Archive for February 26th, 2008

“What The Candidates Did Not Talk About: A Psychologist Analyzes One Night in Texas” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Yes, I watched the last hour of the debate in Texas last night. I noted that neither candidate addressed the key issues which face our nation and which will determine our destiny. How will our next President deal with the potential Islamification of America? What are his or her views about fundamentalist Islam, jihad, terrorism, Muslim (not Hispanic) immmigration as well as the way in which some Muslim-Americans are using American civil rights and liberties in order to safeguard Islamic gender and religious apartheid on American soil?

Will we keep funding the Saudi Wahabi war against America and the West? Will we continue to buy their oil and continue to allow their Princes to buy up American real estate, universities, and mass communication outlets? Will President Obama launch friendly United Nations-style “talking” sessions with Saudi Arabia and Iran that will outlast even this never-ending Presidential election? Will President Clinton focus on mandatory, universal health care coverage even as we are being bombed back into the seventh century?

Of course, both candidates “scored” debating points and the audience cheered as if the debate was merely an extention of American Idol—which I fear it is. This is not a football game and such applause should have no place in so serious a discussion. I am so Old School —actually, I’m not, this is precisely how our old Mother Country, Britain, conducts the public airing of issues.

Psychologically speaking: I also noted that in general, Barack either looked down, or away, or into the middle distance when Hillary spoke. Or, he glared at her. In turn, Hillary often “gazed” at Barack as he spoke in a “girlish” or political wifely fashion. And, several times, Barack came too close to Hillary’s personal space in a way that suggested that if he could, he might have meant to touch her arm. Such “touching” is a male-to-female statement of power over and containment of the woman. Endless research about body language over the last thirty five years has confirmed that this is true.

My conclusions? That Barack was raised as a man and Hillary was raised as a woman and that both will have to wrestle with certain features of their gender-conditioning if they are to deliver on their various promises to the nation.

Folks: I am very worried. Are people voting for Obama because they were hooked on the television series 24 in which America had a black President? Are “angry white men” voting against a woman, any woman—or merely against this woman? Are women incapable of voting for another woman—someone who is not themself? Do young people merely want someone young and new, like themselves, in the White House? Are all Americans , including African-Americans, thrilled to finally be able to vote for a black candidate? Is everyone voting narcissistically?

Will people vote for Senator McCain because he “looks” like the kind of authority figure we once revered—or because of his track and voting record and because of his position on Islam? Will the battle to come be that between a traditional and no longer young military hero and that of a new kind of candidate with Kennedy-style glamor? And by the way, I hope that the Kennedy annointing of Obama does not condemn him to their tragic history of assasinated sons.

I am worried on all counts.

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Dr. Phyllis Chesler is the well known author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness (1972) and The New Anti-Semitism (2003). She has just published The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan), as well as an updated and revised edition of Women and Madness. She is an Emerita Professor of psychology and women’s studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974). She is currently on the Board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and lives in New York City. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
We are delighted to have Dr. Chesler as a contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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Abbas: Peace in 2008 or Else

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Typical terrorist mentality.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged the US on Monday to make good on its promise to work for a Middle East peace settlement by the end of the year, warning that there would not be any future chances.

Abbas spoke following a closed door meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah in the Jordanian capital of Amman and warned that if the Bush administration didn’t make good on its pledge to “make 2008 the year to broker peace, then there will never be any future chances to achieve this goal.”

The Palestinians and Israelis are negotiating a final peace settlement, which the Bush administration hopes would lead to the creation of an independent Palestinian state later this year.

The US “must understand it is to play an active role, not just as a supervisor, by intervening directly to help make peace,” Abbas told reporters. He also urged Israel “to stop escalating the situation in the Palestinian territories and stop all attacks in the Gaza Strip, including firing missiles there.”

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Top Psychiatrist Concludes Liberals Clinically Nuts

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

OK folks, take this with a grain of salt. I may not be able to get my mind to even come close to understanding how a liberal thinks, but I think that classifying them as “Nuts” is a bit extreme, although I do agree with the articles list of emotions liberals pray on in order to get the reaction they want from people.

WASHINGTON – Just when liberals thought it was safe to start identifying themselves as such, an acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist is making the case that the ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder.

“Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,” says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.” “Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.”

While political activists on the other side of the spectrum have made similar observations, Rossiter boasts professional credentials and a life virtually free of activism and links to “the vast right-wing conspiracy.”

For more than 35 years he has diagnosed and treated more than 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago.

Rossiter says the kind of liberalism being displayed by the two major candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination can only be understood as a psychological disorder.

“A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity – as liberals do,” he says. “A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population – as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and over-taxes the nation’s citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state – as liberals do.”

Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

  • creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;
  • satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
  • augmenting primitive feelings of envy;
  • rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.
  • “The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind,” he says. “When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious.”

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    Biased NJ Report “Shows Need” for Homosexual ‘Marriage’

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

    The homosexual activist will use any means necessary to advance their agenda, including routinely lying to people.

    Activists promoting homosexual “marriage” in New Jersey are touting a report that the state’s civil union law has not ended alleged discrimination against homosexual couples.

    Promoters of civil unions in New Jersey argued that they were the perfect compromise — providing legal recognition for homosexual couples while respecting the religious belief that marriage is an institution of the church that should not be redefined by the state. But in a report released last week, a state panel heavily loaded with homosexual marriage supporters claimed civil unions had created a “second-class status.”

    Peter LaBarbera with Americans for Truth About Homosexuality credits homosexual activists for a strategy that is misleading — even to many Christians. “The ‘second-class status’ is, of course, harkening back [sic] to institutionalized racism in this country,” he points out. “And so they’re ripping off the black civil rights movement to promote homosexual relationships … [and] people have been fooled into believing these civil rights arguments.”

    LaBarbera argues that anyone who believes homosexual activists will be satisfied with civil unions or domestic partnerships does not understand the homosexual agenda. “Once you start going down this road of the government getting behind homosexual unions, you create incentives for further pro-gay policies,” he warns.

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    ‘Earth Worship’ On The Rise Among Evangelical Youth

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

    The devil will use any method he can to keep people away from God. Our youth are especially susceptible to Wiccan doctrine.

    Janice Crouse, a senior fellow with Concerned Women for America, says it’s disturbing that many young people in evangelical churches are experimenting with the Wiccan religion. Church leaders and Christian parents, she warns, must be ready to counter that growing interest among their youth.

    Crouse cites an article in Religion Journal which said youth pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention were worried about large numbers of evangelicals taking part in Wicca, a religion that involves nature worship, stresses moral autonomy, and includes remedies and spells — beliefs that Crouse points out are distinctly different from orthodox Christianity, not to mention incompatible with the Bible.

    “… Wiccans believe in moral autonomy — [that] ‘nobody can tell me what to do.’ And I think particularly with young people … that’s a very desirable thing; they don’t want the church telling them that there are boundaries, [that] there are things that they can’t do,” she explains. “Another one is that they don’t believe in having authorities beyond human constructs; that we as individuals have the responsibility to shape our own beliefs and there’s no evil beyond that.”

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