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Two Americas

April 30, 2014

TWO AMERICAS

I will be leaving for the U.P. of Michigan tomorrow, early. I look forward to the cold, snow still on the ground in shady areas, campfires, and the little cast iron stove in the cozy cabin. Think I’ll play guitar, shoot some tin cans, sip some Jack (Jack will be back) and enjoy being with my sweet Sally, brothers and sisters and wonderful spouses. And there will be three to four dogs to keep us entertained when we are bored with people!

I will post from the Indian library, as usual, though it will not be daily.

Please check-in every couple of days because I can’t quit posting stuff that I hope you will find interesting. Also, just type in any descriptor word that you might be interested in, in the search box on the upper right side of my web-page. Chances are good that I will have something for you on that topic. I am now nearing 1200 blogs and still going!

The following is something that floats around the internet (author unknown). My buddy Joe Grunert sent it to me. I wish that I would have written it…it comes straight from our hearts to you…from us.

Best Wishes,

Tom Mawhinney

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Two Americas

The Democrats are right, there are two Americas.

The America that works, and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t.

It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the do’s and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, to obey the law and support themselves and contribute to society, and others don’t.

That’s the divide in America.

It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.

That’s not invective, that’s truth.

And it’s about time someone said it.

The politics of envy was on proud display as the president said he would pledge the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.” He notes that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just.

It was the rationale of thievery.

The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take it for you.

“Vote Democrat”!

It is the electoral philosophy that gave us Detroit. It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America.

And it conceals a fundamental deviation from American values and common sense. It ends up not being a benefit to the people who support it, but a betrayal. The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them – in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victimhood and anger instead of ability and hope.

The president’s premise – that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful – seeks to ignore and cheat the law of choices and consequences. It seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices.

Because, by and large, the variability in society is a result of different choices leading to different consequences. Those who choose wisely and responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure.

And success and failure can manifest themselves in personal and family income.

You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education. You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course, you have them in wedlock and life is apt to take another course.

Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take.

My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome. But, our lives also have had an inequality of effort. Whereas my doctor went to college and then gave the flower of his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant. He made a choice, I made a choice. And our choices led us to different outcomes.

His outcome pays a lot better than mine.

Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth?

No, it means we are both free men.

And in a free society, free choices will lead to different outcomes.

It is not inequality Barack Obama will take away, it is freedom.

The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. And there is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure.

The pursuit of happiness means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy.

Even if the other guy sat on his arse and did nothing.

Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and shortsighted decisions.

Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort. The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.”

The progressive movement would turn that upside down.

Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement has replaced effort as the key to upward mobility in American society.

Or at least it has if Barack Obama gets his way.

He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive and fosters equality through mediocrity.

He and his party speak of two Americas.

And their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to sap the productivity of the other.

America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts. And by the false philosophy that says one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.

What the president offered was not a solution, but a separatism. He fomented division and strife, he pitted one set of Americans against another.

For his own political benefit.

That’s what progressives offer. Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow.

Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

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Do you see these truths in 21 St. Century America?

Won’t you please go to the polls to correct these calamitous mistakes ?!

VTM, 4/30/14

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Smartest Dog Ever!

April 30, 2014

Smartest Dog Ever!

Take a moment to enjoy this wonderful video. It is a dog lovers delight and will make your day.

Cheers,

Tom Mawhinney

http://theilovedogssite.com/gone-viral-theyre-calling-him-the-smartest-dog-ever-dont-miss-the-end/

P.S.

Thanks to Vic Palenske for sending this video to me.

Cheer-Up For A Rush Of Good Ol’ American Pride!

April 27, 2014

Cheer-Up For A Rush Of Good Ol’ American Pride!

For many of us, this is the way it was, and still is. Rejoice in the American way that we must now defend.

To do so will require that we meet the enemy head-on.

The enemy is many of ourselves in the form of progressive socialists in America.

We must destroy their initiatives at the ballot box!

You’re gonna like this one ; – )

Thanks to Lee Hornack for sending this to me. It is a great one.

V. Tom Mawhinney, 4/27/14

 

 

America Is Going To Pot – 2

April 26, 2014

America Is Going To Pot – 2

At a time when virtually everything that can go wrong with former superpower and world leader America…is going wrong…we are side-tracked by yet another self-inflicted, self-defeating downward spiraling tail-chase.

Where we have legalized marijuana, the result is a cycle of costly problems and attempts to fix the problems that we just caused. These efforts will be followed by more problems and solutions to the mindlessly unanticipated consequences of short-sighted money-starved governments, businesses and a hedonistic citizenry.

