Back on December 4, 2019, I wrote the following as part of a comment on Ethics Alarms…
“I’m not much for using a tit-for-tat rationalization myself; however, I’m not going to fault the political right too much for continuing the same Presidential treatment precedence that the political left started. The modern Democratic Party led by extremist progressives and the irrational and violent social justice henchmen they empowered, implemented an unending scorched earth policy against a President of the United States and his supporters for four straight years and those choices are coming back to roost on their pompous-ass heads and dig their talons straight into the foreheads of the political left; choices have consequences. As the rhetorical blood drips down the political left’s forehead they should be forced at every turn to remember that the political left made their bed and is now estopped from complaining about being treated badly.”
I’m still mired in how I can actively support this kind of tit-for-tat behavior without becoming morally bankrupt like so many in the political left have become. As far as I’m concerned, the political left has been actively involved in direct persecution against the political right since November 2016. This persecution is continuing today and will not stop until the political right does something significant to stand up against it.
To harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief.
To treat someone unfairly or cruelly over a long period of time because of their race, religion, or political beliefs, or to annoy someone by refusing to leave them alone.
Subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of their race or political or religious beliefs.
To treat someone extremely badly, or to refuse them equal rights, especially because of their race, religion, or political beliefs.
There are many other signs from that early 1930’s period of time when it was perceived as being politically correct to actively persecute the Jews. We have learned from history how that kind of populist persecution turns out. Persecution is a cancer that eats the soul and we must all remember with open eyes how this kind of persecution starts and how it grows.
First they came for the Socialists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak for me.
by Martin Niemöller
Persecution, intimidation and violence are tyrannical ways of destroying the liberty of those that you oppose/hate. With the direct and indirect support of the media, the rise of tyrannical totalitarianism in the USA is deepening the divide and going to destroy the USA if something is not done. Others are still hanging on to hope as an underlying foundation to build change upon but with the way the ideological leanings of the United States have changed over the last four years that foundation of hope is building upon loose and I can no longer do that. Apathy is enabling totalitarianism to grow in the USA and that apathy needs to be set aside because change requires personal action and action may require personal change.
We need strong moderate and conservative leaders in the USA to help drag the political pendulum away from the unethical and immoral brink of open totalitarianism in the USA and that leadership requires some personality traits and knowledge not found in everyone, but these things can be learned. Don’t roll your eyes too much when reading the following list…
If you want changes in your life or the world around you, the changes must begin in you.
1. Perform your “Magic”.
a. Identify your area of excellence, your distinctive competency.
b. Utilize it in the service of others.
2. Demand the Extraordinary.
a. Leaders do ordinary things in extraordinary ways.
b. Attend to the little things.
3. Have the courage to create.
a. Take 100% personal responsibility.
b. Be proactive. Perceive yourself as being at cause.
c. Circumstance does not make the person, it reveals the person(s) to themself.
d. We reap what we sow. This principle is true in physics, philosophy, and business. It is a law of nature.
4. Stretch your mind: Think big.
a. Leaders think and act beyond boundaries. They operate from a universal perspective.
b. Leaders know how to multiply their energy, creativity, intelligence, information base, and experience manifold.
c. Leaders see what can be – NOT only what is.
d. Leaders envision what they really want – NOT only what they “think” they can get.
5. Be strategically Intent.
a. Leaders are programmers of the computer/mind.
b. A law of nature is that everything is created twice, once mentally and once physically.
c. Leaders create a(n)…
* Individualized strategic intent…
* Leader mission statement…
* Personal constitution…
…to reprogram their thinking. This is crystallization and capturing of the leader’s vision and value system.
6. Use values as leverage.
a. Values serve as standards for those who follow you.
b. Values are our personal bottom line. Values are our beliefs about what is most important in our lives. They give us vitality.
c. Our values determine what we think is right or wrong, good or bad, and what we do or do not do.
d. Values are like the executive level of a computer system.
e. Values are the leverage point that structures a powerful internal impulse that enables the leader to think and act beyond limitation.
7. Prepare to be bold.
a. “Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”
b. Leaders are bold. They move ahead in spite of doubts.
c. Leaders believe fully and can have no doubts.
d. The impulse of boldness precedes the act of risk taking.
e. Learning to take risks does not require learning new skills.
f. A rested physiology is the basis for a robust, energetic approach to the challenges and opportunities facing the leader. There are several levels of rest: recreation (leisure time), relaxation techniques, sound sleep, and science based meditation.
h. Coherence of brain wave activity is directly related to intelligence and creativity.
i. Bold action inspires others to be self-leaders and share the risk of leadership.
8. Speak, as a leader should speak.
a. Use empowering language.
1. Let’s look at the possibilities.
2. Let’s look at some alternatives.
3. I’ll have the report by Monday.
4. I am in control of my life.
5. I can choose a different approach.
6. I control my own feelings.
7. I choose to…
Disempowering language examples:
1. I can’t do that.
2. There’s nothing I can do.
3. I’ll try to have the report by Monday.
4. Why does this always happen to me?
5. That’s just the way I am.
6. He/She makes me so mad.
7. I have to…
b. Use enabling language.
1. What kind of support do you need to assure success?
2. What action should we take now?
3. What are the benefits of achieving that objective?
4. What will it take to have it work?
1. What’s your problem?
2. Who did that?
3. Why did you do that?
4. Don’t you know better than that?
Again, if you want changes in your life or the world around you, the changes must begin in you.
Totalitarianism IS an enemy of the Constitution of the United States of America and therefore it’s an enemy to the people of the USA. It’s not the people who are consumed by the ideology that are the enemy, it’s the ideology itself. Don’t be like the unethical and immoral totalitarians that condemn the people whos opinions they disagree with and try to destroy their lives, confront the ideology itself with action and prove their ideology is wrong.
The extreme political left has actively chosen action to push what can only be described as anti-American and anti-Constitutional totalitarian agendas, what do you choose?
Motivation isn’t optional. Everyone is motivated to do nothing or to do something, either negatively or positively.
[UPDATE: Added This paragraph 2/23/2020] It will require effective leadership from moderates on both sides of the political aisle to bring about a change that in-turn will move the United States politics back towards the center. It’s time that moderate Liberals and moderate Conservatives unite against the extremes and bring about change and the biggest threat to our society right now are the totalitarians. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Unite.
We are a nation of laws, make wise choices but make them before it’s too late.