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Sidewalks, Hypocrisy and Local Government Gone Wild

September 15, 2010

By Dennis Brady

September 15, 2010

 Clean your finger before you point at my spots.     Benjamin Franklin

      I usually don’t post articles about my local town politics, since it doesn’t pertain to the vast majority of people who happen to read my blog but I will use this instance as  a case in point on what’s happening in local municipalities around the country. I reside in a pleasant small borough in Northeastern Bergen County New Jersey called Closter named by the original Dutch settlers of the early 1700’s.  I have lived there almost all of my 51 years in the same house I grew up in and served on its town council , zoning board and other various volunteer boards when I a “younger” man in the late 1980’s through early 1990’s. Since that time I have been “Retired “ in terms of local affairs. I freely admit I have been lazy and complacent and not making my voice heard in local politics and I found that complacency always has a price.

         The great recession that began in 2007 is taking its toll on its residents as in the rest of the country with a huge spike in foreclosures, residents delinquent in property taxes as well as a cut in state aid to the town from the state capital.  The current town council of course has decided to curtail spending on road resurfacing and borough property maintenance after in my opinion some years of spending on unnecessary public projects and there has been a significant rise in the past few years in homeowners property taxes.

        Last week I found a “Warning Notice” in the mail from the borough giving me 30 days to fix my front sidewalk to “eliminate cracks and crevasses” and to make the walk more level. I immediately examined my sidewalk and found a few hairline cracks where the construction code official was nice enough to indicate with a small painted dot on the 3 areas of my walk supposedly in violation. One area designated was a portion of my sidewalk dug up by the borough a few years ago for them to put in a handicap ramp on the street corner that is now slightly cracked. I guess now I have to now fix their  handiwork.

         I inquired with some of my fellow residents who told me that the town has been blanketed by inspections of homeowner’s sidewalks and violations notices have been sent out in masse.  Now to be perfectly clear I am not against public safety and believe serious violations that threaten public safety have to be dealt with.  I am also not disputing that a few of these “notices” were justifiable, but I am against bureaucratic hypocrisy. All I had to prove to myself of this hypocrisy was to stroll 40 feet across the street from my house and looked at the sidewalk that the borough is “supposed” to maintain. My sidewalk almost looks in pristine condition compared to the cracked uneven and possibly hazardous state that their sidewalk is in. There are other areas of town property in which the same conditions apply, funny I don’t see any painted “Dots” on these and I wont hold my breath for the inspector to send a “Warning Notice” to the Mayor.

            My town is not alone as I scan the web, newspapers and other media I see that there is a growing number of small towns that have “gone wild” from a recent stories from a town in Texas that threatened a little girl with a $200.00 fine for setting up a small lemonade stand to raise money for charity to municipalities that impose large fines for those who forget to obtain a permit for a garage sale. In this time of economic hardship for all of us it seems they want to beat up on the taxpayers who provides their revenue and who they are supposed to serve. As law-abiding tax paying citizens we deserve better than this. Local government should obey the same standards they hold their citizens accountable to and should use common sense when dealing with their citizens. Make your voices heard my fellow citizens and remember complacency always has a price.

 – Just my opinion D.B.

The Atomic Bombing of Japan and the End of the Pacific War – August 1945

August 20, 2010

A Personal and Historical Reflection

 By Dennis Brady

August 20, 2010

“It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it. “

General Robert E. Lee

 “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. “

general Douglas MacArthur

         In the spirit of full disclosure, I can honestly say that if the Pacific war did not end in August of 1945 I might not be here so I guess you can say I am a bit biased on this historical debate. In August of 1945 my father was temporarily stationed at Camp Crowder Missouri. He was granted an emergency furlough when he was outside Paris in the Army Medical Corps after the Germans surrendered earlier in May when he received a telegram that his mother was gravely ill. After long plane trip home (which included an emergency landing in Greenland) and his ten-day furlough he was sent to Missouri for waiting orders that would have redeployed him to Pacific theatre. After surviving two years of service during the war against Germany in Britain and France I would imagine he would have been very anxious at the possibility of being sent to support the impending invasion of Japan he and many of his fellow GI’s thought it would be a one way trip.

