Why Many of Today’s News Reporters Believe It Is Their Duty to Lie to You
Posted Monday, May 20, 2019, | By Outside Contributor – Brian Cates – Epoch Times.
Reblogged by R.S. Helms …
Reblogged by R.S. Helms …
I am posting a story I read this morning from “The Bolen Report,” a bit long, but something I have been praying for over the past several decades. Pray for the People who have to fight their local districts to bring sanity back to our K-12 local schools. The Story was written by Elissa Meininger, Historian & Health Policy Analyst.
Thanks for reading and following Bob’s Opinion… R.S. Helms
Trump Opens Door So We Can Purge Marxism From Public Schools…
You Are About To Find Out WHY Globalists Are Trying To Force “Mandatory Vaccines” On America’s Children…
It is all about destroying America’s very fabric. We are in the battle for our existence as a society. The “Elites ” want all of the US to emulate the organized, intentional failure of California – heading it into outright Communism…
But, we are fighting back – and the “Elites” are very frightened. They should be.
By Elissa Meininger – Historian and Health Policy Analyst
Trump Issues Executive Order Calling for Local Control of K-12
“For too long the government has imposed its will on state and local governments. The result has been education that spends more and achieves far, far, far less. The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success,” Mr. Trump said. “My administration has been working to reverse this federal power grab and give power back to families cities [and] states — give power back to localities.”
Those were the words President Donald Trump spoke on April 26, 2017, upon signing his Executive Order to pull the federal government out of manipulating the thoughts of children attending compulsory public school. FYI, for over 100 years Marxists have been in charge of designing curricula to condition students attending our public schools to be eager to destroy capitalism when they grew up. Their current fascination with socialism without knowing anything about it is the result.
Surprised? As a historian, I have a habit of digging deep into history to find out what was going on when certain events happened. Since the health care system is so central to American culture, my research led me to the history of how compulsory schooling was created in the late 1800s as a partnership between big business and Marxists, a partnership that is central to running The Swamp in Washington today, a partnership that dictates what your children are taught in public schools and what you and your family think about in your living room. This is the same unholy alliance that also controls our health care system.
Two History Lessons They Don’t Teach in Government-Controlled Classrooms
– The City on the Hill
Our Founding Fathers, the Puritans who came over on glorified rowboats to tame a wilderness, were a hardy lot with deeply religious beliefs burning in their hearts. They wanted to create a new kind of society never tried before that supported all the goodness they prayed about.
They were middle-class merchants from England. They believed they had a covenant with God who had blessed them with the ability to run their own lives and achieve great things. This belief is central to our American culture and unique in the world. While the colonies were, indeed, commercial ventures being set up to plunder the natural wealth of the New World, they were also committed to creating communities that reflected Puritan values, which included prosperity for those who worked for it. People were expected to live virtuous lives with love and charity for all, and to create governments that encouraged prosperity and kindness. Winthrop and his fellow colonists did not tolerate sloth and made every effort to help the poor improve themselves.
In fact, just before setting sail from England in 1630, John Winthrop, head of this massive group, said in his now famous sermon that God had expected them to succeed and be like a “city on the hill” that the whole world would see and try to emulate.
Their values included a system based on:
1. Natural Law
2. Virtue and morality based on Protestant Christianity,
3. Free-market capitalism
4. The sanctity of private property.
Consequently, the unique culture of our country is based on the ideas that we were blessed by God, were taught to believe in the virtues of hard work, celebrate prosperity, value ownership of private property, offer charity when genuinely needed and distain laziness. In short, Americans from earliest times have believed we were given much by God and much was and is expected of us. In more modern times, these values are the basis of what is called “American Exceptionalism”.
It is important to note also that a decade before Winthrop preached his City on the Hill sermon, an experiment with what is now known as Socialism was tried and rejected. Gov. William Bradford, head of the Plymouth Colony founded in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass, had already tried to establish a Socialist system where everyone owned nothing and worked for the common good. The idea had failed miserably because people resented assigned work with no personal benefit. As a result, within two years, the colony was on the verge of literally starving to death. Consequently, Bradford gave property to each colonist and told them they were responsible for their own needs. It was the resulting abundant crop that year that prompted our American holiday Thanksgiving. Socialism had failed utterly!
– Sacred Fire of Liberty
For the next 150 years, the American Colonies thrived. The idea that we were special was openly discussed by our Founding Fathers who spoke of the Sacred Fire of Liberty as the driving force behind the Revolution. The birth of America was ordained by God.
