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BOHICA, Bend Over Here It Comes Again

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In Junior High School “Shop” class, aka Industrial Arts, our teacher Mr. Sawrie was known for giving “licks” with a paddle to any student who misbehaved. Those were the days when corporal punishment, spankings, were normal and widely accepted as OK. It wasn’t “OK” with the recipients, but our parents seemed to believe it worked and so they didn’t interfere.

He’d call the offending student to the front of the shop and say, “Bend over and grab your ankles.” Then he’d administer the appropriate number of whacks to their backside. His paddle was about 2 feet long, 6 inches wide and about 1 inch thick. There were holes drilled in it to increase its speed and the pain of impact. When Mr. Sawrie gave you “licks”, you didn’t go back and sit down right away. I was the recipient of the blows on a few occasions. My behavior quickly changed after each encounter.

That was then.

Today Mr. Sawrie would be jailed for his disciplinary practices. Parents would be aghast and demand his firing. But somehow, what they won’t tolerate at schools, they willingly accept from their government agencies. No, they don’t paddle us, but their economic and regulatory blows seem never-ending. Each time we read or hear the news we should exclaim, “Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!” (B.O.H.I.C.A.)

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Today it is Dr. Fauci being caught in lies, yesterday it was President Biden going back on his promises, a few years ago it was Barack Obama saying, “If you like your Doctor and your plan, you can keep them.” Kamala Harris was recently challenged as to how she could insult and berate Biden during the campaign only to later join him as VP. She said, “It was a debate!” As if that made lying OK, or the change of face justifiable. The only politician in recent memory who kept his promises was Donald Trump.

Under Fauci’s guidance, we were told that masks weren’t necessary, but then we were told to wear masks, maybe even two of them against Covid. Then we learn (again) that Covid easily passes through masks. They do no good against this disease. Regardless, we should wear them outdoors, between bites, etc. All was hype and theater. Yet, millions persist in bending over to these fears. Now we are getting scary news about the after effects of the vaccines.

BOHICA.

When Texas Governor Abbott opened up the state, he was accused of “Neanderthal Thinking” by President Biden, but then, time proved Abbott was right. No apology followed,  just a new policy out of the White House. Biden wears a mask sometimes and not others. Sup? Dude. And did China really leak the virus from a weaponizing lab? When Trump said it, it was a vicious lie. Now it’s a viable possibility. Huh? What are we to believe? Is any news report true anymore?

They tell us that guns kill people and we must confiscate the legal guns in order to reduce violent crime among the gangs and criminals who use illegal guns mostly. 60% of gun crime is suicide, yet there’s no outrage. Chicago has violent crime and murders at a rate that Hamas would find impressive, yet the national outrage is about isolated events, such as the insane guy who killed massage parlor workers. And, while we are there, 8 were killed of which 6 were Asian. So they conclude that this was a “hate crime against Asians” and there’s a national trend of this? What about the other 2 who were also murdered by that guy? Was their MURDER not hateful? Was their race not important?  Did their “Lives Matter”?

BOHICA.

On that subject, how are we to interpret the news that BLM’s founders have become rich by inciting violence, including murders in cities across America, and yet lifelong criminal George Floyd’s murder gets White House support and sympathy? His family gets invited to meet with the President, a public plaza dedicated to him, marches and legislation in his name and more. But the police officers killed by the BLM/Antifa thugs and the millions in private assets lost while they burned city after city, none of those get public sympathy. Ashli Babbitt was unarmed and shot to death by a Capitol Police officer during the January 6 protest, but no outcry to avenge her murder. No memorial, no protest, no legislation, no public park or monument. However, the violent protests of that day are projected to be the act of “White Supremacy” in an insurrection.

Consider, none of the protestors on Jan. 6 were armed. Some of the hired activators who instigated the violent behavior were found to be BLM rioters from other recent incursions, and again, they were paid and equipped to be there so that the Trump supporters could be blamed. One person died from the riot that day and she was shot by Capitol Police. An officer died the next day from unrelated causes. No harm was done to the defenders of the Capitol and none of the protestors were armed. Criminal trespassing and vandalism were the only crimes of the day. But we’re supposed to believe that this was a violent uprising to “overthrow our Democracy” and it was done by White Supremacists at the encouragement of Donald Trump. Bull! We know it is not true. There’s proof that it isn’t so. Yesterday our President announced that White Supremacy is the major threat being faced by America today. I guess the climate change concept wasn’t getting enough “likes.” BOHICA.

Border, what border?