         America at the beginning of August 1945, was a nation longing for peace, Germany had surrendered but there were no signs that Japan was going to surrender at anytime soon. In the advance throughout the pacific each subsequent victory was more costly than the previous one and the most costly was the recent taking of Okinawa which was horrendous in its brutality. Japan had just rejected the Potsdam Declaration which called for their unconditional surrender.

            Allied planners were grim in their assessments on the cost of the planned invasion of Japan named operation “Downfall” which was to be in two stages. operation “Olympic” was to commence on November 1, 1945 which would involve a landing on Japan’s southern most Island (Kyushu) and operation “Coronet” which was to commence on March 1, 1946 with a landing near Tokyo. The Joint Chiefs of Staff who were most in favor of an immediate invasion conducted a conservative study based on casualty figures from the recent battles of Okinawa & Iwo Jima.  This study concluded the combined casualty figures would be 267,000 dead, and 1.2 million allied casualties. Secretary of War Henry Stimson who had reservations of  to an invasion of Japan in 1945 preferring to wait until 1946 or later had his staff do a study. The results of that study showed 1.7 to 4 million casualties including 400,000 To 700,000 allied dead. This study also estimated Japanese casualties to be 5 to 10 million. 

            Many critics of the use of the two atomic bombs said that Japan should have been given more time to surrender before the use of these weapons. Some critics also state the use of these bombs were immoral and should never have been used at all. There are many rebuttals to that argument and I will give a few of them. The wholesale destruction of Japanese cities had already begun early in 1945 with the capture of the island of Iwo Jima in February and March of that year.  B-29 Super fortresses were raining down death and destruction with one of the greatest raids conducted on March 9-10th. During that raid the US Army Air Corps dropped incendiary bombs that killed approx 80,000-140,000 inhabitants of Tokyo and destroying 60 % of the buildings in the city. The raids on other Japanese cities killed thousands of additional civilians.

          The atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki killed a total of approx 240,000 in total.  Even if the atomic bombs were not used and the invasion was delayed until late 1946 hoping that the Japanese would surrender there were plans to “conventionally” bomb other industrial centers in Japan. So my question to the critics of the atomic bombings is it more humane to be killed by conventional ordinance over many weeks or months or by nuclear weapons in 2 missions.

        Records after the war show Japanese had no intention of surrender as they were busy training civilians (Including school age children) to fight the American invader as soon as they landed on Japanese soil. The Japanese military was even thinking of using poison gas as they did earlier in the war against China. American military planners were also pondering the thought of using poison gas if needed during the planned invasion.  Japanese prison commanders were given orders to execute thousands of American, British, Dutch, Australian & French prisoners of war as soon as the invasion started.

 The Japanese only surrendered after two events: first the atomic bombings and second the entering of the war and the subsequent invasion of  Manchuria by the Soviet Union. Proof of this is that the Japanese general staff in their communications terrified of the sight of the hordes of Russian soldiers streaming across the Chinese frontier.  After all this it still took the Japanese emperor Hirohito to break the deadlock of his cabinet to stop the war as many urged him to continue with the fight.

    History shows that the correct decision was made by President Harry Truman to try to end this slaughter as quickly as possible. My question to the critics would be this: if president Truman decided not to use the bombs and an invasion took place costing hundreds of thousands of allied soldiers and millions of Japanese lives both military & civilian and the public found out that a weapon existed that could have shortened the war and not used. How would have the public reacted? I would suggest at best he would have been impeached.

         War is one of the most terrible acts that mankind commits. In this case the war that had to be fought to free millions of enslaved people had to be brought to an end as quickly as possible. In war we sometimes have to make hard decisions and we can only pray and hope we choose the most humane ones.

