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Posted by Andrew Roman on May 23, 2010

I think a great big congratulations is in order for Charles Djou, don’t you?

If you are not familiar with the name just yet, you probably will be in short order. He has just won the special election for Hawaii’s First Congressional Seat – Barack Obama’s childhood district.

And why, you may ask, is that a big deal? Why is this relevant?

Because Djou is a Republican … and he’s the first Republican to hold that seat since Pat Saiki left office twenty years ago.

From Hawaii News Now:

The Honolulu City Councilmember grabbed 39% of the vote. State Senate president Colleen Hanabusa came in second with 30% of the vote. Former US Representative Ed Case came in third, gathering 27% the vote.

“This is a momentous day. We have sent a message to the United States Congress. We have sent a message to the ex-governors. We have sent a message to the national Democrats. We have sent a message to the machine. We have told them, that we will not stand idly by as our great nation is burdened by too much taxes and too much wasteful spending” said Representative-elect Djou in front of hundreds of supporters at Republican headquarters in Honolulu.

Lefties, of course, will be quick to remind you that Democrat support is not waning. Rather – to quote Ian Faith from the film Spinal Tap – it is simply becoming “more selective.”

And for those negative nellies out there, don’t be discouraged by those who say that come November, Djou doesn’t stand a chance against whatever Democrat comes along in the general election. Don’t be put off by the entire “Democrat in-fighting” rhetoric.

Djou will be the incumbent, will attract independents (especially many who went for Ed Case), and will have raised a lot of money by then.

He does stand a chance in November.

Have faith.

This isn’t  just a symbolic win.

Rather, it may very well prove to be a prophetic one.


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Posted by Andrew Roman on March 5, 2010

Yesterday, at the University of Washington, students representing the Socialist Workers Party held a protest against budget cuts at the school.

Like their college campus ancestors, they took to the greens and waved banners.

Among the litany of catchy slogans employed yesterday was this little gem: “Who’s Schools? Our Schools.”

Yes, students were actually carrying signs that read, ” Who’s Schools? Our Schools.”

The irony is both delicious and incalculable.

Sadly, the young Marxists may be right. Perhaps more money needs to be funneled into the English department. Or maybe these young people just need to sit in on English class a little more often.

Either way, here’s a quick lesson from your old Uncle Andy to all of you Socialist Workers Party kids out there: Written with an apostrophe “s,” the sign would actually be saying “Who is Schools? Our Schools.”

Of course, that doesn’t make a lot of sense, depending on how much ecstasy you’ve taken.

The correct spelling of the word is “whose, ” which is the possessive of “who.” In this context, you would use the word “whose” to ask the question: “The school belonging to whom?”

Note that the little darlings attempted to correct their mistakes by hand scribbling an “e” at the end.

Fortunately, as you can see, no apostrophes were harmed in the rewrites.


This photo comes from Gateway Pundit, via Weasel Zipper. It’s one of those “gifts” that make blogging a whole lot of fun.
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Posted by Andrew Roman on December 16, 2009

Perhaps “Heather Has Two Mommies” would have been more appropriate, or some sort of teen magazine. Maybe even a scratch ‘n sniff Michelle Obama colorforms set.

But the Bible? That book with all the God stuff in it?

Surely, that can’t be permitted, can it?

Isn’t there a law or a commandment that says there shall be no bibles in a public schools because of a separation of church and state amendment somewhere or something?

Not to worry. The principal at Madison Park Elementary School in Parlin, New Jersey is apologizing. One of his teachers simply made a mistake. Of course the Bible can be read by students during quiet time if they so choose  – as can any other religious book, for that matter. The teacher was absolutely wrong, said the principal, to make a 3rd Grader put her Bible away during quiet time because it was inappropriate.

From MY Fox New York:

Michelle Jordat says her daughter, Mariah, cried when the teacher told her to put away the Bible. Jordat says her daughter’s feelings were hurt and she was confused. “This was injustice,” Jordat says. “No other child has to go through this again.”

Jordat accepted the principal’s apology, but wants something in writing stating that reading the Bible is OK during personal reading time. She also says she will speak to a lawyer. The Old Bridge Board of Education held a meeting Tuesday evening and addressed the issue for concerned parents.

