It is so easy to rag them when they are wrong – it is more important to lift them up when they do the right thing !
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To begin, since it is such a tin foil hat idea to some, let’s get past the argument that Common Core is somehow a conspiracy or planned implementation of a National Education Curriculum with Progressive undertones and motives. I can come over to your level for a bit to have the discussion. So let’s set the “fundamental transformation” aside for a bit. I will set my tin foil hat aside if you will open your heart for a frank discussion.
Let’s start here. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urged for more emphasis on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results during his two terms in office.
But Bush isn’t mourning the end of the FCAT when a new Common Core State Standards — and tests — fully take effect in the fall of 2014.
Bush says FCAT was never meant to test whether students were ready for college or the job market. What?
“The Common Core State Standards are higher; they’re fewer; they require more critical thinking skills,” Bush said, “and they will, unfortunately, at the beginning, they will probably show that close to two-thirds of our children are not college and career ready.”
Bush isn’t worried that Common Core hasn’t been field tested, and he trusts experts who say Common Core more closely resembles international standards.
So am I to then surmise that the architect and proponent for FCAT is saying it was a failure therefore we should trust him on the new standards. If he was unable to orchestrate a successful State level centralized Educational system to effectively train and teach our children, what makes you think he has the answer for a National approach? He said it, not me.
Further, am I to understand we are now measuring ourselves on International Standards instead of being exceptional at home? Since when do we as Americans not have the rest of the world’s nation’s measuring against our achievement? Why should we bring ourselves down to their standards? We are America. We should be working towards better than International standards for ourselves. We are exceptional when we try.
I remember a day when educational standards were set at a District level and accountability was set locally. The further we march towards centralized education or anything centralized for that matter, we move further from success and accountability. Not to mention the level of control over our lives we give that centralized source.
Ok, so Jeb knows better than all of us. Well, at least Jeb knows the right experts that know better than him and he knows better than us what is good for our kids. I guess when you are a Progressive political elite you just know better. So we should accept that argument?
So, you are still not on board? Let’s look at this one. An elected Constitutional official in the State of Florida takes an oath to uphold the Constitution of The United States of America and of Florida. Is this a formality or a personal oath sworn before God? I took the same oath as former Army service member. I know what it meant to me.
When the Constitution is blatantly misrepresented in Common Core teaching materials and American heroes like George Washington are drawn to parallels with Castro, what is your Constitutional duty and common sense tell you then? Does it even pique a concern?
South Carolina high school, and possibly many others, are reportedly using a history textbook that also contains a highly questionable interpretation of the Second Amendment.
Additionally, the publisher of a separate controversial advanced placement history textbook, which acts as a study guide for the advanced placement U.S. history exam and seems to diminish the Second Amendment, is directly linked to Common Core standards.
“The Second and Third Amendments — grant citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers and prevent the government from housing troops in private homes in peacetime,” the book’s summary reads. In a separate box on the same page it paraphrases the amendment as “the right to bear arms,” not the right to “keep” and bear arms.
I am sure I do not need to type the actual Amendment for you. I hope not anyway.
The first book, “United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination,” not only contains a controversial summary of the Second Amendment, but it also compares the “American mobs” who fought in the Revolutionary War to the “guerrilla bans that fought in such countries as Cuba in the 1950s and Vietnam in 1960s and points out that the Boston Tea Party was “far too radical” for some.
There are lists of items like the one above that relate to common core related teaching materials used and provided to the States. A simple internet search will reveal them to you.
Of course you will be determining the curriculum, as long as you find Common Core text books that meet the Common Core standard like the mentions above.
Still not there yet? Let’s try this one. If you take a thirty thousand foot look at the machinations of Federalization, Constitutional overreach and blatant efforts to “fundamentally transform” America, how can you say that Common Core is not a major component of that Transformation? And being such, how can you think for one minute it is good?
What if we rename Common Core, Affordable Care Act? That is another great nationalized initiative. We have nationalized healthcare and can see how that is going. Now we think it is a good idea to nationalize education?
Ok, still not convinced? Most elected politicians have a higher degree of ego than most. Not bad, just a fact. So let me try to appeal to your ego. Here goes, Washington D.C. is infringing on your power. That’s right; they are trampling the 10th amendment. That is where you have your power. And they are taking another piece of it away.
The real question is, when a state leaves and goes out on its own, what kind of a product do they get by working alone? That should be apparent. They get a major challenge. They get to retain control. They can build on past success and on past failure. They can use the talent they have to build a system tailored to their State. They can be one of 50 laboratories each sharing information and each using what is best for their State. What they do not get is a centralized and mandated approach to indoctrination and Federal control over one of the most important aspects of our life, our children’s education.
I now many of you by first name and have served with some on Boards, Political Committees and non-profits. I know you are not bad people. I also know how the game is played though. This is no time to being playing that game however.
To those with a vote in the legislature I say this openly. You and you alone must reconcile your decision with your conscience and your God. Your action on this matter will be a reflection thereof.
When the day comes for your constituents to reflect on your decision, be certain that a small army of patriots will be there to remind them of your choice. That is not a threat but a promise. For those that fight to preserve our Nation and State we will be there to herald your stance. For those that settle, acquiesce or are too damn stupid to know what is going on, we will be there to make sure your constituents know that as well.
It is time to act in the interest of this Nation and our State and in the interest of our children and their children instead of your own financial and political gain.
May God Bless you. May you open your heart and mind to the reality of what is today. May God show you the path to take. And may he grant you the courage to do what needs to be done.
Yours in Service,
Eric D. Miller
It is our nature not our law that makes us who we are. It is Nature not our Government that is true. It is our nature not the politicians that make it work.
