Brainwashing Americans for Extremism, Power and Profit: part 3 of 3

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My old, extremist, brainwashed friend also doesn’t believe global warming is caused by human activity, and this explains why he is against any or most environmental regulations that would limit carbon emissions—yet, there is irrefutable evidence that carbon emissions are polluting the air causing respiratory illnesses and lung disease, for instance, cancer, and that carbon emissions are altering the pH balance of the oceans threaten the food chain. Rising Acidity in the Oceans: The other CO2 Problem and How Air Pollution Contributes to Lung Disease

But that doesn’t stop extremists like my old friend—who gives me a lot to write about—from wanting a smaller government that doesn’t monitor private sector corporations that pollute the environment.

My old extremist friend seems to think that the private sector should have no restrictions and be allowed to do whatever it wants with no government intervention—he thinks that the private sector will correct itself voluntarily.

If you read this piece in a recent National Geographic Magazine about the EPA superfund going broke—thanks to people like my old, stubborn, extremist friend, for instance, and the Tea Party element of the GOP—you might appreciate the danger of stripping the government of its ability to limit pollution, corruption and/or monopoly in the private sector.

As for abortion, I think a woman should own her body and have the legal right to an abortion before, at least, the 21st week, if not longer to the 30th week. What I think my old extremist friend, who has been brainwashed, is really arguing for is less freedom for individuals and more freedom for profit hungry corporations to pollute the earth and cause more disease and illness.

Oh, one last fact: Gallup also reports that only 25% of the people are skeptical of global warming being caused by carbon emissions and human activity versus 75% who are concerned believers or somewhere in between.

Did you know that AEI routinely tries to undermine the credibility of climate science, despite at times affirming that the “weight of the evidence” justifies “prudent action” on climate change and AEI received $3,615,000 from ExxonMobil from 1998-2012, and more than $1 million in funding from Koch foundations from 2004-2011?

AFP also frequently provides a platform for climate contrarian statements, such as “How much information refutes carbon dioxide-caused global warming? Let me count the ways.” And the Koch foundations donated $3,609,281 to AFP Foundation from 2007-2011.

To discover more about who is brainwashing people like my old extremist friend, I suggest clicking on Global Warming Skeptic Organizations and read the report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves

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Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).

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Opinions versus the Truth – are they one and the same?

At the Talkers Magazine convention, Glenn Beck said he regretted some of his fiery opinions, because they caused a division in the country. Then he said, “I don’t wish I could take back the truth that was spoken but perhaps—not perhaps—many times I could have said it differently.” Source: Yahoo.com

Whose truth was Beck talking about? There are so many truths to choose from. For a few examples: gun control, global warming, abortion and separation of Church and State

Beck has supported individual gun ownership rights and is against gun control legislation.

He also thinks that there is a lack of evidence that human activity is the main cause of global warming.

On the O’Reilly show, Beck has said, “Abortion is killing–it’s killing someone.”

According to NewsHounds.us, Glenn Beck also wants to abolish separation of Church and State.

We now have a better idea what Glenn Beck thinks is the truth. Because someone like Glenn Beck has opinions on these issues, does that mean his opinions are the truth?

To discover the popular truth, what do most Americans think about these same issues?

On April 9, 2013, A new Gallup poll on climate change reported, “from what you have heard or read, do you believe increases in the Earth’s temperature over the last century are due more to the effects of pollution from human activities or natural changes in the environment that are not due to human activities?” 57% of respondents chose the human activities response and 39% chose the natural changes response. Source: National Center for Science Education.com

Therefore, the majority of Americans think that global warming is caused by human activity.

On the right to own arms, Gallup reported that 92% of Americans support background checks; 44% support an assault-weapons ban and 58% want a ban on high-capacity magazines. Source: Center for American Progress.org

Therefore, the majority of Americans think that there should be some tougher laws on gun ownership.

On abortion, Gallup reported on January 22, 2013 that, “Forty years after the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Roe v. Wade, significantly more Americans want the landmark abortion decision kept in place rather than overturned, 53% to 29%. Another 18% have no opinion, the highest level of uncertainty Gallup has recorded on this question in trends dating to 1989.” Source: First Amendment Center.org

Therefore, the majority of Americans think women should have the legal right to an abortion.

Regarding separation of Church and State: On July 14, 2011, it was reported that, “A whopping 67% of the American people agree that the First Amendment “requires a clear separation of church and state,” according to the 2011 State of the First Amendment survey released July 12 by the First Amendment Center.

Therefore, the majority of Americans think there should be a clear separation between Church and State.

It seems that almost everyone has an opinion and then thinks that opinion is the truth.

There is a minority that believes one truth and a majority that believes another. Then there are people that don’t know what to think.

What truth do you support in these issues, and do you support laws to legislate opinions into a truth that can get you arrested and sent to prison?

Does the majority force its truth on the minority?  Or does the minority force its truth on the majority?  And is it okay to lie to manipulate public support for your opinions—your truths?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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