Posts Tagged ‘Hillsdale College’

Michigan: Stupid About Marijuana

January 28, 2019

Michigan: Stupid About Marijuana.

America is making one dumb legislative mistake after another. I believe that most folks have no “friggin-in-the-riggin”(Navy term) idea of how close America is to its own self-destruction.

The concern for this posting is both “medical marijuana” and its increasing legalization for recreational use.

I am deeply saddened that Michigan has now made marijuana legal for recreational use and is gearing-up to open retail outlets and cash-in on new tax revenues. 

I was born and raised in Michigan and most of my loved ones are there. Many of my family and friends are raising children and teens in Michigan. The legalization of marijuana is a great threat to the welfare of all Michiganders and also to those in contiguous states where marijuana use remains illegal. 

If you fail to read the following authoritative article you will remain oblivious to the great harms that the legalization of marijuana can visit upon you, your children, other loved ones and all of America.

Please be informed on this and other great issues of our time.

https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/marijuana-mental-illness-violence/

 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 1/28/19

Health Services Provider in Psychology (40 yrs.)

Professor Emeritus of Psychology (36 yrs,)

Black America Damaged By Liberal Politics

February 21, 2015

Black America Damaged By Liberal Politics.

Jason L. Riley has written a book that takes progressive/liberal policies to task for wreaking havoc upon America’s Black population. The book is entitled: Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder For Blacks.

This is a book that all of America must read.

Mr. Riley, a black man, has recently given an important address at Hillsdale College. This address has been adapted and published by Hillsdale’s own Imprimis Press.

The title of this presentation relates to race and law-enforcement relations. However, it is a far more encompassing treatment of the decline of Black America, and more.

I urge you to take time to read this definitive article about the damages of liberal politics.

Once you have read it, can you also see that the same liberal politics that have badly damaged America’s Black population, have also damaged all Americans. Can you see that these political policies (destructive reward systems) have therefore lead the ongoing decline in our entire socioculture?

Can you see that the motivation for these damaging liberal social policies is not exclusively a product of “liberal guilt” about America’s historical treatment of its black populations, as suggested by Mr. Riley. Many, myself included, have long argued that liberal politicians have used various entitlements and favors to minority populations as a well-known method of securing their votes and extending their own political power.

I will not absolve pandering liberal politicians of their ethical shortcomings by invoking some mythical sense of “misguided guilt”.

http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/race-relations-and-law-enforcement/?utm_campaign=Imprimis&utm_content=January%20Imprimis&utm_source=email

I hope you will send this Imprimis article on to your friends. Please consider also including your liberal friends, as well.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 2/21/15

P.S., Thanks to John Plume for sending me notification of this article.  I also thank him for stimulating me to make time to read this Imprimis article, already languishing in my “read soon”stack of literature.

Grave Danger For Western Culture

February 2, 2015

Grave Danger For Western Culture.

The following is a reblog from 12/7/09, I have modified it only slightly.

Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College.

Dr. Hanson recently published an article entitled, The Future of Western War, in Imprimis, which is a publication of Hillsdale College.

In this article he asserts that human nature is a constant force and therefore, there will always be war. The evolution of war (clubs to warheads) in Western Culture is discussed and “Western Ideas” are defined to:

“include a commitment to constitutional or limited government, freedom of the individual, religious freedom in a sense that precludes religious tyranny, respect for property rights, faith in free markets, and an openness to rationalism or the explanation of natural phenomena through reason.”

Dr. Hanson concluded that these Western Ideas have produced more wealth and population welfare than anything ever before. He further asserts that Western Culture has also produced superior fighting and defense capabilities and asserts that civilian involvement in planning has been important in developing military excellence. Moreover, “reason and capitalism” have provided Western Thinking with superior technology and weaponry. He also notes that Western armies have been generally impatient, “They tend to want to seek out and destroy the enemy quickly and go home”.