“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”
–George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789
[America was:] “Trusted with the destinies of this solitary republic of the world, the only monument of human rights, and the sole depository of the sacred fire of freedom and self-government, from hence it is to be lighted up in other regions of the earth, if other areas of the earth shall ever become susceptible of its benign influence.” –Thomas Jefferson, 1809
“In a 2015 book entitled Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney sets out and argues the case for American Exceptionalism, and concludes:
“We are, as Lincoln said, ‘the last, best hope of earth.’ We are not just one more nation, one more same entity on the world stage. We have been essential to the preservation and progress of freedom, and those who lead us in the years ahead must remind us, as Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Reagan did, of the unique role we play. Neither they nor we should ever forget that we are, in fact, exceptional.”
Why Marxists and Captains of Industry Joined Forces To Create “Rude Zombie Citizens”
At the end of the Civil War, thanks to the genius of enterprising individuals, railroads, great financial empires, steel mills and sundry other monuments to the Industrial Age were born. The self-made men who gave birth to these magnificent achievements looked to Prussia to see what else they could achieve. After all, Prussia was the engine of the Industrial Age. Among the many things they came away with was to develop a compulsory school system along the lines the Prussians had created that was eventually adopted throughout the industrialized world.
Heretofore, Prussia had been the leading part of fragmented German fiefdoms. Its class system was based on wealthy, titled and politically powerful people trying to figure out how to organize an uneducated population that had, in an earlier age, been considered serfs with no power. After a disastrous war against Napoleon, where the Prussian army was not up to the task, Prussian leadership decided to organize a centrally-controlled compulsory school system to meet the needs of a growing nation. These goals were to create (P 132):
1. Obedient soldiers to the army
2. Obedient workers for mines, factories, and farms
3. Well-subordinated civil servants, trained in their functions
4. Well-subordinated clerks for industry
5. Citizens who thought alike on mass issues
6. National uniformity in thought, word, and deed
The Prussian leadership was already schooled in the psychological training procedures drawn from their knowledge of animal husbandry and equestrian training in addition to past military experience.
Americans had a different situation. America was always a highly literate society.
The literacy rates during the colonial period and the early history of the United States indicate that literacy was steadily growing during that time period to rather high levels. Between 1650 and 1795, for example, male literacy rates are estimated to have risen from 60 to 90 percent. By 1840, literacy was estimated to be between 91 and 97 percent. There is no evidence that there was an undersupply of schools or a lack of interest in education in the United States. (Richman 38-9) The 1828 Journal of Education, for example, reports that “our population of 12,000,000, for the education of which, we have 50 colleges, besides several times the number of well-endowed academies, leaving primary schools out of the account. For meeting the intellectual needs of this 12,000,000, we have about 600 newspapers and periodical journals.” Compare that with Poland, who at the time had a population of 20 million, yet only 15 newspapers.
When Carl Marx came along in the 1840s, it was during a time when there were rapid changes fueling what we now call the Industrial Age. While amazing inventions were turning ordinary men into tycoons, the masses, seeing others with great wealth, were vulnerable to Marx’s steady stream of hatred of rich people and the still feudal system of government. He divided the world into two camps – the haves and the have not’s. The rich guys on the hill got that way, according to Marx, because they took advantage of the poor guys – the have not’s. His writings fed on the envy and the low self-esteem of the have nots and his remedy was to encourage a worldwide workers’ revolt to take away the wealth of the rich guys and destroy the feudal government that they ran. The workers’ revolt never came but 24 Marxist followers of Sigmund Freud organized a think tank in the 1920s called the Frankfort School. It was organized to develop mind control techniques to brainwash people into wanting to destroy western civilization, a topic to be covered in detail in an upcoming article.
While Marxism might be attractive in countries that had no real government and where the people were still illiterate serfs, here in America, when the Industrial Age hit us (particularly after the Civil War) we had a different situation. Our culture was based on what John Winthrop outlined in his 1630 “City on the Hill” sermon. We were a nation of well-educated self-determined people happily running our own lives.
The public school system we have now took root around the turn of the 20th Century. In 1903, industrialist John D. Rockefeller founded the General Education Board, which became the leading philanthropy which ultimately dictated how public schools were and are still run. Many captains of industry like Rockefeller looking to gain control of an independent-thinking population1 supported the idea of building a nationwide compulsory public school system. The richest man in the world, John D. Rockefeller, who ended up putting a vast fortune into building the public school system, knew what he and his industrialist colleagues didn’t want….
I don’t want a nation of thinkers.
I want a nation of workers.
Rev. Frederick T. Gates, Business Advisor to John D. Rockefeller Sr., 1913  expanded upon Rockefeller’s goals.
“In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”
The General Education Board was not interested in encouraging critical thinking. Rather, its focus was on organizing children and creating reliable, predictable, obedient citizens. As award-winning New York City teacher of the year John Taylor Gatto puts it, “school was looked upon from the first part of the 20th Century as a branch of industry and a tool of governance.” The Rockefellers, along with other financial elites like Carnegie and Vanderbilt, have been able to mold society by funding and pushing compulsory state schooling for the masses.
