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Sex, Lies, and Cultural Survival

June 11, 2011

Sex, Lies, and Cultural Survival

I imagine that most everyone has something of a sexual nature that they have done, that they do not want to be known publicly.

Most folks simply do not talk about such things and, mercifully, they are not questioned in detail about their sexual histories. Many private indiscretions occurred when people were very young, perhaps in their teens. These may be indicative of very little with regard to future problem behavior, but sometimes such events can be. 

Probing questions about private potentially pathological and damaging private stuff are perfectly appropriate for those who seek our trust:  These are people who our society will trust with great power and great responsibility, and they will serve the public in ways requiring the highest standards of personal conduct, impulse control, and honesty.

This is why in many states police and fire candidates are asked, during a polygraph evaluation and other questionnaires and interviews, if they have ever engaged in non-conscentual sex or if they have ever done something sexual with someone under age.  As a psychologist who does psychological evaluations as part of the screening process for such community servants and “first responders”, I am convinced that such questions are perfectly appropriate. These candidates know in advance that they must meet exceptional standards to become trusted agents of their society. If they do not like such intrusions into their private lives, they need not apply for such positions.

Why should it be any different for this Nation’s politicians? What could be more important than shepherding this Nations well-fare?

Why should it be any different for this Nations teachers, day-care workers, and clergymen and women, charged with the responsibility of shaping the intellect and moral development of our children?

In my view, politicians and others vested with our sacred trust, should have to undergo the same psychological evaluations that police officers and firefighters undergo. The predictions about the quality of individual’s future performance is not perfect,  but it does screen out the most flagrant behavior problems and problem personalities.  This prevents a great deal of damage and expense to cities, departments, citizens and our collective well-being.

It is popular among “enlightened” people (who are sometimes pitifully psychologically naive) to say: ” I don’t care about the person’s private life, that’s separate from their job.  Well, in many cases, it certainly is not.  If  individuals are willing to break sexual laws, or forsake solemn promises about sexual fidelity to their spouses, and then lie publicly about this or other illegal and  immoral behavior, it is foolish and risky to assume they will be honest and loyal to their fellow politicians, the electorate, our judicial system, and the media. The same can be said of those who care for our children.

Regarding our politicians, no matter the party, illegal sexual behavior and lying to cover it up should be reason enough for termination from office.

Regarding recent politician’s sexual misbehavior and dishonesty, I have not named any names. The same is true of  our religious leaders, etc. The names do not matter: nor does gender, race,  religious denomination, or political affiliation. Once an individual shows a complex response class of  lying, cheating,  and law breaking, it is prudent to assume that such actions will manifest in a variety of covert and difficult to discover ways that are damaging to our common good.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Be Honest America!

November 6, 2009

Be Honest America!

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785

These words from Thomas Jefferson were presented by The Patriot Post’s Founders Quote Daily.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 115/09

Censorship of Moral Values

August 27, 2009

Censorship of Moral Values

It is a bizarre twist that the minority secular forces in America, through the judiciary, have convinced the body politic that censorship of almost any sort is akin to a mortal Sin. Then, in the same way, they perpetrate the grand fraud that the Constitutional Separation of Church and State means that all references to Judeo/Christian guidelines to moral conduct must be expunged from the public domain.

Both are a monumental lies. These lies have credibility only because America has failed to educate its children, therefore its general public, about its own precious history;  the religiously based moral precepts of its Founding Fathers and their original intentions, hopes and dreams for our future.

The following quotes are taken from “Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in our Nation’s History and Future”, by Newt Gingrich.

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports” (p. 19).

George Washington, Farewell Address

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other'” (p. 19).

John Adams

“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness” (p, 19).

Samuel Adams

“The politician who loves liberty sees…a gulp [sic] that may swallow up the liberty to which he is devoted. He knows that morality overthrown (and morality must fall without religion) the terrors of despotism can alone curb the impetuous passions of man, and confine him within the bonds of social duty (p. 19).

 Alexander Hamilton

“Our country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies of the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt, but would be the introduction of the dissolution of government and the bonds of civil society” (p. 20).

Elias Boudinot

“Religion and Virtue are the only Foundations, not only of Republicanism and or all free Government, but of social felicity under all Governments and in all Combinations of human society” (20).

John Adams

“Reading, reflection, and time have convinced me that the interests of society require the observation of those moral precepts…in which all religions agree” (20).

Thomas Jefferson

“Religion is the only solid Base of morals and Morals are the only possible Support of free governments” (p. 20)

Gouvernent Morris

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments” (p. 20).

The following quote (Italics) are the words of Newt Gingrich, to be found on page 21 of his book:

“For the founders, it was abundantly clear. Religious liberty and freedom of religious expression would be indispensable supports for our democratic traditions of government and our pluralistic society. And so they have for over two hundred years.”

“It is important to recognize that the benefits of these supports accrue to people of not just one particular faith, but those of all faiths, and for all people of goodwill, whether religious, agnostic, atheist, or radical secularist. Likewise, the Founders clearly believed that the weakening of these religious supports—such as by the hostile treatment of religion in American public life—threatens to undermine the very republican institutions under which the religious and the non-religious alike find their liberties.”

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I believe these assessments of the essential beneficial effects of religion on the health and viability of America’s miraculous Constitutional Republic to represent an abiding truth.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 8/27/09


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