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“ARMISTICE DAY” HAS BEEN ELIMINATED! WHY?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

As a very old American (88 years old), yesterday I experienced another “Armistice Day”, while my younger (yet very old) friends celebrated Veterans Day. Most Americans today do not recognize “Armistice Day”; they are not even AWARE of what an armistice is.

The name of the holiday for November 11th each year in America, was changed some years ago to “Veteran’s Day”; it is not the same.

When I was young, on the 11th month, the 11th day, and the 11th hour of every year, America experienced “Armistice Day”. Every bell, horn, or whistle was activated followed by a time of silence out of respect for soldiers who died in the horrible catastrophe of World War One.

As a child, I was reminded of war, the First (purportedly the “last”) World War! My uncle Roy died in France in that war. As a child, I was also aware of many “shell shocked” men, who were soldiers and survived that War; these “shell shocked” veterans of World War I were survivors of gas attacks. They were the fathers, uncles, and relatives of my friends; these veterans lived with abnormal behavior the rest of their life, caused by being gassed on the battle front. These “shell shocked” were my concept of what any war was like.

For me, November Eleventh is still Armistice Day. I do not celebrate “Veteran’s Day”, though I a “technically” a Veteran, though “drafted” between wars and never serving in battle. I cannot take my being a “veteran” seriously, though at the time I served my country because I felt obligated make my contribution, protecting my American democracy.

Further, I have relatives that have served in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, my uncle Roy in World War I, my brother Walt in World War II, and my wonderful grandsons Daniel and Andrew who were in combat in Afghanistan.

This Armistice day, I was talking to a good friend of mine who is a “Veteran”, and he had never heard of the worlds “Armistice Day”. I taught him what it was!

Later in the day, I watched in news the President of the United States “celebrating” Armistice Day in Paris France, the historic place where the Armistice was signed. The President of the United States had to be reminded by news reporters that the Armistice of World War I is not “celebrated”, it is observed!

The American President Trump, then decided NOT TO ATTEND the services recognizing the sacrifice of American soldiers in the French graveyard of American soldiers who “liberated” France in WWI; this was the purported purpose of President Trump being in Paris, but since it was raining the American President did not attend, because of the rain. Representatives of all other nations involved in World War II, stood in the rain commemorating those brave Americans who were killed liberating France!

President Trump it seems, was primarily interested in meeting again with Vladimir Putin, dictator of America’s most dangerous enemy, who was in Paris to honor our American soldiers who died to free Paris of its invaders; President Trump has a love for the Russian dictator, who has been proven to have “hacked” America’s 2016 election that President Trump “won”!

Personally, I am having a difficult time, experiencing this American President, Donald Trump, who received 3 million fewer votes of American voters than his opponent, and won the election based on a “pro-slavery” Electoral College Constitutional election device from the year 1787.

My feeling is that my American democracy has been stolen from me.

ONE PARTICULAR PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE AND DEATH; MY OWN!

Monday, November 12th, 2018

My own earliest taste of death, came when I was eleven years old, and Jimmy Slade in my elementary school class drowned in Lake Decatur during summer vacation! I remember it well!

My mother insisted that I attend Jimmy’s funeral; Jimmy was the first “dead person” that I had ever seen.

Jimmy’s death had a great effect on me at age eleven; it forced me to study and decide on a philosophy of life and death. Therefore, at that time I developed a philosophy of life and death that I maintained for my entire life.

After considering my experience dealing with Jimmy’s death, considering biblical concepts, and considering some other’s personal concepts, I decided that when I was born, I was destined to die! I would never know when, or how, and there was absolutely nothing that I could ever do about it!

Therefore, I have never worried about my own death, I have lived each day to the fullest, and have adopted the philosophy that my goal in life would be and is, “happiness” (not pleasure but satisfaction)!

During my life time, I have known many people who have constantly worried about their own death (and their getting into “heaven”)! I sometimes felt their concern about their own death deprived them of much of their happiness during their life!

Whereas for myself, I have tried to simply achieve happiness, love my neighbors, have compassion for my enemies, and eat my carrots and my cake!

