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As a retired teacher with over 30 years in the classroom, I am both chagrined and embarrassed by the actions of my fellow teachers and their union executives. To listen to the union leadership you'd think that our education system is only setup for the benefit of the teachers and the education of its students is inconsequential, when it should be the other way around.
It is a fact that 95% of all political contributions by teachers go to Democrats, therefore they hold a very large cudgel over the heads of the Democrat politicians by proclaiming to the politicians that they must “carry the water” for the teachers and their unions or you'll lose their support. The teachers unions are the biggest financial and physical supporters of the Democrats, and for their loyalty, they expect reciprocity.
When the charge is made that the Teachers Union should be charged with “educational malpractice”, it relates to the actions taken by them over the years. Studies show that the educational achievement levels by our students lag behind that of many other countries, despite us spending more money per pupil. Something is wrong with this.
Here are some examples of how the Teachers Unions have committed malpractice. Firstly, they are strong opponents of “school choice”, which has been found to be a realistic alternative to government-run schools. Even former President Barack Obama backed the Teachers Unions in railing against “charter and voucher schools”. The union's main reasons of being against the alternative schools is that most all the teacher's in those schools are non-union, and they fear that funds to the alternatives will be taken from the public schools. Secondly, the Teachers Unions have negotiated “sweetheart contracts” with many school districts whereby it is almost impossible to fire or get rid of non-performing teachers for cause. In fact, in New York City, they have “rubber rooms” in which teachers who were relieved of their teaching duties are “quarantined” (so to speak) in separate quarters out of regular classrooms, but are receiving their full pay as if they were actually teaching in a classroom. Some teachers have been in this program for years.
Just recently, during the Chinese pandemic, it was the Teachers Unions who were most vigorously against opening schools for “face to face” learning, claiming that the teachers were made vulnerable for contracting the virus even though young people were mostly free from contracting the virus or spreading the COVID-19 virus. The resulting isolation of the students from a regular “virtual” classroom setting has caused an increase in failure, and in many cases depression and mental problems sometimes leading to suicide. Most of the draconian shutdowns have occurred in Democrat-run states. States like Florida and Texas, have thrived by not putting into effect those ill-conceived shut downs.
And recently, the Teachers Unions have come out in favor of teaching the Marxist oriented “Critical Race Theory” in our schools, whereby the theme behind the theory is that the “white person” is the oppressor and that the “black person” (and other non-white minorities) are the oppressed. This far-left perspective is being introduced all over the country and is being endorsed by the Teachers Unions. Many parents are waking up to this assault on our education system and are speaking up at school board meetings by challenging the introduction of this Marxist oriented curriculum in our schools, reaching down even as far as kindergarten. As a result, quite a few states have passed laws banning this radical curriculum, and more are likely to follow.
So, as you can see, instead of working to make our education system a beacon of excellence, it seems the teachers are just being self-serving narcissists who are making our children subservient to the interests of the teachers and their unions. That's enough to charge them with “Educational Malpractice”.
Conservative Commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Remember when Nancy Pelosi said that Donald Trump was morbidly obese? Well, you could turn that Nancy Pelosi slur around and call her morbidly corrupt, for that is what she is.
Never have we had such a divisive, polarizing, morally corrupt figure, as Speaker of the House, than we now have in Nancy Pelosi. We all know that the Speaker of the House represents the majority party he/she is a member of, and, therefore, would then be an advocate of the policies of that party. But, Nancy Pelosi has carried that partisanship to a whole new level, never seen before, of that kind of partisan debauchery.
Most past Speakers have worked with the opposition party to get meaningful legislation passed, but not Nancy Pelosi. She does not go out of her way to produce bi-partisanship measures for the benefit of the country. She is a “Johnny One-Note” when it comes to leading the House of Representatives. It's her way or the highway.
She outwardly complained, both before and after the presidency of Donald Trump, of how bad he was for the country, especially on a personal level. She never wanted to give him a chance to be successful. All the things she was complaining about was exactly what she was doing herself. A total hypocrite, to say the least.
