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    at sentencing It was not merely that his parents had spoiled him rotten or that he came from a violently abusive home both of which were surely true but that those things paired with his family s wealth created a human lacking an understanding of consequences And empathy He was as the juvenile delinquent song goes depraved on account he was deprived Of nothing That ladies and gentlemen is the Affluenza Defense This poor young man was as far as anyone had ever told him or shown him accountable to no one so he wasn t The idea that you should not be held accountable because you were spoiled as a wealthy child ranks down there with the Twinkie Defense which succeeded in acquitting a bigot or the ideology of Ayn Rand which holds that each of us should be held accountable to no one while still holding everyone accountable to us These are the rantings of a 5 year old They are why we have kindergarten and talk about socializing our children We are a social species succeeding or failing based on our ability to work together Not one of us has every strength and no weaknesses We must rely on others to use their strengths to shore up our weaknesses and offer our own strengths in trade The idea therefore that one individual or group can survive let alone thrive without the assistance of others is ridiculous We have evolved this way adapting to changing environments by selecting the appropriate strengths from among our group to respond to each new threat It makes us a community A union if you prefer For it to succeed we must be accountable to each other More than that we must be seen to be The rule of law must be equal We must commit to it It s important to remember that as a teenager there were limits to how much punishment Couch could face even in Texas It could be argued then that his bullshit defense meant nothing towards his sentencing And yet the sentence he received a lengthy but light probation paired with psychological treatment at a luxury rehab facility would seem to confirm our worst suspicions of what wealth can buy in America We talk of his case now only because he and his mother were arrested last week in Mexico He had been caught playing beer pong a violation of his alcohol prohibitive probation and his mother s response Ywas to take him on vacation Their two weeks on the lam were a sort of fantasy You don t run away to a luxury resort if you re really trying to hide They dyed his hair but couldn t really commit Like his probation it was one more wasted resolution Years ago a bunch of high minded men resolved to form a more perfect Union The result was flawed of course because they tried to create a union without equaiity They built in wiggle room to treat

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    abusive home both of which were surely true but that those things paired with his family s wealth created a human lacking an understanding of consequences And empathy He was as the juvenile delinquent song goes depraved on account he was deprived Of nothing That ladies and gentlemen is the Affluenza Defense This poor young man was as far as anyone had ever told him or shown him accountable to no one so he wasn t The idea that you should not be held accountable because you were spoiled as a wealthy child ranks down there with the Twinkie Defense which succeeded in acquitting a bigot or the ideology of Ayn Rand which holds that each of us should be held accountable to no one while still holding everyone accountable to us These are the rantings of a 5 year old They are why we have kindergarten and talk about socializing our children We are a social species succeeding or failing based on our ability to work together Not one of us has every strength and no weaknesses We must rely on others to use their strengths to shore up our weaknesses and offer our own strengths in trade The idea therefore that one individual or group can survive let alone thrive without the assistance of others is ridiculous We have evolved this way adapting to changing environments by selecting the appropriate strengths from among our group to respond to each new threat It makes us a community A union if you prefer For it to succeed we must be accountable to each other More than that we must be seen to be The rule of law must be equal We must commit to it It s important to remember that as a teenager there were limits to how much punishment Couch could face even in Texas It could be argued then that his bullshit defense meant nothing towards his sentencing And yet the sentence he received a lengthy but light probation paired with psychological treatment at a luxury rehab facility would seem to confirm our worst suspicions of what wealth can buy in America We talk of his case now only because he and his mother were arrested last week in Mexico He had been caught playing beer pong a violation of his alcohol prohibitive probation and his mother s response Ywas to take him on vacation Their two weeks on the lam were a sort of fantasy You don t run away to a luxury resort if you re really trying to hide They dyed his hair but couldn t really commit Like his probation it was one more wasted resolution Years ago a bunch of high minded men resolved to form a more perfect Union The result was flawed of course because they tried to create a union without equaiity They built in wiggle room to treat some as less than others and we re still paying the price for that You can t legislate good behavior

