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Thursday, July 24, 2014

REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS LOST ITS PRINCIPLES


REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS LOST ITS PRINCIPLES
By Domenick J. Maglio, PhD. Traditional Realist

The Mississippi Republican runoff election has undeniably affirmed the established Republican Party is more concerned about retaining personal power rather than following its stated principles. They continue to give lip service to fiscally responsible limited government that follows the Constitution. They support legislation and politicians that are contrary to their own stated beliefs in order to retain their high level Washington, D.C. positions.

Mississippi senator, Thad Cochran, consistently voted to bring home the bacon to his state for four decades by acquiescing to big government programs. His primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, was a strong traditional conservative, Tea Party member who energized the base of the state’s party. The Republican Party did not stay neutral letting the people determine the direction of the primary. They banned together to support one of their own “club members.”

Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Republicans in the senate, stated he would stand up to Tea Party conservative’s insurgence. He did not respond when the Democrats labeling the Tea Party as “Tea Baggers”, terrorists and other negative terms since he was frightened that his position would be jeopardized by these principled Tea Party members. With the support of other established leaders he raised $820,000 in one night for Cochran. Karl Rove’s, Club for Growth, contributed $3 million to Cochran.

The exposing of the party’s behind the scenes money involvement in the primary election fills in the dots unveiling a callous picture of using political power to maintain their own congressional positions.  Many of these Republican government representative’s self-interest clearly outweighs their mission of serving the people. This completed picture of the self-interest of Republican officials makes sense of many strange incidents that have recently taken place in the Republican Party.  The unexpected reviving of John McCain’s dead candidacy for the nomination as president in 2008 becomes clearer. A moderate RINO (Republican in Name Only) would not respond forcefully to candidate Obama’s accusations so as not to create a backlash that may jeopardize individual Republican seats.

McCain’s campaign muzzled Sarah Palin who was greeted enthusiastically all over the country. She spoke forcefully about conservative ideals and issues, which gained traction with her constituents. However, she caused controversy in the media that caused fear among the entrenched Republicans who did not follow these conservative principles.

In 2012 presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, played it safe in his candidacy for presidency. His message was he was going to administer government more efficiently than the Obama administration without any defined changes in policy. He sold himself as a middle of the road candidate not as a conservative. When the Benghazi fiasco surfaced, he backed off the issue in the last debate instead of attacking Obama’s disastrous foreign policy. The Republican voters responded to this milk toast approach by 3 million voters staying home instead of voting for the “know nothing” party.

The Republican establishment party has turned out to be the “retention party of RINOS.” It has no essential message to put the USA back on track as a sovereign nation. It allows the Constitution to be violated on a regular basis. It allows the speaker of the house, John Boehner, to appease a stonewalling president rather than lead his fellow congressmen to uncover the truth about numerous scandals. Only after two years of increasing pressure did he finally appoint a select committee to maintain his leadership position.

The Republican Party’s establishment has lost its focus on fighting for conservative principles in running our government. By surrendering these ideals to maintain their own positions in government they are contributing to the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

It is necessary for the survival of our nation that the status quo RINOS get out of the way to allow new blood to enter the debate. This essential open discussion would allow the American citizens to put us back on the right path. The USA has to return to the Constitution and fiscal responsibility to once again be the beacon of freedom to the world and a prosperous freedom-loving nation. 


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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Thursday, July 17, 2014

REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS LOST ITS PRINCIPLES


REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS LOST ITS PRINCIPLES
By Domenick J. maglio PhD Traditional Realist

The Mississippi Republican runoff election has undeniably affirmed the established Republican party is more concerned about retaining personal power rather than following its stated principles. They continue to give lip service to fiscally responsible limited government that follows the Constitution. They support legislation and politicians that are contrary to their own stated beliefs in order to retain their high level Washington, D.C. positions.

Mississippi senator, Thad Cochran, consistently voted to bring home the bacon to his state for four decades by acquiescing to big government programs. His primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, was a strong traditional conservative, Tea Party member who energized the base of the state’s party. The Republican Party did not stay neutral letting the people determine the direction of the primary. They banned together to support one of their own “club members.”

Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Republicans in the senate, stated he would stand up to Tea Party conservative’s insurgence. He did not respond to the Democrats labeling the Tea Party as “Tea Baggers”, terrorists and other negative terms since he was frightened that his position would be jeopardized by these principled members. With the support of other established leaders he raised $820,000 in one night for Cochran. Karl Rove’s, Club for Growth, contributed $3 million to Cochran.

The exposing of the party’s behind the scenes money involvement in the primary election fills in the dots unveiling a callous picture of using political power to maintain their own congressional positions.  Many of these Republican, Washington, D.C. government representative’s self-interest clearly outweighs their mission of serving the people. This completed picture of the self-interest of Republican officials makes sense of many strange incidents that have recently taken place in the Republican Party.  The unexpected reviving of John McCain’s dead candidacy for the nomination as president in 2008 becomes clearer. A moderate RINO (Republican in Name Only) would not respond forcefully to candidate Obama’s accusations so as not to create a backlash that may jeopardize individual Republican seats.

McCain’s campaign muzzled Sarah Palin who was greeted enthusiastically all over the country. She spoke forcefully about conservative ideals and issues, which gained traction with her constituents. However, she caused controversy in the media that caused fear among the entrenched Republicans who did not follow these conservative principles.

In 2012 presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, played it safe in his candidacy for presidency. His message was he was going to administer government more efficiently than the Obama administration without any defined changes in policy. He sold himself as a middle of the road candidate not as a conservative. When the Benghazi fiasco surfaced, he backed off the issue in the last debate instead of attacking Obama’s disastrous foreign policy. The Republican voters responded to this milk toast approach by 3 million voters staying home instead of voting for the “know nothing” party.

The Republican establishment party has turned out to be the “retention party of RINOS.” It has no essential message to put the USA back on track as a sovereign nation. It allows the Constitution to be violated on a regular basis. It allows the speaker of the house, John Boehner, to appease a stonewalling president rather than lead his fellow congressmen to uncover the truth about numerous scandals. Only after two years of increasing pressure did he finally appoint a select committee to maintain his leadership position.

The Republican Party’s establishment has lost its focus on fighting for conservative principles in running our government. By surrendering these ideals to maintain their own positions in government they are contributing to the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

It is necessary for the survival of our nation that the status quo RINOS get out of the way to allow new blood to enter the debate. This essential open discussion would allow the American citizens to put us back on the right path. The USA has to return to the Constitution and fiscal responsibility to once again be the beacon of freedom to the world and a prosperous freedom-loving nation. 


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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Sunday, July 06, 2014

SNOWDEN EXPOSES THE TECHNOLOGICAL STRUCTURE OF A TOTALITAIRAN WORLD ORDER

SNOWDEN EXPOSES THE TECHNOLOGICAL STRUCTURE OF A TOTALITAIRAN WORLD ORDER
By Domenick J.Maglio, PhD. Traditional Realist

Edward Snowden was a spy who worked for the National Security Administration or National Spy Organization. He is also a hero for putting is life on the line for our freedom. He revealed NSA’s ability to store enormous amount of personal information on every American citizen. This is a bombshell that threatens the freedom of the all of us. In essence the technology to spy on every human is here. It has a frightening potential for the enslavement of every person not only in the United States but the entire world.

The US may be the most advanced in data surveillance but it is not the only nation collecting private information on its people. We have learned that the developed nations also are using modern technology to spy on each other and their own citizens. Snowden quizzed President Putin on Russian television about his surveillance program. He said it was to put Putin on record to open up discussion on this issue.  The next day Snowden noted the Russian government was already requesting bulk data from social media companies. This indicated that Putin was not telling the truth, Russia is involved in sophisticated surveillance.

This technology would benefit international terrorist groups although it would be infinitely more dangerous in the hands of government leaders throughout the world. These leaders have the means of using their power to discreetly remove any opposing person before they make a move. This will allow them to upgrade the intensity of repression without provoking any backlash.

Snowden said in The Guardian, “ I blew the whistle on the NSA surveillance practices not because I believed the USA was uniquely at fault but because I believe that mass surveillance of innocents-the construction of state run surveillance time machines that can turn back the clock on the most intimate details of our lives- is a threat to all people everywhere no matter who runs them.

