Common Core: Thirty-Five States have Adopted a Politically Motivated Program

I am sure you have heard about the Common Core program installed by politically correct government useful idiots, who have developed a generation of students that is far behind other nations and an embarrassment to the standards of the United States.

Maggie’s Notebook breaks down the system and quotes a retired professor of Stanford University, who stated:

…in large measure a political document that, in spite of a number of real strengths, is written at a very low level and does not adequately reflect our current understanding of why the math programs in the high achieving countries give dramatically better results.

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Education, Political Correctness, and Dangerous Games in Washington

lighthouse9_animatedJoan B., Illinois sent me an email with a link to a Fox News opinion article that raises the question: Why, We the People, allow the federal government to control one of the most important aspects of our nation, any nation, any civilization? A government that has inserted progressive socialism into a government that is supposed to be based upon a constitutional republic. A government whose elected officials, for decades, has slowly ignored our constitution for various reasons of their own, and who We the People allowed to be re-elected for several obscure reasons mostly due to lessening knowledge of the workings of a constitutional republic crafted by wise men who received classical education and thought far beyond their time.

Todd Starnes was the author of that article that Joan provided the link for, addressing the fact that the progressive-liberal is always concerned about sensibilities (emotion is a tool to a socialist) while ignoring or being selective as to who is actually being offended.

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Obama File: Presidential Address to Graduates

lighthouse9_animatedBeginning in the 1960s, Marxism penetrated higher educational institutions via students creating groups like the Weather Underground and Black Panthers [Black alternate to KKK]; and those students eventually became the establishment they once protested against. In turn, their children became indoctrinated by their generation that became the professors and administrators of the public [government] schools that alter history and information in textbooks, insisting that the government [the social elite] can and must raise our children.

President Obama, a student of Marxism whose mentors were racist, socialist-communist social organizers recently addressed the graduating class of Ohio State University on May 5th 2013, the following quotations intermixed with Obama and company propaganda – responses bracketed:

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The Time to Decide What Type of Government You Want is NOW

What do you expect from your government?

What type of government do you think operates most efficiently?

First, a large institution operates less efficiently than a slim organized smaller entity. Indeed, the larger an institution grows, the more chance of fraud and waste.

Second, the larger institution requires more divisions and thus more people to operate, which increases cost of operation, especially when a private entity dictates employment – who can be employed and who can get fired.  An efficient institution that abides by the Rule of Law will cost less to operate.

What type of government would you like to have?

The founders of the United States were men of  intellect, educated in the classics of law and philosophy, and most were graduates of a college or university, except for Benjamin Franklin who, like Abraham Lincoln, was self-taught by reading profusely. Indeed, Mr. Franklin could speak French that was the diplomatic language of the day.

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Insanity Continues: Government-Controlled Schools and Vet Not Allowed to Possess Firearms

A testament to government controlled educational institutions … a high school teacher in Denton, Texas has violated the First Amendment by mentioning the Second Amendment. The assignment was simple, the Blaze article reports …

High School seniors at Denton High School were given a simple assignment in their English class: Write a paragraph about something you did over the weekend. There was no additional direction on topics for the essay. However, a few students who wrote about guns, including attending a gun show or going to shop for a gun, were told that they would be given a zero on the assignment if they did not change what they were writing about. The teacher, Mr. Dewey Christian, reportedly told the students that the topic was unacceptable. Marshall Williams, another student in the class who was given the option of a zero on the assignment or a rewrite, told about going to the Fort Worth Gun Show – something he has posted on his Facebook page: In the comments section of Williams’ Facebook of this photo he posted the following; …

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Election 2012: Say One Thing and Do Another

President Obama is now asking Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts that he had criticized during his campaign in 2008, but it is just a puny bandage for a gaping wound for the economy. A hard look at the present tax system and a solution must be found after talking about it for at least ten years now. Either the income tax goes to a flat tax system with no myriad of paperwork due to no deductions including the reduction of the scope and need for the IRS or repeal the 16th amendment and replace it with the consumption flat tax system called Fair Tax. Either way, in order for it to work more smoothly, major cuts in the amount of agencies within the government and dissolving intrusive and inefficient agencies and departments is paramount to get our republic back on track.

Democratic socialism must fall by the way and Americans return to a republican government (not the political party, but the form of government the Founders created).

