Greatest Hits: Education: Our Greatest Battle?

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Education: Our Greatest Battle?  And I fear we have already lost. 

This is an article that I had commented on for another site some time ago. I thought that given the current climate of “change,” it might be a good idea to re-visit it. The article is eight years old, however, it seems to echo what is going on today.

From the August 2001 Idaho Observer:

Why Our Schools Teach Socialism

By Joe Larson

Congratulations America: Today there are over 10,000 openly marxist professors and thousands of humanist professors controlling the universities and colleges that produce America’s teachers and other professionals. Varying forms of marxist-humanism are the predominant philosophies of the educational establishment; yet we repeatedly send our most precious gift (our children) off to them for “education” (indoctrination).

Today’s schools are filled with sex education, political correctness, environmental extremism, global unity, diversity training (pro-homosexuality) and higher order thinking skills [HOTS]; which boldly claim that to become a higher order thinker one must first believe the fact that there are no absolutes, absolutely! “The Greatest Story Ever Told” based on the greatest book ever written, “The Holy Bible,” about the greatest teacher who ever lived, Jesus, is not allowed, let alone used, in the schools of America. The Bible was America’s first textbook; yet today it is referred to as a book of fables.

Our schools are filled with violence, murder, extortion, rape, unwanted pregnancy, drug use, disrespect, foul language, declining test scores and children who cannot read. While the pontificators wonder why, God doesn’t; He knows – Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. I will also reject thee seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God; I will also forget thy children.” Verse 7 says, “As they were increased, so they sinned against Me: Therefore, will I change their glory into shame.”

The problem with America’s educational system began with the birth of socialism and given impetus by federal government involvement. Lenin, one of the world’s leading experts on socialism, tells us – “Communism is socialism in a hurry.” Socialism, therefore, is communism by gradualism rather than by revolution. The socialist “Fabian Society,” the forerunner of most socialist groups in America, had as their motto “Make Haste Slowly.” “Democratic Socialism” became the battle cry to socialize the United States of America. The socialists’ goal was to “permeate and penetrate,” then control this nation from deep within. Their first target in America was our children through public instruction.

In the U.S. their followers would use language as their first line of attack and deceit. They would wear no badge nor socialist label, but were to call themselves “liberal,” “progressive” and even “moderate.” Words were the weapon of choice for this new war. By changing and shifting word meanings the socialists could cover their true purpose. Everything would be done under the banners of “reform” and “social justice,” suggesting all was for the public good, for humanitarian reasons, for true democracy — and finally — for the children. The buzzwords of socialism were then, and are today, “social” and “democracy” (i.e. social science, social studies and socialization of the child). Robert Conquest observed, “a communist never does anything under his own name that he can do under someone else’s.”

This is important:  Totalitarians never announce themselves.  They do not come in and say, “Hi, we’re socialists and we’re going to take away your freedoms bit by bit.  We’re going to criminalize your beliefs and your God. We’re going to control every aspect of your live from cradle to grave, and there isn’t a thing you can do about it!” They couch their intentions with pleasant sounding words; they distort and confuse the meanings of their words to make you think “it’s OK.”  How many times do we hear the term “change, reform, progressive?” Or, what of “tolerance, diversity, or fairness?”  “Change” is certainly true (not change we would want), but what of the others?  I think we all know what they really mean.

Regarding the statement, “make haste slowly,” the left does not announce their plans and intentions in full form.  They know that the public would reject them.  Instead, they move incrementally.  They take whatever step they can at a time.  Either by exploiting a crisis, or creating one, they implement their plans step by step.  It will start with some regulations or restrictions, usually in response to some real or invented event or problem.  As time wears on, they add to the regulations or restrictions.  At each phase, the politicians and media assures the public that it’s just some small sacrifices that they’re making, and the government doesn’t  really want to take some right or freedom away.  The educational system plays a role here as well.  Since so many children are indoctrinated, they will no know the reasons for the freedoms that we have.  As we have heard, there have been more than a few occasions where children have been threatened with failing grades, ridiculed, or otherwise discriminated against because they had a differing viewpoint.  Too many of these people grow to be adults with absolutely no concept of our system of government.  They don’t recognize that government control always leads to tyranny.  They have no idea that the founders wrote our Constitution to protect our rights from the very things that are happening now.

In the early 1900’s, because of unrest in Europe, thousands of socialists flocked to America for safety. Large numbers held degrees in the fields of psychology, sociology and psychiatry (behavioral sciences, dealing with behavior and [social] change). Many went on to become college and university professors.

Norman Thomas, socialist and member of the Civil Liberties Union, boldly told the world, “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”

Note now that they don’t use the word “liberal.” They now refer to themselves as “progressive.”  How ironic! They use a nice sounding term to describe tyranny.

The story of how the socialists took over the American educational establishment would fill a book; so let us just listen to their own words.

John Dewey, called “the father of modern education,” was an avowed socialist, the co-author of the ‘Humanist Manifesto’ and cited as belonging to fifteen Marxist-front organizations by the Committee on Un-American Activities. Do the words (the father of modern education) now take on new meaning? Remember, Dewey taught the professors who would train America’s teachers. He was obsessed with “the group.” In his own words, “You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone is interdependent.”

How many of us were taught by our parents, or even our schools, to think for ourselves, be self-reliant, strive to achieve our dreams, be our own person?  Under the system of the future, are these traits illnesses that are to be “treated?” Are we to be replaced by successive generations of subservient drones that have no ability to critically analyze facts, and therefore will never question their masters?

Rosalie Gordon, writing on Dewey’s progressive (socialist) education in her book “What’s Happened To Our Schools,” said, “The progressive system has reached all the way down to the lowest grades to prepare the children of America for their role as the collectivists of the future. The group — not the individual child — is the quintessence of progressivism. The child must always be made to feel part of the group. He must indulge in group thinking and group activity.”

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Collectivist = Communists.  Notice how individuality is to be eliminated.  How meaningful are the individual freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution when individuality is to be eliminated? As an update, is it any surprise that the government has been pushing mandatory pre-school? This has nothing to do with education. This is about indoctrination.  They state it plainly themselves.

