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How can Bloomberg donate $10 million for Democrat candidates when Dinesh D'Souza was sent to prison for donating a few thousand dollars to a friend's campaign? Here ...and Here!
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(12-11-2019, 09:37 PM)WmLambert Wrote: How can Bloomberg donate $10 million for Democrat candidates when Dinesh D'Souza was sent to prison for donating a few thousand dollars to a friend's campaign? Here ...and Here!

Obviously the real lesson is not the trip from point A to point B, but in the process/steps of getting there. Spiteful
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(12-11-2019, 10:34 PM)John L Wrote:
Obviously the real lesson is not the trip from point A to point B, but in the process/steps of getting there.    Spiteful

Especially when that path goes through a criticism of Obama, like D'Souza did. It is all petty revenge from the bad actors that sent him to prison. Since it seems to be about who is in charge of the Justice Department and not just the law, I always wonder at not getting at the bad actors when the good guys get on top. The only good thing about D'Souza's sentencing was that it enabled his understanding of the Democrat Party and inspired his "Hillary's America".
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(12-12-2019, 12:41 PM)WmLambert Wrote:
(12-11-2019, 10:34 PM)John L Wrote:
Obviously the real lesson is not the trip from point A to point B, but in the process/steps of getting there.    Spiteful

Especially when that path goes through a criticism of Obama, like D'Souza did. It is all petty revenge from the bad actors that sent him to prison. Since it seems to be about who is in charge of the Justice Department and not just the law, I always wonder at not getting at the bad actors when the good guys get on top. The only good thing about D'Souza's sentencing was that it enabled his understanding of the Democrat Party and inspired his "Hillary's America".

Two things the Progressive Left is lacking, almost 'en toto'.

1. Common Sense S13

2. A Sense of Humor S18
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3.  Sense. S6
I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!
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To be serious... I forgive much of the Left, because they are the end product of a superego of lies and disinformation. Many of us are able to overcome the malarkey.

Just understand the assembly line they have endured all their lives:

Crimes Of the Educators (This book is available for free through Project Gutenberg) 2014 by Samuel L. Blumenfeld

"…Progressive utopians are criminals! They are genocidal psychopaths who have killed more human beings in the last 100 years than any other ideologues in history. They don't limit their murder just to individuals, but to entire nations. In Germany, Hitler and the National Socialists promised Germans a racist utopia by getting rid of its Jewish citizens and ending up killing six million European Jews. In Russia the Bolsheviks promised to create a workers paradise but instead created the dictatorship of the Proletariat with its gulags and slave labor. Cambodia's Pol Pot slaughtered the entire educated middle class in order to create a bucolic utopia. Castro's Marxist utopian dream created poverty for all compelling a million Cubans to escape his paradise. And Mao's communist utopia ruthlessly killed millions of Chinese citizens. And all of this human suffering and murder was done in the name of creating a new utopian society. But In the United States the socialist utopians have had to adopt a new and unique way of conquering a nation: by dumbing it down, by destroying the brain power of millions of its citizens.

The plan to dumb down America was launched in 1898 by socialist John Dewey in an essay entitled 'The Primary Education Fetich.' In it he showed his fellow progressives how to transform America into a collectivist utopia by taking over the public schools and destroying the literacy of millions of Americans. The plan has been so successfully implemented that it is now a fact that half the adult population of America are functionally illiterate. They can't read their nation's Constitution or its Declaration of Independence. They can't read their high school diplomas.

[Dewey was a brilliant sociologist, but lived at a time when the promise of Marx and Engels was untested, but claimed the intelligencia (Like Dewey) could and should rule the world. Since then, the verdict has been rebutted by history, yet the Dewey plan endures. Dewey was inspired by Edward Bellamy, a Unitarian journalist, who in 1884 wrote 'Looking Backward' which described a utopian socialist society in 2000 America. It was this utopian vision of a socialist future that drove the progressives in their messianic crusade to use education as the means of changing America into a socialist society.]

In 2003, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that only 13 percent of American adults are highly literate, 56 percent have intermediate literacy skills, and that 43 percent of American adults were virtually illiterate.

In 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts released its own survey of literacy in America. According to its report, Reading at Risk, the number of 17-year-olds who never read for pleasure increased from 9 percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004. Almost half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 never read books for pleasure.

