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It doesn’t take much thinking to realize that the teachers unions own the Democrats. The dispute is over, too, about whether the teachers unions care most about the dues-paying instructors or the kids. As the saying goes, follow the money. It’s that simple.

Democrats have sided with the unions, who have sided with the teachers. The comparison couldn’t be clearer. While government schools demand more money to re-open, parochial schools and other private schools have been open this entire school year. In Sen. Rubio’s e-letter update, Sen. Rubio highlights just how frightened Democrats are of the teachers unions.

In his e-letter update, Sen. Rubio wrote “For weeks, the Biden Administration has danced around the important issue of reopening our schools, ignoring the science and refusing to side with parents and children over teachers unions. Today, the Biden Administration once again demonstrated that they have no intention of fulfilling the President’s promise to students and families. Having 50 percent of schools offering in-person instruction one day a week is not what millions of parents and students across the nation think of as schools reopening. This goal ignores the fact that over 50 percent of school districts have already offered a fully in-person or hybrid option for all of the 2020-2021 school year.”

This video is spot-on:

It’s time for this spineless idiot in the White House to stand up to the unions and instead stand with students and their parents. Further, it’s time to stop thinking of Biden as a moderate. That’s a myth. He’s as much a radical as Bernie is. This is how stupid things have gotten:


Hen house, meet the fox. This is beyond disappointing. If ever there was a time for a push for a robust school choice program, including an opportunity scholarship program, it’s now. When unions have more control over students’ educations, it’s time to change.

If you want to learn how to demolish teenage lives, just read Salena Zito’s latest article, titled The kids aren’t alright. In the article, she writes about how Lena Carson went from being a talented student to a kid on the brink of failing.

She wrote “One year ago, Lena Carson was pulling straight A’s at the city’s Creative and Performing Arts School across the river from her parent’s home. She also swam every day at the local YMCA in preparation to compete at the annual state competition and enjoyed the everyday social life of a teenager. Today, she is sitting at home. Again.”

Zito continued:

A bright student who skipped a grade, her straight A’s have dipped to D’s, and Lena says she struggles to complete assignments, not because she can’t but because of the lost will. “I have nothing to look forward to,” she said.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Board of Education announced that Pittsburgh Public Schools students would not return to buildings until at least April; it marked the fourth time in 12 months the district announced students would return to classes only to rescind the opening just before the doors were set to open. The board voted 7-2 against it, with the members citing health and safety for students and staff.

The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers union president said keeping the students out of the schools was the wise thing to do until the teaching staff was fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

That’s how unions demolish kids’ initiative and potential. If union teachers won’t teach, they should be fired and denied their pensions. If another union insists that student staff and safety is the issue preventing a return to in-person learning, they should be decertified forthwith.

This article is another look at a major side effect of the COVID lockdown:

Ann Bauer recently sat in on a meeting between Minnesota State Sen. Melisa Franzen and her constituents during which desperate parents aired their concerns about their children who are not allowed to return to school. Bauer is a Minnesota-based author who was recently given inside access to a virtual town hall between Franzen and her constituents. Bauer did not disclose Franzen’s name in her account — the Minnesota Reformer confirmed it independently.

“However bad/sad/depressing I thought it would be, it was worse,” Bauer opened her report. “Let me start by saying, this is a wealthy district. Maybe one of the top 5 in the state … I thought, They’re fine! I should be worrying about the families in real need. Well, they’re not fine.”

The parents in the meeting told Franzen “about suicidal kids, their own and others … They described girls who hid in their rooms and cried and boys falling so far behind they might never catch up.”

This is Gov. Walz’s fault. It’s also the DFL’s fault, too. They own this state of disrepair in Minnesota. The GOP hasn’t had the authority to make any decisions.

Whether in Chicago, Minnesota or Pennsylvania, Democrats own the school lockdown crisis. It’s time for a nationwide push for school choice, featuring opportunity scholarships. We’ve seen what the teachers unions and Democrat politicians have done. It’s time to take control out of their hands. The faster it’s’ done, the better for students it’ll be.

