Public Schools Are Obsolete

photo courtesy HPB Academy

Today the mass murder of 19 fourth graders and two teachers dominated the news. It is yet one more reminder that the public school model in the USA is ineffective, dangerous, expensive, and totally obsolete.

Want some more reminders?

  • Congress sent more than $190 BILLION to schools for “Covid Relief” in two years. What happened to all that money? A lot of it went into football stadiums, Critical Race Theory programming, teacher pay and benefit increases, and a plethora of direct-payment corruption to political cronies. It sure was not spent on security, because liberals do not want their children defended with guns – that doesn’t fit the anti-gun narrative. Despite the huge spending, public schools closed anyway, causing an irreparable learning gap, psychological damage, and physical problems.
  • The cost per student continues to escalate (see some startling figures here) while educational performance continues to decline.
  • Public schools now emphasize aberrant sexual behavior, gender-bending, and extracurricular activities over fundamental studies that produce employable skills. They promote racism and fear, teaching vulnerable children that Martin Luther King was a liar – content of character doesn’t matter, only the color of one’s skin.
  • Parents who attempt to influence school boards toward improvement, or even reasonableness, are physically removed from public meetings, and investigated by law officials as “public terrorists”.

I could go on, but you know the drill.

All of this points to the fact that the American public school model is obsolete. It just doesn’t work any more. Schools cost too much, produce too little, put kids at risk, and are destroying our nation and the very future of the kids we entrust to them.

So what’s the answer? Like most government programs that have become too big to be manageable or functional, our education system should be blown up and replaced. The notion that kids learn best stuck at a desk in a room of 25 students, dominated by one teacher (who may or may not have their best interests at heart) and waiting for resources and attention is crazy. We all know that children are eager to learn, and will do so as fast as they are allowed to. Kids need LESS rigid supervision and more independent creative time and resources.

I think we should look to the private sector for answers to fixing the broken public school model. The funding system is a critical roadblock. More parents would home school their children (a tremendously successful model) if they didn’t have to pay for their unused public education, too. And businesses who currently can’t get qualified employees would be better served to educate their own prospects rather than rely on a public system that has no idea what they need. In any event, if taxpayers (individual and business) must pay for education, they need more control over the process and results. Families need the right to choose where and how their children are educated, and any government funding to that end should stay with the student, not go straight to the school in his/her zip code.

It won’t be easy to wrestle our future away from the bureaucracy. But it’s way past time to do it.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

I study nuclear science
I love my classes
I got a crazy teacher, he wears dark glasses
Things are going great, and they’re only getting better
I’m doing all right, getting good grades
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades

The Future’s So Bright – Timbuk 3

It’s Time for a Rational Drug Policy

photo courtesy The Guardian

What are the top domestic problems in the USA? We can negotiate the order of importance, but I bet we agree on the list.

  • Rising Net Cost of Living
  • Border Enforcement
  • Availability and Cost of Health Care
  • Broken Families
  • Homelessness
  • Failing Schools
  • Increased Crime and Lax Law Enforcement

On his daily radio update, Bill O’Reilly offered a pretty simple and cost-effective solution to the problem list. Stop drug and alcohol addiction. It really made me think.

He listed the problems caused by addiction. The majority of homeless people, criminals, and child abusers are addicts. Half of unemployed men are addicted to opioids. The economic cost of accidents, mistakes and absenteeism attributable to addiction is gargantuan. Businesses can’t find workers. Medical facilities are overrun with sick addicts who can’t pay for their care. Kids with horrible home lives due to addicted parents have little chance to become successful adults. Street crime is way up and most of it is perpetrated by addicts. Families are destroyed by booze and drugs.

O’Reilly reported that ever since we started viewing drug use as a victimless crime, and addiction as an illness, our drug problem has worsened. Now with lax law enforcement and a wide-open border, it is out of control.

Clearly, many of our domestic problems would be solved, or at least greatly improved, if we had a way to stop addiction. But that’s impossible, isn’t it?

Not according to O’Reilly. He said after WWII when the Chinese communists made the use and sale of opium illegal and in some cases punishable by death, addiction was reduced from 25% to virtually zero. And he points out that Singapore’s zero-tolerance policies toward drugs has made that nation nearly drug-free. This proves that drug addiction is not an illness, but a problem that can be solved by policy and enforcement.