The method of achieving this was by simply changing the way children are taught to read in their schools. The utopians got rid of the traditional intensive phonics method of instruction and imposed a look-say, sight, or whole-word method that forces children to read English as if it were Chinese. The method is widely in use in today's public schools, which is why the American public education system now consists of failing schools that cannot teach children the basics. This can only be considered a blatant and evil form of child abuse.

And this abuse escapes detection because of the cleverness and deception of the perpetrators. In his 1898 essay, Dewey warned his colleagues about being too hasty. He wrote: 'Change must come gradually. To force it unduly would compromise its final success by favoring a violent reaction.'

In other words, deception would have to be used in order for their plan to be successfully implemented. They learned quickly how to deceive trusting parents and taxpayers. They also learned how to manipulate politicians. They also knew that the children would be powerless to resist their abuse. And teachers have been taught to blame academic failure on the children and not themselves. Indeed, many of them revel in the idea that they are transforming America to suit their own social fantasies.

Of course, most teachers are unaware that they are complicit in this evil conspiracy. They simply do what they were taught to do by their professors of education. Few become aware that their professors deceived them and prepared them to create failure. Most of these teachers are as much victims of the system as the students they are teaching.

…[O]ur educators are engaged in a deliberate dumbing down of America, of sabotaging the intellectual growth of our children, and depriving Americans of the most productive use of their own lives. This is a criminal act of war against the American people and should be called what it is: Treason.

The deliberate dumbing down of an entire nation is genocidal in its impact on that nation's culture and intellectual future. No group of educators should have been permitted to impose on American schools a program that is the antithesis of true education. But when deception is practiced on a scale that is beyond public understanding, it becomes a crime as specific as perjury under oath.

A second serious crime is child abuse by deliberately inflicting physical harm on a child's brain by using teaching methods designed to produce dyslexia and learning disabilities. Brain scans now prove beyond a doubt that the sight, or whole-word, method of teaching reading creates dyslexia and functional illiteracy by forcing children to use their right brains to perform the functions of their left brains. Deliberately impairing a child's brain ought to be a punishable offense.

A third serious crime is contributing to the delinquency of a minor by teaching pornographic sex education and 'alternative' lifestyles that lead to pre-marital sex, venereal disease, emotional crises, and unwanted pregnancies. More children are now born out of wedlock than ever before, creating one of America?s most serious social problems. More American children are living in poverty because of their parents adopting an irresponsible lifestyle based on liberal morality.

A fourth serious crime is destroying a child's belief in biblical religion, a moral and spiritual crime that leads children into secular humanism, atheism, nihilism, and Satanism which can result in self-destructive, murderous behavior. School shootings, massacres, arson, teen suicide, student depression, self-destructive behavior are the result of a school curriculum that denies the existence of God and His loving protection.

A fifth serious crime is that of pushing psychiatric drugs on millions of children by promoting the use of such powerful mind altering stimulants as Ritalin or Adderall, which are as potent as cocaine, to alleviate such school-induced disorders as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Some of these drugs have even caused sudden death among teen athletes.

A sixth serious crime is extortion, by defrauding taxpayers of billions of dollars in the name of school improvement and reform which never take place. The money is used by the educators to buy more miseducation. The present reform movement is promoting the implementation of Common Core Standards, which will not improve education but cost the taxpayers billions of dollars. You cannot have high standards without high literacy, and high literacy has no place in the new curriculum."

..."John Taylor Gatto, the now-famous educator who spent 30 years teaching in six different schools in New York City and quit because he could no longer take part in a system that destroys lives by destroying minds. How these millions of illiterates impact our society is what concerns Gatto the most. In 1990 the New York Senate named John Gatto New York City Teacher of the Year. The speech he gave at that occasion, 'The Psychopathic School,' amounted to a devastating indictment of public education as a failed system. In 1991 Mr. Gatto was named New York State Teacher of the Year, at which occasion he gave a speech, 'The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher,' so insightful of the wrong-headedness of public education that it will probably become a classic in educational literature. These two remarkable speeches were published in a book entitled Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, which perfectly describes the curriculum crafted by John Dewey and his colleagues."

That there aren't more of the wretched and clueless victims of the Progressive machine is surprising.
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JohnL Wrote:2. A Sense of Humor  S18

Very true. Humor is always racist or machist or something else.
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I like Heinlein's observation of humor: Valentine Michael Smith realized human humor after seeing a middle-sized chimp bullying a smaller-sized chimp after being bullied itself by a larger-sized chimp. Humor, like water, runs downhill.

It seems the Left is so bereft of humor because they are so eager to portray themselves as victims. that it is replaced by self-righteousness.
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