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Thursday, April 17, 2014

IMPATIENCE FOR MATERIAL GOODS IS KILLING THE FAMILY


IMPATIENCE FOR MATERIAL GOODS IS KILLING THE FAMILY
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD Traditional Realist


The change in the psyche of people has taken years.  Most cultures in the world had held God and family as the most sacred values in guiding them. Now most modern people have turned to dedicating their lives to the accumulation of material wealth. Consumerism is the guiding principal of the masses throughout the world. Shopping has become the number one “sport” in most nations.

Hollywood has been the major conversion vehicle for this new religion of consumerism. The stunning homes and hedonistic life styles have influenced people all over the world who yearn to be rich and famous, self-absorbed and privileged people.

This propaganda has impacted everyone especially our children. Young adults are forsaking their loved ones to accumulate “vital objects” before they can even consider marriage and definitely before having a family.

Living together became the preferred arrangement. Only after obtaining expensive vehicles, minimally a two-car garage home and designer clothing do couples feel able to consider marriage. At this juncture young adults are older, the infatuation for their partner has worn off and the list of “needed wants” has expanded to further delay taking the plunge into marriage.

The deficiencies of a materialistic lifestyle no longer can be overlooked or denied. The original circle of friends begins to shrink as many have married and started a family. The female’s biological clock ticks louder indicating child bearing years are ending.

Every functioning family they encounter points out the emptiness of the purchasing life style. Describing a new tv does not compare with hearing about a child’s taking his first steps. They realize they are no longer young and realize they need to end their perennial adolescence. Too many are so addicted to acquiring new things they are not able to make the slightest personal sacrifice to start a family.

Materialism is a major factor for individuals marrying late or having a child, stopping at one or at most two children. They rationalize they want to give their child “everything.” This translates into the “best of things” for themselves first and the child next. In other words they unconsciously bring the child into the world of materialism at a high level that they establish.

The only child or two children in the family will be showered with everything the parent thinks he desires. The child’s material standards and expectations are much greater than were the parent’s at the same age.  The inevitable problem is that since the child is starting at a higher material level than did the parents the child has to be fed a larger and heavier dosage of goods to receive the same temporary thrills of the purchase.

These young individuals are addicted to instant gratification at a younger age leaving them more vulnerable to withdrawal when there is an economic downturn or unfortunate accident that downgrades their lifestyle. Their addiction to things rather than healthy family relationships is hard to reverse but is do-able.

The cycle of delaying the commitment to starting a family has become more common and acceptable as materialism spreads. The necessary replacement of the population declines as materialism expands. The self-centeredness of the people skyrockets leaving the virtues of the family forgotten.

Young adults should have patience in obtaining all their desires. They should realize that as they mature and gain on-the-job experience their wages will increase. This will improve their purchasing power but too many want it all now.

When two people commit themselves to marriage and having children, they leave behind a lifestyle of self-indulgence.  As a spouse and a parent they will suffer through illness and accidents becoming a team. Struggling and caring for a crying infant during sleepless nights shifts the perspective from the self.  Caring and loving family relationships teach a person there is more to life than just “things.”  Loving family relationships crate a legacy that is priceless.

The religion of materialism is a spiritual death sentence for a society.  Not only to the individual, family and particular nations but to all the civilizations of the world. The survival of humanity will be put into question unless we have a better appreciation of the natural riches of life in the world around us rather than collecting the latest fading fad.



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 09, 2014

MILLENNIALS: CREATE YOUR OWN JOB OPPORTUNITY


MILLENNIALS- CREATE YOUR OWN JOB OPPORTUNITY
By Domenick J. Maglio PhD., Traditional Realist


Millennials are perhaps the most academically educated generation in our nation.
The media has tagged them as the most overindulged, self-aggrandizing and “plugged in” group of young adults ever.  The millennial’s major gripe is that there are no educationally appropriate jobs for them in this economy.

The answer to their present and temporary dilemma is in their hands. Instead of complaining about their economic limitations on social media, they need to create their own opportunities by their own effort, brain power and perseverance.

They should learn from other periods of economic downturn. The same limited job opportunities existed for citizens during these times. Every immigrant group throughout our history had to face employment resistance. The Irish, in the mid 1800s were confronted by signs saying “No Micks Wanted.” The Swedes, Polish, Greeks, Jews, Italians and Hispanics overcame the roadblocks to work by first doing jobs no one else wanted.