President Woodrow Wilson explained his support for mass compulsory education.
While I was doing research for this article, I learned that throughout the creation and running of our government-controlled compulsory school system, every Tom, Dick, and Harry claiming to be an expert promoted ideas, mostly Marxist, and utilized all manner of psychological techniques in order to basically brainwash students into conformist thinking. To promote critical thinking and the desire to be a creative, self-directed individual was to be discouraged at all costs. In addition, there is a constant need to diminish the values of religious teachings, the existence of God and the authority of parents, as they interfere with the authority of school officials to program their students. In short, as we see in the news every day, personal values, civilized behavior, and independent thought are shunned in favor of emotional outbursts designed to cut off thinking or allowing unapproved non-group ideas to be heard.
Of the many quotes I read from these so-called experts, many have no respect for the authority or values of parents. The most egregious one I ran across was the one Harvard psychiatrist, Chester M. Pierce provided at his keynote address at the 1973 Childhood International Education Seminar in Colorado:
Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well by creating the international child of the future. (P.284 Kindle)
Even more chilling is the government policy discussion to promote “chemical experimentation” on minors in the schools, to, no doubt, provide a chemical straightjacket for little Johnny in the first row. He is probably fidgeting because he’d rather be out in the schoolyard blowing off steam rather than inside listening to some boring and meaningless classroom exercise. You have to wonder about all the mind control drugs we give our children these days that we never heard of a generation ago. (P.5 Kindle)
Then there was John Dewey, considered the father of modern education and who was an avowed atheist and Socialist.
John Dewey and his colleagues are responsible for deciding that since high literacy was an obstacle to their progressive agenda, the NEA needed to reduce emphasis on reading. Dewey’s agenda has produced absolutely tragic results in American education. He and a few other progressives brought in the system of “social studies.” Naturally, this direction soon edged God out of public school curriculums as Dewey disparaged schooling that focused on traditional character development. It’s no wonder today’s youth have a distorted view of our founders.
Dewey, in one of his famous quotes, said:
There is no God and there is no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, then immutable truth is also dead and buried. There is no room for fixed, natural law or moral absolutes. Dewey was also a major player in the Humanist movement, which has been using the public school system for almost a century to remove the basic values first laid out by the Puritans that were the basis of the American Revolution
One of the big fights of recent years is in regard to what is called “outcome-based education”, a set of theories that, when instituted, not only exacerbate the many problems already in place but aims to further alter the future of America. They want to ensure that we will soon be a socialist country.
The ever-changing theories about how to teach reading, a basic skill, stand out as a classic catastrophe that the public schools can take full credit for. Reading is the key to learning critical thinking, learning history and being constantly exposed to new ideas that expand one’s knowledge about the world around them. The contrast from being an extremely literate society since colonial times to the sorry level we have today is appalling. Worse yet, in public school philosophy 101, we now no longer teach history or how our government works, so students, the future voters, have no idea what our country is all about or how our political system works. It’s no wonder all the screamers on social media rant things that have no relation to reality.
Creating a nation of illiterates has succeeded very well. John Taylor Gatto, in his book, Weapons of Mass Instruction, provides some startling statistics. In 1940, the national literacy rate among white people was 96% and 80% among black people. Six decades later, black illiteracy rate dropped to 40% and 17% among whites.
Even more revealing, is a letter posted in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in 1995. (P 11 – Kindle)
In 1995 a student-teacher of fifth graders in Minneapolis wrote a letter to the editor of the Star-Tribune complaining about radically dumbed-down curriculum. She wrote that 113 years earlier fifth graders in Minneapolis were reading William Shakespeare, Henry Thoreau, George Washington, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Bunyan, Daniel Webster, Samuel Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Emerson, and others like them in the “Appleton School Reader”, but that today, I was told children are not to be expected to spell the following words correctly: back, big, call, came, can, day did, dog, down, get good, have, he home, if, in, is, like, little, man, morning, mother, my night, off, out, over, people, play, ran, said, saw, she, some, soon, their, them, time, two, too, up, us, very, water, we, went, where, when, will, would, etc. Is this nuts?
The disrespect for history is personally irksome to me.
The decision to tell students that there is nothing relevant to know about our Founding Fathers because they were slaveholding white men is patently absurd. To deprive students of the joy of reading the voluminous and brilliant thoughts these great men wrote and the incredibly brave things they did, things that have inspired generations of people all over the world is criminal.
When I began reading the massive research of John Taylor Gatto, considered one of the great teachers and school historians in America, I reflected on my own experiences in both public and private school. Defacing and removing statues of famous people is now in vogue, with people like Thomas Jefferson a special target. Jefferson, considered one of the leading intellectuals of the Age of Enlightenment, was so well read his extensive library is now part of the Library of Congress.
