It is set up according to Biblical standards. He has the ultimate authority in his household, but this authority is tempered with the knowledge that he will answer to God for his actions and decisions. The final decision rests with him, and therefore, the final responsibility, whatever the outcome, is his to bear. He is to be the head of the home. She is to be the heart of the home.
He is not a dictator. She is not a doormat. He is not a overbearing Lord of the Estate, seeking to trample over his family. She is not some weak-minded lass, needing to be molly-coddled, or seeking to get straightened around. He has the responsibility for leading his family and is accountable before God for their well-being and development. He has the authority to spank his wife for disciplinary reasons, but in real CDD marriages, this authority is taken quite seriously and usually happens rarely.
Some CDD marriages also use non-corporal disciplines, such as writing lines, or the temporary forfeiture of a favourite privilege. Again, every marriage is unique, and CDD is much more than just corporal punishment or spanking. By making any woman as the inferior to a man by restricting her ability to discipline her husband as well, by nature means that she is a doormat. In other words, if this system was actually mutually beneficial, it would have to work in both directions.
Women in such relationships should also be able to use domestic discipline toward their husbands. Not according to CDD. This sounds like abuse to me:. When administering physical discipline, take caution not to deliver the lashes anywhere but the buttocks.
The first attempt at this punishment should only be delivered by hand so you can get an idea of how many lashings are needed. The best position will be for you to sit at the end of a bed or on a chair with no arms and have her lay across your lap.
She can also bend over a bed with arms tucked under her chest and your left hand on the small of her back. If a strap belt is to be implemented watch that each stoke falls directly on the buttocks and not higher. A fearful wife may begin crying or pleading and find it difficult to remain still.
Reassure her of your intent and love yes this will hurt, that is why it is a punishment then instruct her to be still. Remind her that she is not in control of this discipline. You should continue the lashing through her tears and pleas for you to stop, until you are certain the message was received.
This will insure her remorse and therefore stop the undesirable behavior. Unfortunately for the new President, his appointees and the Nixon holdovers or those with ties to Nixon such as Rumsfeld often clashed. Ford also nominated Nelson Rockefeller, the former governor of New York and leader of the moderate wing of the Republican Party, to fill the vacant office of vice president. Rockefeller's selection alienated many conservative Republicans who would later back Ronald Reagan then a second-term governor of California as a Republican presidential candidate in Rockefeller assumed leadership of the Domestic Council, a position from which he often tried to play a major role in formulating the administration's domestic policies.
His suggestions, for the most part, went unheeded. In addition, Rockefeller and Rumsfeld despised each other, making life difficult in the Executive Office. During the first months of his tenure, Ford kept much of Nixon's cabinet in place as well. But throughout , Ford slowly replaced his predecessor's selections with his own appointees. Indeed, on the domestic policy side, only Secretary of the Treasury William Simon and Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz remained in office into —and Butz was dismissed in October of that year.
Ford also had his share of difficulties in working with Congress. He hoped that his long years in the House of Representatives would produce good relations between the government's executive and the legislative branches, but he was sorely disappointed. The pardon of Nixon, of course, had gotten that relationship off to a bad start.
The midterm congressional elections, coming just a few months after the pardon, compounded the problem as Democrats gained 43 seats in the House, for a to advantage, and four seats in the Senate, for a 61 to 39 lead.
Ford not only faced significant Democratic majorities in Congress, he confronted a Democratic opposition—as well as some Republican factions—that, in the wake of Watergate and Vietnam, were determined to reassert themselves in the policymaking process.
The legislature as a whole wanted to reclaim powers it had ceded to the President over the previous forty years. The newcomers to Congress who triumphed in the elections were called the "Watergate Babies" in recognition of these goals and their self-proclaimed mission to clean up Washington politics.
The deteriorating American economy, however, was the key domestic issue Ford had to address. The nation's economic decline could be traced to the end of American predominance in the international economy and the rise of a low-paying service sector in the American economy. These structural factors contributed to three additional problems Ford had to confront: inflation, unemployment, and the energy crisis. During Ford's presidency, both inflation and unemployment rose to heights not seen in the post-World War II years.
The rapid growth of inflation, attributable to the aforementioned macro-economic issues as well as to the escalation in federal outlays since , was exacerbated by the rising price of oil. American consumption of oil grew rapidly in the s and s—a need the country met by importing oil from the Middle East.
By , 35 percent of the oil Americans consumed came from overseas. But in , the consortium of oil-exporting nations called OPEC embargoed its shipments of oil to the United States in protest of the Nixon administration's decision to support Israel in the Yom Kippur War.
The embargo ended before Ford took office but the price of foreign petrol remained high. Crude oil prices skyrocketed to ten times their pre levels and gas prices doubled at the pump—conditions which, combined with severe oil shortages, made for a gloomy economic environment.
Conventional thinking about the economy held that high prices meant a growing economy, a healthy business environment, and low unemployment. America's economy in the s confounded these expectations, however, as both unemployment soared and inflation grew.
The rise in unemployment resulted largely from increased foreign competition that slowed economic growth and job creation, and from a larger American workforce—replete with baby-boomers—looking for work.
Economists coined a new term, "stagflation," to describe this unprecedented situation. At first, Ford's economic team advised him to attack the inflation problem. Whereas Nixon had implemented wage and price controls in an attempt to manage inflation, Ford, in October , proposed a tax hike and asked for a reduction in federal spending.
To build public support for his economic program, Ford asked Americans to join the fight by wearing buttons festooned with the acronym "WIN," for "Whip Inflation Now. The media, moreover, portrayed the "WIN" campaign as a silly public relations gimmick. Additional roadblocks thwarted Ford's plans for economic recovery. First, with congressional midterm elections fast approaching, politicians had little use for higher taxes and cuts in federal government services.
Second, Ford's critics accused him of ignoring the problems of the unemployed as he focused on inflation. Indeed, unemployment had grown from 5. The economy, Ford finally admitted in December , was in recession with economic production falling and unemployment rising. Here are some places you can find help:. If you enjoyed and benefitted from this post, please like and share! Comments are welcome, but those of an argumentative or irrelevant nature will be deleted.
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View all posts by godsdesignperth. Thankyou so much for this articulate and well considered response. I decided that for the sake of my work and my own well- being I would no longer engage with the debate. You have shone fresh light into the darkness and given fresh hope that the cries of so many will be at last heard and appropriately responded too.
Like Like. Thank you so much Julie! The last couple of days have been an emotional rollercoaster for many. I pray that today will be a better day for you. Great article as a Registered Psychologist I have worked with many Christian women experiencing domestic violence over 20 plus years. My experience has seen what the report is suggesting.
I am greateful that this issue is coming to the light rather than the experiences of these women and those who are supporting them kept in the dark — voiceless. Thank you to those who are speaking up! Thank you Robyn.
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