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When An 8th Grade Was Better Than Today’s Ph. D.

November 29, 2012
 
 
1895 8th  grade final exam

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What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895…

Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , and reprinted by the  Salina Journal.


 

Grammar  (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of ‘lie,’ ‘play,’ and ‘run.’ 
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 – 10.  Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic  (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide.  How many bushels of wheat will it hold? 
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs? For tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000… What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft…?  Long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt 

U.S.   History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give  the epochs into which U.S. History is  divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas
6.  Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)
[Do we even know what this is??]
1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each:  trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u.’ (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’ Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling.  Illustrate each.

7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis-mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks 
and by syllabication.

Geography  (Time, one hour)
1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4.  Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each…
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9.  Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10.  Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

The exam took FIVE HOURS to complete. 

       

           
 
 
 My Comments:

I heard Rush Limbaugh give some of this exam’s questions—years ago. When he said, Salina, Kansas, it got my attention. My grandmother grew up in that town. She would have graduated within a few years of 1895 (I’ll have to look up her DOB.) so she would have been asked those same questions.

But. (This is BIG but!) where is the section on religion, on Christianity? Was it left out back then, or taken out of the re-presentation recently? I ask this because our moral and intellectual decline (Never all that strong in the first place!) can be marked from the loss of the family as the center of all reality for children, religious, moral, and educational. Churches and neighborhood schools were initially only helpers to parents. At first, government schools were not in the picture at all—except in Northeastern cities, and then originally under the control of local Protestant sects.

Government school consolidated systems were created in the mistaken European belief that only government could insure a decent and smart people, “good citizens and soldiers” for the state. Never mind this belief was the anti-thesis of our Founding Fathers who believed that “only a moral and educated” We The [Free] People” could ensure liberty, prosperity, and national defense. And they meant education by the society outside of government, not by government itself. That would be a contradiction, for how could a people educated by government offer any protection against the same government that always seeks to overthrow liberty?

Perhaps the greatest lack in our constitutional era thinking was in failing to see adequately that only a society organized around a unified Christianity and culture can more-or-less permanently forcefully oppose the unseemly growth of central government. Individual families and groups of families, separated by deep religious prejudices who could get along only in surface ways, and often were split into often opposing forces by demographics that proved more powerful than their religious beliefs and practices.

All of these splintering societal forces would lead the growth of Big Government’s replacing God, and our eventual sinking, intellectually, morally, and economically.

Fueled by the likes of the practical atheist Horace Mann, early government schools were forced to offer only a “one size fits all” interpretation of Christianity — dictated by the plethora of differing Protestant beliefs—and the hatred and fear of anything smacking of Catholicism.

Thus was born the wedge that eventually to would split children off from their families and churches, all but obliterating the authority and influences of each. and lead to total eradication of anything godly from today’s monopoly, consolidated government schools. But it also destroyed their intellects—and their very souls!

Thus began, in the early 1900’s the institutionalized decline of the “elitist” notion of “learning for its own sake” (Read Richard Mitchell’s 1981 book, “The Graves Of Academe.”) and the mere preparation of children to be good factory workers. The reduction of the body of leaning in even such elite schools as Harvard and Yale between WWI and WWII is well chronicled. As all organized corruptions start at the top, it must by necessity filter down, under the influence of the likes of John Dewey, to every little red schoolhouse in America—not excluding even in Salinas, Kansas.

This is why only an ENORMOUS, and grossly undeserved, miracle from God could save this nation now. There are no more, at most ten percent of the American people who really “get it.” And I am being overly generous. Our economic decline brought on by Big Government, not some kind of runaway capitalism as the Left has sold to a majority of the stupid American public, is the RESULT not the REASON for our present discomfort. We are quickly slipping into an earthly hell because of our loss of intellect and morals. Big Government that is consuming all we have built up over more than 200 years of relative economic freedom, will soon sink our already broken in half Titanic! 

It all started when, back in the 1800’s, most parents turned their children over to secular college educated “school marms”—who, by the way, were expected to live strictly moral lives—unlike today, remain single and celebate, typically living in some women-only rooming house, and would be replaced by another like-minded young woman when said teacher got interested in marriage. In cities schools already had become part of government systems in which secular education was already systematized, such attention paid to Christianity only cursory.