As a result of adopting my philosophy of life and death, and after having suffered the death of so many of my loved ones, I found that my loved ones do not die, only their body dies, but my loved ones live on in spirit and my memory; they are always there for me when I need them. And, we communicate in my every thought. I’m constantly aware of their “presence”.

And therefore, as a result, I do not mourn for a long period of time, because my deceased loved ones are always still there for me; I “feel” my deceased loved ones in my memories.

And, I find that I often remember the birthdays of my loved ones, but I never seem to remember their date of death!

In my lifetime, I have dealt with my share of tragedies; but because of my philosophy of life and death, I do not suffer for long periods of time and I have lived a wonderful life! Because no matter what the tragedy, life goes on, and we have no alternative other than suicide or happiness, and I have never, ever considered suicide, nor would I!

Note: My only purpose in posting this life and death philosophy of mine, is my hope that it just might help someone else!

AMERICA’S DIFFICULT PROBLEM FOR REWRITING OUR BELOVED, THOUGH ARCHAIC U. S. CONSTITUTION FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

America obviously needs to rewrite much of the 1787 U.S. Constitution, which was written for a different age, a different concept of the United States of America, and archaic language. The preface of our Constitution, however, needs to be retained however just the way it is, eternal and perfect.

Preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure the domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

The problem in rewriting the Constitution, is that both Republicans and Democrats are so unpatriotic, undemocratic, and totally lacking in compassion and understanding for each other and the People.

Both political parties could not, and would not be able to rewrite a bi-partisan workable Constitution for our American democratic republic.

In rewriting the United States Constitution, we the People need to understand that because of the little differences between State and as a People, America needs to become a UNITED PEOPLE OF AMERICA, instead of a union of states. State boundaries are no longer significant (and that was why we had a civil war.

Americans need to feel the UNION OF THE PEOPLE and DE-emphasize State differences (size, weather, population, economic differences and needs). We are one People. In spite of being a diverse people; we are a people more alike than being different. AND WE NEED TO ACCEPT OUR DIFFERENCES OF RACE, SEX, AND RELIGION.

We need to have a Constitution that emphasizes EQUALITY, FRATERNITY, AND LIBERTY! Our new Constitution definitely needs to make COMMUNISM, FASCISM, AND WHITE SUPREMACY ILLEGAL IN OUR ONE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY!

Our present Constitution provides for what we have come to call “socialism”, because socialism is the only actual purpose in even having a nation.

The only purpose of any “nation” is to provide collectively for the People all those necessities of life that the People cannot provide for their self as individuals. This includes an army, navy, public schools, streets and highways, and a postal service; and, because of the complexity of modern technology, there are more needs today, for those things “citizens cannot provide for their self as an individual because of exorbitant costs, such as MEDICAL CARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY.

Socialism is based on cooperation of the People! The People need to provide for the necessities of the People that the People cannot provide for their self as individuals. However, our American Constitution also provides for “capitalism”!

Our American forefathers provided for both American socialism (a necessity) and American capitalism; socialism and capitalism is not exclusive.

And so, our Present Constitution also provides for what we have come to call “capitalism”, because we need to preserve “the right of individual citizens to prosper from their own ingenuity and creativeness. In our present Constitution, “capitalism” is provided for in the Fourth Amendment.

Amendment IV; “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Capitalism is based on competition between the People. And, capitalism needs to be preserved, and it is, in our Constitutions’ Fourth Amendment.

President Teddy Roosevelt, “the trust-buster” however, realized that extreme competition could also be to the disadvantage of the democracy and the People, and therefore he said it was up to the government “to control corporations”.

Teddy Roosevelt said, of corporations: “Our aim is not to do away with corporations; on the contrary, these big aggregations are an inevitable development of modern industrialism. . . . We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to sub serve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth.”

A new viable Constitution must provide the means for preventing the misconduct of wealth. For example, wealth and/or corporations should not be capable of “buying” political candidates nor elections, nor to become a “monopoly” to the deterrent of the People and free trade.

