At first thought and for several reasons, I was not on board with the Federal Government taking their hands off of public schools: First, funding of course and secondly monitoring the equality of education for all students. After reading some comments from my first post on JD Pendry’s American Journal, I decided I needed to investigate other standpoints instead of disregarding them as the enemy or too far to the left or right. So, equipped with a laptop, google, and a desire to find the answer to; What function does the federal government have in state public schools? I embarked on a new journey.
So, let’s examine the facts:
The federal government has the responsibility to ensure the right to a free and high quality education for all K-12 students by protecting their rights and providing resources for the most in need, using public data and high quality research, and providing support and infrastructure for schools, districts, and states to help them continuously improve their work (U. S. Department of Education).
1785-1958 Congress donated federal lands to create public schools when US territories petitioned to become a state.
Post Civil War – Southern states refused to educate former slaves, Congress provided federal schools to do so.
Early 20th century – Congress funded vocational training for an increasing immigrant population.
1950s-1960s – After the Soviet Union launched a satellite into space, Congress funded major efforts to teach math and science to develop advanced technology.
The 1960s and 1970s – Congress created programs to target the underserved students with disabilities, low income, and African-Americans when they found that these populations were receiving inadequate education.
Currently – US Department of education mandates statewide accountability and reporting, provides funding for underserviced students, and dictates how schools should be managed. (Brown Center on Education Policy)
States required to adopt challenging academic standards
Test standards annually
Report the test results by subgroups
Set state targets for improving achievement
Hold schools and teachers accountable for test results
As a result, schools are so bogged down with assessments and accountability there’s no education occurring in the classrooms. States have a shortage of teachers due to the pressures of students performing on a single assessment. The federal government has not adjusted its policies to address that over 50% of students in America are on free and reduced lunch (Phi Delta Kappan), more than 1.3 million drop out from high school each year (Doing What Matters), and the achievement gap has not narrowed as Congress planned it would.
With the facts stated, I have to agree with my fellow
Americans that the Federal Government should remove itself from the classroom while
continuing to provide the necessary funding to support our neediest students
and give the power to educate back to the states.
Note: Yes, to federal funding – States will go bankrupt to
provide the specialized education.
Note 2: The whole shift in federal government mandating the state school system started with states accepting Title 1 funding coupled with its strict requirements.
(These are my views as a woman living in England, on how the culture and spirit of my country has changed over 50 years. Why the country does not feel protected or strong any more, how it has lost, and is losing it values and decency, and how we are daily losing our free speech).
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King.
mainstream media and also the social media have been awash with some of the
most hateful and ugly statements you will ever see against a man who was
waiting to go to court. Do the perpetrators
of such venomous attacks see their very own hypocrisy when they exercise their
own right to free-speech to attack this man and wish him the very worst of ills
before he has even been sentenced?
The Pot Calling the Kettle Black
of the main gripes directed at Tommy Robinson is that he is not a ‘trained’
journalist, and cannot contest that he is being imprisoned for journalism. Indeed, they are correct, he is not trained
so to speak; but whilst many journalists almost always portray an identical and
very one sided account on how they perceive Tommy Robinson or his supporters to
be, they seem to be inept in not seeing just how far the British public as a
whole no longer respect or trust the profession of journalism, and why the rise
in alternative news media has now become a more reliable source of information
for some people in contrast to some of the news the public is professionally
gripe which has been used about the interference of Tommy Robinson’s reporting,
but this time in relation to the law, is that every person should be due to a
‘fair’ trial, and that everyone is perceived innocent unless proven to be
guilty. It has been stated that his live
streaming outside the court could have influenced the sentencing, but in this
case it is reported that he only gave out information that he believed was
already in the public domain.
relation to reporting however, our newspapers often get it wrong in accusing,
naming and blaming beforehand innocent suspects in order to sell a story. Consider:
In December 2018, a Sussex couple were wrongly accused and questioned for 36 hours by Sussex police for flying a drone over Gatwick Airport and halting flights for thousands of passengers. Within hours of being taken for questioning, many newspapers were printing their pictures and one newspaper labelled them the ‘morons who ruined Christmas’.