 Just my opinion-D.B.

Anchor Babies and the 14th Amendment

August 19, 2010

By Dennis Brady

August 19, 2010

 Fourteenth Amendment of the US CONSTITUTION:

Ratified July 9, 1868.

               Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

           Ever since the Arizona illegal immigration law was passed and the Federal government’s subsequent lawsuit hit the news there has been a heated debate on the issue of “Anchor Babies”.  Anchor babies are children of illegal aliens who are born on US soil and are issued birth certificates and become American citizens supposedly under the authority of the 14th amendment of the constitution.  There has been a call by some on the right to repeal or modify this amendment to stop the awarding automatic citizenship to children of illegal aliens. . Many constitutional scholars and others including myself think this is a misrepresentation of the original intent of the amendment as well as its recent application.

        The amendment was proposed and ratified after the civil war for the sole purpose of protecting the hard won freedom and basic civil rights for the children of the recently freed slaves. The amendment was never meant to grant carte blanch citizenship to children born on US soil of parents that are here illegally. If you look at the very wording of the amendment section one  . “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” The important words “Naturalized in the US and subject to its jurisdiction”; Illegal aliens are subject to the country of their origin. For example illegal aliens from Mexico are citizens of Mexico and are subject to its jurisdiction. As citizens o f Mexico they can vote in their elections, be subpoenaed and tried by the Mexican courts for treason and other offenses against the Mexican government. Under the original intent of this amendment children of illegal aliens born in the territory of the US are not automatically entitled to US citizenship.

        The Supreme Court confirmed this interpretation of the amendment in the 1870’s &1880’s in the “Slaughter-House cases” [83 US 36 (1873) and 112 US 94 (1884)]13. The clause “Subject to its Jurisdiction” was interpreted to exclude “children of ministers, consuls, and citizens of foreign states born within the United States”. What the court decided was that the status of the parents. The parents of the child born on US soil must owe “”direct and immediate allegiance” to the US.  American Indians born on US Soil were excluded because of their allegiance to their native tribes this was rectified by the passing of “The Citizens Act of 1924”, codified in 8USCSß1401. 

In order to rectify this all congress would have to do to rectify this is to pass legislation that implement that interpretation. This would of course cause a federal court challenge from the powerful ” Undocumented Immigrant lobbying organizations such as La Raza which in my opinion would be denied because of those previous  court decisions.

Granting of automatic citizenship should not be given as a reward for illegally entering into this country. America must stand up for its sovereignty and for the rule of law.

Just my opinion-D.B.

Is it Time for a Constitutional Convention?

August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010

By Dennis Brady

 Article 5, US Constitution:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

The constitutional battle between the states and the federal government is heating up. Recent examples are:

Attorney Generals of 12 states have filed suit against the Federal Government’s new healthcare bill immediately after the president’s signed it into law ( Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Pennsylvania, Alabama, South Dakota, Louisiana, Idaho, Washington and Colorado, Virginia filed a separate lawsuit in March.  The state of Arizona is locked in a judicial battle with the feds on whether a state can defend itself from thousands of illegal immigrants by enforcing immigration law when the feds refuse to do so. Another example ( As I wrote in my April 27th article Property Rights, Eminent Domain, and State Sovereignty ) is the federal governments plan to seize 10 million acres of state land without getting consent of the states involved. Over the last 40 years many congresses of both parties have passed un-funded mandates to the states and there has been a growing resentment in many state capitals that the federal government has overstepped its constitutional bounds and is completely out of control. In response to these federal power grabs a dozen or more state legislatures have passed sovereignty resolutions reserving their rights under the 10th amendment.