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    their backers won t understand They never would When Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in shame his lieutenants didn t take it as a sign they had done anything immoral What he did wrong was getting caught That was their rationale That was what they took from it Three decades later as high ranking members of the George W Bush administration they revisited all of their Vietnam era failures nation building in Asia domestic surveillance crony capitalism with what they hoped was the solution ending government oversight It s always funny how politicians who complain about big government who complain that government is too intrusive in their lives want nothing less than intruding on the lives of everyone else Their talking points are filled with keep your hands off of us and what s ours but when they say they want to shrink government down to the size of a bedroom that s exactly the scope and subject of their social policy The reasons for that aren t nearly as wholesome or smarmy as you might think No matter how you dress it up keeping government at a distance is purely financial It just costs more to treat people as we would have ourselves be treated It always will The fixation on sex is all about distraction itself a means of keeping accountability at a distance But you knew that On foreign policy too the idea that the United States should have to respect others is abhorrent to these men and women especially when dictating how they live their lives can be euphemized under the catchall of freedom This is the heart if you can believe it of American Exceptionalism The rules can t be allowed to apply to us that s all exceptionalism means When they keep saying they hate us for our freedoms it s because they can t bear to admit that what really pisses off the people protesting against us is that we re trampling on theirs That is we re trampling on everything but their economic freedoms The demands of a global marketplace insist that any regulation in business will hurt the people Human rights is a safe topic and a popular talking point especially when the victims are so very far away but the lack of regulation in foreign businesses destroys lives overseas just as surely as it does here It does it for the same reasons too and may well take more lives than open warfare But you knew that too It seems ironic at first that people would insist that they shouldn t have to be held accountable to anyone else while insisting just as strongly that everyone else be held accountable to them but it isn t Hypocrisy is exactly what we expect it to be Resistance to regulation and other forms of government intrusion in business makes sense if you believe that you should not have to be accountable to others Intrusions into the lives of others at home and abroad makes sense if you believe everyone else has to be accountable to you However twisted there s a logic to it There are some who d say no there isn t Intrusion is intrusion in business or in bedrooms at home or abroad These very few are libertarians and we know they re actually libertarian and not just claiming the title because they hold to that one ideal that government has no place messing in anybody s life anywhere Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren t anything close to libertarian They re simply right wing They advocate big government where it suits them which is to say where it profits them Romney s performance in the foreign policy debate demonstrated one thing beyond his embarrassingly loose grasp of Middle East geography he sees no limit on American interference in the lives of anyone anywhere outside the boundaries of American territory He sees no limit on spending either In that last debate he tried to walk back some of his most ambitious comments such as the idea of sending troops into Libya and Syria and Mali but the overwhelming costs of American troop deployments both financially and diplomatically weren t mentioned by him They wouldn t be He s a believer in American Exceptionalism and you can t put a price on that And that is the core of what is driving the modern Republican Party aggressive selfishness Aggressive selfishness is a motivation Each of us has it to some degree It s all about the short term short term profits short term thinking short sightedness The universe doesn t exist beyond what the aggressively selfish can see time doesn t exist beyond what the aggressively selfish feel Today s Republican Party is dominated by aggressive selfishness The thing is being all about the short term it will be destroyed by it too There is no better icon for it than Paul Ryan s hero Ayn Rand In both domestic and foreign affairs the belief that you never have to be accountable to anyone but everyone must still be accountable to you is the toxic distillation of everything Rand preached It is selfishness compressed like carbon into a diamond That s what makes it so attractive But how much carbon does it take to make a diamond and how much does that leave for everybody else The aggressively selfish live in fear The world for them is a dangerous place one with few resources and too many capable of taking every single one away from them In this world they are alone unable to trust because they believe everyone is alone and everyone must therefore share their fear That is why they hoard That is why they accept bullying and lies as means so that they can get theirs and getting theirs means getting everything That s survival Living with this fear they cannot see beyond their immediate needs so they cannot recognize the price that must be paid for

