Monday, January 18, 2010

MLK, CWA, and a Clinical Psychologist Responds to Gary's Blog

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, JR. Volumes have been written about his life and his times. I have chosen two sources to which I would like to direct our readers today. These two information sources provide an excellent snapshot of his life and times and the lasting effect of both.

First, I have linked a video of the March on Washington and the, "I Have A Dream" speech.

Secondly, a link to a web site that was first created by the Seattle Times in 1996. It contains the story of this remarkable man.

And finally, King was a very quotable man. One of his comments that I personally quote often:

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."

Tomorrow, Concerned Women for America of Washington are co- sponsoring a March for Life event in Olympia at 12:00 noon. Faith and Freedom fully supports this event and would encourage anyone who is able to attend to do so. I have provided a link to specific information or contact State Director, Maureen Richardson, at 425-869-1923.

As announced, from time to time, we will be sharing comments sent in from our readers. Recently a Clinical Psychologist responded to one of our blogs. His email begins, "I was struck by your title, "Don't Think, Don't Believe, Don't Comment", as well as your commentary.

TO: Gary Randall

I was struck by your title, "Don't Think, Don't Believe, Don't Comment," as well as your commentary. I am a now retired Clinical Psychologist with 38 years of clinical practice. Your title immediately brought a subject to my mind that I have spoken about with many people over the years. Your title almost exactly summarizes the "family rules" in a dysfunctional family.

"Dysfunction family" is an overused term that has almost become meaningless due to its overuse/application. However, in clinical practice one gets to see a lot of it. Dysfunctional families differ in many ways from each other but they all have the following "family rules". Family rules may be defined as codes for behavior never mentioned or talked about openly but everyone in the family knows intuitively what they are and usually follows them).

A quick summary of these rules is as follows: "Don't think, don't feel. don't be honest, never question the rules or the leadership (i.e. parents)" and finally "none of these rules may change!" It is indeed frightening to see that in our country many folks are following these dysfunctional rules. These don't work well in a family nor a nation. Dysfunctional rules must be challenged and at times purposefully broken in order for therapeutic change to occur.

Best regards and blessings,

Frank C. Hamilton, Ph.D.


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God bless you.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. I am surprised that you would print a response like this.

    I have been thinking about the health care debate and the paranoid fear that opposes trying to solve such a simple problom as getting some kind of affordable health care for all our citizens.

    It occured to me that everytime this country progressed in an area
    fear was conquered.

    (1) fear to let non land owners vote

    (2) fear to let women vote

    (3) fear to let minorities vote

    (4) fear to let minorities to use the same restroom drink from the same water fountain , sit at the same lunch counter ,sit anywhere on the public buses and asocciate with our children at our schools.

    Thes fears have been prety much conquared.

    There is one more .

    Fear that this country could become a dictator ship
    like Cuba and North Korea .

    This a fear that is not founded in reality because we have the constitution and open free elections.

  2. IN resonse to Ralph-the constitution is being forgotten with this new presidency, and with 'open' free elections, we in this state experienced the Rossi situation, when he was delared the winner, then King county found more 'votes' to undeclared his winning! This is not fear--this is frustrations that many of us choose to be aware of, and to do something about it, when we can!

  3. Anonymous,

    Dino Rossi lost fair and square by the election rules of this state. He presented his case before a Republican Judge in a conservative county and all of the claims you re-hash here were found to be without merit. Since then he went on to lose again to the same woman by a landslide! Your side lost, it happens, get over it.

  4. Cults follow the form of the dysfuntional family summarized by
    Frank Hamilton.

    When there is any kind of unfairness within a system of government, a voice against the oppression should be heard.

    Under the law Moses stood from morning to evening hearing matters between the people and by doing so they all began to learn of God. He later recognized elders
    out of every tribe to continue the work. (Exodus 18)

    It seems to me that anytime things were going well with God's people it was at such a time that they had delivering judges who knew God.


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