Pondering Empathy

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mainemom
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Pondering Empathy

I invite y'all to read my blog post on Pondering Empathy.

A little Star Trek, a little Dostoevsky, why not?

I think much of the politics in our country is driven by radical, crippling empathy. We are so compelled to do something about every sad story, every case of injustice, every improper comment, every risk of harm, that many of us are willing to sacrifice our own freedom or the freedom of others in pursuit of the cause. The Constitution is our country’s Prime Directive. Do we stick with it when it gets in the way of our need to do something? Or do we violate it in the service of our empathy?

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Interesting thoughts.

Or do we violate it in the service of our empathy?

Interesting thoughts.

Well, I think empathy and compassion can be administered in considerate and thoughtful ways. For example, I have empathy for Jasper, he is a young, angry, rude and obscene emotional child who is struggling with personal relationships and self-esteem issues that come from deep emotional wounds. As I did for many years, so I see where he is coming from.

Sometimes all you can do is pray for these people. And love them.

From a distance.

Anyway, I don't have to change the Constitution to do that.

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Charity, Kindness, Empathy,

Charity, Kindness, Empathy, Love - all are meant to be shared one-on-one, or locally. I was ready to make this reply without reading your blog, and having read it, I think may think (dare I say feel?) the same way. It is pride and arrogance to think we can make a "top-down" rule that helps everyone. Private sector actions, whether individuals or small local organizations, are far more effective than central institutions at shaping solutions that work. We have faulty health care systems because of government interference, not the opposite.

FDR advanced socialism greatly by capitalizing on the feelings you describe. The best thing we could do is reduce every social program we have and pass it to the private sector. I can hear the screams of the socialists now: "Who will take care of....?" "What if someone doesn't...?". There is no option but totalitarian control for those who lack the grace and servant hearts to see themselves as the solution to "their neighbor's" plight.

Problems are always solved by the private sector, whether it is properly done by local people with their own resources, or whether it is done very poorly by a central institution, which confiscates private sector resources, squanders much of it, and dribbles what little is left out to organizations, affixed with complicated and hamstringing requirements, which further reduces the effectiveness of the private sector resources. The dirty secret of the "Commies" is that they depend on the industriousness of individuals just as much as Capitalism, and are as big or bigger "fat cats" than the industry titans they point to as villains - more so in my opinion, because they amass resources without effort. Case in point: where did Barack Hussein Obama and William Jefferson Clinton get their wealth?

Capitalism is not perfect because mankind is not perfect; however, Capitalism is currently the only system we've ever had in the world which allows someone to advance from the lowest economic "class" to the highest solely on their own merit.

Solution: Maintain the Prime Directive Federally, Pour out your heart locally.

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Great premise, mainemom.

Great premise, mainemom.

"The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the United States federal government . . "

There's some easy picking, low hanging fruit. What's the URL for the artsy fartsy, crowd funding site? If a crucifix stuck in a turd is your idea of art, go fund it.

Restore the internet as a force for good, I say.

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Great post, mainemom.

Great post, mainemom.

Part of the problem is that politicians are creatures of media sensation - if something bad happens, a politician can score easy points by making some sort of public action.

Of course, the reason they do that is because we, the voters, like to see that kind of thing.

As P.J. O'Rourke once said, "Government is a parliament of whores, and in a Democracy, the whores are us."

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Hey, Tom, no two people could

Hey, Tom, no two people could be more diametrically opposed or have more opposite histories than you and I. I know rather more about you than you about me due to your posting on every comment section of the every paper in Maine using your real name. You have no empathy for anyone, your prayers are grotesque lip service, and whatever financial contributions you make or charitable work you do is for the purpose of feeding your own ego or finding pigeons to exploit. No true Christian would brag about their good works and tithes as often you do.

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Hmmmm is the problem that

Hmmmm is the problem that there are too many empathetic people believing that they should, must, will do something or is it really the opposite that the country is overrun by sociopaths who are great at pretending to be empathetic but actually have no intention what so ever to help another human being , they just talk a great game.Which is worse the habitual do gooder or the habitual pretender?....My prayers are with you, I gave at the office, I'll volunteer next time.........