Many Americans blame our open border, the “supply”, for the drug epidemic. Obviously an open border along with no consequences for selling and using drugs is a recipe for disaster. But what if we were to attack the “demand” side of the equation?

O’Reilly calls for a law that requires apprehension and “confined rehabilitation” for illegal drug use in the US. The deterrence effect would be dramatic. With no drug cartels extorting wannabe immigrants and smuggling fentanyl and other nasty stuff into our country, the border would become pretty manageable. And with drug overdoses and other drug-related illnesses down, some medical facilities could be converted to rehab lockups. Reduced crime would have a lot of benefits. Whole departments, like the DEA, TSA, ATF and others could be eliminated or merged, largely replaced by a drug enforcement and rehab agency with some real teeth.

Hmmm, a healthier, safer, more productive country and (bonus) a leaner, more functional federal government – Bill O’Reilly, I think you are on to something.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

I caught you knockin’ at my cellar door
I love you baby, can I have some more?
Oh, the damage done
I hit the city and I lost my band
I watched the needle take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done

The Needle and the Damage Done – Neil Young

The Digital Dollar – Follow the Money

It was only a matter of time.

image courtesy of cryptonews.com

The late, great Rush Limbaugh taught us that whenever there is something really strange going on, especially with our government, just seal out the distractions and follow the money.

I became alarmed a month ago when our Federal Reserve Bank announced that they have developed technology that would enable them to convert our currency to a “digital dollar”. Cash and private banking could soon be a thing of the past.

My observations:

  • The big banks have been cozying up to the Feds for a long time now, squeezing out smaller and local banks. Only the biggest banks can afford to comply with the onerous federal regulations. Following the money, I’m guessing there is a piece of the government pie already cut for them in this digital dollar objective. The banks clearly have no problem sharing our privacy and our funds with the feds, who are now pushing to restrict unreported cash withdrawals to $600 or less.
  • The loss of small banks who can make loans and meet local transactional needs is crushing small business in our country. This dovetails with the woke left’s desire to hollow out the middle class. Follow the money.
  • Once our funds are under the control of the federal government, how long will it be before they establish “equity scores” with which to value our accounts? (Hmm, working white guy, your dollar is worth 35 cents. Unemployed minority migrant, your dollar is worth $2.75, automatically deposited to your account by the government.)
  • The next step would be controlling our behavior by withdrawing or withholding digital dollars from our accounts based on “social score” or inappropriate activity. This is happening already in China and Canada. (You went to a Trump rally? You contributed to the trucker protest? You posted “Let’s Go Brandon” on your Facebook page? Sorry, your funds are frozen! Your company sells pillows and contributes to voter integrity projects? Sorry, you can’t have bank accounts!)
  • With the national debt at $33 trillion and interest rates rising, we are about to become Argentina if taxes aren’t increased. But you won’t have to worry about writing a check to the IRS – they will just lift it from your digital dollar account.

I wonder if commercial banking is going to be completely eliminated and/or merged into the Fed. Banks continue to shed jobs. Try calling your bank on the phone: “Your call is very important to us, your wait time is approximately 42 minutes . . .” And now the woke big banks are firing half of their employees because they refuse to get vaccinated with a chemical that has been proven to not work again the China virus, and (according to the CDC) has killed as many as 200,000. Following the money, maybe the big banks are working toward a merger with the Federal Reserve?

The USA became the economic engine of the world based on freedom, including the right to earn, keep, and spend our own money. But we, and the rest of the world, are now facing the “Great Reset”, which is predicated on sharing the wealth based on skin color and equity. (Follow that link to the World Economic Forum if you really want to get scared.) India, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are lined up to go digital as well. The EU is looking at perhaps next year.

So how can we protect our assets? Gold? Cryptocurrency? Real estate? Any of these can be confiscated or controlled by over-reaching federal government. Prayer might be the only answer.

I’m afraid it will take a huge and sudden resistance (hopefully non-violent) by the masses to this aggressive radical transformation of our nation and world. The masses will have to be made aware and educated first, and there is precious little time left. The woke leftists must be defeated at every level at every opportunity, no matter how seemingly insignificant.

