Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Education

Will Virginia Beach’s City Council Members “See the Light”?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 28, 2019: 

It’s unclear who said it first: Everett Dirksen, Barry Goldwater, or Ronald Reagan. What’s clear is that the members of Virginia Beach’s city council are about to hear it again: when politicians feel the heat, they see the light.

It’s coming in the form of a petition urging – nay, demanding – that they repeal the “gun free zone” law that cost the lives of 12 city workers last month.

And it’s coming from a city employee who lucked out. Vincent Smith was absent from his workplace in the city’s Municipal Center on May 31 when the shooter entered the building where he worked, and killed 12 of his co-workers before the police could stop the rampage.

Three years ago, Smith, a city engineer, saw a gap in the security measures protecting city employees: “The gap was not allowing employees to carry a firearm … instead, people were forced – like I am every day – to choose between earning a living and saving my life.”

So he created a petition demanding that the city council reverse its “gun-free zone” policies. He got 260 signers, and it went nowhere.

On Tuesday he tried again. He refreshed the petition on Change.org:

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Survey: Two Out of Three Teenagers Leave the Church as Young Adults

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 17, 2019: 

To most, LifeWay’s survey confirms what they think they already know: Young people are leaving the church once they get out of the house and onto a college campus.

LifeWay Research, a creation of the Southern Baptist Convention, asked 2,000 young adults between the ages of 23 and 30 (who had a history of regular church attendance while teenagers) 55 questions about their faith. Said LifeWay: “Two-thirds of [those] who attended a Protestant church regularly for a least a year as a teenager [said] they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.”

There was scarcely any good news in the study, said Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research’s executive director: “The good news for Christian leaders is that churches don’t seem to be losing more students [today] than they were 10 years ago.” He added: “The reality is that Protestant churches continue to see the new generation walk away as young adults. Regardless of any external factors, the Protestant church is slowly shrinking from within.”

Those surveyed were asked why. A third said

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Maurice Strong’s History is the Kiss of Death in Proposed Takeover of a US Utility by a Canadian “Green Energy” Company

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 14, 2019:  

When the political activist group “Avista Customer Group” was explaining to its readers why it opposed the takeover of Avista Corporation, the largest energy supplier in the Pacific Northwest, by Hydro One, a Canadian utility, it included the following reason:

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Birchers, Activists Stop Canadian Takeover of U.S. Energy Company

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 14, 2019:  

In December, Washington State’s Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) denied approval of the proposed takeover of the Pacific Northwest’s largest energy company by a Toronto-based electric utility. It declared that Ontario’s Hydro One couldn’t be trusted to keep Avista’s customers from becoming political pawns in the climate-change game if the $6 billion merger were allowed to take place: “In the final analysis the Commission determines that the evidence demonstrates that Hydro One lacks sufficient independence from … its largest shareholder, the Province of Canada, to be a reasonable and appropriate merger partner for Avista.”

The back story is far more complex, but

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Trustees of Pierce College Forced to End Its “Free Speech Zone” Directive

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 31, 2018: 

Trustees of Pierce College, a community college serving Los Angeles, agreed last Friday to open its campus to freedom of speech, reversing its previous commands that such “free speech” would only be allowed in a tiny part of the school’s enormous campus.

The decision affects not only Pierce College, but also eight other community colleges in the area, the largest community college district in the country with more than 150,000 students.

And all because a single student, informed of his rights, decided not to back down. Kevin Shaw, a freshman at Pierce, joined Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), the group that morphed from Ron Paul’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2008. In the fall of 2016 Shaw started passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on one of the campus sidewalks to interest others in joining the local YAL campus chapter.

Within an hour the administration shut him down, telling him that

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How Many Remembered Bill of Rights Day on Saturday?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 17, 2018: 

That the essence of freedom is the limitation of government was expressed well by John C. Calhoun: “Governments … must derive their right from the assent … of the governed, and be subject to such limitations as they [the governed] may impose.” The Founders well knew through their study of history the dangers of government slipping its bonds, and sought, as Thomas Jefferson expressed it, to bind the central government down by the chains of the Constitution:

In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but find him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.  