See the Keystone Cop legislators of Colorado scramble in a panic of legislation to control the social chaos caused by legalizing marijuana in their state. And it is just beginning…

See this short article.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/04/illnesses-and-murder-prompt-second-look-at-marijuanas-potency-and-edibles-in-colorado/#.U0_6L_ldV8M

And now comes another unsurprising revelation: There appears to be emerging evidence that even moderate marijuana use may cause brain damage. Cognitive and motivational problems have long been associated with the heavy use of marijuana.  Its compulsive (some say addictive) use by many has long been observed by health professionals.

Is it not clear to you that a territory flooded with marijuana and marijuana laced products (cookies, brownies, suckers, etc.) will produce a marked increase in its use by children and youth? Do you understand that it is among them that brain damage will work its maximum damage to the future talents of America? Are you aware that our businesses and industries have long sounded the alarm that our youth are poorly educated and unprepared to provide what America needs to prosper?

In light of all of these considerations, is the legalization of marijuana and other drugs a good thing, or a bad thing for America?

See the following suggestive research findings.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/04/20/casual-marijuana-use-linked-with-brain-abnormalities-study-finds-n1825682

Take a good look at America’s future leaders. Please tolerate the 10 sec. ad. You need to see this.

http://therightscoop.com/watters-world-visits-the-annual-420-pot-celebration-in-denver/

V. Tom Mawhinney, 4/25/14

“Suicide Of A Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”

April 24, 2014

 “Suicide Of A Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”

I have read several books that “get it”. Pat Buchanan minces no words and his historical perspective and strong documentation of the facts are a powerful wake-up-call to America’s intelligent citizenry.

America’s Western Socioculture is in far greater peril than most people understand. The average American citizen behaves like cattle lined-up, content and oblivious, steadily moving toward their slaughter.

Don’t be one of them! Read this book and vote the progressive, socialists and communists in disguise, out of political office and keep them out. They are the agents of our National ruination.

You must read this book and act accordingly.

http://www.amazon.com/Suicide-Superpower-Will-America-Survive/dp/0312579977/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0QDMVBAZRNAE4KMAF69H

V. Tom Mawhinney

“State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America”

April 24, 2014

“State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America”

The title of this blog is actually the title of Pat Buchanan’s 2006 book. The mechanisms of America’s suicidal immigration policies, or lack of same, are factually documented in this blockbuster expose’ of our own Western Culture’s conquest and transformation by immigration.

I assure you that this book is not out-of-date with regard to the basic mechanisms of this particular force (among many) of America’s rapidly unfolding destruction.

You must vote only for leaders, at all levels of government, who will work to close our borders to illegal immigration and then move to legislate a moratorium on all immigration until America can find ways to stabilize and reverse its own state of rapid decline.

Please get and read this book immediately.

http://www.amazon.com/State-Emergency-Invasion-Conquest-America/dp/0312374364

V. Tom Mawhinney, 4/23/14

America Is Going To Pot!

April 22, 2014

America Is Going To Pot!

I was in college during the 1960′s. Experimenting with marijuana “pot”, “poo”, “Mary Jane”, etc.. was an exciting social experience. A many of my fellow Ph.D. students and I participated. It was against the law, but the 1960’s were a “heady” and  exciting time. There was a $ 200 fine in my university’s state for being caught with less than an ounce of the stuff. I remember one upperclassman Ph.D. student laughing and happily proclaiming: “I got $200!”

For my part, I eventually discovered that I was fuzzy-headed for a day or two after imbibing. I discovered mild, seemingly temporary cognitive impairment and I began to grow concerned.

Shortly before my graduation, my dear wife and I had a child. Soon after that,  I was an overwhelmed new college instructor, needing to finish my dissertation and defend it within one year of my hiring, or face termination at the college. I had to secure an advancement to the rank of assistant professor and then face the do or die  (publish or perish) tenure decision in seven years.

At this time I was also lecturing college classes (some with 90 to 100 students) six times a week,  every week, doing research and community service. Quickly the true implications of my continued ( even intermittent) use of marijuana became very clear to me: Legal or not!

My wife and I had worked and sacrificed so hard for so many years to secure our life-style that could be so easily be damaged, even lost, if I continued to use of marijuana.  As important as all of the above, I was now a role model for my young son. It was time to deal with my happy, but very challenging, reality:  So I quit.

Fast forward to now (over 40 years latter) as a retired full professor of psychology and a still practicing behavior therapist,  I am honestly horrified that America appears to be moving in the direction of the wide-spread legalization of Marijuana.

When I learned that marijuana would be legalized “for medical use” a few years ago, I knew that is was a significant step in the direction of its legalization for recreational use. The “Genie was out of the bottle” and it would be very hard, perhaps impossible, to put it back in.

As a professor and practicing psychologist, I have too often witnessed the profound damage that marijuana has done to children, teens and  adults. I will not go into detail on these damages, but I can tell you that the harms to our youth, families and to society are very real.