The veterans returning from war, especially from WWI and Vietnam faced difficult employment reception. There were virtually no government safety nets to support them. It was work or amount to nothing. The GI Bill was there for Vets after WWII but many of them had personal responsibility to their families. They worked while getting an education. Most joined the labor market full time before reaching their educational dreams. 

Today, educated retirees are taking whatever jobs they can get due to age discrimination. They are employed in supermarkets, retail sales and as assistants in small businesses to survive these tough economic times. These retirees did what they had to do.

Overcoming job discrimination has never been easy. All these previous groups had to take positions below their ability, talents and education. They had to start at the bottom to reestablish references that could vouch for their present work ethic and abilities by actually demonstrating them on the job. The networking that they did was not through self-praising in a social media site but rather by developing a profile through the sweat of their brow.

After learning the business they became employed there and some moved to higher paying jobs. Some with entrepreneurial spirit created their own small business operations, often as a second job. They worked most of the time without getting a profit until the business became viable enough to quit the other job. They earned the privilege to run their own businesses and began to work for themselves at last.  A person’s sacrifice and effort is the key that opens the doors for employment and advancement

Today ivory tower credentialed students gain a dubious piece of paper. These graduated college students have an over inflated impression of their value to a businessman. It is not about how many credits or grades a students has earned in gaining an academic degree but what a person brings to the business to make it better, which is usually shown by starting at the bottom and working up the ladder.

The beginning employee has to prove his worth not believe he is entitled to start at the top. The arrogance of the millennials could be their worst flaw in developing into viable employees. They expect to begin their position making top dollar in a high level position. Most millennials refuse to “pay their dues” as did past citizens.

Today a person who wants to make $80/hour as a plumber initially serves an apprenticeship. He has to start as an assistant. He has to do whatever dirty work the master plumber wants until the plumber thinks he has studied his actions sufficiently to do more on his own. The apprentice earns his status in the same way a mentored teacher reaches a level of competence to be considered qualified.

Institutions of higher education have made the millennials believe that their piece of parchment paper would be the key that effortlessly and automatically opens the door to a high paying job in their field of interest. Instead, it has fostered angst, disenchantment and paralysis for these young adults.  The promotion of higher education has misrepresented the acceptance of college diplomas as a union pass. This misconception is angering many millennials, which prevents them from eagerly beginning to climb up the ladder to success.


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 02, 2014

STUDENTS ARE THE GUINEA PIGS IN COMMON CORE


STUDENTS ARE THE GUINEA PIGS IN COMMON CORE
By Domenick J. Maglio, Ph. D.

Common Core is backdoor nationalizing of the US educational system. Arne Duncan, secretary of education, used Race to the Top grant money to encourage and seduce state bureaucrats to get on the Common Core bandwagon.  Educational bureaucrats and lobbyists nudged the state legislators to vote for acceptance of this initiative without any specifics of the program and concrete research to determine the way it would impact students and/or teachers. 

The same rush through formula used to pass Obamacare is being used to create a ground swell of support for Common Core before any specifics are written. Big government politicians of both parties are anointing it. They give their word “it will be good for education” but they only talk in generalities/political speak.

Jeb Bush, ex governor of Florida and presidential candidate for 2016, developed and advocated another top down fiasco: No Child Left Behind. He currently is supporting Common Core. This should raise a red flag.

High standards alone do not determine student performance. It does place immense pressure on teachers to reach the standards, which is transferred to students to meet them.  The students are once again guinea pigs in a process not tested in the classroom but abstractly devised. The creators do not have first hand knowledge of dealing directly with the variability of student’s ability, skills, habits and motivation.

Even more pressure will be applied to younger children to learn more abstract complex concepts at an earlier age. Much of it will be developmentally inappropriate. Most children cannot abstract before the age of 11 according to Jean Piaget, preeminent educational psychologist.  Predictably this will cause more, not fewer students to be dumped into the educational trashcan of failure at an earlier age.

There will be a greater divide between the top students and all the rest who cannot keep up. Presently there is a media-advertising blitz, LearnMoreGoFurther.org, where teachers are vouching for Common Core.  These “high-falutin” standards are a wish list for student performance and not a curriculum. These representatives act as if their promises of success have already been accomplished.