Richard later successfully fined the BBC for their coverage based on mere
‘accusations’ and believes some ‘privacy’ should be awarded to those who are
accused of such crimes until someone is charged, found guilty and
sentenced. He is currently backing a
campaign group called FAIR (Falsely Accused Individuals for Reform) which calls
for anonymity for those suspected of sexual offences until they are actually
his article in the Guardian, Professor of Journalism, Roy Greenslade writes on
how the BBC should appeal against the ruling made in favour of the privacy of
Cliff Richard, made by Mr Justice Mann, indicating that this case now states a
precedent with worrying implications for press freedom. He states in his article:
“It suggests that reporting the identity of anyone whose home is raided, or who is known to be under police investigation prior to being arrested or charged, amounts to an intrusion into their privacy. It means that Mann has broken new legal ground by rebalancing the two articles in the European convention on human rights that deal with respect for private life and freedom of expression. He has decided that article 8, the right to privacy, now trumps article 10, the public’s right to know”.
You can read the full article here. In my opinion, the article offers an interesting and thoughtful insight on how freedom of press operates and how social media now contributes in making our society one of the least secretive places in history. However, false accusation is a worrying trend, and the resulting consequences can have devastating effects.
Contempt of court cases resulting in imprisonment have in British history been very few in number, but we do hear of many fines being imposed upon newspapers who have been accused of influencing or interrupting court cases.
2012, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror were fined for contempt of court and
fined £10,000 each with costs of £25,000 each for their coverage of Levi
Bellfield’s (now known as Yusuf Rahim) conviction for the murder of Milly
2011, it is reported the Daily Mirror was fined £50,000 and the Sun newspaper
£18,000 for articles on the arrest of Christopher Jefferies who was released
without charge for the Joanna Yates murder case when another man was found
guilty of her murder.
harsh treatment being directed towards Tommy Robinson evidently appears to be
out of context in relation to the equally serious offences above. Why is he hated so much?
Blowing off some Steam
very vocal supporters of Tommy Robinson understandably feel frustrated and
demonstrative towards the outcome of his sentencing, and like many other people
across the country can only surmise and wonder why the British press are rarely
supportive towards him in light of their own continuous misdemeanours, and why
he has received in his words, a death sentence in relation to being put in a
prison which has a high proportion of Islamic prisoners.
it could be concluded that it is the failure of our country, the police force,
our judicial system and our government which has made Tommy Robinson into the
hero and martyr which people who dislike him complain about. No amount of rationale by professional
experts, who in some cases are exhibiting a class snobbery, is now able to
justify the treatment against him.
has stepped outside the box and spoken up for the silenced in the same way that
the Brexit party spoke up for the majority of knowledgeable and insightful people
in the UK
who felt betrayed by our government.
is an awakening in the UK
through social media that is uniting the voices which are not being listened
to. They are hungry for the likes of
Tommy Robinson, regardless of his background, who in some way is demonstrating
a certain fearlessness in opposition to a silent fear which is bubbling below
the surface of the UK.
battle everywhere appears to be between an uncomfortable truth, and a force of
dictatorship, which is taking an immoral high ground and coming down excessively
heavy on those who dare to expose some reasonable although uncomfortable truth
for consideration, by labelling them, discrediting them and isolating them. It is
the reason we must ultimately find our silenced voices and always speak up and
be fully aware of what is happening in the UK and across the world today.
“In the end, we will
remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King
Some conservatives assume that a constitutional convention would propose only conservative ideas like a balanced budget. It never occurs to them that Bernie Sanders supporters would show up to demand constitutional amendments requiring the taxpayers to pay for free college and other free stuff for everyone. Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Article V of the Constitution has
only 22 words about a convention for proposing amendments, but the most
important is the word “call.” Since only Congress can
“call” the convention, it means that states have no control over who
can be a delegate, who makes the rules, who sets the agenda or who wields the
gavel. Phyllis Schlafly
As early as 1970, Council on Foreign Relations member and outspoken globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski said that the U.S. Constitution should be altered via a constitution convention to bring about globalization, and today CFR members such as former governor and secretary of health and human services Tommy Thompson are still providing the impetus for such a convention. Mitchell Shaw for the John Birch Society
conservatives who are tired of seeing the federal government overstep its
constitutional boundaries and expand its reach into areas it has no business
being in, nothing seems more “grassroots” than the idea of asking Congress to call
a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution and rein in federal
government. The erroneous argument from
the self-appointed leaders of a new con-con is that this is the only way to
rein in out-of-control government.
However, the devil is in the details and Representative Andy Biggs knows
the dangers and a con-con is not the answer.
Congressman Biggs has made a compelling case in his book, The Con of the Con-Con, that the procedure for changing the Constitution is fraught with hazards that will likely leave Americans far worse off than they are now. When Mr. Biggs was a member of the Arizona Senate, he was castigated every time he tried to stop the legislature from passing an application for a con-con.
