The latest push to shove the federal Common Core Curriculum down states throats via the threat of ending federal funding to those states that do not implement it has hit Florida. The state legislature is currently in committee writing legislation to implement it and make it state law. I am not going to argue the merits of the Common Core as a viable education model because the jury is still deliberating its content and methodology. What I am going to discuss and emphasize is the effectiveness of the federal body that will gain permanent control over every level of education in America and its success rate since first taking this role in 1980.
The Dept. of Education:
Since its inception and implementation by Jimmy Carter on 05/04/1980 has been very effective at redefining and changing the overall quality and efficiency of the way our children are educated. Before the Dept. of Ed. the national high school graduation rates were around 80% (peaking at 81% in the 1970’s). More importantly the effective reading and math comprehension levels were at a 10th grade level and to get into a college or state university a minimum SAT score was 1300. (an Ivy League education required 1550) The aggregate IQ as determined by MENSA for the average high school graduate was approximately 98, the general populace 88. read more »
Here repeat after me “EEEENOOOMERATED POWERS”
What separates our Republic and all Republic’s that have come before it is this very singularly important distinction. Enumerated Powers
Here is an excellent interpretation by Kevin Price from his article titled: “What are "enumerated powers" and why do they matter?”
"Enumerated powers" have an academic sound to them. It sounds like something you would read about in a history book. Simply put, enumerated powers are those powers specifically delegated to the Congress by the US Constitution. By the way, they are still there.
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lists the seventeen powers specifically enumerated to the Constitution. All of these things are important and the government's function in these areas was supposed to be strong, in order to protect the liberties of every American. Some of the things delegated to Congress include standard weights and measures, coining money, post offices and post roads, the protection of intellectual property, and a national defense. Beyond these and a few other very specific items, there was not much for which the federal government was responsible. read more »
The 2nd. Amendment is the cornerstone upon which all of our other freedoms and liberties are protected and reinforced. Without it, the rest are just hollow words with no way of enforcing them except trough legal action which is and will always be violated by those that do not prescribe to the law.
There are only 2 methods to get anyone to take action, reason and force and if you cannot force me to act then you must reason me with your argument. The progressive socialists have been manipulating a segment of the population in this Nation for well over 100 years through their arguments that create an emotional response that forces a controlled reaction that obscures intellectual action. They use the heated moment of emotional response to get their myopic misanthropes to jump and then propagate the discord with a continual barrage of Pavlovian response words that they have ingrained into the modern populace through the media and educational systems they control.
They also understand that they have a very narrow window to motivate this group because after about 3 weeks even the average double digit modern American who redefines the term low information citizen, starts to lose the emotional motivation and moves back towards complacency, more concerned with their daily doldrums and escaping their pitiful existence than staying engaged in their masters rage. read more »
I hope that we can count on your support for upholding your oath of office and defend our 2nd. Amendment rights. This is not about semi-automatic weapons it is about who can have them. This is not about gun control but population control and we know it.
You people in the District of Corruption need to wake up and realize that We The People have had enough of you the tyrants. Your constant assault on our Liberties and Freedoms as defined by the Bill of Rights is not transmutable but finite. The last 4 words of the 2nd. Amendment reads as follows: "Shall Not Be Infringed" now what part of that statement don’t you and the rest of the DC ruling class elites comprehend.
You're direct defiance of your oath of office by signing legislation like NDAA 2012, the 2 debt ceiling increases, the refusal to investigate Fast & Furious, Benghazi, stimulus 1 & 2, QE1 2 3 3.5, et.al. I would run out of room just listing the criminal actions that have been committed that you and your colleagues have turned a blind eye to.
You incompetent assholes haven't passed a budget in going on 4+ years and you still can't because you are all too gutless to do what needs to be done. As I am writing this it is taking every ounce of restraint I can muster to keep from verbally chastising you for your actions and your co-conspirators who infest our government. You have spent me, my children and now my grandchildren into poverty and you come back for more. You and your cohorts gall is astounding! read more »
A Guest Blog : By Larry N. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S. President of the Institute of Gainesville.
The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the meaning and intent of the Second Amendment. Much has been made of the Heller decision, but in the context of the history of the Second Amendment and the milieu in which it was written, it is easy to appreciate the strict constitutional interpretation whence came the 5-to-4 decision.
