The following is an excerpt from the revised High School with Rudy Giuliani which I made highly autobiographical as I approach the end of life's journey.  It's interesting how patriotic I was in younger days but ever since Spiro Agnew pleaded "Nolo Contendere" my feelings about government and the country did a 180.  This little rant shows why I believe political corruption should be considered one of the most contemptible crimes a person can commit.

From the book:

Mitt Romney was a pro-Viet Nam War hawk during college days at BYU but when it was his turn fight for his country he chose to travel to France to convert French libertines to his eccentric religion. Can you picture the people that gave the world Voltaire, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Blaise Pascal, Denis Diderot, Camille Saint-Saens, Antoine Lavoisier, Jean Paul Sartre, and Brigitte Bardot embracing Mormonism? Yet Mitt chose to forgo his patriotic duty to pursue the possibility. How can he rationalize such obvious despicable cowardice and hypocrisy? And the man almost became president. Our leaders must think we’re obedient hypnotized sheep.

How about Michelle Bachmann? She believes gays are undermining the sanctity of the American family and her husband ran a rehab center to put gays on the straight and narrow path to salvation. That’s like “curing” someone of having green eyes or the ability of curl one’s tongue. Like most of our “leaders” she doesn’t know crap about genetics and she wants to be the one determining policy and making the law.

Chapters 18 and 20 of Leviticus which form part of the Holiness code and list prohibited forms of intercourse contain the following verses:

  • "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

  • "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them."

How can white missionaries not be held responsible for the murder of innocent gay victims in Uganda? Homosexuality is an Abomination, indeed. Overpopulation and the subsequent drop in our wonderful planet’s biodiversity are an Abomination. The Holocene Extinction and thousands of species on the endangered list are an Abomination. Corrupt politicians across the world are Abomination. Like their priestly pedophile counterparts, they place their own pleasure, status and luxury ahead of the well-being of the millions they govern.

I have news for Ms. Bachmann, driving gay teenagers to suicide by devious and sinister methods is Abomination. By social ostracism, snide malicious gossip and innuendo, and conspicuous, heartless bullying, many gay kids can’t take it anymore and rather die than endure it any longer. Utah with its religious fanatics—called “Elders”—has more than triple the national rate of teen suicide, many feeling totally alone and isolated when their own families throw them out due to mob mentality.

It’s my heartfelt feeling gay people have a mission to help show humanity the way to a more gentle and less violent future through art and theater. Consider Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcreacker , the sense of wonder and joy it brings to millions of the world’s children and will continue to do so hopefully forever. Is this the work of a “to be hated and despised” person? This cherished work of art is an example of humanity at its most sublime.

Does the public believe obscenely paid baseball and hockey players, or sociopathic capitalist tyrants are going to show the way (to spirituality)? Many of these rock and sports stars have an inferior education, why give them so much money and power? As Allen Ginsberg said in a 1969 Playboy Interview, gay sex enables men to perceive the world from the point of view of a female. The world needs more nurturing and less competitive greed. Three quarters of metazoan sex chromosomes are female. The X is the second largest chromosome and the Y, called the Barr body, is shriveled up and contains very little genetic information. It’s the female songbird that chooses the tune the next generation of males will sing.

While Rudy and highly paid “public servants” argue about whether gays have the right to marry, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2012 found 633,782 people across America were homeless. They should be discussing humans laying cold and hungry in the subway on a snowy NYC night. Why doesn’t the Holy Scripture cite homelessness as Abomination? Why do our leaders show no compassion at all and act like they have more important things to do; what could be more important than alleviating human suffering?

While Rudy and his friends in government discuss tax loopholes for the rich, 6,977,700 human beings were in prison, on parole, or on probation. Humans wasting away behind iron bars, enduring insane psychological conditions like solitary confinement or institutionalized sexual perversion, is Abomination.

The unending, mind-numbing list of political favors, bribes and kickbacks is Abomination. New bumper sticker: Shit Never Stops. It makes a mockery of honest hard work of the working class. Political corruption severs the sinews that hold social order in place. It destroys social harmony and creates hatred. Why should I work hard as a cab driver when Sen Bob Menendez of New Jersey makes a quick million for using political pressure to help a Florida ophthalmologistgist cheat Medicare? Just think, Menendez got to experience what most people only dream about: expensive trips to Europe, paid-up vacations, thousand-dollar suits with exquisite jewelry, dinners in the world’s five-star restaurants. All for helping a greedy, selfish, unscrupulous doctor cheat sick old people out of their rightful social aid.

