Welcome to the American Revolution II

Welcome to the American Revolution II
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.
"We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method..." and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex... The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."Dwight D. Eisenhower

Friday, September 4, 2009

Obama’s speech to students, Obama youth corps

At what point will people start paying attention to details in this country? When will people understand that little things matter? When will we realize that history is a great teacher and we should pay attention to its lessons?

Of course, but the elite use Orwellian double-speak to sell their programs to the public who must by “legality” agree to their own enslavement. The Devil makes deals with people who must agree to the deal to make it a “legal” pact. That’s how it works. If you don’t sign on the dotted line, you remain free. As soon as you get ’sold’ on their ideas, your down the river.


The history behind opposition to Obama’s speech to students

Conservatives have traditionally resisted a federal role in education. As a presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan promised to cut the Department of Education.
By Peter Grier

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education building in Washington, DC.



Why the uproar over President Obama’s plan to deliver a televised back-to-school speech to US students? Part of the opposition surely is due to political opposition to Obama himself. But there is another, deeper factor that also may be at work: the historic conservative antipathy in the US to a federal role in education.
Look at it this way: Many people in Texas and Florida (and other conservative states and areas) might well object to anybody from Washington addressing their kids about educational duties, president or no.

Remember, Ronald Reagan promised to abolish the Department of Education (DoE) after he was elected in 1980. It was the Democratic-controlled Congress that prevented him from doing so.

President George H. W. Bush did not press this issue. As has been widely noted, he took part in a teleconference with school children in which he urged them to work hard, do their homework, and study math and science.

But in 1996, GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole promised to “cut out” the DoE and save money. The ’96 Republican presidential platform said this: “The federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in school curricula . . . That is why we will abolish the Department of Education, end federal meddling in our schools, and promote family choice at all levels of learning”.

Given the tumultuous events of his presidency, it is easy to forget that George Bush in 2000 was elected as something of a school reformer, based on his success in improving test scores in Texas. In that sense he and his father were a break from post-Barry Goldwater GOP attitudes.

Against this background, it is easy to see why some places in the US might object to, not just a presidential speech, but a presidential speech that is being promoted with curriculum development ideas from the Education Department.

Historically, the federal role in education is strictly limited in the US, the requirements of the “No Child Left Behind” act notwithstanding. At the elementary and secondary level, fully 92 percent of all money comes from state, local, and private funds, according to the DoE’s own figures.

Obama administration officials, for their part, say they are surprised by the heat generated by a speech the first announced weeks ago.

“I think we’ve reached a little bit of the silly season when the president of the United States can’t tell kids in school to study hard and stay in school,” presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday. “I think both political parties agree that the dropout rate is something that threatens our long-term economic success.”


Some parents are talking about keeping their children out of school Tuesday to avoid them hearing President Obama's address to schoolchildren, and some school districts are refusing to air the speech.

What seems to be drawing the most ire are optional preparatory materials from the U.S. Department of Education that ask students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.

Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer this week called Obama's planned speech to schoolchildren an attempt to "indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda."


White House officials called such charges baseless.

Are you thinking of keeping your child away from school during the president's address? Are you upset by the president's planned speech?

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