Fan the 4 Flames of Freedom

Written by Paul Siegel

Continued from page 1

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> Fanrepparttar 126063 4 flames of freedom throughoutrepparttar 126064 Globe

Stokerepparttar 126065 4 Flames of Freedom

There are those who say we must sacrifice some of our freedoms to fight these terrorists. I say, if we do thisrepparttar 126066 terrorists will have won. Instead of reducing our freedoms, we should nourish them. Instead of snuffing ou trepparttar 126067 4 flames of freedom, let us light them brighter. Stoke them and make them stronger:

1 - FREE SPEECH - You need to give up some privacy, some say. We need freer use of wiretaps, others say. In a war there must be a limit to free speech. My reply: If you limit free speech, what isrepparttar 126068 purpose ofrepparttar 126069 figh t? You do not fight by surrenderingrepparttar 126070 most cherished freedom. Not only must we keep free speech alive, we must make it stronger.

2 - FREE RELIGION - Some say, let us use religious and ethnic profiling to keep tabs on possible terrorists. Others, even now, are attacking Muslims. We must fightrepparttar 126071 terrorists by allowing everyone to practice his own religion or lack of religion. We must not smother one of our strengths and thereby helprepparttar 126072 terrorists in their fight against us.

3 - SELF GOVERNMENT - In times of crisis, political leaders tend to be more secretive, more authoritarian, less open to criticism, less democratic. We must avoid these misdirected approaches. If anything, we must be mor e open and inclusive, more eager for discussion, understanding and resolution of problems.

4 - INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITY - Make sure there is opportunity for everyone. This is tough inrepparttar 126073 current bad economic situation. The airlines are getting a helping hand from government. How aboutrepparttar 126074 people who have lost their jobs? Perhaps this is a good time to rebuildrepparttar 126075 infrastructure - public buildings, roads, utilities, bridges, schools,repparttar 126076 environment - to supply work to those who need it.

Fanrepparttar 126077 4 Flames of Freedom Throughoutrepparttar 126078 World

Not onlyrepparttar 126079 U.S., but all freedom-loving countries are under attack byrepparttar 126080 terrorists. An excellent strategy for winning this fight is to increaserepparttar 126081 number of countries on our side. In other words, let us do what we ca n to bring as many countries intorepparttar 126082 freedom-loving part ofrepparttar 126083 world. We know how to do this and we should do it -repparttar 126084 freedom way, notrepparttar 126085 military way:

1 - FREE SPEECH - We take free speech for granted. But there are many places aroundrepparttar 126086 Globe where people know only what authorities allow them to know. In an age where we have so many sophisticated means for spreading news and information, this situation is outrageous. Our antagonists spread propaganda. We must spread true information. Information will beat propaganda every time.

2 - FREE RELIGION - We believe in this. But why keep this freedom to ourselves? Through our actions, throughrepparttar 126087 media, through diplomacy, through business contacts, and through any other means, let us showrepparttar 126088 world th e value of religious liberty.

3 - SELF GOVERNMENT - Democracy has been making inroads in many countries beforerepparttar 126089 attack occurred. Let us not let up in fanning this flame. Let us try in every way possible to bring about democratic changes everywher e.

4 - INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITY - Here is where business people can contributerepparttar 126090 most. Instead of focusing on business opportunities inrepparttar 126091 U.S. and other rich countries, we must search for opportunities in poor countries. True, citizens of rich countries have more money to spend. But they are getting tired of pursuing repparttar 126092 latest "new thing." Poor countries represent an untapped market. Help them get on their feet and they will become loyal customers. And you will help fanrepparttar 126093 flame of individual opportunity, and thus, help winrepparttar 126094 fight against terrorism.

Paul -the soarING- Siegel is a provocative Internet speaker and author of HELPFULNESS MARKETNG, an ebook stressing learning, cooperation and community. Learn about it at Subscribe to newsletter, LearningFOUNT, by sending blank email to:

The Impeachment of the President of the USA - Part III

Written by Sam Vaknin

Continued from page 1

AC : “This allowance, alas, cannot be made. Even if I were to accept your thesis about ‘The President as a regular Human Being’ – still his circumstances are not regular. The decisions that he faces – and very frequently - affectrepparttar lives of billions. The conflicting pressures that he is under,repparttar 126062 gigantic amounts of information that he must digest,repparttar 126063 enormity ofrepparttar 126064 tasks facing him andrepparttar 126065 strains and stresses that are surelyrepparttar 126066 results of these – all call for a special human alloy. If cracks are found in this alloy in room temperature – it raises doubts regarding its ability to withstand harsher conditions. Ifrepparttar 126067 President lies concerning a personal matter, no matter how significant – who will guarantee veracity rather than prevarication in matters more significant to us ? If he is afraid of a court of law – how is he likely to command our armies in a time of war ? If he is evasive in his answers torepparttar 126068 Grand Jury – how can we rely on his resolve and determination when confronting world leaders and when faced with extreme situations ? If he loses his temper over petty matters – who will guarantee his coolheadedness when it is really required ? If criminal in small, household matters – why not inrepparttar 126069 international arena ?”

DC : “Because this continuum is false. There is little correlation between reactive patterns inrepparttar 126070 personal realms – and their far relatives inrepparttar 126071 public domain. Implication by generalization is a logical fallacy. The most adulterous, querulous, and otherwise despicable people have been superb, far sighted statesmen. The most generous, benevolent, easygoing ones have become veritable political catastrophes. The public realm is notrepparttar 126072 personal realm writ large. It is true thatrepparttar 126073 leader's personality interacts with his circumstances to yield policy choices. Butrepparttar 126074 relevance of his sexual predilections in this context is dubious indeed. It is true that his morals and general conformity to a certain value system will influence his actions and inactions – influence, but not determine them. It is true that his beliefs, experience, personality, character and temperament will colourrepparttar 126075 way he does things – but rarely what he does and rarely more than colour. Paradoxically, in times of crisis, there is a tendency to overlookrepparttar 126076 moral vices of a leader (or, for that matter, his moral virtues). If a proof was needed that moral and personal conduct are less relevant to proper leadership – this is it. When it really matters, we ignore these luxuries of righteousness and get on withrepparttar 126077 business of selecting a leader. Not a symbol, not a standard bearer, not a superman. Simply a human being – with allrepparttar 126078 flaws and weaknesses of one – who can chartrepparttar 126079 water and navigate to safety flying inrepparttar 126080 face of adverse circumstances.”

AC : “Like everything else in life, electing a leader is a process of compromise, a negotiation betweenrepparttar 126081 ideal andrepparttar 126082 real. I just happen to believe that a good leader isrepparttar 126083 one who is closer torepparttar 126084 ideal. You believe that one has to be realistic, not to dream, not to expect. To me, this is mental death. My criticism is a cry ofrepparttar 126085 pain of disillusionment. But if I have to choose between deluding myself again and standing firmly on a corrupt and degenerate ground – I prefer, and always will,repparttar 126086 levity of dreams.”

Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He is a columnist for Central Europe Review, United Press International (UPI) and eBookWeb and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory, Suite101 and

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