Dr. Maglio appeared on the Fox television news program "Dayside with Linda Vester" Here are some comments and highlights from the show.
Regarding the other heated debate of the day, between the author of "Invasion Within" and the college professor. The author, Domenick Maglio, who founded a school for grades K-12, contends that liberal elites in America are ruining our kids in myriad ways, including telling us to be 'friends' with our kids instead of disciplining them; teaching 'moral relativism' instead of right vs. wrong; and demonizing religion instead of embracing it as a way to pass on moral values.
The tension between Maglio and the professor was so thick in the studio I could have cut it with a knife. Maglio was relaxed, but the professor's body language shouted that he couldn't stand to be seated next to his opponent. Here are some of the comments you all sent in afterward:
"...The author is dead on. Our nation is being subverted by leftist thinking. Our children are becoming morally bankrupt. Parents are too busy being friends to their children rather than being parents..."
"I am a Conservative and an Atheist...[but] I am offended by the attack on Christianity and by all the Liberal stuff going on that is making it harder for us to raise our children to be decent human beings..."
"I have a restaurant in Nebraska. About 12 years ago one of my waitresses bragged about being her children's friend first and then their parent. I told her at the time that was the dumbest thing I ever heard of and she was a bloomin' idiot. Six or seven years later, after her son had spent time in county jail for theft and her daughter had had 2 kids without being married, she told me that she wished she had listened to someone at the time..."
"Your guest, Domenick Maglio, is correct that parents treat their kids too much like friends and that schools are full of Marxist ideas that antagonize religion and family. The anti-disciplinarian approach to childrearing is also Marxist in origin. [The professor], who blamed captialism for advertising products, was just further proof that our universities and schools are overflowing with Marxists — how does a rant against markets even contribute to the debate?"
There was one lone e-mail opposing Maglio, though, and in fairness here it is:
"You have a loony with a book that purports that the Commies are taking over (again), with a biased audience cheering him on. The other side, a moderate Texas professor championing critical thinking, gets a negative response from a bunch of young soldiers and Marines. The people in your audience and the [author] haven't got a clue as to what the term 'critical thinking' means... this country is in serious trouble because of our lack of respect, of critical thinking — All one has to say here is 'God Bless' and they're taken as true patriots, no matter how much their 1950s biases and bigotry are taking us down the tubes..."