Momma at the great Weasel Zippers blog wonders if the teacher would have said anything had the book been a Qur’an.

Let’s be perfectly honest. Outside of hardcore pornography, is there anything other than a Bible that would have prompted the teacher to order the child to put away what she was reading?

A pamphlet on how to put a condom on a banana?

The Vagina Monologues?

The Communist Manifesto?

I understand she’s only a 3rd Grader. There aren’t too many nine-year-olds reading Karl Marx – not yet anyway. I’m merely making a point.

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Posted by Andrew Roman on November 19, 2009

Inside the First Cathedral of Bloomfield

When the American Civil Liberties Union issues a warning, you can be sure of two things: one, that liberty itself is about to come under assault in some context, and two, that a whole lot of powerful, highly-paid, hot-shot attorneys looking for a slot on Rachel Maddow’s show are going to disfigure the Constitution in the name of whatever their latest crusade is.

Like starving buzzards – or Al Sharpton – they sit coiled and ready, just out of eye sight, waiting for a one tasty morsel of what they perceive as incivility to hit the floor before swooping in.

When they do, it is a spectacular sight to behold.

The ferocity with which they infiltrate and operate is unmatched. Liberty-loving people scatter like field mice while a few bitter bellyachers do whatever is necessary to make sure everyone is allotted their fair share of misery in the name of equality. These jack-booted deliverers of lawsuits and Godlessness come in the name of justice to level playing fields and protect people from civil rights violations.

They’re amazing – like microwave ovens, or the Wonder Twins.

And so it is that the ACLU – which is neither civil nor interested in protecting liberties – has warned the Enfield, Connecticut school board that it had better rethink its decision to hold graduation ceremonies in a church … or else.


The ACLU of Connecticut is warning the Enfield school board to stop holding graduation ceremonies at a Bloomfield megachurch, claiming the graduates and their families are unconstitutionally being subjected to religious messages.

The ACLU, the national ACLU’s Freedom of Religion and Belief Project, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sent a letter Wednesday to the attorney for the Enfield Public Schools. They’re threatening to sue if the district doesn’t change the graduation location.
A message left seeking with the Enfield superintendent of schools was not immediately returned.

David McGuire, an ACLU attorney, says ceremonies for both Enfield High School and Ernico Fermi High School have been held for several years at The First Cathedral in Bloomfield.

My first instinct, of course, was to comment on the ridiculously paranoid contention by the ever-acrimonious “Separation of Church and State” set that visitors who have come to attend graduation ceremonies will be subjected to anything other than tedious speeches from wordy over-achievers simply by entering a building where religious services take place. How exactly? What “constitutional” protections are being violated? What “civil rights” are being infringed upon? These are not religious ceremonies. No one is being made to convert.

Indeed, I was well prepared to unleash my reasoned arguments on what sounded like a typical, liberty-squashing, secularism-über-alles ACLU power play.

However, the story is apparently missing some key elements that I am happy to convey here for the first time.

In the past, all graduating students and their guests, upon entry into the megachurch, were handed crucifixes and told to press them tight against their chests with their right hands. (Each crucifix was treated with a powerful psychtropic solution that was released into the body upon contact). Every patron was promptly handed a card that read “We are all Christians now” while an usher discretely administered small doses of electric current to each visitor’s left temple. At the same time as this, a sound recording with a menacing voice repeating the phrase, “Jesus is your master” filled the beautifully decorated lobby while gift baskets stuffed with Paul of Tarsus raspberry-filled chocolate figurines were handed out. After the strip searches and inoculations were completed, all were re-clothed appropriately and led into the sanctuary where “Obey Jesus” buttons were affixed to each shroud. Patrons were then seated as they were made to repeat the phrase, “Church and State, Forever Great!” two-hundred times.

Diplomas were eventually handed out to the children, but not before electronic “baptism” chips were implanted into the necks of all attendees and “Loyalty to Jesus” oaths were signed by everyone.

That changes everything.

What would we do without the ACLU?

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Posted by Andrew Roman on November 16, 2009

Christmas intolerance in the name of tolerance is alive and well in one Massachusetts town.