Turning the clock back on any person can be used to create a negative narrative to destroy anyone, even a saint.  A law-abiding citizen that has been labeled as “a person of interest” by the state would be defenseless. The officials would be able to go back in time selecting certain past utterances. This is horrifying.

Even a current politically incorrect speech or behavior has caused great pain and suffering.  These people who were exercising their freedom of speech and association were forced into re-education (sensitivity training) to be reinstated into their positions to stop their persecution.  Mozilla CEO, Chick-fil-A CEO, Donald Stirling-owner of LA Clippers, popular chef-Paula Deen and Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson, and many others suffered for their freedom to speak.  This skewering of famous people is less inhibiting and frightening than the ability of the NSA to use every person’s private thoughts against them. This would naturally cause censorship of our speech for fear of prosecution and persecution.

Edward Snowden was aware that Thomas Drake, an NSA whistleblower, had shared his concerns with congressional committees in 2005. He was investigated by the FBI and was charged with 10 felonies. His government career was destroyed and his life was changed forever.  Although knowing this information, Snowden said he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about NSA surveillance. An NSA, April 8th, 2013 email to the NSA general council’s office verified that he brought up these concerns. At that time Snowden knew that more whistleblowers under the Obama administration suffered serious adverse consequences than during any other administration.

Snowden knew that private discussions are supposed to be protected by the First Amendment for good reason.  The verbalizing of ideas is an essential process that is needed to formulate one’s thinking and beliefs. Without the security of a person knowing his thoughts would remain private a person would stop talking and thinking.

The NAZIs, the Soviet Union and other primitive totalitarian states use fear of the state.  They only had primitive methods to put the fear of the state into the minds of the people by invading the homes or torturing others to frighten them into submission.  The belief in individual freedom was shattered by these unsophisticated practices leaving a spiritless people and an evil government.

The United States and others already have all of a person’s most intimate speech and thoughts stored. Anyone targeted by the state would have their information  exploited by bureaucratic experts. This would automatically render them guilty of whatever the state wanted to prove.

The allowing of the NSA or any other nation’s surveillance program to continue operations would inevitably be too tempting for a power grabbing leader not to employ. This level of surveillance is the most powerful Weapon of Freedom Destruction (WFD) the world has ever had to face.

The USA and other nations have to incorporate powerful checks and balances, real failsafe measures to halt this totalitarian ticking time bomb and prevent it from occurring in the future.

In the name of preventing terrorism there is no security/freedom exchange under the surveillance of all citizens.  When a national government can spy on all its citizens the government becomes the potential terrorist. These national leaders have the ultimate WFD to establish a global totalitarian hell.


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, June 11, 2014

THE IRONY OF CLIMATE CHANGE PREDICTIONS


THE IRONY OF CLIMATE CHANGE PREDICTIONS
By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

The 2013 Antarctica expedition of scientists and tourists was to retrace the steps of the 1912 explorer Douglas Mawson. It was supposed to show that global warming was decreasing the ocean ice cap.  Instead several nations sent icebreakers to assist the stuck vessel. They too became stuck and eventually a helicopter was sent to evacuate the global warming alarmists from the impassible ice. This ice had reached record levels of 3.5 million square miles, according to the National Snow and ice Data Center.

The media did not mention the irony of scientists being stuck in ice that was supposed to have been melted.  Even after the expedition they made the following statement “we are stuck in our own experiment.” The media coverage only highlighted the ship’s party atmosphere of being “brave individuals.” They carefully avoided the obvious implication that “global warming” or “climate change” predictions were wrong, once again.

Scientific prediction after prediction of global warming that does not materialize is conveniently ignored.  In the early 1970s “scientists” were talking about global warming. By 1974 they were writing of the coming Ice Age.  In the 1990s Al Gore and other politicos were predicting the ice would melt raising the ocean levels, dying of the polar bears and leaving the worlds most populated costal areas underwater.

In 2007 the BBC stated that the arctic would be iceless by 2013.  Satellite data from the US National Snow and ice Center and European Space Agency have shown ice is thicker in the arctic than it was 5 years ago.

Jerry Brown, governor of California, stated on May 13, 2014 that LAX would be underwater within 200 years although the airport is 125 feet above sea level.
Even NOAA said, “it would take 45,903.6 years to reach 125 feet at the present rate of global warming, we’d be in a new ice age by then and sea levels would be falling.”