George Washington, the first president of the American republic, knew the dangers of unlimited government: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence – it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

Delegates from the sovereign states weren’t happy with what they had wrought, and ratification would have failed had it not been for the adoption of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in 1791, now called the Bill of Rights. It should perhaps have been called the Bill of Additional Restrictions on the Central Government, just to be sure that people knew that the bonds put in place would be strengthened by naming them instead of just assuming them.

The Second Amendment was put place behind the First so that citizens would know that the ultimate power is in the hands of the citizen, through his right to keep and bear arms. In celebrating Bill of Rights Day, Alan Gottlieb, serving as the Executive Vice President of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), issued a statement on Saturday pointing to the uniqueness of the Bill of Rights and especially the importance of the Second Amendment in securing them:

Despite the efforts of lobbying groups and some politicians, the Second Amendment has retained its position as the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights. The individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms protects all of the other rights….

Joining Gottlieb’s groups in the announcement was Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). Gottlieb added, “Our mission is that of any citizen who values the liberty and freedom our nation symbolizes above all other nations in the world. Our Bill of Rights is the envy of every other citizen of every other country.”

Ironically, as Gottlieb was celebrating the Second Amendment, expat citizens from Venezuela were decrying its lack in their former homeland. On Saturday, Fox News published interviews with several former citizens who were now, belatedly, learning the lessons of history the hard way.



Gottlieb could have been speaking directly to two of them who have escaped the Marxist tyranny first installed by Hugo Chavez in 1999 and then expanded by his protégé, Nicolas Maduro, after Chavez died in 2013. Now living outside the grasp of Maduro’s “collectivos” – motorcycle gangs hired, paid, and armed by him to “keep the peace” in the country’s barrios – Javier Vanegas, a former Venezuelan school teacher now exiled in Ecuador, and Omar Adolfo Zares Sanchez, a former mayor of a municipality in Venezuela had their interviews published by Fox.

Said Vanegas:

Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight. [Maduro’s] government security forces … knew they had no real opposition … it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.

Vanegas added that the people were too trusting of their government back in 2012 when the Chavez-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly enacted its “Control of Arms, Munitions, and Disarmament Law” with the explicit purpose of disarming all of his citizens. Said Vanegas:

Venezuelans didn’t care enough about it. The idea of having the means to protect your home was seen as only needed out in the fields. People never would have believed they needed to defend themselves against the government.

Venezuelans … always hoped that our government would be non-tyrannical, a non-violator of human rights….

[But] if guns had been a stronger part of our culture, if there had been a sense of duty for one to protect their individual rights, and as a show of force against a government power – and had legal carry been a common thing – it would have made a huge difference.

Sanchez agreed: “Without a doubt, if there had been a balance of armed defense, we could have stood up and stopped the oppression at the beginning.”

Without such threat from an armed citizenry, Maduro’s tyranny has turned Venezuela from one of the most prosperous and free countries in South America into a virtual concentration camp run by Maduro’s thugs. The murder rate in the country is almost 100 per 100,000 (in the U.S. it is less than 5), and the poverty rate is nearly 80 percent.

David Kopel, research director of the Independence Institute in Golden, Colorado, stated the obvious: “Venezuela shows the deadly peril when citizens are deprived of the means of resisting the depredations of a criminal government. The Venezuelan rulers … viewed citizen possession of arms as a potential danger to a permanent communist monopoly of power.”

Kopel was likely referring to famous – infamous – statements by two historical tyrants over that “potential danger.” Said Adolph Hitler: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.”

And from Mao Zedong (aka Mao Tse Tung, aka “Chairman Mao”) who ruled China as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1949 to 1976: “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns. That way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”

How many Americans knew that Saturday was Bill of Rights Day? How many know how many amendments were made and approved that fateful day in 1791? How many know that the Second Amendment was deliberately put in place as the anchor, the ultimate security, protecting all the others? How many remember that without those first ten amendments we wouldn’t have a Constitution?

George Santayana wasn’t the only individual warning of the dangers of ignoring or forgetting the lessons of history where governments are concerned. He wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Edmund Burke said “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Steve Berry, writing in his The Charlemagne Pursuit (2008), has his protagonist remark to his antagonist, Admiral Ramsey Langford: “It’s been my experience, Langford, that the past always has a way of returning. Those who don’t learn, or can’t remember it, are doomed to repeat it.”