When you follow the money, nothing is insignificant.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Who’s watching?
I don’t know anymore!
Are the neighbours watching me? (Who’s watching)
Well is the mailman watching me? (Tell me who’s watching)
And I don’t feel safe anymore, oh what a mess
I wonder who’s watching me now
Who? The IRS?!

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

At the height of the cold war with the USSR in the 1960s the KGB was feared by the free world. The sinister intelligence and enforcement arm of the Kremlin ruthlessly found, tortured and murdered anyone who didn’t agree with Soviet leadership.

Far away from the Soviet tundra, America was still riding a post-war wave of patriotism and bravado. We laughed at cartoon KGB goofs Boris and Natasha, the hapless Sergeant Schultz of the “Hogan’s Heroes” WWII prison camp sitcom, and the ruthless but doomed Soviet tyrants in James Bond movies as a release from the horrific thought that a government would weaponize a clandestine security agency against its own people.

But wait a minute, isn’t that what our own FBI is doing today? Yesterday’s news dump featured the Durham probe of the deep state attack on President Trump (and thus on all Trump supporters and voters), which has now proved beyond any doubt that Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired a tech company to hack Trump’s computer systems before AND after the 2016 presidential election to try to dig up dirt and plant the seeds of the now debunked “Russia, Russia, Russia” hoax. Like Boris and Natasha, our own FBI was fumbling around right in the middle of it: Clinton attorney Michael Sussman brought the fake “evidence” he mined from the illegal wiretaps of servers at Trump Towers and the White House to the FBI trying to implicate the president in some nefarious relationship with a Russian bank. Rather than investigate and take down Sussman, as was their duty, the FBI just shrugged the whole thing off, probably to hide their own involvement.

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was sentenced to a year of probation for altering an email that resulted in improper FISA approvals of surveillance measures against Trump.

FBI officials Strzok, Page, McCabe and Comey shamelessly plotted ways to damage the president who was at the top of their organizational chart.

The FBI has reached a new low on the American respect-meter, with 46% of Americans expressing distrust of the agency after the FBI was implicated in promoting the Jan. 6, 2021 “insurrection”. A year later 71 political prisoners were still in jail in DC in inhumane conditions.

The FBI was caught red-handed setting up a fake kidnapping of Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Six years ago the nation was aghast when President Obama’s FBI agents murdered innocent Idaho rancher Lavoy Finicum. This pales in comparison to the 75 deaths in Waco in 1993 when President Clinton’s FBI needlessly burned down a religious compound full of men, women, and children.

Americans are coming to grips with the fact that our own intelligence and law enforcement agencies are no longer on the side of the citizens. The FBI and other three-letter agencies (CIA, DOJ, IRS, BLM, ATF) are now weaponized by leftist administrations to find, investigate, harass and punish citizens who disagree with the party in power.

In the 1960s we also were amused that the USSR had no free press, and the newspapers and televisions only reported what the government told them to. Would we have imagined that sixty years later American kids would have to wear masks at school all day? Or that companies would fire employees who refused to be injected with dangerous, unproven and ineffective vaccines? Or that our elections would be run like those of the Soviet Politburo?

Who would have thought that our government in 2022 would be modeled after the 1960s USSR?

Nikita Khruschev must be laughing and banging his shoe on a table in hell.

Tom Balek, Rockin’ On the Right Side

I know when you're out
I know when you're in
I know where you're goin'
'Cause I know where you've been

I SPY FOR THE FBI – Jamo Thomas




ENES KANTER FREEDOM – NBA JOURNEYMAN, CONSERVATIVE SUPERSTAR

ENES KANTER FREEDOM – photo courtesy MSNBC

I love basketball. I played and coached basketball for most of my years on God’s green earth.

Okay, I know, it’s hard to love the NBA when the players, owners, and league officials cowtow to communist China, Nike, and anybody who promises MORE MONEY, while disrespecting the United States by kneeling for the national anthem.

But stick with me for a minute. I have always been a Utah Jazz fan. We lived in Utah back in the Stockton and Malone days – back when the “pick and roll” was sacred and all players stood at attention during the national anthem. I taught my daughter the pick and roll when she was 9 years old.

Like many fans, my team loyalties continued well after leaving the local markets. I still love my Utah Jazz and my Kansas City Chiefs, having lived in those areas, watching hundreds of games, and being caught up in the local pro team frenzy. (Add the Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian football team from our Montana days.)