After visiting the Soviet Union, Dewey wrote six articles on the “wonders” of Soviet education. The School-To-Work system in our public schools (all 50 states) is modeled after the Soviet poly-technical system.

In 1936, the National Education Association stated its position, from which they have never wavered; “We stand for socializing the individual.”

The NEA in its “Policy For American Education” stated, “The major problem of education in our times arises out of the fact that we live in a period of fundamental social change. In the new democracy [we were a Republic] education must share in the responsibility of giving purpose and direction to social change. The major function of the school is the social orientation of the individual. Education must operate according to a well-formulated social policy.”

Paul Haubner, specialist for the NEA, tells us, “The schools cannot allow parents to influence the kind of values-education their children receive in school. That is what is wrong with those who say there is a universal system of values. [Christians?] Our (humanistic) goals are incompatible with theirs. We must change their values.”

Professor Chester M. Pierce, M.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry at Harvard, has this to say, “Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well — by creating the international child of the future.”

Some politicians agree. Listen to former Senator Paul Hoagland of Nebraska: “The fundamentalist parents have no right to indoctrinate their children in their beliefs. We are preparing their children for the year 2000 and life in a global one-world society and those children will not fit in.”

What then happens to those children that do not “fit in” to this new socialist world?  Many of the readers of this blog have been subject to the indoctrination of the public schools and universities.  We were somehow able to resist and form opinions of our own.  What will become of such people in the “new order?”

In the Humanist Review magazine it was observed that, “Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school’s meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?”

P. Blanchard, in ‘The Humanist” 1983, continues: “I think that the most important factor moving us toward a secular society has been the educational factor. Our schools may not teach Johnny how to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is 16 tends toward the elimination of religious superstition. The average American child now acquires a high school education, and this militates against Adam and Eve and all other myths of alleged history.”

In a socialist state, there can be no power higher than the state. The concept of God, and for some reason, the Christian God in particular, that has to be eliminated. They won’t say that publicly, but that’s the agenda.  Even for those who aren’t religious, what other ideas might be out of synch with the new worldview?  Once they come for the Christians, who might be next?

John J. Dunphy wrote in the Jan/Feb 1983 edition of The Humanist, “The battle for mankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom. The classroom must and will become the arena of conflict between the old and the new. The rotting corpse of Christianity and the new faith of humanism.”

Our bureaucrats, politicians and educators are constantly on television blaming either parents or lack of funds for our schools’ dilemmas. The answer is always more money and more government control. For well over 50 years the American voter has believed this line of crap. Victor Gollancz, a famous socialist publisher tells us why he believed that socialism would take over America; “Christians are not exactly bright, so it will be easy for socialism to lead them down the garden path through their ideals of brotherly love and ‘social justice.’”

It’s (past) time that Christian men stand up for their families and their faith and put God back in charge of this nation and it’s schools.

Joe Larson is the director of Restoring America, a nationwide association of individuals and organizations, including The Idaho Observer, that are dedicated to networking their information, activities and resources to further the effort of a peaceful restoration of our Constitutional Republic. Larson can be contacted at restoringamerica.org or by calling: (573) 793-3156.

http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20010816.htm

I know, why this now?  I know the ObamaCare plan is oozing its way through Congress.  I know Cap and Trade lurks on the horizon.  Education is already in the hands of the left, and it has been for some time.  We vehemently defend our health care choices and our income, as well we should, but we then forget about our children?  With every successive generation of children going through the public schools, the levels of violence, the lack of ethics, and the lack of knowledge of the average American citizen continues to grow.  Yes, many of us were taught well at home.  We learned lessons of hard work, discipline, integrity, and so forth from our parents and other family members.  But as these new generations are indoctrinated with leftist ideas, there will be fewer and fewer parents able or willing to teach such lessons.  My fear is that, at some time in the future, we will reach a tipping point where people that are honest, have integrity, or are able to think independently will become a small minority.  At that point, the indoctrinated ones will freely give up all the rights that made this nation great, simply because they don’t know the utility of them.  In fact, they will have been taught to despise them.

People that believe in freedom are already the new pariahs for the left.  One only needs to look at the media coverage of the Tea Parties to confirm this.  The drumbeat will only grow.  As it does, the left will continue to indoctrinate more and more children.  We might yet defeat the socialized medicine, and we might prevent passage of Cap and Trade.  Obama may lose hig congressional majorities in 2010.  He might even be defeated in 2012.  But if we continue to give our kids to the government every day, those victories will be temporary, delaying the socialists for a few years to be sure, but in the end, futile.

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Greatest Hits: Intrusive Common Core Questionnaire

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Intrusive Common Core Questionnaire:  And the government will never misuse personal information, would they?

Here is a pic of a questionnaire sent home with a first grader.  The parent’s response indicates their opinion that it is part of common core.

Sorry, but under common core, there is no privacy-only predetermined outcomes and attitudes, and millions of low information too dumb to realize that MSNBC is a propaganda outlet.

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Greatest Hits: Common Core Math Assignments; Meant to Make People Stupid?

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Common Core Math Assignments; Meant to Make People Stupid?:  Public schools dumbing people down?  It’s more likely than you think…

Take a look at this common core math assignment and ask yourself if it is intentionally meant to make children stupid…

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Mina Boyd, whose kindergartener came home with a Common Core math workbook this week, noticed her daughter’s unusual frustration regarding one lesson entitled “Count and Write 20.”

“Count and tell how many pieces of fruit. Write the number,” the assignment asks.

To Boyd’s surprise, the math problem only included 19 countable apples despite several surrounding problems correctly showing 20.

“They ask her to count and write 20. So she counts, counts again, and again, and says ‘mom, there’s only 19,’” Boyd explained on a Facebook post.

According to Kyle Olson, founder of the Common Core watchdog site Education Action Group, the workbook is produced by a well known publisher with deep Common Core ties.

“The lesson is part of a “Go Math” Common Core-aligned curriculum published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,” Olson noted.