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    impatient children of all ages can live vicariously through him It explains his early success and it explains why he will ultimately fail even a spoiled brat must be held accountable at some point Enough will eventually be enough and the community will resolve to end it Someone else will come along someday to test that resolve and they will succeed and then fail the same way Daniel Ward Permalink Posted at 5 58 PM Tagged resolutions politics equal rights right wing aggressive selfishness affluenza accountability ayn rand Donald Trump rand paul mexico the united states constitution culture moral disengagement Resolve Mar 16 Don t Mess With Crimea We remember the Alamo Mostly we remember the long boring movie or the stories we heard growing up stories of brave white men giving their lives to uphold an ideal of freedom against overwhelming brown skinned foreign odds and imperial cruelty That ladies and gentlemen is what we call a myth What we know of Texas birth tends to flip that distortion of history on its head For one thing the men fighting for independence had in 1835 seized thousands of square miles of territory from a sovereign state one that had in fact invited them to settle there Mexico had broken from Spanish colonial rule only in 1822 and still needed money it hoped perhaps foolishly that inviting foreigners to settle Texas would stabilize the border region Native Americans obvious claims aside most of what is now the western United States had been under Spanish or Mexican rule for hundreds of years Thus Mexico s defense of Texas territory wasn t simply a rival claim and they were in no way the aggressors In fact it was really one sticking point in negotiations with the Americans wanting to live in Mexican Texas that led the Americans to declare war and it had nothing to do with freedom It was slavery You see the Mexicans didn t want it The founders of the Texas Republic wanted to expand American slavery and when the Mexicans wouldn t permit it Davey Crockett Jim Bowie William Travis and other southern gentlemen did what men all too often do to support their culture That s what they were doing at the Alamo defending the right to own slaves Santa Anna Mexico s once and future president and general of its armies often presented as an honorable yet ruthless aristocrat up against a bunch of good ole boys pulling themselves up by their bootstraps saw them as invaders men who would not be content to establish an independent republic men who saw themselves as American and who would want Texas to be American too Sure enough a decade after the Americans aided unofficially by the United States had won their independence their annexation as a new slave state along with the discovery of gold in California sparked yet another war an official one in which the overwhelming forces were on the American side one which cost Mexico

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    defense offered at sentencing It was not merely that his parents had spoiled him rotten or that he came from a violently abusive home both of which were surely true but that those things paired with his family s wealth created a human lacking an understanding of consequences And empathy He was as the juvenile delinquent song goes depraved on account he was deprived Of nothing That ladies and gentlemen is the Affluenza Defense This poor young man was as far as anyone had ever told him or shown him accountable to no one so he wasn t The idea that you should not be held accountable because you were spoiled as a wealthy child ranks down there with the Twinkie Defense which succeeded in acquitting a bigot or the ideology of Ayn Rand which holds that each of us should be held accountable to no one while still holding everyone accountable to us These are the rantings of a 5 year old They are why we have kindergarten and talk about socializing our children We are a social species succeeding or failing based on our ability to work together Not one of us has every strength and no weaknesses We must rely on others to use their strengths to shore up our weaknesses and offer our own strengths in trade The idea therefore that one individual or group can survive let alone thrive without the assistance of others is ridiculous We have evolved this way adapting to changing environments by selecting the appropriate strengths from among our group to respond to each new threat It makes us a community A union if you prefer For it to succeed we must be accountable to each other More than that we must be seen to be The rule of law must be equal We must commit to it It s important to remember that as a teenager there were limits to how much punishment Couch could face even in Texas It could be argued then that his bullshit defense meant nothing towards his sentencing And yet the sentence he received a lengthy but light probation paired with psychological treatment at a luxury rehab facility would seem to confirm our worst suspicions of what wealth can buy in America We talk of his case now only because he and his mother were arrested last week in Mexico He had been caught playing beer pong a violation of his alcohol prohibitive probation and his mother s response Ywas to take him on vacation Their two weeks on the lam were a sort of fantasy You don t run away to a luxury resort if you re really trying to hide They dyed his hair but couldn t really commit Like his probation it was one more wasted resolution Years ago a bunch of high minded men resolved to form a more perfect Union The result was flawed of course because they tried to create a union without equaiity They built in wiggle room