When the focus is upon today, he argues that new Western technological inventions are rapidly adopted by less advanced , non-Western militaries. For example, as he put it, “someone in the Hindu Kush tonight can download a sophisticated article on how to make an IED.” And further, non-Western countries can now massively benefit from the fact that Western societies need great quantities of “strategic materials” and that “these materials produce tremendous amounts of unearned capital in non-Western countries.”

He concludes that, “the West’s enemies now have instant access to knowledge and tremendous capital.”

Dr. Hanson then describes five traditional checks on the Western way of war that have become stronger in modern times. These are the following:

1. The “tendency to limit the ferocity of war through rules and regulations.”

2. “there is no monolithic West.” He gives as an example, “The U.S. and its allies can’t even agree on sanctions against Iran.”

3. Dr. Hanson calls the third check, “parasitism”, noting that is hard to invent and construct new weapons, but very easy to buy or steal and use them.

4. There is the “ever-present anti-war movement in the West.”

5. The most serious check on the Western way of war is what Dr. Hanson calls “asymmetry. He notes that, “Western culture creates citizens who are affluent, leisured, free and protected.” He concludes, “And it’s not easy to convince someone who has a good life to fight against someone who doesn’t.”

Dr. Hanson argues that all of these five checks on Western warfare are “Magnified in our time.”

He then comes to a very grave conclusion.

“We who created the tradition of Western warfare are very reluctant to resort to it due to post-modern cynicism, while those who didn’t create it are very eager to apply it due to pre-modern zealotry. And that is a very lethal combination.”

———————————————

I recommend that you carefully read Dr. Hanson’s entire article at:

https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2009&month=11

Keep Dr. Hanson’s concluding remarks in mind as you consider the “politically correct”, socially experimental, and self-deafeningly “humane” ways in which our precious human energy and tax monies are being spent during what appears to be our movement into World War Three.

All of this at a time that our military has now been worn-down and exhausted by many years at war.

  • The movement to invite openly sexual gay/lesbian personnel into our military.
  • The expenditure of millions of taxed monies so our submarines can accommodate female crew members.
  • Our military is now preparing to court martial three Navy Seals who went on a hazardous mission to capture a terrorist alleged responsible for killing, burning and hanging the corpses of Americans from a bridge over the Euphrates river in Iraq. The charge is that they hit this terrorist “in the gut” during the capture. Other reports are of a bloodied lip.
  • Moving Islamic terrorist prisoners from Guantanamo into our home-land prisons.
  • The assault on public displays, words, and symbols of our Judeo/Christian heritage.
  • Our failure to stop the flood of illegal aliens and to eject those who have taken-up residence in America, with tax-based public assistance.
  • Our Government’s insistence upon giving the Islamic Terrorists who helped to destroy the Twin Towers in New York City, full citizenship rights in a court trial in New York City. Thus providing them an international forum to further slander America, recruit more fanatical terrorists and stir up more hatred of us. There is no precedent for extending citizen legal rights to terrorists in America.
  • Our National movement away from a free market economy towards increased socialism along with powerful governmental actions that extend our deep economic recession.
  • Our governmental reluctance to ruthlessly seek and destroy the terrorists who are dedicating their lives to destroying us.
  • Our government’s refusal to identify Islamic Terrorists as America’s mortal enemies.
  • Apologizing to the world for our National pride and feelings of exceptionalism.
  • The dominance of “political correctness” which stifles our ability to discuss our own self-destructive governmental or citizen behavior patterns (i.e., irresponsible sexual behavior, violence, profanity, pornography, etc.). For example, U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hason, in spite of showing alarming indications of his radical Islamic beliefs and sympathies, was allowed to remain in the Army. He later shot and killed 13 soldiers, wounding 30, at Fort Hood.  Even our military is infected with political correctness, with predictable results.
  • Releasing Islamic Terrorist Prisoners from Guantanamo, many of whom have rejoined the Islamic Terrorist Jihad against the Worlds “Infidels”.
  • Relieving sanctions and playing “soft-ball” in negotiations with Iran as it  continues to make progress towards nuclear weapons and vehicles to deliver them.
  • Betraying the security needs of Israel, an old and strong ally, now under mortal threat in the Middle East.