Most actual classroom teachers are more cynical. They understand the critical issue of how you get students to reach the standards. It is easy to write them, but the difficult part is obtaining them.  Teachers understand CC will require even more paperwork to document student progress. This leads to even more time taken away from direct interaction with students.  The factors that were part of NCLB will be magnified by this more “rigorous” Common Core.

Like all the other mandated, innovative programs the eventual curriculum will require teachers to move forward with the program even with the students who do not get it. It will be another prescriptive approach leaving little time for teacher creativity. Even the NEA has voiced concern with the impact on the teacher’s ability to teach.

Factual knowledge has been deemphasized in favor of abstract critical thinking at a young age. Many students with limited general knowledge and basic skills along with limited life experience will not have the ability to think critically but will be perfect specimens to believe in teacher-led state propaganda. Cursive writing will be eliminated along with minimizing traditional civics or history. The lack of these vital subjects will make it impossible for future generations to read original documents and understand the history leading up to the birth of our nation and the genius of the founding fathers. Again this will make many of our students more illiterate then they already are.

Many states are putting the brakes on Common Core. Indiana has officially withdrawn from Common Core. More importantly, citizens, parents and teachers are organizing to have their voices heard. Like Obamacare, Common Core promises “standards “ that sound great but the “devil is in the details.”  The more meat we see on the bones, the more rotten the smell.

Nationalizing education is a game changer for America. It will end any chance of local control of our education.

America needs to decentralize education to give parents more direct input into their child’s education.  They should not be shut out of supposedly local school boards who act as apologists to teacher unions and state education bureaucrats.  

We need to bring education back to students, their families and communities. Our students should be treated as unique, worthwhile individuals not as throwaway victims in an untested educational ploy to nationalize US 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.







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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MY BROTHER IS MY KEEPER


MY BROTHER IS MY KEEPER
By Domenick J. Maglio Phd. Traditional Realist

From its beginning America has attracted millions of immigrants not because of government handouts but because of opportunity. People did not find the streets paved with gold. They understood that when they started to work they generally started at the bottom of the ladder and would be able to work themselves up. Many of yesterday's children of immigrants are today's middle and upper class citizens.

Social mobility and the melting pot did work. There were no handouts, each person had to earn and save to move up to the next rung. It was hard climbing but a rewarding one. Along the way there were individuals who gave a helping hand out of the kindness of their hearts.  The government then understood that charity began at home and in the worst case scenarios local churches helped out.

Today in the era of Big Government Welfare, the entitlement mentality has mushroomed. It has resulted in people commanding, "My Brother is My Keeper." Too many people expect government to provide for them. It is a self-centered attitude totally alien to the American way.  In reality the takers are financed by the productive citizens not by government.

Proponents of a progressive state encourage citizens to believe government should be responsible for everyone's needs as well as wants. This belief is a game changer to our society. Citizens have to wake up to the transformation of the USA from a free market to an essentially controlled economy. There may be international corporations who work in conjunction with political elites although small business owners are more vulnerable to central government control. They do not have lobbyists or the time to deal with government bureaucracy. The USA has gone from the world’s most free economy to 10th in the world according to the Index of Economic Freedom.

The cozy revolving door relationship between large corporations and government elites squeezed smaller competitors out of business. Since large businesses have no incentive to provide quality service, they are drastically cutting back on their number of workers. The unemployed have been temporarily treated to government disincentives such as unemployment insurance, food stamps, minimum wages and supposedly “free” healthcare.

This has permitted government to become bloated with minimal resistance. As long as a large group of "takers" is formed, the politicians have cover to rob money from the middle and working class to redistribute it to the takers. The 1%-ers and large corporations are thriving.

In the short run, the unaware middle class "producers" do not consider the implications of these policies to their own freedom and wallets. Eventually some of the middle class are seduced themselves by the easy life and cross over to the government dole. The power and numbers of the middle class will begin to dwindle.

Striving to better oneself in life will become less attractive. The more government robs "Peter to pay Paul" Peter becomes unmotivated to work hard and Paul eventually gives up his pride, strength and freedom to receive government bribes. This redistributing of wealth continues until everyone except government officials and their cronies have lost their wealth. Everyone else including well-established self-made individuals will eventually be equally poor and miserable.

