Archive for February, 2014

Our Unconstitutional America

February 28, 2014

Our Unconstitutional America

We remember that other American Presidents have used Executive Orders. However, none have ever used them to systematically deconstruct the legal power of America’s Constitutional Republic.

Please listen to the words of a respected liberal college professor as he condemns the Obama Regime’s attack upon our Constitution.

VTM, 2/28/14

http://blog.heritage.org/2014/02/27/liberal-professor-slams-obamas-use-executive-orders-constitutional-tipping-point-video/

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The Foundry: Cakes, Gays and Freedom of Religion

February 28, 2014

The Foundry: Cakes, Gays and Freedom of Religion

Remember, undermining a Culture’s religion is a central component of the progressive, socialist, communist strategy for eventually “TRANSFORMING” it.

This really works well; along with the of confiscating guns, wealth redistribution, controlling education, controlling the media, controlling the economy, disrupting harmony and stability within the population, and fomenting various crises to destabilize the status quo, etc.)

Please read the following.

I encourage you to subscribe to The Foundry.

VTM, 2/18/14

http://blog.heritage.org/2014/02/28/questions-youre-asking-cakes-gays-religious-freedom/

God Damn The Forces of America’s Great Undoing!

February 28, 2014

God Damn The Forces of America’s Great Undoing!

I cannot see any immediate hope for America’s ability to pull out of its current decline. Dramatic change will be necessary for that ever to happen.

Everything is in decline: Our economy, businesses, families, health care, education, the ignorant and barbarous state of too many of our youth and young adults, our freedom from governmental control, our space program, our immigration policies, our morals/ethics, our mental health, our trust of elected officials, our financial standing in the world, our ability to lead (or have a strong say)  world affairs, and much more. All is in decline.

It seems that every week I am stunned by yet another Obama administration initiative that is antithetical to the survival of America as major competitor and leader of the free world (which shrinks as I write).

Wealth is being confiscated from our middle class and businesses and it is being redistributed to an ever-growing hoard of citizens who are on the dole.  As I explained a few blogs ago, the culture draining population is consuming the culture sustaining population. Too soon there will be nothing left for them to take.

And now comes yet another major blow to America’s survival, perpetrated by the Obama Regime. Perhaps it is one of the final blows, the coup de gras, so to speak.

In a world, more dangerous than ever (Russia, North Korea, China, an unstable nuclear Middle East, and a World War with Radical Islam attacking freedom from hundreds of directions, our “Commander in Thief” Obama, is cutting our military to WWII levels of strength and readiness. He has also cut commissary savings and other benefits for military families as well.  

You can expect our most highly trained and experienced military personnel to abandon their heroic services to America. Who could ever blame them! In spite of their amazing, and too often, supreme sacrifices for America our increasingly dictatorial and socialist government has now abandoned them.

In my view, Obama and his supporters are traitors to America. They have abused and betrayed our military and all who have ever been wounded or killed in the defense of this once great Nation.

The Obama administration has traded our military for Food Stamps.

Also, by systematically deconstructing our Constitutional Republic, the Obama Regime has committed treason.

Treason is defined as 1. “The offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.” 2. “A violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or one’s state.” or 3. “The betrayal of a trust or confidence, breach of faith, treachery.”

I invite you to take your pick.

God damn the forces of America’s great undoing!

Please see and listen to the following.

VTM, 2/27/14

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/25/dick-cheney-rips-obama-for-defense-cuts-spend-on-military-not-food-stamps/

Apocalyptic Literature? Decide For Yourself!

February 25, 2014

Apocalyptic Literature? Decide For Yourself!
 
VTM, 2/15/14
 
http://www.youtube.com/embed/BNRT0P-oZfw#t=398
 
 

The New Virginia Class Submarine Miracle: Welcome Aboard!

February 22, 2014

The New Virginia Class Submarine Miracle: Welcome Aboard! 

I am busy writing this weekend. So enjoy watching this easy post. You will be amazed!