 This war on individual state sovereignty started around 1900 and I believe will come to head in the next Ten years. At stake is the very doctrine of federalism that the founders took great pains to put into the constitution. This doctrine is essential to our individual freedoms and to our republic itself.  The founders knew that a powerful central government would continue to grow if there were no checks to its acclamation of power and that is why they included a consitutional remedy to the states if this should happen. The remedy is listed under Article Five of the constitution in which two-thirds of the states through their legislatures can call for a constitutional convention.

 Many critics to this approach point out the inherent danger of this course of action since there is no provision listed in the constitution that can limit the scope of any convention that is called. They point to history that the original constitutional in 1787 violated the amendment process of the Articles of Confederation that preceded it. I do not take this call to this action lightly but I believe we are at a point in our history in which the states must reign in the federal government or otherwise they will in the near future cease to be considered as sovereign entities and become mere provinces. If this power grab by the federal government continues I can foresee in lifetime of some of us serious secession movements in many states.

 My answers to the critics of calling for a constitutional convention are these:

           1) The Federal Government has already overstepped the bounds of their constitutional power in the last 40 years, and the states share part of the responsibility by readily accepting federal largess but failing to realize this always eventually comes with a price: loss of individual freedom for its citizens and the exponential loss of their rights.

          2) Any remedy through the federal courts is now almost impossible because of the appointment of activist judges that have little regard to the original intent of the founders.

        3) Many in congress do not consider a bill’s constitutionality before proposing or voting and a few recently have the audacity to state publicly that the federal government has the power to do almost anything.

       4) Any amendments that were approved by any constitutional convention would have to be approved by three fourths of the states through state ballot or their legislatures so I think that any fear of a hijacked convention that would eliminate constitutional protections and individual rights are in error.

I think this is a intellectual “Bogey Man” that the progressives who want to destroy the constitution by neglect, stealth and death by a thousand cuts trot out to discourage this discussion.  I believe there is a good chance that if two thirds of the states call for article five convention it would scare the federal government to make concessions to the states to limit its power to what is already prescribed  under the constitution and therefore would not even have to take place at all.

 My friends its up to us to take control of our destiny, ether we continue on the road to a post constitutional America in which the rights of the state and our unalienable rights granted by God are perverted by the government and doled out as it sees fit or we take up the challenge to restore America under its constitution, the choice is ours to make may God assist us in choosing the right path.

Just my opinion-D.B.

It’s our Sovereignty Stupid! -The Illegal Immigration Debate

August 2, 2010

By Dennis Brady

August 2, 2010

The Congress shall have Power:To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;  

 US Constitution Article One, Section Eight

 “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” 

 -Ronald Reagan

           On March 9, 1916 the Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa’s took his men across the US border and attacked Columbus, New Mexico, the home of a small garrison. The town was burned and 17 Americans were killed in the raid. This was done in response against the decision made by the US recognize the new Mexican government of his political rival Venustiano Carranza after initially supporting Villa. Villia sought revenge for what as being politically betrayed…  Then Democratic President Wilson (Whom I Dislike immensely and believe was a racist by segregating the post office and other federal government Departments as well as his suppression of civil liberties and for needlessly getting the US involved in the first World War) did his constitutional duty in defense of the country calling out 15,000 militia and stationed them along the U.S. – Mexico border to prevent any more raids and to protect American lives & property. He also sent US Army General Pershing to lead a force of 12,000 soldiers to locate Villa — dead or alive. The expeditionary raid lasted until February 1917 when Pershing was recalled back to the US to prepare for the US entry in the First World War. Even though Pershing was unable to capture or kill Villa it showed that we were a sovereign nation prepared to defend it borders by military force if needed.                                                                                                                                