Any start towards reform will come after our economic collapse when the dollar is worthless, teachers won’t get paid, and in a scramble to support their own families will work for garden produce—and forced to fairly, accurately and completely teach the Bible first, as both reading primer and first history of our peoples.

If they then teach the Early Church Fathers along with Greek and Roman histories and stoic philosophies like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Cicero— all children will eventually become Catholic, reform the now almost completely corrupt Church and save America by re-writing and re-establishing the Declaration and Constitution! Only then can the re-building of a free and prosperous economy begin—perhaps only after a long “dark age” period in which the faith and intellect of a new, Christian and Constitutional leader class will emerge.

 
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Ship Of State Like a House Divided

November 12, 2012

Zombie Amerika, which like the Titanic broke in half on its way down is Sunk

The government worshiping half of America, along with millions of stolen votes, and millions who refused to participate in this sham election, voted for the Antichrist. To be sure our deep division did not begin but O’satan and his Zombie supporters, evilrich and nicepoor, of all races and nationalities —except True American, but long ago when half the populace first accepted government handouts. For they then accepted government as their god. Charity was always a work of Christians and the Church, but government pushed it aside for its own power. But it had to fool people into thinking it cared about them. Hence, we have unbridgeable gap between between those who put God first and those who have made their appetites and emotions their own god.

 

24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house. (Mark 3:24-27)

 

Like the ship, Titanic, whose builder is said to have said, “Even God cannot sink it!” this nation, as it breaks in half on its way to the bottom, is doomed to a Soviet style dictatorship (forget the European model, that is also sinking!) Or, perhaps, lovers of God first and Liberty second will carve out enclaves of resistance that do not include supporting either parasites or their Big Business financiers. How we can do that only God knows.

 

 

If Electing Ron Paul is ‘Unthinkable,” so is dumping the Federal Reserve, going back to the Gold Standard, and ending the Federal Government’s War on the American Citizen!

January 6, 2012

Think of this as the start of a book on restoring and improving upon our constitutional order.

Introduction, An Unthinkable Political Agenda, and the Overton Window:

 To fix what ails America we are going to have to go deep and think the unthinkable,  to look at the fundamentals. Like any football coach of a losing team, he insists they go back to the basics. We were conceived as a nation by Christian men steeped in legal, cultural and social tradition—mostly from Great Britain. They brought and were taught certain things, and had the bitter experience of tyranny to back up their ferocious desire that this new nation be preserved for future generations in law, liberty and morality.

 Sadly, as in all human endeavors, they weren’t perfect, nor were their efforts. They knew it. Perhaps sadder still, today’s politicians do not recognize their limits, their imperfections. I believe Ron Paul “gets it” at least in part. That is why I will continue to back him until some proof as to his unfitness convinces me otherwise.

Here is why I believe Ron Paul to be the only republican candidate worthy of support, his unthinkable. political agenda for restoring our constitutional republic.

 Ron Paul is being attacked, in part because he is “extreme,” even “crazy.” Why? Because most Americans no long recognize the truth about America’s founding and how necessary it is to get back to that vision, no matter what it takes. Even conservatives are now mostly “status quo” on size of government issues. That is a hopeless stance to take. It accepts defeat, and ensures our complete destruction as a coherent society.

First this, regarding policy issues, you may recall from the Glenn Beck show he talking about the Overton Window. Go to Wikipedia for the full article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window  

My excerpt is below:

“…[T]he “window” includes a range of policies considered to be politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too “extreme” or outside the mainstream to gain or keep public office. …  The degrees of acceptance of public ideas can be described roughly as:

  • Unthinkable

  • Radical

  • Acceptable

  • Sensible

  • Popular

  • Policy


Ron Paul is viewed “extreme” by many who accept the status quo regarding size and power of government, perhaps demanding the clock be set back only to 2008. Dr. Paul may accept that as a first step on spending, but only a tiny first step. His commitment to cut federal spending by $one trillion in his first year, is truly the only acceptable cut. Any less ensures disaster.

Longer term he will eliminate several departments altogether, merging any legitimate functions into others. I would go further, cutting even more. Compared to me Dr. Paul is a moderate! I would go further!

Many things Dr. Paul would cut are now “unthinkable” only because most Americans, even conservatives, do not accept that we must cut the federal government back inside the Constitution—with no exceptions!

