Progress – Whenever there are two extreme advocacy groups progress is slow and a total waste of money and resources. Instead of groups trying to come together to creatively solve issues; they are stubborn, brainwashed, and resort to being completely disrespectful and hateful towards their adversaries (I was always taught to respect adversaries). This is no way to resolve differences. I proposed using carbon scrubbing technology to bridge climate change ideologies; I proposed allowing the people of each state vote in an election as a way to resolve social issues; and I proposed using smart guns to bridge differences in gun rights ideologies. I was called a lot of names from both sides and even threatened for merely brainstorming instead of blamestorming. If my ideas of a smart gun were available, then we would have the forensic data to understand what happened during the Trayvon Martin shooting. We would have known the exact location the gun was fired, the direction the gun was fired, and the height at which the gun was fired. This would have corroborated Zimmerman’s story or shown he was liar. And maybe today the dozens of people who have died in the aftermath of the Martin decision would have been saved. This would have been progress and provide forensic data to resolve “stand your ground” disputes. Research companies tell us that they are making progress on curing medical disorders. This is really not true. Despite throwing trillions of dollars into research over the past half century we are no closer to developing a cure for cancer and uncovering what causes any neurological disorder. Progress has been made in preventative care, especially in imaging. Some progress has been made to treat symptoms with new drugs (unfortunately, most drugs may help alleviate some symptoms but have other adverse side effects). Many advocacy groups such as Livestrong take in millions, but the money does not even go to find a cure. One of the biggest problems stunting progress for advocacy groups is hypocrisy. Environmentalists, for instance, will not practice what they preach. For instance, environmentalists do not think the same restrictions they want to place on corporations should apply to individuals. Environmentalists want to put green energy sources in your backyard, but not in their own yard. Environmentalists want you to conserve energy, so they do not have to.
Publicity and Perception – Advocacy groups in many cases will do whatever it takes to obtain publicity even if it is negative or false. Usually special interests paint a false perception such as green energy is favorable for the environment. This is not true. Hydropower damns kill fish, wind turbines kill birds, and wind and solar farms take up huge land masses and disrupt plant and wildlife. Electric car batteries weigh 600 pounds and the materials to make the batteries are obtained through mining.
Proactive – Many advocacy groups are reactive instead of proactive. We see behavior with civil rights leaders – Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They only spring into action once they perceive an injustice was done. This type of reaction works best to polarize and brainwash followers and does nothing to unite Americans.
Protection – Most advocacy groups are protected by the government and do not have to pay any taxes. In fact, many advocacy groups receive government funding (there is nothing political about this?). And of course there are many advocacy groups who feel they are protecting something – this is especially true with the hundreds of environmental groups. Environmental groups will go as far as they can to protect a bug at the expense of their neighbor’s wellbeing. As I pointed out earlier, green energy does not protect the environment.
I have come up with a dozen ways advocacy groups are bad for the U.S. just using the letter P. I suppose there are hundreds of other reasons using the letters of the alphabet.