A few informed Americans celebrated Bill of Rights Day on Saturday. A few now-informed Venezuelans lamented its lack in their former country on the same day.

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Sources:

John C. Calhoun quote

FoxNews.comVenezuelans regret gun ban, ‘a declaration of war against an unarmed population’

WesternJournal.comAs Country Crashes and Burns, Venezuelans Offer Chilling Warning About Gun Grabbers

‘BILL OF RIGHTS STILL INCLUDES SECOND AMENDMENT,’ SAY SAF, CCRKBA, JPFO

FDR declared December 15 as BOR rights day in 1941.

Background on Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

Background on the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Background on David Kopel

Background on Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung)

Quotes on those ignorant of history are bound to repeat it

Washington quote: “Government Is Not Reason, It Is Not Eloquence — It Is Force”

Moral Bankruptcy Leads to Financial Bankruptcy for Boy Scouts

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 14, 2018: 

The announcement on Wednesday that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which has changed its name to Scouts BSA (SBSA),is about to declare bankruptcy should surprise few. The Scouts’ “perversion files,” which first surfaced back in 2012 during a lawsuit, cost the formerly respected organization and its insurers nearly $20 million. Following its decision in 2013 to allow openly homosexual boys to join, and then in 2015 to allow openly homosexual leaders to lead them, the group’s legal fees paid tojust one of its law firms have increased by a factor of 10. In 2015, fees paid to Ogletree Deakins were $859,347; in 2016 they jumped to $3.5 million; in 2017 they totaled $7.6 million; for 2018 the numbers aren’t yet available. And those are fees paid to just a single law firm defending the group.

The decline in morality began decades ago, but has accelerated as homosexuals have flowed into the morally corrupt organization.

The organization claims that it has put in place various rules and provisions to keep sexual predators from preying opon young boys joining what they thought was a moral and upstanding organization.

However, so numerous are the lawsuits that BSA’s insurers are being sued by the BSA itself for not paying the increasing number of claims. Hence the announcement it was “considering”bankruptcy.

Membership in the group that used to honor “God, Family and Country” in its oath (A Scout is to be “trustworthy,loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave,clean and reverent”) now includes not only homosexual scouts and leaders, but also girls, in a failing effort to save itself from extinction by being“inclusive.”

Instead the organization is fading away into insignificance and irrelevance. In 1979, there were five million active Boy Scouts in the United States. Today there are 2.3 million, and that number is about to get even smaller. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(Mormons) parted ways with the Scouts in May of this year, officially ending its affiliation and support by December 31, 2019. Its 400,000 members will be invited to be active in a Mormon group supporting the values that the Scouts have left behind. As The New American noted at the time, while the statement from the LDS church said nothing about the decline in morality being inflicted by progressives at the top of the BSA, it left no doubt that that was one of the primary causes. Said the LDS leadership: “While the Church will no longer be a chartered partner of BSA or sponsor Scouting units after December 31,2019, it continues to support the goals and values reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.” To which we added: “While there was no indication from the statement of ideological or moral differences between the two organizations,one suspects this might have been a factor. In recent years the Boy Scouts have made major decisions at odds with Mormon religious convictions.”

Indeed they have. And the chickens have come home to roost. In 2012, a Portland judge discovered that Scout headquarters had been hiding a stash of what became known as the ”perversion files,” which detailed the expulsion of 1,247 Scout leaders from 1965 to 1985.Even after the court order, the Scouts continued to hide new files from public view. “One thing we’ve found, when we look at all the Boy Scouts’ cases, is a constant fight against releasing any of the documents,” said Emma Hetherington, director of the University of Georgia Law School’s Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic, founded to assist the survivors of child sexual abuse. She added: “If you really want to protect more boys, you release the names of the offenders. It’s about holding them accountable and holding the Scouts accountable. This is an organization that led the public to believe their child would be in one of the safest places they could be if they were in Boy Scouts.”

That, unfortunately, is no longer the case, which grieves this writer, the holder of the Eagle Scout designation.That award is earned by fewer than four percent of boys in the program, and only after earning at least 21 merit badges. But by trying to cater — some would save cave — to the world’s values of political correctness, (im)morality,and inclusiveness, the Scouts organization has successfully emasculated itself and is succeeding in making itself irrelevant.  

