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President Trump invokes federalism in education

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As President Trump fulfills a campaign promise to return control of K-12 education to the states, it’s a refreshing reminder that federalism really can be accomplished to some extent even as both parties vie for greater power in DC. His “Education Federalism Executive Order” will launch a 300-day review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures she deems an overreach by the federal government.

This is wonderful news. Hopefully, it’s not the last we hear about federalism coming from the administration.

At any given moment, Republicans or Democrats may be embracing some variation of federalism. Once President Trump took office, it became very popular for Democrats to start talking about allowing states to make decisions for themselves with California leading their charge of applying federalism selectively. As for Republicans, federalism seems to be the catch-all last resort; when they have a topic that’s either too toxic or something they failed to address with their standard measures, they turn to federalism for solutions.

We’ve seen examples of each of these springing up over the last couple of years. Should we be applauding their efforts? No. For federalism to work, it must be applied as an overarching philosophy of governance, not as a cherry-picked buzzword to throw out there when it’s politically expedient.

Over the last few days, I’ve had some free time to explore the ways both major parties attempt to apply federalism. That’s the one silver lining to being under the weather – plenty of reading time. As I caught up on as many of the recent pushes for federalism as I could find, there was one unifying quality to the stories. They all used federalism as a means to an end rather than as the end itself.

Americans need federalism now. It’s not fair to say we need it now more than ever because we’ve always needed it. Just because the tenets of federalism are applied less today than in the past doesn’t mean the need is more dire. That’s not how federalism works. You don’t sprinkle a little of it over your salad and call it a day. You embrace it as the standard by which American government from top to bottom is administered.

To do this, we have to apply the Constitution to everything government does. We start at the federal level since DC is the entity that exemplifies our nation’s trajectory towards statism. Piece by piece, we tear down the administrative state by asking two simple questions: does the Constitution allow this and would it be better handled locally?

An example of how the first question is applied would be Obamacare. One must do constitutional gymnastics in order to give a reason why the federal government should be so deeply involved in the health insurance industry. The Affordable Care Act is a hodgepodge of different loopholes and law-bending tactics put together to create the illusion that there’s nothing wrong with the government completely overreaching into a private industry that applies to nearly every American. On these grounds alone, it should be repealed. There are plenty of other grounds for repealing it, the most conspicuous being that is has failed magnificently to make healthcare more affordable, accessible, or improved.

The second question has the perfect example holding many of our children for much of the day Monday through Friday. The education system is broken. The Department of Education is a three-decade-old failed experiment. The only thing keeping the illusion alive that it’s helpful in any way is that DC has taken a huge amount of taxpayer dollars and redirected it to programs intended to improve education. They pay for so much that happens in the public school system that most people involved in it couldn’t imagine what life would be like without the federal government’s handouts. DC has been able to embed itself through taxpayer dollars and has demonstrably botched every effort to make the system better.

If less money was taken by the federal government, more money could go directly from taxpayers to their schools. Today, most taxpayer dollars applied to education don’t even go towards our children’s education. Imagine if those same dollars (or less) were applied at the school, district, city, county, and state levels instead. We’d have more control over the quality of our children’s education. More importantly, there would no longer be the federal standards scapegoat invoked by many school administrators today.

Federalism works because it allows more responsibility to be taken at the local level. When the responsibility is in the hands of our neighbors instead of bureaucrats and lifetime politicians in DC, voters have much more say. Our voices can be heard by our leaders and representatives when we’re meeting them for coffee instead of sending them emails or Tweeting at their social media interns. Moreover, our votes have more pull.

Federalism does NOT work when it’s applied piecemeal. It can certainly help in individual situations on certain issues, such as the plan to put food stamps under the control of states instead of the USDA. There are other times when applying federalism in one-off situations is wrong, such as the argument that sanctuary cities are a form of righteous federalism. I’ll flesh out why that’s not the case in a future article.

If our nation can put the tenets of federalism into action across the board, we can begin the process of taking down the budgets, bureaucracies, and powers that have been in a continuous state of accumulation for decades. Only then can we be certain our freedoms stay intact and every American has an opportunity at prosperity.

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A trillion dollar deficit is much more dangerous than the GOP acknowledges

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A trillion dollar deficit is much more dangerous than the GOP acknowledges

Spending. It’s the thing that helped me make my decision to leave the GOP a few years ago as there seemed to be very little difference between them and the Democrats when it came to fiscal responsibility. Where we spend the money is the only big deviation, but both sides of the political aisle have an addiction to spend more than the country has available. In the past, this was dangerous because of the crushing force of national debt that will eventually bring about an economic collapse. Today, the risk is much, much greater and within immediate striking distance.

