Stop Delusional Thinking
by Joel S. Hirschhorn (libertarian)
About The Author
Formerly a full professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and then a senior official at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the National Governors Association. Now an activist writer. Author of three nonfiction books for a general audience; the most recent is Delusional Democracy - Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government - www.delusionaldemocracy.com. Articles and essays appear regularly on over 100 websites. Co-founder of Friends of the Article V Convention at www.foavc.org. Active in the 9/11 truth movement.
About The Column
Hard-hitting, in-depth examinations of contemporary issues in politics, government and the economy, intended to not only inform but also to motivate citizen activism.
Conservative Fool's Gold
Published: April 11, 2013
Take a critical look at using gold as an investment. Right-wing talk radio shows push gold commercials as another way to address fear.
Limbaughs New Racism
Published: February 22, 2013
Rush Limbaugh talks about information poor Americans to hide his racist thinking. Time for Republicans to dump Limbaugh.
So God Made Republicans
Published: February 11, 2013
If the Republican Party does not stop appealing more to stupid people than all others it has no future.
Published: January 1, 2013
Technology addiction has gone viral. People have willingly given up their time, money and freedom to stay connected.
Published: December 9, 2012
With so many guns what are the Second Amendment enthusiasts waiting for, if they truly see the government already stealing their liberties?
Lies and Liars Lost
Published: November 7, 2012
No presidential candidate of any party who lied as much as Mitt Romney deserves to win.
Published: September 25, 2012
More than previous elections, to save American democracy, voters must vote out incumbents in Congress or suffer the consequences.
Dumb, Distracted and Delusional
Published: September 18, 2012
There is a better choice than voting for Romney or Obama.
US Frog Revolution
Published: April 4, 2012
The 1 percent have waged a successful revolution and are siphoning off the nation's wealth; the 99 percent suffer in hot water.
Losing Constitutional Competition
Published: March 1, 2012
Objective analysis shows that the US Constitution is no longer seen by experts worldwide as the best one globally. We need updates.
Romney, Severely Awful
Published: February 16, 2012
In addition to a host of talked about deficiencies, Mitt Romney should be pressed to reveal his views on a bizarre Mormon practice.
No Matter Who Wins, Americans Lose
Published: January 30, 2012
For Americans fed up with both major parties and their presidential candidates there is something smart, patriotic and courageous to do.
Dont Mute Newt
Published: December 19, 2011
Think creatively and you will see how electing Gingrich president could accomplish the impossible: motivate Americans to rebel and overthrow the two-party plutocracy.
Smart Establishment Writer Justifies Occupy Movement
Published: December 7, 2011
An established columnist has written eloquently about the Occupy movement in terms that most Americans can appreciate.
Occupy Movement: Next Step Convergence
Published: November 28, 2011
The US Occupy movement is at a critical point. To succeed it must develop a message of specific solutions to fix our broken system. People are seeing the next step as advocacy for constitutional amendments proposed through an Article V convention.
Published: November 21, 2011
To understand the Occupy movement it pays to understand the dynamics of successful revolutions around the world.
Jobless and Clueless
Published: November 4, 2011
Evidence of delusional thinking is that so many Americans, especially the unemployed, refuse to accept the fact that upward economic mobility has largely disappeared.
Data Support the Occupy Movement
Published: October 23, 2011
The remarkable success of the Occupy movement masks the error that only one percent represent those who have unfairly raped the economy. In fact, making political headway requires understanding that more like 20 percent define the wealthy upper clas
Occupy Wall Street Visited
Published: October 18, 2011
My visit to the Occupy Wall Street protest in downtown Manhattan filled me with pride and hope that there still may be hope for a much needed Second American Revolution.
Slash Top Federal Salaries
Published: October 3, 2011
A major way to cut federal spending should be receiving attention. Few people know what a huge number of federal workers make a lot over $100,000 a year, plus tremendous fringe benefits and near total job security.
Class War Winner
Published: September 26, 2011
For some thirty years a class war has been waged successfully in the US. And the winners are clear: the rich and powerful. Considerable data clearly prove the truth of this. What will it take to turn this class war around?
