Archive for July, 2007


Primary Problems

One of the major problems with American elections is that those who vote don’t always know where the candidates they’re voting for stand on the issues.  This is especially true in the Primary elections because there are so many candidates to choose from.  Election rhetoric is so complicated that candidates refuse to be nailed down on a position lest they lose their base or are seen as politically incorrect, making it more difficult to choose the candidate whose positions mirror yours. 

Those who DO know about all of the candidates should be able to vote in ANY party primary (though I wonder how far President Bush would have gone with these rules).  Allowing only party memebers to choose the people who may be running our country is extremely limiting.  Many people feel so disenfranchised with the American system when they candidate they didn’t vote for wins because they didn’t have a hand in choosing that candidate.

3,651 US soldiers killed in Iraq, 26,953 US soldiers wounded in Iraq



I think this question has larger implications for the nation as a whole.  People are tired, they’re sick, and they want to be able to do something about it.  Most people are aware that there is election fraud (even if they’re not sure about the past two Presidential elections) and they no longer trust their government.  The people they elected recently aren’t doing their jobs, and neither is the media.

 “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

The inscription of the Statue of Liberty is something we should pay more attention to.  We are the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses.  We are sick.  We need refuge from the illegal and immoral workings within our own government.  We want the freedom that comes with a government FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE.  Until we have that, we are the homeless.  It’s time to breathe free.


Troubling Finds in Chicago

I spent the last week in Chicago with my brother-in-law’s family.  The visit was nice, but difficult for my husband, as his brother has changed so drastically in the past few years, or at least his wife has.  He is homeschooling his 4 children, which I don’t necessarily disagree with if you’re actually going to teach your kids something, however; when I asked what the kids were learning about, the response was troubling to say the least.  “Well, S can read, so…”  So, what? Well, apparently all she needs to know how to do is read, and God will do the rest.  God is, apparently, more important than knowledge (or tolerance).  That was evident when the oldest, upon hearing that the friend I was meeting up with (Laura, from The Sarchasm) was a witch, said, “Did you know that witches sacrifice children?”  There was a tactful dismissal of that little tidbit with an explination that people who are not involved in a religion and don’t know people of the religion often make incorrect assumptions.  Witches, for the record, DO NOT sacrifice children.  They also referred to the Jews as “the Israelistes” and made it clear that the only people who belong in the Holy Land are the Christians.  Their 8 year old was reading a book about female martyrs, etc…  In other words, it was a complete break from what we expected.

God is also more important than discipline, given the behavior of the children.  Not once, during the entire trip, did they do anything their parents asked.  It’s not that they can’t obey.  The eldest did absoulutely everything I told her to do, without question, but ignored my husband, her parents, and another cousin who also visited.  The oldest boy climbed over rocks separating the people from the animals at the zoo, nearly falling into the elephant enclosure.  He also ran off at the arboritum (not for the first time, might I add) and was not recovered for nearly an hour (but not before he began destroying a beautiful nature sculpture).

The visit raised many concerns for my husband.  The education of the children is troubling, and I should mention that most homeschool families do not take this minimalist approach to their children’s schooling.  My in-laws have become the kind of closed-minded Christians we make it a practice to stay away from.  We are already worried about the influence their children will have over our son, and it’s troubling because this is the only family my husband has left.

3,645 US Soldiers killed in Iraq  26,953 US Soldiers wounded in Iraq


This is an opinion.

This is an opinion.

These are facts.

3,630 US Soldiers killed in Iraq, 26,806 US Soldiers wounded in Iraq


Why I’m A Constant Scholar: A Teachable Moment

Yesterday I was accused of not living up to my name as a Constant Scholar because I refused to allow a comment that was based, again, on lies.  I have often written against censorship, especially in the military, in schools, and in the national media, yet I have chosen to delete certain comments rather than allow them to compromise the collective integrity of those who visit this site for intelligent, reasoned debate. Regular visitors have seen my struggle to remain fair (if not balanced), to keep my temper (though I haven’t always been successful), and to present my opinion with as much basis in fact (with sources available) as I possibly can.  I have done my best to conduct myself in a manner that, as much as possible, mirrors academic integrity.  Although I have not always hit the mark, I have done my best to maintain a productive atmosphere of discussion.

I can’t help but feel that this situation mirrors the larger problem we have with the level of discoarse in America both in the press and the society at large.  The attitude that it is paramount to entertain all arguements presented on an issue regardless of thier validity has emerged, largely due to the PC movement.  This curious notion of fair and balanced objectivity has fostered a climate in which people are afraid to stand up and call a lie a lie.  Giving creedence to a person like Underground Logician on my blog is the same as allowing someone like Ann Coulter or the late Jerry Fallwell, or Pat Robertson, or Bill O’Reilly, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, (people who engage in rhetoric that is composed of an amalogom of truth, hysteria, and bigotry) to come to the forefront in the national media.  Just like UL, their positions are based on opinions, lies, and rhetoric, but rarely on fact.  This is not to say that I have a problem with allowing others to express their opinion.  I encourage it, as long as it is made clear that it is an opinion, and they do not pretend that it is factual.  Furthermore, I will no longer entertain political positions based entirely on lies.  Feel free to express an opinion, but if you’re going to discuss something as if it were fact, quote your source.


Losing Control

YouTube is making it difficult for candidates to control the terms of this Presidential Election.  More Americans are able to go to political events, tape them, and publish them online for all to see.  That means that candidates have to be on their toes constantly, and even more importantly, that they can’t say something to one audience and flip their position with another.  This is the kind of “guerrilla politics” that we need to be engaging in – all of us.  It is becoming more apparently that we, the American people, need to hold the candidates accountable for what they say and do because they’re not going to do it themselves (and the media certainly isn’t going to do it).

3,628 US Soldiers killed in Iraq, 26,806 US Soldiers wounded in Iraq


Impeachment and the Anti-War Movement

There are many arguments being made that the impeachment discussion is taking away from the anti-war movement.  Some argue that while both are important, stopping the war takes precidence over political rhetoric.  I agree that a united front is much more effective than a divided one, and the call for impeachment does distract the media from the illegal and immoral war (that we are LOSING) being fought in Iraq; however, I think it’s incredibly important that we remember who is responsible for the occupation of a country that has done nothing to harm us and hold those people accountable.  If impeachment proceedings were started because President Clinton got a blow job, I can’t imagine why we haven’t has a serious national discussion about impeaching two men who have done more to destroy our country and what it stands for than nearly anyone else in history.  I will not support any candidate for President who does not support impeachment.

On the other hand, making sure that our young men and women stop dying in a country that had nothing to do with being attacked on 9/11 and finding out why we are in that country should be the focus of all Americans until all of our troops are home and defending OUR country.  The Senate has been debating the issue of troop withdraw, but some are sleeping on the job.  It is time to end this.

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [Isaiah 2:4]”

3,618 US Soldiers have been killed in Iraq, 26,695 US Soldiers have been wounded in Iraq

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