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Charting A Course To History’s Dead End

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“Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.”

~ John F. Kennedy

 

It is said that there is nothing new under the sun. History is nothing more than a compilation of dates, events, and recordings of previous generations successes and failures. There isn’t anything new that hasn’t already been tried in one way, shape, or form. If we are wise and discerning we choose to learn the lessons of history. If we are ignorant and reckless we choose to embark down roads that lead to dead ends at history’s unmarked grave of failed ideological policy approaches.

In Biden’s repudiation of everything President Trump did over the last four years we find him charting America on a very dangerous course. There were plenty of red flags during the campaign. From vague answers to dodging and deflecting reporter’s questions, to say the writing was on the wall on the policies Biden would actively pursue if elected president would be an understatement to anyone paying close attention.

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From re-entering the U.S. in the Paris accords to shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline to signing over fifty executive orders and actions in his first month in office we have seen a clear lurch to far-reaching leftist policies. It is a move back to the Obama administration policies with a more hard-core fervor and mindset. The additions of former Obama administration acolytes to the Biden administration only serves as reinforcement.

Biden, whether fully cognizant or not, is seeking to go down as the most leftist president in American history, outdistancing Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and his former boss, Barack Obama. It’s a bold and dangerous departure from the Trump years.

Biden intends to make every effort to re-engage Iran by restoring the Iran Deal and give implicit support to the Palestinians in an attempt at a two-state solution, which would isolate Israel and destabilize the Middle East. In addition, the almost vanquished ISIS is reemerging and gaining momentum once again. There can be no doubt that the change of administrations in Washington hasn’t gone unnoticed by ISIS. They see new opportunities now to reassert their role and reestablish a caliphate.

Even more concerning will be how the Biden administration handles China. Under Obama, China increased their aggressiveness with limited, if any, determined push back from Washington. China worked to fortify islands in the South China Sea and step up their presence in one of the world’s most important shipping lanes. China has continued their crackdown in Hong Kong on a once free and open society and continues to persecute the Uyghurs in what many decry as an ongoing genocide. The Chinese have also made it perfectly clear of their intentions to take Taiwan and incorporate that nation into the Chinese realm.

President Trump, for better or for worse, was a polarizing figure. His brashness and straightforward personality was difficult for some to digest. However, that brashness and bravado served as a genuine deterrent to rogue nations. In a simple manner, Trump’s personality put other countries on their toes.

Ronald Reagan spoke often of “peace through strength” in foreign policy. President Trump, different in demeanor and eloquence from Reagan, managed to foster peace through strength after a very unsettling eight years of an Obama administration. That rough New York style attitude of Trump made rogue nations think twice about pushing the limits with America.

Trump was the first president in fifty years to challenge China and confront their hegemonic path. Through targeted tariffs and an increased military presence in the South China Sea territory, the Trump administration put Beijing on notice. Thus, it was no secret that China wanted Joe Biden in the White House. In Biden, China sees a passive spectator who won’t challenge Beijing and will generally pursue a policy of appeasement.

Actions have consequences. Inaction has consequences as well. Foreign policy requires an understanding of human nature and rational thought. Misreading adversaries and miscalculations have, and do, lead to wars. There is an old saying that perception is reality. If your enemies perceive you as weak then they will act in a manner to expose and exploit your weaknesses. Weakness invites aggression. It doesn’t matter whether that weakness is real or perceived.

Joe Biden is the wrong man at the wrong time in history. His aura is that of weakness. He is the antithesis of Donald Trump. What we need at this point in history is a Winston Churchill. What we have is a Neville Chamberlain.

Some say history repeats. That is open for debate. History does give us parallels though. Modern-day China is much akin to 1930’s Germany. Left unchecked and appeased we run the risk of China pushing their hegemonic path further and further to the brink. Neville Chamberlain and European leaders were passive spectators and pursued a foreign policy approach of appeasement with Hitler and Germany. We saw the disastrous results of that approach. Must we go down that path again?

 

“There is no security, no safety, in the appeasement of evil.”

~ Ronald Reagan

 

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Michael was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BA-History. He started writing a blog in January 2016 called, Conservative Thinker, and has written about politics, foreign policy, economics, and social issues with a historical perspective. He resides in Cullman, AL and enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling in his spare time. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @buckyboymike and follow his blog at www.conservativethinker.net.



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Academic Underachievement As a Permanent Condition

Academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above

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On the state and local level, as decisions are made about how and in what form we will educate the nation’s children, an age-old issue remains. The underlying causes of income inequality and civil unrest likely has less to do with media-inflamed coverage and more to do with a lingering issue that few people want to earnestly discuss: educational disparity.

In virtually every U.S. school system, the disparity year after year, decade after decade, and even longer, in mathematics competency, reading proficiency, test scores, honor roll status, and graduation rates, between African American students and other students is disturbing.

A Disturbing Reality

Here in the third decade of the third millennium, with a male African American high school dropout rate at 40% across the U.S., can anyone view the situation optimistically? Any responsible American would understandably be concerned.

As Eric Hanushek, who is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, as well as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, exclaimed “It’s remarkable.” Following his extensive analysis of the situation, he remarked, “I knew that the gap hadn’t been closing too much, but when I actually looked at the data I was myself surprised.”

In one community after another, and one school system after another, when strenuous efforts to bridge the gap do not bear fruit, invariably someone yells “foul,” as if some grand conspiracy is occurring and a magic wand, yet to be waved, could suddenly redress all. And, as if hard-working, dedicated teachers are not attempting their utmost for each of their students.

An Undesired Path

Consider the school system in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina. This locale, deemed, “The southern part of heaven,” by a variety of writers, is among the most progressive in the United States. The teachers and educators here have a vested interest in demonstrating that their school system, beyond all others, can succeed in the vital area of closing achievement gaps between whites and minorities.

Nevertheless, year in and year out the gap remains. So, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education becomes primed to try anything! Another in an endless line of supposed “fixes” was to eliminate the advanced math classes in the middle schools and to lump all non-pre-algebra students together, with similar plans to eliminate other advanced classes such as in language arts.

Just as you cannot easily erect a sound building on quicksand, and you cannot expect to solve a decades-old problem by starting with a shaky foundation. Taking a lowest common denominator approach to developing school curriculum has never consistently worked, anywhere. It frustrates the students and dramatically increases a teacher’s burden – all such students must then be taught at individual learning speeds. Do you know any superhuman teachers? If so, could you afford them?

Face the Real Issues

Permanently closing the academic gap between underachieving students and the rest of the student population requires addressing reality – airing the truth about the disparity – not resorting to politically “correct” psychobabble and curricula finagling for another ten years, and then another ten, and then another.

This disparity encompasses such issues as the number of hours the television is on in given households, family or parental encouragement for completing homework assignments, a regular workspace, and established hours for studying in a quiet environment, among other factors.

Until solid analysis, exploration, and programs that address these issues are undertaken, no amount of wrangling with classes will prove to be the “winning formula.” And, school boards will have no chance of effectively addressing the continuing problem of poor academic performance among student groups.

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Sign of Four, detective Sherlock Holmes says, “…When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” The schools in U.S. communities routinely exhaust talented teachers with a task that cannot be solved by them, nor is it theirs to solve.

Students Eager to Learn

However improbable to those who wish to pretend otherwise, academic achievement occurs through individual effort: One boy and one girl after another rising above and cracking the books, then coming to class as serious students, eager to learn, and primed to excel. Such achievement is not likely to occur any other way.

Otherwise, expect that income inequality and civil unrest will continue for decades into the 21st century.

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