Socialism is nothing new and some Americans are waking up to the fact that socialism kills itself economically because it produces a people that depends on other citizens’ productivity and money – and that money dries up due to high taxation caused by government size, scope and intrusiveness upon the private sector as well as business going elsewhere because of high corporate taxation.
Mitt Romney‘s proposal of an across the board 20% reduction in the present progressive income tax system is a start, but a thorough reform is in order and has been for more than a decade.
American society must do its part as well – stop voting for those who promise your bills and other personal expenses will be paid by someone else.
Thomas Jefferson warned Americans about socialism in a letter to Joseph Milligan in 1816:

To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

Socialism has been defined as legal plunder, legal because government condones it and encourages it. This legal plunder has many names and has gone beyond helping Americans who have met personal disaster to get back on their feet that has become an “entitlement” as though a right or liberty written into the constitution. We can see this in video clips at YouTube, where a woman with numerous children from different fathers demands (not a plea) that other Americans support her illegitimate children and her immoral lifestyle that raises children with no direction toward values, self sufficiency, or personal character/pride. That person represents the sickness that has crept into our society that has produced generations of people who claim to be victims when in fact their lifestyle and refusal to better themselves with education and changing their values has put them in such economic ruin.
Legal plundering by government: minimum wage, income tax and taxes that are extremely high, like tobacco tax meant to punish a sector of society; subsidies of many types, entitlements (not assistance), public education, and now national health care.
A people who want something for nothing, without working for it and demanding that others pay for it give up their freedom and respectability – government controlling all facets of their life. Meanwhile, others are also paying the price because intrusive laws are passed with no complaints from too many Americans. As in the Communist Manifesto this causes enforced fraternity in which nationalism becomes a tool for the government – speaking out against that government becomes not only politically incorrect, but against laws; all the while plundering private ownership and the productivity of those who believe in self sufficiency.
While FDR opened the door, it was Lyndon B. Johnson who developed the Great Society (like FDR’s New Deal) which caused generations of people who insist that entitlements are their constitutional rights and misuse the phrase “general welfare of the people” as a right of welfare paid by everyone else.
BH Obama has progressed this nation towards socialism and expensive welfare state policies far beyond any of the socialist-minded individuals before him – backed by corruption and those seeking power. 
Here are some questions and points that proves my point you can apply to our present federal (and some state) government:

         See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.
         See of the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself can not do without committing a crime.
         If such a law is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system.

Bailouts for private sector business is a reward for a business that has squandered or plundered other people’s money and/or livelihood. Unions have plundered for decades, and like parasites, they usually end up killing the host.
Systems of plunder in our present government needs to be addressed – NOW, for example: Department of Education, Department of Health & Human Services, HUD, EPA, amnesty/social benefits for people who immigrate here illegally.
Frédéric Bastiat wrote a blueprint for our society (any society) in his book The Law. He was a French economist and business man, author of many books. His most famous being the aforementioned book published in 1850. He proclaimed that the sole purpose of government is to defend and protect the right of an individual to life, liberty, and property; and from that definition it was concluded that the law cannot defend life, liberty, and property if it promotes socialist policies. If so, the law is perverted and turns against those three important entities of life, liberty, and property – what government is designed to defend. He also stated that it is “legalized plunder” for those in government or an elite class of citizens who encourage lower economic class people to revolt or use socialism to institute the legal plunder. He believed that the role of the consumer was the key to economic progress. He wrote:

We cannot doubt that self-interest is the mainspring of human nature. It must be clearly understood that this word is used here to designate a universal, incontestable fact, resulting from the nature of man, and not an adverse judgment, as would be the word selfishness.

The collective works of Bastiat is available from the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
In society there are collective rights and individual rights.
Walter Williams, distinguished column writer for Townhall and other publications, as well as his own website, and professor of economics [George Mason University], wrote a foreword to Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law . . .

After reading the book I was convinced that a liberal-arts education without an encounter with Bastiat is incomplete. Reading Bastiat … organized my philosophy of life. …it created order in my thinking about liberty and just human conduct. Many philosophers have made important contributions to the discourse on liberty, Bastiat among them. . . . Clarity is crucial to persuading our fellowman of the moral superiority of personal liberty.