National Sovereignty, Defense and Foreign Affairs

Most of the upset about Dr. Paul is that he is really bad on national defense and foreign policy, never mind he insists we close the border immediately and take away the illegals’ incentives to stay here as well as the openness of our borders to criminals and terrorists. Not closing our borders makes other efforts worse than useless.

Now go to Ron Paul’s own website and read the many articles discussing his issues. First, his executive summary:

http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/ron-paul-plan-to-restore-america/

About his his National Defense stance there is more confusion and disinformation than any other of his issue statements: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/national-defense/

Where does he say to destroy Israel? What he does say, maybe not in so many words, is that national sovereignty means something. Every nation has a right to exist. Even Nazi Germany, had it not attacked other nations would have been left alone, a build up of arms near any of its borders justified neighbor nations doing the same. Sabre rattling by said warrior nation met by similar shows of force by neighbors—but only rarely should it call for a pre-emptive attack.

At what point does a threatened nation launch a pre-emptive strike? Dr. Paul has not, to my knowledge addressed that unless it is to say we, being far distant should not—especially when the threat from Iran is not clear. There are differences of opinion among “experts.” The head of Israel’s Mossad even saying that Iran is far from being a nuclear threat.

As an aside, what happened to the computer virus that supposedly wiped out Iran’s effort for at least a couple of years? How come we don’t hear anything about that now? Just asking, nothing to do with Dr. Paul—that I know of.   

All I have read and heard him say about Israel is to leave them alone to fight their own wars. How is that “destroying” them? He is for cutting all foreign aid to all nations, without playing favorites. Foreign aid has been proven to mainly prop up dictators, making poverty and oppression worse in most if not all recipient nations. If our remaining troops and bases are attacked, (Radar shows aircraft or missiles coming our way) we take action. Private citizens and businesses generally assume their own risks, but our Navy would and should take care of piracy or acts of war against American citizens and interests. I think.

We would stay out of other nations’ business, and insist they do the same.

Again:http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/national-defense/

There is much more to be said about the concept of sovereignty, starting with the individual, the family, the small community, the state and our collection of states known as the United States. By his cutting government back, ending the police and regulatory state, Dr. Paul will do more to restore our freedom to be sovereign in our own lives than any other candidate. I will have more on that in future chapters. 

If, indeed, Ron Paul is part of some dark conspiracy, I have not heard it. It is still early, for Virginians, in the process so I am always open to the truth. I, like always, await solid evidence. Then I will make up my mind and act accordingly.

No candidate is, or can be, perfect! I wish they all thought exactly like me! Then, I guess politics would get boring, rather quickly! But, Dr. Paul is, if anything, too moderate for my tastes; which is why I would never get elected to anything!

Under me, government at all levels would be forced back to perhaps one third, at the most, its present size. Its power would be even smaller, focused only on the few things allowed by federal and the best of the states’ constitutions. No welfare, healthcare, edu-care, Period! For anybody. No police state, meaning any substance you want to put in your body is nobody else’s business, unless you make a nuissance of yourself.

Think of what happened in the 1960’s. Mostly judges, but also Congress and the Executive forced away from We The People the power to require decent behaviour, nice neighborhoods and strong families, under the guise of “fairness” and against mainly “racism” but also the phony War on Poverty, then the War on Drugs. Tell me any of these things did other than destroy liberty, property and privacy?

At a minimum we would need to reverse nearly every court decision going back through the time of Lyndon Johnson, even Eisenhower, through the New Deal to the first Roosevelt’s term, and most laws and executive actions as well. In other words we need to set the legislative clock back over 100 years.

Then we have to deal with the War of Northern Aggression and the whole Reconstruction —the North’s first Nation Building program, did to the South and to state sovereignty in general.

You could even say the attack on Liberty began with the Whiskey Rebellion and the failure of We The People to, in Franklin’s words, be “vigilant” against it. Vigilant does NOT mean standing on the sidelines watching it happen. It has nearly the same Latin root as the word for “manhood” and “strength.” How dare the federal government come into my home and regulate and tax the whiskey I may produce for my own use, or to sell to neighbors? Now they regulate aspirin! Get the federal government OUT of all drugs and food, except for imports. That’s another story I’ll cover in the future.