VTM, 2/22/14

Remembering the submarine, USS Ethan Allen (SSBN 608).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD7xxJwiApA

Become An “Honorary Submariner”: Watch This!

February 21, 2014

Become An “Honorary Submariner”: Watch This!                                                               

I hope you will enjoy this peek into the world of the “Silent Service”.

Dive, Dive, Dive!

VTM, 2/21/14

http://www.chonday.com/Videos/pen1usnav1ecome

Thanks to Lee Hornack for sending this to me.

Saving America’s Children: A Response to Lisa and David

February 21, 2014

Saving America’s Children: A Response to Lisa and David

Lisa and David,

Thanks for airing your concerns  (underlined in quotes) about how to fairly deal with bad parents and other adults who are dependent upon the government, without harming their children. You ended your thoughtful analysis of this fiendishly complex and multifaceted problem with hope for an impossible outcome:

A.  “These questions plague me, as I continue to ponder the seemingly unsolvable dilemma”.

Sadly, in our Constitutional Republic such problems, can never be “solved”. Just as sadly, they cannot be solved by any of the other forms of government invented by humankind:  socialism, communism, or various permutations of the three.

Indeed, this is a sad, even tragic, perception of reality. But such is the condition of all living things. Variability along with genetic, behavioral,  and natural selection are always mediating life’s outcomes (for all living things) no matter what we do. Many of the outcomes are do not benefit the living things.

No cultural  design changes that I can imagine will ever totally eliminate human ignorance, incompetence, addiction, negligence, abuse, or the modeling and imitation effects of habitual laziness and incompetence.

Potential  ameliorating cultural adaptations are much like  military maneuvers to achieve an important objective. It can often be projected that one tactic will save significantly more lives than the other, so that is the one selected. Both involve tragedy, but one is less than the other.

So it must be with attempted cultural changes designed to achieve smaller bad outcomes and greater good outcomes. And so it is with children trapped in homes that destine so many of them to self-defeating and governmentally dependent lives. It is painful to see that our best attempts to help these children too frequently worsens their damaged condition.

No matter what we do, bad outcomes will occur, but some approaches will  be less bad and therefore will provide a greater good than the others.

B. 1. “Regarding welfare to families with children, the challenge is how to make food stamps, etc. contingent upon increasingly independent behaviors by parents without jeopardizing their children.”

     2.  “How do we balance our spiritual values of compassion while behaviorally correcting the entitlement mentality that is so rampant?     These two items are closely connected and so I address them as one.”

This matter is a veritable “Gordian’s Knot”.  Why should someone give-up welfare for a minimum pay scale that, after taxes, will not even pay for the costs of transportation, cloths, child-care, time, effort and grief that it takes to get to work?

In a well-functioning American Constitutional Republic, States and communities have much more freedom to experiment and try different solutions to various problems. It is from this variability that better solutions can be selected-out for imitation by other states and municipalities, and the worse ones can be rejected.

The answers to your intelligent and humanitarian concerns can be found in the changed contingencies of reinforcement (technically they are called metacontingencies) that former governor Tommy Thompson effected in Wisconsin.

Like Adam Smith’s  “invisible hands” of wonderfully effective free market economics and commerce, similar “invisible hands” go to work when state and local  brains are unshackled from Federal controls.

See the first article below.  

http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/hl593nbsp-the-good-news-about-welfare-reform

See what Wisconsin’s Governor  Scott Walker continues to do in article 2, below

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/02/27/entitlement-reform-independence-walker/1946317/

The third article below shows that these changed welfare contingencies are spreading to other locations, including Great Britain.

http://www.sagamoreinstitute.org/welfare-reform/

C. “Through ‘accident of their birth’, those kids are now dependent on their parents’ dependence on the government.  If laws change, requiring parents to find work and pass drug tests to keep their welfare (and their kids), what happens to their kids when parents fail their drug tests or don’t find employment in the government-determined time period?

I believe that a partial answer to your question can be found in the information I have presented for  item B. But what follows are some other considerations.