And there you have it.  Government organized  stupidity inflicted on your children, at your expense.

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One Dad’s Awesome Response To School Principal Who Tried To Lecture Him

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Hat/Tip to Oliver Darcy at The Blaze.

The idea behind this letter might have been, at one time, penned in the best interests of the child. However, as government gets bigger and bigger, then you can begin to see the underlying condescension that this letter is virtually dripping with.

Where the schools letter says, “The school district is not in the position of overseeing family vacations, or evaluating the educational nature of a family trip”, you can imagine the principal writing, “The school district is not in the position of overseeing family vacations YET, or APPROVING the educational nature of a family trip.”

In other words, “Give ’em an inch…”

A Pennsylvania father penned a scathing note to a school principal after she said a trip he took with his 9-year-old twins to see the Boston Marathon was “recorded as unexcused.”

Mike Rossi shared the note from school principal Rochelle Marbury on his Facebook page.

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rossi,” the letter read. “I understand your family recently took a family vacation. I want you to be aware that the Abington School District does not recognize family trips as an excused absence, regardless of the activities involved in the trip.”

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“The school district is not in the position of overseeing family vacations or evaluating the educational nature of a family trip. The dates that your children were absent were recorded as unexcused. An accumulation of unexcused absences can result in a referral to our attendance officer and a subsequent notice of a violation of the compulsory school attendance law,” it added.

Rossi, who took issue with the school’s attendance policy, wrote a note back to Marbury.

Dear Madam Principal,

While I appreciate your concern for our children’s education, I can promise you they learned as much in the five days we were in Boston as they would in an entire year in school.

Our children had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that can’t be duplicated in a classroom or read in a book.

In the 3 days of school they missed (which consisted of standardized testing that they could take any time) they learned about dedication, commitment, love, perseverance, overcoming adversity, civic pride, patriotism, American history culinary arts and physical education.

family attended boston marathonThey watched their father overcome, injury, bad weather, the death of a loved one and many other obstacles to achieve an important personal goal.

They also experienced first-hand the love and support of thousands of others cheering on people with a common goal.

At the marathon, they watched blind runners, runners with prosthetic limbs and debilitating diseases and people running to raise money for great causes run in the most prestigious and historic marathon in the world.

They also paid tribute to the victims of a senseless act of terrorism and learned that no matter what evil may occur, terrorists can not deter the American spirit.

These are things they won’t ever truly learn in the classroom.

In addition our children walked the Freedom Trail, visited the site of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and the graves of several signers of the Declaration of Independence.

These are things they WILL learn in school a year or more from now. So in actuality our children are ahead of the game.

They also visited an aquarium, sampled great cuisine and spent many hours of physical activity walking and swimming.

We appreciate the efforts of the wonderful teachers and staff and cherish the education they are receiving at Rydal Elementary School. We truly love our school.

But I wouldn’t hesitate to pull them out of school again for an experience like the one they had this past week.

Thank you for your time.

Rossi told NBC’s “Today Show” that his children rarely miss school.

“They’re just never out,” he said.

“The plan was always to bring them with me, and do this trip as a family,” he added. “The school has known unofficially about it since the fall. The teachers have discussed it, so it hasn’t been a secret.”

Rossi was scheduled to meet with the school principal Wednesday, but at the time of publication it wasn’t clear what happened.

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Grade School Student Is Asked What Our President Does, His Answer Is Epic

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Hat/Tip to the Conservative Tribune.

Out of the mouths of babes…

Who said that our kids are getting dumber? Sure, Common Core may have made a simple long division problem more complex than flying a Cessna, but this young student seems to have a bright career ahead of him in political science.

Jaden R. was asked a few questions about the president on this simple test. He answered the first two perfectly, and the third one epically.

“What is a president?” read the first question. “A president is a leader.” (Well, not so much these days, but we’ll give him points for getting the general concept.)

Then he was asked the name of president, to which he answered “Mr. Barack Obama.” So far, so good.

However, then came the coup de grace: “What is one thing the president does?” Jaden couldn’t have answered this one any better.

That he does, Jaden. That he does. (H/T Young Conservatives)

Of course, when we were kids, we had it pretty easy. When I was Jaden’s age, it was probably the late Reagan years or the early Bush years. Those were respectable leaders. Imagine how kids growing up nowadays must view the president.

At least Jaden knows what the president now is good for: excuses.

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Read the full story here.

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Are You Smarter Than A Common Core Fourth Grader?

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Hat/Tip to the Conservative Tribune.

“Are you smarter than a Common Core fourth grader?” That was a question posed by an Arkansas Mom after her son showed her that if he answered a math question with the simple, logical, two step answer and gave the correct number, he would still get it wrong, because he didn’t do the Common Core 108 step version of the problem.

Yes.

Really.

Common Core is falling apart — and the people leading the charge to end the controversial education standard are often the parents of frustrated children.

Karen Lamoreaux is one of those parents. During a Arkansas Board of Education meeting, the mother of three demonstrated just how ridiculous the Common Core material is.

She presented a fourth-grade division problem, and then revealed that theCommon Core curriculum requires a staggering 108 steps to solve the equation.

“I have come to the conclusion that this board is as uninformed as the parents are, or were, when these standards were adopted,” began the concerned parent.

“We were told the same thing that you were told, and that Common Core is a set of rigorous college-ready, internationally benchmarked standards that prepare our kids to compete in a global economy,” she continued.

“This is nothing more than an empty sales pitch.”

Karen Lamoreaux then held up a piece of paper and challenged the Arkansas Board of Education to actually complete a Common Core math problem (H/T Top Right News).

 

“Are you smarter than a Common Core fourth grader?” asked the parent.

“The problem is, Mr. Yamata’s class has 18 students. If the class counts around by a number, and ends with 90, what number did they count by?”

In other words, it is a simple division problem: 90 divided by 18.

One of the board members quickly came up with the correct answer of five. “And may I ask, madam, how did you come up with that answer?” asked Lamoreaux.

The administrator replied that she had simply divided 90 by 18, to come up with five.

