The Price of Loyalty

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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The United States was born out of public political and ideological debate. Whilerepparttar framers ofrepparttar 125906 Declaration of Independence andrepparttar 125907 Constitution has fundamental beliefs in common, they did not hesitate to publicly disagree and argue in an effort to reachrepparttar 125908 most workable goals. For more than two centuries, American political discourse has embraced differences more often than celebrating similarities. Commonly,repparttar 125909 friction and arguments of elections become translated into legislation and leadership that seeks to bridgerepparttar 125910 gaps and bring all intorepparttar 125911 common fold.

What seems to have changed isrepparttar 125912 willingness to let disparate views and opinions coexist. We have moved from a mentality that celebrates diversity and multiplicity to a narrow conception of what is right, absolutely right. Other opinions are not valued forrepparttar 125913 richness their views add torepparttar 125914 national fabric but are considered wrong, without value, discounted, dangerously unpatriotic. The second term White House has purified its dogma, filtering our nuances and opposing ideas until everything is distilled intorepparttar 125915 single voice of one man. The moat aroundrepparttar 125916 faithful has been filled,repparttar 125917 crocs loosed, andrepparttar 125918 land lies fallow beneathrepparttar 125919 keen eye ofrepparttar 125920 true believers.

Arrogance and disdain, disguised as "political capital," hasrepparttar 125921 potential to morph into a level of power and intolerance that can only encourage eventual, inevitable, corruption.

Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the results of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at

The Burning Bush

Written by Gary Whittaker

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While most ofrepparttar Iraqi people seemed happy to be rid of a dictator, their joy quickly changed to apprehension, then anger asrepparttar 125905 American's continue to stay and occupy their land. They no longer sawrepparttar 125906 difference between Saddam's tactics to stay in power, andrepparttar 125907 Americans that stormed their city daily, and their temples, rounding up and killing Iraqi's. The irony here is that in attacking Iraq underrepparttar 125908 pretense of curbing terror,repparttar 125909 Americans have added torepparttar 125910 threat. The Al-Quaida have openly contacted rebel groups, as they help them mobilize againstrepparttar 125911 U.S and their new puppet regime. Saddam was a dictator. People like Saddam could never allow an organisation like Al-Quaida to survive in Iraq, as it could pose a threat to his power. With Saddam now removed,repparttar 125912 Al-Quaida has more opportunity to plant operatives in Iraq. With more and more Iraqi's being killed either directly or indirectly as a result ofrepparttar 125913 American intervention, Al-Quaida will also be able to add more members than they could of beforehand. King George will now have to make his next moves very carefully. If he continues to pursue his middle east agenda, he will easily plunge us all intorepparttar 125914 next World War. We do not have to sit idly by. The first act would be to get informed. Learn about what is going on. The internet offers a wealth of instant information. Never just trust one source. People cannot help but to taint facts with opinion. Here is a great site that can get you started on other aspects of King George's own reign of terror:

Gary Whittaker is the editor of T.E.N webzine, a sports and social commentary webzine with balls! Check out more articles at

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