I found this quote when looking up the history of public education in the United States:
“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”
— John Adams
, U.S. President, 1785 (The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations, Volume 9, by John Adams, Little, Brown, 1854, pg 540
) as quoted at Wikipedia.
Adams was right. He wasn’t president when he said it, but he was so right that outside of the great minds of physics and mathematics, this may have been the rightest statement ever uttered. We should be making sure our children are well-educated, kept up to date on the latest developments in history, social studies, mathematics, and the sciences. That education should include Art and Music, and, yes, Health and Physical Education.
I was pointed to this article with Dick Cheney’s opinions in it.
And this is what is really happening in the world. The US of A spends more than the next ten highest spending nations combined. The US spends more on weapons than the next ten nations spend on defense combined. TEN nations. They aren’t even allies who would group together to attack the US.
Darth Cheney from the article:
“That ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else,” Cheney said. “Your No. 1 responsibility as president is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. [Obama] is the commander-in-chief and he’s absolutely devastating the United States military today.”
I really have a hard time not bringing in some Monty Python here — “Don’t give me that you snotty faced heap of parrot droppings.”
We spend more than the next ten nations on making people and things that kill human beings. This…. fucker would rather our own people starve so that we can go kill others. “Not highways or anything else”. Education, Dick, you ridiculous git. Education is the only way we are going to advance as a country and a culture. Highways and bridges, electrical grids and water management — (there might be some sarcasm here) yeah they are useless.
Why do people listen to this jackass?
You know what? The number one responsibility of the President of the United States of America is taking care of the people of the United States of America. People. Over the last two decades, I have come to the conclusion that Cheney and his Republican friends don’t give a shit about people. They have a nebulous vision of “America”, and they have totally neglected “Americans.”
And it pisses me off.
Ugh. March has been a bad month. I don’t know why, for sure, except there seemed to be fits and starts about the weather between warming for spring and still cold and snowy for winter, which seems to fit the old tale about March coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb. I haven’t gotten my photos done for my monthly theme, I haven’t gotten any renders done, and I haven’t really done much to blog about.
So, I thought I’d post about something hitting the States now — that there are corporations that think they should be able to decide what medical care their employees receive. Because when I think of who should be able to make medical decisions for me, the company I work for is right up there in the two people… wait, no it isn’t.So I was lead to a link with a great analysis of corporations as persons and why that should show that Hobby Lobby is wrong.There is so much wrong with what they are trying to do, but what is worst, unless previous to the AHA mandate they used an insurance company that refused to cover birth control, then they were already paying into people using birth control. I mean, you know how insurance works, right?A large group of people pay into a large pool of funds that are used to pay out when members need it. Let’s assume Hobby Lobby used Blue Cross/Blue Shield. They paid into BC/BS’s pool. Did they think that BC/BS was *not* covering other BC/BS members birth control? If that was their understanding of how insurance works, perhaps they shouldn’t be running a corporation.And that’s what I have to say on it. Because there is so much wrong with what this corporation is trying to do and I just can’t spend the time doing more than what’s here. There are others who have done a lot more explaining the wrongness, and I’m sure a quick google search will do you well if you are really interested. And if you’re not really interested, maybe you should ask yourself why.