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  •  Thanks for writing this, Ken (16+ / 0-)

    I know the weariness of which you speak - I'm experiencing the same thing here in Colorado.  After all the fighting last spring over one of the more egregious examples of the "reformer" agenda being shoved down the throats of professional educators, when the list of Race to the Trough winners was announced, we weren't on it.  I have to wonder if the teachers from that "smaller association" you mention - the ones who betrayed the profession by announcing their support of the bill at a critical juncture - are now asking, "We sold our souls for this?"  I know as a taxpayer, I and a lot of others are wondering how we're supposed to deal with all the unfunded mandates created by this perverted attempt to bust unions and make Teach for America volunteers, not teachers, a ubiquitous presence in Colorado's classrooms.

    But, like you, my kids just finished Unit One, and now there's a bunch of tests to grade and notebooks to look over.  

    The historian's one task is to tell the thing as it happened. -- Lucian of Samosata

    by Unitary Moonbat on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 05:23:26 AM PDT

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    •  From the very beginning, America has (1+ / 0-)
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      been fixated on servitude--subordination in exchange for survival.

      It seems to have been recently decided that what was wrong with "involuntary servitude" was that it was involuntary.  Ergo, if people could be convinced (via material privation, if needed) to voluntarily submit themselves, the moral problem is solved.  That material privation or deprivation of rights is morally suspect has been conveniently hidden behind the veil of money, which nobody knows for certain where it comes from and where it goes.  For all intents and purposes, money has become a mystery.  Which is why some refer to it as "the last tabu."

      Anyway, agreeing to be deprived is central to our military establishment (DADT and "stop loss"), as well as our judicial system where the "right to remain silent" is routinely signed away in response to some trick.

      The significance of the PR Administration is greater than we probably realized.  We may think it's all a waste of money, but spreading fear has kept the population pacified, on the whole. Imagine, 300 million people have been made more and more compliant and all it took was a far-off war, a little torture on an island and few Joe Arapaios running loose!  How else would you spell success?

      Never mind all our social welfare indicators falling.  Those are fact.  Who needs facts?

      The Constitution is not a menu for an exclusive diner.

      by hannah on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 08:10:24 AM PDT

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    •  Perhaps it can be argued (0+ / 0-)

      that a valid contract doesn't exist if the state didn't get anything out of it.

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