There has never been a society including the first Plymouth Bay Pilgrims and hippie communes who were able to sustain an egalitarian community. Nations in the past and present have tried and failed to create a utopian society. It is an idealistic dream that disregards human nature. People are motivated by self-interest not the decrees of government or wants of the lazy.

America needs to quickly learn that the progressive redistribution is an attempt to enslave citizens through economic sleight of hand. We will lose the essence of the American dream if we continue down this economic path. Americans are beginning to learn the game plan of transforming our society into a totalitarian state.

This realization should motivate citizens to vote out of office any representatives who have been proponents of socializing the United States even the low profile ones. These politicians give voters whatever they want regardless of the negative impact to the country as a whole.

Confiscating other people's property does not lead to a utopian state. These elites swindle the people by manipulating the law. The elites will gain power and assets while the majority will lose. 

We the People have to peacefully but firmly voice our message. The message is, “You take care of what is yours and I will take care of what is mine. ”Everyone should have an opportunity to sow but all should own the harvest of their own labors. Sharing the production of their labor is the individual’s decision not a collective one.

“I am my brother’s keeper” is a voluntary decision.  Government has no moral ground to take away the assets of one citizen and give them to another. The phrase, “My brother is my keeper” is an indication the government is attempting to indoctrinate people into a socialist/communist philosophy. The end game will be involuntary as it always is in a communist takeover.


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, February 26, 2014

EDUCATION IS NOT SOLELY THE TEACHER'S RESPONSIBILITY


EDUCATION IS NOT SOLELY THE TEACHER’S RESPONSIBILITY
By Domenick J. Maglio,  PhD Traditional Realist

Our culture is doing our children a disservice by pretending that youngsters can reach their goals by just wanting something and demanding it over and over again. " I am going to be a Hollywood star." "When I grow up I'll marry a millionaire, have a mansion with servants, become a professional gamer, NFL player or a famous rapper.” The list of wannabee upscale lifestyles or occupations might vary with time although the lack of knowing the necessary steps to achieve the desired goals remains minimal.

In our culture adults are not supposed to deflate the child's dreams or self esteem even when they are obviously out of touch with reality. We should placate the child by playing along with him. It is supposed to be cruel when an authority figure presents legitimate criticism as it will end the childish belief they are always right. Supposedly this accurate information will harm or shatter their self-esteem and dreams. Our fragile children are supposed to be blissfully ignorant of the hard realities of life. In other words they should be allowed to be delusional.

The same sentiments exist with most parents in dealing with their child's education. They want school to be a more pleasurable experience then they had as a child. Learning should be enjoyable and fun at all times. According to them, children today are brighter than ever before and should be sheltered from any anxiety caused by high performance expectations.

Learning should not be stressful; it should be effortless for todays child. It is the teacher's job to present stimulating and exciting lessons day after day that the child would easily absorb. We have forced teachers into being stars of the classroom and the students the audience to be entertained. This process does not produce an independent, self-reliant learner, but rather a self absorbed, handicapped one.

Parents are aware of the assorted facts the children know from watching television shows or searching the Internet when they are interested in the subject. This is proof that their precious child is brilliant. Modern parents think any teacher worth her salt should make even the most mundane lessons interesting to keep the student learning.

It is no wonder in our instant gratification society that junior and senior high school students should feel the responsibility for their education resides solely in the teacher's efforts and not with them. They have been allowed by the parents to be passive learners throughout their lives. Children should not be expected to do anything in which they have little interest. It is always the teacher’s fault.

 An energetic and personable teacher cannot compensate for an unmotivated student with poor academic fundamentals. "Teach me teach" sums up the attitude of the modern student. It is a reasonable conclusion given the modern parent's opinions of the teacher's role. Teachers are supposed to be in charge of the child's learning without considering the effort and actual performance level of the child. The child's laziness, excuses or obnoxious behavior too often is attributed to an uninspiring and ineffective teacher not the students attitude and actions. It is the teacher's fault.

As long as a teacher appeases the parent with inflated grades, the teacher is off the hook for not "being interesting." Parents do brag about their child being on the honor role no matter how pathetic the actual skill level.  Actual mastery of the subject matter is unimportant as compared to their happiness. Receiving high grades, for doing little to earn them, is a win-win situation for students, parents and teachers. Parents are delighted by the overinflated report. Students are overjoyed by the parental rewards while teachers and administrators are off the hook from both.