Two Paths to Reform: Violence or Convention
Published: September 7, 2011
With so much evidence that the US political system, government and economy are in a death spiral, more Americans are correctly looking for an alternative to regular elections.
Brain Dead Obama
Published: August 9, 2011
Maybe brain dead Americans got the president they deserved. Obama is a disgrace and anyone who votes for him is an idiot. Time for Americans to riot in the streets, by the millions.
Semantic Propaganda Feeds Stupidity
Published: July 21, 2011
Rich and powerful elites are not generally job creators as Republicans assert as part of their propaganda to get government spending cuts and prevent higher taxes on the rich.
Published: June 17, 2011
To fight the economic downturn we need a national discussion on the two forms of capitalism. Unlike other nations, the US has adopted a bad, immoral, greed-driven form that benefits the rich and powerful.
Lie To Me
Published: June 10, 2011
For politicians, expectations of honesty are gone. They lie about almost everything, not just their personal lives. When you vote for Democrats or Republicans you tell them: Lie to me.
Pick Your Poison
Published: June 3, 2011
The combination of weather and economic calamities is a double whammy that should disturb anyone who does not succumb to political propaganda and fights delusional thinking.
Thank You Cornel West
Published: May 19, 2011
This outspoken professor has been attacked for telling the truth about President Obama, a truth that all Americans should pay attention to.
Published: April 26, 2011
There are some sound reasons for considering a vote for Donald Trump for the US presidency, though taking him seriously is challenging.
Inflationary Lies Push Government Propaganda
Published: April 13, 2011
As if lying about unemployment was not bad enough, the government is lying even more about inflation hitting consumers hard.
Save the US, Take Down the Top One Percent, Take Back Our Country
Published: April 10, 2011
Economic oppression has stolen US democracy and is killing Americans. Time to take down the top one percent and restore economic freedom.
Published: April 3, 2011
The government continues to lie about unemployment and the recovery. Time to wake up to the bitter truth.
Why So Many Americans Hate Obama
Published: March 8, 2011
A new explanation is given for why so many people hate President Obama. It is based on two historic inflection points that cause people to blame Obama, wrongly, for the loss of American greatness.
Can Americans Apply Sharp’s Handbook for Revolution?
Published: February 18, 2011
As citizens in Mideast nations fight for democratic new governments and economic reforms it is timely to consider whether Americans can use the unique handbook for revolution to fix the US.
Tourism Boycott for Egyptian Democracy
Published: February 10, 2011
People worldwide can and must support the rebellion in Egypt by loudly declaring a boycott on tourism there until a new democracy is formed.
Fictional State of the Union
Published: January 26, 2011
President Obama lied to the nation in his latest state of the union address, not his first lie, but surely one of his biggest ones. The state of the union is not strong; it is terrible.
When Voting Fails, Toxic Words Breed Violence
Published: January 10, 2011
Reactions to and analysis of the killing spree in Tucson that killed so many innocent victims. What can we learn?
Hacktivism Beats Voting
Published: December 12, 2010
The WikiLeaks situation has brought much attention to hacktivism, which has been employed against commercial websites as payback for attacks on WikiLeaks and its founder. But hacktivism is best seen as a new force for democracy.
President Obama: Wannabe Leader
Published: December 6, 2010
Obama has shown repeatedly a lack of leadership qualities and skills, making it easy for people, even those who voted for him, to conclude that he is a failed president.
Understanding Psychological Stupidity
Published: November 29, 2010
Native intelligence easily becomes overwhelmed by delusional thinking plus denial resulting from psychological blocks to objective facts and truths, producing psychological stupidity.
Anti-incumbency Movement Failed
Published: November 16, 2010
A hard and objective examination of the midterm elections shows that the anti-incumbency movement utterly failed, despite remarkably high public dissatisfaction with the two major parties and Congress.
Cell Phone Conspiracy
Published: November 3, 2010
A new book makes a powerful case why cell phones pose serious dangers and justifies new behaviors on how to use them.