(found on theblaze.com)
How can this all be so obvious to us and no main stream source even raises the question or does any reporting on it ?
The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein’s air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.
The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, “Saddam’s Secrets,” released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun.
“There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands,” Mr. Sada said. “I am confident they were taken over.”
Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday.
The government in Baghdad has denied allegations that it is helping the Syrian government conceal chemical stockpiles.
The report came just a day after the United States and Russia struck a deal stipulating that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime would destroy its chemical arsenal to avert an American military assault.
This is turning into the theater of the freekin absurd !
What passes for real these days is crazy – our world is inside out and upside freekin down. Stop the world – I am getting the hell off !
Fantasy from a Child’s View
Charlotte Sun Herald
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I wish my Mommy and Daddy didn’t have jobs. They are gone all the time and when they are home they fight about money. If I get sick at school I can’t call if the phones are turned off. We don’t ever have much food. I have a toothache, but we can’t afford a dentist. We have one car, but its broken most of the time. We haven’t lived in our own place since Christmas.
My friend lives in a nice apartment. Her parents each have a cellphone that works. She gets free breakfast and lunch at school and a backpack of food for the weekend. They have really good food in the cupboards. Her Mommy walks her to school and her Daddy picks her up. I have to walk home alone.
If my Mommy and Daddy didn’t work, then the government could just print some more money and then they could take me to school and pick me up. I could stop having a sore tooth. Maybe we could get our own place and fix our car. And even have free cellphones. And, I could get breakfast and lunch at school.
Mommy and Daddy say they have to work. But I don’t think that’s true. I think it is better if you don’t work.When you work, you can’t afford too much. When you don’t work, it is just given to you.
I wish Mommy and Daddy didn’t have jobs.
Carolyn M. Brown
Actually this view is seen through the eyes of a child and by many adults today. Government has stolen the pride of many Americans. Can pride ever return?
I am republishing a good article from the tenth amendment center. If you are not familiar with this organization you can find them here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/
Here is the excerpt from their article:
CREDIT : Michael Boldin on September 5, 2013
This so-called constitutional process proposed by the Obama administration is wildly unconstitutional, at best. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t understand the Constitutional underpinnings of congressional and executive war powers, so it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Here’s the short version.
The Constitution delegates the power to “declare war” to Congress. The President, then, has the power to wage the war once declared by Congress. Just because Congress “authorizes” something, does not mean it has fulfilled this requirement.
Usually, it’s just a sham.
In October, 2002, that’s exactly what happened. Congress passed the Authorization to Use Military Force Against Iraq. While it sure is nice that those politicians wanted us to think they were doing their job, making sure it was the representatives of the People making the determination whether or not the country would be engaged in war, they did nothing of the sort.
The important language from that AUMF is:
The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to:
(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and
(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq
No. That’s not constitutional. Not even close.
Congress didn’t declare war. They told George Bush, “You make the call. Let us know what you decide.”
That flies in the face of what James Madison had to say:
“The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war”
In ANY case.
Yeah, that includes the “case” where congress might say to the President, “you decide,” as happened in 2002.
Fast forward to today, and Barack Obama wants the same power that George Bush was handed. From the text of the president’s proposed AUMF for Syria:
(a) Authorization. — The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria in order to –
(1) prevent or deter the use or proliferation (including the transfer to terrorist groups or other state or non-state actors), within, to or from Syria, of any weapons of mass destruction, including chemical or biological weapons or components of or materials used in such weapons; or
(2) protect the United States and its allies and partners against the threat posed by such weapons.
You see that? It’s the exact same thing. This would authorize the President to make the actual determination as to whether or not diplomacy or war will be what this country pursues.
James Madison said the executive doesn’t have that right – in any case.
I think I’m pretty safe siding with the “Father of the Constitution” over Bush and Obama on war powers.
Bad vs. Bad
The so-called “more limited” AUMF proposed in the Senate is unconstitutional garbage as well.
The President is authorized, subject to subsection (b), to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in a limited and tailored manner against legitimate military targets in Syria, only to: (1) respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction by the Syrian government in the conflict in Syria; (2) deter Syria’s use of such weapons in order to protect the national security interests of the United States and to protect our allies and partners against the use of such weapons; and (3) degrade Syria’s capacity to use such weapons in the future.
If you believe that handing the president the same power to make the final determination over war is somehow a better situation, I’ve got some land on Saturn to sell you.
JUST ONE PERSON?
There’s good reason to want a system where just one person would never have the power to determine if an entire country will go to war. To determine if you’ll have to pay for their killing. To determine, possibly, if you or your children may have to fight and die for their cause.
The Founders knew this because they experienced it.
You and I should know this too, because you and I are experiencing it first hand.
No one in the world wages more war than the United States of America. And it’s been like that for a long time.
On the one hand, I would argue that this “shoot first” mentality is not just morally wrong, it’s a complete failure. Well, unless of course success is measured by the amount of money they need to keep taking from you to hand over to the war machine.
On the other hand, this just reaffirms the fact that neither Congress nor the President should be trusted no matter who is in power.
These people will never stop the power and cash cow on their own. They need to be resisted.
I, for one, am ready to stand against them. Are you with me?
Who is doing the camera work for the AP on this – this is not your standard news footage.
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Your tax dollars, military might and National reputation is on the line here. What we are doing in Syria is WRONG. A five year old can see it. Gas is not the reason. There is a bigger reason for this. Do not be distracted. Keep a wary eye and ear open.
See who the rebels are at this link –> http://nyti.ms/17QH7pl These are the people we are aiding.