Out of Control Kangaroo Court
Thanks, Arlin for your report, spot on.
Reblogged on Bob’s Opinion 11.6.2019
Thanks, Arlin for your report, spot on.
Reblogged on Bob’s Opinion 11.6.2019
R.S. Helms … Bob’s Opinion
Desperado Dems will never see that Impeaching a popular, duly elected president is only a devil’s dream
Desperate Democrats NEED to Impeach President Donald Trump for this reason: Living the Dream of the official return of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to the White House.
Unofficially, Obama, Clinton and Biden are already there, where they sincerely believe they are still running the show.
Ever since Election Night 2016, the overriding intent of the delirious Democrats has been to steamroll a president who loves his country into oblivion with one failed lie after another.
The widely televised bittersweet farewell of Barack and Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day, 2017 was a carefully staged ACT. Even as the Obamas were uttering their fond farewells, their surrogate Linda Sarsour was organizing the Big Women’s March for the following day, making the Obamas’ kisses on the cheeks of the Trumps—Judas-like ones.
Having convinced themselves that they duped the new president with Best Wishes, little did they know that by dint of his presidential leadership, he’d soon be kissing them off.
Though the mainstream and social media were never to report on it, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden—the top two leaders of his 8-year-long administration— never folded their tents to go quietly into the night.
Instead, they went quietly into the Deep State where they’ve been working to bring down America ever since.
Presidents come and presidents go, according to electorate whims. But Barack Obama’s not just a former president, he’s a multi-millionaire one, a president who left office with an estimated 40 million dollars, a booty he somehow accrued during his 8-year-long tenure.
While Obama was making himself rich, main street Americans were struggling to hang onto their Health Care, among other pressing family matters.
When the main players in the Obama admin were making their carefully crafted goodwill departures, they were of the kind one that conned the masses into thinking, they were merely moving on wishing the new president well.
Yesterday Man Biden was a national disgrace long before throwing his hat into the 2020 presidential ring
Trouble is that Obama, Clinton and Biden never really departed, but merely hung in.
Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never willingly departed from anything, let alone delusions of grandeur that she “should have been president” just as most election campaign polls predicted.
Clinton forgets that most deplorables know that she dodged her victory supporters on Election Night, sending out Campaign Manager John Podesta in her place. Reserving the right to privacy to shed her tears of defeat, for herself, she knew the network talking heads would fill in with a massive national Boo-Fest.
In a book, likely already written in her head, she blamed Trump collusion with The Russians for her humiliating loss—birthing the ‘Russians-Stole-The—Election’ conspiracy with money she took from Democrat coffers.
Clinton continues to blame everything but the naked truth for her loss. The truth is that some 63 million Americans voted for her opponent Donald Trump ,knowing that it was he and not Clinton who had America’s best interest at heart.
Yesterday Man Biden was a national disgrace long before throwing his hat into the 2020 presidential ring.
Age and corruption seem to have overtaken Biden
Age and corruption seem to have overtaken him. Biden entered the 2020 race more doddering in state than even Clinton who was falling up and down stairs during the 2016 Election Campaign.
Biden—for all of the hoopla that surrounds him—is just another hopeful in the Bus Load of Democrat Crazies.
Activists pushing an agenda of Socialism on America, none of them is qualified to be president, but Democrat leadership is too busy trying to Impeach Trump to notice where they currently stand.
Lost in the seething hatred of Trump by the Democrats is that the masses are thinking of voting while they are stuck on Impeaching.
In the sicko reality of today’s Democrats, they are trying to force the masses back to Nov. 8, 2016 by forcing Obama, Clinton and Biden on the 2020 electorate.
All of their pipe dreams notwithstanding, it just isn’t going to happen.
Meanwhile, Desperado Dems will never see that Impeaching a popular, duly elected president is only a devil’s dream.
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This article originally appeared on Breitbart on October 13, 2019.
Demand Justice, an organization founded by former members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and associated with a secretive “social welfare organization” financed by billionaire activist George Soros, is pushing a scheme to pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices by adding new seats to the nation’s highest court.
This comes after Demand Justice has failed in its repeated attempts to bring about the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
A Demand Justice petition circulated over the weekend reads:The number of justices is not established in the Constitution — in fact, we’ve changed the number of justices seven times throughout our history.
We need every Democrat to join us. Sign the petition and tell Democrats to support adding seats to the Supreme Court today.
The missive, also promoted in Demand Justice mass emails, claims “Republicans stole a seat when they put Neil Gorsuch on the bench, so Democrats need to be committed to fighting back by adding seats to the Supreme Court.”
The petition continues, “You know what’s at stake: the right to a safe and legal abortion, the right to seek asylum, the right to a workplace free of discrimination for LGBTQ+ people, and so much more.”
The activism drive seeks to galvanize support for the concept of adding seats to the Supreme Court but does not explain the process of actually getting it done.
Immediately after the confirmation of Kavanaugh last year, Breitbart News reported that already some Democrats and progressive activists began shifting tactics, pushing the scheme to “pack” or “balance” the Supreme Court by adding two new seats to be filled by liberal judges.