My own experience trying to learn how to read in the public school was a failure. My local public school (in the 1950s) had decided to try a new way of teaching reading and by the time I was in the eighth grade, none of us kids could read well. Those whose parents could afford it sent their kids to the many private schools that were popping up all over to offer remedial reading to a whole generation of us. I was sent to a private school in the next town and that fall I went to my first political rally. Malcolm Forbes, publishing giant, was running for governor. He wanted to rid the public schools of the influence of the teachers’ unions that, as he said, were sending “certified” teachers from teachers’ colleges who knew all about the latest teaching methods but nothing about the subjects they were teaching. By contrast, Forbes pointed out, private schools were free to hire non-certified teachers who knew their subjects and if they turned out to be lousy teachers, the parents (who paid their salaries) could fire them and get someone else.\
Making America Great Again – One Child at a Time
While the Fake News industry barely covered Trump’s signing his Executive Order, those of us who knew the sorry state of America’s public schools understood the earthquake this EO will cause. When parents across the country decide to own their power and take control of what is being taught to their children in the public schools, in very short order we could see the end of the noisy and rude rabble in the streets who like to scream and make our lives miserable. The future of America is at stake and the need to start raising mannerly adults with values and an ability to think critically is long overdue.
Believe it or not, it won’t take money to restructure the curriculum to encourage children to become spectacular adults. It will take commitment.
Some years ago, I ran across the work of John Taylor Gatto, the teacher I mentioned before, who, after being awarded New York City Teacher of the Year in for several years in a row resigned via an article he wrote on the Editorial Page of the Wall Street Journal condemning the very system that had honored him. He spent the rest of his life researching and writing detailed accounts about how our school system from Colonial Times became nothing more than a factory to teach children to obey orders and how not to think.
In recent years I ran across his explanation of how the Prussian school system was actually two separate systems. One is as described above and used as the model we have in place in our compulsory public schools to teach our children how to be zombies. The other was the one Prussian aristocrats used to train their children on how to be leaders and rulers of their nation.
While my mother was born in America, her parents were Prussian aristocrats who had immigrated to America in 1900. John’s description of the schooling for aristocrats explained why my mother was so critical about how bad my public school was and why, on the first day of attending my private school, I felt I had been let out of a cage and could breathe. It was that distinct a difference.
The formula for setting up the goals and objectives for turning out a fully-functioning adult who would be fit to lead a nation is very simple. John explained what he called Elite Boarding School Curriculum.
Transcript of John Taylor Gatto’s The 14 Principles of an Elite Boarding School Curriculum Video
“Hello, I’m John Gatto. I’d like to share with you the fourteen principles that I discovered that are universal among these schools [elite private boarding schools]. Even though each is quite a different animal than the next, they all concentrate on these fourteen themes.
Theory of Human Nature
“The first of these themes is that no kid should graduate without a theory of human nature; what makes people tick, what buttons do you press to get the results from your fellow man and woman that you want? And where does the fund of lore come from? Not from psychology, not even in a small way. The fund of lore, by human nature, comes from history, philosophy, theology – that’s a curse word isn’t it in public schooling – literature, and law. These five mighty agencies of human history and the human mind have a wealth of information about what human beings are like now, have been like, and probably always will be like. And every kid should have a degree of expertise drawn from these sources. I guess I should say these databases.
“The second requirement of these schools is that every graduate has a strong experience with the active literacies. Now we are all familiar with literacy as some exercise in reading. But, the active literacies are writing and public speaking. No matter how well developed your mind becomes on strong texts, it’s useless to convince anyone else of your point of view unless you can write well and you can speak well. I think we’ve come to this juncture in history believing that that’s some God-given gift that only a few people have. I can guarantee you, as a school teacher for thirty years, that both of those skills are extremely easy to teach.
“To teach public speaking, you simply have to offer regular opportunities to speak before a group of strangers. That could be a group as small as one, two, or three, or it could be an auditorium of strangers. But the fact that they are people you feel uncomfortable with I think is essential. To write well requires nothing more than that you write constantly and regularly, every day preferably. The improvement will occur quite naturally. At that point, you might be able to profitably use some expert interventions. But, in the process of reaching competency, intervention is the worst possible thing; simply the practice of doing it. So now we have a theory of human nature and skills in the active literacies.
“Number three among the curricular themes that unite these elite private boarding schools, is an insight into the major institutional forms: institutions like our courts or our corporations or our military; including details of the ideas which drive them. I want to give you one sample of this so you can see how seriously government schools fall short of the mark in offering insights into these institutions. We have all heard endlessly in schools of separation of powers. The government of the United States is divided into at least three compartments: One, an executive compartment;. One, a legislative compartment that is further divided into two compartments of its own; finally, a judicial compartment.