Americans need a new Constitution for a United People of America.

However, Americans today is so torn apart with hate, cheating, fascism, and misconduct that the People cannot trust their fellow citizens come up with a “more democratic Constitution” today that protects the individual differences of the People. Pity!

HERE IS HOW FASCISTS TOOK OVER AND ELIMINATED AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IN 2016, SIMPLIFIED!

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

The John Birch Society was founded December 9, 1958, by a group of exceedingly wealthy Americans led by Robert Welch. They were founded as a fascist organization opposed to democracy and the “John Birch Society Blue Book” is the John Birch Society manifesto. Read it!

John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . .visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.”

The John Birch Society uses character assassination to eliminate their enemies. John Birch Society Blue Book, “…we should start shocking the American People. Let’s make what we are talking about a little clearer by illustration. There is the head of one of the great educational institutions… whom at least some of us believe to be a Communist. I doubt if we could prove it on him. But—with just… the proper amount of careful research . . . I believe we could get all the material for quite a shock. . . . we would run in the magazine an article consisting of questions to this man, which would be devastating in their implications. The question technique, when skillfully used in this way, is mean and dirty. But the Communists we are after are meaner and dirtier, and too slippery to put your fingers on them in the ordinary way.” pp. 73-4. “…we would have to be prepared from the beginning for a lot smearing…and possibly also, no matter how carefully the job was done, for a lot of nuisance libel suits. . . . But it is to be remembered that libel suits also give added publicity to the charges, which is one thing we would be seeking and which the Left would be most anxious to avoid.” p. 79

One other device the John Birch Society uses, is letter writing committees, created to write letters to the editor or “facebook” etc. : John Birch Society Blue Book: “. We would institute the organized planning and control to make full and effectively coordinated use of the powerful letter writing weapon that lies so ready at hand. . . Letter writing of the kind that builds opinion exactly the way single grains of sand build a whole barricade. . . we would keep a million men working every day . . . ” pp. 66-8.

The John Birch Society believes in using “Front Groups”. John Birch Society Blue Book: “We would organize fronts—little fronts, big fronts, temporary fronts, permanent fronts, all kinds of fronts”. . . p.68-73

The Republican “Tea Party” was founded February 19, 2009. “Within weeks, Tea Party chapters began to appear around the United States, using social media sites such as Facebook to coordinate protest events. They were spurred on by conservative pundits, particularly by Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck. The generally libertarian character of the movement drew disaffected Republicans to the Tea Party banner, and its antigovernment tone resonated with members of the paramilitary militia movement.” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tea-Party-movement

The Tea Party was financed by the John Birch Society, exceedingly wealthy Koch brothers, their father was a John Birch Society founder, and the “Tea Party”, is a front group of the John Birch Society.

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court Republican Majority in “Citizens United”, eliminated the law limiting contributions corporations could make to political candidates. In 2012, with the help of corporate funding, the Tea Party won control of Congress and control of local and State governments.

The John Birch Society Koch Brother, financed a nonprofit organization, “The American Legislative Exchange Council”, which helped Tea Party State governments to Gerrymander congressional districts for the Tea Party to win Congress and the Presidency in 2016.

Today, the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court Republican Majority appears to be “fascist” by definition; Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation, often race, and stands for a centralized, autocratic, often militaristic government.”

So, don’t just believe me, check it out for YOURSELF!

Have you ever heard President Donald Trump mention the value of democracy to the United States of America? President Trump obviously lies with impunity, the president is a White Supremacist who spouts hatred for minorities, and he believes he is all powerful. But you must check out the history for yourself; use responsible sources only! Do not use for resources, John Birch Society propaganda like Fox News!

ALL YOU NEVER LEARNED ABOUT SEX!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Today, I read a piece, “How to Talk to Your Kid about Periods, The what’s and when’s of talking to your daughters and sons about menstruation”, By Taylor Pittman.

