Americans agree that the decision to go to war in the Persian Gulf was
inevitable due to Saddam Hussein's stubborn refusal to back out of Kuwait. Yet
peace protesters insist we are sacrificing "blood for oil” and that the
allies are the real aggressors. This article explores the strange psychology
behind the current demands that U.S. troops get out of the Gulf.
all the polished rhetoric and political mumbo-jumbo there are really only two
kinds of leaders, good ones and bad ones. The good ones (and there are
relatively few that survive the pressures of high office) are in power because
the public recognizes their virtue, values and integrity. They become true
representatives of the people.
the more common garden variety, those who are enamored of power and ambition, use
very different methods to rise to the top: demagoguery, confusion and sometimes
cruel intimidation. As famed psychologist Alfred Adler put it, someone with an
unrelenting "will to power" sets aside all principles for the sake
of personal gain, an apt description of many of our "public servants”.
question is often asked: Why do we re-elect certified scoundrels over and over
again? Anyone can be deceived once, but why every election? Last fall the great
majority of voters expressed profound dissatisfaction with Congress's
performance, yet only a handful of incumbents received pink slips. As much as
we deplore the deceitful, underhanded methods employed by those sworn to
represent us, it is evident that we also have a good deal of affection for
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