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Raymond Blair

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  1. Since this has been reintroduced, Tim, you must now see that Bush and Blair were only right in their political leanings on this matter and not in their correctness. Or are you one of the last holdouts in thinking that knowing what wenow know that the foray into Iraq would be engaged in again. And, gulp, that Vietnam was a good idea too that was foiled by unpatriotic treasonous critics...? Plate of crow Tim?
  2. I think governments should avoid defining curricula. I especially think that states should not be allowed to pick the history facts of their country. Too much room for intentional propaganda.
  3. I think there is one major difference. When the Romans, British, Soviets took over a country they remained in power for a reasonable period of time. In doing so, they created order. Eventually, of course, they were removed by the host population because the valued freedom over order. For the last 100 years or so, the US has attempted to control countries by its use of economic power. Only on rare occasions has it been forced to send in an occupying army. When it has sent in the troops, such as in Vietnam and Iraq, it has never gained complete control and therefore has been unable to provide
  4. But the Emperor Has No Clothes, and We as an educated society Know this but don’t cry Out. Snippets from posted text in balck, my comments in blue The United States, however, as an imperial power, today refuses to assume the protective role for its friendly or dominated auxiliaries. It does not seek to conquer the world and take responsibility for protecting the subjugated societies. I’m not sure that Great Britain did this any differently. They paid out national resources when returns would come back for the empire. It exported an idealistic philosophy a la White man’s Burden as a justific
  5. But the Emperor Has No Clothes, and We as an educated society Know this but don’t cry Out. Snippets from posted text in balck, my comments in blue The United States, however, as an imperial power, today refuses to assume the protective role for its friendly or dominated auxiliaries. It does not seek to conquer the world and take responsibility for protecting the subjugated societies. I’m not sure that Great Britain did this any differently. They paid out national resources when returns would come back for the empire. It exported an idealistic philosophy a la White man’s Burden as a justific
  6. Andy, Quite often. Every education course I ever have had to take. Sometimes in college it was prereqs that I would rather have had a shorter stay in college for. Another was a life skills course in high school that was very eye opening for me. I often have not wanted to take courses that I have taken. But I have been responsible about taking most of those courses.
  7. But why bother having a teacher in this environment. For me there has to be some merit in experience and knowledge that makes someone the expert in the classroom. I know that if I was allowed to pick everything I did all day when I was sixteen I would be very disappointed today with my choices then. I am a reformer and I do read enthusiastically the ideas of people like Thomas Paine. We should question the value of our institutions constantly. But I also respect the ideas of people who think like Edmund Burke. Before radical change comes, there is still much value to get from our present sc
  8. Admitting from the outset that I seem to be part of the problem, I have had really enjoyed having an IWB in my room the past two years. I am a committed teach from the front of the room type of teacher. I am committed to getting material in front of students and asking them to make something out of it at home, in papers, in essays, and in class. I am very skeptical of group learning in the classroom setting. What I see are students who make someone in the group do most of the work and expect an easier evaluation as a result of a group project. I wish this wasn’t the case, but I haven't seen
  9. Sure, these are likely to become partisan talking points, but at least they are from the mouth of the POTUS. It seems in selling the Patriot Act Bush has offered apparently contradictory statements about judicial oversight of these searches. In these remarks he seems to be saying that the Patriot Act powers are carefully monitored. His recent remarks, as far as I can tell, say the opposite. White House President's Remarks at Ask President Bush Event President Bush Calls for Renewing the USA PATRIOT Act President's Radio Address Fact Sheet: Giving Law Enforcement the Tools
  10. It seems in selling the Patriot Act Bush has offered apparently contradictory statements about judicial oversight of these searches. In these remarks he seems to be saying that the Patriot Act powers are carefully monitored. His recent remarks, as far as I can tell, say the opposite. White House President's Remarks at Ask President Bush Event President Bush Calls for Renewing the USA PATRIOT Act President's Radio Address Fact Sheet: Giving Law Enforcement the Tools They Need to Safeguard Our Homeland President Discusses Patriot Act
  11. Who's the xxxx, it looks like President Bush this week. Sure, these are likely to become partisan talking points, but at least they are from the mouth of the POTUS. It seems in selling the Patriot Act Bush has offered apparently contradictory statements about judicial oversight of these searches. In these remarks he seems to be saying that the Patriot Act powers are carefully monitored. His recent remarks, as far as I can tell, say the opposite. White House President's Remarks at Ask President Bush Event President Bush Calls for Renewing the USA PATRIOT Act President's Radio
  12. A Thread on the topic from another debate site This is either a bureaucratic issue where Bush is well inside the law but unable to explain how it is so in a convincing manner (partly because of the administration's antagonism toward transparency), or it is an act of executive arrogance that is more akin to the way a dictator must think. It is one of those, "Good people of the nation, we must sacrifice some of our liberties in order to be free. This is always a danger, but trust me because I have your best interests at heart." This seems to me to a dangerous breach of the checks and balanc
  13. Raymond I have tried reading your recent post several times...... are you dyslexic? What no dog to kick today? I'll clarify. If Bush accomplishes what he says he is going to accomplish by bringing democracy and peace to the Middle East he will likely be regarded as one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. Reagan has a good reputation among many Americans and is celebrated as a highlight and icon of the neoconservative movement. American historians tend to acknowledge his charisma and his association with reviving the American self-image, but they also note the failing
  14. Oh come one. If someone achieves Pease in the Middle East they will rank with Jesus the Carpenter and Mohammad. Reagan is remembered fairly well here in the United States but I think historicaly he is seen as having significant limitations. But for the 25 eyars of presidencies he is surrounded by either way he is a highlight. Nixon is not well remembered here except by ideologues who conveniently also froget he was a moderate.
  15. I think Bush's presidency will ultimately go down as being quite significant, but I think it will be for the harm he caused in international stability, American foreign policy, and American fiscal policy. He has been extremely successful at accomplishing major goals as a president. I believe the world no longer is content to see the US as a benevolent superpower and that we are on a longer range course to return to balance of power politics and there is more significant chance of a 21st century war between major powers (World War III) because of his policies. Between tax cuts, the huge cost
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