“It is NOT your right to despair.”

The despair we are experiencing with a sociopath billionaire as the unelected President of the United States who is declared President by the Electoral College is palpable. Naming sociopaths of his ilk to his Cabinet is also enough to throw us into despair.

Bernie Sanders gives us all his sage advice, advice which is not for wimps.

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Find others in your area. Unite.

Organize. Refuse to accept what we know is wrong. Get into the streets. Unite.

Never, ever be a willing victim. Unite.

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America’s Public Education for All and America’s Foreign Wars

While the USA rebuilds war torn foreign countries with the aim of helping them flourish independently, the establishment of decent public schools for all is deemed a necessity.

What are our taxes paying for in the foreign countries we have bombed?

Not expensive and unproven high stakes testing of various brand names, not profitable privatization via charter schools, not a labor pool of cheap and uncertified replaceable instructors called teachers, not substituting online learning for actual human and humane teaching, not pretending that data is both knowledge and wisdom, not allowing billionaire’s with so-called philanthropic foundations and propaganda laden think tanks that actually make billions of dollars of tax free money to decide what children must do.

Decent public education for all is a mainstay for peace and prosperity, and everybody knows it. American tax money pays for this – in the foreign countries we bomb.

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The September 2016 issue of Harper’s Magazine has a superb and lengthy account of a panel forum titled Tearing Up the Map. Its focus is on international relations. Of necessity America’s war endgames and rebuilding policies include decent public education for all. Access for all.

“Look at northern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War, which was a hugely successful example of American intervention. Iraqis in the northern third of the country had assisted in what we wanted to do…

We viewed it as a long-term mission where you didn’t have people living in tents. You built long-tern housing for people. You had schools. You grew [what you hoped to be] a generation of political leadership…

We created a safe space for ordinary politics to achieve the legitimate aims of the people.”

Specifically, what thinking and planning preceded this?

“There are societies that are governed by the rule of law by the consent of their people, with freedom of expression. Where these things exist… you see stability, and prosperity, and innovation. Where there are deficits in the rule of law, consensual government, and freedom of expression is where we see problems burgeoning around the international order…

Those of us who enjoy these privileges are losing confidence that these values are universal or that we need to fight to advance them in the world.”

Once we doubt that we need these values, or that we need to fight to maintain these values, we risk stability, prosperity and more among the multiplicity of attributes that America displays before the world.

Who would sell us out?

Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois’ Gov. Bruce Rauner, Connecticut’s Gov. Dan Malloy, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, and every Democratic and Republican elected official whose “ideologies” are in actuality financial profit for themselves and their campaign donors.

The insane financial waste of America’s unending foreign wars robs us and our children of a decent standard of living while slaughtering our own members of the armed forces along with hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings around the earth.

Dismantling public schools for all and supporting the agenda of the powerful and wealthy Educational Industrial Complex owners and investors equate to national suicide. Big Pharma, Big Agra, Big Oil, and Big EduReform investors and money managers are destroying us for their own short term profits.

Corruption as government must end – or we as individuals will end.

Civil disobedience is necessary.

Please do what you can, where you can, and when you can. Organize locally and join together statewide and nationally.

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THERE WAS NO SECOND DEBATE. (Did you hear two separate public education policies?)

Did you hear two separate public education policies?

Neither did I.

The event has been hyped as a spectacle. The world cannot believe what a spectacle we are making of ourselves.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 01: Two fans are seen wearing masks of 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 01: Two fans are seen wearing masks of 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Please stop calling the TV money-making Theater of the Absurd a debate.
What IS an actual debate?

Every public school in America teaches debate at one level or another. Many high schools and colleges have superb debate teams. The candidates and their handlers know this.

Here are the Rules of Debate.

“Each person has two or three constructive speeches, and two to three rebuttal speeches. The affirmative gives the first constructive speech, and the rebuttals alternate: negative, affirmative, negative, affirmative. The affirmative has both the first and last speeches of the debate.
When worded as a proposition of policy, the topic requires the affirmative to support some specified action by some particular individual or group. The affirmative has the right to make any reasonable definition of each of the terms of the proposition. If the negative challenges the reasonableness of a definition by the affirmative, the judge must accept the definition of the team that shows better grounds for its interpretation of the term.”

See more complete Rules of Debate on this site.

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“Words have meaning.” Imagine the world’s reaction to the so-called Presidential debate.

Having taught Language Arts at the high school level for over a quarter of a century, my students all understood that words have meaning. Being aware of this basic fact is important in all relationships.