There is numerous fear mongering studies blaming every disaster and anti social behavior on CO2 emissions. Hurricanes, increased or lack of, tornados, mudslides, fires, drought, cold spells, heat waves are promoted as definitive signs of global warming, change, or disruption.  Terrorism, domestic violence, general crime, wars and birthrates have been noted by proponents of global warming to have increased or will continue to escalate due to global warming. These so called expert “studies” and the federal government through grants, which drives these absurd claims exponentially, incentivizes articles supporting global warming.

No matter how many gloom and doom predictions are proven false, the drumbeat continues for global governmental intervention. This translates into redistributing wealth by robbing developed nations, particularly the USA, by charging a carbon emissions fee. Even if the US emissions were lowered to zero, China, India and other underdeveloped countries that are the greatest polluters are exempted.  The USA paying the fee will not touch the problem.  

Yet the EPA bureaucratically commanded on June 2nd, 2014 that the coal industry has to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% in 15 years. There was no congressional law passed to legitimize this capricious and irrational act.

The climate models that these scientists have created are as good as the variables that they choose.  Garbage in- garbage out is the common language used for weak models. These models have not accurately predicted 10-day weather patterns no less long-term climate changes.

Even if we lowered CO2 emissions to near zero, climate change would occur. Climate has changed since the beginning of time.  The attempt to use CO2 emissions as a prime mover of climate change might be a smart political strategy, except hard cold facts are getting in the way.

It is hard to make a cogent argument for taxing or regulating CO2 emissions as inaccurate predictions continue to surface. These incidents of truth appear at the most inconvenient and ironic times.

This ridiculous push to tax developed nations for pollution when they are NOT the major contributors is an attempt to finance a global government that would produce a supposed “Global Utopia.” This global warming, climate change or the Obama administration’s new term, “global disruption” would be humorous if it was not for its financial and political long-term implications on global stability.



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 21, 2014

PRODUCTIVITY STARTS AT HOME


PRODUCTIVITY STARTS AT HOME
By Domenick J Maglio PhD.  Traditional Realist

Knowing how to become motivated to get things done needs internalization of many skills, habits and values. In the past the method of teaching youngsters how to work and enjoy the fruits of their labor had been a function of good parenting. It is becoming a relic of the past.

The proper way to clean a window does not come with a manual. Usually it was learned by the parent assigning a child the chore. Instructions of how to do it correctly may have become before starting it although in most cases it came after with a blistering critique of the less than stellar results.

 In the aftermath of cleaning a window a youngster would usually receive a politically incorrect critique of his failure to meet his parent’s expectation. The way to reach the level of quality might have been touched on but not clearly. It was up to the child to think the process through and then ask questions to fill in the gaps.

 The child in training was supposed to correct his own work deficiencies. This did not come from asking unnecessary questions to waste time but the knowledge came from replaying in his mind the parent’s reaction to the job he did.

Parents expected a high level of competency not only with chores but during the child’s school years. The child was expected to complete his assignments in a timely and correct manner. It was not the teachers or parent’s responsibility to remind the child. The youngster was supposed to obediently learn the lesson in whatever way he could or else. The “or else” usually did not have to be administered as the child knew the parent’s word was golden.

Modern parents are too harried to follow up their commands. Children quickly learn they are paper tigers. They keep on expanding the limits becoming obnoxious negotiators until they are able to do what they want.

Instead of parents becoming indignant because the child will not obey their directions, they feel guilty. They realize they do not have the close family experience that they enjoyed as children. The parents compensate by being friends since they do not have the time and motivation to be in charge parents.

The guilt driven parents are more protective of their child’s feelings. When the child is having difficulty in school they immediately contact the teacher to see how they can assist their precious child. The child’s ability to solve the problem he is facing is not seriously considered. They do not believe the child can work through his own difficulties he is facing in school.

We are not setting obligations for children to do things around the house. Children are usually given a free pass. Even the inconsequential things a modern parent asks a child to do to contribute around the house have to be incentivized with dollar bills. The price is negotiated which usually goes well for the child and poorly for the parent. The child receives his “allowance” regardless of the quality or timeliness in which the task was done. Our children are being conditioned to be lazy at home and at school. They do only what they want when they want to do it.