So when former Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (now with the Boston Celtics) jumped into the headlines as a shining conservative star, outspoken in his opposition to Chinese dictator Xi Jinping’s oppression of Uigher Muslims and Venezuela’s totalitarian leader Nicolas Maduro, it got my attention.

Last year when the left gained the upper hand in US politics, the NBA was quick to play the race card, with LeBron James leading the charge against “systemic racism” and criticism of the USA, our values, and our history. At the same time, the NBA embraced Nike, a known civil rights abuser in China, and the Chinese Communist Party, whom the NBA had been courting for many years as a mass consumer of all things NBA, including broadcasts and licensed products.

When the Chinese abuse of Muslims, aggression against Taiwan and Nepal, confiscation of shipping lanes in the South China Sea and crackdowns on civil rights in Hong Kong hit fever pitch, the NBA, including its leading celebrity LeBron James, was dead silent.

Who stepped up in defense of civil rights and freedom? A first-generation immigrant from Turkey, Enes Kanter.

Kanter is, by NBA standards, a journeyman. I was struck by his athleticism and drive when he played for the Utah Jazz, and he plays the same role for the vaunted Celtics. Still, Kanter is not a “star” like LeBron.

But he is a superstar to American conservatives, because he is a strident, if lonesome, voice against totalitarianism, anywhere in the world.

Kanter, a native of Turkey, grew up in fear of totalitarian government. The New York Post quoted Kanter saying, “I remember a teammate posting something online against [then-President Barack Obama] and I got nervous for him,” he recalls of the high school incident in 2009. “I asked him, ‘Dude, what are you doing? They will put you in jail.’ He laughed hysterically and said I was confused. I was shocked that, within the next two days, the police did not come to his house and pressure him to say he was sorry or take away his family. If you did that in Turkey, you would be arrested for sure.”

Now, Kanter speaks out against oppressive regimes, and he understands the danger we face as the United States slides toward the same fate. He even legally changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom to celebrate his new life in the USA. He recently became a US citizen.

Kanter’s fervor for freedom has not come without cost – he has been threatened by the Turkish government that imprisoned his father, and he faces kidnap and arrest if he leaves the USA.

Kanter has been a regular on conservative TV and radio stations as a beacon for freedom. NBA legend Dominique Wilkins recently surfaced as a supporter of Kanter and his mission. Meanwhile, the NBA continues to embrace the “woke” agenda while ignoring civil rights abuses.

“When I was nine years old, my mom told me to always stand up for what’s right — even if it means sacrificing everything,” he said. “From that day forward, I have always been outspoken. Now I am on a big stage and there are so many dictators out there who are destroying people. God gave me this platform, and I have to use it for the good fight.”

So my first pick for the NBA all-star team is not LeBron James, or Steph Curry, or James Harden – great players all. My favorite player is now Enes Kanter Freedom, a true – and new – American Patriot.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long way from my home
FREEDOM – Richie Havens

INCOMPETENCE!

Does this sound like anybody you know? Hmm . . . maybe our federal government? Maybe the Biden administration? Maybe the Democrat Party under Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer? The crazy team on the Marxist crazy train?

Does the term “incompetence” bring to mind minority leader Kevin McCarthy or Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, neither of whom has ever initiated or demanded a regular-order federal budget, instead playing the “continuing resolution” game year after year?

Is it just me, or is the incompetence of our elected officials becoming absolutely mind-boggling?

Anyone who has owned a business, or has been a manager at any level, or for that matter, has been a line-level employee who gives a damn, completely understands the term incompetence. It just can’t be avoided. It slaps you in the face when you see it. Incompetence is so intolerable, and smells so bad, that families go to war over it. Workers quit their jobs over it. Customers flee from suppliers over it.

Have you had a boss who is or was incompetent? Did it piss you off so badly you couldn’t even see straight?