New USA: Unlimited Stupid Americans
Published: October 29, 2010
No matter who wins in the midterm elections the painful truth will be that there will be no genuine government reforms. The real question is: Will this ugly reality finally wake up most Americans and compel them to pursue better strategies for fixing the nation?
Climate Change: From Stupidity to Lunacy
Published: October 21, 2010
New survey data on what Tea Party supporters believe about climate change and global warming totally supports the goals of fossil fuel industries. This can be explained.
Lesser-Evil Voting Perpetuates Evil
Published: October 13, 2010
The root explanation of why the nation is in terrible shape and speeding down the wrong track is the dominant practice of lesser-evil voting.
Published: October 5, 2010
The country is not benefiting from the fraction of the population idolizing a number of loud mouth, right-wing celebrities. They sell stupidity to stupid Americans; it makes the idols rich and powerful. It does nothing to make the country better for all its citizens.
Missing from Pledge to America
Published: September 28, 2010
There is a glaring omission from the new Republican Pledge to America. Serious citizens should pay careful attention to it and decide whether voting in the coming midterm elections is justified.
Why Americans Elect Awful Presidents
Published: September 3, 2010
The quality of recent US presidents leaves much to be desired. Why do Americans keep electing such rotten presidents? Even worse, why do they keep reelecting them?
Wake Up Obama
Published: August 15, 2010
Most of the nation seems to know what President Obama does not: The USA is in terrible shape and nothing the government is doing deserves public respect and confidence.
Rachel Maddow Misses Journalistic Opportunity
Published: August 10, 2010
Unlike her usual style and scholarship, Rachel Maddow used her show to ridicule those talking loudly about the need for some constitutional amendments. But she missed a big opportunity to inform the public about the unused Article V convention option.
9/11 Truth Truth
Published: August 3, 2010
As we approach yet another 9/11 anniversary it is worthwhile to objectively examine the truth movement.
Beware Rich Political Saviors
Published: July 28, 2010
Americans have every reason to want to vote out incumbents, but the sad truth is that most of those running against incumbents are just awful. What to do? Maybe stay home and de-legitimize our corrupt, dysfunctional government.
Life on Planet Crazy
Published: July 21, 2010
Imagine living on a planet where the connection between cause and effect is very different. Inhabitants practice risky behavior and keep getting surprised by delayed impacts.
Understanding the BP Oil Tragedy: Time Blindness
Published: July 7, 2010
There is a better way to understand why all kinds of calamities happen; it is a learning disability called time blindness. We ignore it at our peril.
US Economy Stuck in Misery
Published: July 3, 2010
Considerable data show just how bad the US economy is and why it has little chance of improving. But the Upper Class is doing just fine. Forget the middle class; all we have is a large Lower Class.
This Year Anti-Incumbency Movement Succeeds or Fails
Published: June 24, 2010
American democracy and its electoral system will be tested in this year's midterm elections for Congress. Polls and primary results indicate an historic shift. But will voters really get rid of incumbents?
Published: June 7, 2010
Progressives on the left are moaning and groaning because of so many disappointments with President Obama who they helped elect. But they are not willing to speak up and say one term is enough for him and create the conditions for someone else to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2012.
Convention USA: Confronting Unconstitutional Inaction by Congress
Published: May 28, 2010
An important new effort provides Americans with the ability to test drive an Article V convention. Convention USA will allow citizens to discuss possible constitutional amendments. The aim is to create more pressure on Congress to call a real Article V convention.
Published: May 24, 2010
Americans' disgust with their government will only worsen as President Obama is increasingly seen as ineffective in mounting federal resources to address the BP oil spill. This could kill a second term for him.
Economic Power: Avoid Arizona and Boycott BP
Published: May 16, 2010
Americans should use their personal economic power to advance worthy goals and punish those that deserve it.
Americans Deserve Recall Power
Published: April 21, 2010
Americans who want to reform the federal government should seek a constitutional amendment giving them the power to recall federal officials.
Easy to Avoid Paying Income Tax
Published: April 11, 2010
When you learn what fraction of American households pay no federal income tax you realize how easy it is in our terrible economy. A much smaller fraction is wealthy.