This is my response. I am a retired teacher; I became a teacher for what I believed about ignorance, understanding, misunderstanding, stupidity, good teachers, bad sadistic teachers, and ignorance of parents who were not to blame for their own ignorance.

The purpose of public schools is to teach students what they need to know about various school subjects AND LIFE for them to live a happy life. Schools are not for the purpose to teach kids how to be good employees, though it does in essence.

Happiness of the People and becoming good citizens is the answer for why we have public schools. In our American culture children grow up being very ignorant, because through no fault of their own, their parents are made ignorant by their ignorant parents,about our society and its morays! Teacher are not able to answer all the students questions either, and I’ve tried. I never intentionally punished any of my students because, if they did something wrong it was because I didn’t teach them the right way! There’s no place in the public schools for punishing students. Teachers teach!

Psychologists say the best way (only way) to teach behavior is for the teacher to be an excellent (perfect) role model; being a good role model is the most difficult part of teaching!

I’m a male and was ignorant of female menstruation until an age beyond which I should have been aware. Women are made aware of the female menstrual period, unfortunately too many times, unaware until they have their first period (many times, while they are in school and have a ignorant male teacher).

I ask my mother where I came from and she told me, “God brought you to us!” I gathered from that, I was an immaculate conception! In my time, immaculate conception meant according to the Christian churches that “the mother Mary” was not married and made pregnant by God! God’s friend Joseph took the blame for Mary’s pregnancy and married her!

Another thing, in all the pictures that I have seen of Adam and Eve, both have Adam and Eve have had navels (belly buttons); why?

Personally, I attended a “school attended by city kids” and another “school attended by farm kids”; the farm kids knew a helluva lot more about sex than the city kids. Why?

It would appear that I’m at the end of my life, I have no regrets, and have lived a very happy life, intentionally! When I was 17, I was most happy at that age and, decided not to get any older; I didn’t. And I end each day finding something to be happy about.

I’ve never said I was too old to do something; however I’ve tried to do some things and failed, concluding that I was too damn old to do it and so I failed.

Now, I’m 88 years old and I would like to have a lot of 17 year old friends; I’ve tried to make 17 year old friends but all they want to do is help me cross the damn street. I don’t want to cross the street; I live on this side of the street!

So I’m old and still enjoy life; I’m still learning, I’ve been married and divorced 3 times and still have a lot to learn about sex. I still do research on sex whenever I can. Unfortunately, there are still no complete experts on sex!

ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 AND A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

To this day, I vividly remembered Pearl Harbor; and I felt the same about experiencing November 11, 2001; however, my response was to consider WHY the Saudi Arabian bin Laden made his attack. Others of course have no idea of why bin Laden attack, they only considered bin Laden was a Muslim; they apparently hate Muslims because they are Muslim and they probably don’t even know any Muslims.


NEW YORK 9/11

And personally, I was relieved to learn the perpetrator of 9/11 was a vicious terrorist and not an act of war, but instead a crime; there was no need for war.

So I opposed President W. Bush’s 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, who had nothing to do with the Saudi Arabian bin Laden’s “TERRORIST ATTACK”. Afghanistan WAS NEVER A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!


GRAVE OF AMERICAN MUSLIM SOLDIER WHO WAS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

It is unfortunate that ignorant Americans are only concerned with, who of what religion, made a heinous attack of America, without concern for “why”.

Bin Laden made his heinous attack on America, because American President George Herman Bush put an American military base in the Saudi Arabian Muslim Holy Land in 1992, thereby defiling the Muslim Holy Land, and over the objection of 1.6 billion Muslims in the world.


MUSLIMS PRAYING IN SAUDI ARABIAN MUSLIM HOLY LAND

Of course, that does not justify Bin Laden’s heinous attack of 9/11, however it is bin Laden’s Reason for his attack. I cannot Justify bin Laden’s attack any more than I can Justify Christianity’s Inquisition and Crusades. I cannot justify religions hatred.

You are right, the Saudi Arabian bin Laden was a Muslim, but that is not why he attacked America; he attacked America because America defiled his Muslim religion, and there is a difference. Further, I personally have relatives who are Muslim, and I know some other Muslims, and they did not and would not make heinous terrorist attacks on America for defiling their religion.

