Category Archives: politics

at the fair

went to the county fair today
brought back some old memories from my 4-H days

found the Democrats booth where they were giving away $50 ‘just for signing up’

found the Republican booth where they were giving away a flag ‘just for signing up’

the Libertarians left me alone … sign me up

am I awake yet?

sooooo

4 more years of the Golfer, the Gaffer, and the Vacationator

please God let the Mayan’s math be correct

election year

a few years back I got all hot and bothered about the election. This year I’m just as worked up but I’m not wasting my time trying to discuss it with people. I’m just gonna sit here, drink beer and smile at all the whiners that got everything they deserve.

I figure until I can manage to get the people in my own family to actually read the constitution, attend a city council meeting, or open their bibles outside of church I really don’t need to go knocking on more doors.

I see nothing good coming from this election. I quite honestly see no possible way for ANY result to be accepted nationwide. There will be allegations of tampering and voter fraud, probably all true. There will be riots, vandalism, violence, injury and death. There will be legal battles and I can envision no scenario that has Obama peacefully or voluntarily relinquishing any of the power he’s gained – ever- not this election year or the next one.

In previous years I have researched candidates and presented information supporting my stance. This time I’m keeping that to a minimum. I don’t need much information really. Obama is still ineligible. Romney is a leftwinger that’s doesn’t even have a good disguise. He’d be our worst nightmare leftwing extremist if only the Obama camp hadn’t skewed the grading curve so badly that Mitt ended up on the other side of the middle. Seriously … do we want the country run by a guy that was in charge of Massachusetts? How messed up is THAT state?

what if – education

In the first installment of the what if I were King? series [here] I listed areas I believe need drastic improvement.

I think, as King of the U.S., I’d need to focus on several areas of past greatness which are currently catastrophic failures:

  • education
  • economy
  • ethics
  • individual liberty
  • government
  • public defense

Today’s focus will be public education.  I know of no reason why our country cannot rank first on the planet in education. Is this my ultimate goal? No, I think we can improve until we are the best and then we can get better. So ranking first is merely a milestone.

Note that private education I consider to be a business and as such falls into a different category.

The Question:

What is the purpose of public school?

The Answer:

inform and instruct.

  • reinforce history, culture and society.
  • teach how things work.
  • develop thinking, logic and reasoning

The Problem:

We must understand that several generations of school children have now been wasted. Our schools, for whatever reason, have been teaching memorization rather than teaching understanding. Because of this we have graduates with poor, if any, reasoning skills. All they are capable of is regurgitating what they see or hear. Couple this with the fact that the things they listen to are themselves repetitions of things and we get a horrible mish-mash of non reasoning, non thinking people treating opinion as fact. These graduates are now in the work force, and many as teachers are repeating the mistakes of their predecessors by teaching the only thing they know: memorization.

We’ve been using schools to teach children WHAT to think rather than HOW to think. This stifles new ideas, creative thinking and independence.

The transition will not be easy. It will involve work and sacrifice. Some aspects of my plan will involve funding.

The Solution: k-12

Using public school is a privilege, not a right. Teachers are not police and school is not a detention facility. If a child can not sit in a classroom without disturbing the class, then that child will not be allowed in that class. The line between participating and disturbing the class is a fine one and I’m sure will be a case by case issue depending on subject matter and time allowed. Now, that being said, since we are encouraging thought, questions, reasoning, understanding, etc the teachers will need to be able to explain and reason themselves in order to interact with the students. No doubt we’ll have to have more teachers, better training and better tools for them to use.

No more multiple choice tests. Penmanship, grammar, spelling and expression of thought will be emphasized again. Every class is spelling class, not just for one period.

Classes will be taught in American English, not Spanish, Arabic, Ebonics or anything else ‘your culture’ demands. This is the USA and our culture as Americans, uses English. As citizens we should be concerned with the culture HERE. (We covered the non-citizens go home concept in a previous post.) Our culture is such that we pick and choose the usable parts of all the cultures and toss the garbage out. Obviously additional cultures, their history and languages will be offered as necessary parts of a well rounded education but as electives only.

Flags will be displayed and students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance (National and State). This allows them to take pride in their nation, and serves to reinforce unity as well as remind students of their culture, history and heritage.

Teachers will be paid better and will be held to higher standards. Placing oneself in a position of authority and providing an example for people, requires commitment and dedication. One’s salary should reflect this responsibility. However, the consequences of bad influences can take lifetimes to reverse and the potential damage is huge. Teachers (and all authority figures) should be held accountable. Abuse of authority should result in loss of authority.

Perhaps I should take a moment to define ‘Authority Figure’. In short, any public figure with disciplinary power over another, e.g. police, teachers, elected or appointed officials, clergy, etc. You’ll notice, I’ve excluded parents, doctors, and lawyers from this list as I consider this to be privately used authority. Abuse of public authority would preclude any future position of public authority, i.e. clergy convicted of child molestation would not be employable as a teacher.

Competition and achievement. There is no participation trophy for life. Learning to deal with adversity, failure, competition and other life lessons is part of growing up. Taking competition out of our children’s lives only sets unrealistic expectations for adulthood. No more of this no student left behind crap, you can move on when you’ve achieved what’s required for advancement. Lack of effort and failing grades will be cause for removal.