What a trillion-dollar budget deficit represents today is an avenue through which Modern Monetary Theory could actually be realized in the United States. Those who are familiar with MMT may still be as complacent about it as I was a year ago; “It’ll never happen, not in America.” But as Democrats push Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal, open borders, state-funded education, reparations, and outright socialism, there’s only one conclusion that any economist or political pundit can come to: If the new thinking of the Democratic Party gets a foothold and initiates some of their plans, then MMT is the only possible way to make it happen.

They don’t even need to initiate all of them. Just one or two will be enough for catastrophe.

In other words, they’re policy proposals are already writing checks the U.S. can’t cash, so every scenario in which a partial implementation of these policies takes place can only happen through MMT. For those who don’t want to read up on it, MMT is essentially the practice of printing the cash to pay the bills. Proponents say it will be different this time from every other failed attempt at MMT because America is responsible enough and too crucial to the world economy for it to cause hyperinflation. Reading the delusional excuses for promoting MMT reveals an uncanny ability to deny reality while simultaneously suppressing common sense. It’s the type of thing that only progressive economic scholars can truly comprehend, and that should terrify you.

By moving the budget deficit into the ten-digit arena, we’ve broken a threshold that gives MMT legs. Whether it’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying, “You just pay for it,” or Elizabeth Warren constantly saying the rich will be taxed until it’s paid for despite the basic arithmetic that demonstrates this is impossible, they’ll all latch onto the notion that if we can spend a trillion dollars in one year that we don’t have, why can’t we spend two? Ten? Fifty?

On one hand, I want to do whatever it takes to convince Republicans they need to do what they campaign to do: cut spending. It’s not as easy as just pulling the plug on frivolous programs, services, agencies, and whole departments… except that it truly is that easy. It’s not popular. Some say it’s political suicide. But considering it’s never been tried in the modern era (no real cuts have been made to spending in decades), now is the time to be bold and do what’s right for the nation. The rise of the internet in general and social media in particular gives conservatives an outlet through which they can educate the masses about the need to make cuts. It’s something we plan on doing as part of the American Conservative Movement.

But on the other hand, one thing that can’t happen in trying to convince Republicans they’re doing it wrong by allowing them to lose. The Democrats are now more than the lesser of two evils. They’re dangerous. The plans they will implement are existential threats to America. Sadly, many of them know this. The Justice Democrats, who are driving the leftward lurch within the Democratic Party, are shockingly aware of what they’re trying to accomplish. Destroying and rebuilding America in their image is the end goal. That image is not a pretty one, even to the Justice Democrats, but things are rarely pretty when radicals get their hands on it.

Modern Monetary Theory will be implemented if the Democrats get full control. Unfortunately, Republicans aren’t helping fight it as long as they’re pushing such untenable budget deficits. It’s time for a heavy dose of fiscal conservatism.

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Destroying two Leftist lies for the price of one: Jesus a Socialist and Scandinavian Socialism

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Destroying two Leftist lies for the price of one Jesus a Socialist and Scandinavian Socialism

Selling socialistic slavery isn’t easy, it takes blatant lies and obfuscations, we destroy two of them.

The Authoritarian Socialist Left has really become quite adept at conjuring up lies to sell their socialistic slavery. Lies and mythology are all part of the sales pitch since it’s an ideology that defies logic as well as human nature.

Collectivism’s base concepts harken from 2,400 years ago in the Socratic dialogs in Plato’s Republic from ancient Greece. Sir Thomas More’s tome ‘Utopia’ published in 1516 forwarded the same ideas 500 years ago. These begin their storied record of failure 400 years ago in the new colonies of the Americas and yet the Lying Leftists [please pardon the redundancy] somehow insist these ideas are ‘New’.

Messianic mendacity.

Some Leftist lies are born out of a desire to sell socialistic slavery to religious groups. Our first video destroys one of these mythologies directly addressing the question: Was Jesus a Socialist?

Making these trenchant points on one of the Left’s most pernicious lies:

Socialism isn’t about free choice, it’s about concentrating power into the hands of government elites—ultimately through force.
Socialism is the concentration of power into the hands of government elites to achieve the following purposes: central planning of the economy and the radical redistribution of wealth.

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Socialists often try to hide their method of enforcing socialism, by using terms like “sharing” or “helping people,” but socialism is ultimately imposed and enforced through government force.

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Socialism inevitably involves growing government, thus shrinking the autonomy of the private citizen.