In America, the right of parents to choose how they wish to raise their children has historically been sacrosanct. In our public educational system and other areas of society, it appears that parental rights are being increasingly usurped. For example, children in California grade schools and beyond  can declare that they are transexuals and, upon request, be admitted to opposite sex bathrooms and changing rooms. LGBT (lezbian, Gay, Bi, and Transexual) clubs are increasingly in evidence in high schools. Teens can obtain birth control (Federal Title X and Medicaid Rules)  and have abortions without parental approval (i.e., The Judicial Bypass Option).

As a practicing psychologist, when I call the Department of Family and Children’s to report child abuse or neglect, I must go through a State office hotline. Someone at the State level will then make a decision as to whether the case will be assigned to a local child welfare worker for investigation, or not.

During the past several years, all of the half-dozen cases that I have reported have been investigated. All of these cases involved strong evidence of physical, sexual, and/or emotional  abuse that, in my opinion,  should have required suspension of unsupervised visitation to the offending parent.  Yet nothing happened and all cases were judged, “Unsubstantiated”.  In some cases, other serious independent reports accrued, and still no actions were taken. Rather, numerous warnings to the suspected parent were issued. The child was left in harms way.

All to often, when a child is removed from a neglectful or abusive family, a lengthy court case has droned on for years and grievous emotional damage to the child, or children, is more deeply ingrained.

A search of the internet will confirm the great American back-lash against the removal of children from parents care. The pendulum has swung in the direction of parental rights over children’s rights to protection.

I am left to wonder why this oddly conflicting school-based  erosion of parental rights vs. the massively strengthened rights of parents in society at-large is unfolding. There is no reason to conclude that various levels of society cannot illogically work in opposition to one another. On the other hand, when both of the apparent conflicting actions are harmful to the normal and independent growth and development of children it is easy to consider that such children will more easily justify a larger and more powerful government; which is antithetical to a viable socioculture.

My thoughts on this matter may seem tangential to this discussion, but nothing that weakens the rights of children to be protected form a bizarre, conflicted and damaging social/political system is tangential.

In today’s climate only the most egregiously negligent and/or neglectful, abusive actions by parents (starvation, abandonment, bloody wounds, broken bones, damaged genitalia, etc.) are likely to result in the removal of children from their parents homes.

So, back to the question about children being taken from the homes of those who use drugs or are unemployed.

As always such matters must be decided by the professionals (police, child Protective Services, and the Courts involved). In my over 30 years of experience as a thereapist, the error has increasingly been on the side of the rights of parents in these cases.

I there for do not believe that children are likely to be taken from parents because they simply did not get a job. Whether children should be taken from parents who use drugs, or not, depends upon what drugs they are using, when and how they are using, to what degree they are impaired by their usage. Again, these decisions will need to be made on the basis of  professional  about levels of resulting neglect, abuse and danger to the child. Again, they are normally made with a high regard to parental rights.

In my view there needs to be a shift more in the direction of protecting the normal  developmental needs of children and their rights not to suffer psychologically crippling harm as a result of adult abuse and neglect.

What are the rights of children? Having taught college courses in Child Development and Learning for many years, I did my best to identify what children need to have their best chance to grow to be reasonably well-adjusted, responsible and productive adults. I included the following list and explanations of these child rights in a book that I wrote and published in 1978, entitled, Rewarding Childhood/ Rewarding Parenthood: Natural Child Rearing from Birth Through First Grade. The book was published by J. P. Tarcher and St Martin’s Press.

A CHILD’S BILL OF RIGHTS 

1. The Right to Secure and Loving Human Relationships. It is critically important that infants and young children experience a close, loving relationship with parents or, if need be, good parental substitutes. Someone must be present to attend to the infant’s needs in a gentle, reliable way: to hold, cuddle, stimulate through speech and play, and to protect the child from physical harm. Research shows that when these forms of early love an security are missing, infants cry more, smile less, vocalize less, are less attentive, and, in some cases, even come to reject physical  closeness with human beings. It is from close relationships that parents gain their tremendous power to teach and children gain their equally tremendous desire to learn.