“Now a little bit of reflection should show you what the purpose of that is. Not that we all live in harmony and agree in times of trouble, with what to say and do, but exactly the opposite of that. The only possible way to arrive at an approximation of truth is through argument. The more skillfull the argument on all sides will be better for the ultimate resolution of truth. So that people who appear before you in the media and say in this time of trouble: dissent is not wanted, are truly un-American. Because this country was the world’s first laboratory of dissent on the part of everybody. That’s really what the American dream is largely composed of.
Good Manners and Politeness
“The fourth thing that private schools do, or elite private boarding schools do that public schools hardly touch, are the repeated exercises in the forms of good manners and politeness. Based on the utter truth, politeness and civility are the foundations of all future relationships, all future alliances, and access to places that you may want to go. Now don’t tell me that that’s just common sense because any public school I’ve ever been in, and I’ve been in hundreds, is the laboratory of rudeness, cruelty, sloppiness, and coarseness.
“The fifth thing that private boarding schools emphasize is independent work. Think again about the possible reasons for that. In public schools, as we know them, the teacher is charged with about eighty to ninety percent of filling the time available; one way or another. And all the choices are the teachers’. But, in independent private boarding education, that ratio is ideally reversed.
Grace via Physical Sports
“The sixth principle is that energetic physical sports aren’t a luxury or a way to blow off steam, but they’re absolutely the only way to confer grace on the human presence. And that grace translates into power and into money later on. Also, sports teach you patience in handling pain and dealing with emergencies which occur regularly in sports.
“The seventh curricular them in elite private boarding schools is a complete theory of access to any workplace or any person. You’d be better off than reading a civics textbook, to set a kid with the challenge of getting a private meeting with the mayor of Los Angeles and let him work, for a year, on constructing an access to the mayor. Because that’s how… does that sound fanciful to you? My kids, from a very ordinary New York public school, got access not only to New York City’s mayor, but to New York State’s governor, and CEO’s beyond count; you can do this too. Teach your kids how to access places and people that he or she wants or needs.
Responsibility and Leadership
“Number eight is responsibility, as an utterly essential part of the curriculum. And yes, that includes things like washing dishes. An elite private boarding school will ask a kid to care for a horse, to take some important community service, to go for leadership in clubs; much easier to get than you think because if the club is actually doing anything, it’s a lot of hard work to be the leader and few people want that. Always to grab for responsibility when it’s offered and to always deliver more than is asked for.
Code of Standards
“Number nine, and this is a long-range comprehensive thing that needs to be checked regularly, that you don’t ever quite get there. It’s arrival at a personal code of standards. Standards in production, standards in behavior, and standards in morality.
Familiarity with the Arts
“Number ten is a familiarity with the master creations in music, in painting, in dance, in sculpture, in design and architecture, and literature, and drama; to be at ease with the arts. Because apart from religion, the arts are the only way that transcends the animal materiality of our lives… to get in touch with the bigger you.
Observation and Recording
“Number eleven is the power of accurate observation and recording. I’ll only give you one example of how you think this way, and if you push yourself, you will be able to supply many more power of accurate observation and recording examples. It used to be an axiom among British upper classes that if you could not draw what you saw with your eye you were in fact not seeing what was there. So drawing wasn’t a way to kill time, but a way to sharpen the perception.
Dealing with Challenges
“Number twelve was the ability to deal with challenges of all sorts. This one is my favorite because one person’s challenge is another person’s ho-hum. To know what will challenge your son or your daughter you have to know your son or daughter very, very well. If you have a kid who is painfully shy, obviously public presentations are the challenges the kid needs as a corrective, rather than live the rest of their lives. Also, if your child is a coward, that’s a harsh word, but many people are natural cowards–maybe all of us are natural cowards–until we come to see that physical challenges really aren’t so bad. In addition, if they hurt, they don’t hurt that much. Teach your kid if he gets knocked down always to stand back up. If he gets knocked down again, to always stand back up again. That would be a challenge.
“Number thirteen, we’re coming to the end of the curricular list, is a habit of caution in reasoning to conclusions. Should Iraq be invaded by the most technologically sophisticated military in the history of the planet and should hundreds of billions of dollars be allotted to that purpose? Well, maybe it should and maybe it shouldn’t. But listening to a few government propaganda hours about the similarities between the leader of Iraq and Adolf Hitler is not the way to come to the conclusion, even though it’s the way eighty or ninety percent of us do.
Testing and Judgment
“And finally, it’s the constant development and testing of judgment. You make judgments and discriminate value and then you follow up; you keep an eye on your predictions to see how far skewed from what actually occurs… or how consistent with what transpires things are.