Personally, I was brought up a Christian and became a Christian; I was taught to love my neighbors and love (have compassion for) my enemies and that is what I do. And that is what my Muslim personal relatives and friends do. Christians who express hatred for Muslims and other religions are not Christians (nor are they little “d” democrats) as far as I am concerned.

Further, people who blame others for doing bad things based on who they are and not why they did it, are stupid; neither do I blame people for being stupid, rather I have compassion for them.

SHORT HISTORY LESSON FOR IGNORANT AMERICANS WHO DON’T KNOW HOW AMERICA CAME TO HAVE A FASCIST PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS IN 2018!

Monday, September 10th, 2018

WHEN YOU SAY THAT AMERICA IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, IT MEANS YOU ARE A FASCIST JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY MEMBER; John Birch Society Blue Book, p.124 ” . . . democracy is merely a deceptive phrase, a weapon of demagoguery, and a perennial fraud.” (Continued in Footnote 25, p. 136.) “Our founding fathers . . . visibly spurned a democracy as probably the worst of all forms of government.” The John Birch Society Blue Book is the John Birch Society manifesto!

The John Birch Society, Koch brothers’ financed the John Birch Society “front group”, the Republican Party’s “Tea Party”. John Birch Society Blue Book: “We would organize fronts—little fronts, big fronts, temporary fronts, permanent fronts, all kinds of fronts . . . pp. 66-8

Then in Mid-Term elections in 2012, the John Birch Society front Group, the Republican Tea Party bought the election (using “Citizens United”), and now Americans are subjected to the John Birch Society Congress that does not believe America is a democratic Republic; and, the Congress has a President Trump who never mentions American democracy!

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The Republican John Bircher/Tea Party won the 2012 elections because of money spent due to the Republican majority of the US Supreme Court who decided “Citizens United”, in an election in which “HALF” OF REGISTERED VOTERS DID NOT VOTE BECAUSE ALL CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES WERE SO BAD VOTERS DIDN’T HAVE ANYONE THEY WANTED TO VOTE FOR.

This is how and why America today is government by a congress and president who does not believe America is a democracy.

Americans who do not know American History are condemned to lose their democracy to a fascist Congress and President; Webster Dictionary definition of fascism: “A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation often race and stands for a centralized autocratic, often militaristic government.”

Sad so sad, America’s fascist President and Congress is so bad!

JUST WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ANY GOVERNMENT? YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

IF YOU STUDY GOVERNMENT, YOU WOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE PURPOSE FOR “ANY GOVERNMENT”, AND THAT IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE PEOPLE, ALL NECESSITIES OF LIFE FOR THE PEOPLE COLLECTIVELY THAT THEY CANNOT PROVIDE FOR THEIR SELF AS INDIVIDUALS. THAT IS SOCIALISM.

SOCIALISM IS THE BASIS FOR ANY GOVERNMENT.

IN AMERICA THE U.S. ARMY IS SOCIALISM, STREETS ARE SOCIALISM, POLICE ARE SOCIALISM, FIREMEN ARE SOCIALISM, THE POST OFFICE IS SOCIALISM AND PROVIDED FOR IN THE US CONSTITUTION.

THE ONLY PROVISION FOR CAPITALISM IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IS THE FOURTH AMENDMENT: Amendment IV: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

UNFORTUNATELY, MOST AMERICANS ARE IGNORANT ABOUT THE PROPOSE OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND THE ONLY PURPOSE OF ANY GOVERNMENT. THE US CONSTITUTION SPECIFICALLY PROVIDES FOR SOCIALISM IN AMERICA IN THE PREAMBLE: Preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure the domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

THE REAL BLESSINGS OF CAPITALISM, AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, IS THAT IT PROVIDES FOR A CITIZEN TO BENEFIT FROM HIS OWN INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY AS PROVIDED IN INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF THE IV AMENDMENT.