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I support the Separation of

I support the Separation of Empathy and State.

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My vote for a rimshot!

My vote for a rimshot!

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Ditto; the poetry wasn't

Ditto; the poetry wasn't quite there, but the sentiment sure is.

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There, Jasper, having spewed

There, Jasper, having spewed anger and hate, do you feel better?

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How to Defeat Weaponized

How to Defeat Weaponized Empathy

Excerpts (emphasis mine):
"What is Weaponized Empathy? It is the deliberate hijacking of your own moral standards, your ability to empathize with your fellow man, in order to force you to serve someone else’s narrative. It is, in essence, a highly sophisticated form of guilt-tripping designed to turn you into a slave...

The tactic is used for everything from welfare policy, to Social Security disbursement, to immigration and even climate change. Support climate change legislation, or else you want the poor residents of some tropical island to drown. Support Black Lives Matter or else you’re a racist who hates black people...

Weaponized Empathy isn’t just employed to win easy converts, however. It is also used to mobilize the converted against the unconverted. To use threat of force, of financial ruin, and peer pressure (even within families) to silence the unconverted. To make them afraid to speak. It can even make it permissible to commit violent acts against you...

The Right-wing has been replying to this weapon with logic and reason for decades, and it never works. The Left almost always succeeds in sculpting the narrative against them. Pictures of poor, bloodied children will circulate on Facebook, and the only alternative to being racist scum is to admit as many people into the country as the Progressive leaders want...

You may have empathy, and may wish to do right by other folks. That is a fine and good thing. A noble trait. But never allow yourself to be manipulated and deceived into doing a liar’s bidding. That isn’t doing anybody any good, except the liar. And that’s the end of it. Charity is supposed to start with truth, not lies. Repeat it like a mantra, until the Progressives understand that you cannot be guilt-tripped by dishonesty."

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I see a great example in this

I see a great example in this with our "opioids" crisis . I believe the desired end is to make one feel guilty about the issue,
the tropical islanders drowning, to gain support for the desired narrative .

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Mainemom: You cite the

Mainemom: You cite the Constitution as our prime directive but fail to understand your politicians have emasculated beyond recognition. If you don't believe me, read my latest book The Constitution-A Document Steeped in History and a Compromise Devoid of Promise. It explains how they did it and it all started with the very first Congress.

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pmcon, or maybe I do

pmcon, or maybe I do understand that.

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I love the way "if you don't

I love the way "if you don't believe me..." is used as a cudgel, over and over and over.

At the same time we are told over and over and over that we are blithering idiots because we believe everything ANYONE ELSE tells us.

These are two of his regular dishes.

Always sauced with certainty.

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You are not blithering idiots

You are not blithering idiots you are pawns of the Progressives.

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Mainemom; I recently counted

Mainemom; I recently counted the words in the Ten Commandments, The Constitution and the Maine Constitution. The results were 320, 5,190 and 12,039 respectively. The Ten Commandments required no enabling legislation but the Book of Deuteronomy prescribed the punishments on earth for disobedience and it was stoning to death. The U. S. Constitution contains no specific punishment for the only crimes under its jurisdiction, that of counterfeiting, piracy on the high seas and treason against the country. It specifically restricted the Congress to laws and regulations applicable to the States as entities and in specific areas. The Maine Constitution contains a bill of rights, similar to that of the U. S. Constitution and authorizes the Legislature to pass all reasonable laws and regulations for the defense and benefit of the people of this State.

A law is prohibition and the only law necessary for a free people is the same as it was in the time of Moses and that is thou shalt not steal. A regulation is the moderation of human action so as to not abridge or impede the freedom of others. There is no power given to government to mandate the actions of a free people.

The Constitution of the United States and that of Maine specifically prohibit the Congress or the Legislature from enacting bills of attainder or ex post facto laws. The former was to insure that no law or regulation would be enacted that did not apply to everyone. The second was to prevent the government from prohibiting what was once not prohibited.

