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A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.
By Dennis Prager.
“To the students and faculty of our high school:
I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.
I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.
First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.
This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values — e pluribus Unum, “from many, one.” And this school will be guided by America ‘s values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America ‘s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English –but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.
Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.
Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f-word, you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by one black student to address another black, or “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue… There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate — to be alive and to be an American.
Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.”
My good friend and fellow conservative, Brian Ross sent the above Prager message and titled it ANOTHER PRAGER GEM.
It is in his jeans, folks…..for he has met trouble many other places, as well, Obamacare, truth telling, democratic procedures, racial equality, calling GW dumb, and congratulating the U.S. Marine “Corpses”.
What can you expect from a foreigner who has never been an American?
Listen below as he congratulates the Miami “Heats”:
from the National Center for Policy Analysis:
It is often a little difficult for rational economists and policy analysts to understand President Obama’s near-obsession with certain arbitrary and self-imposed standards like his definition of the “rich.” The basis for numerous policy stances and delineations, the president’s classification between rich and non-rich is grossly misleading and myopic, says Merrill Matthews, a resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation.
President Obama has repeatedly claimed that in the current economy, an individual is rich if they are making more than $200,000 a year (for families, the figure is $250,000). This grouping is incomprehensive and misleading.
The president’s seemingly arbitrary distinction also fails to consider the relative expense of living in a given area. An income of $200,000 would amount to far less if the worker is in a place like New York or San Francisco, where it is not uncommon for a third of pretax income to be lost on rent.
But even if you accept that accounting for assets and cost of living are unnecessary, we are still left with the arbitrary choice of $200,000 as the bright line between rich and poor, when by all rights there are more appropriate delineations.
This speaks to the arbitrariness of the president’s income based policies.
Source: Merrill Matthews, “Who Are the Rich and How Do We Know?” Institute for Policy Innovation, June 12, 2012
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NY Times columnist Charles Blow says voter ID laws will act as voter suppression which will enable the Republican Party to steal the election in November.
“In most of those states (pictured on screen), if you average it out, about 9-percentage points was the spread for Obama last time around. If you’re looking at the current polling you’re down into low single digits — three to four,” Blow said on MSNBC’s “Martin Bashir” program.
“So now you say, ‘Can I move that needle three to four percentage points?’ It doesn’t take much. You may already have dissatisfied people because of the economy, you may have people who were voting last time for historical reasons, who may not show up this or may have changed their allegiances. You may even have to move that needle one percent. That is what we’re talking about,” Blow said.
“If you can shave, in a Florida where you know Barack Obama only carries by 3-percentage points when it’s 2008 and it’s amazing,” Blow told Bashir.
“If you can shave 1-percentage by changing when people can vote by putting extraordinary limits on voter registration by having people required to have IDs that they have never had to have in decades for voting for some of these people. That means you can shift a state. It is not a small vote. People keep figuring out ways to say this in a way that will make it resonate with people. That this election is very close to being stolen before the votes are actually cast,” he said.
from the National Center for Policy Analysis:
Deficits, taxes and spending are the defining issues of the 2012 campaign, but regulation deserves a seat at the table, too. The current regulatory environment places an enormous burden on the American economy by crushing small businesses with nonsensical rules and making the United States a toxic country in which to locate a business, say Ryan Young and Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Of course, efforts have been made to check this growing problem. The Obama administration recently targeted five regulations for elimination that will save $6 billion over the next five years. However, $1.2 billion per year is a drop in a bucket compared to the overall impact of these regulations.
These regulations have a grossly distortionary impact on private markets. For example, their aggregate impact favors large businesses over small ones, undermining politicians’ claims that they care greatly for the needs of undersized operations.
There is now a bill, however, that would do much to address this problem. By requiring Congress to vote on all economically significant rules, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would lighten the regulatory burden. It has passed the House, but is stalled in the Senate.
Source: Ryan Young and Wayne Crews, “Washington’s Ten Thousand Commandments,” American Spectator, June 5, 2012.
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