Thank You Mr. LeMunyon
Published: April 4, 2010
The recent article in the Wall Street Journal made an excellent case for using the Article V convention option in the Constitution. Why is this opposed?
9/11 Reconstruction: Mental Before Physical
Published: March 29, 2010
A new survey of Americans reveals that 100 million people question or reject official story. A new investigation is needed.
Published: March 18, 2010
Now that it has received terrific competition Blockbuster is going down the tubes and I say good riddance.
Corporate Shills and Apologists (Blaming Toyota Drivers)
Published: March 15, 2010
There appears to be a national campaign to blame Toyota drivers for sudden acceleration and runaway cars. This should really anger everyone, especially owners of Toyotas.
Understanding Toyota Sudden Acceleration
Published: March 8, 2010
This will help you understand the real nature of the Toyota sudden acceleration problem. Neither the government or Toyota are tackling the problem correctly.
Save Your Money or Save the Economy?
Published: March 2, 2010
For those Americans with some extra cash, the tendency is now to save rather than spend. But economic recovery is impossible unless there is marked increases in consumer spending. Face reality; face gloom.
Another Consumer Scam
Published: March 2, 2010
One of the enduring, widespread consumer scams is Direct Buy that uses high pressure sales methods to lure consumers into paying a large membership fee.
Published: February 23, 2010
Just when Americans felt that corporate misdeeds could not be worse comes yet another example of corporate greed. The diabetes drug Avandia is killing people.
Real, Uglier American Unemployment
Published: February 17, 2010
Economic inequality is shown by much higher unemployment rates with lower income households. The political use of a national unemployment rate is political propaganda designed to hide the real problem that is intractable.
To Tea or Not To Tea
Published: February 9, 2010
A lot of political dissidents and rebels like me surely have some good reasons for not joining the national tea party movement.
Fixing A Bad Supreme Court Decision
Published: January 26, 2010
What must be done when the Supreme Court makes an awful ruling like the recent one permitting more corporate money in politics: recognize that our corrupt Congress will never propose a constitutional amendment to fix the problem nor pass legislation to do the job. Article V offers the solution.
Disdain Versus Democracy
Published: January 22, 2010
Understanding the Scott Brown victory has caused President Obama to recognize his own failure, something that millions of Americans have already done. In a two-party plutocracy angry voters can only shift power between the two corrupt major parties.
Published: January 1, 2010
The American Dream has been replaced by the American Disappointment as evidenced by a decade of zeros and nothings just ended. Will Americans find their national roots in revolution?
Health Care Delusion
Published: December 25, 2009
This is the ultimate test to see if delusion rules your thinking: Is the bill that the grinning President Obama will sign really good for the nation?
Obama: Say One Term Is Enough
Published: December 1, 2009
As the nation sinks deeper into nation-failing President Obama must find the courage to tell angry and suffering Americans that one term is enough, so that he can seek true and deep reforms.
Article V Convention: No Reason to Fear Liberals
Published: November 20, 2009
I have regularly encountered the fear that liberals would control the convention and produce awful results. Let me carefully make the case why this fear is completely unjustified and why patriotic Americans that are not constitutional hypocrites should support the nonpartisan effort of Friends of the Article V Convention.
What Physicians Know
Published: November 1, 2009
The greatest burden for physicians is dealing with private health insurance companies, which is why so many of them want Medicare to be made available to everyone.
Published: October 13, 2009
Amazingly, so many Americans express love and respect for the US Constitution, yet so few understand how and why Congress has gotten away with disobeying a piece of it.
Will Obama Have Veto Courage?
Published: October 2, 2009
Most likely the health care reform bill passed by Congress will not be true, needed reform. So, will President Obama have the integrity to veto it?
Corporate Corruption Killing America
Published: September 14, 2009
Only pandemic delusional thinking explains why Americans don't understand that political reforms are prevented by corporate corruption of the political system.
9/11 Mind Swell
Published: August 10, 2009
Approaching the eighth anniversary of 9/11 prompts a hard analysis of why and how the 9/11 truth movement has failed to achieve the most important goal: a new, credible investigation.
