Saturday, January 31, 2015



             If anyone doubts that ignorance and apathy are not hard at work in this country, just read from these clippings.  Between the “don’t know and don’t care syndrome” and stealth jihad, the rate at which this country is being dumbed-down is astonishing.  Fourth grade students in Vermilion Parish, La. were given a homework assignment that included words like “Po Pimp” and “mobstaz,” but school officials said the worksheet was age appropriate based on an education website affiliated with Common Core education standards.   The worksheet, obtained by Fox Radio affiliate KPEL provided contextual examples of the word “twist.” It included references to tornadoes and the 1950’s dance craze – the “Twist.”   But it also included a paragraph about “Twista” – a rapper with the group Speedknot Mobstaz who performs a single titled, “Po-Pimp.”  This was from Fox News Insider, Sept. 19, 2013.

             Here’s two quotes that need to be read over and over until they sink in:

“No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.”—John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States and this one, “How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and forcibly enter?”—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the lone dissenter in Kentucky v. King.   If the government can tell you what you can and cannot do within the privacy of your home, whether it relates to what you eat, what you smoke or whom you love, you no longer have any rights whatsoever within your home. 

             If government officials can fine and arrest you for growing vegetables in your front yard, praying with friends in your living room, installing solar panels on your roof, and raising chickens in your backyard, you’re no longer the owner of your property. If school officials can punish your children for what they do or say while at home or in your care, your children are not your own—they are the property of the state.   This is what a world without the Fourth Amendment looks like, where the lines between private and public property have been so blurred that private property is reduced to little more than something the government can use to control, manipulate and harass you to suit its own purposes, and you the homeowner and citizen have been reduced to little more than a tenant or serf in bondage to an inflexible landlord.   That’s the thoughts of John W. Whitehead, writing in Western Journalism on December 9, 2013.

             About this time last year the governor of Michigan(istan) wanted to issue or have issued, visas to “immigrants” who would move to Detroit and stay there at least five years.   The Republican governor has routinely touted immigration as a powerful potential force for growing Detroit's economy, saying immigrant entrepreneurs start many small businesses and file patents at twice the rate of U.S.-born citizens.   The proposal involves EB-2 visas, which are offered every year to legal immigrants who have advanced degrees or show exceptional ability in certain fields.   But the governor's ambitious plan faces significant hurdles: The visas are not currently allocated by region or state. And the number he is seeking — 50,000 over five years — would be a quarter of the total EB-2 visas offered.   The governor's proposal seemed to take officials by surprise at the State Department, which works with the Homeland Security Department to decide on visa requests.   That was in CNS News, January 23, 2014 by David Eggert.

             Suppose you saw a young person destroying a memorial, what would you do?  I know what I’d do, but that’s for another day.   The Daily Caller, on August 12, 2013 reported that such an event had taken place.  Bobby Soave wrote this about that. Protesters at Middlebury College in Vermont uprooted 2,977 flags that were part of a 9/11 memorial display.   The flags symbolize each of the 2,977 people who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. The College Republicans and Democrats have jointly planted the flags in a field on campus every year for the last decade.

But this year, Ben Kinney,president of the College Republicans,  happened to be walking by the display as 5 protesters finished removing the last of the flags and placing them in trash bags.   “At first, I thought the group was comprised of College Democrats helping put the flags away before the rain rolled in, but then I realized what they were doing,” said Kinney in a statement to The Middlebury Campus.   The protesters, at least one of whom was a student , explained that they were “confiscating” the flags in order to take a stand against U.S. imperialism.   The college condemned the act of vandalism in a statement to The Daily Caller.

It does seem to me that in the dumbing-down process the generations coming after mine are losing not just patriotism, and general knowledge, but the will to be individuals that think for themselves is being sapped.  Maybe I’ll have to agree with Gruber…Americans are stupid…aren’t we?

Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired


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