In a nation where the mainstream media shivers at the prospect of attributing the actions of an “Allahu Akbar” shouting mass murderer to his religion; where liberals remind the rest of us that fundamentalist Christians and fundamentalist Jews pose as much a threat to the safety of Americans as fundamentalist Islamists; where “offensive” religious symbols are removed from city seals and emblems because of some phantom violation of rights; where fallacious “church and state” arguments help fuel a small minority to squash the rights of a faith-based majority, the plague of moral equivalency not only thrives, it has joined forces with the anti-religion/secularism-at-all-costs movement.

At Byam Elementary school in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Christmas-related items have been banned from being sold in the store’s annual holiday gift shop. Items that depict Christmas in any way – Santa Claus, reindeer, wooden soldiers, mistletoe, angels, even red and green tissue paper – are off-limits at a school store that specifically stays open through the holidays to make money. Yet, nothing related to Christmas, or any other religious holiday, can be sold there during the holiday season. So while non-holiday-looking holiday gifts are allowed to be bought and sold in the school’s holiday store, the holiday itself is not allowed to be represented there.

Make sense?

If this doesn’t epitomize liberalism today, nothing does.

Rita Savard at the Lowell Sun writes:

After meeting with members of the Byam Elementary School PTO, two mothers asking to put the holidays back into the school’s annual holiday gift shop say Byam isn’t budging. Kathryn McMillan and Kathleen Cullen, who both have children at Byam, asked school officials to allow all holiday items at the gift shop following a ban on Santa, candy canes, stockings, and all Christmas, Hanukkah and other “religious items.”

But a meeting with some PTO parents on Thursday night grew heated as emotions got in the way.

McMillan went on to say that during the meeting, one parent – obviously university educated – got up and exclaimed, “If we allow Santa, what do we say if a child brings in a swastika? Do we allow that too?”

The brilliance and clarity of the secular left never ceases to amaze me.

“If we allow Santa, what do we say if a child brings in a swastika?”

This, of course, as we all know, is an alarming trend pervasive in many public schools across America today, and has been for decades – namely, kids carrying their Yuletide swastikas into schools that sell Santa mugs. It’s known as the dreaded Santa-Hitler Effect. As a result, school stores from coast to coast are now selling such Noel-inspired goodies as Adolf Eichmann holiday candles, Heinrich Himmler orange preserves and Josef Mengele peanut brittle.

Only university-numbed, rabid church-and-state knee-jerks can find a correlation between the symbol of an oppressive totalitarian regime responsible for the murder of millions – including six-million Jews – and the selling of a toy featuring the likeness of jolly old St. Nick.

(Is this like comparing Global Warming denial to Holocaust denial?)

Superintendent Donald Yeoman said, “It’s operated under those same rules for a number of years with success and without complaint.”

I can’t help but wonder how many “Santa” complaints or “Little Drummer Boy” grievances were received during the previous one hundred years when Christmas wasn’t banished from public view.

Superintendent Donald Yeoman told The Sun on Tuesday that the rules for the gift shop are under the authority of Byam Principal Jane Gilmore. Ultimately, said Yeoman, the policy for the gift shop was set so no child would feel left out.

And so, Mr. Yeoman, I must ask … exactly what lesson does all of this instill in our children? How do we teach our kids to tolerate differences when the symbols of those differences are banned by the very people who claim that embracing those differeences is so critical?

It’s the pathetic reality of today’s five-hundred pound gorilla in the American public school classroom.

One on hand, schools are obsessed with multiculturalism – elevating every conceivable culture and civilization to an equal plane (except the American culture, of course) in the name of deifying diversity. On the other, the Judeo-Christian value system – the ethical and moral foundation of this nation – is treated as an offensive anti-Constitutional tool of exclusion. Thus, at Christmas time, the majority belief is swept aside, removed from view and suppressed for fear of “leaving others out.” Mind you, no one is forced to buy anything at the holiday store. No one is made to believe in Christmas, or become a Christian.

Ever hear of the Bill of Rights?

Wasn’t there something about the “free exercise thereof” somewhere in there?