This public relations gimmick has a major flaw. The flaw is the increased competition when these students enter college where almost a third of them are required to take remedial courses before earning any college credit. This is educational fraud.

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.

Grade integrity in the past was a reality check for students and their parents. The actual grade earned taught the student that the more effort put into something the better the result. This reality motivated students to be more conscientious in their studies.

Learning in school is similar to learning to swim. A person has to want to swim to learn how to do it. An instructor can encourage and help the individual overcome unreasonable fears but ultimately the person has to have sufficient desire to work at it until he succeeds. A child learning to ride a bike has to suffer the bruises of falling until he learns to stabilize it and ride on his own. A student has to develop basic skills, frustration tolerance and self-discipline to internalize knowledge to become an excellent student.

Successful students have pride of ownership in their studies. They are more focused on learning than on their grades. Once a student takes ownership of his education, then and only then can he become a lifelong learner and outstanding citizen.



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, February 19, 2014

SACRIFICING BABIES ON THE ALTAR OF PROMISCUITY


SACRIFICING BABIES ON THE ALTAR OF PROMISCUITY
by Domenick J. Maglio Phd., Traditional Realist

Sacrificing animals to appease or ask for specific blessings from their gods was an integral part of primitive religion. There were critical occasions when even human babies were offered on the sacrificial altar. These offerings of infants were incredibly painful events. For the parents to give up the life of their child for the well being of their tribe was done with great religious devotion and personal sorrow.

For the past 50 years in America we have aborted approximately 60 million infants at currently 1.2 million a year. This holocaust of fetuses is a stain on America’s soul. The immature infants were not killed for any noble reasons. They were aborted in a majority of cases because the mother did not want the inconvenience and/or responsibility of raising the child.

The killing of these fetuses has been justified as " a woman's right to her body." There is no consideration given for the future infant's right to life or any rights for the father. The life of the fetus is not even an afterthought in the mainstream cultural discussion of abortion. It is entirely ignored, buried as a legitimate issue.

The sacrificing of fetuses on the altar of a promiscuous lifestyle has become acceptable in today's culture. There is no discussion of female responsibility to prevent being impregnated although the taxpayer is required to pay for free birth control and many abortions.

In our culture virginity has been ridiculed although it is still practiced in various cultures of the world to avoid the life and death issue of having an unwanted pregnancy. It has been eliminated as a viable alternative to indiscriminate sex in the United States. Promiscuity has been placed on a pedestal, while virginity is denounced as a foolhardy sacrifice for females.

Young females are incessantly propagandized that sex should be a recreational activity.  Sexual activity will be protected by our government against “the burden” of unwanted pregnancies. Our government has practically proclaimed the woman’s right to an abortion on demand as a “sacred one.”

Modern societies have created contraceptive drugs and devices to eliminate any possibility of procreation. The glut of these products has not prevented unwanted babies. It is not the lack of reliability of contraception products that is the problem but the lack of discipline, responsibility, consistency and using them appropriately. 

These contraceptive drugs and devices have resulted in an epidemic of casual sex at earlier ages. Promiscuity has been culturally endorsed as a chic acceptable lifestyle. The natural consequence of unprotected sex has been declared to be unimportant and expendable.

We have made the killing of fetuses a legal act, which promotes superficial and temporary relationships. These throw away relationships are counter productive to the individual and society. There is mounting evidence that abortions have negative psychological impact on the females that endure and suffer through them. Many females have to deal with the trauma years later, others regret not having experienced the birth of their child especially if they became infertile. "What if" becomes the psychological theme for women who went through multiple abortions.

Our entire nation has been scarred by the elimination of 60 million lives wiped out by this brutal, selfish act. Our society is paying the price through the spiritual destruction of the lives of people who personally suffered the pain of the abortion process and the lowering of our natural replacement process. All the anguish of the process spills over affecting other lives around them.

The uncovering of Philadelphia doctor, Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic was a demonstration of a journey through hell. Any woman who has to experience the conditions and practices of this "service" should no longer consider the woman's rights position. It is certainly not a process to take lightly. It has a devastating downside that should stop any rational person from walking down this path.

Our society can no longer sanction the killing of fetuses to protect irresponsible women. American females would be in an uproar if there were 60 million dogs and cats systematically killed over the past 50 years. The murder of 60 million immature infants should elicit an even greater reaction. As it is, our society is not producing a sufficient number of children to maintain our current population.