Just for fun, let’s look at some specific recent examples of the incompetence of our national leaders:

  • Our nation needs a low-cost, reliable energy supply and just one year ago enjoyed economic success and foreign policy prowess as the world’s leading producer of energy
    • until the Biden administration cut off pipelines and drilling, while pressing for scientifically indefensible green policies, and advocating for competing nations’ carbon-based energy development, even begging OPEC to increase oil production to hold down the inevitably skyrocketing gas prices
  • Americans endure endless business, education and home life shutdowns, mask mandates and vaccine requirements due to questionable government and media COVID-19 “science”
    • while our federal government overturns all existing border controls and encourages tens of thousands of illegal migrants to walk into our states without any vetting or medical clearance, and while hundreds of thousands of American COVID patients die without being allowed access to proven, inexpensive therapeutic drugs
  • Federal budgets blow trillions of taxpayer dollars on corrupt schemes to reward political supporters disguised as “community organizers” who work feverishly, and illegally, to ensure the re-election of their leftist sugar daddies

The founders of our nation embraced a free-market economy and expected that government would dovetail into a routine that rewards competence. You build a better mousetrap at a lower price, and you are rewarded. I think almost everybody feels that government should run like a business – after all, what else does government do but receive and distribute money?

So how the hell did our government, made up of those we have elected, become so INCOMPETENT?

The only way out of this mess is to do what any business must do to survive. Find employees and managers who are competent, and FIRE all the incompetents.

Tom Balek, Rockin’ On the Right Side

Feeling better now that we’re through
Feeling better, ’cause I’m over you
I’ve learned my lesson, it left a scar
And now I see how you really are

You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good
Baby, you’re no good!
YOU’RE NO GOOD – Linda Ronstadt

The USA: Back in the USSR!

We used to laugh at Boris and Natasha, never dreaming that the USA would someday replace the former USSR as the world’s most stupid, backwards, nonsensible socialist nation.

Did you feel sorry for Soviet moms waiting in line at the grocery store only to find empty shelves? That could never happen in the mighty USA, the world’s economic dynamo and home of free markets, right? Lately American shoppers are finding not only empty shelves and six-month lead times for ordinary products, but also Argentina-style price inflation.

The United States once had a vibrant free press that would investigate government corruption in a New York minute, while in the USSR, Pravda was the only news available to Russian citizens, and it was nothing more than propaganda straight from the totalitarian Soviet government. Hmmm, kind of sounds like CNN, MSNBC, and Facebook, right? Hunter who?

The USA, through applied technology and free enterprise, became energy independent and enjoyed the economic boost that abundant and affordable energy (oil and natural gas) can provide. But wait, our new administration is pushing alternative energy without considering the scientific realities: solar and wind can’t come close to the reliability, sustainability and low cost of petroleum energy.

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Cars from the USSR back in the day were almost useless. Check out our new $50,000 high-tech electric cars that require a 75 amp service for recharging when most homes only are wired for 100 amps, and our electric grid limits us to only three Teslas per block in most cities. Plus the puny 274 mile range of our best hybrids and 10-hour recharge cycle makes long distance travel impossible even if you can afford the cost of the electricity that is ten times the cost per mile of gasoline.

But we still have our freedom, right? At least we don’t have a KGB watching our every move and abusing our rights. No, we have the FBI tapping our phones and emails and instigating “insurgencies” to harass and arrest anyone who opposes our oppressive federal government.

Soviet elections were known world-wide to be manipulated. Now the USA sets the world standard in election fraud, making Vladimir Putin look like a piker.

But boy, the Soviets sure screwed up in Afghanistan, didn’t they?

What a bunch of losers! So glad that couldn’t happen to our vaunted American military – our foreign policy is so superior that we now have a transgendered four-star admiral in leadership. Thanks, Mr. President, for striking fear into the hearts of our adversaries.

Yeah, haha. The old Soviet Union sure was a joke.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

I’m back in the U.S.S.R.
You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
Back in the U.S.S.R.

Back in the USSR – the Beatles

The Wimpification of America

This weekend we received a belated Christmas present – a trip to the “Axe Throwing” facility at a local family fun center.

If you are my age, the first thing axe throwing brings to mind is the “Ed Ames” incident on the Johnny Carson show:

Anyway, while waiting for our axe guide we watched a family at the nearby climbing wall. This is a 20-foot tall wooden wall with holes cut out so that kids can easily scale the wall. It includes safety cables so nobody risks falling, and is not even remotely challenging for an average kid.

This was a pretty typical American family, a single mom with four kids – two boys about 11 and 9, a toddler and a baby. The 9-year old had walked up the stairs to an adjacent apparatus and was hollering “Mama, I’m scared!” She told him to wait for his brother to climb the wall and help him. The pudgy 12-year old had clearly not climbed anything but a couch for many years. He was mystified by the challenge of putting a hand or foot in the next higher hole to get up the wall, nor did he have the strength or confidence to do so. “Mama, I can’t do this!”

