Monday, September 17, 2007

Beware The Tyranny of The Appeasers

Each time I read through these NEA objectives, I go cold with rage. But if there is anyone waging war on the NEA who is more dogged, more tireless, more unrelenting, more insightful than Phyllis Schlafly, I sure don't know who it would be. She has for decades been an implacable foe of the radical feminists, and ultimately kicked the feminists' butts on the ERA. But because these moronic radical leftists believe (notice I didn't say think) they are doing good for mankind, we must swat them down like a fly.

It does no good to engage them in discourse because, you see friends, they know everything already, and are doing this for the good of mankind. The little globalist minions, fresh from the Ivy League Universities, armed with an intolerant multicultural ideology go forth to change the world. They will settle for nothing less than full governmental control of the world. I know I've quoted CS Lewis on this before, but it bears repeating:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
- C. S. Lewis
Of course a good helping of calumny on the NEA's part is allowed under the convention of, "It's for your own good", Marxist humanism. So what if "education" is really "indoctrination" into the New World Order. After all, these good folks at the NEA-CFR-Trilateral Commission are on the firing line (just a figure of speech, don't be alarmed), promoting peace and tranquility on a world-wide basis, so there will be no disagreements (and no sovereign nations) among earth's peoples, and therefore no need for (ugh) fighting wars. Surely any enlightened person would see the infallible logic of coming together as one big happy family, under the watchful eye of the global elitists, whose already immense coffers (spelled, POWER) grow beyond all bounds. It's always about the money. In this case, fiat money. Money and power fueling an insane drive to neutralize the world.

Scroll down a bit and read Bruce Bawer's (another able warrior) take on what it means.

It's a freight train, folks, and it daily gains momentum. This next bit, also from Schlafly's EagleForum, is something with which you could query your school administrators, just, you know, to see exactly where they stand on parents' rights re: the education of your children. If one looks closely at each aspect of the proposals, it becomes apparent that the NEA has abandoned the US, it's children and their parents. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Education Reporter

NEA's Legislative Program

The following excerpts are from the National Education Association's July 2007 publication, Advancing NEA's Legislative Program.

NEA supports:

*administrative structures to facilitate effective integration of guidance and counseling into the entire education experience grants to expand and implement guidance and counseling programs

*holding all private, nonpublic schools accountable under the same provisions of federal law as public schools

*repeal of the so-called right-to-work provision of federal labor law

* a national health care policy that will mandate universal coverage

* a tax-supported, single-payer health care plan for all residents of the United States

* coverage for full men's and women's reproductive health care

* federal legislation designed to combat hate crimes

* passage of a federal statute prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression

* legislation that would prohibit religious organizations that accept federal funds from discriminating in hiring and delivery of services on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or HIV/AIDS status

* the addition of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution

* reproductive freedom without governmental intervention

* the use of affirmative action to redress historical patterns of discrimination

* statehood for the District of Columbia

* a national holiday honoring César Chávez

* comprehensive immigration reform that rejects the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and includes a path to permanent residency, citizenship, or asylum

* ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

* ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

NEA opposes:

* tuition tax credits for elementary or secondary schools

* the use of vouchers or certificates in education

* federally mandated parental option or "choice" in education programs

* denying federal student aid funds to college students based on their immigration status or their enrollment in appropriate remedial courses

* denying federal financial aid to college students who have been convicted of misdemeanor, nonviolent drug offenses

* the use of draft registration as an eligibility criterion for financial assistance

* erosion of the role of the U.S. Department of Education or undermining the appropriate federal role in public education

* the testing of teachers as a criterion for job retention, promotion, tenure, or salary increments

* privatization of Social Security

* federal legislation that denies children's access to public education or health care based on their citizen/documentation status

* any legislation or constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of the United States

* the utilization of voter ID cards for the privilege of voting in local, state, and national elections

* any constitutional amendment imposing limitations on taxes or the federal budget

School Board Candidate Questionnaire


o Yes o No 1. Do you believe schools should give primary emphasis to teaching basic skills (e.g. reading, grammar, spelling, arithmetic) rather than social or psychological matters?

o Yes o No 2. Do you support the use of intensive, systematic phonics to teach first-grade children how to read?

o Yes o No 3. Do you support the goal that children should be able to read by the end of the first grade?

o Yes o No 4. Do you support the teaching of abstinence as the norm for unmarried teenagers and as the only truly effective way to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases?

o Yes o No 5. Do you believe the topics of homosexuality and alternative lifestyles should be excluded from the classroom?

o Yes o No 6. Do you support teaching that the use of illegal drugs and the unlawful use of alcohol are "wrong"?

o Yes o No 7. Do you reject classroom instruction that downgrades American sovereignty, limited constitutional government, or private enterprise?


o Yes o No 8. Do you support local control of education, with accountability through the local school board, rather than federal control exercised through federal and state bureaucracies and business partnerships?

o Yes o No 9. Do you reject federal control of curriculum through the Goals 2000 and School-to-Work laws?

o Yes o No 10. Do you oppose the establishment of school-based health clinics, which may perform examinations, provide immunizations and medications, and dispense birth control devices and abortion referrals, without parental consent or knowledge?

o Yes o No 11. Do you oppose the collection and maintenance of data on student health, performance, attitudes, behavior, and family, as well as academics, in computerized databases?

o Yes o No 12. Do you oppose allowing the school district to deduct money from the paychecks of school employees and forward it to political funds without the annual written consent of each employee?


o Yes o No 13. Do you believe in the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children?

o Yes o No 14. Do you support a school board policy allowing parents the right to inspect and review instructional materials and methods?

o Yes o No 15. Do you support a school board policy forbidding psychological evaluations, testing, treatment, or physical examinations of students without prior written parental consent?

o Yes o No 16. Do you believe parental consent should be required prior to giving information and care to students regarding sexuality and reproductive health?

o Yes o No 17. Do you oppose requiring students to answer nosy questionnaires about sex, drugs, suicide, and family behavior without prior written parental consent?

o Yes o No 18. Do you support the right of parents to homeschool their children?


From The City Journal

The Peace Racket
Sept 6, 2007

Bruce Bawer

An anti-Western movement touts dictators, advocates appeasement—and gains momentum.

If you want peace, prepare for war." Thus counseled Roman general Flavius Vegetius Renatus over 1,600 years ago. Nine centuries before that, Sun Tzu offered essentially the same advice, and it's to him that Vegetius's line is attributed at the beginning of a film that I saw recently at Oslo's Nobel Peace Center. Yet the film cites this ancient wisdom only to reject it. After serving up a perverse potted history of the cold war, the thrust of which is that the peace movement brought down the Berlin Wall, the movie ends with words that turn Vegetius's insight on its head: "If you want peace, prepare for peace."

This purports to be wise counsel, a motto for the millennium. In reality, it's wishful thinking that doesn't follow logically from the history of the cold war, or of any war. For the cold war's real lesson is the same one that Sun Tzu and Vegetius taught: conflict happens; power matters. It's better to be strong than to be weak; you're safer if others know that you're ready to stand up for yourself than if you're proudly outspoken about your defenselessness or your unwillingness to fight. There's nothing mysterious about this truth. Yet it's denied not only by the Peace Center film but also by the fast-growing, troubling movement that the center symbolizes and promotes.

Call it the Peace Racket.

Read the rest