It’s Abomination that there are less than a thousand rhinos left in the world. And 350 species of monkeys, and according to Jablonski, tigers, zebras, lions, leopards, gorillas, wildebeests, anteaters… all doomed by mid-century. How come Isiah prophesizes the lion shall lay down with the lamb but forgets to mention that lions will go extinct at the hands of the materialistic, egocentric, brain washed humans?

I don’t need a holy book written by Bronze Age goat herders to tell me what should be hated and despised. Uncontrolled consumerism and millions of tons of plastic floating in our sacred oceans are to be hated. Planned obsolescence of millions of tons of products manufactured by our biggest and most repugnant corporations who care nothing of people or the future, is not only repulsive but heinous.

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Comment by Alan Perlman on October 9, 2015 at 9:51pm

Joan, Thanks for posting one of the two most stunning and iconic pictures of the VN war (the other is a S. Vietnamese officer shooting a guy in the head, right?).  

Once the thing got rolling, I, like you, I started investigating, so I'd know what I was rejecting and why.  I was already a libertarian, so my mindset was "you're not getting my body for your f'king war" if I don't feel the country is threatened."  I knew about America's dozens of foreign interventions around the world. I found out that Ho Chi Minh actually sought our help against the French, but that wasn't gonna happen.  So he turned to the communists.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2015 at 7:03pm

Alan, I agree with your assessment of government, especially the VN war. You were wiser than many of us who fell for the propaganda. My then husband served a year in VN as a battlefield head and neck surgeon. Our three children had not yet reached their third birthdays. While he was gone, I read everything I could find on the history of VN and their oppressors and was quickly disillusioned. I guess that was my loss of innocence. 

"InnocenceOnce LostCan Never Be Regained. 

DarknessOnce Gazed UponCan Never Be Lost."

~ John Milton

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 8, 2015 at 8:19pm

I've read about Zimbardo for many years and followed his seminal experiments.  What a kick to know him personally!  

I am well aware that the purpose of military training is to destroy your individuality and make you an order-following automaton who devalues his own life.

I was never the least bit gung-go or militaristic.  I knew the VN war was BS -- really, all about LBJ's balls and his reluctance to be the first President to lose a war; he kept it up long after he was told it was unwinnable.  I kept getting student deferments but was ready to go to Canada.

It is not in the interests of the educational system to teach critical thinking and resistance to brainwashing and propaganda.  The purpose is to produce consumers, soldiers, and followers who are just smart enough to be manipulated.

The basics of my own field, linguistics/semantics, could also be taught in schools, so that kids could understand and resist the programming they are subjected to. But the keepers of the system wouldn't allow that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2015 at 6:39pm

Rich, you are alive and can tell your story and the stories of countless other men and women who do not have the writing talent you possess. 

Comment by Rich Goss on October 8, 2015 at 6:37pm

Alan, Here's an irony of my life.  In 1963 I was a freshman at Boston College.  As you remember, that was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  I remember coming downstairs to the dorm lobby and watching JFK give a pretty scary and hawkish speech on the imminent war.  I told my friends, "All right, boys, let's go to the recruiting station and enlist together.” I was as gung-ho as a kid can get.

By the end of the school year I'd had it with the Jesuits and Catholicism.  I did a complete 180,  transferred to NYU and wound up co-majoring in psychology to go along with biology, which I was pretty good at. The thing is:  as a kid, I thought Phil Zimbardo was the coolest dude in all NYC.  One of Phil's courses, Social Psych, had a profound effect on me. We spent a lot of time studying brain washing and mind control. By the end of my senior year I was determined to not let the army get any part of my mind. Boot camp is a brain washing process, not much different from that used by the cults and screwy religions like Jonestown, the Moonies or Scientologists.

I wound up teaching bio but would have done anything to avoid being drafted. I was ready to start a new life in Canada if I had to. What I'm getting at is this might be the answer to beating the system. Education of high school kids with an emphasis on social psych, evolutionary biology, history and of course, higher math for analytic thinking skills.