The right of law-abiding American citizens to bear arms was clearly outlined by Justice Scalia’s majority opinion, but this will not go unchallenged by those who side with the minority. Attempts at using the argument “for the good of public health” as a justifiable reason to limit or annul the Second Amendment must be tempered with a realistic understanding of the pathology of the public-health problem. This desire to “regulate” one amendment can only lead to the de-facto regulation of the other amendments.
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The Lyndon Johnson Great Society legislation and the massive Government bureaucracy it has created going forward, has finally born the fruit it was planted to sow 47 years ago. The extortion by the permanent welfare state is now in full blossom and the takers now outnumber the makers, the producers are now the “minority” in this country.
There are underlying conditions that extortion creates that destroy the payer as well as the payee. The payer obviously suffers the financial loss of money’s that were earned by producing in an open market economy. They also suffer the loss of dignity because they see that their production is only valued as long as it supports those who produce nothing. Their self esteem and self worth are diminished as they watch the fruit of their labor being treated with disdain and indignation, as if it is a penance for working hard and sacrificing. read more »
I have recently been engaged in running dialogue with several “useful idiots” over Mitt Romney’s recent speech at the Al Smith Dinner. And the disconnect displayed by several respondents to 1 simple statement I made that: “THIS is how an AMERICAN PRESIDENT? ACTS!” has been if anything; enlightening to the mindset of these individuals. The first comment I received was the following:
IT WAS WRITTEN FOR HIM, FAGGOT.?
And the descent into discourse continued at an accelerated rate from all sides with my help. The fact that my comment was based on the closing statement that Mr. Romney made was inconsequential to the discussion and completely missed by the zealous left. And my response was less than cordial from that moment on. read more »
A guest Post by: Whiskeysplace
A Conservative Look at Technology, Culture, Business, and How They Intersect.
With much of our embassies in flames (Cairo, Sanaa, Khartoum, Tunis, Benghazi) or threatened (London, Paris, Berlin), Americans are wondering “Why Do Muslims Hate Us?” Or perhaps why they hate hate hate us. Most also wonder what Obama’s plan or response will be (and we already know it: Sharia Surrender). But the real reasons are this: Muslims are failures, and they know it. We are weak, and they know that too. Muslim Failures plus American weakness = Burning Embassies and murdered Ambassadors. It is that simple.
No one has more reason to hate Russia and Putin than Muslims. The Second Chechen War may have led to as many as 40,000 Chechens killed. The now-dead Aslan Mashkodov claimed 200,000 Chechens died in both Chechen Wars. There is an ongoing insurgency still in Chechnya and related Caucuses Mountains Republics. In addition to that, Russia aided Khadaffi, and stood by him as he faced his ouster, to the dismay of the hard-line jihadists and Salafists who fought to get rid of Khadaffi. Not only that, but Russia under Putin has actively aided Bashir Assad, and his despotic regime, responsible for the deaths of thousands of Muslims, as Assad attempts to retain his Alawite (Sunnis do not consider them even Muslim) control as an Iranian Shia client state over Sunni jihadists backed by Turkey and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. read more »
A Guest Blog by The Mises Institute:
[This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 10 of An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought:( http://mises.org/resources/5800/Austrian-Perspective-on-the-History-of-Economic-Thought) (1995). An MP3 audio file of this chapter, narrated by Jeff Riggenbach, is available for download: (http://mises.org/media/6016/10-Marxs-Vision-of-Communism) .] read more »
What makes the United States of America a truly Great Nation and why the left is bent on destroying it!
We hold these Truths to be Self Evident that all men are created equal and they are endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights; that among these Rights are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to Secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men , deriving their just power from the Consent of the Governed!
That statement from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is by far the cornerstone of what is America and why it is Greater than any Nation before or current. It is the fundamental expression of what would become the greatest experiment in self-determination in the history of this planet. A government where no outside forces were to influence its decisions on the fundamental Rights to be Alive and Live, To be Free to be yourself and choose your own destiny as long as it did not infringe on the Rights of others and to keep the Fruits of your own Labors.
The so-called educational elite who have spent decades lying and hiding the facts of our Nation and its remarkable formation of self governing, they have tried to obfuscate these rights by saying that man has enjoyed these rights before and it has failed as a form of government. read more »