         In 2010 things are very different we have another Democratic President in the white house but this president is playing politics with our Sovereignty by delaying his promise of deploying a few thousand state guardsman to the border , which was supposed to happen by August 1st and now according to an administrative spokesman wont happen to possibly September or October. The administration’s contempt for the citizens of Arizona was made evident by stating publicly that they were filing a lawsuit against Arizona’s illegal immigration law ( SB1070) to protect citizens of Hispanic descent from being profiled. If you look at attorney general holders filed brief it mentions nothing about profiling it bases its challenge that the state was infringing on the federal governments power under Article One, Section Eight under the powers delegated to congress & the federal Government under the constitution: “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”. The Arizona law was very carefully crafted not to profile on the basis of appearance, in fact its almost the exact wording of the Federal Statute that is already in effect. In fact Section Ten of the constitution does not prohibit states from enforcing federal law, this is done every day by the states. (I.E, Interstate Commerce, Drug Enforcement Etc) this administration’s argument falls flat on its face.                                                            

 Three of my grandparents were immigrants that come over in the 1880’s & 1900’s. but they were legal, they registered went through a thorough physical’s upon arrival(My maternal grandmother was almost refused admission and sent back to Austria/Hungary because she had a case of conjunctivitis.). My paternal grandfather & Great grandfather came over from Ireland as a family and had sponsors and promised not to be a burden on society. we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. I am for LEGAL immigration, if the borders were secure I would be happy to increase the numbers of new immigrants.

Both parties have been at fault and play politics, The Republicans who look the other way on illegal immigration are being supported in a large part by the large agricultural conglomerates, food processing corporations as well as some in the construction industry who do not want tough enforcement and want an underground workforce to keep wages low. The Democrats want the prospect of new voters that are dependent to them for social programs. Who suffers ? the working class rural whites and poor urban African Americans who have been in this country for generations as well as the illegal immigrants  themselves.  Some unions such as the SEIU have been selling out their membership in order to get more due paying members. Proving this fact was a 1997 study by the American Academy of Sciences found that the cheap labor of illegal immigrants caused a 44% decrease in wages among the poorest Americans from 1980 to 1994.

 Americans must stand up for their nations sovereignty and laws, this administration and members of both sides of the aisle in congress must be made to honor their oath to defend

Our country. Immigration must be regulated and controlled as well as being fair, which means that those who break the laws by coming into the country illegally should not be given a pass to those who obeyed the law and waited in some cases years to come here legally.

         There is a cost to illegal immigration, such as approx 2,100 Americans murdered each year by illegal immigrants as well as the over 200,000 in US jails because of criminal offences they have committed. The cost on social services are also in the billions.   We must know who comes into this country and offer an invitation to share in the American dream not fear those who we don’t know breaking in through the back door. The choice is ours, its time to do something about it  by peaceably making it perfectly clear that we will not tolerate this game by our elected officials anymore.

 -Just my opinion  D.B.

RIP :The State of Mainstream Journalism in America

July 27, 2010

By Dennis Brady

July 27, 2010

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.

-Thomas Jefferson

 Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.

-George Washington

 Political commentator Tucker Carlson and his website the “Daily Caller” (http://dailycaller.com/ ) last week finally put the nail into the coffin of the “Unbiased” mainstream media with his expose’ of   “JournoList” , the online community of journalists that outlined plans to prop up then senator Obama’s 2008 campaign by leveling unfounded charges of “racism “ against Republicans and others. Indeed most observers have always believed that the mainstream media  (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NY Times, Washington Post ) have always leaned left since academic studies have shown that journalists that have worked for these outlets have voted for the Democratic Party 80-90% in presidential elections since the late 1950’s. But most of us conservatives & libertarians thought the bias was in the basis of airing or printing stories that favored  the “Liberal”  point of view and not necessarily covering stories that might favor the conservative point of view a bias yes; but a sin of omission rather than commission. Well this story now proves without a doubt that the mainstream media took sides in the 2008 election and knowingly took an active role to promote the Obama campaign. This even included the suggestion of labeling critics of the candidate racists.