2. The Right to Proper Nutrition, Healthful and Safe Living Conditions, Preventive and Curative Medical Care. The failure or parents, guardians and society to insure all of these conditions is negligent and unconscionable.

3. The Right to Be Taught All Essential Skills in an Effective and Humane Way. Th infant or young child is in no position to predict the kinds of skills which will be needed for future success and happiness in life. Effective parents must recognize what these skills are and then help their children to learn them. Identifying and teaching these is crucial to normal and healthy development.

4. The Right to Humane and Nonabusive Discipline. Parents are responsible for teaching their children to follow a great many rules for self-conduct, while not unnecessarily restricting their personal freedom to develop as a unique human being. Teaching rules need not always involve punishment. Moderate and humane forms of punishment may be needed occasionally, they should never be unnecessarily harsh and should never be over- used.

5. The Right to Learn Sound Values and Moral Behavior. Parents and teachers must give careful attention to identifying, demonstrating, and teaching the basic values and morals which are likely to lead children to sensitive, respectful, and law-abiding behavior toward people, other living things, the environment, and the property of others.

6. The Right to Develop as an Independent and Unique Individual. One of the greatest challenges of parenting is to teach a multitude of basic skills while still allowing children the freedom to develop as individuals. Each infant born into this world is unique. Parents must preserve and strengthen the positive aspects of this individuality as they teach.

7. The Right to be Protected from Abusive, Neglectful, and Grossly Irresponsible Parents, Care-Takers and Teachers and by all Agents and Agencies of Society. Society must be prepared to intervene to teach parents appropriate parenting skills if they are harming their children through their ignorance, neglect, or abuse. Children must be swiftly removed to a safe environment and provided loving skilled care until they can be reunited with parents. In this, the rights of children must always take precedence over those of the parents. If parents are unable to meet standards for loving, humane and skillful care of their children; the children should be raised in a healthful environment by those who can.

8. The Right to be Protected from Abusive, Violent and Unlawful  Influences of Peers. The responsibility to afford these protections fall to parents, family members, teachers and all agents and agencies of society.

 

D. 1.  “Those kids would go to families (who may also be on welfare), or government funded foster-care. Or parents may have parental rights terminated.  These consequences would be administered through the courts and by other government agencies, thereby increasing the power of the government.  It’s like falling through to deeper and deeper layers of safety-nets in the society with no apparent rock-bottom.”

      2. “How can this catch-22 predicament be resolved?  At a time when we want to reduce government as our overlords?”

I am no expert in managing the government and its increasing size, scope and intrusion into our lives. So I will turn to someone who I have come to believe is an expert.

I can think of no better way to reduce the size and scope of government than though the ways advocated by Mark Levin. I strongly recommend that you read his book, “The Liberty Amendments”.

For a quick synopsis of his book, see my blog showcasing a video of Levin presenting and defending his ideas.

https://culturalsurvivalskills.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mark-levins-liberty-amendments/

I believe that protecting children from harm at the hands of neglectful, abusive, and hopelessly incompetent parents is all of our business, but it is our representative government that must retain a large role in this.  It does not have to do this directly, however. I think it would be best, much better, if it did not.

The government should, can and does set standards of humane care, accreditation, training requirements, and quality control of services in foster homes, group homes, and institutions for children who must be taken from their families for various intervals of time.

I recommend that all such care settings be privatized and quality control fall to our representative governments.

Please see the following for a strong exemplar of one class of ways in which such data-based interventions can occur:

http://www.boystown.org/locations/new-york/about-boys-town-new-york

http://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-122092998/outcome-evaluation-of-girls-and-boys-town-s-family

These are some of my thoughts on potential partial solutions to these great  problems that damage the viability of our American socioculture. I am sure that they can be improved upon and must become one of America’s most urgent priorities.

VTM, 2/120/14

Obama Accelerates Collapse of America?…Hell Yes!