“You know why? Because that’s what makes sense, right?” asked the parent. “That’s the way we were taught to do it.”

“This, however, is what the Common Core standards expect our fourth graders to do. If they solve it in those two steps, they get it marked wrong,” she continued.

Then Karen Lamoreaux dropped a bombshell about how Common Core demands children to solve that simple division problem.

“They are expected to draw 18 circles, with 90 hash marks, solving this problem in exactly 108 steps.”

“This is not preparing our children to compete in the global economy,” she continued. “Our children, who were testing in the 80th or higher percentile in math last year are now coming home with C’s, D’s, and F’s on their report cards.”

“Our concerns are not based on hysteria or propaganda,” Lamoreaux concluded. “They are based on fact, and we are prepared to present those facts.”

Karen Lamoreaux showed this board of education exactly what they bought into when they adopted the Common Core — something they probably were unaware of when they signed off on the new standards.

And while it’s fantastic to see everyday moms and dads get more involved in the political decisions that effect their communities, we’re in this mess today because too much decision-making has been left for too long in the hands of career politicians and bureaucrats.

It’s time for that to change. Way past time, actually.

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Jeb Bush: Common Core Transcript – CPAC 2015

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Jeb Bush provided talking points on Common Core today at CPAC 2015, and only talking points. His point? Common Core is not a “federal take-over, and it should not be a federal take-over.” Easy to say. Impossible to demonstrate.

The federal government has no role in the creation of curriculum and content. The federal government should have no access to student I.D. or student information. ~ Jeb Bush

Partial CPAC 2015 transcript follows some commentary directly below.

The question for Jeb is, who is behind writing the standards? He wasn’t asked, but here is an answer:

2007, David Coleman and Jason Zimba found Student Achievement Partners. They received $6.5 million from the Gates Foundation (yes, Bill Gates) to write Common Core Standards. Coleman’s focus is on literacy, Zimba’s on math. Coleman is also the head of the College Board.

Retired Stanford Professor James Milgram served as the only content expert on the math validation committee:

For example, by the end of fifth grade the material being covered in arithmetic and algebra in Core Standards is more than a year behind the early grade expectations in most high achieving countries. By the end of seventh grade Core Standards are roughly two years behind. Read more.

If you follow the link above you will see Milgram describes the Common Core math as a “political document” of “low expectations.”

Here’s a math quote from Jason Zimba that should raise the hair on your arms:

A key Common Core creator, Jason Zimbasaid that the Common Core can prepare students for non-selective colleges but that it does not prepare students for STEM careers.  He said:  “I think it’s a fair critique that it’s a minimal definition of college readiness…  but not for the colleges most parents aspire to… Not only not for STEM, it’s also not for selective colleges. For example, for U.C. Berkeley,  whether you are going to be an engineer or not, you’d better have precalculus to get into U.C. Berkeley.” Source: What Is Common Core

Do you want Bill Gates’ man to write the history lessons for your child? David Coleman is not a teacher. In addition, Microsoft benefits financially from every aspect of Common Core. More here.

As to the human data-sets (your child’s personal information) that Jeb is against the government getting into, they are into it, and include such things as hair color, eye color, gestational age at birth, blood type, blood test results, birth marks, and even bus stop arrival time. Read it at PJ Media.

If your state has opted out of Common Core, as mine has, where are the text books coming from?

Begin partial transcript, CPAC 2015, Jeb Bush interview with Sean Hannity: 

HANNITY: The second big issue that always comes up when you read about Governor Jeb Bush is the issue of Common Core. It was interesting. I didn’t know until I was researching you that you were the first governor to institute vouchers in the country, was eventually overruled by the Supreme Court of Florida. Address the Common Core Issue.

BUSH: I’ll do it in the context of comprehensive reform because high standards, by themselves, are meaningful, they’re helpful, they’re better than lower standards, but by themselves, there is no accountability around this, if there is no accountability around this, if there is no consequence for mediocrity and failure or excellence, then the system won’t move forward. In Florida we took a comprehensive approach.

Yes, we did have the first state-wide voucher program, and we have more school choice in Florida, both public and private than in any state in the country, and we have the largest virtual school. We have the largest corporate tax scholarship program. We have 30,000 students, that if their parents–if their child has a learning disability, they can take the dollars–the state and local dollars, and send them to any private school of their choice. We have all of that, and public schools. We eliminated social promotion in third grade, which was a pretty difficult thing to do. We did all this, and we raised standards.

My belief is that our standards have to be high enough, that a student going through our system is college or career ready, and that’s not what’s happening right now.

HANNITY: Is Common Core a federal take-over?

BUSH: No, and it shouldn’t be. Here’s where I think conservatives, and I think myself, all of us are deeply concerned with this president and this Department of Education, there’s a risk that they will intrude and they have, as it relates to Race to the Top. What we should say quite clearly and the authorization of the K-12 law–I think it might actually have been on the floor in the House of Representatives today, is to say, the federal government has no role in the creation of standards, directly or indirectly. The federal government has no role in the creation of curriculum and content. The federal government should have no access to student I.D. or student information. The role of the federal government, if any, is for more school choice.

Take the Title 1 money, and the IDEA money. The state’s want to innovate with their own programs–give them the money to let them create their own programs. That is a better approach. End partial transcript.

Are you aware that the foundation of Common Core rests on “education debt,” “education equity,” and “social justice?” 

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LA Public School Teaching Kids “Allah Is The One True God”

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Hat/Tip to The Israel Video Network and Breitbart.

This is from a story in California, that happened late last year and the entire premise of this is unimaginable.

Parents of a boy enrolled in Manhattan Beach Middle School are pulling their son out of class because the school is teaching children the tents of Islam, Los Angeles news station KTLA reports. 

The father said, “The audacity of this school, to think that they can sit these children down and teach ‘em whatever religion they please; it’s preposterous. This is illegal, basically. You can’t teach religion in schools any more, but apparently, in this particular school, at least, that’s not the case.” 

