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Bergdahl, America and Vicarious Learning

November 6, 2017

Bergdahl, America and Vicarious Learning

I have just finished reading Killing England, by Bill O’Reilly. This is a powerful and gripping history of America’s great Revolutionary War.

The brutality and suffering inflicted by the Patriots and the British upon one another is simply unimaginable.  The descriptions this epic conflict were frequently very graphic.

War in any age is hell-on-earth.

All Americans should read this book. It intimately details the miraculous birth of our nation.

As beloved as George Washington was to his fighting forces and to the patriot population of his time, he was ferocious in his persecution the war for U.S. independence from Great Britain. To this end, he had standing orders that those who deserted on the battlefield should be shot on the spot. Also, he normally hung traitors and spies.

In one case a British officer became a spy and was captured. Washington ordered that he be hanged. The British officer begged to die by firing squad because it was a more humane and honorable death befitting a loyal British Officer. Washington refused his pleas and the spy died a ghastly slow death kicking and writhing at the end of a rope.

Now we come to American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who deserted his post in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan. Search parties were immediately sent to look for him.

Interviews of officers and enlisted men who were involved in this extended search reveal that one soldier was shot in the head, another shot in the leg, and another suffered shrapnel wounds to his hand; all by the enemy fire during this intensive search for Bergdahl.

Here are the heart-rending photographs of the head injured soldier, Sgt. Mark Allen, before and after terrible injury.  His amazing wife and beautiful children brighten these sad pictures. God Bless them all.

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Tragically Mark Allen is now paralyzed, blind and cannot speak.The man shot in the leg nearly lost his life due to blood loss. He also was a dog handler and his dog was shot and killed. The man wounded in his hand has lost much of its function.

All of this happened because bergdahl deserted his post and it was thought that he had simply been captured by the enemy.

So, now comes the verdict and the consequences for Bergdahl’s desertion and possible collusion with the enemy.

Bergdahl was given a dishonorable discharge, was reduced in rank and was given no prison time!

Now bergdahl has the gall to appeal his dishonorable discharge!

In psychology there is the principle of “vicarious learning”.  There is a strong research base that confirms what most perceptive individuals learn on their own. Human beings learn by observing what other people do and seeing what the consequences for that behavior were.

If the consequences are rewarding, the probability that the observer will imitate that behavior is increased.

If there is no particular change following the observed behavior, it is not so likely that the behavior will be imitated by the observer.

If the consequences are punishing (painful, loss of rewards, or death …which likely includes the previous two consequences), the likelihood that the behavior will be imitated is significantly reduced.

These effects are greatly magnified by a technologically sophisticated media that symbolically presents (via words, numbers or other images) certain behaviors for countless millions of observers to perceive and to assess the consequences that the acting individual or individuals, enjoyed or suffered, as a consequence.

It has commonly been said that governments and organizations cannot legislate morality. This old saying must be revised in light of  modern psychological science; it is not true.

Governments and organizations set rules that provide punishments and rewards for certain behaviors. Modern societies promulgate these behavior-consequence rules to their citizens. Observing citizens and members of organizations observe these behaviors and the consequences that those who conform enjoy and those who do not, suffer.

These conditions are sufficient for vicarious learning and the increased or decreased probability of the observers imitating those particular behaviors. When the behaviors involve moral rules, that are properly and consistently consequated with rewards or punishments, the population rate of moral behavior will increase and the rate of immoral behavior will decrease.

George Washington shot or hung deserters and traitors as a “lesson to others”. He implicitly understood the principles of vicarious learning.

Too many of our leaders have either lost this understanding, or more likely, they are corrupted and have ignored it for their own short-term benefits.

This means they are traitors.  Where is a Washington when we need one?

Wake-Up America! “Drain the Swamp”!

Get the consequences for good and bad behavior right, or continue America’s tragic decline.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 11/6/17

P.S., I would have liked to see Bergdahl, get 15-20 years of prison time for his desertion in a war zone and the great harm he caused to his would-be “rescuers”. His dishonorable discharge must stand.



America Needs George Washington Today

March 5, 2015

America Needs George Washington Today!

I Have read the book, The Real George Washington, by Jay Parry and Andrew Allison.  Glenn Beck showcased this book in this 2010 show. I can assure you this topic is even more relevant today than it was then.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The book is an example of wonderful scholarship. Its authors let the account of Washington’s life show through his own words and the accounts of others who personally knew George Washington.

You may inspect the book here:

I beg your patience with the video I present below. It is nearly 40 minutes long. Also, at the start, Beck gets pretty emotional a couple of times. Maybe I have watched too many John Wayne movies. Additionally, the video images are slightly fuzzed, particularly in the beginning, though the images seem to get better as the video progresses. Please do not let these things deter you.