Chinese Communist Propaganda Piece in Iowa Paper Could Backfire

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 26, 2018:  

David Skidmore, a political science professor at Drake University, took one look at the propaganda piece inserted into Sunday’s edition of the Des Moines Register and said the effort by the Chinese communist government to sway Iowa soybean and sorghum farmers in the November midterm elections “could backfire,” adding that readers of the piece “may not appreciate trying to be manipulated by a foreign government.”

The insert, a four-page supplement to Sunday’s edition,

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Koch Brothers Launch Big-money Campaign Against Trump Tariffs

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 21, 2018: 

The Koch brothers, head of the enormous multinational corporation founded by their father 75 years ago, launched a two-pronged attack against President Trump’s tariff policies on Wednesday: a six-figure television ad now running in the Washington, D.C. market coupled with a letter to every member of Congress demanding they rescind powers they gave to the executive branch concerning regulation of commerce with foreign nations.

The announcement of the brothers’ multi-million dollar campaign in early June seemed innocuous enough, with James Davis, executive vice president of Freedom Partners (part of the Koch network) stating:

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Western Conservative Summit Draws Attacks From Far-left Groups

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 11, 2018:  

A few thousand conservatives from around the country descended on Denver, Colorado over the weekend to hear numerous prominent conservative speakers and politicians at the annual Western Conservative Summit (WCS) — touted as “the largest gathering of conservatives outside Washington, D.C.” — to attend workshops, and generally to enjoy friendly company of those with similar ideologies.

The event also drew scurrilous and borderline libelous attacks from such far-left groups as The Young Turks (TYT) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

In the past, the WCS has used themes such as “Freedom’s New Day” in 2013, “American at its Best” in 2014, and “Your Story: Freedom Alive” in 2015. This year the theme was “Fortifying Freedom,” an obvious reference to the new administration that is working to expand freedoms through regulatory rollbacks and tax cuts through tax reform.

Accordingly, this year’s summit, organized by the Centennial Institute and Colorado Christian University, was addressed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, EPA director Scott Pruitt, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, and a number of current legislators including Republican House members Ken Buck from Colorado and North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, chairman of the House’s Freedom Caucus. Diamond and Silk, the live-stream video bloggers and social-media personalities, lit up the audience, according to those in attendance, in their lively support of Donald Trump’s presidency.

According to Blair Miller, a reporter tasked by Denver’s Channel 7 News to attend the conference, Attorney General Sessions delighted the crowd by reminding them that “elections have consequences,” directing his ire at the MS-13 gang, supporting religious freedom, and pleasing his audience by affirming that, in the Trump administration, they will not be called “deplorables or bitter clingers anymore.”

Sessions also referred to the move he announced on Thursday that he wouldn’t defend the constitutionality of ObamaCare in a suit being brought by several states: “It’s a rare step,” he declared, “but one I felt was necessary when it comes to this law — a monumental law of historical government proportions that moved the entire healthcare system and the entire economy in America.”

He touted several victories and promised to keep up the pressure, stating, “In the Trump era, we’ve already seen a historic string of victories for conservatives and the American people. We are going to keep up this pace. We are not slowing down. We are determined to keep winning, and winning, and winning!”

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt also touted various environmental rollbacks of rules that he said were too restrictive, and pushed “federalism” — cooperation between states and the federal government — as a way to resolve environmental issues: “We must as an agency embody that partnership, that federalism concept, to make sure we advance these principles. So we have given a rebirth to the rule of law, a rebirth to process, and we’ve renewed our focus…. We’re going to engage in true federalism and partnering together to improve air quality and water quality. A one-size-fits-all strategy with respect to these issues does not work.”

The summit drew the attention of the SPLC, which noted that the lineup of speakers and workshop leaders would be “rhetorical hardliners and members of the new generation of far-right social media propagandists.” In particular, the SPLC singled out Sessions: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions, well known for his anti-immigrant positions and policies as well as ties to anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (which is also well-represented at this year’s WCS), is the scheduled headliner — assuming he still has a job at the end of a week where President Trump has attacked him once again on Twitter.”