February 18, 2014

Obama Accelerates Collapse of America? Hell Yes!

Please read the following article related to my long-standing conclusion as stated in the title of this blog.

If you wish to discuss, or debate the issues involved, I will be happy to hear from you.

VTM, 2/18/14

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/is-obama-accelerating-the-collapse-of-america/

Innocent Children: How To Protect Without Building the Government?

February 16, 2014

Innocent Children: How To Protect Without Building the Government?

The following is a very thoughtful Email I received from a friend and practicing psychotherapist about a discussion that she and her husband (a former high school history teacher) had about my last post: Culture Drainers and Culture Sustainers.

Perhaps you can give the concerns expressed in this Email some thought. I do not have the time to properly respond to these great concerns until sometime in the coming week.

However, I do look forward to this essential task. More later!

VTM, 2/16/14

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Hi Tom,

David and I just read your most recent post over our lovely a sustainer breakfast. It sparked a lively conversation. Regarding welfare to families with children, the challenge is how to make food stamps, etc. contingent upon increasingly independent behaviors by parents without jeopardizing their children. Through “accident of their birth”, those kids are now dependent on their parents’ dependence on the government.  If laws change, requiring parents to find work and pass drug tests to keep their welfare (and their kids), what happens to their kids when parents fail their drug tests or don’t find employment in the government-determined time period? Those kids would go to families (who may also be on welfare), or government-funded foster-care. Or parents may have parental rights terminated.  These consequences would be administered through the courts and by other government agencies, thereby increasing the power of the government.  It’s like falling through to deeper and deeper layers of safety-nets in the society with no apparent rock-bottom.

How can this catch-22 predicament be resolved?  At a time when we want to reduce government as our overlords? How do we balance our spiritual values of compassion while behaviorally correcting the entitlement mentality that is so rampant?  These questions plague me, as I continue to ponder the seemingly unsolvable dilemma over my cup of Caribou Coffee – “Sustainable coffee is a big part of who we are.”  That’s what it says on the label.  Not manufactured in China, but in Minnesota by hard-working people who freeze six months out of each year.

Lisa and David

Cultural Drainers Divided by The Total Population x 100 = % Social Entropy!

February 15, 2014

Cultural Drainers Divided by The Total Population x 100 = % Social Entropy!

I define social entropy as: The proportion of a population that is not available to do work to sustain a socioculture, and functions as a drain upon it.

Increasing population proportions of social entropy will destroy any culture and it is now destroying America.

I will label those who work very hard for delayed rewards, behave responsibly and avoid the many human foibles (immediately rewarding indiscriminate sex, drugs, alcohol, aggression, destructive behavior or other self-destructive and irresponsible behaviors), that do immediate or delayed damage to individuals and our socioculture as the culture sustaining population. I’ll call them “cultural sustainers” for short. The culture draining population is composed of  the hard-core “drainers”, who are doing behaviors identified above, who are on the dole and have found ways to gain welfare grants from the government for doing very little or nothing. Among these citizen’s are the criminals and those who are imprisoned.

It is important to note that children, teens, the elderly and informed, as well as those on entitlements that they have earned, (i.e., social security and medicare, etc.) by paying for them all of their working lives, are a necessary part of this analysis, because they justifiably require our support. Technically, they are part of the culture draining population. But, with children and teens are an essential investment any culture’s future. To fail in this costly investment is not only ethically wrong, it is cultural suicide. Without children and youth, there is no future. I do not want to put them in the cultural draining population, but in an important and beneficial way, they are.

The retired elderly still frequently contribute to sustaining cultures. They may do volunteer work in many places, they may serve as aunts, uncles, and grandparents who continue to acculturate our children and youth.  They may continue to vote and make financial investments and may be politically active. This segment of society is typically unable to contribute as much time, energy and talent to sustaining their culture as they once did, but they continue to provide important contributions.

When the aged become infirmed and incapacitated they become an honored member of a special culture draining population and society is ethically obligated to care for them as humanly as possible until the end of their natural lives.