Due North is not True North
By Ramblin’ Rose

True North—the way we want our compass to point. But this education plan will go south — and that is a negative statement. In the announced budget plan on January 25, 2021, the Walz administration announced lofty goals—even commendable goals for all children in the state to have “a high-quality education, no matter their race or zip code.”

Walz’s plan is long on words and short on substance as it proposes seven priorities:

  1. Meet the needs of students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic’
  2. Ensure every student receives a world-class education;
  3. Ensure every student learns in a safe and nurturing environment;
  4. Ensure every student learns in a classroom with caring and qualified teachers,
  5. Expand access to opportunities for students of color and Indigenous students;
  6. Expand access to opportunities for students in Greater Minnesota,
  7. Fund a 21st-century education.

Sadly, this plan is a lot of rhetoric. The plan promises caring and qualified teachers, elimination of systemic racism (through a council), value student identity (at the expense of the identity of other students now marginalized due to their skin tones and moral beliefs), increased opportunities for career advancement, and increased funding to the students who need it most (who makes that decision?), and much more.

The entire two-page plan is full of promises and platitudes. It lacks substance. There is nothing about true academic standards, about improving student learning, about holding students accountable for their test scores. There are no measures of determining how or when success is achieved. Is it when they have spent all available funds and enriched their cronies?

The budget proposal outlines $745 million in new state education spending in addition to the $649 million in federal tax dollars to fund this proposal. Since when has more money increased learning? NEVER—NOWHERE! No increase in reading and math scores will result if the focus goes only to destroy our national identity through teaching the critical race theory and demeaning the majority of the students now marginalized because they reek of white privilege.

For decades, Leftists have advocated for the elimination of discrimination based upon race. Now the push is to provide opportunity and funding based on race and ethnicity and to malign those who have learned in a less than perfect educational system but who were motivated to learn and achieve in order to earn a better life through personal achievement—basically white and Christian. Now the State wants to determine a new set of winners and losers—our children, our future—in order to promote their -ism: marxism, socialism, communism.

Regrettably, some Republicans and members of the judicial community have already advocated for the same: “a first-class education.” I pray that they and the rest of Minnesota wake up before the DFL gets their way and send Minnesota further down the path of mediocrity.

It isn’t surprising to anyone who pays attention to politics that the teachers unions are sabotaging children and schools. Being surprised by that is like being surprised at finding out that Jeff Bezos is rich.

This time it was in the wealthy, New York City-adjacent suburb of Montclair, New Jersey, where Superintendent Jonathan Ponds announced late Friday “with deep regret” that the schools, closed for the past 319 days, wouldn’t even be reopening on a hybrid basis (half-in, half-remote), because negotiations with the Montclair Education Association (MEA) broke down. “I realize how unsettling this news is,” Ponds added.

The union seeks Plexiglass barriers, millions of dollars in ventilation upgrades, and for teachers to be vaccinated (New Jersey, unlike New York, does not as yet prioritize teachers for vaccines). MEA President Petal Robertson said in a statement, “It is our duty to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for our staff and a sound educational plan for our students.”

This issue might’ve reached a tipping point at the Loudoun County School Board meeting. Here’s what happened:

I don’t know this gentleman’s name but he’s clearly speaking for a significant number of people. With unions playing hardball and the Biden administration taking the unions’ side, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.

UPDATE: The upset father’s name is Brandon Michon. Thursday night, Tucker Carlson interviewed him. Enjoy:

Mr. Michon perhaps doesn’t realize it but he’s a leader. During the interview Mr. Michon said something profound when he said “This country was built on strong leaders.” That’s right. Joe Biden isn’t a leader. He’s a panderer and a tough-sounding wimp. Tim Walz isn’t a leader, either.

I hope Mr. Michon and a bunch of those parents step forward and run for the school board. Next, I hope they win and throw the do-nothing bums out. The do-nothing bums deserve worse than that but at least this is legal. LOL

Cancel cancel culture
By Ramblin’ Rose

“Keep your mouth shut. You have your Freedom of Speech, as long as you say what I want to hear.”

America is on “the slippery slope.” Sadly, that is true.

People are not speaking up. They are scared that they will lose their job. They are scared that they will alienate family and friends. They are afraid of the public shaming and bullying, even physical harm and death to self or family members. Their fear is real.