It attacked Turning Point USA, the conservative student group founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk, whose mission is to “educate students about true free market values,” by attempting to link the group to racists:

The new generation of hard-right social media conservatives will be well-represented alongside the old guard. At least three representatives of Turning Point USA, the nationwide conservative college organization which regularly flirts with the racist alt-right, are listed as scheduled speakers at WCS, including its founder, Charlie Kirk, and communications director Candace Owens, in the news recently for being Kanye West’s far-right red-pill supplier.

The SPLC is notorious for promoting the idea that the United States is racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and Islamophobic. Accordingly, it tracks groups that appear to be guilty of such sins, in its own opinion, on its list of “hate groups.” It qualifies for 27 pages of tightly-drawn commentary at DiscoverTheNetworks.com, which notes:

Many of the organizations targeted by SPLC are not “hate” groups in any legitimate sense of the word. Rather, they are thoughtful, articulate conveyors of conservative values and principles that are anathema to SPLC, and their inclusion in SPLC’s list of “hate groups” constitutes an egregious libel that is based on nothing more than SPLC’s intolerance for ideas with which it does not agree.

 

SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok actually acknowledged this himself when he stated that his organization’s blacklists have “nothing to do with criminality or violence or any kind of guess we’re making about ‘this group could be dangerous.’ It’s strictly ideological.”

 

By conflating actual hate groups on the one hand, with respectable conservative organizations on the other — and thereby giving the impression that conservative values are somehow inherently hateful, racist, or otherwise repugnant — SPLC seeks to shut down debate, shut down free speech, and delegitimize conservatives as odious monsters whose viewpoints do not even merit a fair hearing.

But SPLC’s spite paled in comparison to the screed published by The Young Turks, which from the very first paragraph of its attack was a lie: “At least two Trump administration cabinet members will be speaking on Friday at a conservative summit cosponsored by the John Birch Society, the notorious right-wing group that became one of the leading organized forces in modern American history advocating for systemic racism.”

Alex Kotch, the writer for TYT, needs to check his facts. The John Birch Society, and its sister organization, the Law Enforcement Charitable Foundation (LECF), Inc., had two tables in the exhibit hall. But other than that it was far from “cosponsoring” the Denver event. As for the scurrilous lie about the society “advocating for systemic racism”, Kotch may have crossed the line that separates uninformed opinion from libel.

Kotch went on to say: “In addition to the John Birch Society, a notable sponsor is the far-right campus activist group Turning Point USA, led by Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, both of whom are speaking at the conference. The organization has a history of hiring racist, upper-level employees.”

None of these left-wing rants seemed to impress the audience which was, according to observers, generous in its applause and attentive in the workshops. For the John Birch Society, its table was visited by dozens of attendees with at least eight of them getting involved in the freedom fight by joining the society.

And the LECF table, manned by former law-enforcement official Jim Fitzgerald, also enjoyed significant attention. Once observers learned of the foundation’s purposes — offering charitable support for families of police officers killed in the line of duty and grants to law-enforcement agencies for protective equipment and other material — many of them asked to be informed of the charity’s activities with several offering significant financial contributions to its cause.

The summit in Denver drew thousands, while the attacks from such groups as The Young Turks and the SPLC merely prove that the conference must be doing something right in the freedom fight.

SPLC Venomously Attacks Western Conservative Summit, Revealing its Hateful Bias

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 11, 2018:  

In a decision that revealed not only its hateful bias but its evil intentions, the “Hatewatch Staff” at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) attacked the speakers scheduled to address the Western Conservative Summit this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. They called them “rhetorical hardliners” including “a new generation of far-right social media propagandists.”

It didn’t pull any punches:

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Parents Oppose Former Obama Education Czar’s Radical School Boycott for Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 4, 2018: 

A week after the former Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan called for a boycott of schools in September to force politicians to pass additional gun-control laws, Rasmussen Reports quizzed 1,000 American adults about what they thought of his idea: “A proposal has been made for parents across America to keep their children out of school for a few days next fall to pressure Congress into passing more gun control laws.”

Rasmussen reported that a majority opposed Duncan’s proposal that popped up following the Santa Fe, Texas shooting.

