their reach to shape the minds of children. Most are no longer respecting the sanctity of the family and parental rights. Governments are prohibiting parents from using traditional methods of discipline. Parental authority and even moderate spanking are being undermined. 

The permissive materialistic child rearing practice has spread to families across the globe. It has weakened the traditional power of parents over their children. Modern parents are unwilling or unable to control their own children. They are not in charge. Children are allowed to make significant life decisions that they have not been trained for or possess the maturity to make appropriately. Too many of these youngster’s unguided actions are life altering, which often places them in a hole that they have difficulty digging themselves out.

The nanny-central government jumps in rewarding them financially or providing a program that will “re-educate,” propagandize them to be more supportive and conforming to their government’s mandates. In essence, they trade their freedom for being bailed out of foolish actions they committed.

Crimes, unwanted pregnancies and dysfunctional lifestyles are attributed to socioeconomic conditions rather than to bad choices. The people in these dire circumstances are considered victims. Rather than receiving natural consequences for their decisions these people have become entitled to special programs giving them privileges for their future votes.

Instead of becoming self reliant and independent, the nanny world government elites are structuring these societies to produce dependent “sheeple.” These are non- thinking, easily led people.

The breakdown of parent’s power in the family has hurt the child’s respect for authority. This invaluable social unit’s decay has to be reversed. Only strong parents unleashed from the restraints of not being “in charge” parents rocking the cradle as loving parents did for centuries will bring back strong and independent youngsters and adults.

There are no more invested adults than the parents to shape the child in every way.  Normal parents have their child’s interest at heart making sure the child has the necessary knowledge and training to become a successful citizen.

When government institutions attempt to raise children, the government’s interest comes first.  They educate and re-educate through adulthood to increase dependency and allegiance to an all-powerful state.

Governments need to respect the sanctity and rights of parents. Governmental intervention into the parent-child relationship should be eliminated. These insidious programs are weakening the family bond that nurtures independent citizens. These people are the backbone of keeping the nation free.



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 06, 2015

PARENTS HAVE A RIGHT AND RESPONSIBLITY TO CONTROL THEIR CHILD'S LEARNING


PARENTS HAVE A RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTROL THEIR CHILD'S LEARNING
By Domenick J;. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist


In tribal times the necessary skills were passed down from parent to child. The roles and expectations were clearly defined by the clans spoken history. Choices were simple and limited. People learned from adult role modeling. They also shared their knowledge in specific activities and chores.

In the Golden Age of Greece philosopher -teachers were sought after by the powerful. They wanted these self-educated men to shape the minds of their children through learning. They chose the educator, specified the areas of learning and intimately monitored the process.

As civilizations grew, knowledge and choices immensely increased. The most wise and even average parent realized that they did not have sufficient expertise, objectivity and time to teach their children all they needed to know to be successful in a complex society.

Fast-forward to the 21st Century and our schools have become more centrally controlled where education has morphed into caretakers of our children forever increasing duration. Some cities throughout the United States have been designated as official public boarding schools to supposedly lessen the socioeconomic deficit of the children. Todays schools are providing meals, healthcare and indoctrination to assist the social engineering of our society.  Most educated experts are advocates of a longer school day and year to influence the child’s development.

Modern parents are less willing and able to accurately evaluate their childs academic success. They primarily accept the inflated grades the children are receiving as true indicators of their progress. It is easier than digging deeper into what is happening in our schools. Eventually they realize their child has become different from what they had wanted and expected. The innocent child has grown into a jaded, self-centered tweener that they realize is beyond their power to alter. Too often they do not understand or even like their own child.

Parents initially blamed the changes in their children on Hollywood and the media more than on the schools. They are presently becoming more aware that the propaganda from their child’s government school is posing as curriculum and is changing his attitudes towards them and their traditional values. Although they are realizing that the Federal Department of Education is dictating school policies through federal mandates and the Common Core Curriculum guidelines that are more in line with progressive atheist intellectuals than Judeo-Christian values.

