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December 16, 2022

The Morning Report — 12/16/22


Good morning kids. The weekend is here and honestly, I am loathe to even cover Donald Trump's "big announcement" from yesterday. Whether you believe he jumped the shark or, as Andrea Widburg notes it's a clever way to fundraise in a way that allows donors to remain anonymous and not get doxxed, the optics IMHO are, to be charitable, suboptimal. With all that said, I find it rather amusing that on the one hand, Chuck "Schemer" Schumer is crowing about the fact that the American people are supposedly done with Trump and he'll never be elected in '24 (it's probably because the Democrats have so utterly rigged elections in key swing states and districts that they will undoubtedly come out on top, barring the GOP suddenly waking up, mobilizing and playing the Democrats' game), and yet you still have them trying to pass legislation outlawing him from running.

The bottom line is, as bad a condition as the nation was in in the waning days of the Obama Reign of Error, six years on, we are living in a waking nightmare. And yet again, this playing card thing just sucks the oxygen out of the room. Donald Trump's achievements – the greatest being the exposure of the Deep State and the myth of the American two-party system – will put him in the pantheon of America's greatest heroes and presidents. But this kind of thing, on top of the huge mistake of basing his campaign almost exclusively on redressing the theft of the 2020 election, is a turn-off. If he had made his plan to fight and end Leftist censorship the subject of his big announcement he could've gotten back on track. But he stepped on his own dick with the playing card idiocy. That was an unforced error for which he only has himself to blame. Unless and until he stops bitching about 2020 and starts attacking Biden and his handlers for the wanton destruction of the nation, after at least observing a prolonged period of absolute radio silence until well into the new year, I think he's finished, if he isn't already.

In mentioning the dismantling, destruction and dissolution of our society, arguably the "root cause" of all our troubles is in the classroom. Yes, we are well aware of the brainwashing and sexualization. But it's a lot deeper, darker and more depressing than even that.

In 2017 then-President Donald Trump proposed cutting State Department spending by some $54 billion.  In response, Trump’s Secretary of Defense James Mattias told Congress, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.”  General Mattias, a man who had devoted his life to waging all-out war, was warning us that short-changing diplomacy would result in more war.  I make my living as a substitute teacher, and in the spirit of Mad Dog’s remarks my recommendations for public education in this country are as follows:  Either we need to re-build our public educational system, virtually from scratch, or we need to build a lot more prisons because, from what I can see, aimless lives of misery, poverty, despair, substance abuse, crime, and imprisonment are what American public schools are preparing our kids for today.

When people ask me what I would do to fix education in this country, my answer is as follows:  I would burn every school in America to the ground, I would fire every schoolteacher in America, and I would start over from scratch.  This might strike some as being a bit extreme, but the problems with our schools are so systemic, to use a word that’s in vogue these days, that I believe my proposal has a lot of merit. . .

. . . I recently sat in while a substitute teacher I’m friendly with supposedly conducted a math class.  Meaning, he recited the regular teacher’s lesson plan for the day in a robotic monotone, then half-heartedly suggested that the students get to work, but no biggie.  This listless attempt at teaching I saw had the air about it of a final, sparsely-attended pitch session at a trade show in the Dayton, Ohio Holiday Inn.  Everyone in that room, myself included, was just waiting for the bell to ring.  My heart ached for those students, as difficult as some of them can sometimes be.  One thing’s for sure:  the taxpayers didn’t get their money’s worth that day.  To paraphrase that old joke about working in the Soviet Union, substitute teachers pretend to teach the kids, and the kids pretend to learn. . .

. . . Education worked well in this country when schools were being run by teachers and, by proxy, parents.  Today’s public schools are being run by the students.  This Bizarro-World arrangement has created a kind of educational mass insanity with an almost unlimited budget.  While most children are blessed with a healthy curiosity about themselves and the world, most are also disinclined to do the hard work required to actually master various subjects.  Schools used to be places where well-behaved children were guided through the world of knowledge by adults.  Expectations were high.  Assignments were graded rigorously.  Deadlines weren’t simply suggestions, they were honored.  Tests were demanding and carefully designed to measure each student’s progress. The smartest, hardest working students went on to become doctors and lawyers and scientists, or at least married well.  The rest left school with minimally a working knowledge of the English language, basic arithmetic, a little U.S. history, and having read The Outsiders. . .

. . . Today that system has been turned on its head.  Students once behaved because they lived in fear of having a teacher call their parents.  Today, teachers live in fear of having a parent call them, demanding to know why their Wyatt didn’t get an ‘A’ just because he failed every test and didn’t turn in any assignments.

And now a word about discipline and classroom order in my school:  there isn’t any.   About 30% of students at my school will never do any schoolwork, of any kind, no matter what you say or do to them.  Some of these non-participants devote their entire days to being disruptive and defiant.  Others simply stare silently into space until the day’s last bell rings.  Another 30% of students are studious and well-behaved.  They are in school to learn.  A disproportionate percentage of these students were not born in the U.S. and do not speak English in their homes.  The remaining 40% of my students are up for grabs. . .

. . . In terms of academics the curriculum at the middle school where I teach is about 80% (1) social justice (slavery, Jim Crow, and intractable white racism) and (2) climate change.  The remaining 20% of classroom time is devoted to a variety of miscellaneous topics.  In other words, it’s remarkably similar, both stylistically and in terms of content, to a typical day’s programming on National Public Radio.

Thanks to my generation, the Baby Boomers, public schools have become places whose main purposes are (1) providing a daily dose of progressive indoctrination, and (2) the endless pursuit of a strangely concocted version of self-esteem.  Someone forgot to tell us that for it to be genuine self-esteem must be earned, not conferred like that phony diploma the Wizard of Oz gave the Scarecrow.

It's a very long and painful read yet I think it's vital because when you read the author's experience, you then can get a sense of all the other madness that is going on around us and why a pervert drag queen who extolls the virtues of children singing and performing fellatio was an honored guest at the White House.

My parents of blessed memory were teachers who started their careers in the 60's and saw this crap coming even then. No doubt, Mike Pompeo's calling Randi Weingarten the most dangerous person in America was a political move on his part, but at the same time he was dead right. With so many fires to put out, assuming that we ever regain political power again and with politicians and a political party that doesn't hate us, if there was just one area to focus in and declare all out war on, it would be academia.

As the evil bastards of the Left would say, "If it saves just one child . . . "

See you on the hobby thread tomorrow, BOLO for the next podcast later today, and have a good weekend.


  • "America’s trans-friendly, anti-racist, low expectation public schools are failing faster than you think - and it has nothing to do with money."
    Build More Prisons! Notes of a Middle School Substitute Teacher
  • “In Fauci’s frame, the human population itself becomes a dangerous problem.”
    Dr. Fauci's Amnesia
  • Robert Spencer: "That’s what Google means to stamp out: 'a commingling of the two races.' It finds the idea of black people patronizing white-owned businesses to be 'terms' that are 'unsatisfactory,' and therefore is doing all it can to help black racists be racist. In doing so, it is also helping white racists be racist. Google, in short, has become an active corrosive agent, working to dissolve the nation’s unity and pit American against American. Where is the Sherman Anti-Trust Act when you need it?"
    Google Goes Full-On Racist, Will Start Marking the Race of Business Owners

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