Andy Biggs at PS Eagle Council
Congressman Biggs with three of the Schlafly brothers, John, Bruce and Andy.
Andy Biggs was a guest speaker at
last year’s Phyllis Schlafly Eagle Council.
Both he and Andy Schlafly spoke against the various applications for a
Constitutional Convention (con-con) under the guise of proposing amendments for
a Balanced Budget Amendment, Term Limits, etc. via the fraudulent Convention of
States Project (COSP).
Rep. Biggs is a distinguished
conservative legislator and he and his wife Cindy are such a joy to see every
year at the council meetings. It was my
pleasure to chat with the Congressman on the massive push by the many
fraudulent organizations for an Article V Convention.
Congressman Biggs and his wife, Cindy
I asked Rep. Biggs how he became aware of the dangers of a constitutional convention (con-con). He said he started seeing a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution initiating the second part of Article V and petitioning Congress while he was in the Arizona State House, and decided he had to stop it.
“Having served in a legislative
body and having understood what a self-governing legislative body can and can’t
do, either they didn’t understand it, or they were being disingenuous and would
have the doors blown off our Constitution.
There were people coming up with these crazy ideas about what they
thought they could do to control a new convention. So, as a lawyer, I went back and read the minutes
of the 1787 Constitutional Convention and everything about the founders that I
could find and I realized what their intention was.”
The Congressman actually attended the 2012 con-con conference at Harvard with Lawrence Lessig and Mark Meckler, then co-leader of Tea Party Patriots. Phyllis Schlafly Eagles and the John Birch Society were not invited. At the time, I wrote extensively on what happened with the coordinated effort between Mark Meckler and Harvard’s Professor Lawrence Lessig. Link and Link
Left Work Together
Rep. Biggs commented that people believe the new push for a con-con is a rightwing promotion. “It is not just the right; the socialist group Code Pink which has ties to Castro’s Communist regime, Hugo Chavez and Venezuela’s Maduro are behind a new Article V Convention.” They were founding members of the “Move to Amend” coalition which includes Alliance for Democracy, Center for Media and Democracy, Independent Progressive Politics Network, Progressive Democrats of America, Sierra Club, Vermont for Single Payer and hundreds more. They want to put “their man” in as a delegate to urge their amendments and constitutional changes upon the deliberations of the convention.
George Soros funds nearly every
major left-wing media source in the US. Forty-five of those are financed
through his support of the Media Consortium. Yes, the financier of global fascism is
pumping millions of dollars into the same Article V convention campaign that is
being promoted by Levin, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Farris, Meckler, Barton, Coburn,
Palin and dozens more.
The deceptive Left-Right coalition to rewrite the Constitution by means of an Article V convention threatens our personal rights and freedoms.
Convention of States Project (COSP)
The COSP was co-founded by Mark
Meckler, formerly of Tea Party Patriots, and Michael Farris who in 2017 left
the leadership to Meckler. The misinformed and manipulative leaders of a COS
refuse to call this an Article V convention and they claim the states can
They are misleading the gullible and uneducated public. State legislatures apply for a convention, but it is Congress who calls, convenes or opens a convention. In Mitchell Shaw’s New American article, Who’s Behind a Constitutional Convention, he said, “Of course that means that Congress, a branch of the same federal government the advocates of a convention claim the convention would rein in, has the power (according to Article 1, Section 8, last clause) to ‘make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution’ the convention.”
The Money Behind the Con
Too few Americans are even aware
that a constitutional convention can be called, let alone that there would be
no checks on its scope and further that the process to call one is well
underway and being underwritten by some of the nation’s richest individuals.
Applications for a convention are coming from the “right” and the left, but with more money, a stronger campaign structure, and national coordination on the “right.” A number of major so-called “conservative” organizations and donors, including the Mercer family and Koch-funded groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), have renewed and intensified efforts to thrust this issue into the spotlight after years of inactivity. The Koch brothers are funding many organizations as well as politicians who will promote a new con-con. Socialists and George Soros are fighting for an Article V convention, and Soros heavily funds the “Move to Amend Coalition” mentioned above along with hundreds of others.
Billionaires Charles Koch and George Soros have formed an alliance to advocate for pacifist foreign policy, teaming up to create an anti-war think tank known as The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. But their big joint issue is a new Constitution Convention.
Nothing Defines the Call
When the Framers got together in
1787, there were only 50 of them at one time in the room and it was closed to
the public and media. They believed in and trusted each other not to speak out
of turn to anyone as to what was going on inside, (unlike today’s leaks to the
media about everything).
