Category Archives: Nurturant State

The end of “you’re on your own.” Government of, by, and for the people requires both
– a government with the moral purpose to equally protect and empower all the people for maximum success and minimal inequality, and
– active participation of the people to maintain such a government.

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Libertarians are stealthily taking over America.

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Bashing Loses – Speaking Values Wins

Complaining about the idiocy of the opposition is such a distraction – a waste of time – and provides little incentive for Democratic voter turnout. Democrats need to talk about how they will address the massive economic, social, racial, and … Continue reading

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Protection, Empowerment, Freedom from Injustice, and Participation – Rebuilding the Middle Class

As an American Baby Boomer, I’ve lived under two different systems of government: Post depression/post WWII and pre 1980s government: Government of, by, and for the People requires: Government with the moral purpose to equally protect and empower ALL the … Continue reading

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Two Definitions of Government – Progressive vs Corporate

This was a response to part of business editorial on DJT’s “Wheeling and Dealing” over the Carrier jobs. _______________________________________ I agree that DJT’s approach to governing is frightening. What I take issue with is this statement from the editorial: “The … Continue reading

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Winning in Politics – Inspiring Your Supporters to Vote

Know Your Values and Frame the Debate Communicating Our American Values and Vision Why You Can’t Understand 21st Century American Politics with an 18th Century Brain The essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic The above list is of the … Continue reading

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Checks and Balances – Supporting the United Steel Workers

The founders of America included a fundamental idea in our Constitution: checks and balances – one branch of government checks another. This important idea is basic to our way of life and applies to any situation where abuse of power … Continue reading

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The Texas Democratic Party Wanted to Know …

I just responded to a Texas Democratic Party Survey. Here are their questions and my answers: What do you think we could have done differently? All organizations that are working to elect Democrats need to coordinate their activities to reduce … Continue reading

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Functioning Democracies Require Citizen Participation and That …

Government is crucial for building a public infrastructure that equally protects and empowers every citizen Citizenship dues are necessary to fund this public infrastructure and that these dues are in proportion to the use of said infrastructure so as to … Continue reading

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Contested Concepts – The “O” Word

The following quote is from a blog posting by Marc Farinella : “Two final points from Lakoff; here’s the first: Don’t be fooled by contested concepts,which are abstract ideals such as fairness, justice, caring, equality, and liberty that appear to … Continue reading

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We Are All Born Equal — Just Not With Equal Opportunity

Progressives claiming that right-wing authoritarians are irrational is like right-wing authoritarians claiming minorities are mentally inferior to whites. They both ignore basic biology. The human brain works the exact same away in every human without physical brain damage. This is … Continue reading

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Unions Must Lead The Fight Against Climate Disruption

Demand freedom from Climate disruption – increased weather extremes and human costs resulting from significant, unseen, and rampant releases of greenhouse gasses. ———————————– Naomi Klein spoke to the members of UNIFOR, a new mega union created by the Canadian Autoworkers … Continue reading

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America’s Two Party System – The Good, Bad, and The Really Ugly

First of all, a short summary of The Lucifer Effect. It explains how events like Mi Lai, Abu Ghraib, and The Stanford Prison Experiment turned good people evil. Part of this explanation involves “bad barrels.” A bad barrel is an … Continue reading

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What’s Really Best for an ‘Unwanted’?

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks … Continue reading

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Avoiding The Right-wing Authoritarian Future – The Moral Values Way

(Unless otherwise noted, this posting includes extensive excerpts from Appendix VII, The New Patriotism, of the The 15% Solution, by ‘Jonathan Westminster,’ which is a penname for Steven Jonas. The second edition of this book that was just published, does … Continue reading

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Moral Values of the Left and Right – History Shows Which Works for All Americans

Throughout this blog, postings have provided details about the strict father and nurturant parent worldviews. Charts in some of those postings show how the dominance of one or the other of these two worldviews affects our economy. Not only did … Continue reading

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Corporate Governance Erodes Democracy As Education is Privatized

Corporate governance destroys democracy by replacing accountability to citizens with accountability to a few major stockholders and boards of directors who want reduced costs and increased profits. This change in accountability means moral values, such as protecting and empowering/educating citizens, … Continue reading

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Citizenship Dues and Non-profit Investing – Creating and Maintaining the Middle Class

Our recent history shows us how we created and maintained a prosperous middle class and still had a Forbes 400 to write about. The Greatest Generation can add this to their list of accomplishments. Not only is average per capita … Continue reading

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The Price of Our Freedoms – Our Children’s Lives?, Our Representative Government?