People of any nation can gather their resources in order to protect individuals and private property for the good of all people when it comes to physical strength, organizational strength, political strength, and economic strength. The proper amount of government can not only make people free, but keep them free; however, it is the responsibility of the people to safeguard those rights and liberties by ensuring that those they elect do not take them away in any manner or form, as well as ensure that they are not persuaded by those in government to trade those rights and liberties for benefits received at the expense of others.
Knowledge comes from education, whether it be formal or informal or self-taught – or even taught in a homeschool technique. Importance of knowledge cannot be overemphasized, and indeed, Founders like Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams and others agreed that American citizens must understand the Constitution of the United States and its amendments. By so doing, they ensure that their representatives, senators and all elected officials comply with one of the most important documents in the history of civilization. In supporting that Constitution, for that is every citizen’s duty, they must also ensure that society remains virtuous and that the family nucleus is the mainframe and foundation of every nation that is free and successful. It is not the business of the government to raise our children, be it through mandate or through the instrument of teachers in a public educational institution. The task of the teacher is important in every society and in every nation. One should never take that for granted, teachers and professors should receive just compensation for their expensive education and endeavor to provide knowledge so that the youth of our nation, any nation, can be prepared for life. Teachers must teach at the earliest age possible the history of how our nation began and know their Constitution and its amendments in order to vote responsibly and ensure that those elected to office abide by their oath of office. Educational institutions, ultimately, are the entities for gaining knowledge and the students are the sole purpose of those educational institutions. If trade unions interfere with that purpose and disrupt the educational curriculum, the citizens who pay taxes in order to support our public educational facilities should not tolerate this; neither teachers be forced to join a trade union in order to fulfill their obligations of their chosen career or just to be employed. Teachers that belong to trade unions, voluntarily without intimidation, have the right to govern where their dues are spent and not for purchasing political power to further that power of any union. However, since unions are private institutions, they cannot have influence or power over public schools paid for by American taxpayers. It is one of the reasons why the educational system has been so expensive, and instead of correcting that situation by not allowing trade unions to govern civic employees, the unions continue to cause the cost of education to rise. At the same time, in order to meet budgets, too often educational institutions are forced to drop academic curriculum that is important in the intellectual and knowledgeable benefits for the students.
This is why many Americans believe that educational institutions have become more about teachers and administrations than the gist and sole purpose of its existence – the students.
Any nation that does not have educational institutions with high standards and the encouragement of free and creative thinking are only instruments of a tyrannical government who limits what knowledge students learn.

No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders.
Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775
Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775

Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.John Adams (Defense of the Constitutions, 1787)

The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families… In vain are Schools, Academies, and Universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their earliest years… The vices and examples of the parents cannot be concealed from the children. How is it possible that children can have any just sense of the Sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their mothers live in habitual infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant infidelity to their mothers?John Adams 1778

Whether values come from religious morals within a family or by parents who appreciate and hold importance of values as civic duty – the end result is the same. Major issues of our nation today that has destroyed our economic freedom, thus destroying prosperity; as well as society allowing itself to be corrupted by those who believe values and civic morals do not apply in “modern society” are fooling themselves and leading the nation toward self-destruction through corruption and tyrants who seek to hold power.
The Founders laid a good foundation. Our present situation has developed from its citizens forgetting those principles, responsibilities, and values that maintain a stable society and government. As the Founders knew from experience and history, those principles were set to hold freedom and liberty sacred for every citizen of the nation and keep it. Trading promised false security and prosperity for liberties and freedoms was, and is today, not an option.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.Benjamin Franklin, An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania, 1759

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1738

Reflections: High School Memories and University Reality

High School Class Reunion invitations have come around again. It will the 45th.
Time slips by. I have only attended one.
People attending and setting it up are all excited, and they should be – high school is supposed to be one’s most memorable moments. It is a big transition in your life and a progress towards becoming an adult, hopefully it leads to higher forms of education even if it is trade school.

I attended the ten-year anniversary of our graduating class which was held in a swank resort. There were memorial pictures hung on one wall … fellow classmates. One died of cancer, being a mother of two children, married to her high school sweetheart. One died when his Corvette hit a concrete barrier, police estimating he was doing at least 100 mph when he hit and revealed that drunk driving was involved. And another fellow student, one of the quieter ones, like me died in Vietnam.