Congressman Biggs said, “A new
convention is going to be absolutely out of control with the people involved
from both sides. It wouldn’t surprise me
if it was held in Las Vegas as they have convention halls that are big enough
and it could easily be televised.
This will not be the case in a new
convention. The world will be
there…every special interest, every monied interest, every social media…all
trying to get some kind of benefit into the constitution. Virtually, every state constitution is larger
than the federal constitution and the reason is that our federal constitution created
a federal government to which we delegated only a handful of enumerated powers;
whereas the state constitutions create governments of almost unlimited powers, and
that’s what will happen at a new convention.” (Some folks believe a new convention would be
closed to the public – for the likely purpose of having the Delegates propose a
new constitution which moves the U.S. into the North American Union.)
“The promoters say, ‘Well it will
be limited to a Balanced Budget Amendment,’ but it’s not going to be
limited. Let me tell you I can get
around every one of them, and second of all there won’t even be a nod to the
enumerated powers in the Constitution.”
The Congressmen said that people
have told him that Congress doesn’t have a say in the con-con, but we know they
Mark Levin is an aggressive
promoter of an Article V convention and actually called Congressman Biggs swear
words on the air because as Arizona Senate President, he had held up the vote on
an application for an Article V convention in his state. Many other legislators actually thanked
Senator Biggs for holding it up. They
told him they’d have to vote for it if it had come to the floor. Rep. Biggs told me they had no courage and
they were grateful he held it up.
Everyone wants to do something to
fix the out of control federal government, but as Rep. Biggs stated, “We must
elect people who love our 1787 Constitution.”
A Dangerous Outcome
In light of the lists of leftist groups provided above, the results of the convention could be an outright scrapping of the constitution written by the founders in favor of one more in line with the progressive ideologies of Cenk Uygur’s Wolf-Pac, the Sierra Club, Code Pink, and others.
Remember, according to our history of the “amendments” convention of 1787, regardless of any state or congressional legislation requiring Delegates to consider only one amendment (a balanced budget amendment, for example), the delegates would possess unlimited, though not unprecedented, power to propose revisions to the existing Constitution, based on the inherent right of the People in convention to alter, abolish, or revise their government. This is exactly what they did in 1787 with the Articles of Confederation.
It boggles the mind to think of the
potential proposals that could come out of a convention composed of such
radical representatives. George Soros’s billions are funding these fringe
groups and politicians aren’t known for their ability to resist hefty campaign
The only prior constitutional convention we have had, in 1787, almost immediately disregarded their instructions to merely propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation and scrapped the Articles’ ratification requirement as well. It turned out OK; the Articles were replaced with the vastly superior U.S. Constitution. But here’s the point, no one, not Congress, not the Supreme Court and certainly not the president, has any authority to rein in a runaway constitutional convention. And all the promises made by those promoting this destruction of our Framers’ document cannot guarantee it will be controlled. Link
Given today’s socialist and yes
communist politics, who could be sure that nothing crazy would be successfully
proposed, and ratified – since a new Constitution will have its own new mode of
James Madison, Father of our
Constitution and fourth President of the United States said, “Having witnessed
the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention, I would
tremble for the result of the second.”
Andy Biggs was elected as
Representative of Arizona’s 5th District and took office in January
of 2017. In March of that same year,
Arizona passed an application for a con-con because Andy wasn’t there to stop
it. At PS Eagle Council last year, he
spoke for over two hours to a huge room full of people about this threat.
I’ve been quiet for the past couple of months. Not sure why but it may be because I’m overwhelmed with a desire to hide from the stupidity; it’s everywhere. My wife prefers I do not use the word “stupid,” but sometimes it is the only word that accurately describes the circumstance. Here are just a few inconsistencies that provide a foundation for my premise.
1 – A contingent of citizens rant over the use of mice to test drugs meant to enhance human life and consider the practice inhuman, but these same people applaud the right to end the life of an unborn child for the sake of convenience. Which has more worth – an unborn child with untold potential or a mouse that many would prefer to see with its neck snapped in two via an old fashioned and very cruel and lethal mouse trap?
2 – Members of Congress tried every legal loophole imaginable to read the un-redacted “Mueller Report” claiming they had a right to know (even though federal law dictates otherwise), but these same politicians, prior to voting it into law, refused to read “Obama’s Trillion Dollar Stimulus Package,” (actually the package cost the taxpayer around $831 billion, but add interest to the loan and it exceeds 1 Trillion). This would be the same stimulus package that required the multi-million dollar payments to a multitude of default company CEOs. This stimulus was meant to create jobs; it did in fact create 3 million jobs. Do the math – each job cost the tax payer $266,000 (using $800M as an overall cost). That was in 2009. Fast forward to 2012 and the number of sustained jobs dropped to 600,000 which, recalculating the math, cost the taxpayer $1.3M each – in 2013 that number dropped again to 400,000 costing $2.0M per job. The only thing this package provided, to no less than 3 generations, is the responsibility to pay the debt (and interest) on the money borrowed. Utter failure.