The radical proposal didn’t come from Duncan, but from another Obama refugee, Peter Cunningham, who tweeted, “Maybe it’s time for America’s 50 million school parents to simply pull their kids out of school until we have better gun laws.” Replied Duncan:

This is brilliant, and tragically necessary. What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?

 

My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?

Commentators immediately heralded the blatant hypocrisy about Duncan’s “family” being “all in” over the idea, especially as his children attend the “exclusive, private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in tony Hyde Park,” according to the Jewish World Review. A brochure from the schools notes that the grounds are “patrolled by the University of Chicago Police Department and private security.”

But never mind. Duncan was busy defending his radical suggestion, which came no doubt directly from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. He told CNN:

I know it would be very difficult. It’s counter to everything I’ve talked about all my life of trying to get kids to school and to stay in school, but I just think as a nation we’re at a breaking point and we just cannot continue to allow our children and our adults to die due to senseless gun violence.

Duncan continued, “what I’m talking about is an idea — for all the difficultly, for all the impractically about it — I think would shock the nation, would create the kind of tension that we’ve lacked, and we need to create tension to compel lawmakers to change.”

When asked about its practicality by The Atlantic’s Adam Harris, Duncan made his case:

We put this out a few days ago, and it was definitely intended to be thought-provoking. And you think about, you know, not all schools, but many schools, come back to school after Labor Day, that first week of September. That would give us a little time to see whether it makes sense. But there is clearly, as of now, very significant interest.

 

And, you know, teachers have walked out for higher pay, kids have walked out on the gun-violence issue, and my question is: What have we as parents done? We’re not protecting our kids. And, again, that’s the most fundamental thing. You want your kids to be safe. That’s instinctual. And the fact that we’re not doing that—we’re not willing to think radically enough to do it—I can’t stomach that.

 

So, the thought was, let’s see if it develops, let’s see if it continues to pick up momentum. But if you could do something in September, you’d see whether politicians move or not. If they move, fantastic. If they don’t move, then you’re looking at the November elections. Then you act….

 

When were part of the [Obama] administration, we played by all the rules after [the] Sandy Hook [massacre]. We did a study, we did a report, we worked with Congress, and guess what we accomplished?

 

Nothing.

 

So, playing by the rules hasn’t worked. We need to change the game.

This is indicative of the motivation of radicals such as Duncan, but not surprising considering his past history. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in sociology, Duncan cut his educatory teeth as the deputy chief of staff of the Chicago Public Schools from 1998-2001. He was promoted to CPS’s chief executive officer, where he was free to implement as many radical ideas as he could. Predictably, under his leadership the Chicago State Board of Education showed that the Chicago district failed to make “adequate yearly progress” in mathematics and reading each year from 2004 to 2008.

Following that failure, he left CPS to take on the position of secretary of education under then-president Barack Obama. During his seven-year tenure Duncan labored to force states to implement the Common Core curriculum and spent $4.35 billion of taxpayer monies for the administration’s “Race to the Top” program, touted at the time as his signature program to improve student performance. Duncan’s efforts so greatly displeased both the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that both organizations called for his resignation.

He finally stepped down when the National Center for Education Statistics reported that on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — a test administered biennially to assess the reading and math proficiencies of fourth- and eighth-grade students — scores were down almost entirely across the board. Wrote National Review of the educational catastrophe wrought by Duncan’s radical policies: “Viewed against more than two decades of prior scores, these results can only be described as a train wreck.”

That report was released in October of 2015, the same month that Duncan announced he was resigning his position.

What will happen when school begins in the fall is pure speculation. But it is highly unlikely that parents with school-age children will heed the radical call of Duncan and keep their youngsters at home in order to pressure politicians to pass more gun laws. After all, the Santa Fe shooter violated all manner of existing laws and didn’t even use a hated “assault rifle” in his attack. But this didn’t stop Duncan from promulgating his radical idea anyway, hoping that somehow, some way, it might gain traction. That’s the mindset of radicals such as Duncan: If something doesn’t work, try something else, and keep trying until your objective is won.

Arne Duncan Using Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals to Intimidate Politicians to Pass More Gun Laws

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 4, 2018:

The brilliant radical Saul Alinsky developed a series of rules that, if successfully implemented, will change the culture. Arne Duncan, the former Education Secretary in the Obama administration, wants to change the culture.