This is only a partial list of what I consider to be deadly concerns. There is also a long list of domestic threats to our survival that I will not attempt to enumerate in this context (violence, drug abuse, overflowing prisons, child abuse and neglect, births to unmarried mothers, America’s declining birth rate, a shrinking middle class, a stagnant economy and much more).

At the national level, our government’s behavior is now a cascade of irrational and self-defeating actions. I fear that our condition is more lethal than is indicated in Dr. Hanson’s excellent and informative article.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

12/7/09 , Reblogged on 2/2/15

“Health Care in a Free Society”

March 21, 2010

“Health Care in a Free Society”

This is the title of an address that Paul Ryan, sixth term congressional member, gave at Hillsdale College. It was publish in Imprimis, February 201o. The following quotes are some of Paul Ryan’s Main points. The regular print are my additions, the bold print are Ryan’s direct quotes.

1) …the right to care for one’s health does no imply that government must provide the care, any more than our right to eat, in order to live, requires government to own the farms and raise the crops.

2) Government’s constitutional obligations in regard to protecting such rights are normally met by establishing the conditions for free markets—markets which historically provide an abundance  of goods and services, at an affordable cost, for the largest number.

3) …we need only look at this history of Medicare and Medicaid—a history in which fraud has proliferated despite all efforts to stop it and failure to control cost has become a national nightmare.

4) The federal takeover of health care that those bills represent would subsume approximately on-sixth  of our national economy. Combined with spending at all levels, government would then control about 50 percent of total national production.

5) (He advocates) the model  consistent with our Constitution, in which health care providers compete in a free and transparent market, and in which individual consumers are in control.

6) Bureaucrats don’t make decisions about health care according to persona need or preference: they ration resources according to a dollar-driven social calculus.

7) (The government will use) a ‘whole life system’ in which government makes treatment decisions based on average life expectancy and ‘social usefulness’—-(decisions would be made by) a Medicare board of unelected ‘specialists’ whose job it would be  to determine the program’s treatment protocols as a method of limiting costs.

8).  Ryan suggest a system a system guided by political liberty and economic principles:

     A. …everyone paying for health care should receive the same tax benefits.

     B. …we need high-risk insurance pools in the states so that those with pre-      existing conditions can obtain coverage that is not prohibitively expensive, and so that costs in hon-high-risk pools are stabilized.

     C. …we need to unlock existing health care monopolies by letting people purchase health insurance across state lines—just as they do care insurance and other goods and services. This is a simple and obvious way to reduce health care costs.

     D. …we need to establish transparency in terms of costs and quality of health care. …Unless the consumer is able to compare prices and quality of services– unless he has an incentive to base choices on that information, as he does in purchasing other goods and services—there is not really a free market.

9) Americans understand that the problems facing your health care system today, real as they are,  can be addressed without nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy and moving us passed the tipping point toward a European-style social welfare state.

Today, we will see if the progressive socialists have pulled off a revolution. You had better hope and pray that they fail.

V. Thomas Mawhinney   3/22/2010

 

Grave Danger For Western Culture

December 7, 2009

Grave Danger For Western Culture

Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College.

Dr. Hanson recently published an article entitled, The Future of Western War, in Imprimis, which is a publication of Hillsdale College.

In this article he asserts that human nature is a constant force and therefore, there will always be war. The evolution of war (clubs to warheads) in Western Culture is discussed and “Western Ideas” are defined to:

“include a commitment to constitutional or limited government, freedom of the individual, religious freedom in a sense that precludes religious tyranny, respect for property rights, faith in free markets, and an openness to rationalism or the explanation of natural phenomena through reason.”

Dr. Hanson concluded that these Western Ideas have produced more wealth and population welfare than anything ever before. He further asserts that Western Culture has also produced superior fighting and defense capabilities and asserts that civilian involvement in planning has been important in developing military excellence. Moreover, “reason and capitalism” have provided Western Thinking with superior technology and weaponry. He also notes that Western armies have been generally impatient, “They tend to want to seek out and destroy the enemy quickly and go home”.

