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Self-Esteem Movement Has Wrecked This Country
Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 1 Dec 08 | foutsc

Posted on 12/01/2008 10:18:36 AM PST by foutsc

As I sat through another interminable middle school award ceremony that lasted longer than the contest itself, I pondered how the self-esteem movement has wrecked this country. I had plenty of time since well-meaning adults were handing out participation medals to every eager participant.

This current financial calamity is the logical result of the self-esteem movement. Don't get me wrong, I think self-esteem is wonderful when sprung from a healthy self-image and buoyed by real accomplishments. But like diversity, it is worthless when pursued for its own sake.

Presidents Clinton and Bush were full of self-esteem as terrorists plotted the 9/11 attacks under the noses of our clueless but confident alphabet soup bureaucracies. The attacks themselves dented no one's esteem. Richard Clarke was the only government official to feel any blame and apologize as far as I can remember. President Bush awarded CIA Director George Tenant a medal for crying out loud!

Politicians of all all stripes are arrogant and proud as interest on the national debt and entitlement spending slowly, blob-like, consume the federal budget. And now the private sector and state governments follow suit with stumblebum mismanagement that has wrecked the nation's economy. Finally, individual citizens soil themselves after gorging on credit, new cars and McMansions. And mommy government will pick them up and clean them off. Don't want them to feel bad...

Like spoiled children in a no-fault world, this endless chain of fools lines up to receive participation prizes. Congress responds by creating the Federal Failure Reward Package on the advice of the same geniuses who caused the debacle.

This is how unbridled, unwarranted self-esteem destroys a culture that once believed in personal responsibility, thrift and self-reliance.

Outside of our military, self-esteem is turning this country into a colossal failure. Our car manufacturers are going broke while Japanese companies move in and make a profit, on our soil, with American workers. This shows that the average American still knows how to work and achieve, but our leaders and managers are egotistical losers too stupid to leverage it. What has any government agency or public enterprise done right in the last 8, 16, 20 years?

I could give a damn whether our next president is the messiah or the anti-Christ; all I want is competence from my government and our public institutions. If that's too much to ask, could they at least stop rewarding failure?

It's high time that people who screw up got the good old-fashioned ego-destroying, a$$-kicking they deserve.

Did you lose a billion dollars today? Then your self-esteem should be crappy, and by the way, you're fired!

Bought more house and more car than you can afford? Looks like you may need to find a cardboard box underneath the interstate off-ramp. Your fellow citizens won't be paying for your stupidity.

You're a failure. Want a self-esteem builder? You can start by cleaning up your own mess. Our nation is out of balance: We have a surplus of self-esteem and a deficit of personal responsibility. Third-world countries are made of this.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: bailout; ego; moralabsolute; selfesteem; sociology

1 posted on 12/01/2008 10:18:36 AM PST by foutsc
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To: foutsc
IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL
2 posted on 12/01/2008 10:19:23 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: foutsc
Clinton

Legacy

3 posted on 12/01/2008 10:20:14 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: foutsc

This article made me feel bad. That ain’t right!


4 posted on 12/01/2008 10:21:14 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: foutsc

I feel really good about myself.

After all, as Mrs. Seinfeld says, who wouldn’t like him(me)?


5 posted on 12/01/2008 10:24:43 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: ClearCase_guy

It helped my Chuckie Cheese stock!!!


6 posted on 12/01/2008 10:25:28 AM PST by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: foutsc
You're a failure. Want a self-esteem builder? You can start by cleaning up your own mess.

Exactly. It's time for once to reward those who contribute to society and not those who tear it down. The path of industry is strewn with the wreckage of businesses that tried to take short cuts along the way, either by guile, deceit, or sheer mismanagement. They should perish and the certainly DO NOT deserved to be kept in positions of power using MY tax dollars.

Listen up, you Bozos in Washington, you work for us, not vice versa and if we don't see an end to this Socialistic crap that's come down the pike in the last few months, there's going to be a grassroots uproar that will start with the next set of primaries. RINO's...this applies to you, too.

7 posted on 12/01/2008 10:26:35 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: foutsc
Great article.

One blatant example of this "feel good" mentally was demonstrated during Clinton's first term.

His energy secretary, Hazel O'Leary, was visiting an energy plant and inquired why the workers' badges were of different colors. On being told that the colors represented different levels of security clearance, the good secretary insisted that practice stop and all badges be the same color so that no-one felt "inferior".

8 posted on 12/01/2008 10:28:55 AM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: foutsc

A good example of putting self esteem first and learning last: Math Appreciation replaces Math Instruction.


9 posted on 12/01/2008 10:29:29 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: RexBeach

Hey,crazy Joe Davola,how yea doin’?


10 posted on 12/01/2008 10:30:10 AM PST by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: Jeff Head

We used to be a baseball nation but now we’re a T ball nation where there are no losers or winners.


11 posted on 12/01/2008 10:32:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Dr. Ursus
"Are you still afraid of clowns?"

"Yeahhh...."

12 posted on 12/01/2008 10:33:43 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ClearCase_guy

I really don’t know much about the self-esteem movement per se, but I certainly do think there is an overemphasis on feelings in our society. Feelings are fleeting. Yes, I may feel angry, sad, happy or whatever. The important thing is to recognize the reason why I am feeling such and such (especially the negative feelings) and more imprtantly, what am I doing (or not doing) in response to those feelings. My actions or inactions are much more important than me swimming in the whirlpool of my feelings. The Oprahfication of America has been a disaster.