         The only contrary point of view to the overwhelming liberal bias is now Fox news, Conservative Bloggers like myself and talk radio. This is why the Obama Administration has tried to marginalize Fox news by calling them “Not a real News outlet” and by limiting Fox news access to the white house pool. The administration seems to want to “Prop Up” their supporters in the media by the recent  Federal Trade Commission proposal to subsidize newspapers.  If you look at the most negative stories recently concerning the administration: ACORN,  The Justice Department dropping of charges of voter intimidation against the Black Panthers, Van Jones’s radical associations , there was virtually no coverage in mainstream media outlets only Fox news, Talk Radio & the internet covered these stories. The silence by the mainstream media was deafening.

 A vibrant and diversified “Fourth Estate” was considered by the founders to be an essential check on governmental power. If you look at the election campaigns of the late eightieth early ninetieth century some of the founders: Washington, Jefferson & Adams in particular bore the brunt of the new republic’s press freedom by partisan and sometimes brutal criticism by their political rivals but they never would dream of using Presidential power to limit access to those not favoring their point of view or using  government funds to support newspapers of their supporters. What is this administration and their compliant media allies scared of?  Is it the free market of ideas and opinions and a free citizenry waking up to a possible threat to their individual freedom?  Each American will have to answer that question for themselves.

-Just my opinion D.B.

Welcome to “Post Constitutional” America

June 30, 2010

June 30, 2010

By Dennis Brady

“We are a nation of laws, not of men.”– John Adams

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have”. ~ Barry Goldwater

A Constitutional Scholar appearing on the national cable news show a few weeks ago hypothesized what James Madison would say if he were brought back to life and observed how the Federal Government functioned today, Madison would most likely ask: “How long did the Constitution Last?” Of course we would respond to him that we were still living under the same constitution today that he helped craft so carefully over 200 years ago in which he would in response shake his head perplexed on how anyone could believe that based on the overwhelming power the federal government has over every aspect of our lives and the diminished power of the states and its individual citizens. For the past century the constitution was in the process of being made irrelevant by a death of 1,000 cuts but now I am convinced there are some in the executive branch of the federal government that now are outright tearing the constitution up and ignoring its restraints on its power.

The federal government not only directly intruded into the private sector by a de- facto nationalization of the automobile industry with the GM (General Motors) bailout but disregarded long standing federal bankruptcy law by giving the majority of shares of the re-constituted GM to the UAW (United Auto Workers Union) instead of GM’s bondholders. Congress isn’t stopping with the auto industry and Healthcare it now wants the executive branch through the Federal Reserve to have the power to take over any financial institution that it deems To be economically failing under the proposed “Dodd-Frank” bill under this proposed legislation the financial institution cannot appeal the Feds decision Through the courts., whatever happened to the 5th amendment and due process of law ?

The Federal Government is also considering getting its hands on the “fourth estate” (The press). Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of Obama’s Federal Trade Commission is now floating a proposal to subsidize news organizations. White house communications director Anita Dunn questioned earlier this year whether or not Fox News is a news organization or an “arm of the Republican Party”?, Wouldn’t a news organization being subsidized by the government in reality be more prone to bias. Wouldn’t they think twice before biting the hand that feeds them?. Wouldn’t such an intrusion into the free market of ideas & opinions cause news organizations to seek favor with the government and towing the party line to have advantage over its competitors? I think Thomas Jefferson would turn over in his grave if he heard of such a absurd and dangerous proposal.

Even the Obama’s administration’s nominee for the Supreme Court Elena Kagan seems hesitant to say the Federal Governments reach into Our lives is limited. When questioned by Senator Coburn this morning on the reach of the newly passed health care bill and the extent of the government’s power to impose mandates on Americans under the authority of the Constitution’s commerce clause, Kagan declined to say that the government cannot tell an individual on what to eat! Fellow citizens of the republic we better wake up soon or I will predict tyranny will be on our doorstep.

-Just my opinion- D.B.