The reception was interesting and revealing. Those who were popular in school, usually on some sports team or some high school committee, whose entry in the yearbook revealed a person to ‘most succeed’ had been in and out of marriage a couple of times and one was an alcoholic. Some didn’t show up because they were in some Hippie colony somewhere or doing drugs, while at least one couldn’t attend because he was serving time in prison. Don’t remember for what. Just like high school, they remembered the clicks and reestablished the gossip.
I only attended out of curiosity. At the time, I had served my country in a short two-year enlistment in the United States Army and when coming out found that jobs were not easy to get – a recession was going on. But, I kept going to the employment office and found an opportunity to get into the trucking business and be my own boss. A fellow veteran was selling his waste oil business and I slowly got it going better than he claimed, for there were fewer customers than he either stated or imagined. But I used my natural ability at diplomacy and was always punctual and always came no matter how short a notice was given. I also added customer clientele that required their horse arenas to be sprayed down with something that was environmentally friendly and not irritate the horses skin – the whole idea to keep the dust down from the sawdust in the arena. It worked and soon I had 300 customers from an original 75.
Then the unions decided to have strikes at the place where I would drop off and receive so much a gallon for waste oil, most of it coming from service station holding tanks, making sure the water was run off from the tank and spilled in an area that was safe for the environment.
Then corporations decided that the business of recycle was a good venture, so they bought their fleet of tractors and liquid-container trailers and ran most of us little guys out of business. We couldn’t compete with their prices. First we were getting money, a few cents per gallon at the pickup end and when unloaded at the refinery another few cents. I saw the prediction of the future for small business in waste oil and sold out.
After I sold my trucking business, I drove a taxi for awhile and ran across a sweet deal on a limousine and went into that business, paying a dispatcher 25% off the top for services. It was at that time that I went to the high school reunion. People who wouldn’t give me the time of day were saying, “I wish I had your freestyle life” – I hadn’t married yet, I was a key-club member of the Playboy Club, downtown Chicago, and had the money to go to the Playboy Resort that now no longer exists. I attended a lot of rock concerts back then, mostly with backstage tickets offered by members of the rock concert people behind the scenes. It was a great and wild time of my life, seeing things and viewing the side of life I never experienced — people with money and part of the social elite. But my best move was when I returned to the military, where I was able to extend my educational opportunities and learned self discipline and the brotherhood that only those in the combat arms can ever know.
Post High School
In reality, my high school years, while attending school, were not that much of a fond memory. At the time, our district/county had no high school we could attend, so we were bussed into another township. Of course, those living in the town treated us as the “kids from across the tracks” – and that stained my experience in high school. Even most of the teachers treated us “across the track” teenagers differently. They were always surprised when I, tagged as a “Greaser” made such good grades, when I applied myself and with classes that were not boring.
The other thing about high school was everyone was grouped into “in” and “out” – social nonsense. Those that were the snooty ones were called “socialites”. Then there were the “nerds” – real smart, but not much common sense. I always got along with them over the “socialites” — I seemed to understand them better. 
Overnight Pass, Dong Du Chon
Then, on the bottom of the social stepladder were those bussed in from another township, and if you dressed a certain way, you instantly were marked as a “greaser”. 
I guess, I was a greaser, but never fancied the social-scale thing, like the socialist politicians like to do pitting one class of society against another and at the same time gladly taking money from the “evil” class of society. 
But I wasn’t the typical stereotype Greaser the way of the film they are depicted films like American Graffitiand the hit musical Grease. I was more like the character, John, in American Graffitiwho rode around in a yellow souped-up roadster. 
My cars were 1970s big engine Monsters that were either a Ford or a Mopar. 
Along with motorcycles, I favored convertibles, but always fine tuned and worked on the engines for performance. 
My Ford Fairlane convertible, for example, had a Lincoln engine bored and stroked to 400 cubic inches with a three-barrel Holley carburetor, ported manifold, and exhaust dumps so I could bypass the muffler system and run the exhaust straight out of the engine for better performance at Saturday-night drag meets. (illegal). The wheel welded on the rear bumper was not for looks. Combined with the Hertz performance 4-speed transmission, the car literally on full acceleration at start would raise in the air like a wild mustang, partly because of the huge rear wheels. It was a street dragster. 
1972 Javelin
My Mopar had a Hemi-V8, also bored and stroked for performance with all the cool stuff like racing oil pump and electronic fuel delivery. 
Hey, Americans have always loved their automobiles.  
After selling out the waste oil business, I returned to the military and made it my career. The military and my years attending Maryland State University classes in Europe were my most memorable in terms of my days of education attendance. There wasn’t a social pecking order or snobbery like that happens in high school. Later in my career I changed my military occupation to executive administration which afforded me a Top Secret (Atomal) clearance. 
Actually, if I knew how much better college and universities are, I would have made it a point to attend sooner than I did. For you see, I was an educated “Greaser”. I was into the style, not the stereotype character. At the university, professors would look beyond your appearance, they were more interested in mind development; and several, like the late Frank Polite, became inspirations, mentors, that I appreciated.
Frank Polite, 1936-2005; poet-teacher-friend