13 posted on 12/01/2008 10:35:00 AM PST by brooklyn dave (Four Years of Socialism)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Have you seen Lloyd Braun lately?


14 posted on 12/01/2008 10:35:08 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: cripplecreek
I read somewhere that in many instance in the areas where the muddleheaded are insisting that no one win or lose, that the kids themselves keep tally and know very well who won and lost! LOL!

There are tens of millions of people in this nation who still "know the score" and those of us who do are entrusted by history, fate, and God above (IMHO) with educating those who don't to the best of our baility within our own spheres of influence. IMHO, that's how we will ultimately turn it around.

15 posted on 12/01/2008 10:35:23 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: RexBeach

Serenity now,insanity later!


16 posted on 12/01/2008 10:37:53 AM PST by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: foutsc

“I think self-esteem is wonderful when sprung from a healthy self-image and buoyed by real accomplishments. But like diversity, it is worthless when pursued for its own sake”

Problem is, there is going to be a day of reckoning. The little dears will complete 16+ years of education (that somebody paid for), present their proof of accomplishment to an perspective employer, and eventually be hired. Then, three months later, both will realize that the diploma is as worthless as a check, from me, for $1,000,000. I have seen it happen, they are crushed, doesn’t do much for their self esteem.


17 posted on 12/01/2008 10:40:46 AM PST by Peter Horry (Mount Up Everybody and Ride to the Sound of the Guns .. Pat Buchanan)
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To: Jeff Head

Loss is a far better teacher than winning in my opinion.

My very first good black eye came from a ten year old pitcher with a wild fastball. What I learned was to spin away from the ball. The next time I got hit it was in the back of my shoulder. It still hurt but didn’t take me out of the game.

Interestingly enough, I see Zero as an example of the arrogance of inexperience. He’s never felt the sting of defeat because he’s never had a chance to fail. When he does fail I expect him to behave in a wildly out of control manner.


18 posted on 12/01/2008 10:43:52 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: BenLurkin

Yup. Turn the rules up-side-down, thumb your nose at Americans and walk away smirking. Linger in the public arena like guest who won’t leave a party where you have behaved like an a%$… hold forth spouting pointless dictums ad infinitum about all and sundry-whether asked for or not... then call yourself a leader!!!

The MSM crawled on their knees for an opportunity to embarrass themselves and us with their unrestrained, cloying obsequiousness to Billy boy and his tuna instead behaving like journalists in this country, i.e. to watchdog ‘IRREGULARITIES’ IN GOVERNMENT… ALL GOVERNMENT....ANY GOVERNMENT - LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE.... The MSM forgot itself and its place.

The MSM has lost its way and left America to the mercy of manipulative, self serving, greedy, inept, corrupt and treasonous demagogues. If Obama is what passes for a President … that alone tells you everything


19 posted on 12/01/2008 10:46:05 AM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: SMARTY

Bump!


20 posted on 12/01/2008 10:48:22 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: foutsc

Narcissism is a contagious mental disease and the self-esteem movement attempts to actively spread it. Vanity always occurs with envy. They are related. It’s the envy the socialists need to gain more power.


21 posted on 12/01/2008 10:52:42 AM PST by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: foutsc

Can i get a trophy just for reading this thread, even though I lost a lot of money in my 401(k)?

I need something to feel good about myself, just for playing along.


22 posted on 12/01/2008 10:57:22 AM PST by Canedawg (The media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: foutsc
Self-Esteem Movement Has Wrecked This Country

No kidding.

We've gone from the Judeo-Christian of "not thinking too much
of ones-self"...to a secular-humanist ideal of self-centered
egotistical self-appraisal.
In just a generation or so.

I suspect the "ego-strength" of the poor children going through
today's average public school...
is probably higher than that of other self-exalting groups of
the past century, e.g.,
1. The Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth)
2. Young Pioneers (of the USSR)
3. Pol Pot's young Cambodian enforcers.

What a plan for future misery.
23 posted on 12/01/2008 10:58:54 AM PST by VOA
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To: Churchillspirit
His energy secretary, Hazel O'Leary, was visiting an energy plant and inquired why the workers' badges were of different colors. On being told that the colors represented different levels of security clearance, the good secretary insisted that practice stop and all badges be the same color so that no-one felt "inferior".

I had to look that one up. Astounding!

Other O'Leary changes included redesigning identification badges at DOE facilities to "minimize" the apparent differences between security-clearance levels and between federal employees and private contractors. Apparently the secretary objected to the badge designations because they "labeled" people.

From here.

24 posted on 12/01/2008 11:57:02 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: brooklyn dave
I may feel angry, sad, happy or whatever. The important thing is to recognize the reason why I am feeling such and such (especially the negative feelings) and more imprtantly, what am I doing (or not doing) in response to those feelings.

These days, people also seem to feel an obligation to "diagnose" others, pointing out their weak points (for their own good). People around them seem to enjoy witnessing the analysis and the examiner seems to win some sort of "Badge of Honor" for being so helpful (er, blunt). Example.: American idol, Survivor, The Big Break (Golf Channel), etc. TV Shows in which people verbally abuse each other are all the rage.I remember when we used to try to be nice and overlook peoples' shortcomings. Now, "being nice", is itself considered a shortcoming.

25 posted on 12/02/2008 3:38:11 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT
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To: foutsc
Self-Esteem Movement and It's BFF, Political Correctness Has Wrecked This Country
26 posted on 12/02/2008 3:52:37 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT
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