For decades, students have learned to regurgitate the ideology espoused by the teachers, especially in high school and university. Now it is at all grade levels as leftists rewrite our history, interject critical race theory in the curriculum, and indoctrinate our youth to hate our country. The consequences for exercising our inalienable First Amendment rights are even more frightening — it is “cancel culture” and reprehensible threats from the Leftists. They are calling for deprogramming programs, reprogramming camps for our children and civilian spies to report on family and neighbors.

On July 4th, when the country celebrates its history and values, its freedoms and dreams, President Trump spoke under symbols of leaders who have championed America’s greatness—Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt. He addressed that issue as he said: “One of (the left’s) political weapons is ‘cancel culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the definition of totalitarianism. It is completely alien to our culture and values. It has absolutely no place in the United States of America.”

The attacks on President Trump started five years ago and continue even after his term as US President ended. Leftists continue the attacks on him and any and all who treasure the same American values.

Tucker Carlson interviewed Professor David Clements from New Mexico State University on January 19, 2021. He explained that he understood the potential ramifications for his response to a letter from the administration at this university.

But before continuing with the content of that interview, please let me share my own journey to access his words. Gary Gross, author and owner of LetFreedomRingblog, told me about the interview that he had watched. He shared the URL with me so that I could view the same discussion. However, when I clicked the link two days later, the screen revealed this message: “This video is no longer available because the uploader has closed their YouTube account.” Wrong! Tucker Carlson’s videos are still on YouTube. I then tried a Google search for the segment and searched for a link with the information from the aforementioned URL. I found it. However, this time the screen was filled with cartoon characters, and I believe the language was Eastern European or Russian. Were these ‘computer glitches’ or part of the ‘cancel culture’ censorship? I later found the segment and summarize Professor Clement’s comments and add my reactions.

Like many in today’s ‘woke’ world, Professor Clements received a letter from the president of his university—the type of letter that the majority of people ignore and keep silent in order to maintain their job. For many, silence is not only expedient, it is vital for survival. Fear rules and grows each day as the Leftists promise greater and stronger retaliation against any who defy their mandates. They are the demagogues.

Professor Clements responded to the claim from his administrator that Antifa and BLM riots that destroyed significant parts of many cities in 2020 were “not a big deal.” By contrast, the MAGA “insurrection” (the word used by the university president) in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, was “a crisis.”

In October, candidate Biden declared that Antifa is only an idea, not an organization. Therefore, that group is non-violent. He called the protestors at the Capitol “domestic terrorists.” He now occupies the Oval Office. Jen Psaki, his press secretary, refused to condemn the looting and burning that occurred in Seattle and Portland the night of January 20—his inauguration. Kamala Harris has stated repeatedly that it is a movement that “should never stop.”

Tucker Carlson asked the professor to explain why he took such a risk. Professor Clements responded that the fears for his university where 20% of the faculty proudly acclaim their allegiance and devotion to the tenets of marxism. His request is for parity in denouncing violence always and not just when it is politically convenient. Additionally, his students have expressed their fears about not being able to share their opinions and/or concerns. Faculty from across the nation have shared similar trepidations with him personally. He lamented the fascination of his students with critical race theory and other communist doctrines that instill hatred of the USA in them.

He took a stand and responded at great professional risk; he does not yet have tenure at his institution. (Tenure may or may not guarantee a job. Others who have spoken out about freedom and liberty and against the left-wing propaganda have lost honorary degrees and emeritus status from prestigious Ivy League schools.)

Before this law professor entered Academia, he was a prosecutor who examined the evidence in order to defend justice. Now he attempts to defend his students who are despondent, depressed and afraid while embracing the marxist ideologies. His goal is to teach students to think critically and make their own decisions, in contrast with the indoctrination and regurgitation that is obligatory in some many other classrooms. He admits that if he does not speak out, he is complicit.

Tucker Carlson predicted that Professor Clements will face retaliation for this action. He described the professor as “brave, calm, reasonable and articulate.” These are qualities that the leftists will not tolerate.

Professor Clements is not an appeaser. In the words of Winston Churchill, “an appeaser is someone who feeds the alligator with the hope that the alligator will eat him last.”