Government Gone Mad
Published: July 21, 2009
Americans are getting politics as usual, which means corrupt, dysfunctional government as usual.
Delusional Health Care Reform
Published: June 25, 2009
Unless we replace the awful, inefficient and profit driven private health insurance industry with a government single payer system there is no real health care reform.
Published: May 14, 2009
Americans need a civics lesson. And so do politicians. Of all the wrong and delusional thinking about the US Constitution the one that is most thoroughly incorrect and routinely used for political propaganda purposes is that there are three coequal branches of the federal government.
Rule of Law Vetoed by President Obama
Published: April 21, 2009
You do not have rule of law unless the political and justice systems are willing to seriously examine past actions. But Obama wants to look forward, not backward. That vetoes the rule of law.
From Populist Rage to Revolution
Published: March 27, 2009
Americans clearly are capable of being outraged. Missing, however, is a sustained, vibrant demand for deep reforms of our political and government system. All the venom aimed at AIG and its bonus-receiving employees served more as a distraction than a viable political strategy to reform our government.
Senator Feingold Has Constitutional Opportunity
Published: March 14, 2009
Senator Russ Feingold has a fine idea for a constitutional amendment: every senator must actually be elected rather than appointed to that position. But he should shift attention to getting Congress to obey the Constitution and call the first Article V convention.
Four Integrity Tests for President Obama
Published: March 8, 2009
A great smile does not make a truth teller. A talker of change does not define a reformer. What if he is just another untrustworthy politician? What if he does not keep his promises? With these questions in mind, I have examined four areas where I find President Obama’s behavior disappointing.
Mesmerized by Melodic Rhetoric
Published: February 11, 2009
Compared to rioting Europeans, Americans seem like docile, drugged out sheep herded towards the economic cliff, mesmerized by melodic rhetoric of political messiah Barack Obama. Too much hope can precipitate violence.
Tax Solution to Wretched Greed
Published: January 30, 2009
A law should be immediately passed that imposes a new special federal income tax of 99 percent on all income in excess of $500,000 annually for single taxpayers and $1 million for couples, starting for 2008 income. Call it a greed tax.
Libertarianism: If Not Now, Then When?
Published: January 11, 2009
In these terrible economic times, is it not reasonable to think that if libertarianism was ever to have a chance of attracting very broad public support as an alternative to what the US has had for many, many decades, would this be the time?
Consumer Power is the Salvation
Published: January 6, 2009
With nearly $9 trillion in cash sitting in bank and money market accounts, consumers have more power than the government to rescue the economy.
Illinois Citizens Deserve Corrupt Government
Published: December 12, 2008
When Illinois voters went against having a state constitutional convention this past election they really voted to keep their corrupt, dysfunctional political system.
George W. Bush Belongs In Prison
Published: November 29, 2008
There is a compelling case for indicting George W. Bush and putting him in prison, not to get revenge, but to obtain justice and show the world that we truly believe in the rule of law that even presidents are not above.
Unjust Deserts: Book Review
Published: November 22, 2008
Inherited knowledge, not personal efforts, mostly explains becoming rich.
We Need A New National Political Party
Published: November 12, 2008
The current third party movement is dead. We need a new MAJOR political party.
The Anti-Incumbency Movement Is Dead
Published: November 7, 2008
Why do Americans keep re-electing losers in Congress? Stupidity.
Book Review: No Innocent Bystanders
Published: October 2, 2008
You get to a fake democracy when there are too many bystanders.
Eat Your Cats and Dogs
Published: September 29, 2008
Americans cannot vote their way out of our national mess.
Our Republic Raped and Still No Revolution!
Published: September 22, 2008
Ousting Democrats and Republicans is more justified and needed than removing the tyranny of the King of England. Our elected domestic tyranny operating as a plutocracy masquerading as a democracy has been raping our nation.
How to Celebrate Constitution Day
Published: September 17, 2008
Today, September 17 is Constitution Day, but very, very few Americans know this or will celebrate it. If you think of yourself as a politically engaged, civic-minded and patriotic American, then I urge you to celebrate today by expanding your mind about a critically important but never-used part of our Constitution.
