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BRANDING THE MORAL VALUES OF CONSERVATIVES

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 17, 2013

BRYCE ON MORALITY & POLITICS

– How the media controls the image of conservatives.

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Last month I was asked to give an overview of my new seminar “Stand Up for MORALITY” at a local Republican Club. This was a condensed version of my seminar where I discuss the properties of morality, describe how it applies to Americans, and have attendees work through problems. In case you’re wondering, this seminar is politically and religiously neutral. It just happened that the Republicans invited me in as do other groups. During the seminar, I asked the group to define some moral values that everyone could abide by, not just themselves. After much discussion, the group settled on the following:

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Respect elders and those in superior position.
Adhere to the laws, rules and regulations of the land.
Help, aid, and assist all persons less fortunate, as I am able to.
Not wrong, cheat or defraud another.
Respect the property of others.
Work faithfully, professionally, and industriously for those employing my services.
Respect the dignity of the human spirit and treat people equitably.

They could have defined more, but we were limited by time. These responses are actually quite typical as many people in this country share these values. Knowing I was in the presence of a political group, I next asked them if these were the values the media used to portray the GOP, to which I received an emphatic, “No!” Instead, they felt the media slandered them by portraying them as:

Greedy; consumed more with the almighty dollar than people.
Insensitive to the needs of others.
Were environmentally reckless.
Possess radical views on gun control.
Racists.
Warmongers.
Unreasonably resists change.
Stuck in the past.
Inclined to create mayhem in order to overthrow the government.

There is something to be said in their argument. This particular presentation happened to occur during the week of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15th. It wasn’t until Friday, the 19th, when the final suspect was apprehended. In the meantime, there was considerable speculation as to who the perpetrators were, particularly the media, to wit:

* Chris Matthews of MS-NBC blamed the “radical right” for the bombings.

* Lawrence O’Donnell, also of MS-NBC claimed the National Rifle Association (NRA) helped the bombers get away.

* Stephanie Johnson, a public affairs representative with the U.S. Forest Service blamed the Tea Party for the bombing.

Other liberals also made accusations that conservatives were behind the April 15th bombings. They were all undoubtedly surprised to learn the suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were born in Russia, of Chechen descent, and believed in Islam. Although they had immigrated to the United States as children, and were permanent residents (only one of the brothers had become a naturalized citizen). In other words, the media was disappointed the attack was caused by outsiders as opposed to conservatives in this country.

Since the 2012 national election, the media has been insisting the GOP needs to change in order to attract voters of all nationalities. To do so, they suggest conservatives change their views on such things as marriage, immigration, the national debt, entitlements, etc. This would mean a dramatic change in their moral values as expressed earlier, something which is virtually difficult if not impossible for anyone to do. Knowing this, the media will likely continue to villify the character of conservatives thereby tainting their image to the public. I believe they now call this “branding” or perhaps “brainwashing” would be more appropriate.

Conservatives have only themselves to blame as they do not take the media to task over how they are portrayed. Instead, they need to take the argument directly to the public and explain precisely what their moral values are, and by doing so, the public may come to the realization that conservative values are no different than their own. For example:

Helping their neighbors.
An honest dollar for an honest day’s work.
The sanctity of life.
That a person must be given the opportunity to try their hand at any business venture they are so inclined.
That each person needs to lead an honorable and worthwhile life.

Unveiling the true moral values of conservatives could work wonders in terms of demystifying what they truly represent, something the media already knows and is desperate to refute. Frankly, conservatives are not nearly as frightening as they are portrayed by the press. Most probably have the same values as you do.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY TEACHING?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 15, 2013

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Politics in the classroom.