Based on the recent writings of Professor George Lakoff and the Newtown statements from our President, I posted the following to FB to contrast the conservative without conscience (CWC) and progressive moral values on the recent shootings in Newtown, CT. … Continue reading

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Corporate Governance of Social Security & Medicare – An Abominable Idea for Senior Welfare

I’ve sent the following to President Obama via the White House contact web site: You might consider doing something similar to counter all the fiscal cliff fear mongering we will hear for the next several weeks. —————————————————————————————- RE: Fiscal Cliff … Continue reading

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What’s It Gonna Be: Representative Governance or Corporate Governance?

Part of President Obama’s 2012 nomination acceptance speech made reference to the different visions and choices for our future. “And on every issue, the choice you face won’t just be between two candidates or two parties. It will be a … Continue reading

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Moral Principles – What Conservatives Know and Progressives Take for Granted

Recent political ads lie about President Obama and his suggestions to the states on the national welfare program. As stated in a recent Truthout article, the producers of these ads are targeting “white working class voters” who harbor “deep resentment … Continue reading

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Our Empathy and Education Deficits – Nurtured by Right-wing Authoritarians, But Beatable

The two deficits, their causes, and solutions summarized below from writings by former Senator Barack Obama and Professor Henry Giroux, author of many books including Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism, are much more critical to America’s future than the deficit … Continue reading

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Why Scott Walker Won and a Book for Future Progressive Victories

In a recent article by George Lakoff, the author explains how Republicans won the message war and confirmed Scott Walker as the governor of Wisconsin. “Where progressives argued policy — the right to collective bargaining and the importance of public … Continue reading

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President Obama Should Meet with Some of the 99%

Here is a letter I sent to the White House today: RE: Dinner with OWS members Mr. President, In the past, you have offered to sit down at dinner with a few of those who have contributed to your election … Continue reading

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What is Your Fair Share of American Citizenship Dues and Why Should You Pay?

In my previous article, I pointed out how significant revenue helped to not only reduce our massive WWII debt, but also created jobs through building national infrastructure, providing college educations to millions of GIs, and paying for several trips to … Continue reading

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The “Empathy Deficit” and the Growth of American Authoritarianism

The following is a letter I sent to President Obama via their contact page at the White House. In 2006, you spoke about the “empathy deficit.” You said, “There’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. … Continue reading

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What’s It Take to Win in 2012? More About ‘We’

It will take winning back the swing/independent/biconceptual/dual voters. They were influenced by the empathetic progressive messages in 2008 and by the fearful conservatives-without-conscience messages in 2010. For 2012, the progressive message should be, “The Country We Believe In.” It should … Continue reading

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Progressive Facts Are Lost on CWCs, But Biconceptuals Can Understand

Communicating a progressive worldview requires telling a story and countering the “Nobel Lies,” or beliefs, from the CWCs (conservatives without conscience) with facts. For progressives to win back the “biconceptuals,” who are typically referred to as “independents” and recently supported … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Millions of Consumers Create Jobs – Not Millions in Tax Breaks for the Mega and Ultra Rich

Conservatives without conscience (CWC) are imagining that the mega and ultra rich will create jobs if they are certain they can keep their excessive tax breaks. The only thing certain about job creation is – it’s not happening. First of … Continue reading

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Love Rachel Maddow – But for a Progressive Program, There Is Too Much Conservative Worldview

The brain learns by repetition. The more repetition the more, and stronger, the links between neurons for remembering those repeated items. Adding NOT to a conservative statement only reenforces the neural connections for it. Nixon said, “I’m not a crook.” … Continue reading

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“When people are voting against their interests, more interest-based arguments don’t help.”

Do you wonder why Democrats have gone from a significant victory in 2008 to looking at big losses in Congress in 2010? Do you wonder what it is the Republicans know and what the Democrats need to learn to avoid … Continue reading

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Respecting the Beliefs of Others – If Lebanese Can Do It, Why Can’t Americans?