3 – The left rants about the antics of conservatives, but ignore the same antics demonstrated proudly by the left. i.e. Trump’s alleged antics vs Clinton’s antics proven to be true in a court of law. Not saying President Trump is as clean as the wind driven snow; I am saying there is a seriously tilted double standard. Investigations prove, through Hillary’s actions, thousands of classified emails were potentially accessed by enemies of this country, and she lied about it. She was given the right to run for President. Check google for the number of service members harshly disciplined, and even discharged, after the inadvertent mishandling of a single classified email. Documented facts layout the plan used by the Democratic Party to oust Bernie Sanders from the presidential run in 2016, but these same democrats spent millions investigating a made-up plan of Russian interference during the same election, claiming the interference as the main reason President Trump won the election.
4 – A contingent rants endlessly about the alleged lies told by conservatives, but these same people ignore proven lies told by the left. The disparity of required integrity rattles the brain. Case in point; no real evidence was ever presented proving alleged actions by Judge Kavanaugh, but this “contingent” still considers him a liar. Multiple statements made by Obama and Clinton, pertaining to the atrocity in Benghazi, have been undeniably proven as known lies, but they are still held up as bastions of hope for the left’s agenda. Four good men died so you could support a liar.
5 – A contingent raises the legal age to purchase tobacco products (in Illinois) to 21, while at the same time want to lower the national voting age to 16. I’m not saying raising the legal age to purchase tobacco is a bad thing, but lowering the voting age to 16 is borderline lunacy, and the hidden agenda that precipitates this desire is not so hidden. In fact, were I king, I would raise the voting age back to 21, and even at that, many 21 year olds have no real concept, or understand the consequences, of their voting responsibility.
6 – The politicians of the left want to remove my right to defend myself, while at the same time demand my taxes pay for their armed guards. This demonstrates to me a blinding truth; to them, I do not matter one ounce. My only purpose, as far as they are concerned, is to act as a surrogate blood donor hooked up to a machine that sucks the life out of me, and tied to this machine I will remain until I die. I think I could be easily persuaded to design and construct a couple of machines which I would inturn attach to them for the purposes of my amusement. I live in Illinois, and 4 of the past 7 Illinois governors have gone to prison for actions while serving as governor. The current governor is under investigation for tax fraud; this would be the same governor who just this past month doubled the gas tax, raised annual vehicle license plates fees by more than 50%, parked car tax of 6%, an annual registration fee of $250.00 for electric cars (it used to be $35.00), increase tobacco tax, sales tax, plastic bag tax… the list is seemingly endless. The cost of living in Illinois has jumped so high due to taxes, I will consider it a joy to lose only $40,000 on the sale of my house so I can escape. Actually, the loss will be more than that because my governor is trying to push through an “exit” tax. Meaning, if I sell my house in Illinois and buy a house in another state, I pay Illinois a percentage estimated between 5-7% for the privilege of exercising my right to relocate; a house sold for $200,000 will gain Illinois no less than $10,000 and as much as $14,000. You don’t wanna live in Illinois? Fine, it’ll cost you to leave.
7 – The prestigious left believes a wall defending the southern border is immoral, while at the same time live behind gated communities and walled homes. Again, they matter, I do not. The only people who prosper from the absence of a wall on the southern border are drug cartels and human traffickers. Makes me wonder who the cartels pay to keep the wall from being built. They say a wall will not change anything. But, they say if the confiscation of all the legal firearms from legal citizens saves just one life it will be worth it. Fact is, gun confiscation will do nothing but raise the crime rate, and a southern wall will slow the tide of illegal drugs and human trafficking.
8 – Go to any store to purchase liquor or tobacco, or go to a bank to extract your own money, and you will be required to show an ID Card. Get on a plane and you are required to show an ID multiple times. Make a purchase with a credit card, and often that purchase will be halted if you cannot show a proper ID. Enter a Federal Installation without an ID and you may end up in jail. But requiring an ID to vote is considered racist. How stupid is that? The agenda is obvious; requiring an ID makes it very hard for dead people in Chicago to vote. Why is it dead people only vote democrat? I know they only vote democrat because if one of them voted anything other than democrat, the left would go ballistic.