Life skills. Students need to graduate with various skills in order to function. Students will learn the constitution, governmental process and structure of our Republic. Students will learn how to deal with lawyers, doctors and bankers. They will learn how to read insurance, loan, mortgage, business and medical documents. In order to function in today’s society graduates must know how to deal with advertising, media and political propaganda and make informed decisions.

School funding. I am going to say that Government should get out of the school business. This is a bit of an over-simplification. Public School implies public money, public access and public responsibility. Each community would have control of the public schools, funding, staff and facilities. There would be some government oversight of teacher qualifications, in an effort to maintain high quality and consistency, but no federal tax or other involvement beyond training teachers in the necessary skills. Again, not what to teach but HOW to teach; different people learn in different ways and our schools need to be able to adapt. Bear in mind that Federal taxation will be cut and cut hard so there the members of each community will have more control over their spending. We’ll see more on this in other sections of my giant rant instructional document.

The Solution: colleges and universities (again divided into public and private)

Each State will be in control of public colleges and universities. Federal involvement will be limited to maintaining instructor qualifications.

Citizen priority. No institution will enroll a foreign student before a U.S. student. All U.S. students are equal; no more minority quotas. Students will be prioritized and enrolled by entrance exam score.

Retention. Students unable to maintain passing grades will be dropped. Disruptive students will be dropped. Dropped students may then re-apply but priority will be given to new students. Someone is waiting for that spot, use it or lose it.

No more scholarships. Get a job. Save your money. Obviously if someone wants to donate to your college fund that’s fine. But no more so called ‘free rides’ for one trick ponies. A well rounded education is the goal. If you want to play football while you do that, go right ahead.

No more tenure. A probationary period is fine, rewarding seniority is fine, but experience is not a guarantee of employment. Keep up to date with training methods and keep your performance at acceptable levels or, like everyone else, you’ll be replaced by someone that will.

I think we’ve again reached the too long to read (TLTR) point .. and I’m hungry … so see you next time on what if I were King

here’s your sign

getting my sign ready for the next march on D.C.

Y’know, for all those politicians that don’t know what their oath of office means.

 

thx to WalterZoomie for the artwork (he’s got some new stuff up, go check it out)

4th of July

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:
John Hancock
Maryland:
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Delaware:
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Massachusetts:
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Connecticut:
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

what if

What if I were King?

I mean what if I was sitting around with a bunch of my college buddies and one of ‘em said, “Dude you could be King.” What if a couple billionaires happened to overhear and they thought, “I’ve got enough money to make that guy King.”

I’ve got no real track record, I can read a teleprompter, I can wear a tie and shiny shoes, I can even salute the military, shed a tear now and then, look solemn when things go bad, smile and wave at the sheeple. Hmmmm. I could be King!

I think there’s a lot broken. So there’s a lot to fix. That’s pretty simple, right? I hear people complaining all the time about this and that. Finding broken things is easy. Fixing them not so much maybe but most of the time when I complain about things I try to have a solution. I mean, really, isn’t it just useless whining to bitch about something if you don’t have a better way (or at least a different way) of doing it?

So, again, what if I were King?

I think, as King of the U.S., I’d need to focus on several areas of past greatness which are currently catastrophic failures:

  • education
  • economy
  • ethics
  • individual liberty
  • government
  • public defense

In preparation:

First, I would embrace the concept that fixing things sometimes comes with great cost. Great effort, great sacrifice, great commitment are required to achieve great results. I think our forefathers achieved great results and we should strive to as well. Its fairly common opinion that this country has great potential and c/should be great.  It is also common opinion that we are currently underachieving.

For years now our country has been behaving in much the same manner as a teenager having a party. At first its a blast, no limits, no supervision, everyone getting along and all is well. Unfortunately, as time passes, things begin to unravel, someone shows up uninvited, someone spills something, a fight breaks out, something gets broken. As the party goes on, you find yourself running in circles just trying to stay ahead of what is rapidly becoming a catastrophe. Eventually the realization sinks in that your parents will find out and there will be hell to pay at some point.

I do not think the price will be cheap or easy. I do not think it is beyond our reach. I do not think we should make our children pay for our mistakes. I think we need to suck it up, tighten our belts and get to work. It is our mess and we should clean it up. There is nothing right or just or fair about avoiding our responsibility. The price may be dear, but it is our price to pay.

If I were King,

Second, bring the military home. It is their job to guard our nation, its borders and the people within them. It is not their job to protect citizens of enemy nations, while Americans are undefended. I would prefer, if a war must be fought, to fight on foreign soil. However, we can not continue to ignore our own borders and security.

If I were King,

Third, non citizens go home or become citizens. (The after-party cleanup can not begin until the guests are gone.) It is a harsh concept in many eyes, I’m certain, but it is necessary. We need to fix things here and we will continue to fail if our energy and resources are not focused HERE on US.  Take note that becoming a citizen includes the following Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

If you want to pitch in and help, fine. Ignoring our laws and abusing our hospitality is not help. We welcome anyone willing to support and embrace our way of life.

[pause]

I’m sure I’ve long since reached the point of ‘too long to read’, it is late early and the man who could be King needs some sleep before he fixes the above list of catastrophes.

more to follow…

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