Here's a recent video of Phil from 2008 more than 40 years after my being in his class. He's still pretty dynamic and convincing. He wrote the back-cover promo on my first book, Mirror Reversal, by the way. The irony I referenced in the opening line is it's still the same shit: if not Vietnam, it's Iraq, Afghanistan or somewhere in the Middle East. The corporate plutocrats still get their way.

(Bye the bye: except for a few extra pounds Phil looks exactly as he did in 1965.)



Comment by Alan Perlman on October 8, 2015 at 3:49pm

So it's not our ape-brain that makes us warlike, but our insect brain?  My hope for humanity just took a nosedive.

Rich, re your last paragraph, I note that all war is optional and depends on a huge pyramid of unflinching obedience.  I'm watching a documentary on Vietnam, along with the latest Vietnam -- i.e., the Mideast -- in real time.  I saw bloody, dead bodies in large  numbers, something the news never showed us.  

At first swaggering and confident, the Americans soon realized what horror they were in for.  56,000 dead, a couple million Vietnamese, the country torn apart.  

What if the Joint Chiefs stood up to the President and refused to order the deaths of millions, without better evidence of a threat?  (Movie starring Bruce Willis as Chairman.).

Comment by Rich Goss on October 8, 2015 at 11:37am

Donald, concerning your comment on war, there's only one other species (actually order of species) I know of that engages in war.  Henry David Thoreau describes "ant wars" in his Waldon Pond and how exciting it was to witness.  Also wasps (same order as ants) attack a termite mound en masse and the "soldiers" have one helleva time fending them off.  Their suicidal weapon is to bite a leg and lock on never to let go. 

In humans I think primatology gives us an insight.  Often when a new baboon emperor takes over, he seeks an outside threat to consolidate his power over the group.  The stronger the outside threat the more dependent the members are on him and his "clique" to protect them. 

This is a sad phenomenon for humanity.  We see it over and over in history—from ancient times, the Middle Ages and right on into the 21st century.  Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War comes to mind.  As soon as his Protestant army defected the Catholics, he felt an irresistible urge to invade Ireland and teach them the word of God as well.  

In other words, it's usually the leaders that cause war for personal reasons. If kids were learning primate behavior in school instead of the Biblical myths, we could much sooner end this terrible behavior.  Vietnam hurt my life but at least I'm still alive. 

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 7, 2015 at 9:17pm

An eloquent indictment, just as compelling the second time around.

Comment by Rich Goss on October 7, 2015 at 6:28pm

Free, this gives me a chance to finish a point I tried to make on the Hoover radio show.  To a biologist the Prime Directive (PD) is the force of life. It governs all life from bacteria and insects to fish and humans.  Simply put it is Self Preservation and Reproduction.  The purpose of life, all life, to to spread DNA and increase biodiversity.  So when religious people say the purpose of life is the serve God, that sounds like utter nonsense. 

So when the religious people on the show disparaged homosexuality as abomination, I said, "Hey, wait a minute, it's common in nature and serves an distinct and important purpose."  In short, with the creative aspect of the PD so strong and only alpha males allowed to procreate depending on the species, it a way to release energy.  In lions, for instance, what happens to all the losers?  Homosexuality helps release libidinous energy. 

Listen to the show and you'll see what I was getting at.  Just hit the "Is Islam a Religion of Peace" button.  I'm the guy with the red shirt and Brooklyn accent.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on October 7, 2015 at 4:05pm

I wish there were more insights by others such as these. One line in particular caught my attention and it referred to men laying with other me. Please correct if I'm I'm wrong, didn't God cause this because he was pissed off as he seemed to be perennially. Politicians, are the onlly people on the planet lower than whale shit. War. If it is necessary, but we have one mouth and two ears, it would seem we would have gotten better at using the latter. I suggest, that before any member of Congress cannot vote for war without having served in a combat unit. If they can't meet that requirement, then the Egyptian law applies--all first borns must serve in a combat unit, including women. Then and then can they cast a vote for war. I would also include relatives if the particular congressperson never had children. I am a big believer that the more skin you have in the game the more careful you are making decisions.

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