The antidote to progressive, centrally controlled “education” is a return to small neighborhood schools. It is where teachers spent sufficient time with students to know them as individuals rather than just a number. Individual states have the responsibility under the constitution for the education of children. The local communities need to reassert their authority.

 Parents should and need to support efforts for local community control over their school and fight for education that conforms to their expectations of quality learning. Local neighborhood schools controlled by the average parental wishes rather than anonymous bureaucrats will make education relevant to students and families. Parents will be more able to influence what and how their children are taught. This will recreate a diversity of schools depending on the reality of the community. There will be a menu of alternative programs to pick from. 

When parents are on the same page as those in charge of their childs education, the learning is more effective than when there is disagreement or blatant disregard for the rights of parents.

It is time for America to demand results from their school tax dollars. No longer can selective politically aspiring politicians be window dressing for the county board of education’s "phony educational process." School districts are often the largest employer with the largest budget in the county. School districts are a big industry controlled from the top for the benefit of the connected rather than the average student.

Parents need to assert themselves to demonstrate their right to approve their child’s education. They need to be making the decisions for more than half the child's waking hours, which take place in school.

Educators do not work for the county board of education, the state or the D.C. government. They should be working for the students and parents and the future of our children. It is time for parents to regain their right and responsibility over their child's education.



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 29, 2015

IT IS NOT WHAT THE TEACHER KNOWS OR HAS TAUGHT


IT IS NOT WHAT THE TEACHER KNOWS OR HAS TAUGHT
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. traditional Realist

In our present educational industry we are producing teachers with an erroneous belief that the more courses, certificates and degrees obtained, the better teacher they are. It is true they will receive a higher pay level with more credentials but these pieces of paper do not insure the quality of their teaching.

Being a great or even a good teacher does not depend on the teacher’s ability to regurgitate information, have a large vocabulary of educational jargon or even the know-it-all aura that she or he is the next Robin Williams in the “Dead Poet Society.”

It is not how much the teacher knows or has lectured about, but rather what each of her students has absorbed and really knows.

When a child passes a current test, it does not indicate the child has placed the information in his long-term memory. Short-term memory is what most of our public schools are testing. Children learn particular information, which they are tested on during the week although not all the questions are corrected or marked. The teacher moves on to other material regardless if the student knows it or was even present.

There is no flexibility for the teacher to assist each child individually because of time constraints. The teacher is mandated to move the entire class forward. The teacher has to religiously follow this top down curriculum, which is highly influenced by the state and presently by the national administration through Common Core. The standards and expectations are rigidly set for particular grade levels not considering the developmental level reached by each child.

The detailed script given to the teacher by the administration restricts her creativity with rigid time lines to be met. The creative freedom they can take is limited to augmenting the lessons. This can be accomplished at their own peril since it can interrupt the pace causing the entire class to fall behind the tight schedule.

This robotic process governing modern teachers is killing the teacher’s gratification of being a significant person in student’s lives. They no longer have that daily time or the years of student involvement they had in neighborhood or small schools. The fifty-minute or even two hours is not enough exposure to develop the strong student-teacher relationship that is necessary to impact academic and character development of the student.

This handcuffing of our teachers is making many caring and wonderful people resentful. Their best ideas and inclinations in teaching are being stifled against their better judgment to conscientiously follow their detailed instructions.

The worst part of this process for the teacher is the students that she taught overwhelmingly forgot what she had conscientiously taught them. The teacher initially gets upset with students that are unable to perform well in their subject areas. “I taught you this information. I can’t believe you forgot!” Eventually the teacher realizes not only her students but most of the students in other classes are not doing well on normative testing. Her anger rightfully turns directly to the unreasonable approach she is forced to use.

The only conclusion that any honest teacher can make is the directions from above are flawed because they are not working. On deeper analysis the teacher realizes that the students needed more reinforcement and review to put the information permanently into his long-term memory. Too many teachers feel there are too many things to learn in too short a time for the majority of students. There is also no time allowed for internalizing new information and integrating it with other knowledge to gain a clear understanding.

