Yesterday, after months of slowly moving through the legislature, a bill to repeal Common Core education standards came to the floor of the Arizona state Senate. It wasn’t a perfect bill, but it went a long way towards removing the damaging standards and restoring state control over education from an intrusive federal government.
Republicans have a majority in the Arizona legislature, so there was reason to be optimistic that the bill would pass. It had already cleared the state House by a vote of 34-23 in favor, and made its way out of several committees in order to finally make it to the Senate floor.
Unfortunately, when the votes came down, the bill failed to pass, with 13 ayes, 16 nays, and one Member not voting. Naturally, all the Democrats present voted against the bill, but Republicans had the majority. So what happened?
The vote failed, as so many of these votes fail, because Republicans betrayed the principles of smaller government and refused to stand up to federal bullying when they had the chance. State Senators Jeff Dial, Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, and Bob Worsley voted to keep the standards that are ruining education for students, parents, and teachers alike.
After the vote, several supporters of the bill stood to speak with passion and conviction on the need to repeal Common Core. Their emotional connection to the cause was palpable, as they expressed their frustration with the failure of their colleagues to see reason and do the right thing. No one who opposed the bill chose to explain their votes. Their silence was deafening.
There will be other opportunities to repeal Common Core, in Arizona and in other states, but until Republicans start listening to the American people and having the courage to stand for education freedom, it’s going to be an uphill battle. As FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe is fond of saying, sometimes you have to beat the Republicans before you beat the Democrats.
If you happen to live in Arizona, feel free to call up State Sens. Dial, Driggs, Pierce, and Worsley, and let them know how disappointed you are with their votes on HB 2190. The only way they’ll do better next time is if they hear, loudly and clearly, from their constituents.
Over time, gold and silver coins were removed from our money supply and removed as backing for our paper currency and replaced with debt (or credit). Credit is only in our minds. It is an idea, not a thing. It is expressed by bookkeeping entries and computer symbols.
Thomas Jefferson warned against private banks when he said: “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporation that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
READ THE BLOG FROM YESTERDAY FOR A BRIEF ARTICLE ON THE PROBLEMS WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM.
D. Then in 1916 and 1917 Amendment XVI AND OTHER LAW TO FINALIZE ENSLAVEMENT: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”
At this point, every American, of every race, color or creed – except for the most wealthy, connected people- was screwed!
How were we screwed? Let’s list just a few items of evidence: World War l; Volstead Act Prohibition 1920 1933; 1929 Depression; robbing individual Americans of their gold as well as most of FDR’s New Deal; World War ll; Korean War; Vietnam War; and most of the political moves in the Middle East since 1948 through today!
Too broad you say? OK! Here are a few specific examples: During the Depression of 1929, my grandfather lost his job. He could also play several instruments and with a few friends could go to the business districts in Boston, set up on the sidewalk, and people would throw coins into their instrument cases so they could bring some food home to the family of 8 kids. Today, you still have the freedom to do so UNTIL THE COPS ARRIVE-if you don’t have a license to be there you will be made to close up your shop or be arrested. Let’s look at another situation from years ago, to today: Until our modern era, if you had a few extra packs of cigarettes AND NO CASH, but the wife needed a loaf of bread and a few vegetables to finish a healthy meal for the family. So, you take your extra pack of cigarettes to your favorite tavern and sell them one at a time until you gather the necessary funds to complete dinner for the family. TODAY, do that and while being arrested you might have a heart attack and die! There are a million more anecdotes, but let’s stop here. You get the picture. AMERICANS ARE NO LONGER FREE! It has been coming in dribbles and drabs for over 150 years! However in the last 50 years of my adult life it has accelerated. Over the last 6 years this old dude has watched a Pharaoh like tyranny descend over the land! If we could only get circumstances as they were in the 1950’s and early 1960s, we might have a chance to save our country without the calamities that lie ahead for us! UNFORTUNATELY, there is never a “Going Back.”
Is this fixable? Yes! Start with the following:
Article 1, Section 10, Clause 1
No State shall … emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
Then the rest of the solution is to start taking our individual responsibilities, learn and abide by the laws of God, and as much as possible ignore the governmental impositions. Yes, obey the laws, or you will get all bound up in red tape and what the system calls “Process,” Remember, they have made so many laws, many of which conflict, that if you make “the man” mad he might cause you headaches! All you can do if that happens is “be still” and hope you get a judge with common sense!
If this scares you, find a “Prepper” or a Morman and learn the basics of survival. Then, get on your knees and pray that our God will restore the “Kingdom of Heaven, on Earth!” Then, use your power as an individual with “Free Will” to learn all that you can about the will of God. A good place to start can be found in The Bible’s, New Testament with the words of Jesus!
Don’t get all bogged down with rules and laws in The Bible-especially the Old Testament. If you worry about all of that you will be as confused as our present governmental system. Keep it simple! Jesus did when he gave us the Greatest Commandment of All-Love God with all, then love your neighbor as yourself! With that constantly in mind, read the stories and words of Jesus to see how to apply the simple government of God in your own life.
The Battista Family:
We thank God for the Blessings we have; and the blessings we are receiving!