Successful people in whatever endeavor they choose have the ability to get things done well and on time. Often they have to do things they do not want to do because it is part of the job or is necessary for the sake of the business.

The goal of being good at whatever a person does guides him to use his time wisely. Developing good time management skills is encouraged by the person to get the finished product completed well in the shortest time period. When this is achieved through trial and error these people become experts in what they have chosen to do.

When a person brings something to be completed to an expert they agree to a price and time to complete the project. The higher the number of people who want his services indicates he will do an excellent job in the specific time period. This is the reason this expression exists: “ When you want to get something done, bring it to a busy person.” It holds true today as it did in the past.

The pathetic reality is modern parents have forgotten their major legacy is their children.  They are providing their children an affluent lifestyle but are not giving their child the ability to carry on their work ethic. Low parental expectations at home and at school are resulting in too many weak and lazy people who are not productive in their lives.

It is time for parents and grandparents to aggressively insist that children and grandchildren do better and do more. They need to hold these loved ones to a  standard no lower than the one they had. Anyone who becomes good in any profession has to continually push himself to reach the top. It starts at home.



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 14, 2014

ATTACKING CAPITALISM TO SELL CENTRALLY CONTROLLED ECONOMY


ATTACKING CAPITALISM TO SELL CENTRALLY CONTROLLED ECONOMY
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Tradizionale Realista

In 2008 the slogan” Too Big to Fail” spoken by President Bush treasury secretary, Henry Paulson was a shocking acknowledgement that the federal elites no longer felt the need to pretend they believed in capitalism. The merging of central government and international corporations through the revolving door process has become undeniable.

A major tenant of capitalism is that any business no matter its size will fail when it is unable to pay back the businesss liabilities. This elimination of non-profitable enterprises cleanses the market of inefficient businesses. In its place other newer or smaller businesses will expand to more effectively serve the customers of the failed corporation.

“Too Big to Fail" is antithetical to capitalism and a gateway to a centrally controlled economy and repressive state. It is a corruption of capitalism.

Big Government like large corporations even with the economy of scale has a difficult time controlling the explosion of bureaucratic expansion and waste.  Bureaucrats are incentivized to build their kingdoms rather than be efficient.  By restricting capitalistic competition it will blur any strong contrast or highlight the government inefficiencies of inferior service and products.

Presently in America the laws of a free marketplace are not being allowed to prevail. Our bloated federal government has gained enormous control of the economy through laws and regulation. The government connected corporations are given special waivers to bypass regulations that other companies have to meet thus giving them an unfair advantage in the competition.  Bundled campaign donations earn ambassadorships or access to the oval office. The offering of top corporate paying positions to political operatives in exchange for preferential legislation is becoming common practice.

The smaller the business the easier it is to monitor and supervise its employees to insure maximum agility. The large international corporations are on the other side of this continuum and have the most difficulty supervising its complex structure.  The diversity of operations and multiple sites all over the world creates an incredible challenge to maintain a streamlined operation.

This same phenomenon takes place in government agencies. We have witnessed this first hand in Obamacare. Attempting to manage 1/6 of the nation's economy has been a disaster. Even with ordering private insurance companies to artificially lower their insurance rates to cushion their insurance policies, the price and co-pay have risen.

In this symbiotic relationship government winners are chosen by how much support they give the administration. This can be through campaign contributions and lucrative jobs they are offering government operatives.  Losers are those who do not pay to play.

This marriage between major corporations and the federal government has recently been called “crony capitalism” and during the WWII period, “fascism.” The National Socialistic German Worker's Party used corporations to solidify their power.  

Every law abiding patriotic citizen should protest the confiscation and mishandling of the peoples money. The fear mongering of a global economy collapse by our D.C. government should have been dismissed as propaganda to protect these corporate and government elites special financial and power interests.

Americans should not hand over to our central government the power to pretend to micromanage our economy. The picking of winners and losers and the printing of “stimulus money” by the Federal Reserve does nothing other than increase potential corruption. The devaluation of our currency by “Quantitative Easing” is robbing a percentage of our purchasing power.