These counter productive educational practices are happening all over the country and are devastating the morale of teachers. They want to make a positive impact on the lives of their students as teachers did in the past.

The spotlight has to be shifted from the elaborate school facility, the incredibly complicated educational programs and “entertaining” highly credentialed teachers. The emphasis has to be returned to enhancing each student’s academic ability and ultimately to his performance to be a self-learner.

Education is and should be all about the student’s mastery of academic skills and character development not a vehicle for social engineering of a utopian society.

The individual student’s performance should guide the teacher not unrealistic standards that sound good on paper but are creating unnecessary failure for bright students and dedicated teachers.


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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

COMPROMISING WOULD BE FATAL FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS


COMPROMISING WOULD BE FATAL FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS
By Domenick J. Maglio, PhD. Traditional Realist

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater

Starting with republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, and the democrat president, Woodrow Wilson, the progressive movement has gradually eroded the Founding Father’s principles on which our country was founded.

In a century we have moved from being proud to be free and doing what we want with our own property. Today many of the dependency class are demanding more and more government services. In exchange for these services there has been a significant increase in the size of government and a corresponding loss of personal property and freedom especially in the middle class.

As the size of government has exploded so has its arrogance. Instead of the government serving the people the citizens need to comply with government bureaucrats, “expert’s” demands or suffer the ridiculous consequences of government penalties and enforced regulations.

The bloating of government has resulted in increased confiscation of citizen’s money through a creative array of taxes.  These policies of government have reduced the motivation of the people to be self-reliant, moral citizens. As the government has crept into every crevice of our lives we have become a weaker, more fearful people.

The middle class sees everything that it has struggled for disappearing. The earning power and opportunity to climb the socio economic ladder has dwindled.

Retaining office has become the major goal of career politicians. They have made outrageous promises that are impossible to keep regardless of the money confiscated from middle class citizens.  The productive middle class is the small businessmen and middle management in corporations that drive our economy.

The ruling class has exponentially increased the debt with wasting tax dollars by bribing uninformed “give me” adults for their votes. This rapidly increasing snowball of debt rolling down a hill is the reason citizens unknown to each other have realized the government has gone wild in its spending and has to be stopped. These diverse middle class people have become a formidable force that could change the direction of the nation.

These isolated yet like-minded citizens were originally known as Tea Party members. These law abiding middle class people quickly realized that most politician’s words, regardless of political affiliation, should not be trusted. They have concluded the major concern of our representation was to be re-elected to maintain power not serve the interest of the people or the nation.

This movement had horrified republican and democrat progressives. Compromising of principles has been the strategy of progressives to chip away at the foundation of our constitutional republic. The status quo political establishment had to attack the middle class faithful and their supporters. They used nasty diatribes with such words as “teabaggers”, “right wingnuts,” terrorists and worse to discredit them.

Instead this has morphed into a broader middle class movement by shining the light on the political shenanigans, finance and Constitutional disregard, which is undermining our governmental system.

People from both parties have realized that the only way to save our nation from government servitude is to elect principled representatives who will do what is best for the nation in the long run. These leaders realize that continual compromise will only slow down our march to totalitarianism.

These committed believers of the blueprint of limited government through our Constitution and Bill of Rights are willing to stand up to be heard. Patriots comprehended we need a new breed of representatives. We need those who would fight courageously for principles of limited government rather than the self-interest of returning to office.

This strategy of filling the halls of congress with representatives for the people necessitated the voters be vigilant to make sure that politicians’ words match their deeds.

Only by weeding out political opportunists can informed voters accomplish their goal of a solid base of representatives with integrity.  Honesty and sincerity are essential for returning the local and state governments back to the people.

The American public stood up in the 2014 midterm elections by selecting principled candidates who will pay long-term dividends for liberty. All freedom loving Americans should be committed to turn our national ship around again towards the land of opportunity and freedom.