UNFORTUNATELY, U.S. BUSINESSES TEND TO CREATE CORPORATE CONGLOMERATE MONOPOLIES AND CAN CHARGE WHATEVER PRICE THEY WANT BECAUSE SUPPLY AND DEMAND ARE CONTROLLED BY THE CORPORATE CONGLOMERATES.
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TEDDY ROOSEVELT, THE “TRUST BUSTER”, IS THE KIND OF PRESIDENT AMERICA NEEDS TODAY; I WOULD CERTAINLY VOTE FOR HIM; HE BELIEVED THAT CORPORATIONS NEED TO BE CONTROLLED FOR THE BENEFIT OF CONSUMERS AND CONSUMERS ARE “THE PEOPLE”, YOU AND ME!
“The great corporations which we have grown to speak of rather loosely as trusts are the creatures of the State, and the State not only has the right to control them, but it is duty bound to control them wherever the need of such control is shown.” ― Theodore Roosevelt https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/47025-the-great-corporations-which-we-have-grown-to-speak-of

“The Constitution guarantees protection to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation…. There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done…Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs.”

Teddy Roosevelt’s attack on excessive concentration of wealth

TEACHING BY MY RULES; HOW TEACHERS SHOULD TEACH SCHOOL!

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Today, I was reflecting on my original teaching methodology, and wrote this for what it is worth:

Personally, I am a retired American public school teacher; I became a teacher, primarily because I was personally harassed by 2 different sadistic teachers in my 12 years of public education; it taught me at an early age, not to trust all adults. And, I vowed to change education, the world, and teachers, for the benefit of the students; and I failed.


SOCRATES

However, I personally succeeded to a degree; I never punished a student while teaching, and if any of my students failed becoming decent human beings, and informed citizens, I blamed myself. Further, I have always been convinced THERE IS NO PLACE IN SCHOOL FOR PUNISHMENT. AND, HERE IS WHY?

On my first day of teaching school, I told my students, “You have to be here every day and I have to be here every day, at the same time. I propose you and I agree to enjoy our hour together, perhaps learn something important, but look forward to being here together, every school day.

“We must have rules, of course; so to make it easy, we will have only one rule; everyone in here, including me, must respect every other person in this classroom. I will behave as you do. And if someone breaks that rule, whether student or teacher, the others will remind that person of our one rule.”


JESUS

In all probability, the students thought that “As a teacher, I was insane, however it was an opportunity to spend at least one hour of public school each school day, without fear, boredom, or hassle.” The rest was up to me to abide our rule, me the teacher!

As a teacher, it was my responsibility to teach students “what they needed to know” about the subject and what was acceptable behavior in our society. (Correspondence schools, and computerized classes do not work in this regard.)

One instance, I do remember so well, in my senior Government Class, one young man kept talking to another student, interrupting class and I deliberately ignored it, thinking he would shut up. Finally, other students started telling the kid to “shut up, you are disturbing the class”! He didn’t.

So, I ask him to come outside our door with me, and told him there, “Look, this is not punishment,” I said intentionally, “but you are disturbing class for all of the rest of us; and so, you stand out here until our class is over.” He did, we did, and he never interrupted class again. To me that is effective teaching and I did not consider my part, punishing him.

Teachers are not to train students to be good employees, trained in a job, or indoctrinated in any religious or political concepts. Public school students are in school to learn how to succeed in life and become good citizens in American democracy, regardless of what their future holds for them.

In the first year of college, in the first psychology class, a college student (prospective teacher) learns that the best way to teach behavior is by being a good role model; and, this is by far, the hardest part of teaching for me! However I behaved in the classroom, the students were allowed behave in the same way; however I treated the students, they were OK to treat others the same way.

Psychology teaches, that use of punishment teaches children other things too, other than acceptable behavior; for example it teaches that a person’s use of punishment, persons making judgement of other people, and acts of punishment are acceptable behavior in our society. And, I do not think so!


JOHN DEWEY

Teachers are not meant to be policemen, judges, or parents to students.