Under President Trump there was a border. The world knew it and respected it. The Democrats attempted an invasion but Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy, increasing border wall, and other policies stemmed the flow. People stopped coming. Now there are kids in cages, border chases and mass migrations every day. Though the entire wall was funded and the supplies to build the rest of it were on the ground and ready, Biden cancelled it. No new money required, no new plans, no extra supplies, just let the people do their jobs. Nope. Go home and wear a mask. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of “Biden, Let Us In” tee shirts were magically printed and distributed to the overweight undereducated people at the border. Despite bringing nothing to our country to make it better, they presumed that dependency and desperation were good causes to become Americans. They demanded to be allowed into the USA without following the “path to citizenship” that has existed for generations and been trodden by millions who are now legal new citizens here. What’s wrong with these pictures, videos, cages, policies and leaders?

Daily we are asked to suspend logic and reason. Just trust the politicians. Really? I mean, really? Isn’t that like adopting cancer as a pet?

Well, I say stop bending over! I don’t care if they are swinging a bigger bat. If we stop bending and bowing to their commands, then we will start regaining control. Stand Up!

Stand Up and it will end.

When enough people say “No More!” then things will change. This has been true throughout history. But you must have a justifiable cause if you want to endure. BLM was a just concept with corrupt leadership. Antifa is a just concept with violent and criminal leadership. Illegal immigration is not a just concept and so it requires a constant refresh of its power. They have to reassert old lies, make up new ones, test out various slogans until one catches on, highlight pathetic stories and downplay real ones that show the evil of their intent.

Mainstream media chose not to feature the poor 5 year old boy abandoned at the border this week. He was caught on camera crying out “don’t leave me!” by members of the French media covering the scene. Fox News featured it but MSM, not so much. The problem was, it illustrates the corruption and misery caused by illegal immigration trafficking. Instead the Left wants to highlight the neediness of the intrepid invaders, I mean immigrants, who trekked hundreds of miles to get a free ride in America.

No More Lies! We are not bending over anymore. Let’s elect truth tellers, rational thinkers, patriotic Americans, financially responsible citizens, and good parents. Elect them to the School Board, City Council, PTA, Neighborhood HOA, State and City Offices, US Congress and everywhere else you can. Displace the sad, philosophical, hate-mongers and “social justice” warriors. Throw the bums out. Let’s make America good again.

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 20 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his advisory work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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Why are Schools Failing Our Children?

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There is a feeling in this country that we are more divided, more violent, less informed and willing to just go along to get along. Why is that? Why are people willing to take to the streets and burn and loot? How can even a small vocal minority support communist regimes that have murdered hundreds of thousands thru out history? Why do those popular “man on the street” interviews show so many citizen’s ignorant of even basic civic knowledge? Possibly a closer look needs to be taken at how the youngest of Americans are taught and where their views are shaped.

In America we have compulsory but not mandatory Kindergarten thru 12th grade. Like almost all government type programs the users pay nothing but the taxpayers pay dearly. The costs for education has outpaced inflation for quite a few years.  Despite what some say more money does not equal better students. Using almost any matrix American students are falling behind their counterparts in the rest of the western world. In some blue state’s average property taxes can equal almost half of the federal income tax paid.

There was a time when schools concentrated upon the three “R’s”, Reading, writing and arithmetic. The goal of school was to prepare students for the real world. Today we have books banned in school so it doesn’t offend or inform students about the real world. In quite a few school cursive writing is no longer taught since it is difficult and beside we have Bill Gates and Microsoft helping us to write and spell. Math or arithmetic has been branded “racist” because laws of math are absolute and to teach students that they might be wrong just might damage their self-esteem. Advanced placement classes are being defunded across the nation to make room for more special education placements. Because some doing better than others could hurt some students and parents feelings.

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If the basic three “R’s” are no longer being taught what is happening in our schools? Reading classics like “Huckleberry Finn” has now been replaced by “Heather has two mommies”. Writing assignments might consist of a short essay on your heroes. But make sure it’s a woke hero and not anyone like Jesus or Trump. Arithmetic in use for at least since the pyramids were built is now being performed by the “Common Core” method instead of the traditional time honored way.  Which is probably why cashiers these day can’t figure out change without the machine. Don’t forget the latest fad “Critical Race Theory”, where if you are not the correct shade of brown you don’t even deserve your change back.

Education and schooling has always been about building a base for a better future and short on actual practical knowledge. There is some truth to the saying those that can do and those that can’t teach. So what are our most vulnerable being taught in public schools these days? To be an activist, a social justice warrior, to despise the very foundations that allow them the freedom they enjoy today? It has either accelerated lately or maybe just become more open as a result of remote learning. Many parents forced to stay home during the Conovirus scare were able to witness what is usually hidden behind school walls.