Let localities regulate public moral behavior once again, even it it means angry mobs start lynching judge and politicians! Me? Oh boy, am I dangerous!

Mike Smith,
Chase City,
Virginia

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Ron Paul Is The ONLY Candidate Worth Electing!

January 5, 2012
More Proof, Ron Paul is the ONLY presidential candidate worth voting for! The only real Constitutionalist in the race, neo-cons are now calling Ron Paul, “Too liberal,” and “dangerous “ — maybe he’s Satan himself!

Yep, that’s what some phony conservatives say. Ron Paul is “to the left,” they say, of the present occupant of the White House. And he is “dangerous.” The more we see opinions about what candidates are—rather than their own words, the more we see the liberal mental disorder of relativism at work: “Words mean what I say, no more, no less,” according to the fairy tale Humpty Dumpty.

 

Malleable, candidates like Mitt Romney, can be redefined by these phonies as “closet conservative” or revealed as “secretly promoting the gay agenda” by the more honest. Not Ron Paul, a consistent constitutional conservative on all issues.

 

Go to Ron Paul”s website and see for yourself! He is the only republican candidate to call the Federal Reserve, “Dishonest, dangerous, immoral!” He promises to protect the contractual obligations to old people and the military,— while acknowledging that both Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional.

 

Here is how he views unconstitutional spending, from his website at: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/ron-paul-plan-to-restore-america/

 

“SPENDING:

Cuts $1 trillion in spending during the first year of Ron Paul’s presidency, eliminating five cabinet departments (Energy, HUD, Commerce, Interior, and Education), abolishing the Transportation Security Administration and returning responsibility for security to private property owners, abolishing corporate subsidies, stopping foreign aid, ending foreign wars, and returning most other spending to 2006 levels.”

I wish he would also cut Agriculture, (90% of which redistributes food and does not help farmers,) or Labor, never creating a single job — except for labor bosses, costing instead millions of jobs! Then FEMA, which only gets in the way of real help in emergencies, while wasting $ billions! How about FDA which has never created a single drug, but instead jails physicians for helping patients? Or the DEA and the phony Drug War, not curing a single drug addict but jailing millions, destroying property rights and banking privacy?

 
Let us just end the federal regulatory Police State altogether, and return police powers to the states. That is an idea to dangerous to pretend conservatives, proving themselves to be our worst enemies. What good is it to save America from foreigner enemies when we have lost our rights, our freedom, our property to domestic enemies—the U. S. Government itself and those desiring to give it even more power?
 
To here them tell it we will be awash in drugs and Islamic terrorists will be camped out in every back yard. Frankly, I don’t give a damn about foreign threats when our biggest is right here at home! I remember when we had at least SOME privacy, freedom and property rights. Not now. To be honest, the way this country is right now it is not worth saving! Perhaps George Soros is doing us a favor, that is if there are enough real men in America to take her back to the Christian and Free nation she once was.
 
Those who want to defend or attack Ron Paul or me can contact me, Mike Smith at: 715 Grovel Avenue, Chase City, Virginia 23924 434-960-5151 turkeyridge@hotmail.com for copies of Ron Paul’s issues statements, or ask your local public library personnel for help using their computers.

Michael H. Smith

TWELVE STOP PROGRAM FOR RESTORING AMERICAN LIBERTY

September 11, 2011

America is hooked on Big Government. Even if the political class can be pursuaded it must done, it will take a full generation to get ordinary citizens  unhooked.

Even before Obama is kicked out of the White House on January 20, 2013 the majority republicans in the House of Representatives could start the process by defunding unconstitutional and destructive Executive Branch activities and begin impeachment charges for treason and criminal activity against both the Chief Executive, many of his political appointees, and federal judges who routinely trash the Constitution. The Senate will not convict but the publicity can do nothing but help the conservative cause.

The House has the sole power to refuse to write the checks for any department or program it desires. In the words of one former congressman, “All they can do is whine.” A Trillion Dollars or more must be cut from this years budget. When the budget has grown more than One and a Half Trillions since 2008 it should not be difficult. And cuts do not have to touch curent spending on Medicare and Social Security, while keeping our commitments to our veterans as well. Nor do defense or other core, constitutional spending have to be cut.