Once again, the left is slithering its way into our lives and the lives of our children. Kinda reminds me of a serpent in a certain garden paradise…

Parents said they discovered that what their children were learning about Islam was more about the tenets of the faith than the history of the religion, according to KTLA.  One question asked the students to write down teachings from the Koran. 

The father continued, “What I saw written in these bubbles was, ‘The one true God, Allah’ in one of the bubbles. In one of the other bubbles was ‘All people must submit to Allah,’ in another bubble. The I turned the page over and I see the five pillars of Islam.” 

The boy’s father summed it up quite nicely.

“Can you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?”


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It’s Good To Be The King: Obama Exempts Himself From “Free College” Tax…

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What? Me pay taxes?? I’m a Democrat!!

It figures. Barack Obama’s communist proposal to tax your kid’s college savings account has an exemption — for Malia and Sasha Obama.

One of the less talked-about proposals President Obama offered this week was to take away the tax-exempt status of 529 college savings plans. These very popular plans allow parents to defer income – before it’s taxed – into savings accounts to then be withdrawn, also tax-free, to use for qualified college expenses.

I’ll dispense for the moment with the larger question of whether stuff like this represents a wise overall approach to the tax code (it doesn’t) and just focus on the particular change Obama wants to make. That is: He wants to start taxing the withdrawals parents make from their 529 accounts when it’s time to pay for college, so there would be far less reward for socking that money away in the first place. But the federal government would get to confiscate more capital from the private sector! The Democrat dream is fulfilled every time a dollar goes from private hands to politicians’ hands.

But here’s the kicker: The Obamas themselves have already put more than $240,000 into a 529 account. So they’ll now have to pay the tax, right?

No, sillies. Obama only wants the government to tax withdrawals of funds deposited after the change is made. So those who have already made the deposits – like him – can still withdraw them tax-free. Nice, huh?

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Unless your father is the king!

Rich guys like Obama, who can front-load their kids’ 529 plans, won’t be subjected to his new tax. But ordinary schmoes like you and me who save a little every week? Yeah, we get hosed.

Oh, but it’s for the Common Good dontcha know. And according to the looney lefties at the Star-Ledger it’s Obama’s version of the G.I. Bill:

This is the president’s G.I. Bill, minus the army — an astute and far-reaching initiative that illuminates a path into the middle class for millions, just as the last G.I. Bill did for their grandfathers. This 21st Century investment in human infrastructure shows the same confidence in the potential of our workforce.

Good grief.

The G.I. Bill was earned through service, and sacrifice. This is just another liberal give-away to buy votes for Democrats. Besides, Obama already has a quasi-free college plan, he’ll forgive some of your loans for each year you spend in the Hitler Youth ObamaCorps.

That’s already his “G.I. Bill.”

So, why the big push for “free” community college?

Because it plays into his long-term strategy to tax all wealth. The money you have sitting in the bank is burning a hole in his pocket. Like all Marxists, he believes he knows how to spend your money better than you do.

Fortunately his whole tax fantasy is DOA in the new Republican Congress. But it’s instructive to see just how deviously mendacious he really is. When he says “tax the rich,” he makes sure to insulate himself and his cronies from the damage his policies inevitably cause. Know your place, peasant!

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How Obama Will Pay For His Plan For Free Community College

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Obama's Tax PlanWell, this didn’t take long and certainly comes as no surprise. That is especially true if you have paid attention to how President Obama has conducted business during the first six years of his administration. He has acted like a typical liberal. When it doubt, always raise taxes. Never cut spending, never cut waste, always, always raise taxes. And that is exactly what he is planning to attempt in the last two years of his presidency. Do you remember his proposal for free community college for anyone who is willing to work for it? He actually described it as a right. Well, we now know how he plans to pay for the free part. Yep, you guessed it. He wants to raise taxes.

Fox News – President Obama plans to call for billions in tax increases on top earners – including a hike in investment tax rates — in order to fund new tax credits and other measures the White House claims will help the middle class.

The president’s proposals, which also include eliminating a tax break on inheritances, are likely to be cheered by the Democratic Party’s liberal base when they are announced Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. However, the tax increases are all but certain to be non-starters with the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill.

The president’s address — his first to a Republican-led Congress — will call for $320 billion in tax increases over 10 years. Aside from funding new tax credits including a tax credit for working families and expanding the child care tax credit, the White House says that money would go to funding measures to make college more affordable and accessible, including the president’s recently announced plan to make community college free for many students.

The centerpiece of the president’s tax proposal is an increase in the capital gains and dividends rate on couples making more than $500,000 per year to 28 percent, the same level as under President Ronald Reagan. The top capital gains rate has already been raised from 15 percent to 23.8 percent during Obama’s presidency.

As I said in my opening paragraph, we should not be surprised to see this new proposal to raise taxes even more than they already are. Whenever liberals want something new, they always want to pay for it by raising taxes on the “top earners” in America. I am sick of hearing that nonsense.

I believe the simple theme of common sense escapes most, if not all liberals, President Obama among them. They simply can not grasp the concept of the domino effect they start in motion by raising taxes on the people who make the most money in America. Many of these people have worked hard all their lives to accumulate the wealth they have. Raising taxes on their income punishes them for that hard work.

These people then invest the money they have made, thereby helping other businesses grow and prosper. If they have chosen the right investments, they get a return on that investment, ie. a profit. That profit is then taxed and at a higher rate than the original taxes on the investment. Their ability to choose the right investment is thereby punished.

The people in the group classified as the “top earners” then go the way of all human beings and pass from this earth. In their will, they have stipulated how they want their savings to be distributed. Some of them give most of it to charity, but some decide to leave it to their children, to be spent as wisely as possible. The money and property in their estate is then taxed again, which is known as the death tax.

So, the “top earners” in America are taxed until kingdom comes and then some, literally. At every point in their lives, their hard work and ability to save and prosper is punished by taxing them to death and after. And you can be sure he will portray this as a way to help the middle class. He will propose to cut taxes on the middle class and pay for those tax cuts by taxing the rich. He just doesn’t grasp the fact that raising taxes on the rich will, in effect, raise taxes on everyone else. Or maybe he does grasp that fact, but is just intent on selling this as a boon to the middle class and hopes enough Americans fail to catch his drift. Unfortunately, he may have already won that particular war of words.