This isn’t a matter of “endorsing” a religion, or “establishing” a state faith of some kind – which is what every fraidy-cat, leftist with a “church-and-state” complex fearful of a theocratic regime shudders at the thought of. This isn’t about anything other than recognizing the cold-hard fact that Christmas a real holiday – a federal holiday – that is celebrated by the vast majority of Americans. The fact that there are some who don’t – like me, being a Jew – means absolutely nothing.

Sadly, if it turned out that every student in that school openly and eagerly celebrated Christmas, there would still be some politically correct, leftist boob somewhere frantically waving his pocket edition of the Constitution – or some bitter atheist trying to avenge a lifetime of feeling “left out” – hell bent on taking away everyone else’s joy in the name of preserving the “separation between church and state,” blah, blah, blah.

Personally, I never once felt left out of anything. Indeed, most of the Jews I know never felt threatened, excluded, shunned or outcast at Christmas time.

It takes nothing away from me – or anyone – to have Christmas or Hanukah trinkets sold at a school store at Christmas time. It isn’t a method of indoctrination. It isn’t an imposition of faith. It isn’t cultivation. It’s not propaganda. It isn’t the duplicitous and subversive establishment of a theocracy. And as long as I am not told I have to practice a specific religion by the state – which is precisely what the First Amendment protects me from – there is nothing to bust a blood vessel about.

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Posted by Andrew Roman on October 4, 2009

As readers of my blog know, the weekends are not a busy time for me here. Indeed, if there is big news to talk about, or if something is particularly gnawing at me, I will certainly make it a point to sit down and post something. But as a rule, weekends are quiet at Roman Around. Of course, being the only contributor to this blog, and having a fairly busy life, there are going to be periods when I simply don’t post as much as I would like.

So be it.

Today, however, is a fairly lazy day. There isn’t much going on. And while I am very much looking forward to watching the New York Jets’ take on the New Orleans Saints in less than a half-hour, I can’t help but get that annoying feeling that I need to sit down and post something – anything.

So, here it is.

From the “Save Yourself The Trouble” file …

One of my “Andy’s General Rules of Life in America” rules – something I’ve written about fairly often – has to do with world opinion. Generally speaking, whatever world opinion is on any given subject, take the opposite position.

Another is … There is no crisis contrived by liberals that has ever proven to be so; therfore relax, the world is not coming to an end. Do your homework, keep your head, and allow the hysteria pass you by.

It will.

Here’s another to add to the list.

As a general rule, whenever you hear a political ad that specifically touts the fact that the candidate in question is one who either wants more money for education, or one who has, in the past, secured more funding for education, vote for the other.

He or she is a liberal.

It isn’t even necessary to hear the entire ad.

Let’s say you turned on the radio or television and joined the commercial in-progress.

If you hear something akin to, “Joe Blow wants to help our under-funded schools,” or “More money for education is Joe Blow’s top priority,” then roll down the windows, lock the doors and close the garage.

It’s liberal time.

In the instance where both candidates in the race (assuming there are two) have commercials that are pushing their candidates’ desire to invest even more money in education, understand that there is no conservative in the running.

In such a case, choose the lesser of two evils.

Or run for office yourself.
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Posted by Andrew Roman on September 25, 2009

TUSDFrom the folks who brought you such timeless classics as, “Race Doesn’t Matter” and “Let Us Judge By The Content Of One’s Character Rather Than The Color Of One’s Skin” comes the latest barrier-breaking, bigotry-busting, everyone-is-equal initiative – this time from the Tucson Arizona Unified School District. Taken directly out of the “Poor Baby, He’s Black And Cannot Read” file – which rests along side the “Poor Baby, He’s Spanish; No Wonder He’s In A Gang” file – is the latest and greatest guideline for student discipline to come along since the paddle.

In short, if one is either black (a racial designation) or Hispanic (a cultural designation), then his or her measure of discipline is likely going to be different from their Caucasian school mates. It is – to quote supporters – a restorative system.

The bottom line is … there will be one set of standards for blacks and Hispanics, and one for “everyone else.”

Drew Zahn of World Net daily writes:

Arizona Republic columnist Doug MacEachern drew attention to a decision made by the Tucson Unified School District’s board over the summer to adopt a “Post-Unitary Status Plan,” which includes the goal of reducing suspensions and expulsions of minority students to reflect “no ethnic/racial disparities.”