When the focus is upon today, he argues that new Western technological inventions are rapidly adopted by less advanced , non-Western militaries. For example, as he put it, “someone in the Hindu Kush tonight can download a sophisticated article on how to make an IED.” And further, non-Western countries can now massively benefit from the fact that Western societies need great quantities of “strategic materials” and that “these materials produce tremendous amounts of unearned capital in non-Western countries.”

He concludes that, “the West’s enemies now have instant access to knowledge and tremendous capital.”

Dr. Hanson then describes five traditional checks on the Western way of war that have become stronger in modern times. These are the following:

1. The “tendency to limit the ferocity of war through rules and regulations.”

2. “there is no monolithic West.” He gives as an example, “The U.S. and its allies can’t even agree on sanctions against Iran.”

3. Dr. Hanson calls the third check, “parasitism”, noting that is hard to invent and construct new weapons, but very easy to buy or steal and use them.

4. There is the “ever-present anti-war movement in the West.”

5. The most serious check on the Western way of war is what Dr. Hanson calls “asymmetry. He notes that, “Western culture creates citizens who are affluent, leisured, free and protected.” He concludes, “And it’s not easy to convince someone who has a good life to fight against someone who doesn’t.”

Dr. Hanson argues that all of these five checks on Western warfare are “Magnified in our time.”

He then comes to a very grave conclusion.

“We who created the tradition of Western warfare are very reluctant to resort to it due to post-modern cynicism, while those who didn’t create it are very eager to apply it due to pre-modern zealotry. And that is a very lethal combination.”

———————————————

I recommend that you carefully read Dr. Hanson’s entire article at:

https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2009&month=11

Keep Dr. Hanson’s concluding remarks in mind as you consider the self-defeating ways in which our precious time and taxed monies are being spent during what appears to be our movement into World War Three:

  • The movement to invite openly sexual gay/lesbian personnel into our military.
  • The expenditure of millions of taxed monies so our submarines can accommodate female crew members.
  • Our military is now preparing to court martial three Navy Seals who went on a hazardous mission to capture a terrorist alleged responsible for killing, burning and hanging the corpses of Americans from a bridge over the Euphrates river in Iraq. The charge is that they hit this terrorist “in the gut” during the capture. Other reports are of a bloodied lip.
  • Moving Islamic terrorist prisoners from Guantanamo into our home-land prisons.
  • The assault on public displays, words, and symbols of our Judeo/Christian heritage.
  • Our failure to stop the flood of illegal aliens and to eject those who have taken-up residence in America, with tax-based public assistance.
  • Our Government’s insistence upon giving the Islamic Terrorists who helped to destroy the Twin Towers in New York City, full citizenship rights in a court trial in New York City. Thus providing them an international forum to further slander America, recruit more fanatical terrorists and stir up more hatred of us. There is no precedent for extending citizen legal rights to terrorists in America.
  • Our National movement away from a free market economy towards increased socialism along with powerful governmental actions that extend our deep economic recession.
  • Our governmental reluctance to ruthlessly seek and destroy the terrorists who are dedicating their lives to destroying us.
  • Apologizing to the world for our National pride and feelings of exceptionalism.
  • The dominance of “political correctness” which stifles our ability to discuss our own self-destructive governmental or citizen behavior patterns (i.e., irresponsible sexual behavior, violence, profanity, pornography, etc.). For example, U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hason, in spite of showing alarming indications of his radical Islamic beliefs and sympathies was allowed to remain in the Army. He later shot and killed 13 soldiers, wounding 30, at Fort Hood.  Even our military is infected with political correctness, with predictable results.

This is only a partial list of deadly concerns. There is also a long list of domestic threats to our survival that I will not attempt to enumerate in this context (violence, overflowing prisons, child abuse and neglect, and much more).

At the national level, our government’s behavior is now a cascade of irrational and self-defeating actions. I fear that our condition is more lethal than is indicated in Dr. Hanson’s excellent and informative article.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

12/7/09  “A Day That Will Live In Infamy”


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