John Adams

A mention of John Adams on Citizen Tom’s forum got me thinking a bit about history.

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Underserved

In the 1990s, less than one-tenth of 1% of funds went for programs aimed at high-achievers or gifted students. Most of the funds went for the “underserved.” I use that word a lot, professionally, and it refers to poor students (in both senses of the word), and especially to illegal immigrants. If you want to get funded by state and federal governments, you must convince them that a high proportion of your efforts are going to illegal immigrants. (I once had a proposal for a new city park turned down by the state because the particular city did not have enough of an illegal immigrant population to benefit adequately.)

It wasn’t always that way: Continue reading Underserved

Left-Facing Roof

Because Dylann Roof was decidedly leftist in his thinking (manifesto here), he is being blamed upon conservatives. Leftists, following Marx and explicitly advocated by Marxist “critical theory,” view everything in terms of race. They are so far lost in this mindset that they strongly believe, against all evidence, that Constitutional conservatives are racist by nature. Roof, echoing Marx, advocated viewing everything though the “lense” [sic] of race. But this will never do, so he is a “conservative” in countless articles. But is he? Continue reading Left-Facing Roof

Natural Law, Natural Allies

From time to time, I mention in these writings that I am non-religious. This has always been true of me; I am not a “converted” or “lapsed” or “apostate” anything. But many of my fellow conservatives are indeed deeply religious, and sometimes express disbelief or even disdain that a non-theist could support American conservative beliefs.

I have written elsewhere about the separation of church and state; to me, this should not be a large bone of contention. The point that seems to come up frequently involves the phrase “inalienable rights” in the Declaration of Independence and how it is to be understood.

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Name-calling

Chiefio has a post up in which he muses about what name should be used to designate those who are invested in the global warming push. He suggested “global warming theorist.”

I did not quite agree, and wrote the following in response: Continue reading Name-calling

Lawlessness

One commenter suggested that the problem with current immigration law is that Congress has not been forced to act. I didn’t quite agree:

Current law enacted by Congress handles immigration reasonably well. It certainly prevents the current crisis. Except that it didn’t: Continue reading Lawlessness

Voters

Citizen Tom is discussing family, illegal immigration, and governmental failures. Along the way, he asked, “Why have we chosen such people to lead us?”

I interpreted this to mean “What’s wrong with voters these days?” It seems to me that there are several factors: Continue reading Voters

Reformation

(Reposted with minor edits from a discussion at Citizen Tom’s blog.)

The sole difference between mocking Christianity and Judaism and Buddhism and the Sikh faith and so on versus Islam is that all of those others won’t kill you for it, as a general thing. Islam deserves to be mocked until it grows up and/or weeds out the jihadist (and jihad-supporting) elements that make up too large a portion of its adherents now.

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Bad Press

President Obama, speaking at the Summit of the Americas last month, made a couple of intriguing statements.

Perhaps President Correa has more confidence than I do in distinguishing between bad press and good press.  There are a whole bunch of press that I think is bad, mainly because it criticizes me, but they continue to speak out in the United States because I don’t have confidence in a system in which one person is making that determination.

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Family

I’d really hoped that this was satire. That, perhaps, what is celebrated as April Fool’s Day in the US is early May in Australia. But no, the commenters (most of whom were similarly puzzled and astounded) were also commenting about the “April Fool’s Day” aspect of the piece. Continue reading Family