Though teachers are by law expected to be “in loco parentis”, translated it means the teacher will protect and cherish the student as if they are the student’s parent, in the absence of the actual parent!

“In loco parentis” DOES NOT mean teachers are expected to spank or punish students like some parents do!

If a teacher is expected to teach students the value of schooling and learning, why in the world would a teacher keep a student after school as “punishment”!

A teacher who does not “love their neighbor” nor “love their enemies” should NOT be in the teaching business; this means that every teacher should have some compassion for all living beings, including those they are expected to teach.

Every student of mine was treated equally; normal adults tend to believe that any and all adults, are superior to children (including adolescents); this is not true. All children are born with all the brains they will ever have and all children are born with the ability to think and learn! A child’s intelligence may “exceed or be less than that of an adult”!

Obviously, some of my students were of superior intelligence than me and I acknowledge the fact, and some of my students had less intelligence than me; however, I interacted equally to all students. We live in a democracy!

My mother had taught me as a child that all living creatures were equal under God and the U.S. Constitution. I agree; and my mom said, “God counts each sparrow’s fall”, and she did not particularly care for sparrows!


BHUDDA

Unfortunately, not many teachers during my teaching career agreed with my concept of teaching; pity!

And, I taught student teachers in the university for four years; I taught those student teachers just like I taught in the public school classroom. Now, I have mixed feelings of my influence?

For several years I was an administrator in a public school and was required to supervise and evaluate teachers assigned to me; I evaluated those teachers based on my concept of “acceptable teaching”. Now, I have mixed feelings of my influence?

However personally, I believe in my teaching methods!

TEARS SHED FOR THE “D.C. DEMOCRATIC PARTY ESTABLISHMENT” ARE WASTED ON SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS.

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Democrats are their own worst enemy. The D.C. Establishment Democrats are the problem; they believe they represent the party and not the People. Their 2016 convention was rigged, with super delegates of the Democratic D.C. Establishment and not representative of the voters (the People).

And, this is exasperation for voters looking for candidates that represents People’s interests.

To the Democratic D.C. Establishment, elections are about money and the corporations have the money to buy elections and candidates.

Democrats should look at the record, and who votes for whom!

The Democratic D.C. Establishment should take look at the past!

In 2000 Gore lost! In 2004 Kerry lost!

In 2008, a Black Man won the Primary and election because the People wanted health care and opposed the D.C. Establishment primary candidates! In 2012, Obama won because he came through for the People with healthcare, the greatest need of the People, today!

Then in 2016, Hillary Clinton lost the election because she was supported by Wall Street. And, the D.C. Establishment “fixed” the primary and convention for the Establishment candidate, against the People’s candidate Bernie Sanders.

In 2016, Hillary complains because, the liberal progressive worker Democrats who supported her liberal progressive opponent Sanders in the primary, did not vote for her in the general election.

Instead, Hillary won the endorsement and vote of former REPUBLICAN President George Herman Bush, and lost the Electoral College and the Election to Donald Trump.

Does this explain the 2016 fiasco!

Democrats never learn!

The “Democratic D.C. Establishment” has forgotten the Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who won FOUR elections, because he was the People’s candidate and not the politician’s candidate.

The People voted for Roosevelt, because he provided relief boxes of food when the People were hungry! He founded the Civilian Conservation Corps when they needed work! And Roosevelt made the 8 hour day, forty hour week the law, providing more jobs for the People. Oh yes, and he Provided Social Security!

Then, in 2000 and 2004, Republican Candidates George W. Bush Jr. won the Presidency and, Trump won the 2016 election, because President George Bush Jr. and Donald Trump promised the People lower taxes for the wealthy which was to “trickle down” to the People and provide jobs for workers.

Can you believe it?

Actually, Republic Candidates did not win; instead it was the Democratic Candidates and the People who lost.

Today, the Democratic Establishment blames the Democratic liberal-progressive worker Voters, not for voting Republican, but for not voting for Democrats supported by corporate America, not voting at all, or for voting for a third party candidate!

The Democratic Party has a huge problem.

The problem is not the People!