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The American Condition Politically, Culturally, Economically

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Raised in rural Greenbrier Co. WV, BS Chemistry WVU, PhD Chemistry, GA Tech,Chemistry Faculty, GA Tech, 1965-1969, Dir R&D BASF Fibers 1969-1982,Sr.Exec. R&D, Burlington Industries, 1982-1986,Owner/CEO Mann Industries (formerly BASF fibers)1988-1995, CEO/Owner The Mann Group Consultants, 1987-2009, wife Carol, daughters Leigh, Susan

Monday, December 23, 2013


That traditional American values are being assaulted in many ways today cannot be legitimately doubted or debated. As readers know, protection of these traditional values is a focus of mine in much of what I write. I am pleased to post this piece by Mr. Michael Wilson who knows about traditional America and her values. He nearly lost his life in combat protecting the rights of all Americans as well as others. He is a man of many talents, many accomplishments, a "thinking person" as I often speak of since many are not so, erudite and more. I am pleased to post this piece with Mr. Wilson's approval.
Assault On Traditional American Values
By Michael Wilson
I have observed American society and politics for more than sixty years. During that time I have seen almost every group, of almost all philosophical and political persuasion, allowed to express itself freely. Some, such as Neo-Nazis, communists, militant anti-war types, militant pro-war types, pro-civil rights or white or black supremacists, and every era of music popular with the young from Johnny Ray to Justin Bieber, were not happily received by many, but they got their say. We even allow such vile and contemptible scum as the representatives of NAMBLA to have their say, and the sadistic pit dog fighter Michael Vick was forgiven and given a multi-million dollar professional football contract.

I lived through McCarthy and the reaction to him, but I have seen nothing in my entire life in this country to compare to the assaults on traditional American values, traditional Christianity and Judaism in particular, by those extremists who try to portray themselves as 'liberals'. Free speech, it would seem, must be vetted by the left. Only what the progressive groups deem acceptable can be spoken, and this most assuredly does not include traditional religious values!

The recent hoo-haw concerning the remarks by Phil Robertson are an example of how no one is supposed to voice a personal opinion if it runs counter to current leftist orthodoxy. I can relate to his feelings about the appeal of the sexual aspect of male homosexuality, but I think that it is none of my business. There...I said it. My homosexual friends have known for years that I wasn't interested in physical relationships with them. They have accepted this. I accept their right to do as they wish if they are consenting adults. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are NOT consenting adults, and I do not feel that the BSA or GSA should have homosexual adults or sexually conflicted youth forced on them. I don't think that this makes me a bigot, and I don't give a damn who agrees with my position or dislikes my saying it. THE FIRST AMENDMENT EXISTS TO PROTECT MY RIGHT TO SAY THIS, PHIL ROBERTSON'S RIGHT TO VOICE HIS OPINION, AND THE RIGHT OF GAYS TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS WHETHER THE EVANGELICALS LIKE IT OR NOT. The Founders did not place this Right at the head of the Bill of Rights to protect popular speech, as popular speech does not need protection. They enacted the First Amendment to protect UNpopular speech. 

Unfortunately, the courts have been loaded with supporters of 'progressive', the media with progressivism's mouth pieces, and our schools at every level with those who seem to reject all traditional values. I support the right of atheists to oppose creches or minorahs on municipal property if they wish. I emphatically reject the right of a miniscule minority to proscribe the rights of hundreds of millions of Christians and Jews to enjoy these manifestations of their belief. I totally oppose the abuse of the very mechanisms that protect the rights of this extremist, but well organized, funded and vocal tiny minority, to deny the harmless rights of the majority. Only a 'willing suspension of disbelief' would enable any intelligent and educated person to see any intention to preclude public expression of faith in the Separation Clause. The playing field has for too long been woefully out of whack. It is not level because devious operators have connived and contrived to skew it to the advantage of extremist minorities, and to the detriment of the law abiding majority who are doing no one any harm. This nation is not some politically correct soccer league, in which the good team must be handicapped in order to create a spurious 'equality' which is in reality the antithesis of true equality or good order.

I don't have to like what you say, and you don't have to like what I say. Absent real harm to others, however, we must both be allowed to say it without someone else trying to destroy our lives or livelihood at their whim and at our expense.

