Who are the Racists in Furguson?

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As we all waited for the Ferguson Grand Jury decision last night and watched the news networks trying to fill time by playing old “statements” by Michael Brown’s parents and the parent’s lawyer the thought came to me that Ferguson Missouri may as well be in a 100 year old alternate universe.

First of all, Michael Brown’s parents are complaining that they are “NOT being treated as victims”; hard to understand why they think they should be when their son unquestionably committed two crimes, petty theft followed by assaulting a police officer. The police officer was the victim. Excuse me if I’m messing with the mother’s comfortable victim mentality but that’s just not a healthy or acceptable attitude. The Brown’s lawyer is calling for “justice” for Michael Brown; well it looks like he got the justice that would be due to anyone of any race who physically assaulted a police officer and then charged at him like a raging bull. Last night’s verdict was a no-bill for Officer Wilson and a clear indictment of Michael Brown.

It appears that Michael Brown’s parents are happily ignoring their son’s criminal behavior and ignoring the facts that he was violent and hyped up as well on marijuana, and are only focusing only on the fact that a white police officer killed their son. I guess the “Gentle Giant’s” parents feel that being white while enforcing the law in Ferguson is a crime in itself.

Take this to the bank: If a 6’5″, 300 pound white kid was shot dead on the streets of Ferguson, Mo. under identical circumstances by a police officer, regardless of the officer’s race, you can be sure that the town of Ferguson would still be intact and the use of tear gas and National Guard troops would have been unnecessary. If that was the case, that the kid was white, you would also have heard nothing from the White House and would have not seen Eric Holder or, of course Rev. Al Sharpton, anywhere near the city of Ferguson. That may seem like a terribly “racist” thing for me to say but whoever you are reading this post, you know I’m right.

The incident that ended with the death of Michael Brown had nothing to do with a systemic problem of white racism, as some people in the news media are alleging; the charge of systemic racism belongs to the black community of Ferguson; and if anyone is responsible for destroying a good part of the Ferguson business community and causing other damage last night it is the criminal element from Ferguson, the out-of-towners who took advantage of an opportunity to “crap in someone else’s yard” by breaking, looting and setting fires and Michael Brown’s own step-father who stood on a platform and yelled “Burn it down! Burn it all down.”; not the prosecutor, the Grand Jury or Darren Wilson.

All this because Officer Darren Wilson committed the “crimes” of being born white and using his legal right to deadly force when needed!

Yes there are some white people who are racists, who see black people as inferior to them and treat black people like second-class citizens. No denying that, but they all pretty much stay in the shadows because that kind of behavior is unacceptable in American society! It seems evident that there are far far more blacks who do not trust or will not believe any white person solely because they are not black — and that is the very definition of a ‘racist.’

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Obama’s Immigration Action: My View

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I have to admit that I tend to oppose ANYTHING President Obama supports because Obama has been such a destructive force against a strong America, He has since coming into office reeked havoc on the American economy, on America’s military strength, on America’s security (which includes many aspects of immigration) and America’s position as a respected friend to our allies and a feared enemy of our country’s enemies. These past six years have created a new America, a weaker America, a more dangerous place to live. With a weak, anti-American values president in office we may just have to wait two more years to remedy that situation.

That said, I approached President Obama’s “executive action on “immigration reform” with a strong bias against whatever he might propose. I was surprised to find that, considering the immensity and complexity of the problem, his ideas made sense and did not foretell the “end of life as we know it” as I was told it would by the ultra-Conservative ‘talking heads.’ (Some day I’ll learn to ignore all opinions except my own.)

Setting aside the fact that, as a typical Liberal would, Obama stated twice that we are a nation of immigrants when the reality is we are rather a nation of LEGAL immigrants; that has been our tradition, it has worked well and made our country into the strongest, richest and most productive country on Earth. But right now we are faced with a huge problem, namely many millions of people who are here illegally. This did not all happen during the Obama administration; we have had many presidents in the past, Republican and Democrat, Conservative and Liberal icons who were aware of the problem illegal immigrants pose for our economy but either did nothing, were powerless to do anything or were too “soft” to halt or reverse the growing tide of these illegals.

If we are to take Obama at his word (first assuming [BIG assumption] his word is, at least this time, reliable) he says we will be selective about which illegals stay and which illegals get deported. Those who stay will not be the troublemakers and cheats, they will be the hard working illegals who are already rooted in our society (for over 5 years) and who share our values, and only after they come out of the shadows, register and agree to pay taxes. Under existing immigration laws he apparently DOES have the power to make decisions like that on a case-by-case basis.

