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American Liberty Run Amok!

May 30, 2018

American Liberty Run Amok!

I have read that anything, if taken in too great an amount, can become a poison.

The champions of freedom and liberty never appear to understand that this also applies to personal  freedom and liberty: But it surely does.

First pornography was legalized. Then casino gambling was legalized. Then medical marijuana was legalized. Then recreational marijuana was legalized. There has been a push to legalize prostitution for many years; and if the past is prelude it will be done.

While a professor of psychology, I published professional articles against the legalization of both pornography and gambling. These arguments were based upon my understanding of human nature, principles of conditioning and learning, principles of social learning and strong indications that pornography and gambling is injurious to many people who became compulsively involved with these activities. I was convinced that the long-term outcomes of such recreational opportunities would damage our population and society.

Following my retirement from academia, I continued a small private practice and also continued to blog my observations on many psychological, social and cultural issues and events.

I invite you to consider my past blogs (now over 1700) on pornography and gambling and their damaging effects to our society. Among these you will also find references to my previous more lengthy professional publications. Simply enter “pornography” or “gambling” in the search box on the upper right side of my blog page and press enter.

Now Sports gambling has been legalized! Anyone with half a brain can understand that this will further damage the individuals who participate in this newly legalized gambling venue. Of course, it will also damage their businesses and families. This damage will unavoidably redound to America’s society and culture.

One by one, the Judeo/Christian-based moral and ethical rules for personal, political and business conduct have been driven from American Culture. The results should be obvious to anyone who  who has not been brainwashed by the the pandemic radical-liberal, Marxian-progressive, atheistic attacks on traditional America.

But there is much more to this story on gambling in America!

Please read Cal Thomas’ excellent article on this sad topic.

https://patriotpost.us/opinion/56155-gambling-on-sports-is-a-bad-bet

 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 5/30/18

 

 

 

 

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The Right Stuff Goes Wrong, By Cal Thomas

July 12, 2010

The Right Stuff Goes Wrong
By Cal Thomas.

The following is an article which appeared in various newspapers and also on Townhall.com. I have duplicated it from Townhall.com so that you could think about another of Obama’s presidential acts designed to turn America into a shadow of its former self in the world.

Wake-Up America and create a new revolution at the polls!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. 7/12/10

The following are Cal Thomas’ words.

Silly me. I thought America’s unparalleled space program (before the present administration began dismantling it) was a triumph of American ingenuity, technology, vision and boldness. Instead, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says its “foremost mission” is not returning to the moon, or completing a mission to Mars; rather it is improving relations with the Muslim world. Bolden says President Obama told him he also wants NASA to encourage children to study science and math, but isn’t that best done by applying science and math to a robust space program?

Obama is boldly going where no president has gone before. It is a continuation of the president’s subjugation of himself (bowing to foreign leaders) and the country he is charged with leading by obsequiously kowtowing to a people for whom advancement to the Middle Ages would be a step up.

The president and Bolden think it will improve relations with the Muslim world if we praise them for their work in math and science many centuries ago, but what has the Muslim world done for humanity lately? Female genital mutilation? Beheadings? Stoning of alleged adulterers? Honor killings? Terrorism? Death sentences to religious converts?

Yes, Benito Mussolini was said to have made the trains run on time, so maybe previous presidents should have praised his timetable and overlooked the torture, the censorship, the holding of women and children hostage and the police state.

I’m sure if we searched long enough, we might discover a good character quality or two in Mao Zedong, a world-class mass murderer. But let’s not forget China invented the compass and woodblock printing. What are a few human rights violations compared to these positive contributions?

Perhaps if President Roosevelt had looked for some good in Adolf Hitler, World War II might have been avoided. Maybe it was our fault that Pearl Harbor was bombed. We should have appreciated the Japanese contribution to America (The cherry tree? Sushi?).

What is it about this president of ours? He doesn’t seem to love America, at least not the America we knew prior to his coming to office. He pledged to change the country, but growing numbers think what we have is better than what he wants. Despite its past and current problems, most Americans are justifiably proud of their country and what it has stood for over the last 234 years. Regrets? Sure, we’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention compared to the blessings we have received and the blessing we have been to much of the world.

On April 3, 2009, President Obama addressed an adoring crowd in Strasbourg, France. He told them the United States “has failed to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world” and that America had “shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward its allies.

Actually, it has been the other way around. America bailed out Europe twice in the last century because it elevated evil men to leadership and they started wars that engulfed the world. And America protected European economies by paying for a nuclear umbrella that protected the continent from the Soviet Union, thus allowing those who refused to pay a price or bear a burden to concentrate on their economies and self-indulgent pleasures.

If America is all that Obama makes it out to be, why do we have such an illegal immigration problem? You’d think these people would prefer Europe, or Iraq, which have contributed so much to our space program.

If NASA’s “foremost mission” is no longer space, but a group-hug to Muslim nations, perhaps Congress should be asked to authorize such a change in purpose and reduce NASA’s budget. Do most taxpayers want NASA to focus on inner space, rather than outer space? I doubt it. They can render their verdict on this and many other Obama policies come the November election.


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