It was her initiative to start and prolong the Trump/Russian farce which lasted over two years and $35 million in costs, just to find out it was just a hoax. Then she started an impeachment procedure over a telephone call that Trump had with the President of Ukraine. Another waste of time and money. Trump was finally acquitted in the Senate. In addition, even after Trump was in the process of leaving office, she initiated another impeachment with the same result as the previous one.
Her behavior was one of an almost daily obstruction of the Trump Administration. She energized her fellow Democrats to harass and disrespect anything or everything that Trump wanted done or wanted to have passed. Her rude behavior culminated in the tearing up of Trump's speech before the Special Session of Congress at the State of the Union address in plain sight. Such boorish behavior was not condemned by her fellow Democrat members and their flunkys in the press.
All during her tenure as Speaker, she never seemed to take control of her wayward members who, on quite a few occasions, brought disgrace and enmity to the halls of government. Members such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley (the Squad), and Maxine Waters and Eric Swalwell, all professed radicals with socialist tendencies, and all who have been placed on sensitive committees in the House by Nancy Prlosi. It seems that she doesn't want to alienate any of those political bomb-throwers, as she aggressively campaigns to keep her speakership.
Now we have her pushing a monstrosity of a bill through Congress with a price tag of around $5 trillion. If passed and signed by Biden, it would hasten the bankruptcy of the country, or come close to it.
Nancy Pelosi's corruption is open for all who wants to see. The Democrats seem to have a blind spot when it comes to her. If the Republican's “fold like a cheap camera”, we all might “be going to hell in a hand basket”. We must not let this corrupt politician, Nancy Pelosi, prevail, so the mid-term elections of 2022 will be one of the most important elections of our time or our history. If Republicans can reclaim the majority from the Democrats in both the House and Senate, the Nancy Pelosi era will be placed on the scrap heap of history and the radical agenda of Sleepy Joe Biden will be side railed. Let's hope this occurs in 2022 with a lead up to the presidential election of 2024. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that common sense prevails.
Conservative Commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Through the years I have heard of the Dodo bird being extinct, until I did a fact check and found this notion to be false. I discovered that many Dodos still exist today in positions of influence and identify as democrats. They have brought their party to a new low, since the Civil War. The Democratic Party attracts felons, the intellectually challenged and people who count on being sustained through the toils of others to maintain their registry. By keeping the southern border porous, the Democrats can enhance their voter base with illegals, and then pack the SCOTUS to ultimately legalize them. If conservatives do not prevent us from being overrun by this massive influx of undesirability, they will suffer the consequence of the passenger pigeon.
Conservative Commentary by George Giftos
Whenever a negative happening occurs where race is involved, the Democrats immediately trot out the canard that it is the policies of the “evil” Republicans (Conservatives) that was the cause of that unfortunate event concerning race. So is what the Democrats (Liberals or Progressives) say based on fact, or are they trying to cover up their own sad history of racism?
Some people have labeled the Democrats the “4 S Party”, which stands for SLAVERY, SECESSION, SEGREGATION, and SOCIALISM. How have they been able to “hoodwink” a sizable portion of the electorate (mainly minorities) that they are the one's who champion the minorities in this country when real facts disprove that claim. It was the Democrat Party who championed slavery before the Civil War. It was the Democrat Party who voted to secede from the Union. It was the Democrat Party who promoted segregation that lasted until the middle of the 1960's. And, it was the Democrat Party who have championed the economic theory of socialism, up until this present day.