“TUSD principals and disciplinarians (assuming such creatures still exist) are being asked to set two standards of behavior for their students,” MacEachern commented. “Some behavior will be met with strict penalties; some will not. It all depends on the color of the student’s skin.”

MacEachern’s column quoted a section of the board’s 52-page plan titled “Restorative School Culture and Climate,” subhead, “Discipline”:

“School data that show disparities in suspension/expulsion rates will be examined in detail for root causes,” the new policy states. “Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African-American and Hispanic students.”

The board also created an “Equity Team” to ensure “a commitment to social justice for all students.”

“The happy-face edu-speak notwithstanding, what the Tucson Unified School District board of governors has approved this summer is a race-based system of discipline,” MacEachern concluded. “Offenses by students will be judged, and penalties meted out, depending on the student’s hue.”

School officials, however, have both refuted MacEachern’s description of the policy as “two-tiered” and argued that the new guidelines will only help correct racial inequalities that already exist in the system.

An “Equity Team?”

Lord, help me.

If you are not shaking your head, check with your physician. Your hinge may be rusted.

What kind of socially destructive, race-obsessed, dangerous poppycock is this? Where on earth do these overpaid, hyper-sensitive, university-educated social relics with no real answers to real problems come up with these asinine ideas? How is it that people who are supposed to be serious adults, charged with the task of educating and molding our children into functioning members of a civil society, come up with such counterproductive, preposterous notions of how to deal with the so-called “inequities” that exist among students of different cultures and races? How in the world can anyone anywhere think this actually makes any kind of sense?

Above all, what message does this send to non-whites?

Try, “We’re not good enough to meet the standards of Caucasions, so it’s up to guilty whites with power to treat us extra special.”

Try, “I can get away with more because I do not meet – and can never exceed – the standards of people who are paler than I.”

The board’s report includes statistics that while American Indian students make up only 4 percent of the student body, they account for 20 percent of the suspensions across the district. And while black students only make up 7 percent of the student body, they account for 16.3 percent of out-of-school suspensions.

(TUSD Governing Board member Adelita) Grijalva also told the Star that administrators have had too much discretion over the years to give some kids a pass while throwing the book at others; and since the majority of teachers are white, they might not understand cultural differences.

“This will allow us to look at the situation with a bigger lens,” she said, “and I am 100 percent supportive of it.”

Think of the logic here …

If, for example, the majority of holdups in New York Cityare perpetrated by blacks, and if the definition of a holdup is changed to include only those heists that involve $200 or more, there will be – by definition – a sudden a drop in the number of black thieves. To leftists, the problem is thus solved. Everything is cool. The negative stigma has been removed. The heartless, compassionless, racially insensitive standard has been relaxed.

Keep in mind that the value set of the criminal that led to the thievery is never scrutinized. That would be judgemental.

Second, this gobbledygook about “cultural differences” is about as tiresome and idiotic as a Joe Biden lecture. What the hell does that really mean? Where exactly do these students come from? How is it that their cultural value sets are so different as to be so misunderstood by teachers who live in the same country as they? Are the vast majority of these students – whether they be black, Spanish, American-Indian, whatever – new to the United States? Or Western Civilization? Have they just been dropped off in America from Planet Zaytox without any sense of what is right and wrong?

Do liberals even bother to listen to the things they say?

Either theft is wrong or it is not. Either hitting another student when it is not in self-defense is wrong or it is not. Cheating is either acceptible or it is not.

Are these values unique only to White Americans? Is the effectiveness of punishment somehow synonymous with melanin levels in the skin? Or by one’s identification to his or her Spanish heritage?

Absolute mindless liberal crap.

As Michelle Malkin wrote on her blog:

I am sure Eric Holder and his racial preference-mongers (not to mention the “social justice” purveyors at Obama’s Department of Education) approve.

 Is there anything less progressive than being progressive?


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Posted by Andrew Roman on March 13, 2009


On college campuses across the star-spangled map, the First Amendment is taken very seriously – especially when it comes to protesting wars, demonstrating for abortion rights, fighting against global warming, resisting God, embracing socialism, advocating same-sex marriage, promoting multiculturalism, castigating America and crapping on the military. (Such diversity!)