It is time human life is placed on a higher pedestal than the freedom of females to live without consequences for a hedonistic lifestyle.  If we do not end the slaughter it will continue to shred the moral fiber of the United States of America.



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, February 12, 2014

OBAMA IS HIGHTLIGHTING THE VIRTUES OF A LIMITED GOVERNMENT



OBAMA IS HIGHLIGHTING THE VIRTUES OF A LIMITED GOVERNMENT
By Domenick J. Maglio, Ph.D. Traditional Realist

Everyday we wake up to another absurd piece of news. God has now become optional in the Air Force Academy's pledge. The NSA is gathering detailed information on all American citizens. Congressional bills are passed before our legislators have read the contents. The LGBT sexual rights have surpassed the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion.  The EPA will probably charge us for use of the air since they are already charging some of us for water.

Government has become a prowling monster devouring our liberties. Obamacare has taken control of one sixth of the economy impacting every citizen’s life. The expanding IRS has immense financial and personal health knowledge of all Americans leaving us insecure. It is so large that our personal information is easily accessible by even a mediocre hacker. There were no computer safeguards put in place to prevent hacking into personal information of millions of Americans. It is an understatement to say that the implementation and implications of this program have not been well thought out. Even progressive comedian, John Stewart, does not understand how the Obamacare roll-out fiasco occurred.

Americans who believe in the founder’s beliefs of limited government are being relentlessly attacked. Supporter’s of President Obama made references to Tea Party members as "tea baggers," which is a vile, sexually explicit term. It is a disgrace. President Obama should have denounced his supporter’s demeaning of the Tea Party but he has not. People who  identify with or support the Tea Party have been estimated to be a quarter to half of all voters. The "inclusive" President Obama speech, "Red states, blue states we are all Americans", is another broken promise by a divider, not a uniter of America.

The Obama administration has been asleep at the wheel in navigating the USA through foreign and domestic dangerous waters that are an inevitable part of being the free world leader. They did not respond to 9/11 warnings or react to protect our people and assets in Benghazi even though the president was briefed in the first hour and was viewing it in real time. We are supposed to accept that President Obama was not aware or involved in Benghazi even after these revelations.

The IRS not allowing Tea Party groups to operate with tax exempt status before the 2012 election and even now, the Solyndra fiasco, Fast and Furious, NSA surveillance, spying on reporters and on the phone calls of foreign political leaders are some of the identified scandals. The lack of knowledge of what happened has been constantly used by the administration, which in itself is an indictment of malfeasance and incompetence of the leadership.

The expanding government and its debt, redistribution of wealth, the picking of winners and losers in industry after industry, the corruption, the unprincipled foreign policy disasters, the broken promise (lie) of keeping your health care insurance, stonewalling on investigations of scandals and the lack of transparency is becoming obvious even to the average citizen. The in-your-face, “I’ve got a phone and I’ve got a pen,” dismissing of the Constitution by the use of executive orders and all of the above abuses of power are devastating to President Obama's poll numbers. To various degrees, everyone is learning first hand that progressive big government does not and cannot work.

There is no better medicine to cure a people of hope, change and promises of progressive, socialistic/communistic policies than watching it up front and personal. The Germans, the Nazi Party (National Socialist Workers Party), the Russians, the satellite countries of the former Soviet Union, the Chinese and Cubans have learned the effects of a centrally controlled Marxist leaning government. These people suffered the loss of freedom and experienced economic decay.

This administration has been a teaching moment in history for all Americans especially young voters. It has opened up all of our eyes. We will forever have in the back of our minds that a politician who smiles and promises things too good to be true usually makes false promises. They should remember for many years that lies that are posing as gospel truth may sound wonderful but when the bottom line arrives it does not work.

Americans stand alone in our traditions of limited government.  Our Constitutional republic is the longest lasting one in history.  It has resulted in unprecedented prosperity and social mobility of our people.  We have enjoyed the benefits of our economic system although many of us have taken it for granted.

We no longer should be ashamed of our historical accomplishments and strength. Our freedoms to do the things we want without government interference defines America.

Americans are awakening to false promises that are easy to make while keeping them is not. The maturation of the American voter will revitalize our nation.  Government handouts rob productive citizens of their assets while individual initiative has propelled our nation to greatness.


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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