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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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PARENTAL SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT: A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD


 
PARENTAL SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT: A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist


A widely held belief in our culture is that more parent involvement in schools results in a better academic environment. Close teacher and parent contact should increase communication and trust. This bond between teacher and parent would supposedly facilitate the student's learning.

This idealized interaction between parents and teachers is based on too many assumptions that do not hold true in our current culture. Many parents today may have as much or more formal education than many teachers. Even those parents less formally educated have access to experts in education and child rearing in the media and on the Internet. This pop culture knowledge has fostered arrogance in many people in dealing with other professionals even if they are in a different field.

This easy information access has made everyone and anyone an educational "expert." It is a striking contrast to the less formally educated parent of a few generations ago. As a greater proportion of our population has graduated from college, the awe and respect once reserved for teachers has decreased accordingly. Teachers today are less involved in the community and they often do not share similar value systems with our more diverse population. 

Modern parents are more concerned and suspicious of trusting their child’s education to schools than in the past. The accessibility to teachers is being blocked by a maze of internal obstacles and administrative assistants to overcome before obtaining a direct meeting with the child’s teacher. An intimidating bureaucratic complex has replaced the friendly neighborhood school.  What happens in school stays in school with little transparency for the parents.  With every media report about chaos in the classroom and the lack of quality education in the schools parents’ paranoia has increased.

No wonder when their first child has to enter school they are armed with a long list of questions. These lists are written by educational/child development experts, which are found in women’s magazines and Internet sites to help them evaluate a school. The educational jargon satisfies most parents although the complexity and enormity of the schools leaves many of them with undefined apprehension.

In our upside down culture today’s parents are fearful for their child’s future experience in school. Unlike their parents who were more critical of their children’s actions modern parents are their child’s advocates. Most parents inform their interviewer that their child is brighter than the average child. They want the teacher to understand the child’s unique abilities and brilliance that he occasionally displays at home. In our materialistic/self promoting culture whenever parents have the opportunity to give their child a leg up or protect him they feel they need to do so regardless or the unfairness to others.

These parents fail to realize their child’s performance can be very different in a group as compared to a one-on-one situation with a loved one. These parents do not fully support the teacher in the daily complex position of dealing with the instruction of a group of children. Rather, the teacher is the one who is guilty until proven innocent.

Even in more innocuous settings such as volunteering in the child's classroom or on field trips, the parent's allegiance is quite clear and startling. Modern parents are not there to be objective assistants in the classroom or on trips but have a specific agenda to give their own child an advantage over their classmates, which was unheard of in the past.

These parents often take an aggressive role to advance their child's interest over other students. The parents more often than not fail to follow proper decorum. The volunteer wants her child to receive preferential treatment from the teacher. The benefits the child should receive vary from being chosen first on line, to being allowed to skip certain rules that the parent disagrees with. The parents believe the teacher owes them for their volunteering in the school by giving the child special consideration.

It is true these volunteers provide teachers with an extra set of eyes and hands in the classroom. They can be assigned simple clerical duties such as marking papers and monitoring different areas for behavior management concerns. Although parent volunteers can come with a significant price tag not only with favoritism towards one’s child but dependability, consistency and judgment issues. Many schools should reevaluate the benefit/cost aspects of volunteerism of having parents in the school.

Schools should be open for parents to know the child’s progress and level of performance, what and how their child is being taught. Insuring communication with parents is essential for quality education. No parent, like no child, should receive preferential treatment regardless of their power or friendship with school personnel.

School districts and their administrators should make it quite clear that parental favoritism will not be tolerated. All American students deserve a level playing field to fairly earn their grades to compete in a meritocracy society.

When a parent volunteer believes her time in school should entitle her child to special treatment, it is time for the school to provide clear policy guidelines. It should state it is never the case to treat one child better than others even if it is their own child.


