A Declaration of Independency

by: Brent Smith

It was May of 1775 and the second Continental Congress met for the first time. Growing weary of King George III’s utter lack of attention towards the petition to redress grievances sent by the first Continental Congress, the colonists decided to act.

In June of that year the Congress developed their own currency separate of the crown. They also established the first Continental Army, calling themselves the “United Colonies.”

Getting word of the colonies seditious behavior the King declared that the American colonists were “engaged in open and avowed rebellion.” The British Parliament passed the “American Prohibitory Act” later that year, which instituted a naval blockade of all American ports and halted the colonies’ trade with the world and among each other.

March of 1776 saw the second Continental Congress pass “The Privateering Act” giving privateers permission to attack British blockade vessels, for the colonies had not the funds to form a proper Navy. read more

There’s No Reasoning with Some Radicals

Give them an inch and they’ll take 500 miles! These fools will never be satisfied. There’s no longer any point in trying to rationally discuss the topic of race, when Lincoln isn’t even good enough.

from the Blaze:

Univ. of Wisconsin students want Lincoln statue removed: Sure, he was ‘anti-slavery,’ but he wasn’t ‘pro-Black’

No statue is safe

A student group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is calling for the school to remove its popular Abraham Lincoln statue, saying the president who is known as the “Great Emancipator” is a symbol of racism. read more

Online or Distant Learning is Paying Dividends

For some, the closure of school and being forced into online learning has been a drag. But for others, it’s been a blessing.

If there is a silver lining to any of this, it may cause some to rethink the need for, or emphasis of the brick and mortar school.

Here’s just one example.

from the Blaze:

NYC 8th-grader has advice for Mayor de Blasio and other leaders: Here’s why I’m learning so much better online than in my out-of-control city school

‘Something is wrong with our system’

Veronique Mintz is a 13-year-old eighth-grader who attends a New York City school.

And she’s fed up — fed up with her classmates, her teachers, her education. read more

Coronavirus Silver Lining

Well – if there is such a thing as a silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is it.

For decades, conservatives have been complaining about Big-Education. Unfortunately, we’re the only ones who are.Now, just maybe things will be forced into change,

from the Federalist:

Why It’s A Good Thing Coronavirus Will Mow Down Many Colleges

If this virus leads to tightening academic grants, defunding activist departments, making students more fiscally responsible, and shuttering nonessential bureaucracy in higher ed, then that’s a good thing.

An average higher education scholarship is about $2,000 a month. The average salary of a gender studies professor is about $100,000 a year. The average publication cost of an academic journal of women’s or fat studies (yes, it exists) is similar.

The average annual tuition for a student pursuing these courses while borrowing money from taxpayers, much never to be paid back, is about $25,000. The University of Michigan, for example, pays a diversity bureaucrat about $385,000 annually. What do they do, you wonder? They teach compulsory courses on diversity, like this one at the University of Mississippi. read more

WND Exclusive – A New Year – Time to Reintroduce the 10 Tenets of Conservatism

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

Regarding socialism, it wasn’t that long ago, only about 10 years, that Democrats were singing a different tune. In reaction to a 2009 Newsweek cover entitled, “We Are All Socialists Now,” then Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., at a town hall meeting in 2010, exclaimed, “I don’t think anybody in this country believes in socialism. I don’t know ’em, and I don’t hang out with ’em, but maybe you do.”

You can’t hardly say that anymore. Socialism/communism/leftism is on the rise, especially among younger voters. A Fox News poll from just a couple of weeks ago “finds 31 percent of voters view socialism favorably, up 6 percentage points since February (the first time the question was asked).”

This is lunacy, of course. But the poll is likely fairly accurate. So what can be done?

In the past, I and many other conservatives have insisted that we on the right must educate the electorate. But this requires us to hold their attention long enough to do so.

Sadly, that’s getting increasingly difficult. So what’s the alternative? Conservatism isn’t really conducive to sound bites and slogans. read more

Bill of Rights: 9 Apply to the Individual, but 1 Does Not?

by: Brent Smith

No Audio Version

It’s dawned on me what should be the most obvious argument for the individual right to “keep and bear arms.”