Here are some of the ways President Obama says he wants to use the money the tax increases will raise.

  • A credit of up to $500 for families in which both spouses work. The administration says 24 million couples would benefit from the proposal, which would apply to families with annual income up to $210,000.
  • Expanding the child care tax credit to up to $3,000 per child under age 5. The administration says the proposal would help more than 5 million families with the cost of child care.
  • Overhauling the education tax system by consolidating six provisions into two, a move that could cut taxes for 8.5 million families.

That all sounds wonderful, if you are of the opinion that money should be taken from one group of Americans, ie. the “top earners”, and given to another group of Americans. When you boil it all down to the basics, however, it is nothing more than class warfare, ie. taking from the rich and giving to the poor or middle class. That is not a concept on which America was founded, but it is a concept that is most certainly in effect in modern America. That is a sad commentary on how far down this path we have gone.

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GOP CAVE: Cromnibus Will Not Include Relief From Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program

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Hat/Tip to Dr. Susan Berry at Breitbart.

Even though millions of kids and parents across America have rejected it, and countless nutritionists, health care workers and school officials hate it as well, guess what? Good ‘Ole Johnny Boehner has given President Obama everything he wanted, even this crap.

Though school officials, nutritionists, parents, and students have decried First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch program, the $1 trillion CRomnibus (part “continuing resolution” and part “omnibus”) does not include relief from the unpopular meals standards after all.

Waiver? They don’t need no steenking waivers!!

Daren Bakst at The Daily Signal notes that the spending bill does not include, as was anticipated, a temporary waiver, so that schools could get some relief from the onerous standards.

As the Associated Press (AP) has reported, school officials have lobbied for a reprieve from the school meal regulations that have required an increase in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as limits on the amounts of sodium, sugar and fat.

And this ill-conceived, short-sighted (read typical Leftist program here) is costing American taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

Breitbart News observed in September that an investigative report in Cincinnati found the First Lady’s school lunch requirements are wasting $4 million a day in food thrown away by children who dislike the meals.

In addition, the same article pointed to Harvard study of Mrs. Obama’s program that found “60 percent of fresh vegetables and 40 percent of fresh fruit are being thrown away.

Conservative House members have called this program a huge overreach by Big Government, which is probably what made Boehner fund it, because just like Harry Reid, Johnny Boehner likes his gub’ment BIG.

House Republicans have said the school meals program represents a federal overreach, and a House Agriculture Appropriations bill approved over the summer included waivers for schools that have been losing money on the school meal program. The waivers, however, were only temporary and amounted to a one-year reprieve that would allow schools to opt out of the program if they lost money on meals over a period of six months.

According to the AP, however, Republicans avoided a decision on the waiver over the summer after Mrs. Obama adamantly protested and the White House threatened a veto. Ultimately, the GOP pulled the provision and blamed the move on scheduling issues.

The chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the school meal appropriations, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), reportedly was pushing a broad waiver from the First Lady’s school meals in the current spending bill, and Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and John Hoeven (R-ND), said both the House and Senate were negotiating over the idea.

The School Nutrition Association has found serious flaws with Her Majesty’s Lunch Mandates.

Last week, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) released the results of its survey regarding the top concerns about the school meal program. The survey found the majority of school meal program operators nationally “face multiple serious challenges under new federal nutrition standards.”

SNA continues:

Additionally, more than half of school meal program operators surveyed anticipate that their program expenses will exceed revenue this school year. Only 18% anticipate their programs will break even, while 29% are unsure if costs will exceed revenue.

According to the survey, “increased food costs” were the number one challenge of the key issues facing school nutrition programs. Other highly ranked issues were “increased plate/food waste,” “sodium requirements” and “decreased lunch participation.”

In short, we have yet another example of a Progressive thinking she knows better how to raise our children than we do.

January 2oth, 2017 cannot get here fast enough!

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Colorado High School: Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance In Arabic – ‘One Nation Under Allah’

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Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado where students recited The Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic, replacing “Under God” with “Under Allah”

Hat/Tip to Rick Wells at GOPTheDailyDose.

When will the moon-battery ever end??

The principal at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, is facing a hailstorm of criticism from some very angry parents and residents.

The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance weekly, on Mondays. Last Monday, a member of their “Cultural Arms Club” led the student body in an Arabic version of the pledge, replacing the words “under God” with “under Allah.”

But the principal says his school isn’t pushing any agenda, Arabic or otherwise.

Principal Tom Lopez denies any attempt to push an Islamic agenda, saying, “These students love this country. They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.”

Principal Lopez doesn’t make any sense. Speaking unintelligible words in Arabic in some way accentuates their meaning? That is an extremely weak argument in defense of an ill-advised decision.

He said the cultural clubs seeks to “destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures” that exist within the high school.

That would translate into “destroy the barriers to Islam and embrace it,” correct, Mr. Lopez?

So this school made a mistake, right? I mean everyone is entitled to make a mistake. Well, maybe they’ve been down this road before…

The Poudre School District communications director, Danielle Clark, said they understand why parents are upset. She told Fox News, “We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice. We’ve heard there are some who are upset.”

Let’s put his into perspective for the feeble-minded Clark and Lopez. It is not the student’s choice. They do not control the public address system. It was a school choice.

The amount of stupidity that these school administrators can stoop to, is only surpassed by their apparent lack of knowledge of our country’s founding.

Her simplistic defense included a reference to “one” supportive email and a reference to a similar mistake last year which drew controversy when the pledge was recited in Spanish. Somehow not learning from and expanding upon your previous mistakes is perceived as a viable defense for these educators.

“We deferred to the students because it’s their deal,” she said.

As if to reinforce the idiocy of reciting the pledge in another language, Clark said she did not hear the pledge and does not speak Arabic so she could not confirm exactly what words were used.