Anytime we hear “Too Big to Fail” we should be aware our D.C. government is selling this phony rationale to justify its expansion into every aspect of our lives. We need to refuse to be robbed by power seeking politicians that are only concerned with their own self-interest rather than the people’s.

This game has become transparent. “Too Big to Fail” policy is an attempt to transform the USA from a constitutional republic to a political elite control of the economy and rejection of our Constitutional Republic.

Our founders brilliantly provided us with a constitutional blueprint to prevent us from going down the path of elites controlling the government instead of the people controlling it. As these great men understood, large government siphons off the treasury and the freedom of the people.



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






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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

THE NEED TO DEFLATE THE OVERINFLATED MINDS OF YOUNGSTERS


THE NEED TO DEFLATE THE OVERINFLATED MINDS OF YOUNGSTERS
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist


Our children’s impression of their performance of almost everything they do is terrific to stupendous. After years of their parents, teachers, coaches and other authority figures being propagandized not to harm a child’s fragile self-esteem, we are producing delusional people.

Adults are constantly supervising our children. There is little opportunity for them to play outside with their peers. By nature children are not politically correct. They say whatever pops into their heads, which is often brutally honest.  A youngster’s evaluation of a peer is impactful as it is direct and usually devastatingly accurate.

Today many parents consider this uncensored peer speech, “bullying.” Although in the recent past it was looked upon as the growing pains of normal childhood. Youngsters have to learn that they are not the center of the world. Another child’s insensitivity towards him assists a child to learn he is not as perfect as he has been led to believe. He begins to realize there are ways to handle complementary or nasty criticism. Becoming desensitized and toughening up youngsters is necessary training for survival and success and no group does it better than other children.

In the absence of straight forward peer feedback, children receive mostly positive filtered messages not to damage their feelings, although it falsely elevates their ego.

The modern culture is explicit that any negative assessment of a youngster is destructive, bordering on abusive. Everyone has to win a trophy, no score is kept in a game, the majority of elementary school students are on the honor roll and other false tactics are employed to avoid anyone feeling like a loser. Even President Obama declared everyone a winner at this year’s Easter egg roll. This has become common practice.

Authority figures have learned it is easier to take the path of least resistance by focusing solely on the upside and forgetting all together the downside of a person’s performance. This is especially true with the young child. Training a child to confront and overcome his difficulties has disappeared in the role of parenting. We must avoid issues that would make a child uncomfortable even though it is necessary to improve his performance. This has become the norm.

The child is content without having to meet higher expectations. The parent does not have to deal with motivating their child since everyone gives them positive reports.  Parents rationalize these glowing reports even when they know deep down that it is less than accurate. They do not want to confront another personal issue. Although the positive statements about the child make parents feel good, the youngster becomes less able to make a realistic assessment of his abilities as compared to others.

Anyone who attempts to set the false-esteem-child straight by telling him he has a lower level of competency as compared to others is considered mean spirited.  According to the parent’s view it is a humiliating experience for their precious child to be told he is not number one. They get angry at the messenger rather than correct the child’s actions.

We have gone from raising neurotic children who worry they might not have done their best to self-centered children who think whatever they do is great. These children that do not care about doing something well are simply delusional individuals who have no motivation to do things correctly.  They take every short cut to get the job done quickly without any concern whether it is quality or not.  They “do not care,” which makes them “careless.”

Authority figures act as if they do not have time to continually require quality work from the children. This acceptance of mediocrity is being unconsciously taught by the parents, teachers, music, art and sport instructors.  The reality that excellence in anything requires someone to focus, give effort and persevere is becoming a thing of the past. 

Only by parents and other authority figures being honest in evaluating a child’s performance can the child learn what he/she needs to do to improve. It teaches the youngsters that they cannot stand still rather they have to work hard every day to get better.

This approach will adjust the child’s overinflated and false self-esteem. It will reinforce being careful to do one’ best reversing the “get-by” careless approach to life.  The child will develop pride in his work.

Deflating of a child’s overinflated ego in the short run will be uncomfortable to painful. The payoff is the child is shocked out of his delusional state.  This realizing he needs to work hard to become the best is a lesson worth more than being left a million dollar trust fund from his parents.



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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