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Perhaps that needed to be considered as the world watched the stage for the so-called debate which was a performance to be considered. Words have meaning! What was truly debated regarding public education or dozens of other vital issues?

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Is it actually possible to have a true debate that considers issues and the positions of Presidential candidates?

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Dismantling Public Education: 1926 insight into 2016 corporate education reform programs and tests

Teacher, historian and philosopher Will Durant cut through the ideological propaganda of his era and ours. We must do the same, or we and our children will suffer and die in well indoctrinated semi-ignorance and poverty. Civil disobedience and the dissemination of truth are necessary.

“Perspective was lost. ‘Facts’ replaced understanding; and knowledge , split into a thousand isolated fragments, no longer generated wisdom.”

Just prior to the Great Depression of 1929, this corporate designed caste system was exposed for what it actually was. The brilliant Will Durant pointed out the main social/corporate schism of that time and predicted what is occurring today.

“The gap between life and knowledge grew wider and wider; those who governed could not understand those who thought; and those who wanted to know could not understand those who knew. In the midst of unprecedented learning, popular ignorance flourished and chose its exemplars to rule the great cities of the world; in the midst of sciences endowed and enthroned as never before, new religions [ideologies] were born every day, and old superstitions recaptured the ground they had lost.”

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We are continually lied to and propagandized via corporate controlled media into believing that dehumanized corporate education reform and state mandated standardized high stakes testing are somehow magically transformed into individualized learning via standardized computer programs. The politico/corporate euphemism is “competency based education” which is machine-made profit for the multinational Education Industrial Complex. CBE is a spiffy brand name for mere conformity disguised as formal education.

“Individualized” and “standardized” do not belong in the same sentence. This is illogical logic.

The Industrial Education Complex promises fewer doses of their poison as a “compromise” to their data (fact?) based and highly profitable indoctrination disguised as education.

Our children have become mere consumers and data gatherers/producers. Our children, not the children of the super wealthy,  are being dehumanized and their personal learning and emotional needs are becoming either mechanized or ignored.

Why is all of this being inflicted upon our children as “advanced technology and progress”?

“For if knowledge became too great for communication, it would degenerate into scholasticism and the weak acceptance of authority; mankind would slip into a new age of faith [ideology], worshiping at a respectful distance its new priests [ideological leaders]; and civilization, which had hoped to raise itself upon education disseminated far and wide, would be left precariously based upon a technical erudition that had become the monopoly of an esoteric class… No wonder that all the world applauded when… [people] sounded the call for the removal of these barriers and the humanization of modern knowledge.”

* Will Durant – in the 1933 preface to the second edition of his 1926 book, The Story of Philosophy.

The old enemy of 1926 is the same greed in new 2016 corporate packages. Please do whatever you can do to halt this present assault against our children, the assault that is  dismantling public education. Competency based education and daily online instruction and testing along with the federal guidelines of ESSA are private-profit driven programs that harm our children and diminish their futures.

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“O say can you see… ?” – Are our children being well educated or merely indoctrinated and trained?

“O say can you see… ?”

Are our children in school being indoctrinated rather than well educated? Merely job trained for control and obedience?

“It took 117 years from the time ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ was written in 1814 until it was legally enshrined as the American national anthem in 1931.”

This occurred under President Herbert Hoover (R), he of Great Depression infamy, who also claimed he was a conservative progressive and a reformer while he openly opposed anti-lynching laws, lynchings of blacks in primarily Southern states that might vote for him. He waved the flag, jingoed some jingoisms and put a band-aid on unregulated corporate economic greed. He set himself up for re-election and lost.

“By the time Key wrote these words, the British military included a regiment of former slaves called the Colonial Marines, whom the British had encouraged to escape and then trained and armed.
In fact, just weeks before on August 24, 1814, the Colonial Marines had participated in the Battle of Bladensburg outside Washington, D.C. The Bladensburg fight was a quick, embarrassing defeat for American troops — something Key knew because he’d witnessed it close up as a volunteer aide to an U.S. general. The British forces, including the Colonial Marines, had then continued to Washington the same day, infamously occupying and torching the White House.”

The White House was captured and burned by Black Americans who were freed and recruited by our enemy, the British. How many textbooks today even mention this stark fact?

“Tellingly, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. felt if the song were to belong to the North it would need a new stanza — one he provided, invoking ‘the millions unchained who our birthright have gained.’ By contrast, supporters in the South did not believe it required any changes. ‘Let us never surrender to the North the noble song…’ the Richmond Examiner editorialized in 1861 in the capital of the Confederacy. ‘It is Southern in origin, in sentiments, in poetry, and song. In its association with chivalrous deeds, it is ours.'”