Please note that unethical cultures will find it very easy to rationalize forms of euthanasia ” in order to humanly assist the death” of this now costly population. However, the unspoken immoral motive is very likely to be that of the politics of raw cost savings.

As financial and material rewards allocated to the cultural drainers increase, their numbers can be predicted to increase as a proportion of the general population. This is so because they more likely to be under-educated and therefore reside the lower socioeconomic class. Historically individuals with these demographics are more likely to reproduce at higher rates than the higher educated, more wealthy, working, tax-paying culture sustaining-class. This outcome is dramatically increased when the government allocates more material rewards to the draining-class for having children that they cannot afford to care-for decently.

If you now understand and agree with my analysis, it is just this simple:

When the culture sustaining population’s money is given to the culture draining population for not working and just having more babies, they will predictably have more babies than the cultural sustaining population does. The cultural sustainers are just too busy getting educated, working, inventing, volunteering, making money, investing, paying taxes, raising their few children and behaving responsibly to ever match the drainer’s reproductive rates.

Now the plot thickens:

The basic psychological principle of Modeling and Imitation, and many others such principles, insure that a majority of children raised by the culture draining, wealth-consuming, do-little or nothing parents will identify with their parents. When this happens the are very likely to imitate their ways;  how they think, perceive, show their emotions and how they behave.

Within the span only several generations (20 yrs. per generation), this complex and spreading relative growth cycle of bad (and useless) “behavioral contagion” can shift the socio/political demographics and power structure to the rapidly growing culture draining population. Unfortunately, this under-educated and underachieving group will believe almost anything they are told by their political curators who promise them more free rewards contingent upon their continuing dependency and political patronage.

Put coloquially, how can any responsible political party compete with a “Santa Clause party”?

The cultural draining population is generally under-educated in reading, writing, math, science, history and economics, etc., and they have been taught by their families and their government to remain dependent upon freely given rewards. They are sub-culturally blinded to  the long-term outcomes of their actions for themselves and for the socioculture at-large.  

Why would any psychologically informed person expect otherwise?

The political outcome for a voting Representative Republic such as America, or any other form of democracy, will be that increasing numbers of culture drainers will vote increasing numbers of their intelligent, but devious (even sociopathic), political curators into office. As a result, these political curators are in a position to take more from the culture sustaining wealth-makers to give to the drainers who, as a result, will certainly vote to keep them in power.

Of course this culture draining/progressive-socialist-communist dance of sociocultural death is ongoing in America and elsewhere. To make matters worse, more responsible opposing political parties are then induced to adopt more and more of their culture-draining political opponents ways in order to ever hope to compete with them.

Over-time the productivity of the culture-sustaining population will certainly be overwhelmed due to their continuing political and financial losses.

Additionally, it is the progressive/socialist tendency of states to grow massive and inefficient bureaucracies and to impose regulations upon all aspects of the societies as they strive for increased control. These inefficiencies further reduce the personal liberties accorded culture sustaining individuals and unavoidably reduce the quality of their lives. Also, the bloating progressive/socialist governments normally blindly impose even more of its controls and regulations upon businesses, further damaging its own economy. All of this stresses the entire population (culture sustainers inclueded) stokes more bad behavioral contagion and the spread of psychopathology/maladaptive behavior within the general population.

The costs of escalating bad behavioral contagion catalyzes a self-feeding population/governmental vicious cycle of decline and so goes the entire socioculture.

Can you not see this occurring in America?

Of course there must be a mathematical end to this form of social, political and economic self-destructive behavior. When the money runs out, there will be hell-to-pay in the form of economic collapse and social upheaval. At that point in a culture’s devolution, the government ‘is justified” in imposing even harsher controls on the population’s behaviors, as well as the various agencies and institutions, business and forms of commerce and the population is prone to revolt.

The following in a new end to this blog, originally written in 2/ 15/14.

 

Wake-up America!

VTM, 2/15/14

 


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