Our Founding Fathers stated it this way: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

I fear that our Founding Fathers are also being cancelled. That’s why it’s time to cancel cancel culture.

Thank God (literally) for William Clark, a high school senior at a charter school in Nevada. He and his mother filed a lawsuit, titled Clark v. State Public Charter School Authority, on the grounds that it’s violating his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

According to the lawsuit, “the young plaintiff William Clark and his mother Gabrielle Clark claim their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were being violated. Students were allegedly told that by refusing to identify with an oppressive group, they were exercising their privilege or underscoring their role as an oppressor.” That’s just part of it. Here’s more information on what’s happening:

William was directed “in class to ‘unlearn‘ the basic Judeo-Christian principles [his mother] imparted to him, and then [the school] retaliated against [him].”

“Some racial, sexual, gender and religious identities, once revealed,”the complaint states, “are officially singled out in the programming as inherently problematic, and assigned pejorative moral attributes by Defendants.”

That’s what real oppression looks like. That isn’t perceived oppression. It’s definitely real.

William Clark was required for assignments the legal complaint says “to reveal his racial, sexual, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and religious identities,” by his teacher who greeted the students by saying, “Hello my wonderful social justice warriors!” Clark was told the next step would be to determine if parts of his identity “have privilege or oppression attached to it.” Privilege was defined as “the inherent belief in the inferiority of the oppressed group.”

The legal argument the Clarks make is that William is being compelled “to make professions about his racial, sexual, gender and religious identities in verbal class exercises and in graded, written homework assignments which were subject to the scrutiny, interrogation and derogatory labeling of students, teachers and school administrators.” The defendants “are coercing him to accept and affirm politicized and discriminatory principles and statements that he cannot in conscience affirm.”

This is professional brow-beating by unaccountable administrators. That’s otherwise known as indoctrination, which is totally unacceptable. Most importantly, telling people what they’re allowed to practice in terms of religion is what started the writing of the Declaration of Independence, which led directly to the Revolutionary War, then subsequently to the First Amendment. The oppressor isn’t white people. It’s Big Government Democrats! They’re the people governing by fiat. Think Tim Walz, Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, Andrew Cuomo, Lori Lightfoot, Keith Ellison and Eric Garcetti.

How many lives have those Democrats ruined this year? It’s disgusting. These Democrats have ruined lives through school indoctrination, COVID shutdowns and one-size-fits-all COVID policies. Whitmer, Newsom and Pelosi have disgusted people through the Democrats’ do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do fiats. It’s time to throw these jacka$$es out of office the next election.

Most importantly, it’s time to stand up for the Constitution and the First Amendment. If we do that, though, it’s essential that all who trust in the First Amendment stand up together. William Clark has provided the example. I pray that we all stand with him in this fight.

Jill Biden insists that she be called Dr. Jill Biden. LFR doesn’t respect Mrs. Biden’s position paper. That’s why I won’t address her by that title. First, let’s look at Nick Arama’s article on the subject.

Arama wrote “Media, Democrats, and Jill Biden’s team have all been insistent upon calling Jill Biden “Dr.” She received an Ed.D not a Ph.D and is not a medical doctor.” Later, he continued, saying “So, given they are so insistent on addressing her as “Dr.”, let’s take a look at what an ‘executive position paper’ looks like to receive that doctorate. The point of the paper was basically to look at problems of student retention in community college.”

Then he cut to the heart of the matter:

Not trying to be nasty or partisan, but the writing is awful. She could have used a copy-editor to deal with a lot of the sentences and problems. So, here are a few samples. Matt Bramanti first pointed out many of them on Twitter.

First, there was this gem in the second sentence: “The needs of the student population are often undeserved, resulting in a student drop-out rate of almost one third.” Were their needs “undeserved” or did she mean “underserved,” as I suspect?

Then there were some other fun ones: “Three quarters of the class will be Caucasian; one quarter of the class will be African American; one seat will hold a Latino; and the remaining seats will be filled with students of Asian descent or non-resident aliens.” How many quarters is that, Dr. Biden?