If it wasn't for the Republican Party, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution wouldn't have been passed after the Civil War. If it wasn't for the Republicans, Brown vs. Board of Education wouldn't have come about making separate but equal schools illegal. The Democrats were the one's who stood in the doorways preventing access to black students. And, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and 1965 were passed mainly by the efforts of the Republicans whose members voted (80%) to pass these laws. Only 60% of the Democrats voted for these laws. In fact, it was the Democrats who tried to filibuster those acts in the U.S. Senate, led by the “lions” of the Democrat Party, like William Fulbright, Al Gore Sr., and Robert Byrd (a former KKK leader). You may wonder why, with that record of opposition to civil rights, most minorities still overwhelmingly vote for Democrats? It sort of boggles the rational mind. You could say that the modern day Democrats are the new “plantation owners” by making minorities dependent for their survival, wrongfully so, based on voting for Democrats to keep the “freebies” from the federal treasury coming. You could say that the minorities are voting against their own self-interest.
Today, we have the phenomenon of the radical Marxist/Socialists who are prominently ensconced in academia, journalism, and Hollywood, who use their minority views in trying to make radical changes to our society. If you listen to the radical news outlets, CNN, NPR and MSNBC, along with the left-leaning N.Y. Times and Wash. Post, it seems that no matter what is the subject matter the term “racism” is injected in the dialogue, mainly out of thin air. Those radicals, especially in our schools, have put forth the racist theory of “Critical Race Theory” into the curriculum, whereby claiming that most all minorities cannot succeed in our society because of “white supremacy” or “white privilege”. Never do they mention all the progress that has been made over the years in leveling out the playing field for all our citizens including black, brown, yellow, white and red people. Look at all the minorities that hold public office all over our country, the CEO's of various large corporations, and the highly paid athletes and entertainment figures and tell them that that they couldn't succeed in our “racist” country. In addition, many of the aforementioned minorities from around the world are clamoring, both legally and illegally, to come to the United States. If our country was a “systemic racist” country, do you think they all would want to emigrate into our “racist” country?
Lt. Col. Allen West, a prominent black leader and former Congressman, said the following, trying to explain the dichotomy of the hypocrisy of the Democrat party as they oppose “education choice” in the form of charter or voucher schools. Here's what he said, “Once upon a time, the Democrat Party stood outside the doors of higher education institutions denying access to blacks. Today's Democrat Party embraces policies that trap young blacks inside doors of failing public schools denying them access to better quality institutions of learning”. It seems that former President Obama was O.K. with sending his daughters to the prestigious private Sidwell Friends School, but he was against minority students in Wash. D.C. getting vouchers to use in better performing private and parochial schools, and, ironically, he lived in the White House ( which was public housing, ouch!).
So who really are the real “racists” in our society? Could it be the sanctimonious Democrats and their flunky's in the news media? You make the call.
Conservative Commentary by Chuck Lehmann
There are certain absolutes in our lives like what is up is up and what is down is down, but not in today's crazy environment of “pretend”. We are told to pretend, by the lefty loons, that boys can be girls and girls can be boys (regardless what your DNA shows); we are told to pretend that we are witnessing a peaceful protest when in the background of the reporter reporting on video, a business is being torched and burned to the ground; we are told to pretend that the biggest threat to the United States is not Communist China, Al Queda, and/or ISIS, but man-made global climate change (Pres. Biden actually said that); we are told to pretend that the Keystone Pipeline is a threat to our environment, but transporting energy by truck and rail is a far safer way to transport oil and gas in spite of dangerous spills as a result of accidents that might and have occurred; we are told to pretend that the invasion of illegal aliens coming across our southern border is not a crisis but just a “challenge”; we are told to pretend that raising the minimum wage by government decree will not cause low-skilled workers to be unemployed as a result; and we are told to pretend that spending trillions of dollars for infrastructure in a bill that spends just 10% on real infrastructure, is a necessary expenditure. Do the liberals (a/k/a Democrats, Progressives, Marxist/Socialists) really think that most of the citizens are stupid and naive? The answer is yes they do.