Quiz: which of Alinsky’s rules is Duncan using?

Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.

The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

The seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.

The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.

The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Arne Duncan rates several pages in DiscoverTheNetworks.com, which, all by itself, is a warning. It provides enough sourced information to allow for the conclusion that the man is a danger to society. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in sociology, Duncan cut his educatory teeth as the deputy chief of staff of the Chicago Public Schools from 1998-2001. He was promoted to chief executive officer of CPS, which allowed him to implement as many radical ideas as he could. Predictably, under his leadership, the Chicago State Board of Education showed that the Chicago district failed to make “adequate yearly progress” in mathematics and reading each year from 2004 to 2008.

Following that failure, he left CPS to take on the position of Secretary of Education under then-president Barack Obama. During his seven-year tenure,

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GoFundMe Campaigns for School Shootings Show America’s Generosity, Goodness

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 29, 2018: 

Science teacher Jason Seaman thought nothing of the request by one of his junior high students to leave his classroom briefly last Friday morning. Seaman, who teaches science at Noblesville West Middle School near Indianapolis, also serves as a football coach at the 1,300-student school.

When the student (whose name hasn’t yet been released) returned with two handguns and starting shooting at his students, Seaman immediately ran toward him, knocking the guns away and tackling him. The shooter had time to wound seriously one of his students, Ella Whistler, but was prevented from inflicting any further casualties by the quick thinking and action of Seaman.

For his trouble, Seaman suffered three gunshot wounds: in the stomach, hip, and arm. Both Seaman and Whistler were taken to local hospitals, where emergency surgery was performed on both of them.

It wasn’t until Monday morning that Seaman had recovered enough to be able to issue a statement, in which he said:

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Another School Shooting, This One in Santa Fe. But Why?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, May 19, 2018: 

The problem isn’t guns but people who use them to commit evil. The solution is not simply to protect ourselves from evildoers but to reverse our cultural decline that has caused more people to choose evil over good.

Early Friday morning 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis burst into an art classroom at Santa Fe High School, shouted “Surprise!” and started shooting. By the time the spree ended nine students and one teacher lay dead and another 10 students wounded, some seriously.

But although this is the latest school shooting this year, it is not the only one, or even the most lethal. Three months earlier, another school shooter claimed 17 innocent lives in Parkland, Florida.

Why is this happening? What can be done about it? Who’s to blame?

According to anti-gun leftists, gun-rights supporters are to blame. After the latest tragedy, Alyssa Milano, the starlet who formed an anti-NRA campaign last month, tweeted:

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The Republic Needs More Kaitlin Bennetts!

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 18, 2018: 

Until last Sunday, only a few knew the name Kaitlin Bennett. But following graduation on Saturday from Kent State with a degree in zoology, she decided to celebrate not only the event, but her new freedom. For four years she has been laboring under Kent State’s “gun free zone” rules: only visitors on campus can carry under Ohio’s rules, not students.

So she dressed up in a provocative white dress and heels, put on her AR-10 semi-automatic rifle, carried her mortar board emblazed with “Come and Take It!” and had photographs taken outside the student union. She posted them on her Facebook page, adding:

Now that I graduated from Kent State, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student – especially since four unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus [in 1970].

Not surprisingly, the combination of her pose, her posture and her position caused her Facebook entry to go viral. On Tuesday she added:

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Kent State Graduate Protests School’s Gun Control; Receives Death Threats

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 17, 2018:

The day after she graduated from Kent State, Kaitlin Bennett celebrated not only the event but her freedom from her school’s restrictions on her Second Amendment rights. She posted provocative photos — she was wearing a short white dress — on her Facebook page showing her carrying an AR-10 semiautomatic rifle and her graduation mortar board, which was inscribed with the words “Come and Take it!”

She explained:

Now that I graduated from Kent State, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student — especially since four unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus [in 1970].

Not surprisingly, the combination of her pose, her posture, and her position caused her Facebook entry to go viral. On Tuesday she added:

I have no apologies for my graduation photos. As a woman, I refuse to be a victim & the Second Amendment ensures that I don’t have to be.