The Indoctrination of Children in American Public Schools

May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010

 “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

-Thomas Jefferson

        I am sure you have seen the story concerning a Burlington County NJ public school back in September  in which grade school children were taught to the sing the praises of president Obama, ( “Hmmm Hmm Hmmm Barrack  Hussein Obama”) especially sung with emphasis was one of the last lines: ”We are all equal in his sight!’ at first I thought this was just one rouge school but then a dozen or so videos were posted on “You Tube” from public schools from Illinois to California which showed similar events. These showed young school children singing tunes from the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to “Jesus loves you” with the lyrics changed to Obama praises. Recently in the news was the story of the five boys from Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California who were sent home for wearing shirts with the image of the American flag on Cinco de Mayo because the schools principal thought it would be disruptive.

       Other controversial debates over the years in our public schools include introduction in New York City and California of the so called  “Rainbow Curriculum” in which first and second graders are read stories of Gay & Lesbian family life.  This Curriculum has been codified into state law over the years in California (State Senate Bill 777 & Assembly bill 394) . Debates still rage in school districts across the country over sex education and the availability in schools of birth control without a parents permission. In some states school personnel can assist in taking a child across state lines to obtain an abortion without a parent or guardian’s consent or knowledge. But on the other side of this philosophical divide voluntary student prayer or even a moment of silence are banned on school property or even school sponsored sporting events.

      The indoctrination of our children does not stop with teaching alternate lifestyles, sex education, presidential politics or national pride it has now stepped fully into pushing socialist philosophy. One video being shown by hundreds of schools called “ The Story of Stuff” (http://www.storyofstuff.com/) by Annie Leonard. The video is funded by the “Tides Foundation” who’s main benefactor is the avowed socialist Activist and financier George Soros. This video claims to speak to our environmental crisis and our supposed overemphasis on consumerism but in reality It is teaching our children that corporations are evil and the government must curtail the free market. It states that the Federal Governments responsibility Is to take care of us and is the grantor of our rights. I guess Ms.Leonard doesn’t understand our founding father’s principles that our in our constitution that rights are granted solely by the almighty, not the government and the Federal Government’s responsibility is to protect those rights so we can take care of ourselves.  The American public school system has gone from the envy of the world to a national disgrace. We consistently place near the bottom of basic mathematics, grammar and history in testing as compared with the rest of the industrialized world while we rank near the very top when it comes to per pupil spending. The problem is not the teachers but with their unions hierarchy as well as the Education Establishment who have politicized the public school system. They see the schools not as a way of educating our children in the skills that will assist them in making them productive citizens but indoctrinate them in social justice.

     Schools used to teach that America is a wonderful melting pot welcoming all immigrants and cultures but insisting that they are now citizens of a very special place and are Americans first.  Now they teach  in a “Hyphenated –America”  that our country is nothing special and that America causes most of the problems in the world.  A lot of this “change” has occurred since the late 1970’s with the creation of the Federal Department of Education this has led to an unconstitutional Intrusion into what was, and should be a sole state responsibility. This has led to a multitude of federally  unfunded mandates that drain the local & states educational budgets in which they have a limited voice. But there is a glimmer of hope. The meteoric rise of home schooling even though some states like California are trying to stop its spread by trying to impose restrictions that a home schooling parent must have teaching credentials. Another reason for hope is increasing demands from minorities and other groups in the granting of vouchers so they can send their children to private or charter schools to escape from their  failed inter-city schools. To force them to send their children to failed public schools is a scandal  and a modern day version of slavery by condemning  them to the cycle of poverty. Unfortunately the educational establishment believes in freedom of choice only when it comes to terminating a pregnancy. Parents shouldn’t have to be forced to send their children to a school system who contradicts there basic moral beliefs and fails its basic responsibility of teaching basic skills. As with the answer to most of our problems is more freedom, more choice, and more local control just like our nations founders believed in. Its time that parents take control of their children’s education not those who would like to indoctrinate them to some radical agenda.

Just my opinion-D.B.

Waking up is Hard to do-The Bankruptcy of the European Socialist State and is America Far Behind?