Later in her position paper she wrote:

Delaware Technical and Community College is a statewide multi-campus community college committed to providing open admission, postsecondary education. The college offers comprehensive educational opportunities including career, general, developmental, and transfer education, lifelong learning, and workforce training. The College is committed to the advancement of teaching and technology, student development, and community service. The College believes in the practical value of higher education as a means of economic and personal advancement. The College promotes diversity and multi cultural and global awareness. The College respects and cares for students as individuals and maintains a friendly and open institution which welcomes all students and supports their aspirations for a better life.

God help us if these examples count as high-level scholarship. Naturally, the usual suspects defend Mrs. Biden:

Michelle Obama railed, saying “we’re all seeing what also happens to so many professional women, whether their title is Dr., Ms., Mrs. or even First Lady. All too often, our accomplishments are met with skepticism, even derision.” That’s disgusting. That position paper shouldn’t have resulted in an Ed.D; it should’ve resulted in a failing grade. I would’ve expected better from a college term paper.

It’s pretty apparent that Joe Biden is owned by The Swamp. Nowhere is that more evident than with the education of the nation’s students. In July, Biden told the NEA “You don’t just have a partner in the White House. You’ll have an NEA member in the White House.” Biden’s wife Jill is a teacher and a member of the NEA.

The AFT, the NEA, the Bidens and Democrats apparently have picked out their target. Unfortunately, that target is the nation’s students. Debra Saunders recently wrote “As the coronavirus spread fear among the country’s elected class, the NEA and American Federation of Teachers latched onto mass school closures. Even now that research shows public schools have not turned into superspreaders, as feared, the education establishment is in little hurry to end distance learning even though it especially hurts poor children, immigrant children and those with special needs.”

Parents living in the suburbs are feeling the AFT’s and NEA’s betrayal. They’re feeling the Democrats’ betrayal, too. Students with learning disabilities are getting hurt, perhaps for life. Apparently, Democrats, Joe Biden, the AFT and the NEA don’t care about those students. That educational trifecta from hell hasn’t shown an interest in students with learning disabilities. Shame on them for that. Tucker Carlson laid things out beautifully in this segment:

This is frightening:

Joanne Jacobs, a California education blogger and freelance writer, told me, thought leaders focused on the possibility that one 12-year-old might die if public schools remained open, but not the consequences of 100,000 kids who don’t learn to read or learn math and end up dropping out of high school.

AFT and the NEA have an advocate in the White House. Unfortunately, those parents who voted for sanity lost their advocate for their children. That’s what’s called being penny-wise and dollar-stupid.

Whether we’re talking about education, the economy or foreign policy, I’ll make this prediction. We’ll be worse off 4 years from now than we are today. The Bidens’ debt to The Swamp will get repaid. The question now is whether parents experience buyers’ remorse or if they just give up. Giving up or fighting is their decision. Our decision is whether we’ll fight the Democrats’ special interests. Personally, I’ve voted for fighting the Democrats’ special interests. I’d love lots of teammates.

Actually, the more I think about it, this isn’t about fighting or giving up. It’s really about whether we fight now and defeat this trifecta from hell or whether we’ll fight them again and again and again on battlefield after battlefield. If this educational trifecta from hell wins the first round, they’ll be back for more special treatment soon enough.

Liar, Liar…
By Ramblin’ Rose

A children’s ditty begins with “Liar, liar, pants on fire…” Its origin dates to 1945 or 1841, depending on the sources. One version continues with “Nose as long as a telephone wire.” Hmmm, is that the nose of the Pinocchios awarded by the Washington Post Fact Checker?

And even that leftist resource has awarded this dubious honor to Biden comments…a real surprise.
A Biden tweet on September 9, 2020 was “You deserve a president who tells you the truth.” Yes, we do! But it is not Joe Biden!

The public recognizes that Biden has a long history of lying. Recent online headlines have sought to quantify them…the top 10 Biden lies / Biden’s 8 biggest lies. Frankly, I don’t think the exact number is known. How many are hidden in the historic files stored at the University of Delaware at the cost of $120 million annually through an appropriation in the state budget—taxpayer funding? Tara Reade? How many more? Where to start? Probably at the beginning of the decades-long political career of Joe Biden, or before.