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    success and it explains why he will ultimately fail even a spoiled brat must be held accountable at some point Enough will eventually be enough and the community will resolve to end it Someone else will come along someday to test that resolve and they will succeed and then fail the same way Daniel Ward Permalink Posted at 5 58 PM Tagged resolutions politics equal rights right wing aggressive selfishness affluenza accountability ayn rand Donald Trump rand paul mexico the united states constitution culture moral disengagement Resolve Nov 12 Everybody Does It pt 5 There are words and phrases that stand out in conversation either for what they reveal or for what they hope to conceal Taking time to recognize these words and phrases for what they are tells us a lot about the people saying them We ve had two weeks to digest the bullying scandal surrounding the NFL s Miami Dolphins In today s media world that s a lot of time The early kneejerk reactions were strongly worded alternately defending and attacking both alleged bully and victim Good points were made and so too were a lot of bad ones However the opinions varied the constant in every interview on air discussion article op ed blog and twitter outburst was language select words and phrases repeated again and again The first word is one I won t write here No one s using it They re talking about Miami lineman Richie Incognito a white man using it Reading text messages and phone message transcripts most people were offended that he used it They were so offended that they almost made the entire case about using the word to the exclusion of everything else This tells us two things one that using racial slurs is and should be offensive to everyone and two that the rest of what Richie Incognito and others on the Dolphins are accused of doing to fellow lineman Jonathan Martin is less easy to define and not something many are ready to admit is a problem We must remember to look at the use of racial slurs not as something on its own but something within the context of bullying It is a weapon in the arsenal a means to an end That s all Take racial insults away from a bully and he ll come up with something else The scary thought is that use of that word may have been the least of the abuses against Martin This is because it may well be as members of the Dolphins have protested that use of the word in question marked some sort of inclusion in the team s locker room If lineman Jonathan Martin didn t want to hear it or use it that ironically may have marked him as an outsider That he was right about the use of it would only have made it worse Nobody wants to hear they re wrong about using a slur especially if they ve convinced

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    offered at sentencing It was not merely that his parents had spoiled him rotten or that he came from a violently abusive home both of which were surely true but that those things paired with his family s wealth created a human lacking an understanding of consequences And empathy He was as the juvenile delinquent song goes depraved on account he was deprived Of nothing That ladies and gentlemen is the Affluenza Defense This poor young man was as far as anyone had ever told him or shown him accountable to no one so he wasn t The idea that you should not be held accountable because you were spoiled as a wealthy child ranks down there with the Twinkie Defense which succeeded in acquitting a bigot or the ideology of Ayn Rand which holds that each of us should be held accountable to no one while still holding everyone accountable to us These are the rantings of a 5 year old They are why we have kindergarten and talk about socializing our children We are a social species succeeding or failing based on our ability to work together Not one of us has every strength and no weaknesses We must rely on others to use their strengths to shore up our weaknesses and offer our own strengths in trade The idea therefore that one individual or group can survive let alone thrive without the assistance of others is ridiculous We have evolved this way adapting to changing environments by selecting the appropriate strengths from among our group to respond to each new threat It makes us a community A union if you prefer For it to succeed we must be accountable to each other More than that we must be seen to be The rule of law must be equal We must commit to it It s important to remember that as a teenager there were limits to how much punishment Couch could face even in Texas It could be argued then that his bullshit defense meant nothing towards his sentencing And yet the sentence he received a lengthy but light probation paired with psychological treatment at a luxury rehab facility would seem to confirm our worst suspicions of what wealth can buy in America We talk of his case now only because he and his mother were arrested last week in Mexico He had been caught playing beer pong a violation of his alcohol prohibitive probation and his mother s response Ywas to take him on vacation Their two weeks on the lam were a sort of fantasy You don t run away to a luxury resort if you re really trying to hide They dyed his hair but couldn t really commit Like his probation it was one more wasted resolution Years ago a bunch of high minded men resolved to form a more perfect Union The result was flawed of course because they tried to create a union without equaiity They built in wiggle room to

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  • Political Theatre - Donald Trump isn’t fazed by Vladimir Putin’s...
    Post Philip Bump Washington Post 12 18 15 2 notes Permalink Posted at 10 47 AM Tagged donald trump vladimir putin 2016 republican presidential race politics bullying torture murdering journalists ukraine crimea aggressive selfishness Political Theatre Notes sanssouciavecmoi liked this

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