“I’m John Taylor Gatto, and this is what you’ve been missing.”
Even if you hate Trump, please understand how by giving us the right to decide what our children learn in government-run schools, he has given us the most powerful weapon we could have to restore the values that made our country great in the first place.
It’s been over a century of schools run with a Marxist agenda to manipulate and control the minds of future generations that is the heart of our culture crisis. Seeing children with bad manners scream and sometimes use violence to silence anyone who thinks differently is a desired result. Chaos in the streets and a mob that is easily manipulated by constant hate-filled “news” from “official” sources and social networks are exactly what Marxist manipulators can use to destroy our political system as we know it. You might want to send President Trump a thank you note so he knows you “get it” and appreciate that he gave you a major tool to restore order.
Get a group of like-minded people together and start working with school officials to see where to begin turning the curriculum into what the leaders of society both here and abroad provide for their children. Remember it is not about spending a lot of money. It’s about knowing what you want for your children. You might check with parents who have already pulled their kids out of public school to see what teaching materials they use. Homeschoolers have very interesting teaching tools and some of the private schools have interesting ideas on how to build character and think creatively.
Just remember, President Trump knew that if he removed the authority of the federal government to control local public school curricula, alert parents and others could figure out for themselves how to get the Marxist manipulators out of the system.
We need a concerted effort to rescue all the kids currently there and make sure future generations can think and act like fully-functioning adults. Then we will have Made America Great Again!
Some Interesting Resources
School Sucks Project
Books by John Taylor Gatto
Home School Curriculum Reviews
The following story is from ‘Bookworm’ … a wonderful writer who writes for a blog I receive. As I read the little story, it became quite clear that the style and method of children’s stories to get children to understand and stay interested in the story might be an effective way to get the “Snowflake” and the millennial generation to understand some of the truth about what they have been programmed to vehemently advocate, Socialism!
Repost from Bookworm … Great read and worthy of a share.
This one is a little different … Two Different Versions … Two Different Morals
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:
Be responsible for yourself!
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”
Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the Black Lives Matter group singing, “We shall overcome.”
Then, Reverend Al Sharpton, has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper while he damns the ants. He later appears on MSNBC to complain that rich people do not care.
Former President Obama condemns the ant and blames Donald Trump, President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.
Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer exclaim in an interview on The View that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having; nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.
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“A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”
~ William F. Buckley, National Review (19 November 1955)
I’m in a pretty ugly and cynical mood these days, especially where politics is concerned. It seems to me we live in an age where we are about to begin paying for mistakes of the past…and I mean really paying for them.
Progressivism has stripped all meaning from America’s founding values and has effectively rendered worthless the status of being an American citizen. There was a time when we paid taxes for the privilege of being a citizen and those taxes went toward protecting the value of being a citizen – today, we are simply extorted to pay for things people want who do not value being American. In a way, we pay ransom to preserve fractions of the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Every single aspect of the Bill of Rights is compromised, nullified or is currently under attack. From the First Amendment to the Tenth, our own government is in open violation of every single one.
We have decided, in our infinite wisdom, to expose all to moral hazard by extending the rights of citizens to non-citizens and equating people who pay no taxes or own no property to people who do, eliminating the value of actually being an American citizen. Like the old saying states, when everyone is special, no one is.
It has devolved to such a level that our elected officials, especially those from the Democrat party, openly scoff at the concerns of the citizens who pay the bills, deriding them as bigots, racists and xenophobes. If you express any concern for the decay of the country of your birth, you are immediately described as evil.
And we allowed this. At best, we have allowed a loud, vocal minority to shout us down and at worst, there really is a majority of people who simply don’t care.
I tried to make a point about illegal immigration the other day – that people coming to the US with no knowledge of America’s history, the reasons it was founded, the painful transformation it has endured to attempt to live up to those founding values would logically have no affection, allegiance or loyalty to her – and then I realized that this not only describes illegal immigrants but what seems to be a growing segment of young American citizens. These people can’t discern the difference between fact and opinion and yet they vote and hold office without even the most basic understanding of what their vote means or what their role in a constitutional government means
The Internet promised to be the greatest tool for knowledge since the ancient library at Alexandria but instead, it gave us the ignorance of another Alexandria – Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Not to pick on Che-quita Khrushchev, but she is the poster child for such mile wide and inch deep transient knowledge that google experts and scholars possess.
Che-quita is just the most prominent current example of what Ronald Reagan said – “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”
Comedian Flip Wilson created a famous skit about a crooked preacher who founded “The Church of What’s Happenin’ Now!” in which the rules were constantly bent to the benefit of the preacher’s own desires. Progressivism is nothing but the post-millennium version of that church. It is a church where only now matters, where relativism and ignorance are seen as values and destruction of Western Civilization is a virtue. Righteousness is defined as compliance with the destructive progressive agenda.