1. End all unconstitutional federal government activity–some immediately, much over several years, only help for seniors will take 25 years, until we are all dead. Young people will have to start saving for their own retirement and old age illness.

2. Entire departments for which the plain language of the Constitution give no authority, such as Labor, Agricultural, Education, Housing and Urban Development, could have spending all but eliminated and save us at least a half-Trillion. The small amount of each department’s activity that is constitutional could be handed over to other departments.

3. Half the federal workforce does little or nothing but get in the way of the half that do work. The average federal employee costs the taxpayer twice as much as those doing comparable work in the private workforce. The total cost of the federal payroll could therefore be cut in half almost immediately. Tougher workrules could ensure the remaining employees had to work for their pay.

4. Defund all activity relating to labor law enforcement, to free up private employers who are now treated like criminals, to hire again. The EEOC, OSHA, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the 1964 Civil Rights Act all must be abolished. But for now they can be defunded. They are all unconstitutional and destructive of liberty.

More soon…

BACK TO BASICS

July 30, 2010

For American Founders, the basics were first and foremost their heritage in the development of  English law, of Christian culture, and the Bible. They were well read in both classic and modern (for their day) literature regarding man, his purpose and place in the world and his relationship with government. They were thus armed to create this, so far un-repeatable, experiment in ordered liberty.

Do you find it odd, as I do, that no country, that I am aware of, has yet adopted even our form of government, opting instead for parliamentary systems instead? Nor has any put in place such severe restrictions upon what their national government could do, nor created the degree of federalism we had at our founding and for at least the next 87 years. The Founders knew it would not last, as indeed it has not, unless men were concerned for their eternal salvation– for no mere earthly restraint will long work. Such men needed to be well informed, and “eternally vigilant” — ready to strike out at usurpers of power at the first hint. That it has lasted only in part for as long as it has is indeed a miracle. That we and previous generations have let it go should not surprise any student of history. It was great while it lasted! What to do now?

Do we go out with a bang or a whimper? Growing numbers of otherwise thoughtful and responsible conservatives are suggesting that economic and social collapse are inevitable—- followed by civil war and attempts by foreign powers to invade and/or take over by other means our assets and influence in the world, that these United States could then likely break up into several “new nations” each too weak to hold out against worldly forces arrayed against us.  Or we could face a slower decline, as many say— like that of the European Union, ending in— who knows what? Likely, civil war and the above scenario. Only it would be put off for a few years or decades. Most of us would be dead by then, living enslaved in the meantime.

Me? I prefer the bang to the whimper. There is nothing I hate more than the slow decline of anything. Old houses being left to the elements to eventually fall down. Or nations. I’d much rather go out in style, as a free man— even if blown to bits! That is why fighting for liberty, even if a hopeless cause is preferable to a live of increasing slavery and hopelessness. Nothing so sharpens the wits as bullets flying at you. And nothing is so stultifying, soul destroying as a Soviet style existence, waiting in line for a few scraps of bread— or medical care! “In the long run, we are all dead” anyway.

One thing sure, not in the lifetime of even my grand children will this experiment in liberty likely be reproduced anywhere on earth. We are indeed the “last great hope” on earth!

What we have now is gone bad. Unsustainable. Due to collapse soon. The only way we can stave off either the bang or the whimper is through a supreme and uncompromising effort, using the political machinery at our disposal, to not only thwart the efforts of Obama, et al, but also to reverse the long trend into unconstitutional government. The entire welfare state must go, along with the bureaucratic police state, and the endless foreign interventions. We must go all the way back to the Constitutional limits on government or we will end up only temporarily, perhaps half-way back up the slippery slope, only putting off for a time the inevitable.

We can stand alone on top of the world once again, through our vast economic power and the threat of our military power, not having to use it and not trying to re-make other nations in our image. Most of all is (or was) our spiritual power as the last great bastion of Christianity against the Pagan secularization of the world. To succeed we will have to defeat liberals, the Democrat Party, the Ruling Class in both parties, secularists among republicans conservatives and Tea Party secularists. Not only are freedom, peace and prosperity here on earth at stake but our eternal destiny as well.

MS

How to be a conservative

March 12, 2009

How To Be A Real Conservative

If you agree with me on all these points I will anoint you True Conservative!