So this is the education children are getting for all of those tax dollars. Learning to hate the very people footing the bill for this “education”. Not only thru property taxes but that same money pays teachers salaries. In spite of many districts being Union Free it doesn’t mean what you think. A percent of every teachers pay is sent off to the teachers union who then uses their power to make sure their voice is heard loud and clear by the politicians that make up the rules. Don’t think the unions don’t care at all about students, why just this year the head of the American Federation of Teachers warned teachers not to post photos of their exotic vacations while insisting neighborhood schools remained closed.

What can be done to alter the course of our failing schools? Budgets can be voted down but those are just increases and most time re-votes are scheduled until they get what they want.  School boards whose job it is to speak for the citizen’s mostly don’t know what is going on in the very schools they represent. They spend their time defending the status quo. Just like our local and national politics we must be informed and active. Ignoring the problems won’t make it go away.

The only hope for future citizens is that there are good teachers out there, their voices are suppressed like in most industries. The students themselves might rebel against authority realize they have be lied to and manipulated thru out their school days and reject the indoctrination they received during their primary education.

The only hope for parents present and future is one of three: 1) Private school if it is economically feasible, after first a thorough due diligence, 2) Home school if someone at home can afford the time, 3) If public school is the only option the time must be found to stay involved and informed to counter act any socialist training.

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In School or On the Streets, Belligerence is Deliberately Destructive

The impact of belligerence in the classroom or anywhere else in society is real and destructive

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As Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle experience renewed turmoil propagated by Antifa and other anarchist groups, I am reminded of a time many years earlier. While my daughter was in middle school and high school, and even after she graduated, I volunteered on ‘career day’ to teach in classrooms about being an author and speaker. Other parents in other professions did the same.

Constant Commotion

I eventually gave it up because, invariably, one or two of the minority students — African American — in each class simply could not sit still. These were 14 and 15 year olds, and this happened in 2014, in President Obama’s sixth of eight years in office.

Obviously in writing this article I could avoid citing their minority status. That might be deemed the ‘politically correct’ thing to do, nevertheless I’m duly recounting what led to my departure.

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One certainly could engage in a long sociological discussion about their behavior and what prompts it. They would be disruptive, make one-line comments, sit on their desks, make noises, intentionally seek to distract me, and diminish the quality of interaction in the room. At 6’3″, and an athletic 188 pounds, I could have physically intimidated any of the disruptors, but I did not.

Elective Not Mandatory

These students were not forced to attend such sessions; all of these classes for career day were elective. Students signed up in advance for the presenter in the field in which they were interested, or at least feigned interest. In class, most students listened attentively.

Some asked serious questions. Many were thankful for the session. You could see the look of disdain on their faces when others sought to disrupt the class. It was apparent they had witnessed such intentional disruption many times before.

On this last time that I would volunteer in this capacity, and following my last session, I went downstairs to the school office. I told the vice principal and a secretary the reason why I would not return in the future and waste my time. Confidentially, the secretary told me that other presenters had shared the same experience.

The Progression to Belligerence

If I had been a full-time teacher, the unprovoked, continuing belligerence of some students would have changed my perception about the profession and about such students. How might I have reacted if the disruptors were Caucasian? I would, unquestionably, have been equally agitated. This didn’t occur, but it could have.

Was I naive in thinking that I could make my annual presentation and remain unscathed? Perhaps. Maybe it was a matter of time before I ran into such belligerence, but I don’t think so.

What happened was a progression: All students in my earlier years were polite. Then, in subsequent years, some disruptors began to emerge in small ways. Then, disruptors set about to openly flaunt classroom decorum.

At least subconsciously, the disruptors incrementally determined what they could get away with, in a variety of situations, without penalty. Undoubtedly, this was in motion long before I arrived on the scene. I surmise that they were constantly testing the waters – with substitute teachers, instructors, coaches, trainers, and any adult authority figure with whom they felt they might gain leverage.

To No One’s Benefit

Don’t discount the impact of belligerence in the classroom or anywhere else in society. It is real and destructive. Presently, municipal city police officers face constant war zone-like conditions in areas of high belligerence. Such intense, daily experiences have a deleterious effect on their homeostasis, well-being, judgment, and reflexes.

In that regard, U.S. police officers face more conflict than many soldiers in war zones and suffer the same type of traumas such as PTSD. One can’t help but wonder to what their daily, repeat-exposure to domestic war zones leads. Perhaps PTSD like symptoms are at the root unfortunate, fatal encounters in recent times.

Liberal Mayors and city-councils, in Democrat-run municipalities, who do not support their police forces, play a dangerous game with all of the citizens whom they were elected to govern. Squeamish mayors end up helping no one, and indeed, hurting many.

Only in Imagination

The media machine censors news items about those who act aggressively, but only in the ‘progressive’ imagination are police officers invariably at fault, and the array of perpetrators that they encounter are universally law-abiding and upstanding citizens.

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