The Price of LoyaltyWritten by Virginia Bola, PsyD
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The United States was born out of public political and ideological debate. While framers of Declaration of Independence and Constitution has fundamental beliefs in common, they did not hesitate to publicly disagree and argue in an effort to reach most workable goals. For more than two centuries, American political discourse has embraced differences more often than celebrating similarities. Commonly, friction and arguments of elections become translated into legislation and leadership that seeks to bridge gaps and bring all into common fold.
What seems to have changed is 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 for richness their views add to 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 into single voice of one man. The moat around faithful has been filled, crocs loosed, and land lies fallow beneath keen eye of true believers.
Arrogance and disdain, disguised as "political capital," has 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 http://drvirginiabola.blogspot.com
The Burning BushWritten by Gary Whittaker
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While most of Iraqi people seemed happy to be rid of a dictator, their joy quickly changed to apprehension, then anger as American's continue to stay and occupy their land. They no longer saw difference between Saddam's tactics to stay in power, and Americans that stormed their city daily, and their temples, rounding up and killing Iraqi's. The irony here is that in attacking Iraq under pretense of curbing terror, Americans have added to threat. The Al-Quaida have openly contacted rebel groups, as they help them mobilize against 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, 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 of 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 into 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: http://www.motherearth.org/bushwanted/laws.php#rogue
Gary Whittaker is the editor of T.E.N webzine, a sports and social commentary webzine with balls! Check out more articles at http://www.tenwebzine.com