Tag: socialism

Scared Voters Not Thinking Clearly?

In a speech on Saturday, President Obama gave even greater insight into his opinion of the voters. Here is exactly what he said: People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. This… Read more »

By Their Fruit . . .

When the Restoring Honor rally on August 28th came to an end, one of the more remarkable features noted by those who witnessed it was the cleanliness of the grounds. Even though approximately 500,000 people had filled the spaces between the Lincoln Memorial and the WWII Memorial, the entire area was practically spotless. Not so with the late, unlamented One Nation rally. Here is one sample of what this crowd left behind: And another . . . And another . . …. Read more »

Baneful Effects of NEA-Led Education

Since it’s Labor Day, what better day to talk about one of the largest and most influential unions in the country—the National Education Association [NEA]. This also allows me to continue my intermittent history of American education. The NEA was founded in Philadelphia in 1857. The ostensible rationale for its creation was to provide a voice for all teachers in the nation to promote the interests of the profession. A statement from that initial meeting said it hoped to one… Read more »

Is This Our Future?

As the Obama administration pushes for this country to become more like a socialist European country, it might be fitting to look at what happens in those countries. The example used most often is economics, but I’d like to focus on something else this time. Let’s take Sweden, for instance. I’ve been to Sweden, and I enjoyed my visit [eleven years ago]. I loved the historical sites in particular. I certainly have nothing against the Swedish people. In fact, there… Read more »

Greece and America: See Any Similarities?

I haven’t said anything about Greece yet, so I guess it’s about time. In case you haven’t been following this, Greece is now a basket-case financially. How did it get that way? Its socialist policies have bankrupted it. Did you know the retirement age in Greece is about 53? Sounds good, some might say. No, we were made to be productive far beyond that age. All it did was create a massive entitlement that the government no longer can afford. You might… Read more »

The Dewey Factor (Part I)

Let’s take a break from purely political anaysis today. Instead, let’s look at one of the reasons we are where we are as a nation, and why some of our political problems exist. To do so, we need to recognize what has happened to our education system over the past 100+ years. We have to start with John Dewey, who has earned the title “Father of Progressive Education.” That “progressive” label is almost always poison. What were Dewey’s contributions to… Read more »