The population of Lebanon is 95 percent Arab and is mostly of the Muslim faith with a large Christian population, but only around 200 Jews: Muslim 59.7% (Shia, Sunni, Druze, Isma’ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 39% (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, … Continue reading

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Trust Requires Accessibility and Accountability

At the end of today’s GPS on CNN, Fareed Zakaria, posed the following question, “Who do you trust more these days? Government or big business?” I have more trust for our government, as represented by our elected representatives, to do … Continue reading

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Progressives Want Protection not Just from WMDs, but PMDs and LMDs

(This article is dedicated to the former Libertarian in our software development team who just retired and has provided the seed for other postings.) To what extent should the government protect its citizens? Conservatives without Conscience (CWCs), including Libertarians, want … Continue reading

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Redistribution of America’s Income – More for The Mega Rich or the Common Wealth?

In summary, America’s common wealth has been hit by a triple whammy: tax cuts for the rich far larger that can be considered fair, tax refunds to the rich via privateering, and by a shift of household income into the excessively reduced upper tax brackets. In addition, accountability for the nation’s common wealth has been transferred from our elected representatives and handed over to rich individuals mostly accountable to themselves and corporate CEOs who are only accountable to shareholders. The ultimate effect of all this transfer of wealth and accountability is that our government less able to protect and empower its citizens.

It’s time we all realize that privateering and tax cuts favoring the very wealthy are not what America needs. Just look at where they have gotten us – The Great Recession, a growing plutocracy, consumer debt at 100 percent of GDP, banks too big to fail, and ultimately the deaths of fellow citizens. Continue reading

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American Health Care Emergency – Winning Health Insurance Reform

The following was based on a new article by George Lakoff. Populating the Administration with people from inside the beltway will help in some ways and hurt in others. Progressives are losing the health care reform effort because the inside … Continue reading

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Freedom Isn’t Free – What Are We Willing to Pay For It?

Before deciding what freedom is worth to us in this time of financial catastrophe and preemptive war, let’s take a look at what freedom was worth to another generation of Americans. The table below shows the U.S. tax rates and … Continue reading

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Total Gangster Government vs. Total Gangster Corporatism

I made the following statements at the end of an exchange with a libertarian coworker on one of current favorite fear phrases of Conservatives without Conscience – Gangster Government. Here is how I see our disagreement. You believe free enterprise … Continue reading

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Causation – Paying Taxes Contributes to Everyone’s Success

… paying taxes supports America’s infrastructure and improves the chances of success for all citizens. However, cutting taxes, as the CWCs suggest, especially for the mega rich, only increases the chances of success of the mega rich. Continue reading

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Banks Too Big to Fail, Criminals Too High-up to Prosecute – What CWCs Brought Us To and What to Do About It

The title says a lot about where we were going during the few last decades of rule by conservatives without conscience (CWC). It also suggests there is something we can do about it. What is it about the CWCs that … Continue reading

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Empathy – Why Is It Under Attack by the CWCs?

Here are samples of how conservatives without conscience (CWC) are responding to the word “empathy.” Be A Good Republican: Attack Empathy, Defend Torture Jeff Sessions Claims He Doesn’t Know What Empathy Is Steele: ‘Crazy nonsense empathetic!’ GOP freaks out as … Continue reading

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Employee Free Choice Act – Ron Paul and I Disagree

In late March, I received the following response from Congressman Ron Paul to my request to support the EFCA: Dear Mr. Hailey: Thank you for contacting my office regarding my position on collective bargaining. Please be assured, I do support … Continue reading

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Progressives, “Conservatives Without Conscience” and Checks and Balances

Institutions, which humans create, tend to reflect the values of the humans that created/control them. These institutions can be corrupt and harmful or they can do good. The difference is whether the individuals in charge of the institution feel empathy … Continue reading

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Employee Free Choice Act – Shifting the Balance of Power, Just a Little

In 1983, two groups of aerospace employees had just had their benefits reduced and were told about it after the fact and in a very cavalier manner by senior management. Soon after, salt was rubbed into the wound when the … Continue reading

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Dear Conservative Without a Conscience – A Post ‘Stimulus Law’ Letter

Republican Senator/Congressman: You may be dependent on the voters in your state, but you are a senator in our nation’s congress. You don’t just represent your state. You represent all of we the people and that should have more weight … Continue reading

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Just call me Comrade . . .

IF you define socialism as any form of taking tax money from people to provide services and infrastructure, YOU really don’t understand what Socialism actually is. You are dependent on society and society takes care of many of your needs without you even thinking about it. Continue reading

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