A real conservative today must be anti-cultural today in somewhat the way earlier communist radicals were. They have, after all, won the hearts and minds of a majority of Americans and thoroughly polluted our institutions. Name me a major corporation or non-profit run by conservatives. I will feel much more optimistic about

We are truly “on the outs” with the world of Marxism/Liberalism that is the “Windows Vista” operating system of our day. By itself it is unsustainable but kept propped up only by huge effort by those who are still productive but cowed into submission to it.

Spheres of Human Activity

Reminiscent of Abraham Kuyper’s sovereign spheres of human activity, Michael Novak divides society into three main functions, the moral/cultural, the economic, and civil government. A conservative’s view of things would see the moral/cultural, containing as it does the family, church, school, museums and concerts as by far the largest in influence. The “cult” in cultural has to do with religion and is the heart and soul of any society. Christianity built Western civilization and was especially at the heart of the American founding. Erase Christian influence and we will be no better– perhaps worse— than Nazi Germany of Pol Pot’s Cambodia.

The economy pays for everything but has to be morally formed and restricted by the moral/cultural sphere, especially by Mom who used to teach us to play fair and be nice. In fact the economy has built today an “anti-culture” of entertainment and education that has undermined everything decent and fair.

Government in our Constitutional regime of limitations must be by far the smallest of the three and equally formed by Christianity and by Mom. Instead it has become the main anti-Christian force in America, enforcing not decency laws as it used to but reinforces Disney that brings us pornography and every form of debauchery and anti-patriotism. Indeed of hatred for political and economic freedom, of self and family responsibility, industry and playing by the rules themselves.

To put things back into proper order we must echo our Founding Fathers and all pray to the God who made us, cares for us, and will judge us in the end. Our salvation and that of others must always be at the top of everything we are devoted to. Otherwise we are no better than idolatrous liberals— who worship themselves and the government they create.

Heroism as Idolatry

It is a common error— that I have been guilty of— to think that a man who has proven excellence in one area must be wise in all others. A man who has built a successful corporation has many skills, especially people skills. Employees love him. Customers and suppliers admire and respect him. Yet he has had several failed marriages and his children hate him. An entertainer or athlete we may not expect as much of yet we, perhaps even more, expect him or her to be somehow a god so that when a Ted Danson pronounces the end of the world – people listen. Why? The man is demonstrably an idiot! Yet because his face is well known somehow this debauched race feels he has “expertise” on oceans rising and swallowing us up.

Women are particularly susceptible to idolatry, more like to vote for emotion and a “pretty face” than based on a hard evaluation of the facts. Oh, he is such a nice guy! No matter he is a baby killer! Woman’s natural need for a man to protect her— for security— often overrides what is broadly best for society in both the short term and the long term. I have had women tell me, But I can’t get beyond my individual situation! when I asked them if the policy that benefitted them in the short term was the constitutional and best way to go for society.

Women Voting — a Huge Mistake!

Women should never have been given the right to vote. My father was laughed at for saying this, but more and more people— women included— I come into contact with are starting to agree with him. If you accept traditional and commonsense view that the normal place for women is in the home, rearing children and making a pleasant place for their warrior-husbands then every vote is really a household vote. If the woman differs on the best candidate with her husband she will cancel out his vote so the net political influence of this family is — zero!

The Family Vote

The constitutional precedent for the Family Vote lies, oddly enough, in the original U. S. Constitution’s proportioning of slaves as 3/5ths persons for the purposes of assigning congressional seats. Imagine if each single man gets a vote, every married couple gets two votes — cast by the husband, plus an “extra” vote for each child in the womb and beyond until said child comes of age when he can vote on his own.

The Family— Foundation of Society

Of course, God must the True Foundation of society— but I am dealing with politics and economics here— not religion. The very manner in which this country was settled tended to weaken the family as folks spread outwards from eastern cities to far flung places on the plains, seacoasts and mountains. The Industrial Revolution, massive immigration and subsequent rise of huge cities and suburbs all weakened the family and the center of the universe for millions of Americans. The concept of neighborhood was a pretty good substitute— as far as it went.

Church and Family as Dispenser of Welfare.