In a current campaign ad, Biden lauds the full scholarship, honors, class rankings and the multiple degrees he earned in law school as he demeans a political reporter in 1987 as being inferior to him. The ad continues to explain the multiple falsehoods in just that one exchange. Biden did have a full scholarship, only a partial one. He was not named as “the outstanding student.” Nor did he finish at the top of his class—closer to the bottom would be more accurate, exactly 76 of 85. He earned one degree, not three. He also admitted to plagiarism during his first year at Syracuse University’s College of Law.

That was not Biden’s only time using other people’s words without attribution. He plagiarized statements by Bobby Kennedy, John F. Kennedy and Neil Kinnock, a British Labour Party leader, while a U.S. senator. As the presidential nominee of the Democrat party, did he plagiarize the Bernie Sanders platform as his own or did the two reach “a political understanding?” One would be the nominee and the other the idea-man?

In another current ad, Biden relates the tragic death of his wife and daughter in a car accident. However, he repeatedly placed the blame on a drunken tractor-trailer driver. Oops, that driver had the right of way; Mrs. Biden had a stop sign. In 2001, the then-Delaware prosecutor related the true facts. But, yet in 2007 at the University of Iowa, Biden repeated: “Let me tell you a little story. I got elected when I was 29, and I got elected November the 7th. And on Dec. 18 of that year, my wife and three kids were Christmas shopping for a Christmas tree. A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly, and killed my daughter instantly, and hospitalized my two sons, with what were thought to be at the time permanent, fundamental injuries.”

And he is repeating it in 2020 as he advocates for a single-payer health insurance plan. His nose continues to grow longer than a telephone wire.

Another car accident revealed another lie. In 1974, Bill Stevenson learned of a fender-bender that his then-wife Jill had had. Only the truth was that Joe Biden was the driver of his friend’s car. The “story” became that the Stevenson marriage was on the rocks, and Joe and Jill met on a blind date in 1975. Truth is that the Stevensons worked on Biden’s 1972 run for the US Senate. Jill also turned down an invitation by her then-husband Stevenson to meet Bruce Springsteen. She claimed she had to take care of Beau and Hunter Biden in 1974. Do not the 1972 and 1974 dates precede the 1975 blind date?

Biden’s stories about his experiences overseas and with foreign and domestic policy are more far-fetched than science fiction. On the Senate floor in 2006, Biden either had a very bad memory or fabricated a whale of a story.

“On Sept. 10, the day before the attacks on the towers, I made a speech to the National Press Club where I warned about a massive attack on the United States of America from terrorists; why I thought it would happen and why I thought our priorities were misplaced — the day before 9/ 11.”

He did speak on September 10, 2001, at the National Press Club, but his focus was on criticizing the Bush missile defense system and the threats of anthrax and biological terrorism. “The real threat comes to this country in the hold of a ship, the belly of a plane, or smuggled into a city in the middle of the night in a vial in a backpack,” Biden said.

Reality check: A very specific prediction was made about the probable attack in a book published in 2000, written by Donald J. Trump—The America We Deserve. He wrote: “I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers. No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.”

Biden’s grandstanding is boundless. Even though he had been an athlete in school, he received five deferments from military service in Vietnam due to asthma. However, he recalls and repeats that he was arrested on the streets of Soweto while trying to visit Mandela on Robben Island. Others, who Biden claims to have also been present, deny the event. And, it would have been utterly implausible since Soweto is located nearly 900 miles northeast of Robben Island. He enhanced the story with a falsely claimed personal visit and thank-you from Mandela in Washington, D.C. for the alleged visit to Robben Island. Even the New York Times refuted Biden’s claim of participating in marches and sit-ins in the civil right movement.

At the Breakfast Club in May of this year, hosted by Charlamagne tha God, Biden boasted that the NAACP had endorsed him in every political campaign. They refuted: “We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level.” They never endorse Biden for any office.

“Nice guy Joe” claims roots among the blue-collar workers of Pennsylvania, claiming that this family were coal miners. That isn’t accurate. They were wealthy oil company owners. He attended a private school for which his parents paid tuition and fees. Remember, too, that this candidate is against fossil fuels from which his family gained.