 But one local resident broke it down to a level that, hopefully even the “elite masterminds” in control at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado can understand.

One resident, Chris Wells put it in terms even educator Lopez could understand. Writing in The Daily Coloradoan, he said:

“As a veteran and a friend of a man killed defending these children in their little games they like to play with our pledge, I’m offended. There are things that we don’t mess with – among them are the pledge and our anthem.”

HERE’S CONTACT INFO FOR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL:

  • Address: 1300 W. Swallow Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526-2412
  • Email: rmhs@psdschools.org
  • School principal Tom López’s phone no: 970-488-7005

Read the full story here.

Just in case those folks in Colorado are too “fuzzy” from a “contact high”, here is another explanation of our beloved Pledge of Allegiance. Please pay attention Red Skelton’s voice at the end of this video. You can hear the catch in his throat as he gets choked up over expressing his love for his country.

Hollywood, AND Rocky Mountain High School in Colorado, you could do well to learn a thing or two from this Great American.

 

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Second School In As Many Weeks In Wisconsin Boycotts First Lady’s School Lunch Mandate

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers and WSAW.

Looks like our elitist, mastermind First Lady just can’t quite get all of America’s kids that, darn it, she knows best!

(WSAW) –  Many Marathon middle school students are fed up with their school lunch program and Thursday organized a boycott of the school lunch program to show their disapproval of federal lunch guidelines. In lieu of heading through the lunch line Thursday, students brought packed lunches.

Students at Venture Academy said they’re simply not getting enough to eat during school lunch.

“Lately what I have noticed with our school lunches is probably the portions. They have actually gotten smaller and when I was younger we used to be able to get a lot more food. The younger kids are getting the same amount of food we are, but if we want more we have to pay more money to get double,” explained student Ally Phakitthong.

But Venture Academy isn’t the only school hoping to send a message to the government. Last week, high school student at D.C. Everest did a similar boycott. In October, students in Hartford, Connecticut also boycotted school lunch.

Thursday in Marathon students also signed a letter addressed to First Lady Michelle Obama expressing their concerns about their school lunches.

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School Board President On First Lady’s School Lunch Mandate: “Last Time I Checked, She Was Elected By No One”…

School KIds Rebel Against Michelle Obama’s Healthy School Lunches As First Daughters Get Meatball Subs, Ice Cream

First Lady Whines, er Responds, To Critics Of Her “Healthy” School Lunch Program

Kids Reject First Lady’s “Healthy” Lunches – Post Disgusting Pics Of Them Online

School Kids Say ‘Thanks’ To Michelle Obama For Their Crappy School Lunches

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Obama Releases First Gitmo Detainee Since Bergdahl Trade, Had Been Classified As “Too Dangerous To Release”

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First Terrorist Released From GITMO: Fawzi al-Odah

Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

 So, even though Twitter tells of this terrorist’s release before it’s even ANNOUNCED – that doesn’t mean he still has ties to an active terror network.

Wait…, WHAT?

Now that this will be stopped come January(one hopes), expect a flood of Gitmo releases. Fox has also reported that somehow, a spokesman of Al Qaeda’s Khorasan group(that group the Obama regime is saying is ‘so dangerous’) became aware of this release before it happened, since the spokesman tweeted out a congratulations to the family of al-Odah before the release was even announced. This indicates al-Odah’s continuing connections with an active terrorist group.

MIAMI (AP) — One of the longest-held prisoners at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay was sent home to Kuwait on Wednesday, the first release based on the determination of a review panel that has been re-evaluating some men previously classified as too dangerous to release.

Fawzi al-Odah had been told his release was imminent but didn’t know the date until shortly before he boarded the flight back to his country from the base in southeast Cuba, his lawyer, Eric Lewis, said.

The 37-year-old al-Odah had been the focus of an arduous battle to secure his release that had the support of his government. Lewis, who spoke to him about a week before the departure, said the prisoner just wanted to get on with life.

“There’s no bitterness, there’s no anger,” Lewis said. “There’s just excitement and joy that he will be going home.”

Al-Odah faces a minimum of one year at a militant-rehabilitation center on the grounds of a Kuwaiti prison under the transfer agreement. Lewis said that after six months al-Odah will be eligible to leave for part of the day to work or see family.

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Richard Stockton State College Wants to Add an Atlantic City Casino to Their Campus

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Their students already enjoy the five-star amenities of Galloway Township’s Seaview Resort. Now the ivory tower geniuses at Richard Stockton State College believe a shuttered Atlantic City casino is just the thing to round out their Leisure Studies department.

Richard Stockton College may buy one of the now shuttered Atlantic City casinos, according to a published report.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that Mayor Don Guardian said Wednesday at an economic forum that Stockton is interested in purchasing the former Atlantic Club or the Showboat.

A Stockton representative confirmed to the Press of Atlantic City that the college is interested but said, “There is nothing firm” at this point.

Stockton has 8,570 full – and – part-time undergraduate and graduate students, according to its website. Stockton is located in Galloway Township in Atlantic County, about 13 miles from Atlantic City.

So, after a long day on the links at Seaview, students can head to AC for some gambling, and maybe a show. All for the low, low price of $12,568 dollars per year.

Homework? Nah, they don’t got no time for homework! Party on dudes!

Stockton is a state school, subsidized by our tax dollars. Meanwhile, our roads are crumbing and people are going hungry. But, yeah, let’s buy a casino and really bring the Animal House experience to life!

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Tennessee High School Senior Student Decimates Common Core

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Hat/Tip to Mr. Viral News.

Such wisdom at so young an age. He has a bright future ahead of him, and this young man, and many more like him will be the turning point that helps us to get rid of Common Core.

Tennessee high school senior student decimates Common Core. His name is Ethan Young and he is a senior. He presented his case at the Knox County School Board regular meeting on November 6, 2013.

 

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Ol’Remus On Funding Schools With Property Taxes

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Ol’Remus of the Woodpile Report has some interesting thoughts on who should have the right to vote on school taxes; i.e.; property taxes. In my opinion, the tax on inheritance and the tax on property are the two most draconian taxes we are obligated to pay. I’ll be interested in your views on the opinions of Ol’Remus.