9 – The left went nuts over alleged Russian collusion. An allegation that, after 2+ years of investigations costing millions upon millions of dollars, and the disruption of countless lives and livelihoods, they failed to prove. They claim this foreign interference was unacceptable in the extreme, but these same people want to give non-citizens the right to cast a vote to determine the outcome of my country. If this is legal, then it should be legal for me to go to another state and cast my vote; since each state is separate, I should be able to go to any (and every) state and cast my vote. The premise is the same. Go to Mexico, Honduras, Panama, England, or France and try to vote. Let me know how that works out for ya.
10 – The extreme left are pushing for a socialist government. Why? Only answer I can think of, having any semblance of accuracy, is they want to end the US as a formal country. Name me one country that prospered from a socialist government. I’ll wait while you do a google search… any country that survived a socialist government, did so by turning from socialism before the total collapse of the government. Venezuela, at a time not so long ago, was considered one of the richest countries on the planet. Not so anymore. Why? Because of a socialist government. Prove me wrong.
These are only 10 points. There are many, many others I could list, and each point listed here could be expanded to multiple pages containing multiple facts and statistics that cannot be disputed. But I suspect if you are still reading, you are aware of this already. Those that stopped reading after a paragraph or two, I consider the lamest of all. They do not want the truth. They want to be spoon fed by “talking heads” who are experts at disseminating misinformation. These same people will rant and rave, call me names, question my family heritage, and do it all without providing any valid point to counter my comments. They have no credibility with me.
I cannot help but believe, when the real truth is revealed, many will be ashamed of their actions and deeds. The sad reality is only a few will believe the truth and how it relates to how the lie has dictated their actions and deeds. To accept the truth as truth means to admit being wrong when the truth was right in front of them. They blindly and willingly followed the lie, and sadly they will continue to do so once the lie has been proven as such.
Conclusion… I am overwhelmed with a desire to hide from this stupidity. But I will not. I will however, stay out of sight… and maintain situational awareness and periodically voice my concerns from an obscure vantage point.
It is unfortunate that those who need to hear refuse to listen. In the not so distant future, baring divine intervention which we all hope for, it is all going to unravel and I (actually “we” for those still reading) need to be ready to act. Hope is not a good strategy, and hiding is not a good tactic.
Those who enjoy their own emotionally
bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of
suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to
do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.
As a result of America’s efforts to realize the ideals of
equality and freedom, blacks in America are now the freest and richest black
people anywhere on the face of the earth including all of the nations that are
ruled by blacks. David Horowitz
There is no question that liberals do an impressive job of
expressing concern for blacks. But do the intentions expressed in their words
match the actual consequences of their deeds? Thomas Sowell
Since neither black animosity nor the Left’s falsehood of
‘racial tensions’ is based on the actual behavior of the vast majority of white
Americans, nothing white America could do will affect either many blacks’
perceptions or the leftist libel. Dennis Prager
Old Glory (the Betsy Ross flag with
the 13 stars of the original colonies) was emblazoned on the back of Nike’s
latest sneaker. This shoe has been pulled off the shelves because Colin
Kaepernick believes the very founding flag of the greatest country on earth is
Nike said in statement that “it pulled the shoe based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.” Both Nike and Kaepernick succeeded in offending our veterans and the patriotic Americans who love their country.
There were immediate financial repercussions. Nike was planning a “major” investment in Goodyear, Arizona. Governor Ducey said that he has ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives it had been providing Nike to locate there.
Nike is worth $15.9 billion thanks
to the very nation targeted as racist by a former third-rate 49ers quarterback
who receives huge sums to endorse their products. Kaepernick is biracial, and was given up for
adoption when his white unmarried mother was 18 years old. He was adopted and raised by well-to-do white
parents, has made millions working for the NFL, and uses “victimology for
profit.” Kaepernick is a professional
victim like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who have made millions by keeping
their own people in slavery. Jesse
Jackson uses “shakedown” tactics to extract money from corporations. Their
goal is political capital. Fixing the
problems of black communities is not their goal. They need bad neighborhoods,
escalating crime, and high unemployment so they can use these as political and
economic clubs to extract votes and money.
Taking a Knee
The former quarterback began the movement of taking a knee during the national anthem at NFL stadiums, a direct slap in the face of every veteran and American who loves this country and stands respectfully for the playing of its national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. Really? So, it’s not only today’s flag, but all of America’s flags that this man hates.