Monday, December 2, 2013

OBAMA -- A President In Denial

This post gives perspective on President Obama's actions and decisions from a person who served in government under eight (8) presidents. I am in agreement with Mr. Nervitt on all issues on which he focuses and there are more. We have identified at least 18 egregious actions of this president, some of which are impeachable offenses, although, up to now, I have discouraged promoting impeachment simply because it would fail given the current US Senate. The chaos that this Obama-led administration has created, whether by design or incompetence, is destroying traditional America. The ACA is but one example. More in another post.
JAM, owner/ed 

A President in Denial
By Ronald A. Nervitt

The country needs to be concerned about the health of our president. Observing his rhetoric and actions over the past five years, there is something "pathic" going on. It is left to medical professionals to determine what that might be and the extent of any malady that may be afflicting him.

To the average citizen, the symptoms point to an extreme case of narcissism manifested by the amount of personal pronouns such as "I’s" contained in his speeches, interviews and question-and-answer sessions. Coupled with this the president's insatiable desire for adulation and approval and, conversely, a complete aversion to accepting responsibility and blame. In fact, everybody and everything are responsible for damaging outcomes, but never he. When a leader possesses such egocentric behavior, the country suffers as reflected in the current state of governance.

The president also has demonstrated dangerous delusions such as when recently speaking on the world stage at the United Nations. He began with a pronouncement that the world is safer today than
when he took office five years ago. It would be hard to convince the Coptic Christians in Libya, Egypt and other parts of the Middle East who are murdered daily and their churches burned. Al
Qaida has metastasized and decentralized, and is more of a threat us and others than ever before, as Kenya recently experienced.

Perhaps he should talk to the women of Afghanistan as they prepare again for public soccer field executions with the resurgence of the Taliban and their takeover of the country once the
U.S. military withdraws. The war in Iraq had already been won when the president took office, but he proceeded to lose the peace as violence escalates. Russia is re-surging, North Korea and
Iran continue unabated with their nuclear aims, even with the recent “agreement.” Libya, Egypt and parts of Northern Africa are in chaos, and we have a president in denial.

Politicians usually exaggerate, spin and sometimes lie, but the president has taken mendacity and hyperbole to levels never seen before. Everyone heard the President set a Red Line relative to Syria's use of chemical weapons and then were flabbergasted to hear him weeks later say he never set a Red Line! Everyone heard him say that he would not negotiate on the recent continuing resolution and debt limit battles and were flabbergasted when he proclaimed he never said he would not negotiate!

Everyone heard him say that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a fee not a tax on the uninsured; the costs would be $900 billion not $2.7 trillion plus; health insurance' savings would be $2,500 not cost $7,500 per family; you can keep your insurance, which has proven not to be the case; and you can keep your doctor, which again has proven not to be the case, and in addition, your doctor may not keep you. The ACA, alias Obamacare, has turned out to be a cruel and costly hoax.

Too numerous to mention are the lies and deceptions associated with the Benghazi debacle, IRS political targeting, Fast and Furious gun running, and other scandals, all pointing to a culture of administration lawlessness. 

These personal characteristics become magnified when wrapped around the president's dangerously complex ideology formed through early Muslim schooling in Indonesia, mentoring in Hawaii by avowed communist Frank Davis, radicalized by associations at Columbia and Harvard, and on-the-job Alinsky thug training on the streets of Chicago as a community organizer and activist.

This makeup was on full display during his recently orchestrated government shutdown where our veterans were denied access to their own memorials, children were missing vital cancer treatments at the National Institute of Health, and families of fallen soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan were denied death benefits. The president made these diabolical decisions and showed no mercy or respect to these vulnerable citizens. Rather than attempting to minimize the pain of the citizens brought on by a shutdown as previous administrations have done, he ghoulishly relished in maximizing it.

What kind of president does this? What kind of person is this? Is it the personality, ideology; combinations of both, or something else that guides this callousness? The president needs urgent medical intervention for his own sake as well as for the good of the I country. The sooner the better!

Ronald A. Nervitt was a senior executive having served under eight presidents beginning with John F. Kennedy and ending with Bill Clinton.