However, a disturbing trend is developing at America’s higher institutions of indoctrination – er, learning.  The protection of free speech provided for in the First Amendment is, in increasing numbers, becoming optional in the eyes of academia when the speech touches upon a long-time anathema of the Left, namely the Second Amendment – the Constitutional right to bear arms.

On Mike Gallagher’s radio show yesterday, he took a couple of moments to read an article posted at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) website that counts some of  an ever-growing number of instances where students on campuses across the country face censorship, police inquiry, or even penalty, for simply talking about guns – and nothing that could even be remotely construed as threatening or promoting of violence. Rather, students are being silenced for exercising their right to free expression.

Want to talk Marxism? Feel free.

How about the slaughering of North American Indians by evil Europeans? You bet.

Feel like screaming about the need to impeach President Bush? Have at it, crusader.

Think reparations for the descendants of slaves is a good idea? Testify, brother.

Think the idea of carrying a concealed firearm on a college campus is worthy of, at least, some discussion? Get ready to be questioned by the cops.


According to the article at the website’s Daily Policy Digest page:

… an unfortunate consequence of the tragedies at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University is that students are increasingly facing punishment or investigation for engaging in any kind of gun-related speech, says William Creeley, of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

It’s useful to review just how many incidents of overreaction to gun-related speech we’ve seen on the part of school administrators in the past several years, says Creeley:

• At Central Connecticut State University, a student gave a presentation for his speech class about the safety value of concealed weapons on campus; his professor called the police, who subsequently interrogated him about where he was storing the guns that were registered under his name.

• At Tarrant County College in Texas, a student chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus was prohibited from wearing empty gun holsters to protest policies that forbid concealed carry on campus; in addition, the group was only allowed to protest (still without holsters) in the school’s tiny and restrictive free speech zone.

• At Colorado College, two male students were found responsible for sexually-related “violence” after they put up posters making fun of a feminist newsletter; because the posters, which also parodied “guy stuff,” made references to chainsaws and the range of a sniper rifle, administrators claimed that feminists on campus became afraid for their lives.


• At Lone Star College near Houston, the Young Conservatives of Texas distributed a humorous flyer listing “Top Ten Gun Safety Tips” at the school’s “club rush”; they were threatened with probation and derecognition, and the flyer was censored.

• Arkansas Tech cancelled a student production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins “out of respect for the families of those victims of the tragedies at Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech, and from an abundance of caution.”

• Yale University attempted a similar maneuver after the Virginia Tech shootings, banning the use of any realistic-looking weapons in theatrical productions at the school; under public pressure, Yale backed away somewhat from its original overreaction but still required audiences to be “notified in advance of the use of fake guns, swords and knives.”

American Leftocrats believe in liberty – as long they define the parameters – and they’re more than happy to limit exercise of the First Amendment if the speech is intended to defend the Second Amendment.

The fact is, the Second Amendment not only provides for the citizenry the right to protect itself against a potentially tyrannical government, but against criminals with intent on doing harm. That liberals seem to have a difficult time differentiating between law abiding citizens exercising their right to bear arms and criminals who couldn’t give a damn what laws are on the books illustrates why liberals cannot be trusted with protecting innocents.

Is there anyone who lost a family member or friend in any college campus murder spree who would have objected to a student carrying a concealed weapon blowing away the killer before their loved one was slaughtered?

Yes, Virginia, violence is sometimes justified and moral.

Yet, on American college campuses, where free expression of thought and the open exchange of ideas is supposed to be at the very heart of their purpose, anyone who even broaches such an argument seemingly runs an ever-increasing risk of being silenced, censored or branded a right-wing radical by totalitarian-like educators and their indoctrinated.

These are the values being slammed into the skulls of your children at today’s universities.

And if you do have kids that are going away to college, pray they stay drunk.