“In the subsequent decades the ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ continued to be contested territory and the subject of what we’d now term a culture war. By the early 1900s, versions of the song that included Holmes’ words were found in schoolbooks in New York, Indiana, Louisiana, and elsewhere.”

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How was this accepted in the textbooks of the time?

“When Confederate veterans realized this, they quickly organized to force state governments, including that of New York, to withdraw the textbooks. The New York Times declared that Holmes’ words were a ‘monstrous perversion’ and Holmes himself was a ‘presumptuous ass.’ (The extra stanza has since largely evaporated and is not part of the anthem’s official lyrics.)”

What does this mean to us and our children in grade school through college? Must the spin of the culture wars and textbook slant for political purposes continue? What do multinational and highly profitable testing corporations choose to teach as reality? Feel good memorization versus critical thinking skills? Propaganda is the controlled lie.

“Our current difficulty in facing our past honestly and soberly strongly suggests that we are still a long way from laying it to rest.”

Adults and children must not be denied the truth. What can and must be done?

Read the full excellent article written by Jefferson Morley and Jon Schwarz in The Intercept. All of the excerpts above are from the article.
MORE PROOF THAT THE U.S. NATIONAL ANTHEM HAS ALWAYS BEEN TAINTED WITH RACISM.”

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What does North Dakota have to do with public school children, veterans with PTSD, and more?

What is American racism in 2016?

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Imagine white men and women being attacked by dark skinned multinational mercenaries with savage dogs trained to mutilate and kill. The police do nothing to stop them. Neither does the federal government.

That would not happen to white people today.


Or could it?

Attack dogs and paid mercenaries were used against union members and those forming unions in the past.

What makes anyone think that this could not happen during a teachers strike in Chicago?

Or a Walmart strike in Georgia?

Or activists in the State of Washington?

If this insanity is allowed to continue as one minority is selected at one event, what makes any of us believe in “liberty and justice for all”?

One minority at a time. One cause or event at a time.

We are human beings. We are all in this together. Our public school children, our veterans with PTSD, our homeless, our minimum wage earners, our special needs children and adults, our ailing parents and grandparents, and more – many more.

North Dakota is the place to stop this insanity – for the good of us all.

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LEAD POISONED WATER IS THE TOPIC – “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” are song lyrics.

Lead poisoned water in schools is a major problem in 2016. Lead poisoning during childhood causes permanent brain injury; this has been known for years and has been proven repeatedly.

The Democratic National Convention tugged at our heartstrings by playing and emphasizing the beautiful song, written in 1969 by Paul Simon, “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”

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That is the disconnect between reality and theater, the Theater of the Absurd, that calls itself a Democratic National Convention where issues are supposed to be openly discussed and a political platform is written. The actual platform fails to address fracking or funding for the permanent clean-up of lead poisoned water. Delegates mention this aloud to each other, but the official program has been imagery. The show must go on.

This is why people are disgusted with both presidential candidates and our present elected Democratic and Republican officials across America. They cannot be trusted as long as we and our children are being poisoned.

Infrastructures, that have been intentionally ignored for decades, and fracking are known causes of water poisoning. Clean water is ignored or merely given lip service by our own elected officials in local, state and federal government. Both Republican and Democratic elected officials are guilty of this. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) claims there is no money for schools and teachers while shoveling hundreds of millions of dollars to cronies for “special” projects and tax incentives. Michigan Gov.Rick Snyder (R) knowingly poisoned the City of Flint, all 100,000 inhabitants of all ages, while claiming that it saved tax money and helped to lower taxes. Other towns and cities in states across the nation are having serious water safety tragedies daily.

Neither Democrats nor Republicans admit poisoned water as a topic or issue in their platforms. Neither party offers possible solutions.

Beautiful song lyrics are no substitute for solutions to poisoned water that causes permanent brain damage of varying degrees. Our children and adults suffer as mind-game playing politicians amuse us to death.

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“Suspension of disbelief” Stops Here: Do we need the Republican and Democratic National Conventions?

The American Theater of the Absurd is called the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Yes, theater – as in “suspension of disbelief.” Leave reality behind and believe what is advertised.

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We have been told: “There is not enough money to fund public schools or Social Security or relief from student loans or keeping water free from deadly pollution or feeding homeless children or providing mental health care clinics or… But, we need conventions.”

Really?

Hundreds of millions of dollars, out of a total that exceeds over a billion dollars for each of the two major parties, is being fed into the Political Campaign Industrial Complex while we Americans are deprived of the social services that are the basis of a healthy and growing nation.