Kaepernick justifiably felt the ire
of patriotic Americans with his wearing of a pro-Castro t-shirt while being
interviewed by a reporter. While practicing
for the 49ers, he wore socks that depicted American police as pigs.
Daniel Greenfield says, “Treat Nike Like a Foreign Propaganda Operation.” Nike decided to celebrate Independence Day by stating that Colin Kaepernick believes our original US flag was offensive. Yet, Nike joined a propaganda social media crackdown orchestrated by Communist Red China to suppress a Christian democracy protest in Hong Kong. Greenfield wrote, “When Nike takes the PRC side on democracy protests, but then treats protests against the American flag and the anthem as something it needs to support and subsidize, that’s a foreign propaganda operation.”
Nike products are made in Asian sweatshops, some with child labor, thus their pandering to the Chi Coms while attacking America. Nike has chosen to take the side of the Red Chinese over the freedom represented by Old Glory and our national anthem.
In 2017, the International Labor
Rights Forum reported that Nike has turned its back on its commitment to the
Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), which effectively blocks labor rights experts from independently
monitoring Nike’s supplier factories. Nike was given a score of 36 out of 100
in Fashion Revolution’s 2017 Fashion Transparency Index, indicating that the
company does not make enough information public about its environmental and
Robert Woodson, founder of the Woodson Center commented that today we have more blacks killing each other every year than we had in the 70 years of lynching’s, and critical problems like this are ignored when blacks complain about some minor issue.
Mr. Woodson said he believes that’s
exactly what is going on with Colin Kaepernick and Nike over the Betsy Ross
flag, and that he is denigrating a symbol that is very important to many
He explained that black Americans fought in every war in this country and they fought bravely because they fought for the promise that was America, and for Kaepernick to denigrate the flag is disrespectful to the sacrifices made by the Tuskegee Airmen, by the Triple Nickel Paratroopers, the 92nd combat unit, and all our black American soldiers. He said Kaepernick is doing a tremendous disservice to our country.
Interestingly enough, Betsy’s flag wasn’t considered racist when it was the backdrop for President Obama’s second inauguration.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the draft of the Declaration of Independence and it was signed by 56 men. The last sentence states, “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.”
Some of them gave all and lost
their fortunes and even their lives, but many others went on to build this
nation and create a country that people the world over have flocked to for
John Adams said, “I am well aware
of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this
Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I
can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory.”
After the Revolution, 13 of the
signers went on to become governors, and 18 served in their state legislatures.
Sixteen became state and federal judges. Seven became members of the United
States House of Representatives, and six became United States Senators. James
Wilson and Samuel Chase became Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and
Elbridge Gerry each became Vice President, and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
became President. The sons of signers John Adams and Benjamin Harrison also
Five signers played major roles in
the establishment of colleges and universities: Benjamin Franklin and the
University of Pennsylvania; Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia;
Benjamin Rush and Dickinson College; Lewis Morris and New York University; and
George Walton and the University of Georgia.
These European men fought for
freedom and began this great nation. We
have never been perfect, and of course we never will be, but we truly are the
one nation in the world that offered glorious opportunities for anyone willing
to expend their energies.
When Benjamin Franklin exited the
Constitutional Convention, he was asked what kind of government they had given
us. His answer is well known. He said, “A Republic if you can keep
Mr. Kaepernick exhibits hatred for
our country, her flag, her origins and her European founders. Yet, he doesn’t seem to hate the money he’s
made in this country.
It’s a pity Kaepernick hasn’t
studied his own ancestral history. Had
he, he would have concluded that many black slaves were sold into slavery by
black Chieftains who won tribal wars and willingly wanted to eliminate their
enemies. Yes, there were black racists.
Did free black Americans own
slaves? Yes, they did; some free black
people in America bought and sold other black people and did so since 1654, and
continued to do so right through the Civil War.
But why did black masters own black slaves?
The great African-American historian, John Hope Franklin, states this clearly: “The majority of Negro owners of slaves had some personal interest in their property.” But, he admits, “There were instances, however, in which free Negroes had a real economic interest in the institution of slavery and held slaves in order to improve their economic status.”
And for a time, free black people could even “own” the services of white indentured servants in Virginia. Free blacks owned slaves in Boston by 1724 and in Connecticut by 1783; by 1790, 48 black people in Maryland owned 143 slaves. One particularly notorious black Maryland farmer named Nathanial Butler “regularly purchased and sold Negroes for the Southern trade,” Halliburton wrote.
Of course, many free blacks held
slaves as family members to protect them, but Halliburton stated, “it would be
a serious mistake to automatically assume that free blacks owned their spouse
or children only for benevolent purposes.”