The Supreme Court expansion plot would be enacted if Democrats retake Congress and the presidency in 2020, according to the plan.
Political scientist David Faris advocated in a book published last year for Democrats to pack the Supreme Court with as many liberal judges as they can. Farris branded the plan the “neutron option for the Supreme Court.”
Vice’s West Coast editor Harry Cheadle summarized Faris’s arguments thusly:
[It] would involve first proposing a constitutional amendment to end lifetime tenure on the court and pushing a proposal to let each president pick two justices per term, a compromise that Faris hopes would “end the court wars.” He suspects Republicans wouldn’t go for that, however, so he’d advise the next Democratic president to just “pack” the court as FDR tried to do in 1937 before Congress rose up against him and prevented it. That would involve passing a bill to expand the size of the court and allowing the president to appoint however many justices would be needed to create a new liberal majority, with the friendly Senate signing off on any appointee. (This would be legal, Faris points out, because there’s nothing in the Constitution stipulating the size of the court, which has in fact fluctuated in the past.)
Writing at NBC.com after Kavanagh’s nomination, political science professor Scott Lemieux opined that “Democrats are now much more likely to mobilize against an even more conservative court.”
But how might Democratic leaders respond?
A more likely scenario — especially if a Trumpified Supreme Court not only effectively overrules Roe v. Wade but then keeps striking down legislation passed by the next unified Democratic government — is expanding the size of the Supreme Court. The constitution does not fix the size of any federal appellate court, and the number of justices can be changed with simple majorities of both houses of Congress. Doing so isn’t hypothetical: After the Civil War, congressional Republicans manipulated the size of the court to ensure that it wouldn’t interfere with Reconstruction.
In July 2018, Yale Law School professors Ian Ayres and John Fabian Witt laid out the case in the Washington Post for expanding the Supreme Court, referring to the tactic as “court balancing.”
“Democrats need a Plan B for the Supreme Court. Here’s one option,” their oped was titled.
The duo advocated for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to announce a plan aimed at “balancing” the Supreme Court if the Democrats can win a majority in Congress and take the presidency in the 2020 election.
Ayres and Witt note the Constitution does not stipulate the Supreme Court must have nine seats and they reference historical precedent for expanding the nation’s highest court:
The court originally had six seats. It expanded and contracted in the first half of the 19th century, then settled on nine. It has remained there since 1869, partly as a political norm and partly to preserve competitive equilibrium.
At crucial moments in U.S. politics, parties have acted to change the size of the Supreme Court. Often the tactic was a political power play. But sometimes it was undertaken for the good of the country, as during the Civil War, when the Republican Congress in 1863 added a seat to the court in part to protect the success of the war effort against formidable legal challenges.
The Democrats’ court-balancing proposal for 2020 should commit the party to expanding the size of the Supreme Court by appointing two new federal judges who, by statute, would be designated to sit on the court for 18 years; thereafter, the constitutionally required life tenure would be served in lower federal courts.
While pushing their proposal under the banner of “balancing,” the Yale professors do not disguise their goal of packing the court with two new liberal judges:
If Democrats took control of Congress and the presidency in 2020, the new administration would effectively have two Supreme Court slots to fill immediately. The party should commit to nominate one liberal (say, the liberal analog of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch) and to fill the other spot by renominating the liberal-centrist Garland himself.
Ayers and Witt were referring to the nomination of Merrick Garland, who was the pick of Barack Obama, then a lame duck president, to fill the slot left vacant following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Secretive Arabella Advisors
Demand Justice has played a central role in leading activism against Kavanaugh.
Demand Justice is fiscally sponsored by the Sixteen Thirty Fund, one of four nonprofits run by the secretive, massively funded Arabella Advisors strategy company that pushes the interests of wealthy leftist donors. Arabella specializes in sponsoring countless dark money pop-up organizations designed to look like grassroots activist groups, as exposed in a recent extensive report by conservative watchdog Capital Research Center.
Soros’s Open Society documents that it provided financing to Sixteen Thirty specifically earmarked for Demand Justice activism.
The Capital Research Center’s expose documented that from 2013-2017 alone, Arabella’s four nonprofits spent a combined $1.16 billion with the aim of advancing “the political policies desired by wealthy left-wing interests through hundreds of ‘front’ groups.”
“And those interests pay well: the network’s revenues grew by an incredible 392 percent over that same period,” the report related.
“Together, these groups form an interlocking network of ‘dark money’ pop-up groups and other fiscally sponsored projects, all afloat in a half-billion-dollar ocean of cash,” states the report. “The real puppeteer, though, is Arabella Advisors, which has managed to largely conceal its role in coordinating so much of the professional Left’s infrastructure under a mask of ‘philanthropy.’”
Even before President Donald Trump first announced Kavanaugh as his official nominee, Demand Justice committed to spending about $5 million to oppose any eventual Trump nominee for the Supreme Court. The organization sought to raise $10 million in its first year.
Breitbart News reported that within less than one hour of Trump’s announcement that Kavanaugh was his nominee, Demand Justice had already put up the website stopkavanaugh.com, exclaiming: “We need to demand that the Senate defeat the Brett Kavanaugh nomination.”