The healthy family takes care of its own. Next come the Church and local volunteer groups people form to take care of the needy. Some people can never accept the “chaos” of uncentralized efforts and will look for any “emergency” as excuse to convert private charity to government “charity.” Fact is private and community— volunteer efforts did a rather good job, as chronicled by Marvin Olasky chronicled in The Tragedy of American Compassion, until shouldered aside by Big Government.

Government “Charity” is of the devil and all of it must be done away with! Altogether!

All forms of income and property redistribution are unconstitutional. Both Ninth and Tenth Amendments forbid federal government from doing anything not spelled out in the Constitution. There is nothing in there about helping the poor and victims of tragedy. If was not an oversight. As we should have seen from Katrina government involvement in emergency help always ends up being the greater tragedy. But government types are by nature incapable of learning. Their victim “clients” are always addicted to such help as comes from other people.

We cannot afford government “charity.”

All government aid always costs two or three times as much as private. Private helping institutions, not commercial, are largely run by volunteers and typically— as in the case of the Salvation Army, less than ten percent overhead. Government is nearly the opposite with, as reported, some 78 percent overhead. That means of every dollar given to the poor, government keeps 75 cents. Sweden and Denmark have both concluded that family is a whole lot cheaper than government. Welfare has bankrupted every nation that has tried it— and destroyed families in the process.

In addition to constitutional prohibition, such redistribution- by- force always violates God’s commandment against stealing.

True charity is only from Christ.

That’s right, the duty towards the poor mentioned in other places is always just that— a duty. Pagans and other religions would give alms to the poor. Kant saw duty as the highest ideal. But where’s the love? Only Christian charity is infused with real love, done first as a response to the love of God and only then as love of fellow man. Charity is seen in somewhat different light in America where “the poor you will always have with you” runs counter to our ethos of opportunity.

In a land of opportunity being poor is an aberration. Only the sick and feebleminded are “legitimately” poor. Everyone else is lazy, suffers from a weak character. For the rest of us such poor constitute a problem to be fixed. Get them off their lazy asses, you may hear. Laziness itself is a mental illness, akin to depression. Family dysfunction and breakup is both the major cause and major effect of poverty. Scan through websites of anti-poverty groups and scant mention is ever made of the failure of families to instill virtues of hard work, self sacrifice, and obeying the rules in order to do well in life. Unless, that is, they are conservative websites.

Unless freely chosen and lived for some higher purpose, like Franciscan monks, poverty in itself has no reason expect laziness. Solving family formation problems will take a long time but must start with getting government out of the poverty business. Subsidiarity, or the principle of local and small before large and national, means providing individualized solutions to small scale problems Every poverty problem is individual and family. Only the personal touch, brought with the love of Christ can help the poor get out of poverty. Then, unless government stops rewarding poverty not much will improve.

Formation of Consciousness and Conscience – “Mere creatures of the State?”

To be a real conservative you cannot support the continuation of education in America as it is currently done. Except for government and industry handling certain job training conservatives must call for radical reform that takes both government and industry out of the picture.

The North Carolina ruling also resembles a number of rulings handed down against homeschool parents in Germany, where such instruction has been banned since the years of Adolf Hitler’s rule.

As WND reported, Wolfgang Drautz, consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany, has commented previously on the issue, contending the government “has a legitimate interest in countering the rise of parallel societies that are based on religion.”

http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=91397

Government Schools = Child Abuse

Why would conservatives send their kids to the enemy for training? Schools from Pre-K through PhD are run 90 percent by liberals. It should be no secret that most students lose their Christian faith in college. And their virginity. It is one thing if you just woke up to reality yesterday — and became a conservative. It is quite another for you to be spouting the conservative line for a decade or more and still be sucking at the Big Government School teat.

Real Conservatives Have Lots of Children.

I am always saddened when I hear a “conservative” young couple say they would refuse to have more than two children. More than just a religious belief being open to children is all about survival of the species. Look at the demographics. Europe, Russia, Japan — even less developed countries are beginning to experience the Population Bomb —- only not in the way of that Malthusian book of some decades ago. This population bomb is all about imploding. Where are the young to take care of the old? Where are the workers? Where are the geniuses to lead society? Dead! Killed in the Abortion Holocaust — some 50 millions to be sure, but how about the uncountable hundreds of millions prevented from entering life in the Birth Control Holocaust? Abortion after all is just birth control by other means.