It is a marvelous presentation of  some of America’s formative years and its first incomparable leader and President. If time is an issue, perhaps you can watch this video in several segments. It is well worth your time and effort to do so.

I hope you will obtain and read this book. I will bet that you will never think of George Washington and the Founding of this great Constitutional Republic in the way you once did.

Do not be put-off by the following amazingly long URL, it will work.;_ylt=A0LEVkA8JPVUO0QAtSknnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTB0dmRibmhwBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1lIUzAwMV8x?p=glenn+beck+on+the+real+george+washington&tnr=21&vid=9590299BCE5A86E37F2A9590299BCE5A86E37F2A&l=2402&

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 3/5/15

More Guns For Law-Abiding Citizens=Fewer Murders: Old News

July 15, 2014

More Guns For Law-Abiding Citizens=Fewer Murders: Old News

Our Founding Father’s designed the 2nd Amendment to allow the voting citizenry to protect itself from the emergence of a tyrannical government. Voting citizens have the right to vote tyranny out of their lives. Failing that, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other early patriots would have urged the citizens of America to rise-up, take-up their arms if necessary, and replace the government in order to again achieve their liberty from governmental subjugation.

This is the hard truth and God forbid it would ever have to come to that.

I believe our Founding Fathers also understood that when good citizens are armed it is a natural guard against the predatory behavior of violent criminals among the peaceful and the frail.

Regardless, on this last point, the truth has been demonstrated over and over again in real-time.

This reality will set you free from fear and irrational vulnerability, but first it will make liberals, progressives and socialist-communists miserable.

Once again (for the umpteenth time) the more guns for law-abiding citizens, the fewer murders.

V. Tom Mawhinney, 7/15/14

“The Spirit of Encroachment”: George Washington

April 12, 2013


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“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.”–George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796______________________________________________________________________________

George Washington made an amazing prediction. Today, the Executive Branch of America’s Government now competes with the Judicial Branch for supremacy. The Executive Branch is likely to win as it stacks “The Bench” with progressive/socialist Judges who do its bidding.

VTM,  4/12/1013

“One Nation Under God”: It Had Better Be So!

May 8, 2012

“One Nation Under God”: It Had Better Be So!

Break, and allow broken,  the tested and true moral rules of social order and justice… the ones that forged the greatest Nation in history and see what happens.

What happens is us in the 21st Century. America is dying of a Marxist cancer in an apparent Age of Marxism.

VTM. 5/8/12


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“There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” –George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789

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America’s Not-So-Free Press: Political Minions of the Left

April 16, 2012

America’s Not-So-Free Press: Political Minions of the Left


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“No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, 1792

Can Virtue Be Its Own Reward?

December 12, 2011

Can Virtue Be Its Own Reward?

Virtue really can be its own reward, as it may seem trite to say. But for this to happen requires that our behavior be repeatedly, and in many ways, reinforced by a surrounding social group. With such a history, the individual’s actions that the social group calls virtuous can become learned generalized reinforcers to the behaving individual. Under these conditions the behavior of the individual actually does become self-reinforcing (its own reward).  However other good outcomes caused by this behavior are likely to be delayed and unknown to the well-behaving individual. This is the main reason that it is important to identify good and effective moral codes to teach within all sociocultures. Children, adolescents and even many adults cannot anticipate the delayed harms that later derive from bad behaviors and are therefore doomed to foolishly damage themselves and their sociocultures.

George Washington knew this and so should we all.

There exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness … we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” –George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789

The eternal rules of order and right, to which Washington was referring comprise a moral code  which has been recognized by philosophers and religious leaders through the ages: It is called Natural Law.

This moral code, which provided the guiding ethics for America’s 20th century meteoric rise to world dominance may someday be confirmed and supplemented with ethical precepts derived from a scientific analysis of moral values and actions. Such an analysis is possible and essential to the long-term survival of all sociocultures.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. , 12/12/11

Are We Acting A Farce?

September 16, 2011

Are We Acting A Farce?

VTM, 9/16/11

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“We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former,
let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national
objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us
no longer act a farce by pretending to it.” –George Washington, letter to James
Madison, 1785

Pulbic Virtue

May 5, 2011

Public Virtue

What is the counter argument for the following?

VTM,  5/5/11

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“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice.” –James Madison, in response to Washington’s first Inaugural address, 1789

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George Washington On Foreign Influence

February 23, 2011

George Washington On Foreign Influence

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“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” –George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

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