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This is why the rational political spectrum metric of governmental power or collectivised control has the zero point at the far-right and totalitarianism on the far-left. Meaning the ideology of anarchy belongs on the far right. He also makes this very important point:

Lawrence Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, states: “Consider the eighth of the Ten Commandments: ‘You shall not steal.’ Note the period after the word ‘steal.’ This admonition does not read, ‘You shall not steal unless the other guy has more than you do.’”

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The video and the full set of points at the source are well worth reading in destroying this Leftist lie.

The Myth of Scandinavian Socialism.

This is one of the national socialist Left’s more pernicious and infuriating lies. Quite often it’s coupled with the ‘that wasn’t really socialism’ or the ‘The States are already socialist’ or the ‘Military is socialist’ or…

In effect, the Left is trying to sell the absurd idea that socialist nations aren’t, but non-socialist nations are in one neat little package of lies. The fact is, if their Utopian ideology made any sense, it would have worked – everywhere – no excuses, no obfuscation’s or lies. But very much like Liberty [Gun] control, it has never worked because it can NEVER work.

References – more intellectual ammunition against the organised evil of socialism.

In the spirit of pounding yet another lie of the national socialist Left into the firmament, we present some more links on the subject. Think of this as intellectual ammunition in the rhetorical war against the organised evil of socialism.

Your Socialist Zombie Survival Kit 
An Essential Reading List

The XYZ’s of Socialism

‘Socialist’ Nordic Countries Are Actually Moving Toward Private Health Care

The Myth of Scandinavian Socialism

Danish PM in US: Denmark is not socialist

Sorry Bernie Bros But Nordic Countries Are Not Socialist

Scandinavia Is No Socialist Valhalla

Scandinavia is a Collectivist Paradise? Not So Much

Are Scandinavians Really That Happy?

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The Holocaust is not factual, according to Florida high school principal William Latson

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In a post-truth society, obvious facts fall into a gray area when a sufficiently vocal group of people make a fuss. It doesn’t have to be a large group. They just have to be loud about their beliefs. That’s the state of affairs in many aspects of American life, including until recently the way students at Spanish River High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, were taught about the Holocaust.

It isn’t a commonly held conspiracy theory, but those who are known as “Holocaust deniers” have been very outspoken about their belief that the Holocaust of World War II that took the lives of six million Jews never happened. It seems about as implausible as a flat earth or faked Moon landings, but it exists and those who believe it have swayed many to avoid the topic altogether. One such person was William Latson, who has been principal at the high school since 2011.

In a post-truth society, the Holocaust is a belief, not a fact.

Spanish River High’s principal refused to call the Holocaust a fact

A mother pushed for a year to address what she described as a school leader’s failure to separate truth from myth.

She sent off the email with few expectations — a routine question seeking a routine answer. How, the mother wondered, was the Holocaust being taught at Spanish River High School?

She wanted to make sure, she wrote to the principal, that her child’s school was making Holocaust education “a priority.” The response she received five days later, in April 2018, was anything but routine.

In an email reply, Principal William Latson assured her that the school had “a variety of activities” for Holocaust education.

But he explained that the lessons are “not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs.”

The mother, who asked not to be named to protect her child’s identity, was stunned. Was the principal of one of Palm Beach County’s largest public schools suggesting that the Holocaust was a belief rather than an actual event?

Thinking Latson simply had expressed himself poorly, she wrote back, asking him to clarify his comments. “The Holocaust is a factual, historical event,” she wrote. “It is not a right or a belief.”

She expected a chastened response. Instead, the veteran principal doubled down.

“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” he wrote, according to email records obtained by The Palm Beach Post through a public records request. “And you have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.”

He went on to say that as an educator he had “the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school.”

“I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” Latson wrote.

That response led the mother to launch a yearlong effort to address what she called a school leader’s failure to separate truth from myth regarding the genocide of an estimated 6 million Jews under Germany’s Nazi regime in the 1940s.

Latson has since apologized for the way he handled the situation.

Things may be better for that school district, but how many others are there in America who have as a policy denial of the Holocaust? By even giving an ounce of credence to the ludicrous assertion, educators are not being inclusive. They’re perpetuating the anti-Semitism that has been on the rise in American and around the world in recent years. Between the BDS movement, Holocaust deniers, and anti-Semitic activists clothed in “Free Palestine” rhetoric, the last thing the Jewish people and American society needs is fuel for the fire coming from our education system.

If you’re climate skeptic or anti-vaxxer, you’re instantly reviled by the media and much of American society. If you’re a Holocaust denier, your feelings hold the same weight as the facts. We’re entering a post-truth society, folks.

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