Real Conservatives Are Creative — and Productive

God said to go out and populate the earth, subduing it for our use. He did not say to destroy it but cultivate, develop it for the use of expanding future generations. How much food, clothing and shelter does a so-called rain forest (Jungle!) produce? Not much. Other than a little timber it is not of much use to man. Fertile, cultivated fields and planted tree crops do a lot more. And they provide habitat for animals. The Green Revolution of the 1970’s fed the world. Now the environmentalist wackoes threaten starvation for millions by forcing the curtailment of fertilizer and genetic modifications to plants and animals that make them more productive for us. Lack of faith in God’s not letting us starve is at the root of Malthusianism, as is Marxism/Socialism — and actual Atheism. Of course, we must not trash the earth. We must be stewards and not exploiters. We must all be conservationists for future generations. Just as of course the liberals do not say anything about future generations — of mankind. They think only of animals, trees and so forth. They hate humanity and want it to disappear! Such hatred fuels distrust of man’s creative powers along with God’s provenance. We are getting more out of less stuff all of the time, yet liberals are blind to our increased efficiency.

Enough for now….

Second installment later

The Writers Security and Fairness Act

December 4, 2007

What to say when one has writer’s block?

How about an article on the Writers Security and Fairness Act. “Man cannot live by bread alone…”

Post 9-11 this writer decided that there were too many dangerous and cheap imported writings coming into the U. S.  What we needed was the Writers Security and Fairness Act.

Writing is important. It is even a security issue. No society can survive without writing. The economy and the government and the government and culture all depend upon good writing. What would happen if all the writers were to stop?

Right now President Bush is pondering the latest Agricultural Bill— including some $286 Billions in “aid” to farmers, rich to poor, family and corporate. Why?

To hear farmers tell it, the rest of us (They don’t eat too?) should worship the ground they walk on because they provide our food. If they were to quit farming we’d all die!

If you don’t hear that as much as you used to it is because we are now importing so much food. That too, according to American farmers, threatens our lives. We can’t have it either way, let alone both ways. We are either held hostage by American farmers, or subject to poison by cheap imported food. Farmers are smart.

They have bamboozled us into paying them, in addition to the price of food, close to $1,000 for every man, woman and child — just for the “privilege” of eating!

Writers are stupid! If we were smart we’d get government to “help” us— just like it did the farmers starting back in the 1930’s— with all sorts of programs.

We’d start by getting government to put in import tariffs on writing— otherwise we’d undercut ourselves when we raised our prices by encouraging the importing of cheap and lousy food. Just like American sugar producers keep sugar prices artificially high for American families.

Then we’d pare down the numbers of American writers. Farms are limited in part by the high cost of getting into the business. Everybody fancies himself a writer— with no entry cost to speak of. We need to get government to pay people not to write, just like they pay farmers not to farm, sometimes buying them out altogether. That would leave only the serious writers in the business. The rest could use the pay out money to go to school and learn a real skill. The rest of us might be able to earn a living.

Of course a real problem is the fact that probably a million or more Americans fancy themselves writers and would be lining up for a handout— in addition to a couple of million farmers.  Add to that 40 or 50 millions already getting direct payments from the government and you see the problem: We are going broke— not working but trying live off each other on still other peoples’ money.

We will have to unionize. There are already unions, like the Screenwriters Guild, but far too many writers are captive of huge, often global, corporations. Every scrap of writing, every memo, letter, piece of tech writing, must be credited to individual writers and given copyright status, the author getting royalties whenever it is used forever.  Of course, companies will try to avoid writing altogether. Given the quality of writing today that may be hardly noticed.

Then there is a security issue. A lot of cheap, unpatriotic, foreign writing comes accross our borders today— writing that undermines our values, threatens our sovereignty, and damages our security.  All imported writing has to undergo a security check, a strip search as it will.

Since, especially with the internet, you cannot tell were writing originates all writing must be subject to government censors and quality and security inspections— to determine who are real American writers. That alone will provide jobs for many thousands of writers. Job security.

Writers block must be identified as a disability under the 1991, Americans With Disabilities Act. Then you can get paid for not writing— only by proving you cannot write!

Government kills anything it touches. Given the trash that comprises most writing today that would be a good thing. Think of it! No more huge govrernment manuals, rules and regulations.

To dream…