Every single tax law enacted, including the first tax imposed by the very first Congress is a bill of attainder and directed at either exacting more from some and less from others. It was composed by friends of Alexander Hamilton along with the National Bank Act. The latter over the objections of Thomas Jefferson and Edmond Randolph his Attorney General. Hamilton and his friends then cashed in on the paper issued by the Continental Congress to fund the Revolution which they bought at probably 10 cents on the dollar.

As an aside, it was Alexander Hamilton who was responsible for the special qualification of residency for a candidate for Presidency. The Constitution limited the qualifications to men over 35 years of age, born in the United States or who have been resident in the United States for at least 14 years. Guess what? The only one in the Constitutional Convention who would not have qualified for President was Alexander Hamilton if the 14 year exception had not been included.

My point being that we have strayed from the original law, not be amendment but by unconstitutional laws passed by Congress, approved by the President and in most cases upheld by the Supreme Court whenever one or the other party controls the three branches. Fortunately tis has rarely happened but when it did in the 1930s, the consequences were disastrous.

I need remind you that the US Tax code alone now stretches to over 70,000 pages and the federal codes even more. The State codes rival the federal codes. Is this really necessary to regulate the actions of a free people? It is obviously necessary to constrain them and restrict freedom the most precious of which the right to choose ones friends, who one does business with and whom to choose to work for you.

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Could we be more specific it

Could we be more specific it is getting difficult to tell what we are.
Is mainemom a pawn of progressivism ?
It makes it easier for us in the unwashed, to know who is what ?

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No big deal, Bruce. He posted

No big deal, Bruce. He posted in this thread in order to get people to read his comments, which doesn't often happen.

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If people don't read my

If people don't read my comments, why is there always so much controversy provoked by only a few who though they disagree with me never come forth with a truth of their own? The only answer I can come up with that makes any sense is the lies they spread provide solace to their egos and their pocketbooks. I confess I was one of them until I stopped to think why, if this country is so great why do we always seem to be complaining about something and looking for someone to blame them on?

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Like a moth to the flame.....

Like a moth to the flame............

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" if this country is so great

" if this country is so great why do we always seem to be complaining about something and looking for someone to blame them on?"

Well, a group takes on the character of its leader, and you epitomize this concept on AMG, and you seem to relish it.

What you have not figured out after years of this routine is that it's the way you come at things...your tone....your talking down to everyone...your sense of certainty....and all the rest. You don't have conversations, you hand down stone tablets.

It wouldn't matter if your subject area was ice cream flavors or paint colors for cars; it's you that is the dominant content of your various essays more so than any particulars of the subject area.

Wake up. Or as they say now, get woke!

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BTW: try reading the back

BTW: try reading the back cover of your "new book" on the Constitution, and see if you detect any errors.

If you're paying for the services of an editor, you aren't getting your money's worth. If you're not, your confidence in your own inerrancy is misplaced.

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Mel: There is a

Mel: There is a typographical error and I caught it after the book went into publication. I could have corrected it but it would have cost me some money to do so and it wasn't worth the effort since people would get the gist of what was said, just like we do with many of Bruce's posts. He would do well to write his replies on an app with a spell checker to clean up his comments. The problem is at least I do not read his comments just for the sake of finding errors, unlike you. Why don't you read the whole book and tell me where all my other errors are?

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Mel: You seem to have

Mel: You seem to have anointed me a leader of something on AMG and if it is one who is taking the lead in exposing the truth to offset the impact the lies of the Progressives, I accept that mantle.

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No, you beat me to it.

No, you beat me to it.

Once again, you simply can't grasp any comment that doesn't fit within your lines of thought.

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Mel: I only seek the truth

Mel: I only seek the truth and when I find it I treasure it. If I cannot accept comment that is a false it is because I don't believe a lie. Many have been led to believe the Russians hacked the 2016 election, not because it is true, which it isn't and hasn't been proven for that very reason. I am glad however that our Congressmen are wasting their time doing so because it prevents them from doing even more mischief that effects all of us.

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He found it and is it !

He found it and is it !

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He's the Truth, the Light and

He's the Truth, the Light and the Way?!

Repent from your erroneous ways! The time is here!

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