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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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Education

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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Elections

474 Days of Non-Stop Media Lies

Approaching November expect to encounter heightened news coverage that contorts the events of January 6, 2021

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As the 2022 election season heats up, looks for Democrats, aided and abetted by a thoroughly corrupt corporate media, to heighten the misrepresentation of events that took place on January 6, 2021. Why? Democrats don’t have much to run on. So attempting to portray Trump and his supporters, and Republicans in general, as insurrectionists is a highly convenient scare tactic to use on legions of voters who don’t pay close attention to politics and only encounter screaming, bogus headlines and accompanying contrived sound bites.

Where We Once Triumphed

The United States of America was founded based on a constitution and amendments that guarantee rights to the individual; a republic where laws prevail, to be dispensed impartially; where unlawful search and seizure is not permitted; and where due process matters. We are supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; the nation which immigrants from around the world yearn to reach; the beacon of democracy and the shining example on Earth of a free people in a free land.

The sinister Biden Administration — and make no mistake, it is sinister — has taken action unprecedented in our history. It has been treating those individuals who inhabited the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in protest as if they are insurrectionist or murderous terrorists. The people who Biden is holding, in many cases for months on end in solitary confinement, are being denied their fundamental rights as American citizens.

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Many of the people who entered the Capitol that day were ushered in by the Capitol guards. They simply walked through doors that were held open for them. The claims of insurrection are entirely ridiculous. No one had weapons. How do you mount an insurrection with no armaments?

The Insurrection That Never Was

Nearly all every Capitol occupiers had either a plane reservation or car ride ready for that evening or the next day. They did not intend to stay. In short, no organized attempt to overthrow the government was underway, and every Biden official and every rational member of Congress knows that.

The corporate media won’t tell you that the ranks of true Trump supporters were infiltrated by members of Antifa and by actual insurrectionists who sought to create a false flag, making it seem as if Donald Trump and Trump-inspired supporters intended to overthrow the U.S. government. Trump supporters were not seeking to overthrow the United States government; this is hogwash, known by anyone who is familiar with the facts.

Ashli Babbitt, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was killed by a Capitol guard. She posed no threat and carried no weapon, and based on the more rambunctious activity of some Capitol occupiers did nothing to earn her fate.

The Shame of Biden and Company

Many of the Americans held by the Biden Administration have been mistreated. Remember, they are innocent until proven guilty. Why not release to the public the film footage from inside of the capital, with no cuts on footage, and no bits and pieces here and there? We know why.

The Biden Administration and its undemocratic, unlawful, and Stalinistic approach to administering justice is bludgeoning attempts to ensure that these incarcerated individuals receive lawful and constitutional protections. Justice, however, must be served before and during the legal proceedings for any of the incarcerated.

Biden, the total political puppet that he is, and his handlers, feel all-powerful and unconcerned with the facts or with the law. They’ve got the sycophantic press on their side as well as multi-millions of gullible Democrats, liberals, and progressives who believe that Biden is a kind man, his administration is both fair and just, and the Capitol occupiers are in league with the devil.

As usual, the exact opposite is true.

Manufacturing Misinformation

What about the U.S. Department of Justice? For more than two decades and counting, the  Department of Justice has engaged in egregious acts of prosecutorial misconduct. DOJ prosecuting attorneys seek convictions by any means necessary. If that involves withholding evidence, delaying court cases, and bleeding the persecuted financially dry, then so be it. Within a 97% conviction rate, as a nation, we have long ago crossed the line into banana republic territory.

The gatekeepers of information and communication in our society, and this includes the wannabe autocrats at Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, etc, don’t fool us with their rigged algorithms and ‘community standards.’ The manipulation of the news, the views that they push, and the censorship in which they’ve been engaged, will not diminish us. We know their end game: it is control of the masses, ever to be ruled by a fraudulently elected ruling class, backed by über-liberal billionaires who believe they are the anointed ones.

As we approach November 8, 2022, expect to encounter a vast array of news coverage and social media manipulation that contorts the events of January 6, 2021, but don’t buy into it for even a nano-second.

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