The news media has routinely produced articles on Demand Justice protesters, with many pieces failing to inform readers that this is not a grassroots group but an organization spawned by professional organizers and tied to deep leftist funding.
Brian Fallon, the head of Demand Justice, served as press secretary for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The group’s digital team is headed by Gabrielle McCaffrey, who was a digital organizer for Clinton’s campaign.
In an interview with the New York Times, Fallon would not comment on the source of the group’s financing, but the newspaper noted that he was recently a featured speaker at the conference of the Democracy Alliance, a grouping of progressive donors.
Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.
Joshua Klein contributed research to this article.
Reprinted with permission from – Capital Research Center
Even retelling it, a writer is hard-pressed not to choke on barely digestible facts. Allow me to set them forth, then draw your own conclusions.
In December 2013, sitting Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, flew together on Air Force Two – to Communist China. By itself this is odd, but not unprecedented.
Ten days later, the younger Biden had a contract with a Chinese firm. That contract was to perform work which, by every appearance, the younger Biden was unqualified. Nevertheless, the deal was worth one billion dollars, later increased to 1.5 billion.
A billion dollars would buy the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Marlins, or Toronto Maple Leaves. It would buy a country like The Solomon Islands, or five F-35 state-of-the-art fighters, or Queen Elizabeth’s Balmoral Castle. It is not small money.
Hunter Biden’s firm is controlled by Biden and a stepson of John Kerry. Kerry served as Secretary of State after Hillary Clinton. A third partner was nephew of organized crime boss Whitey Bulger, convicted in 2013.
Ukraine facts surrounding Joe and Hunter Biden are well-known. The elder Biden, as Vice President, went to Ukraine and threatened to withhold a billion dollars in aid if they did not fire a prosecutor who had his son’s Ukrainian company – a company on which he was a board member – under investigation. The firing occurred; money was released.
Add the latest. On Sunday, October 13, Hunter Biden resigned a board position with a Chinese company, from which he profited mightily – during his father’s vice presidency. The younger Biden announced he saw a conflict of interest with his father running for president.
In the interests of – fill in the blank – the younger Biden resigned from the profitable Communist Chinese company with considerable fanfare. Candidate Joe Biden announced he heard about it in the press. Take that one to the bank.
Since character is king, research is needed to understand the Biden clan, specifically Hunter Biden. Who is he? First, he was booted in February 2014 from Navy Reserves for cocaine use, according to the Wall Street Journal.
That raised eyebrows, even in the Biden fan club. That occurred three months after young Biden’s billion-dollar deal was inked with the Chinese company, and after that trip with his father to that country.
Within months, the younger Biden got another deal, this one with Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian company at the center of questions about his father’s curious conduct. Looking after your son is fine; doing it in this way, well, not so much.
What else do we know about the sought-after son of Joe Biden? According to a global news report, an April 2017 divorce was wrenching to his wife and family. Reported facts are arresting. Biden’s wife of 24 years “wept” in court, as offenses were chronicled.
They included spending “hundreds of thousands of dollars of marital funds,” on “drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women with whom he had sexual relations,” then becoming lover of his recently deceased brother’s widow. Enough said.
We return to judgement of the elder Biden, what the weekend revelation means for Old Joe the presidential candidate – and for President Trump’s shaky impeachment inquiry. Mark Twain would, by this time, be howling.
Here are the implications of the resignation by young Biden. They are five.
First, this makes plain Joe and Hunter knew their behavior was unethical from the start. Why? If unethical to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars – or a billion – from a foreign company while your father is running for president, then it is surely so when he is vice president.
Second, since Hunter and Joe traveled together to China when Joe was Vice President and ten days later young Hunter’s ship came in, an inference is unavoidable: Joe allowed his son to profit from a view that the older was influenced by the younger. That is, of course, patently unethical.
Third, the son’s resignation confirms the father’s poor judgement. Why? Because helping his son win business in Communist China makes more likely his corrupt intentions in Ukraine, interceding to get a prosecutor fired who was investigating his son.
Fourth, and most significantly, this gives the lie to the Trump impeachment. Admitting a conflict of interest in China, odds spike that Joe Biden was involved in public corruption in Ukraine.
That justifies asking facts supporting a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation by a former government official, even a vice president – even a candidate. If a president or AG does not have that authority, presidential candidates become free from investigation for past criminality – by announcing.
Perhaps the biggest impact of young Biden’s resignation is that average Americans – Democrat and Republican – now understand the Biden campaign is in a tailspin. Truth eventually outs. The case for impeaching President Trump now falters.
Mark Twain is famous for lots of reasons. One is quotes like this one: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Joe Biden might have read ore Twain.
It is not often that I repost one of my own, however, with the temperature of our present socialist destruction of our nation being near explosive; the 2nd Amendment and the National Rifle Association, along with the “white” Nationalist thing brought along by the race-baiters. Together they have revisited the Sandy Hook shooting. ‘A Lot of Talk’ reminds me of some of what is happening now — somewhat that is.
via A Lot of Talk
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