But, the most freighting thing for all responsible patriots should be that this is happening at a time when virtually every metric of American sociocultural health is indicating nothing less than our great decline, as well as that of the whole of Western Culture.

The so-called “4:20” smoke-out in Denver (prophetically occurring on Easter 2014) was mirrored by similar events in Trenton N. J. and San Francisco.  The news videos of hordes of stoned senseless citizens, some accompanied by their teens and young children, foreshadows our dire future.

Already, Denver is calling upon the Federal Government to help fund programs to stem the behavioral problems that stoned driving and other irresponsible behaviors of drugged citizens are causing. So now, we add an accelerating rate of marijuana intoxication to that of alcohol and other still legal drugs.

To make the point that alcohol consumption is worse for people than marijuana (a point not proven),  does not support the logic of adding wide-spread legally available marijuana to our cultural alcohol problem. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV, Polysubstance Abuse and Dependency are the diagnoses of America’s future.

So, all Americans who work, avoid drug abuse or dependency and pay their taxes, will now be saddled with the expense of managing the problems of states that legalize drugs?

So it is during America’s decline in the 21st.

Quoting one Denver 4:20 smoker: ” ‘It feels good not to be persecuted anymore’, said Joe Garramone, exultantly smoking a joint while his 3-year-old daughter played on a vast lawn crowded with fellow smokers.” (April, 2, 2014 South Bend Tribune).

His little girl was not alone, there were hundreds of other children attending the giant pot parties, just as they do in homes and small groups across America every day.

Remember this powerful psychological principle: When stimuli (sight of marijuana; smell of marijuana; the word marijuana; and the stoned behavior of parents, loved ones and friends) are frequently associated with happy, fun, and rewarding times….those stimuli become learned rewards for the observer. America’s stoners are exponentially multiplying their numbers through their children and naïve acquaintances.

Wake-Up America!

The legalization of drugs is another nail in our cultural coffin.

V. T. Mawhinney, Ph.D., 4/22/14

Trey Goudy Gives Corrupt Press Hell!

April 21, 2014

Trey Goudy Gives Corrupt Press Hell!

I may have once posted this video of Trey Goudy giving the corrupt Press a “piece of his mind” over the Benghazi massacre.

No matter, you must watch this video to understand (or refresh your memory about) how corrupt and politicized our main-stream press has become.

It is simply intolerable.

V. T. Mawhinney, 4/21/14

P.S. Thanks to Joe Grunert for sending me this video.

Easter 2014! Relax and Enjoy!

April 20, 2014

Easter 2014! Relax and Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFjnlBn0K10 God’s Blessings to you.

 

V.T. Mawhinney, 4/19/14

Atheists Bash Jesus! God Help Them On Easter

April 19, 2014

Atheists Bash Jesus! God Help Them On Easter

I will have a little fun with this one.

Atheists believe there is no God. They believe Jesus was a myth, as is so boldly proclaimed on their sign displayed in the Wisconsin Capital.

I have known many atheists and some of them are good citizens. A couple are friends, though we do not talk about religion.

That said, most atheists that I have known are liberals and they tend to be progressive Democrats. Often, though not always, their ethics are situational and self-serving. Very often, they favor socialist-communist political and social philosophical ideas. These political philosophies are on a sliding continuum with one another. I invite you to check me on this assertion.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/guideDesc.asp?catid=115&type=issue

More than any other socio-political philosophy that I have observed, governments of this derivation embrace deception, propaganda, outright lies and even murder to solidify their control over their citizens.

America is now experiencing all of this in spades….we came very close to Governmental murder in the State of Nevada last week.

Everyone “worships” or dedicates their lives, to something…even the atheists.

Atheists, by definition are secular humanists.

http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2001/06/What-Secular-Humanists-Believe.aspx

This means, essentially , that they worship themselves and other people who they admire. They also worship the wisdom of humans to manage the universe based upon nothing more than their own intelligence and “good judgment”.

Ask yourself….with an earlier Christian America excepted, how is this working out for the United States at this stage of our decline?

The following should be enough to make the good atheists and agnostics side with the Christians!

Welcome aboard, We’ll treat you right!

Please see the following video and know that, against all odds,  it is time for Christians to push back.

http://www.libertynews.com/2014/04/video-report-atheist-group-counters-conservative-christian-easter-display-in-the-wisconsin-state-capitol-with-a-sign-that-reads-nobody-died-for-our-sins-jesus-ch/

V. T. Mawhinney, 4/19/14

P.S.1,  I dare the Atheists to attack Islam as they attack Christianity. They lack the courage of their pompous and self-centered convictions.

P.S. 2, And, just for fun: They are a  “bunch of chickens”!  ; – )

P.S. 3, Of course as a Christian, I would love to “turn the other cheek” to the posters of this nasty attack upon my religion. Unfortunately, I am currently sitting on them both.  : – )

 

 

 


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