Have you ever wondered why and how we, as the collective human race and, it appears, Americans in particular, ever get ourselves into the troubles we seem to do — over and over and over, ad infinitum?
The answer is, of course, is that we don’t emphasize history in our learning cycle; real history – not the ersatz crap that politically correct PhD bullshit artists write in order to shade history to their particular opinions, beliefs and wishful thinking.
I’m talking about teaching real, true history with all its’ warts, pimples, wrinkles, liars, wisdom, mistakes, heros, charlatans, great leaders, good speech writers, bad motives, treachery, wondrous achievements and all.
We don’t do that. We water history down to reflect what “should be” and “what we want it to be” and “we can’t say that because it might offend someone” and “These children are too young to be tainted by the truth” (I HEARD a teacher say that one time to a parent and lost it on the spot! I was asked to leave the meeting!) and generally try to warp history (and in a LOT of cases) to reflect the thinking, morals and ethical goals of the writer and accuracy be damned.
In some cases today, History, as a subject in Middle and High School is not being taught at all because some egghead on a board (and we all know what a board is, right? Good for two things; using as a teeter-totter or burning) has decided that more important subjects such as art history, black studies, sensitivity training and such bullshit is needed more. Big mistake. Big error. Getting bigger every year.
In Florida, the combination citizen/teacher text book selection boards (dozens of them across the State) are to be dismantled and replaced by one single appointee of our fascist Governor Scott so that hard right ideological material may be emphasized in books for K-12. Since there are many schools and school boards across our State, replacing perhaps 200 volunteers with one political appointee to evaluate all the textbooks for all the schools from K to 12th grade is surely going to be done efficiently and thoroughly.//sarcasm off//
Instead, what will happen is that political ideologues who agree with the Governor will compile lists of what they think the children of Florida should be taught as truth (including anti-abortion slanted and religious books) which, in turn will be rubber stamped by the Textbook czar and there you have it. Politically determined truth to be taught kids for the first 12 years of their lives.
If I were a parent I would very carefully consider home schooling my children in the State of Florida to insure a good, accurate, truthful education because the Governor is working hard to see they are indoctrinated with Government approved misinformation, opinions and biases starting next year.
Also – you’ll just love this — last week there were newspaper ads placed in the Tallahassee, FL, newspapers requesting that citizens please search out and take note, identify and report the “pervasive corruption in the State Government that exists at all levels”.
The ads were placed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up!
Our state government is so crooked the FBI is forced to actually advertise the fact and request help from whistle-blowers, who will, of course, when they respond, be summarily fired.
There is another saying; “Try never to make a mistake on your own when you can learn from the mistakes and remedies to them from those people who have had the same problems in the past.” I don’t remember anyone saying that except me but someone, somewhere had to have said it.
So here are some cool wisdoms by people who have passed before (some good, some bad) that, if the people now running this psycho ward had been taught in a History class, or even now, perhaps we could admit we have a problem and try to fix it.
Never happen – but hope springs eternal.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
Alexander Tytler observed in 1775 during the Revolutionary War:
(Note: Some question exists as to whether Tytler actually wrote it all but the truths are still evident.)
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.”
“From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loss of fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dictatorship.”
“The average age of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency (Note: we are here!); from dependency back again to bondage.”
(Note: There are eight “turnings” here but double them up and you can squeeze them into four! Ha..)
Ludwig Von Mises:
“Government spending cannot create additional jobs. If
the government provides the funds required by taxing
citizens or by borrowing from the public, it abolishes on
one hand as many jobs as it creates on the other”…
(Note: credit creation and printing money [TARP, QE1,2,3,N(n+1)] is “borrowing” from the public who has to pay the bill by the loss of purchasing power of the money involved.)
A government big enough to give you all you want is strong enough to take everything you have….
Science is what we use to keep from fooling ourselves.
These miscellaneous snippets of wisdom are dedicated to StuckinNJ with great respect for his sense of humor.
+Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.
+When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire
Department usually uses water.
+You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
+Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the
street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
+The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
Have a great day from wherever you’re reclined.