“The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.” – American statesman and senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein
Many Americans have expressed their concern over falling testing scores achieved by American students. Looking at testing reports clearly shows that we are not doing a credible job at all and one just might think that there would be a national swelling of questions directed to those in Washington who lead and staff our Department of Education.
No national concerns came to life – none !! Clearly, American parents just don’t care and while this observance should send a loud warning from Sea to Shining Sea, it just didn’t happen. Is it that American parents really don’t care or are they too busy to heed the educational morass that is taking youngsters with some degree of promise and converting them into functional illiterates ?
The sad educational state of this nation is clearly demonstrated in the ” Jaywalking ” skit staged by Jay Leno in his nightly TV show for in this segment, Leno asks civics and history-based questions of adults he meets on the streets of Southern California. The degree of complete ignorance should shock all who really care for this nation. Politicians are equally adept at showing their ignorant side on far too many occasions and many laugh it off not being willing to read the real message that is right there.
American school children test poorly because America doesn’t care to educate them correctly. History is AWOL in the educational scene, number skills are not taught as the ever handy calculator is right at hand and no teacher would want to traumatize students by making them actually calculate anything. As we read printed publications, if becomes obvious that writing skills are no longer necessary and spelling is quite OK if it is close enough. Inquiring minds are too busy playing games on their cell phones to be bothered with learning things like chemistry or any of the sciences as these pursuits might require use of a mind that has not been taught how to think but Mommy and Daddy ( if there are two parents in the home ) are too busy watching their TV shows to really be as parents and warming TV dinners or feeding McDonald’s every night is not the way to nourish anyone. Parents seem to forget the PTA meetings as the teachers are going to do their thing anyway and, besides, a parent who asks pointed questions is treated as a trouble-maker and the child is sure to pay the consequences. If the class testing scores are too low, the entire grading scale is raised to make it seem that the little minds are actually learning something and in many states, different testing systems are used in an effort to make test scores look better that they really are.
The educational standards ‘ buck’ has skipped from Washington to the State Capitol where the bureaucracy must ignore or or anger the all-powerful teachers union and the local politician will think twice before taking on the all-powerful union and in this consideration, nothing creative happens in school districts across this land. You see, a vote for re-election is far more important than simply doing the job one is sworn to do. As we have had demonstrated on an almost daily basis, politicians don’t want to actually work ! They learn to press the flesh, kiss a million babies, but to really honor those who pulled the voting machine lever……..shhhhhh !! We’ll never know what they really do !!
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many of us can well remember the days of JFK when he exhorted all Americans do do their very best and with pride ,the remembering of American space exploits gave many of us something that allowed us to puff our chests as this, our nation, became the technological master of the known world.
Then came the Johnson years – the years of people who never really contributed anything to their world reaching out to Washington with demands that the government do this or that, that the government somehow owed them something they couldn’t attain on their own and Washington, ever eager to lock in the voting bloc these people represented, came up with ideas how the accomplishments of those who did produce could be subverted to support the hoard of out-stretched hands and entitlements became an accepted way of life in the American political scene.
Our government has carefully led this once great nation down those pathways leading to a form of national malaise so insidious that far too many who call themselves Americans can no longer see where those we elect are leading us. Our government, in the past two years, has done more to sap the creative energies of America as more and more of this nation’s assets are being channeled to provide for people who are totally reliant upon government and have no thought of ever trying to change their dependency status as their manner of living suits them just fine. Those who dare product things of value are set-upon by an almost daily edict from Washington seeking to extract more and more from our productive capacity as those who work are regarded much as worker drones, existing only to serve the indolent. While high unemployment might lead some to think that the government may be wise to create incentives that will feed business growth, our Washington busies itself planning further raids on the treasuries of our businesses, driving up the costs of production while slamming the lid on meaningful job growth.
Sadly, hundreds of thousands of young minds will never rise to emulate the creators and producers that made America great. Massive creative talents will be forever lost as those little minds receive no educational nourishment and lacking this vital feeding, can never know what it is to actually win something, build something, improve on something or create something the world has never seen.
No gauntlets are being laid down before our young as some of us try to encourage them to accomplish. Books no longer inspire with great tales of epic human effort and the media – well, they give us their take on what they claim is news but really is reminiscent of the Nazi propaganda machine of World War II fame. America’s history is no longer taught as the great inspirations that carried us from colonial status to national prominence, the manner in which we were formed, the reason we elected to establish a nation as a republic, all of the stories no longer told once gave America’s school children reason to feel great pride in their own land. No more !! We must abandon the freedoms that built this nation and substitute the failed policies of the Europe from which our founders fled.
“I don’t mind your thinking slowly; I mind your publishing faster than you think.” – Thomas B. Macaulay
Mainstream media are a collective disgrace ! In their ” La – La ” world, there are never two sides to anything. There is only one aspect of anything and that echoes the will of media bosses who write the news we will be allowed to be told and to hide anything that might give any of us reason for constructive thought. To claim that the media live a double standard is to credit them with any kind of standard which is just not fact. There is no standard at all !! The media will tell us any concocted story they want as long as they believe most Americans will blindly allow this dis-information to take life within their picayune little, unquestioning minds.
” Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusky death. Out, out brief candle !
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing. ”
William Shakespeare, HAMLET,Act 5, Scene 5
Public Service: Anthony Weiner has exposed, among other things, Democrats’ hypocrisy on morals. He is more than a national embarrassment. He represents a security risk that will one day be exploited.
If Rep. Weiner, D-N.Y., is allowed to continue sitting in “the people’s House” next to the likes of Rep. Charlie Rangel, it will be a form of political pornography that will make the phrase “House Ethics” the ultimate oxymoron.
Expulsion from Congress is the capital punishment of national politics, and while Weiner’s defenders and the congressman himself will say he didn’t use government computers to purvey his personal porn, we think the use of his congressional office to give interviews full of lies and slander against those who exposed him should qualify for his ticket out.
Weiner has disqualified himself from any leadership role and any power over our lives or the fate of this nation. He should resign and, failing that, be forced to resign by Democratic House leaders who up to now have been silent as church mice, except for the occasional whistling past his political grave site.
We the people have had enough. We’re tired of political leaders who get elected to serve us and instead serve themselves, lining their pockets and dropping their drawers. Families used as stage props during campaigns are betrayed by those who seek the national honor of being our representatives.
No billions or trillions needed — here’s the simplest number to describe the dismal state of the US economy:
With the departure of chief economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, that’s the number of members from the original Obama economic team still working for the administration, not quite three years into the first term.
Rats, say goodbye to the ship of state: Gone are Christina Romer, Larry Summers, Peter Orszag. Headed out is Goolsbee, who abruptly announced his resignation Monday to return to teaching at the University of Chicago.
With the water lapping over the gunwales, the lone holdout is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, the former tax cheat, who sails grimly on.
The government racked up $5.3 trillion in new fiscal obligations last year alone — bringing the
current unfunded tab for future expenses on things like Medicare, Social Security and military medical and retirement programs to a whopping $61.6
trillion, or $534,000 per American household.
Then there’s today’s bills: We’re borrowing $125 billion a month that we have no hope of ever paying back on our current course.
The growth in GDP declined to a measly 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011 as consumers hung desperately onto their wallets. Job growth has completely collapsed. Fully 60 percent of the electorate thinks the country is on the wrong track. No wonder the daily economic briefing, once on a par with the intelligence briefing, has vanished from President Obama’s schedule.
Heckuva job, guys.