Monday, August 31, 2015

Forget the first hundred years ...

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South Dakota Drops Study of Early
U.S. History as a High School Requirement

“People separated from their history are easily persuaded.” —Karl Marx

Students in South Dakota will now graduate from high school without studying early American history, under new teaching guidelines adopted by the state.

After a year of deliberations, the state Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards that no longer require instructors to teach the first 100 years of U.S. history. Such milestone events and developments as the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution could be completely ignored. [full]

Disgusting, yes; but practically speaking I suspect it's already defacto in a high percentage of the nation's public schools.



Disclosure: This columnist’s wife, Mari Will, works for Scott Walker”

The top intellectual media voices of the Republican establishment continue to caterwaul about the gall of Donald Trump for crashing their party. They have spent weeks throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Trump only to see him walk through the fire as though he were Godzilla. It is getting to where an establishment lickspittle must be starting to wonder whether even that massive chemical explosion in the Chinese port city of Tianjin could have damaged the Donald. While the hue and cry against the outsider Trump continues to build, it is longtime Washington Post columnist George Will who is now resorting to some nutty historical revisionism to demand that the GOP boot the billionaire out before he actually manages to – GASP – win the nomination.

Will conjures up the heady days of the Cold War (an obsession with the WAPO laptop warriors) by invoking how William F. Buckley cast out the ultra-conservative John Birch Society. His latest screed which is entitled “Donald Trump is a Counterfeit Republican” calls for the excommunication of the vile usurper: [continued]

I have the highest regard for George Will's abilities and integrity.  But, after 34 years of being cloistered with  the likes of George Stephanopoulos and  Sam Donaldson on television,  and with the liberal monks at the Washington Post  for 41 years, he's learned the "art" of accommodation. Too well, to suit my taste (endorsing assisted suicide?  Egad). But, you know what?  He's right. Donald Trump is a counterfeit Republican, which is exactly why  so many find him attractive, and so uniquely qualified to become the next U.S. President. 

Aside:  I do like Scott Walker, but the GOP 'stablisnment will never allow him the nomination.