The big question remains: can we believe this skilled trickster who happens to be our president?

The major problem of course is, in spite of Obama trying to “weasel word” it, we ARE rewarding people who broke our laws to get here. In an ideal situation, in an ideal world we would gather up all these law breakers and send them out of the country and then effectively seal up our borders so they can’t come back. This may be a great country but it is certainly not a perfect country so we have to deal with the mistakes and misjudgements of our elected leaders in the best way we can and, if this country is to work at all, we sometimes have to compromise our ideals so the least harm is done to the most people — that’s not only what life is all about, that’s what a democratic society is all about.

Obama’s plan may not be completely palatable to people like me but at least it’s a plan.

Suggested Watching:

Obama’s Immigration Reform Speech (2014)

Christian Science Monitor: Is Obama’s Immigration Reform Action Legal? 

Interrupting the School Calendar

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Montgomery County School Administrators almost made the right decision by striking the names of religious holidays from the school calendar but then, at the same time, they made no decision at all. They failed to make the point that school is a place of education, not religious observance which they could have done by eliminating at least some of these  holidays from the school calendar. As important as the trappings and beliefs surrounding religious observance are to some families and individuals, certainly even the most devoutly religious parent recognizes on some level (but most likely will not admit) that religion and the days off school that people believe are ‘required’ for religious observances do nothing to improve the quality of a child’s education and, in fact, are distractions that interrupt the learning process. The time and place for religious indoctrination of children is when school is not in session, and in the home or in a religious center.’ There are lots of hours outside school and some of those can certainly be spent carrying out religious ritual.

Is it possible that Christian parents think that increasing their child’s wealth of knowledge and critical thinking abilities will in any way interfere with their understanding and observance of their parent’s religion? Organized religion should readjust it’s priorities by realizing that their holidays would not be harmed in the slightest by rearranging worship services so they don’t conflict with school time or study time.

Quality of Education Measured in OECD countries

There are 34 countries (including the United States) that belong to the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). This is an organization of developed countries committed to democracy, the market economy and the education of youth. Every three years, as part of their Educational tracking, students are tested, worldwide, for their academic abilities in three areas: Reading, Mathematics and Science. Until the last few years American students ranked about “average” (about 17th out of the 34 countries) in all three academic areas. A country as wealthy and powerful as the United States being just “Average” among these 34 developed countries in the field of education does not bode well for our countries future and should be considered scandalous, but as bad as it was, it got worse.  In Mathematics, the United States has, in the most recent testing, now plunged into 25th place. Understanding that one fact alone should encourage all intelligent Americans who care about their children’s future, without regard to their religion, to demand more classroom time, higher educational standards and less time away from school.

The OECD’s Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, during the OECD launch in Washington D.C. made the unarguable points: “With high levels of youth unemployment, rising inequality and a pressing need to boost growth in many countries, it’s more urgent than ever that young people learn the skills they need to succeed. In a global economy, competitiveness and future job prospects will depend on what people can do with what they know. Young people are the future, so every country must do everything it can to improve its education system and the prospects of future generations.” He made this statement several years ago and things haven’t changed much, at least in American education, since then.

According to the OCED , “Shanghai-China, and Singapore are top in maths, with students in Shanghai scoring the equivalent of nearly three years of schooling above most OECD countries. Hong Kong-China, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Macao-China, Japan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Netherlands were also in the group of top-performing countries.” What’s different between them and us? You can bet that the children in those countries spend more time in the classroom than they do in their churches or athletic fields, perhaps more importantly, you can bet that bringing home a marginal or failing grade would have more severe repercussions for those students than it does for most of ours.

Religious Conservatives are labeling what happened in the Montgomery schools as a “War on Religion”! The fact of the matter is that Montgomery was engaged in a battle, in a war but it’s a war on education that is in progress as well as a war between religions. What choice did the Montgomery County School Administrators have? They are already sacrificing their ability to provide a quality education to their children to:  parents that are seemingly more interested in religious holidays than they are in their children’s education; parents who just don’t care and to those Liberal activists who value “fairness” far more than quality education and political correctnessness more than logic and truth.

References:

ABC News: Montgomery County Schools remove religious references from calendar

Huffington Post Religion: US Falls in Education Rankings.

TheAtlantic.com: American schools vs the world, Expensive, Unequal, Bad at math