May 11, 2010

May 12, 2010

By Dennis Brady

Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.

-Winston Churchill

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

-George Bernard Shaw

I am sure that you had this same experience as I have: you are in a deep sleep dreaming that you are rich , famous, or spending time with a beautiful woman. While you are dreaming you think this is reality but suddenly your alarm clock rings and you realize that was just a dream and now have to get up out of your slumber and face your normal life with all its everyday challenges. I would suggest that a big part of the European Union is now going through the same experience.

Ever since the second world war most European countries have elected governments that have promised to take care of their constituencies from cradle to grave. They gave generous pension & health plans while taxing their most prosperous and hard working citizens at an exorbitant rates. During the prosperous 1960,s, 80& 90’s tax rates went up even though in the distance storm clouds started to gather as their tax base slowly declined and more promises were made for more benefits.

Sure there were attempts to curb this spending in past economic downturns. This occured in the late 70’s and early 80’s in Britain for example under the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher , but in general the path was headed in a pursuit of the socialist utopia. Free market and tax reforms were only made at the fringes and in reality no European government never attempted to eliminate these programs and solve long term problems such as a falling birth rate, a high base unemployment rate, and ever increasing demands of ever more powerful unions.

The Crisis in Greece is a long overdue wake up call, unfortunately it might be too late for the EU in the long term. Germany and France are risking their AAA bond rating to back up weaker members of the EU contributing to a 750 billion-euro ($955 billion) stabilization fund. Why are they risking their financial security? Because if Greece defaults, Portugal & Spain are next in line as the sale of their government bonds sank before the bailout plan was announced. If the debt crisis continues it will put the Euro at risk of collapse.

So what has this to do with the US other than the fact we the taxpayers are footing part of Greece’s bailout indirectly through our contribution to the International Monetary Fund? We are now on the same road as the Europeans. And to be fair to the current Administration this started a long time ago under previous administrations and congresses of both parties, but President Obama and the Democratic Congressional Leadership have accelerated the process exponentially. The US has its own Greece , its called California, rumors abound that the Feds might consider bailing out the state if their finances worsen.

As I wrote in a previous posting to this Blog states like New Jersey have a huge under-funded pension liability issues that are getting worse by the day. These Pensions are mostly to state & municipal workers such as police officers, teachers, Etc . The Unions that represent these workers such as the SEIU (Service employees International Union), and the NEA (National Education Association) have huge influenceover the administration. an for example the former Head of the SEIU Andy Stern is being considered for an appointment to a bi-partisan panel considering how to handle the Federal budget deficit, talk about putting the fox guarding the hen house!these unions are big contributors to the Democratic Party, Enormous pressure would be put on the Federal government not to let States like California default and modify their generous union pension benefits.

But the US is not like Greece or even the EU right?  Well we aren’t that far behind, consider this-Moody’s Investors Service has issued a warning that the US might be headed toward a downgrade in its AAA rating if Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections hold. The key indicator is the ratio between debt as a percentage of tax revenue. The Ratio of over 18-20% would force Moody’s to revaluate its AAA rating. Under President Obama’s own budget figures , interest payments on the debt will move above 18% of revenue in 2018 and 20% in 2020 according to the CBO.

the CBO also ran other scenarios which include much higher interest rates that the federal Reserve is considered doing, in that case  Moody’s projects that debt service could hit 22.4% of revenue by 2013. In order to come to grips with the worldwide Debt Crisis politicians in the major European Capitals must wake up and realize they must put their financial house in order, this will mean that their constituencies must accept sacrifices and accept simple facts that you cannot have fully paid retirement when you are in your fifties, free colleague education and health for all and other cradle to grave social programs. The Obama Administration must also realize that America is not like Europe and must not make the same mistakes as these socialist states have made.

We must listen to our alarm clock and wake up before our false dream becomes a national nightmare.

Just my Opinion-D.B.