Life is not fair, and it is never
equal to everyone…there are gains and losses, there are joys and sorrows,
there is evil and there is good, there is light and there is darkness, there is
knowledge of God and rebellion against him.
Nothing is, dare I say it, “Black and White,” there are many shades of
And as Napoleon stated long ago,
“History is written by the winners.”
We must search for the truth, the real truth, not the rewritten politically correct truth revised by those who won because often times, the winners are not those who should be revered.
Always in my pocket
is Grandpa’s Old Timer pocket knife. It
was a gift from my Mother. By any
stretch, it’s not an expensive knife. I like
to reach into my pocket and wrap my hand around it. There’s comfort in knowing something from the
past can ground you in the present with memories of times and people.
Growing up in Southern West Virginia, pocket knives were
common. There’s much to be said about
the calming effects of whittling.
Whether carving a masterpiece or simply shaving curls off a piece of
wood it’s a great contemplative aid. It
also fills up time between catfish bites.
Shoes off sitting on the riverbank bare feet enjoying the coolness of
the shoreline, hook freshly baited, a cloudless sky, birds singing, whittling
on a stick. It doesn’t get better than
that. From such scenes, the world long
since moved on. Probably not enticing
to today’s overly stimulated. There’s a
lot of value in God’s calm and creation. The sounds of flowing stream, a fish
jumping out of the water, birds chirping, even a bullfrog croaking. I sat there on the bank of the Guyandotte fantasizing
rafting down the river like Huck Finn. It
amounted to some unsuccessful tries and was replaced by the modern technology
of the inner tube. With all of the world’s
newfound technology and gizmos, humans cannot recreate that environment. Even with the best virtual reality goggles we
For boys of my generation, if you were fortunate enough to have a pocket knife it was always in your pocket. I don’t know what sort of ruckus it may cause these days if a boy carried his pocket knife to school. But we all did. At recess, we’d gather up in the school yard. We played marbles, always for keeps, or root-the-peg. It’s also called mumbly peg among other names. Root-the-peg can be simple or complicated. With the time constraints of school yard recess, we played the simple version. With feet spread, you stand facing your opponent. You throw the knife trying to stick it into the ground as close to your own foot as possible. Whoever gets closest to his foot wins. The winner gets to pound the peg (we used match sticks, horrors, we carried them too) into the ground and the loser rooted the peg out with his teeth. Sticking the knife in one’s foot was rare and not recommended, but it was a winner.
We interacted with other kids and nature. Nowadays, kids interact with their smart
phones and indirectly with others. Many
of us adults do it too. Seems like we
are giving up the natural for imitation.
Could be I’m just hanging on to the past. The internet and rapidly expanding technology
sort of put nature on the back burner.
Interestingly, people who claim we are destroying our planet do so
sitting inside air-conditioned cafes, mooching free WIFI, and sipping designer coffee.
It’s hard to have real concern for something you’ve never experienced. When your forest is concrete, it’s difficult
to accept your appreciation for nature and God’s creation. Viewing the world through a smartphone is
like drinking diet pop. It appears the
same. It may fool the taste buds. But it brings less satisfaction than a glass
of chemically treated tap water. What
the body craves and doesn’t get from the diet drink is gained by eating a
biggie sized order of cheese fries. Diet
this, lite that, low fat this… We didn’t
have that when we were kids and we were not obese. Maybe put down the phone get outside and
exercise something besides our thumbs and have a bottle of real pop. Maybe toss in a moon pie. Maybe go out into the nature you’re convinced
cannot survive the cancer of humankind.
It isn’t just smart phones.
We’ve given our private lives over to cameras, microphones, and the tech
masters of the universe. Our electronic
assistant plays music for us, gives us the weather, sets the thermostat, locks
the doors, starts the car, and opens the garage door. And listens to every word, belch and fart
happening in range of the microphone. Ever
have a neighbor that couldn’t get out of their garage because the electricity
was out? The neighbor that had no idea
you can unlatch the door from the motor and open it manually. Guess they could have found a video showing
We’ve taken the natural out of everything. Now we strive to dehumanize relationships. Sex robots.
Never gets a headache, I guess.
I believe I’ll just hold on to Grandpa’s Old Timer. Time is not passing me by. Natural doesn’t change. God’s creation and God never change. And if you risk a game of root-the-peg, you
might get dirt in your teeth.
As we approach America’s Independence Day, let’s focus on
what is real. What endures. What only has a 1.0 version. God Bless the United States of America.