In this topsy-turvy world we live in, you must wonder how people in authority can be so wrong on practically everything that is political. A good example of that is during the four years of President Trump's term in office, no matter what he said or did, the knee-jerk reaction of the Democrats and the news media was that it must be bad, even if it was good for the country. They wanted us to pretend that President Trump was evil and shouldn't be listened to. Now that we have President Biden in office for just six months, the Democrats and the news media want us to pretend that whatever Biden and his administration has done or is doing is peachy-keen and good for the country. No mention is made of the various crises that have come about at the southern border, the unrest in the Middle East, the lack of many children not attending in-person schooling, no real condemnation of the wild accusations by the Squad (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley along with admitted Socialist Bernie Sanders) claiming that our democratic republic is a “systemic racist country”. They want us to pretend that everything Biden has done or is doing is the way to go and good for America.
How much longer can we pretend that everything done by the Democrats is good for the country and that everything done by the Republicans is bad for the country? Shouldn't common sense raise it's head and take hold of the silliness of the pretend world the anarchists want us to believe in? If we continue on this path of pretend we will become the antithesis of what our Founding Fathers gave us, “a democratic republic if we can keep it” (a quote by Benjamin Franklin). Pretending is O.K. for young children, but we must advance in the realm of reality of being adults and see and say what is true, and not pretend that nonsense is the real thing.
Conservative Commentary by Chuck Lehmann
Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, on the contrary, it makes crops grow faster, feeds plants and trees, who then turn out oxygen for us to breath. Someday the world will wake up and laugh when people finally understand the entire pursuit of economic ruin in the name of saving the planet from increasing carbon dioxide, is in fact a terrible joke.
Temperatures have fluctuated over the past 5,000 years, and today's Earth temperature is below the average of the past 5,000 years. A modest amount of global warming, should it occur, would be beneficial to the natural world. During the Medieval Warm Period (between 800 and 1200 AD) when temperatures were 7° to 9° F warmer than today, there was a great increase in prosperity of mankind - and Greenland was actually green. Contrary to environmentalists, the polar bear population (which they claim are an endangered species today due to global warming) has actually increased from around 5,000 in the 1960's to over 25,000 today.
The idea that you could run America on “solar”, “wind”, and “bio fuels” is laughable. A gas-fired plant occupies about 15 acres. The 300 foot wind turbines affect 106,000 acres which destroy scenic vistas, and kill thousands of birds each year - just to provide expensive, intermittent, insufficient electricity. The silly claims put forth by Joe Biden and his energy czar John Kerry, that alternate energy can provide continuous, economic and reliable power, shows a complete ignorance of reality. The “Green New Deal” is a good example of nonsensical environmental interference in our lives.
Whenever you hear that a consensus of scientists agree on something (a claim put forth by that environmental fraud, Al Gore), reach for your wallet, because you are being scammed. Science is ever evolving and not “settled science”.
Once we accept the principle that carbon dioxide emissions should be monitored, controlled, and taxed, we open the door to the most invasive kind of bureaucratic meddling, and all the “carbon cops” who want to stick their noses into every aspect of the way we live our lives, like the kind of car we drive, our holiday destinations, our pleasure boat, or even our transportation miles accrued in buying your food and groceries, it becomes a virtual bureaucratic nightmare.
The global environment is likely to be damaged far more by misguided attempts to reduce our carbon emissions than would be caused by man made global warming, even if it were real and continued unchecked. Nobody believes a weather prediction 7 days ahead, yet we are being asked to reorder our entire economy based on climate predictions 100 years hence - predictions that are not supported by scientific evidence.
Although the court of public opinion weighs climate change as a very low economic priority, the media continue to relentlessly accept and vigorously promote shrill global warming alarmist predictions.
Although, the most extreme environmental zealots may be relatively few in number, they have managed to gain influence by exploiting the gullibility of scientifically illiterate people who are only too willing to believe the planet needs saving from man's excesses.
Do not believe the doom and gloomers, they have a financial interest through their grants from naive governments and left-wing foundations, to continue on their unsubstantiated quest to institute their Marxist/Socialist agenda in the United States and around the world. Don't be a sucker for their “snake oil”.
