October 27, 2016
Specifically, resistance entails conceiving of parenting as an act of rebellion against American culture. For example, for parents merely to remain married is itself an act of disobedience and an insult to the spirit of a throwaway culture in which continuity has little value. It is also at least ninety percent un-American to remain in close proximity to one’s extended family so that children can experience, daily, the meaning of kinship and the value of deference and responsibility to elders. Similarly, to insist that one’s children learn the discipline of delayed gratification, or modesty in sexuality, or self-restraint in manners, language, and style is to place oneself in opposition to almost every social trend. Even further, to ensure that one’s children work hard at becoming literate is extraordinarily time-consuming and even expensive. But most rebellious of all is the attempt to control the media’s access to one’s children. There are, in fact, two ways to do this. The first is to limit the amount of exposure children have to media. The second is to monitor carefully what they are exposed to, and to provide them with a continuously running critique of the themes and values of the media’s content. Both are very difficult to do and require a level of attention that most parents are not prepared to give to child-rearing.
Nonetheless, there are parents who are committed to doing all of these things, who are in effect defying the directives of their culture. Such parents are not only helping their children to have a childhood but are, at the same time, creating a sort of intellectual elite. Certainly in the short run the children who grow up in such homes will, as adults, be much favored by business, the professions, and the media themselves. What can we say of the long run? Only this: Those parents who resist the spirit of the age will contribute to what might be called the Monastery Effect, for they will help to keep alive a humane tradition. It is not conceivable that our culture will forget that it needs children. But it is halfway toward forgetting that children need childhood. Those who insist on remembering shall perform a noble service.
– From The Disappearance of Childhood (Neil Postman, 1994)
October 26, 2016
Make sure before you submit your ballot, especially electronically, that you check it. Already in early voting, some voting machines are switching ballots. You don’t want this to happen, or this or this.
Before submitting, review your ballot to make sure your choices are properly showing. If anything seems strange or inaccurate, contact the Elections Official/Judge at the polling location for guidance to correct your ballot.
October 25, 2016
According to the Washington Post, the candidate for the Democratic Party received more than 20% of her campaign funding from 100 rich individuals or unions. The top five donors:
- Hedge Fund Manager, S. Donald Sussman ($20.6 million);
- Chicago Venture Capitalist, J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. ($16.7 million);
- Univision Chairman, Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl ($11.9 million);
- Hedge Fund Manager, George Soros ($9.9 million); and
- SlimFast Founder, S. Daniel Abraham ($9.7 million).
One of Bernie Sanders’ few criticisms of Clinton was her strong ties to Wall Street. Looks like he was right. Whether it’s the Clinton Foundation or the Clinton Campaign, Hillary Clinton has never hesitated to take money from those seeking influence.
October 24, 2016
Under Obamacare, the majority of healthcare consumers will see premium rates increase, on average, by 25% for 2017. Rates are set to increase in 41 states. In some states, premiums will increase 50-75% in cost.
Violence has increased. In Chicago. In New York City. In San Francisco. The social justice focus of the Obama Justice Dept and local jurisdictions has resulted in more violence, not less. Our government has encouraged citizens to ignore the law, whether it be the former Secretary of State or political protesters or our own children. The results should not be surprising.
This is not an “American Problem.” Violence is increasing in Canada , in Germany, in Sweden, and throughout Europe, wherever the Progressive approaches to law enforcement, immigration, and centralized control are practiced.
Hopefully the next generation of government leaders will recognize their responsibility to put the safety of citizens before their ideological and partisan politics.