|The Robotic CAFTA Vote
By Charlotte Iserbyt
July 28, 2005
Just what exactly is the significance of the CAFTA vote as it relates to our ability as American citizens to shape our destiny?
When promises of "pork" are made to congressmen to change their votes, is this not bribery? Isn't the use of positive/negative reinforcement operant conditioning (rewards and punishment) basically what the Russian Ivan Pavlov and the American B.F. Skinner recommended as the method to change animal behavior and to create robots? Such conditioning bypasses the brain with all the important functions which distinguish man from an animal: memory, conscience, imagination, insight, and intuition, functions by which human beings know absolutes and truths and are able to know God.
Unfortunately operant conditioning works, whereas trying to persuade a human being to change his mind/vote using reason, logic, etc. does not always work since one is up against an individual's free will and conscience. Have you ever known a dog (an animal without free will or conscience) who would not drool and sit when he is assured of getting a dog biscuit?
The Congressmen who changed their votes from UNDECIDED to YES were victimized by the use of Pavlovian/Skinnerian operant conditioning.
In fact, most of the Congressmen and Senators who voted yes were undoubtedly victims of this inhumane method of controlling behavior through the promise of goodies (pork) for their congressional districts, in which case their constituents will reward them by re-electing them the next time around.
The more this animal training method (positive/negative reinforcement) is used on Americans, the more we will see of conscienceless, robotic actions at all levels in our society. I I doubt that the Congressmen and Senators who voted yes and those who caved in even know what I am talking about since they have been through the government schools which use the Skinner method K-12 (especially computers), have been exposed to the media's constant conditioning, especially via TV and videos which are Skinnerian operant conditioning machines, and have been lead to believe that it is perfectly normal to make a decision based on the assurance of a reward. Example: In my town of Bath, Maine, the Community Oriented Policing System (COPS) has instituted a program which calls for the police to give medals (rewards) to citizens who do good deeds, the police themselves determining what is a "good" or a "bad" deed! This information is stored in a data bank at the state capitol.
In our anguish over this sovereignty-busting vote we must not forget to thank all who voted NO on the CAFTA. Pick up the phone and get busy making thank you calls. And be sure to ask them to vote NO on the forthcoming FTAA. Congressional switchboard number is: 202-224-3121. Special thanks should go to those who were "undecided" and refused to succumb to the offers of funding for bridges, roads, etc. Yesterday's list of the "undecideds" can be accessed by going to thelibertycommittee.org. Find out from today's media coverage which of the "undecideds" held firm in their convictions.
This is just the beginning of our assault on the traitors in Washington who are selling our birthright for a mess of pottage. They are the Judases of the 21st Century. Judas betrayed our Lord to the pharisees for thirty pieces of silver. Our Congressmen have betrayed their constituents in exchange for lucrative deals promised by the White House.
All of us who fought this battle so valiantly will NOT stop now. We are fortunate that we have one more chance to take a stand for America and all that she represents. If we came this close to victory in the Senate and the House, there is no reason under the sun, except laziness and lack of focus, that we cannot defeat the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) when it comes up for a vote. Stay tuned by going to www.stoptheftaa.org.
Cicero in the year 42 B.C. discussed what is going on in the Halls of Congress when he said:
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitorhe speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nationhe works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a cityhe infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.......Cicero, 42 B.C.E.