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The entire staff of the Woodpile Report, and his cat, held a closed door meeting—on account the bugs were flying—at the Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair, … um,Compound. The proposal was adopted unanimously, surprising none of the attendee, there never having been a tally other than 1-0, not counting when the vote is deferred due to forgetting what the matter at hand might be, in which case the vote is recorded as a tie, namely 0-0.

The Proposal was this: eligibility to vote for school budgets shall be limited to those who pay the school property taxes from which the budget is funded. Members of the school board must also be property tax payers lest they proselytize among the citizenry and studentry to the disadvantage of the taxpayer. Further, eligibility to vote for prospective school board members shall be limited to those who pay school taxes. That’s it.

The proposed method was this: payment of property taxes shall be recorded with a receipt made out to one person, an actual person, that person being the property tax payer, by name. A section of this tax receipt shall be a voter registration certificate made out to the same name. No person shall be issued more than one registration certificate even if they own multiple parcels taxed separately. No voter registration certificate may be transferred to, or used by, a person other than the one named. The principle is simple: one school tax payer, one vote.

“But, but,” the cry went out, “we renters pay property taxes, albeit indirectly, and our children are as affected as any others by school budgets.” To which ol’ Remus said, “Indirectly doesn’t count. Shall your employer also be eligible to vote, however distant he may be, he being the source of your income, and by extension his customers and stockholders as well? If you move to another town the day after you vote shall we subtract your vote from the tally? As for your children, they shall take the schools as they find them, as do all the children in the district, all are receiving the same schooling even if at no cost to their parents. No dear renter, with no skin in the game you are a consumer of the worst sort, the invoice goes to others so you insist the deluxe options alone are sufficient.”

“The property tax payer is mandated to extend himself beyond reason and yet you still cite imagined inadequacies,” Remus continued. “You judge spending proposals not in comparison to the available means but in comparison to an ideal, and therefore your favored expenditures are without upper limit. You believe yourself free to conflate wants with needs, and worse, even in the absence of your material support you imagine your presumed happy endings to be on higher moral ground as well, so you characterize dissent as base and despicable, and so it shall always be when your part goes no further than to consume that which others are compelled to set before you.”

“You are fond of the term ‘fully funded’. A school is fully funded when those providing the funds say it is fully funded, not when the recipient or bystanders say it is.” It was with satisfaction Remus saw the speaker stare at the floor, fidgety with shame and stunned into wordlessness by this devastating response. Remus’s chest swelled with righteousness, his eyes fixed on the glorious ethereal glow emanating from the aura of truth and justice that fairly pulsated in the room. An unseen celestial chorus harmonized from above. Cold pizza on an empty stomach will do that to a person.

Another speaker rose. “Anyone old enough to fight and die for his country certainly should be eligible to vote on school budgets,” he declared. On this there was instant agreement. Eyes met and heads nodded. Nothing’s too good for our boys. They talked of youthful faces prematurely aged and grim from defending hearth and home from horrors too awful to name. O the humanity. Nay! We shall not exclude them from this comparatively trivial affair of the home front. Norman Rockwell would eternally reproach us from that Big Atelier In The Sky, the ghost of Audie Murphy would hector us to a deservedly early grave. Some sang the Star Spangled Banner, some chanted U-S-A.

The usual troublemakers had equipped themselves with pitchforks and set to sharpening the tines while glaring at Remus through their eyebrows, Celtic style. Others were passing around old war posters with slogans in sans serif bold about never forgetting and buying bonds to the threshold of penury and turning in used cooking oils as an act of selfless patriotism. The illustrations featured determined, ultra-fit young men in sharply creased uniforms marching under bluebird skies and billowing pennants. Others depicted cigar-chomping GIs in outright sartorial distress, and in need of an emergency shave, plunging bayonets into the chests of the enemy at less agreeable venues. “Those posters once hung on classroom walls,” Remus mused, “there’s no Zero Tolerance in times of actual peril.” But he let all this play out before launching his rejoinder.

“Setting aside the fact that neither the school nor the township are authorized to declare war, or noticeably inclined to do so, much less empowered to send anyone off to combat or conclude a peace treaty, it’s enough that any young person who pays school taxes is qualified to vote, even if unwilling or unfit for military service.” A hush fell over the room, shoes shuffled nervously on the floor, hands were clasped, fingers interwoven, knuckles white. Alas, even yet there were a few glowering holdouts. Remus pushed the stick forward and bored in for the finishing shot, saying, “a moment’s thought reveals potential enlistees are not in fact veterans, nor are they likely to be. Yet some of the school tax payers among us are veterans—many with no children. Where is the equity in this?” Faces reddened.

“Hear me my friends,” Remus exclaimed, one hand over his heart, the other stabbing the sky. “Shall we continue to let those who do not pay decide what funding shall be provided by those who arecompelled to pay? What reason may be thought too slight to warrant increased funds when those funds are provided by others? Is it not enough that all benefit alike, those who pay and those who do not? How is it those who do not pay shall decide how much less of our earnings we may keep when already we provide their children’s schooling at no cost to them? Is this not injustice enough?”

Remus’s oratory was attracting passersby now. Cicero was there, in resplendent toga, faint movements playing about his lips as he silently repeated the key phrases. Suetonius took a seat at his side and jotted notes should the great consul require prompting at a later time, which is probable, he being deceased and all. “Shall they also decide the cafeteria menu or disallow squirrel guns during season?,” Remus added, striking his finest stentorian pose. Those in attendance, which is to say: none, including the town leftist, bent forward in rapt attention.

As the throng left Woodpile Report Global Headquarters &c. there was murmured admiration for the power and symmetry of this Proposal. Then a stranger approached and, upon learning the Proposal had been adopted, By Acclaim With Oak Leaf Cluster, was heard to say, “…one man, one vote,” whereupon the crowd set upon him and discomfited him most grievously, tanned his hide when he died, Clyde, and that’s it a-hangin’ on the shed. If there were a shed.

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