Dummies for Democracy
Published: September 9, 2008
For the most part, Americans are ignorant about politics, history and current events, making them vulnerable to lies of politicians that support the two-party plutocracy.
Unintelligence in Federal Intelligence Agencies
Published: September 4, 2008
Using privatization the Bush administration is wasting billions of taxpayer dollars by using contractors.
Palin Ups Chances of McCain Beating Obama
Published: August 29, 2008
By choosing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate John McCain made a brilliant decision.
Bye Bye Barry
Published: August 19, 2008
Imagine the reactions in November if Obama loses to McCain.
Working Poor Unready to Revolt
Published: August 7, 2008
Despite considerable economic pain, those at the bottom of the income spectrum seem more delusional than ready to revolt against an unjust political system.
We Need More Direct Democracy
Published: July 28, 2008
The failure of our representative democracy creates urgency for more direct democracy.
Too Old and Brain-dead
Published: July 15, 2008
This is the right election year to reject both Democratic and Republican candidates.
The Audacity of Arrogance
Published: June 27, 2008
With horrendous hubris, the ruling class seems incapable of foreseeing a populist revolt.
Poisonous Plutocracy Pushes Economic Inequality
Published: May 28, 2008
The two-party plutocracy continues to increase economic inequality by directing far much of the nation's wealth to the Upper Class.
After Hillary, Voting With Conscience and Pride
Published: May 9, 2008
Time for Americans to find the courage and vote against the two-party plutocracy.
How to Get Universal Health Care
Published: May 2, 2008
Americans deserve to get the constitutional right to affordable universal health care.
Obama's Crotch Itch Problem
Published: April 27, 2008
This skinny candidate has a serious character flaw.
How Hillary Can Knock-Out Obama
Published: April 23, 2008
Now is the time for Hilary Clinton to take a bold position that in one brilliant, courageous stroke shows the nation that she is more willing to pursue true reforms of the two-party plutocratic political system than Obama is.
Most Powerful Americans
Published: April 16, 2008
Forget votes and guns, the real power of consumers to get government actions they want is through their spending.
Open Letter to John McCain
Published: March 24, 2008
There are no good reasons to vote for McBush for president and get continuation of failed policies.
God Bless Ralph Nader
Published: February 28, 2008
Ralph Nader is more than an advocate for consumers; he fights for American democracy.
Delusional Hope: The Obama Rapture
Published: February 21, 2008
Mass delusional hope may sweep Obama into the White House.
Obama Hope Beating Clinton Help
Published: February 14, 2008
Time to stop being mesmerized by the race and see the ultimate reality.
The Evolution of Evil
Published: February 1, 2008
Perhaps a global political apocalypse has already arrived. Evil forces and tyrannical governments have evolved. By learning from history and using new technology they have smarter tools of tyranny. The tools of real rebellion are weak. Most corrupt and legally sanctioned forms of tyranny hide in plain sight as democracies with free elections. The toughest lesson is that ALL elections are distractions.
False Gods Create False Hope
Published: January 17, 2008
When American support false change agents they end up maintaining the political staus quo.
Change Yes, Ron Paul No
Published: January 4, 2008
The vast national desire for political change is manifesting itself through support for both Democratic and Republican change-candidates. Despite Paul being flush with money and having a large number of workers in Iowa, he was solidly rejected as the leading change agent.
Published: January 3, 2008
Following the current endless news coverage of this presidential primary season makes me sick. I have never seen and heard so much empty-minded hype and over-exaggeration of so much unimportant political crap.
9/11 Truth Manifesto
Published: December 25, 2007
By accepting painful truth about 9/11 Americans can open the door to needed political reforms.
Ron Paul Reality Check
Published: December 20, 2007
There are good reasons why so many people like Paul, but too many seem oblivious to details about his history.
Americans Unready to Revolt, Despite Revolting Conditions
Published: December 18, 2007
Americans need to recapture a Boston Tea Party mindset if our democracy is to be restored.
Obama versus Clinton versus Plutocracy
Published: December 17, 2007
Perhaps the political system is so corrupt that the Democratic ticket has been decided by power elites.
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