“America is the greatest country in the world and will be again.” (?????)

“Look how much we have accomplished in the last eight years in spite of opposition, so let’s continue austerity measures for Americans while granting special financial sanctions to multinational corporations.” (?????)

 

So why have the conventions at all?
(from Robert Reich in TruthDig)

First, because they’re perks awarded to people who worked hard for candidates during the primaries — just as top sales reps in companies are awarded trips to national sales conventions. Delegates will have fun and spend money, which hotels and restaurants in downtown Cleveland and Philadelphia will sop up like dry sponges.

They’ll enjoy circulating on the convention floors for five or six hours each night exchanging gossip and business cards, hugging old friends and meeting new ones, and taking selfies.

And they’ll feel important when they hear party leaders, heads of state delegations, members of Congress and occasional celebrities tell them how critical it is to defeat the opposing party in November…

If they’re lucky… have a chance to clench the hand of the nominee himself or herself.

But isn’t this how nominees are chosen? No.

Our two major political parties no longer nominate people to be president. Candidates choose themselves, they run in primaries, and the winners of the primaries become the parties’ nominees.

The parties have instead become giant machines for producing infomercials, raising big money and rewarding top sales reps with big bashes every four years.

What can we do about this?

  • The very first step is to refuse to be willing victims. Act upon what we know is reality. Save Our Schools, United Opt Out, Network for Public Education, Badass Teachers Association, Move-On.org, and so many more national and local groups need our support. Be part of them. We are all in this together.
  •  Be among the activists and protestors in the streets of the conventions and in cities across America. Record actual events and the issues addressed on social media sources.
  •  If you cannot attend in person, use social media to re-post the realities recorded. Call people and talk to friends and acquaintances.
  • Make a great and glorious noise as we engage in telling truth to each other, truth in the face of power.
    If we don’t, who will? Stop the “suspension of disbelief.”  Take part in reality.

 

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“THE PRODUCERS” – Donald Trump and Mike Pence

Months ago my wife and I were talking about the fact that Trump had no substantial stance on public education. He hated teachers and badmouthed “failing” public schools, but he had nothing to say about what he would actually do. Then we noticed that he had no platform building issues on anything except building a fence that Mexico would pay for. He seemed to hate everything and everybody while encouraging hatred from others. He spent very little of his money on his campaign except to pay for services his own companies provided. He didn’t even like Republicans who were campaigning during the primary. He threatened to dump the Republican Party.

He seemed to my wife and me to be on self-destruct.

Eureka! We experienced an awakening.

My wife said, “This is like The Producers by Mel Brooks.” We decided that he was planning to throw the game and take what he could get out of it. But what if the hate-mongering worked, and he won?

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The Producers – the premise of this hilarious farce follows.

“Following the flop of the musical Funny Boy (based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet) (“Opening Night“), the show’s washed-up producer, Max Bialystock, hires the neurotic Leo Bloom as his accountant. While studying Max’s books, Leo notes that a flop is expected to lose money, the IRS won’t investigate the finances of failed productions. Leo jests by selling an excess of shares and embezzling the funds, a flop could generate up to $2 million. Max asks for Leo’s help with the scheme.”

BUT, the play succeeded!!!!!

Recently in comments on Facebook, Anthony Cody mentioned The Producers. Several news articles from various publications are now openly questioning if Trump really wants to win. The Theater of the Absurd, called the Republican National Convention, has all the spectacle of a bizarre burlesque comedy with funny hats, a loud quasi-fundamentalist revival, an inane old sit-com rerun, and a seedy three-ring circus minus the live elephants.

Also, Barbara Bush, the wife of President George H.W. Bush and the mother of President George W. Bush, was on TV openly stating that she doesn’t understand why any woman would vote for Trump. George Will, the powerful far-right-of-the-far-right writer and commentator, declared he was leaving the Republican Party rather than have anything to do with Trump’s campaign. Many other Republicans have also turned against the only viable Republican candidate.

Producers Max Bialystack and Leo Bloom went to jail for their successful/failed scheme. Of course in America, no one with Trump’s money and connections ever gets jailed for anything. “And justice for all” is a totally meaningless phrase for people such as Trump. Trump even produces his own line of clothes in Mexico and China to avoid paying American employees and American taxes.

Well, this calls for a few clever hashtags for Twitter. Go to it!

By the way, what politicians will support public education for all and stop pretending there are any such things as clean coal and public charters? They seem to be writing a successful/failed play of their own.

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