Recently, Biden promised not to increase taxes on persons earning $400,000 a year because he had never earned more than that in a year. Pinocchio! In the first two years following the Obama-Biden administration, the Wall Street Journal reported that Biden had earned some $15.6 million dollars. And what about the special deals in China and the Ukraine?

Is it the failing memory or the pathological liar that now claims to have advocated for a travel ban prior to the one announced by President Trump?—yes, the reaction that Biden called “hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering.” How many times has Biden announced an innovative reaction to a problem related to the pandemic the day after such an initiative was announced by President Trump?

  1. Which administration built and first used cages to detain illegally entering juveniles along the Southern border?
  2. He voted for the Iraq war but claims he opposed it.
  3. Does he want a national mask-wearing mandate or not?
  4. Will he ban or allow fracking?
  5. Does he prefer NAFTA or the USAMCA trade deal?
  6. Will he have an agenda to move the country forward if he were (subjunctive, hypothetical…he must not) to win the election, or will he follow the 100+ page manifesto of Harris, Sanders, Warren, Pelosi, the Squad, the mobs, etc.?

While we may not be able to answer those questions, with certainty we can say that Biden will continue to lie. Yes, we deserve a president who does not lie—he is not Joe Biden!!

Perils of Going to School
By Ramblin’ Rose

Perils of Going to School
By Ramblin’ Rose

Experts, including pediatricians, and some politicians encourage the return to personal instruction for our nation’s youth in the classroom. Some politicians and many teachers demand that only distance learning occur. Many school districts have chosen one or the other, while other districts have created “hybrid” programs that appear to challenge even a professional scheduler.

It befuddles one to find the logic (other than fewer bodies in a building on any given day) of attending school one to four days per week but never five. How do working parents adjust to such schedules? How will students know when to go and what to have prepared? Schools (K-16) have tried A/B days, rotating schedules (morning vs. afternoon), six classes out of seven meeting every day on a rotational basis with less than desired results.

While parents, students, and administrators should employ caution in making the best decisions for the children and the community, there are news articles that are just as frightening as the virus. Teachers have actually published their fears that parents and community members may actually be able to observe the digital classes and learn of the indoctrination programs in contemporary curricula. Much of that propaganda has remained in the classroom when only the students attended classes.

Last spring, Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet called homeschooling “dangerous.” Her claim was “the lack of regulation on homeschooling poses a danger to children, because it risks depriving them of an adequate education….”

An adequate education? By whose standards?

While it is no surprise that others share her viewpoint, it is alarming that the leftists are not making any attempt to hide their disdain for families and family values and for their belief for secrecy and authoritarianism.

Matthew Key, an English instructor at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, bemoaned his loss of “what happens here stays here” ideology. He wrote:

“While conversation about race are in my wheelhouse, and remain a concern in this no-walls environment, I am most intrigued by the damage that ‘helicopter/snowplow’ parents can do in the host conversations about gender/sexuality. And while ‘conservative’ parents are my chief concern, I know that the damage can come from the left too. If we are engaged in the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia, how much do we want their classmates’ parents piling on?”

He is not alone in his fears. Across the country, teachers have marched with placards about not being able to teach from a grave; some have brought body bags to their “protests.” After this admonition from Mr. Key and some who responded to his posts, as well as the posts that educators have placed on Facebook, one wonders if their fear is for their personal well-being or for the discovery of their efforts to warp the minds of our young people. (Given the age of the anarchists in the streets destroying our cities this summer, one knows from their actions that the progressive agenda has been widely disseminated across postsecondary campuses with the desired results—hate for America and its freedoms.

President Trump is totally correct. The money should follow the child as the parents decide the place and type of education that they choose for their child/children. Unfortunately, federal funding accounts for only about 7%. State and local taxes provide the rest, and liberals will continue to fund and cry for increased funding for public schools. The teachers are already demanding “hazardous-duty pay” and “front-line workers.”

It is a dark time in the USA when public employees call parents “dangerous interlopers and intrusive outsiders.” We were warned that socialists/Marxists/communists would take over the country by brainwashing our children. We did not pay attention.