My wife and I looked at each other, simultaneously thinking that our home-schooled grandson or granddaughter would scale that wall in three seconds flat, and then look for something more exciting to do.

It was a pathetic American vignette. Two young boys who had never been physically challenged, were totally out of shape, and had no confidence or ambition. They had clearly been coddled by a helicopter single mom and a school system that teaches them that they are victims and the most important thing in their lives is safety and risk-avoidance. I have no doubt that Critical Race Theory has held them down since they started in public school.

The sad thing is their future is not bright. Once out of mama’s protective reach, they will be overrun by the few capable and ambitious young men (and women) on the way up the ladder of success. Or worse, they will be actually victimized by tough young bad-asses.

That is exactly what our government wants and plans for these boys: more single-mom families, CRT in every institution, and a risk-averse cancel-culture that views self-reliance and confidence as hostile aggression. The implications of this cradle-to-grave government coddling are far-reaching and depressing.

We must stop the destruction of the nuclear family. Kids need dads who don’t allow them, especially the boys, to succumb to a life of wimp-hood. There will always be winners and losers, but the proportion is changing rapidly, and I guarantee the winners will have more fun.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

For you, baby, I would swim the sea
Nothing I’d do for you that’s too tough for me
I’d put out a burning building with a shovel and dirt
And not even worry about getting hurt

Ain’t that tough enough
Ain’t that tough enough

TUFF ENUFF – the Fabulous Thunderbirds

Is Your Kid Learning Human Geography?

Mr. Wilson was the cranky history teacher in our small town high school. We were required to take at least three history courses over four years, and he taught all of them. As freshmen, we were told to study maps in the library on our own and learn all of the mountain ranges, rivers, nations, cities, oceans and seas, peninsulas and other topographical features of the entire globe. He never formally taught geography as part of our history classes. But if any student misbehaved in any history class, Mr. Wilson’s punishment of choice would be to stop everything and make the whole class take a 10-question pop quiz on geography. And if he was really cranky, he would whip out his “you’ll never get this one” list.

Of course, he used the same list of questions for decades. Fortunately I have an older sister who gave me her hard-earned “secret geography list” when she graduated. I think somebody had temporarily swiped the list from Mr. Wilson’s desk some years earlier and he never caught on. My sister admonished me to keep the secret.

Once I had the list, I misbehaved plenty, baiting Mr. Wilson into yet another geography quiz, and almost always scoring 100%. Over four years of high school, this became a personal feud between me and Mr. Wilson, and it made me somewhat unpopular with my classmates.

“Question number 7: What is the body of water southwest of the Philippines and northeast of Borneo?” Ha! Gotcha, Mr. Wilson. The Sulu Sea! I can still see his bald head turning red.

Last week I learned about another kind of geography. A young friend at my gym told me he would soon be starting his first teaching job at a local school. I asked him who and what he would be teaching. “Freshman Human Geography” was his answer. I had never heard of this course, but fearing the worst, I dug for more information.

“What the heck is human geography?”

“Well, it’s not like ordinary geography,” he explained. “We don’t teach about physical places. Instead we analyze the differences between people and cultures and how governments and societies can address and solve the problems that result.”

Gulp. My worst fear realized. He is teaching CRT – Critical Race Theory.

I live in an affluent South Carolina community with a highly-regarded school system. Our residents vote solidly Republican and we are in Ralph Norman’s (Freedom Caucus) congressional district. But I would bet not one in ten residents of my town has ever even heard of CRT. And if I explained that Critical Race Theory is part of the Marxist platform aimed at indoctrinating kids with the racist notion that all whites are oppressors and all non-whites are victims, they would gasp and deny that any such thing is possible in our vaunted school district.

I’ll also bet that my young teacher friend has never heard of CRT. He was just another skull full of mush who swallowed the leftist kool-aid he was handed for four years at his college, and he is happy to be serving kool-aid to kids for a living now.

I have never met any American, in my school district or not, who doesn’t fully subscribe to the Dr. Martin Luther King philosophy that we should judge each other based on the content of our characters rather than the color of our skin. It’s a universal American value, and revered as absolute truth. But today’s Democrat Party has thrown MLK, and pretty much all Americans, under the school bus in their frantic push for absolute one-party rule.