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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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

THE FEW CONTROL THE MANY


THE FEW CONTROL THE MANY
By Domenick J. Maglio, PhD., Traditional Realist
“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to anything it pleases while the citizens may act only by permission.” Ayn Rand
Our country has been transformed from a federal to a national government. Everything is being channeled through the centralized bureaucracy in Washington, DC. Healthcare, energy, finance, environment, education, corporate and small business decisions have to be granted by the government.
“Operation Choke Point” is using government power to coerce banks to stop servicing legal businesses they frown upon. Since gun shops and ammunition are targeted it is a way to circumvent our Second Amendment right to protect ourselves.
Over the past decade it became politically incorrect to speak one's mind without fear. Certain words have become taboo through the state controlled press. Bum, normal, Columbus Day, welfare recipient, Christian, social radical, righteous, oriental, fat, black, illegal immigrants, broken homes are only a few words that have become unacceptable. This has limited, constricted and altered our language and thinking. Political correctness and hate crimes are major steps to instituting thought control that usually leads to totalitarianism.
Currently we are witnessing a more brazen frontal attack on our freedoms by eliminating our First Amendment rights. This administration has unleashed the minority's resentment to undermine the rights of all citizens, which we are granted by our Constitution. Under the guise of social justice the administration and the media has stirred up minority grievances by manufacturing crisis after crisis.
The non-existent pay differential between males and females has been used to sell the “war on women”. Eric Holder, Attorney General in 2009, accused America of being a “nation of cowards.” He proceeded to stoke racial fires. He prejudged Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown as being innocent victims before all the evidence was considered and the judicial process completed. He has aligned himself with the rabble-rouser, Al Sharpton, who is known for his agitation on racial issues that divide the country.
The Duke Lacrosse and Virginia University fabricated rape cases by the Rolling Stone Magazine were examples of white men being convicted by the media. Everyday is open season on white males since social radicals portray them as a privileged class in a racist society. They have no rights in the world of social justice.
The non-controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently passed in Indiana was an attempt by the state to reinforce our First Amendment rights, which were already granted by the First Amendment of the Constitution. It is undeniable that our founding fathers believed in freedom of religion and freedom of speech. They risked everything for it. This simple RFRA has been hysterically turned into a divisive political issue.
Everyone in our nation is supposed to have the right to express his beliefs and opinions. “Marriage is between a man and a woman” is not a discriminatory act. It is a Muslim, Christian and Jewish belief that has been accepted for centuries.
The state run media has been a staunch advocate for homosexual marriage. They feel the issue has already been settled by dubious polls. A reporter walked into Memories Pizza shop aware the owner was a devout Christian. The owner's daughter said to the reporter that she would serve anyone coming into the pizzeria but she honestly stated that she would not cater a homosexual wedding. However, it is doubtful anyone would want pizza for that type of occasion.
This law abiding, decent American family was bombarded by false orders, hate mail and even death threats. The family felt they had to close the establishment. This is another example of the tyranny of the minority against the majority. It was a vicious campaign of hate by minority members against a family with traditional moral beliefs.
This is tyranny of the minority against the majority. “Social justice” divides us into interest groups. It does not unite us. As citizens of the USA we have been granted unalienable rights to be free, which comes from God not from spokesmen of the ruling class.
The politicians who wrote non-offensive RFRAs throughout the nation capitulated like cowards appeasing the national government, media and corporations such as Apple and Wal-Mart. These spineless politicians refuse to defend the law. The reason for the law was to protect people from harassment for following their religious beliefs and conscience. A few malcontents should not control the majority.
We should not and cannot depend on politicians to do their duty of fighting for the Constitution and the rule of law. Most are career opportunists, not leaders. It is up to the majority to stand up and make their voices heard against a vocal few. The majority did this with Memories Pizza by sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the pizza shop open.
Once we accept the government telling us how and what to say and do with our businesses and beliefs we all have lost our souls and the nation we love. We should never submit to asking the government permission to do what is within our rights under our Constitution. The government should be halted by the American people from using minorities to undermine our First Amendment rights.



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.