But there is s difference between being righteous and self-righteous. Being righteous means being morally right or justifiable; virtuous. Righteous people are validated by immutable principles, their actions are guided by them. Being self-righteous is defined as having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior. Self-righteous people are guided by malleable propositions, not principles and define their “principles” to justify their actions.
Where the actions of righteous people are justified by their principles, self-righteous people justify their principles through their actions. Their actions are always approved because their motives are assumed to be the purest – even when they are not.
The progressive left has become all they once professed to hate. The only way they can exist in this environment of cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy is to “other” all who are non-progressive. Everybody else is evil, a Nazi, a racist and God only knows what else. They have succumbed so much to the self-love philosophy of “Gosh darn it” Stuart Smalley (Al Franken), they have come to only worship themselves and this church will continue to attract the weak minded because absent principles or morals, progressivism promises the seduction of always being right
The fatal flaw in this Church of Progressivism is that no moral superiority can be built on a foundation of amoral or immoral acts.
As we are witnessing at our southern border, nothing short of direct confrontation with the progressive agenda is going to work. It’s way past time to be standing athwart and yelling “Stop!”
God help us all.
… by Utah, originally posted 2 April 2019
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Mar 29, 2019, 11:02 PM (3 days ago)
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Judicial Watch’s Weekly Update: Mueller Report Exonerates President Trump
Mueller Never Had a Good-Faith Basis to Pursue President Trump
The fizzling out of the corrupt Mueller investigation is great victory for the rule of law and our constitutional republic. Here is the statement I issued in response Attorney General Barr’s initial summary of the special counsel’s report.
The long, national nightmare is over and President Trump has been vindicated. The corruptly-created and constitutionally abusive Mueller investigation failed to find any evidence to support the big lie that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.
We’re pleased that AG Barr rejected Mueller’s attempt to smear President Trump with obstruction of justice innuendo by concluding that no such charges could be credibly sustained. Frankly, Mueller never had a valid basis upon which to investigate President Trump for obstruction of justice.
Let’s be clear, neither Mueller, the Obama FBI, DOJ, CIA, State Department, nor the Deep State ever had a good-faith basis to pursue President Trump on Russia collusion. Russia collusion wasn’t just a hoax, it was criminal abuse, which is why Judicial Watch has fought and will continue to fight for Russiagate documents in federal court.
The targeting of President Trump served to protect Hillary Clinton and her enablers/co-conspirators in Obama administration from prosecution. Attorney General Barr can begin restoring the credibility of the Justice Department by finally initiating a thorough investigation of the Clinton emails and related pay-to-play scandals and the abuses behind the targeting of President Trump.
Judicial Watch has long called for the shutdown of the Mueller special counsel operation and has pursued dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits in connection with the illicit targeting and other abuses of President Trump. Judicial Watch FOIA litigation exposed, for example:
The dossier-based Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications targeting President Trump
FBI payments to Christopher Steele
FBI firing of Steele
Extensive DOJ (Ohr) collusion w/Steele, Simpson, Fusion GPS
No court hearings by defrauded FISA courts before warrants were issued
Anti-Trump bias by Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann
As you would expect, the Democrats are refusing to back down from their collusion lies. As I told the media this week, we must demand accountability for this attack on the Republic. Judicial Watch, not Congress nor the corrupt media, remains the best path forward for getting the full truth about the effort to overthrow President Trump, which is the worst corruption scandal in American history.
Did Deep State Cover Up Chinese Hack of Clinton Email System? Judicial Watch Sues to Find Out
Back in 2015, the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), an office under the Director of National Intelligence, discovered that Hillary Clinton’s emails were being sent to a state-owned Chinese company.
Bells went off, and the ICIG sent an emissary to the FBI to meet with Peter Strzok, who was later removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and fired from the FBI after his bias against President Trump was revealed. The FBI was being run at time by James Comey.
As you might imagine, nothing happened.
We want to know what was discussed at this meeting, and we are suing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for details.
We sued after the ODNI failed to respond adequately to a July 13, 2018, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (Judicial Watch Inc. vs Office of the Director of National Intelligence (No. 1:19-cv-00807)). We are seeking:
Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to the meeting between Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) official Frank Rucker, ICIG attorney Jeanette Macmillian, former Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, and other[s] regarding security threats associated with the private e-mail server utilized by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
This request includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Any and all reports, notes, briefing materials, presentations, or similar records created in preparation for, during, and/or pursuant to the meeting.
Any and all related records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the ICIG and any other individual or entity.