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As you know, I’ve been discussing issues pertaining to the development of moral values, specifically how they are taught and learned. In my writings, I observed that schools are no longer teaching religion or morality, but this is not entirely true as there is considerable political discourse being added to the student’s curriculum by the teachers. To illustrate:

Florida Atlantic Stomp on Jesus – (March 27th) – a Junior at Florida Atlantic University was suspended for refusing to stomp on a piece of paper with the word “Jesus” boldly printed on it. The incident was part of an exercise in a class for Intercultural Communications. The incident became so controversial and garnered so much exposure, Florida Governor Rick Scott made inquiries of the university’s chancellor. Whether the word had been “Jesus” or “Mohammad,” the exercise had questionable intent and, according to university officials, it will not be used again. Had the Junior not objected, the incident would have likely been buried and the instructor not suspended.

Wisconsin teen says teachers bullying him over conservative views – (March 28th) – An Appleton, Wisconsin high school freshman published a log of the bullying he received from his teachers for his conservative views. The log chronicled the verbal abuse he took from teachers over a three year period, at three different schools, starting in eighth grade. Whether the student is conservative or liberal is immaterial; no student should suffer such an embarrassment.

Texas prof. under fire for allegedly forcing students to make anti-gun posters – (April 10th) – an assistant professor teaching a Graphic Design course at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas instructed her students to develop anti-gun posters as one of their assignments. Had the students been asked to choose either a pro-gun or anti-gun position, or the teacher not used the posters for political purposes, the problem would have likely not blossomed. Instead, a student filed a complaint with the university which began an investigation. Evidently, Texas law forbids professors from using their authority to compel others to advocate political causes,

Writing Assignment at Albany High School: Explain Why “Jews Are Evil” – (April 12th) – An unnamed Albany High School English teacher in New York, issued an assignment for the students to write an essay on why “Jews are evil.” A third of the class refused to comply and brought the matter before school officials. The teacher has since been placed on leave.

Dad Furious After Finding This Crayon-Written Paper in Florida 4th-Grader’s Backpack – (April 12th) – A mother and father in Jacksonville, Florida found a paper in their fourth-grader’s backpack. The paper, which had been written by their son in crayon as part of a class assignment, said, “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.” The son and his classmates were instructed to write this expression by their teacher. The assignment infuriated the student’s father who quickly brought it to the attention of school officials.

It used to be, you would occasionally hear of a story where a teacher would openly discuss their personal political views, such as the North Carolina high school teacher who yelled at a student, telling him that he could be arrested for criticizing Barack Obama, but these seemed to be sporadic outbursts. Now, it seems reports of teachers promoting their political agendas has become more prevalent, such as these five stories within a 15 day period.

Back in my public High School days, the teachers never discussed politics, unless of course it was to describe the mechanics of politics in our Government classes. As students, we had our suspicions as to which teachers were liberal and conservative, but to their credit, they remained tight-lipped over politics. It’s evidently not this way anymore, as politics in the classroom has become more commonplace. As I mentioned in my eBook, “Stand Up for MORALITY,” the discussion of politics is a discussion of morality in disguise, which is normally frowned upon in this day and age of political correctness. For example, discussions about the federal debt, marriage, gun control, entitlements, etc. is not simply a political discussion; it is a moral discussion.

Having teachers preach their view of morality and politics places students in the awkward position of questioning the values possessed by their parents. Fearing for their grades, students are generally inhibited to stand up for their rights. Such fear is simply unacceptable. Those students who rose to refute their teachers have displayed great moral courage as they faced retribution.

I wonder how much of this could be avoided with just a little discipline, such as school uniforms (for both students and teachers alike), and a little respect for both sides. It’s a shame we cannot seem to discuss morality more openly and respectfully. Then again, someone always seems to have an agenda.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Copyright © 2013 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

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Listen to Tim on WJTN-AM (News Talk 1240) “The Town Square” with host John Siggins (Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30-3:00pm Eastern), KGAB-AM 650 “The Morning Zone” with host Dave Chaffin (weekdays, 6:00-10:00am Mountain), and KIT-AM 1280 in Yakima, Washington “The Morning News with Dave and Lance” with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific). Or tune-in to Tim’s channel on YouTube.

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