Although Ohio is an open-carry state, the Kent State administration has declared that the Second Amendment applies only to guests and visitors, not to students, faculty, or anyone doing business with the university. In an oddly worded declaration, the rule reads: “It is the policy of the university to prohibit the possession, storage, or use of a deadly weapon … [which] means any instrument, device, or thing … by students, staff, faculty, third parties doing business with the university, and visitors is prohibited inside any university building, facility, or vehicle, that is owned, operated or leased by the university.”

Everyone else is excluded from the rule, which, as of Sunday, May 13, included Kaitlin. And she took advantage of her newly available freedom. She has been a fearless defender and promoter of freedom ever since she arrived on campus, taking on the position of president of the school’s Liberty Hangout chapter. It may safely be concluded from viewing the chapter’s website that it promotes libertarian and freedom-oriented points of view, along with various tools of the trade, including shirts and hats emblazoned with such expressions as “Don’t Steal: the Government Hates Competition”; “Build the Wall”; “Taxation is Theft”; and so on.

Kaitlin knew exactly what she was doing. She told  Fox19 NOW-WXIX on Wednesday: “I was a girl in a white dress with heels on, with an AR-10. That’s not what people picture as a gun advocate.” When asked about the response to her provocative photo, she said she has received hundreds of responses, e-mails. and tweets, not all of them supportive. When asked by Fox19 if she was afraid, Kaitlin responded: “No. I’m armed. I don’t know why they are threatening an armed woman. I don’t know why they are threatening anyone.”

Some of those tweets contain obscenities not appropriate for this venue, but a few that barely made it include:

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Media’s Relentless Attacks Against Trump May be Backfiring

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 5, 2018: 

It wasn’t the Rasmussen poll on Tuesday that upset members of the mainstream media. They have long since written off Rasmussen’s polls as biased towards Republicans. So when Rasmussen reported on Tuesday that President Trump’s approval rating rose to 51 percent — the third time this year that his rating has been at 50 percent or above — they all but ignored it.

It was the CNN poll from a few days earlier that they couldn’t understand. While that poll, covering 913 individuals from March 22 through 25, still showed Trump’s approval rating at 43 percent, that was a huge jump from previous poll results. As Newt Gingrich explained, “the result was so shocking that CNN commentator Chris Cillizza, who is normally deeply anti-Trump, had to spend time analyzing [the results] in which the president performed so much better in March than he did in February”:

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In its Attempt to Destroy Trump, the Mainstream Media is Destroying Itself

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 6, 2018:  

So committed is the mainstream media in the United States to their purpose – destroy Trump in any way they can – that it took a foreign journalist to point out to them what they are really doing. Writing in the U.S. edition of the liberal British news magazine The Week, journalist Matthew Walther, said:

It’s not surprising that after little more than a year in office, many people who voted for the president still support him. But it’s also surprising that a president who has been the object of more negative reporting than any in our history still enjoys something like the same middling base of support he had before taking office.

 

Unless it’s the negative reporting that is the problem, which I suspect is very largely the case….

Walther makes the case that if the mainstream media hadn’t abandoned its primary mission as the fourth estate – to bring full-blown fair and honest conversation about current affairs to the public – and instead decided to make its primary, if not only, mission to destroy Trump and his administration, things might be turning out differently:

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High-school Students Stage Walkout to Support the Second Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 2, 2018:

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The completely unplanned, unstaged, unfunded, and spontaneous gathering of 75 students outside Rockledge High School in Brevard County, Florida, last Friday morning was almost completely ignored by the mainstream media. Organized by Chloe Deaton, a sophomore, and Anna Delaney, a junior, the event lasted 20 minutes, just long enough to make their point: Other students in the same high school and around the country who urged more infringements on the people’s right to keep and bear arms didn’t speak for them.

After playing the national anthem (no one kneeled) and “God Bless America” on loudspeakers set up on the school’s track, Delaney told her classmates, “We were built on certain rights and that was one of the original rights, that we should have the right to bear arms.” She can be forgiven for failing to note that the right to self-defense and, thereby, the access to tools useful for self-defense are natural rights and pre-date the Constitution.

She made up for her misstatement by quoting President Ronald Reagan, who got it right:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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