(Much of the information in this editorial was gleaned from the writings of Dr. Jay Lehr, Phd. of the Heartland Institute)
Conservative Commentary by Chuck Lehmann
It is refreshing to know that an increasing number of black Americans are disaffiliating themselves from the Democrat party and the progressive lies that have been fed to them for decades. They are leaving the urban plantations and returning to their conservative roots, realizing that rich, white elitists consider them too stupid to stick up for themselves and beholden to their victimhood status. No longer will they quench the elitists' egos and illusion of humanitarianism. Racism is colorless, and used as a weapon to silence whomever dares to reveal how minorities have been manipulated by these whites.
The infiltration of a new breed of Democrat is subverting the ideals that made
liberalism attractive to the downtrodden classes and used by them to promote their intent to guide the country into socialism. A plan long in the making, indoctrinating our youth by academia, telling them what to think, rather than teaching them how to think.
Playing the political game, these new Democrats are marking the deck to gain advantage and deal from the bottom of the deck; so apparent in the last presidential election that has given them control of the three branches of government to do more damage, by adding two more liberal states, packing the Supreme Court and eliminating the filibuster, that will hammer the nails into the coffin of a bipartisan government.
It blows the mind to think how some people are so easily duped, when all the usual promises offered by these charlatans are never materialized and they keep sailing on the same boat of despair. The navigators are today's robber barons, a/k/a the big techs of Silicon Valley, who are not patriotic Americans, but globalists, who control the locomotion of our government, without preference to its citizens, only the bottom line and liberal agenda that will add to it.
Conservative Commentary by George Giftos
Imagine if inmates ran the asylum and jails, and wanted to “cancel” out opposing views or speech, while tearing down historical monuments that dot the landscape, all because they didn't fit their radical philosophy. “We'd be up sh-ts creek without a paddle”, as the old saying goes, and those Marxist/Socialists would have exerted their will over the majority of peace loving citizens. Sound familiar? It should, because that's what is being tried by a very vocal, disgruntled, militant group who have infiltrated our political parties and news media.
What's the matter with this scenario? When people are afraid to speak their minds for fear of being labeled a “racist” a “bigot” or worse, losing their job, our society is becoming something our founding fathers tried to avoid when creating our democratic republic and including the 1st Amendment in our Constitution. “Cancel culture” has raised its ugly head by with demonstrators removing from the public's eye, statues of historical figures that don't conform to the thoughts or ideas of the small, yet vocal minority of Marxists/Socialists who get their destructive messages publicized by, in many cases, a sympathetic, complicit news media.
Historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, Robert E. Lee, Andrew Jackson and others, have come into the cross hairs of the “cancel culturists” . Even well known and established products such as Uncle Ben's Rice, Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Mr. Potato Head, and Snow White, have felt the wrath of these losers.
Some of the most vociferous opponents of the “cancel culture” are comedians who feel stifled in performing their comedy acts. A-line performers like Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Corolla etc. have stated that comedy performances have been affected for fear of being labeled a “racist”, a “bigot”, a “homophobe” or some other epithet for making fun of other people or things that those unelected members of the “P.C. Police” deem verboten. In the past, comedians made fun of anybody in a good natured way, and the people being made fun of laughed along with the exaggerations and jokes. No more. Supposedly, the sensitivity factor kicks in and people are easily offended, as the “cancel culture” people want you to believe.
This is not the United States, this “cancel culture” nonsense is a throwback to what happened in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and in present day Communist China. Today, things have changed, and not for the better. If you say or do something that is looked upon by someone as derogatory or demeaning, the “P.C. Police” will try to nullify you and make your life miserable. You will be vilified, and and may even lose your job, even if what they objected to happened decades ago, and in some cases, during one's teenage years.
This attack on free speech must be confronted and stifled for us to enjoy the fruits of our democracy. We must not let these very vocal anarchists to “shut us up”. Whether you agree or disagree with another person's views makes no difference in letting those other views be spoken or heard. That's what “free speech” is all about.
Enough is enough, let's cancel the “cancel culture” and bring back free speech in all its forms and don't let these anti-American lunatics run wild as they try to undermine our democracy and our history, whether good or bad.
Conservative Commentary by Chuck Lehmann
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