Frank Polite was my professor, mentor, and friend. He was teaching literature classes at University of Maryland, European Chapter in Izmir, Turkey for NATO service personnel and their families. It was a great experience for him to be there, for he appreciated the history and culture there; and we would have wonderful conversations/discussions that was enlightening. He set me up to attend a Writer’s Guild when I returned to the states, but I had to cancel it because I had to attend a more important matter – the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia/Kuwait. But he encouraged me to continue writing. As a going away present, I put together a party with his students attending and presented to him a poem I had printed on parchment paper and framed. It was entitled “Poet-Teacher-Friend”. It was one of the few poems I ever wrote, but he had inspired me and provided excellent advice. He was a kind and simple person, but had insights into human character and tried to experience as much as he could in life.
I corresponded with him from time after he left Turkey, but life got in the way for both of us, each attending to what needs to be done and what we want to do; and, sadly, when I had ran across his website, I found that he has passed away in 2005. Threads of the Spiderwoman website tells of her experience in meeting Frank Polite as well as his poems from Letters of Transit. The artist posts a great tribute to Frank, and it seems she has had the wanderlust that Frank had and that alone is an endearment because I have always been a wanderer wanting to experience something on the other side of the hill. It is why I tried to serve overseas assignments as often as the Army would allow. I knew I would not be able to afford to do that in civilian life, so I grabbed the opportunity. He received an award in 2004, just before he died at the age of 69. The award was for his poem Darkening Wood.
As a gift before Frank, left the European Chapter of the University of Maryland and going back to Youngston, Ohio, he gave me a copy of Letters of Transit, which he signed. It is one of my most treasured collections in my personal library. It was out of print, but I found a place where you can get one incredibly cheap. It is good prose, I recommend you add it to your library if you like good poetry. A good article about Frank Polite’s wife, Charlene, an actress, is HERE. Another good source about Frank Polite is at Fallen City Writers, that is presently undergoing website changes, but check back now and then, it is worth it.
You can read some of his works on the Internet: The Manservant, Image at Thirty, Small Craft Warnings, From the Puritan Cookbook. Also read The Japanese Consulate. Frank was a director at Fallen City Writers in Ohio for several years in the 1970s. He returned to Ohio after his stint in Izmir, Turkey.
Hey, just had these thoughts and started typing. That is what “Reflections” are for. 
I am sure this story would raise a few memories of your own. … 
On another note concerning education, fast forwarding to the present …
Derek Hunter wrote an excellent article discussing what graduates are facing today in this messed up economy entitled Dear Graduates: You’re Screwed
It’s graduation season, and prominent political and media figures are making the rounds to give commencement speeches at colleges across the country. The president, administration officials, progressive members of Congress, left-wing television talking heads, liberal columnists, etc., are spewing so many feel-good platitudes that you’d think doing so was an Olympic event and they were training for the gold in London. The one thing missing from these speeches is reality. … After the hangovers from your graduation parties fade away, the hangover of reality will set in. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you rely on the mainstream media for your information, you probably haven’t heard this – you’re screwed.
In addition to the tens of thousands of dollars in student loans you now owe, your share of the national debt as a citizen is more than $50,000. Once you find a job and become one of the elite 53 percent of Americans who pay taxes, your share will jump to $138,000. But don’t think about that number just yet; it won’t apply to about half of you for some time. You see, in President Obama’s economy about half of you won’t find full-time employment – or any job – for quite some time. … To those who went into practical fields of study, such as physical and computer sciences, you’ll probably be all right. … Those of you with a degree in Caribbean Pygmy, Eskimo Gender or theater studies…Yeah, that wasn’t a smart move. … For the record, when we run into each other in the future, to make that interaction less awkward – yes, I would like fries with that.
Some of you will go on to accomplish great things, live amazing lives and enjoy tremendous success. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, you may even become successful enough to become the type of people many of your fellow students, professors and even our president demonize on a daily basis. … On the other hand, if government keeps spending the way it is, it’s unlikely you’ll ever obtain the level of success government would like to deny you. But I’m not talking about the end of the world here – only the end of the civilized world. That’s because, just as much of our past comes from Greece, our future lies there too … Since we now live in a culture that rewards stupidity with reality shows and everyone gets a participation ribbon, maybe the key to our economic future is to be the world’s cautionary tale. I hope not. … The path paved with freebees is always the most alluring because who doesn’t like free stuff? But remember – Democrats have promised you that path your whole life. And now that you’ve graduated college, many of you will realize it’s only led you into debt and back to your parent’s basement. If that’s your version of Utopia…you misread the book. …
So, for those young voters attending institutions of “higher education”, you might want to remember this when you go to the local voting polling place to elect the next President of the United States or whether or not to keep a senator or representative in Congress to continue “business as usual” in Washington.
Your future depends upon who runs our country, from the White House, to Congress, and up the steps of the Supreme Court. It is time, no it is past the time, to insist that those who are supposed to be operating OUR government for US start operating as it was created: a constitutional republic.
Otherwise, as Hunter pointed out, we will become an historical footnote in human history; a great civilization that failed.