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Posted by Andrew Roman on March 1, 2009

Last year, while then-candidate Barack Obama was still going on and on about how he would have nothing – absolutely nothing – to do with special interest groups, the National Education Association Representative Assembly was adopting 12 new exciting resolutions. While then-candidate Barack Obama was assuring American voters that he wouldn’t as much as spit on a special interest group, even if it were on fire, the NEA shocked the world by endorsing Barack Obama for President. Of course, in Obamacratic terms, the NEA isn’t really a special interest group to begin with – the same way earmarks aren’t really earmarks, and increasing the deficit isn’t really increasing the deficit. They are about education – and that, by golly, transcends politics.

Take two of these twelve non-political, non-biased, agenda-free, straight-down-the-middle resolutions adopted last year by the NEA.

chavez-and-the-grapesResolution I-31- Cesar Chavez Day, for example, states that the NEA “believes that Cesar Chavez Day should be a state holiday in every state to focus on the importance of human relations.” They go on to say that the day would “promote reflection and action for social justice.

Chavez is a hero to the Left. Whether or not he was a bona-fide communist probably isn’t known for sure, but without question, he most definitely played the part of a Marxist class-warrior with much of his rhetoric, and acted like one through his tactics. However, conveniently forgotten by the Left is the fact that Chavez was against illegal immigration – something today’s Leftocrats wouldn’t exactly find a catchy poster slogan for.

The idea that the NEA would endorse a holiday for this man before standing up for reinstating a day specifically commemorating George Washington, the father of this country, is really all you need to know about them. Further, it is not unreasonable to suggest that Thomas Jefferson and, yes, even Abraham Lincoln deserve national holidays before Cesar Chavez does.

Remember, Washington and Jefferson were slave holders. That means the entirerty of their accomplsihments are effectively invalidated.

Meanwhile, Resolution I-51 sates that the NEA supports the “Right of Redress for Descendants of Slavery.” Quoting directly from the NEA resolution:

“The National Education Association believes that both the nation’s decision to allow the acceptance of ownership of labor were morally flawed at their inception and that a formal apology is long overdue. The Association also believes that all descendants of those who served in bondage possess just cause to seek redress from the federal government for past injustices that have contributed to the institutional racism that exists until this day.”

Here’s an idea.

How about a resolution issued by the descendants of American slavery extending a debt of gratitude to the descendants of those who went against the tide of human history by deciding to pursue the radical concept of ending slavery – an institution that predated America’s involvement in it to the beginning of recorded human existence, touching practically every civilization and culture that has ever kissed the face of the Earth?

Contrary to popular notion, the United States of America did not invent slavery.

And if the NEA (a non-special interest group, remember) can show me where “institutional racism” exists in the United States of America – the least racist and most accommodating nation on the face of the Earth – I’d be most appreciative.

The complete NEA 2008-2009 Resolutions Document is here.

But some in the the NEA weren’t entirely happy with Resolution I-51. It needed to go further, they said.

Thus, NEA issued a “supplement report” to Resolution I-51 that reads as follows (additions underlined and in bold):

reparations1New I. Right of Redress for Descendants of Slavery Supplementary Report

Amend by addition … “Right of Redress for [Descendants of Slavery] Deprivation of Human Rights.” Amend by addition on page 19 of the Supplementary Report, lines 35-36, “the nation’s decision to allow and the acceptance of ownership of labor, the practice of violating treaties, slaughter of innocents, displacement of indigenous peoples-including the forced relocation and the re-education of childrenwere morally flawed. Amend by addition, line 37, “descendants of those who served in bondage, or were deprived of life, land, language, resources, and culture, possess just cause to seek redress.”

Somewhere in the back of the hall Howard Zinn was shaking a tail-feather.

Also interesting to point out is that while the “Redress” issue has no problems passing at the NEA conference, one thing that did not pass was an amendment to an already existing resolution – I-16. Family Planning.

The original resolution reads, in part:

The National Education Association supports family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom.

What “reproductive freedom” has to do with teaching kids how to master binomials or conjugate verbs is unclear, but I digress.

The NEA shot down an amendament that, according to the North Eastern Ohio Education Association blog, “would have added the words ‘with no position on abortion‘ after the reference to “reproductive freedom.”

In other words, the NEA decided that they couldn’t officially be neutral on the issue of abortion.

Nope, no special interests there.

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