There has been a good deal of pushback against the CRT blitz the last few weeks, led by Heritage Action for America, and the Center for Renewing America. Parents are now confronting school boards and even state legislatures, demanding CRT be removed and precluded from K-12 curricula.

Meanwhile the complicit news media brushes off the protests as much ado about nothing, with liberal talking heads claiming CRT is not being taught in K-12 schools.

Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action, embarrassed the NEA by showing recent screen grabs of their website before they scrubbed sections about their plans to universally embed CRT in our K-12 curriculums. But that doesn’t mean our kids will escape the indoctrination. Driven by liberal Democrats at the federal level, our school boards, school administrations, and teacher ranks will continue to obfuscate and disguise their CRT ambitions under other names, like Human Geography. And it’s not the kind of geography we learned from Mr. Wilson.

The Marxist CRT movement is just one of a thousand poisoned arrows aimed at the heads of American families by the Democrats. Parents, do whatever you must to shield your kids and grandkids.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teacher, leave them kids alone

Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

Big Time vs. Small Time

The battle in America is not what it appears to be. It’s not Republicans vs. Democrats, conservatives vs. liberals, right vs. left, or even Marxists vs. Capitalists.

The real battle is “bigs” versus “smalls”.

The 2020 election was stolen by the Democrats. No doubt in my mind. The left pulled out all the stops – uncontrolled mail-in ballots, truckloads of fake ballots in key precincts, ballot harvesting, rigged voting machines, news media and social media disinformation and censorship, hell yes. Big Time. Their game plan was so perfect that Republicans, caught with their pants down, question whether they will have to cheat to ever win a future election. While thinking Americans understood the Trump agenda and continue to support his border-security, pro-defense, America first policies, they were unable or unwilling to stop “the steal.”

Unrecognized in all the turmoil is the role that big-money corporations play in the transformation of society, economics, and government.

In today’s political-economic climate, the rich continue to get richer, and everybody else just doesn’t matter. Charlie Kirk recently interviewed Tucker Carlson. Two of the sharpest tools in the American shed, together they zeroed in on the cause of my insomnia: ordinary Americans are no longer in control of our destinies.

“It’s the bigs versus the smalls,” Tucker said. The fight for power in America is no longer between the left and right. It was not long ago that Republicans held claim to Adam Smith’s notion that the invisible hand of free enterprise generated profits which raised all boats. Now, big businesses have learned that, in cahoots with a swampy central government, they can destroy small business, and hog all the profits for themselves perpetually in unholy financial complicity.

Our central government now unabashedly colludes with the federal reserve bank to create a monetary environment where everybody agrees there is no consequence for accumulating debt – interest rates can be held to zero. The huge corporations will endlessly borrow funds to expand their operations at the expense of moms and pops who played by the rules: work hard, save money, don’t go into needless debt. The communist Chinese model works! At least for those at the top.

Amazon, Google, and Facebook, were first in line. It didn’t take long for other large corporations to see what was going on. Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, AT&T, Disney, all professional sports, WalMart, the big banks, big pharma – they were not going to be left behind, so they adopted the leftist “hate America” playbook that seemed to be working so well for the swampers and all the “bigs”.

Recently I found that I needed a pair of wiper blades for my truck. I could have driven less than a mile to one of the zillion WalMart stores or one of the three remaining national auto parts chain stores. But I decided to patronize a small business, so I went online to eBay and found a pair at what I thought was a small, independent dealer. I placed the order, and to my surprise, the very next day there was a truck in my driveway with my wiper blades. He handed me my blades in a WalMart bag. Obviously, my eBay dealer had just ordered my blades through WalMart, which I could have done myself.

Even though I got my order quickly and at the right price, I was pissed because I thought I was buying from an independent small business, not the WalMart Monster. The smalls, in order to survive, now have to work with and through the bigs to survive. They get the crumbs while the bigs get bigger.

Call me a skeptic, but I have misgivings about giving all of our lunch money to the big bullies.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Big Time, I’m on my way I’m making it, big time, Huh!
Big time, I’ve got to make it show yeah, big time
Big time, so much larger than life
Big time, I’m gonna watch it growing, big time

Big Time – Peter Gabriel