For purposes of clarification, the meeting in question was referenced by Rep. Louis Gohmert during the testimony of Mr. Strzok at a House of Representatives hearing on July 12, 2018.
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok that the ICIG reportedly found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list. It was a compartmentalized bit of information that was sending it to an unauthorized source.”
Gohmert said the ICIG presented the findings to Strzok, but that the FBI official did not do anything with the information.
Gohmert: Let me refresh your memory. The Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Rucker along with an IGIC attorney Janette McMillan to brief you and Dean Chapelle and two other FBI personnel who I won’t name at this time, about an anomaly they had found on Hillary Clinton’s emails that were going to the private unauthorized server that you were supposed to be investigating?
Our lawsuit could further expose how anti-Trump activists like disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok bent over backwards to protect Hillary Clinton from having to answer for her national security crimes. The scandal of the illicit Trump spying is directly tied to the Deep State protection of Hillary Clinton.
We had a separate lawsuit against the ODNI that would have required it to conduct, as required by law, an assessment and prepare a report on how and whether Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email practices as U.S. Secretary of State damaged national security.
Hillary Clinton was given full cover by the Deep State. Don’t think the Deep State has has given up.
What Were Obama’s Spy Chiefs Telling the Media about Trump?
President Obama’s top spy chiefs appear to have been ringleaders in the illicit effort to overthrow President Trump. They enlisted the FBI, foreign spies, and the media in their efforts. I’m not at all surprised that they found a warm welcome at CNN.
Now we want to know the details of their connections to the network. We have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seeking records of communications between former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and CNN around the time the Clinton-Democrat National Committee anti-Trump dossier was being pitched to key media outlets.
A House report detailed that Clapper leaked information regarding the dossier to CNN in January 2017. The former ODNI chief signed on as an analyst for CNN in August 2017.
We are also seeking records of communications between Clapper and Obama CIA Director John Brennan regarding the dossier, which was authored by former British spy and FBI payee Christopher Steele.
We sued in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Central Intelligence Agency (No. 1:19-cv-00776)) after the agencies failed to respond to our April 23, 2018, FOIA request seeking:
All records of communication, including emails (whether on .gov or non-.gov email accounts), text messages and instant chats, between officials in the office of the Director of National Intelligence, including but not limited to James Clapper, and employees, representatives and contractors of CNN.
The time frame for the records request is May 2016 through May 2017.
All records of communications between the office of the Director of Central Intelligence and representatives of CNN; DCI John Brennan and DNI James Clapper regarding the collection of memos known as the “Steele Dossier:” and between DCI John Brennan and DNI James Clapper regarding CNN.
All records of communication, including emails (whether on .gov or non-.gov email accounts), text messages and instant chats, between officials in the office of the Director of Central Intelligence, including but not limited to DCI John Brennan, and employees, representatives and contractors of CNN. The time frame for the requested records is May 2016 through May 2017.
All records of communication, including emails (whether on .gov or non-.gov email accounts), text messages and instant chats, between DCI John Brennan and DNI James Clapper regarding the collection of memos known as the “Steele Dossier”. The time frame for records requested in this bullet item is May 2016 through January 2017.
All records of communication, including emails (whether on .gov or non-.gov email accounts), text messages and instant chats, between DCI John Brennan and DNI James Clapper regarding the news network CNN. The time frame for records requested in this bullet item is May 2016 through January 2017.
In a March 2018, report, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee exposed that:
“Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, provided inconsistent testimony to the Committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.” And, “when questioned by the Committee … Clapper admitted that he confirmed the existence of the dossier to the media.”
Clapper later admitted he had discussed the Steele dossier with CNN’s Jake Tapper and other journalists in early 2017, shortly before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
In a January 10, 2017 report with bylines from Tapper, Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto and Carl Bernstein, CNN first revealed that then-FBI Director James Comey had briefed then-President-elect Trump on the dossier’s allegations.
The Intelligence Committee’s report detailed that “Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the ‘dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,’ and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic. Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in ‘early January 2017,’ around the time [intelligence officials] briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on ‘the Christopher Steele information.’”
Shortly after CNN’s January 10, 2017, report, BuzzFeed News published the dossier in full.
The four CNN reporters were awarded the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Award for their coverage of the dossier story.
Brennan, in an interview with NBC News on February 4, 2018, insisted that the Steele dossier “did not play any role whatsoever” in early intelligence assessments on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Several subsequent reports strongly contradict Brennan’s claim.
We are again in court trying to get the truth about the Obama gang’s illegal leaks and conspiracy targeting President Trump. Clapper and Brennan were key proponents of the big lie, exposed by the Mueller report. President Trump did not collude with the Russians. Once again, our FOIA litigation is the best hope for getting full accountability on this attack on our constitutional republic.
Until next week …
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton
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