The primary purpose of the 10 Amendments that form the Bill of Rights is to protect the natural rights of the individual from an encroaching federal government function. The only way someone would not know this is if they have not read them.

In fact, each of the Bill of Right’s 10 Amendments, of which there were originally 17, states this by use of the words person, people, owner, or accused. The only two that do not expressly state the individual are the 7th and 8th. They do however use inference to make the point that both pertain to the individual.

So when a leftist begins to spout off about the Second Amendment, that it applies only to militias, we must remind of them of this. If necessary, review each of the 10 and it will become clear that the founders did not intend for nine of the 10 to pertain primarily to the individual and yet single out just the Second as not having any individual protection component. It defies logic. But then so does liberalism. read more

Podcast – Skipping School to Protest – T-Shirt Gets Kid Suspended

by: Brent Smith

A Virginia School District Allows Kids to Miss School So They Can Protest Trump

Fairfax County Public Schools system is one of the nation’s largest with approximately 188,000 students.

They will allow a student to miss one day a year for “activism,” like protesting Trump. How special.

And this is how it always starts. It’s only one day a year – what’s the big deal!

Kid Finally Gets to wear Trump T-shirt to school

An Oregon public school suspended a kid because his Trump t-shirt was a threat to the “Hispanic” student body.

But a District court judge stepped in and reminded the leftist academics of the young man’s free speech rights.

A win for the Constitution and free speech. read more

Podcast – Bernie Doesn’t Hate Billionaires – LA School Wellness Centers

by: Brent Smith

Bernie Sanders has a mini-commercial on YouTube where he says elections have been hijacked by billionaires. Of course he’s talking about Trump.

Bernie has been quoted saying he doesn’t think billionaires should even exist. At least all but one – George Soros.

I discuss Bernie and George and other leftist billionaires who fund everything – including Bernie.

 

LA County School District is teaming up with Planned Parenthood to install 50 abortion centers in their high schools.

Oh they’re not calling them abortion clinics and say they won’t provide that service. Not right away anyway.

I discuss what their plan actually is, because it’s the same as every other leftist program. Start small and then grow it after it’s firmly in place and entrenched. read more

Warren may be Giving Trump a Means to Increase his Minority Support

from Human Events: 

Elizabeth Warren and the Democrats Choose Teacher Unions over Black Families

Republicans can win over black voters by supporting charter schools

Recently, Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren unveiled her plan to revitalize America’s K-12 education system. The problem? Her proposal replicates the exact policy model that precipitated American education’s historical decline.

It begins pretty simply: boost local education by funneling billions of dollars of funding from the federal level to states. The added kicker, however, is that Warren proposes to eliminate the Federal Charter School Program—a program created to incentivize new charter schools and support high-performance schools already in existence.

Warren’s proposal reflects the ever-widening disconnect between the Democratic Party and its crucial African American voting base. The data is irrefutable: black voters have consistently shown support for alternatives to public schools for over the past two decades. And this makes sense, given how failing public schools disproportionately affect minority communities. read more

Audio Article – Beto’s Gun Grab – Hawaii Coach Stands His Ground – Bike Lanes

by: Brent Smith

Honesty About Gun Confiscation

Joy-less Behar of the View lamented that Beto O’Rourke was too honest about his want to take everyone’s guns away. She said, “They should not tell everything they’re going to do. If you are going to take people’s guns away, wait until you get elected and then take them away. Don’t tell them ahead of time.”

I discuss her and all democrat’s dishonesty.

 

Coach in Hawaii Won’t Allow Boy to Join Girls Team

A high school volleyball coach in Hawaii doesn’t want a boy who thinks he’s a girl on his team – and oddly enough, the school is so far backing him up.

 

Small City Bike Lanes

My democrat-controlled city has installed bikes which not a single soul is using and I’m none-too-happy about it. read more