Believing in true capitalism and free enterprise does NOT mean believing in Wall Street and corporate monopoly, any more than believing in God means believing in church and religion.—Nathan, a New England enterpreneur defending American capitalism but condemning it’s excesses.
“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.” —-34th President of the United States of America, Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) giving some prophetic advice (inadvertantly) to the modern GOP today.
Detroit based educator and blogger (and sane Republican) Akindele Akinyemi had some very interesting things on his Facebook page to say about the United States education system and American’s tendency to subscribe to anti-intellectual know-nothingism.
1)Many Americans aren’t very motivated to study or actually learn. A good friend of mine just recently came back from a trip to China. While he was there, he went to the library at 6:00 A.M. and noticed that every seat in the library was filled with children practicing math and learning English. When I come to a public library or a University library in America, it’s nearly empty with the exception of finals week. How is it possible that some Americans are able to talk about sports the entire day, yet they are unable to name the capitals of their state or what’s really important in current affairs.
2)In America, every child is required to get a free education and all the opportunities it provides; however, many students squander these chances and do not take their job to get an education seriously. Children in other countries see a strong education as the only way to better their current lifestyles.
3)In slums around the world, people who are so less fortunate than those in the United States are learning our language and cherishing an education. Here, we have problems with kids cutting class and failing to do their homework.
4)Studying languages is a factor in U.S. security. Our country had lacked speakers of specific languages when conflicts erupted in various regions the world. Most in the U.S. do not understand the situation in Iraq or Afghanistan. There is no substitute for localism, even in a global world; language is essential. Because of globalization the “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” rule no longer applies.
Mr. A. also takes on the oversimplistic comparisons to the Tea Party movement of the 2010′s with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s:
Whoever says the tea party is a civil right movement is goofy. Water hoses, dogs sicked on a man’s nuts, lynchings, poll taxes, domestic terrorism, church burnings, marching, riding on the back of the bus, boycotting, cross burnings, no judicial support, and Jim Crow were part of the Civil Rights Movement. Show me one person in the tea party has died fighting for freedom the way these people did 50 years ago.
—The late Honourable Jack Layton (1950-2011), Leader of Her Majesty’s Oppositon and The New Democratic Party in his final letter to Canadians as he faced his battle with cancer which ended in the way least expected from all of us.
(I) watched an ABC story where politicians (left and right) said it’s nobody’s business if they send their kids to private schools. Nonsense! The left opposes school choice and values public schools? Let them send their kids to one! The right thinks that overcrowded, underfunded classrooms don’t matter? Let them put their own kids in one of those classrooms!
—Blogger, James Pate (of James Thoughts and Musings) rightfully taking both the U.S. political left and right to task for not really getting it when it comes to solving their education problems.
…Conservatives need a viable intellectual movement; a movement that takes ideas seriously and does not whore itself to partisan interests; a movement that does not censor itself for fear of “biting the hands” that feed it; a movement that can hold its allies to the same, or to an even higher, standard than it holds its enemies; a movement that can, for instance, utter even a mouse-like peep about the indecencies attaching to some Murdoch’s projects. When Murdoch buys something, he makes it (a) more conservative politically, and (b) esthetically and ethically trashier. Conservatives have ignored (b) because of (a). “A bought mind is a spoiled mind” (Orwell). How bought are we? Our responses so far to the demonstrable infelicities of the News Corporation suggest a sad answer.
—-American author and blogger Mark Riebling urging a major re-thinking of how conservatives do business in light of Rupert Murdoch’s News of The World scandal.
“This city is not a group of downtowners who think it is really trendy to wear rainbow pins. New Toronto, new Canada, heavily immigrant based: sorry baby, they are not on your side on these issues. They vote Ford, they will vote for Hudak, and they voted for Harper. The CBC, the Toronto Star and your friends don’t know these people, because a lot of you have a very racially, ethnically religiously confined community group.”
—CTS (soon to be Sun News Network TV in August) talk show host Michael Coren telling the way it is about the changing face of Toronto and how it votes and the rise of the urban conservative in Toronto in response to the silly and idiotic media generated “crisis” over Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s no show to the Gay Pride Parade. Rock and effing roll Michael!!!
In Japan, in the midst of hell, there are no riots, no looting, not even any price gouging! In Wisconsin the people are acting like spoiled brats and much worse. Send them to Japan for some lessons in how to be human, much less pulling together as a nation in crisis. Makes a person ashamed to be associated with them.
—Nathan, giving his two cents comparing the tragedies and Japan and the recent teacher strike uprising in the state of Wisconsin
It’s pathetic shame that our media and the keyboard warriors of the press don’t allow as much face time to our domestic problems as in Lybia and Egypt. Why are they not up on some of those First Nation Reserves where our Aboriginal brothers and sisters are living in squalor. How is this happening in democratic rich nations such as Canada and United States.I guess this isn’t big enough news.
—Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010 broadcaster Spider Jones making the case that charity begins at home
John F. Kennedy, In a speech at the White House, 1962
35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 – 1963)
Message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak: ARE YOU LISTENING?!!!