Archive for November, 2019

HEARSAY AND RED FLAG LAWS

November 25, 2019

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) defended the testimony of “witnesses” during the first day of public impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump arguing that “hearsay can be much better evidence than direct.”

“I think the American public needs to be reminded that countless people have been convicted on hearsay,” he added. “Because the courts have routinely allowed and created needed exceptions to hearsay. Hearsay can be much better evidence than direct as we have learned in painful instances, and it’s certainly valid in this instance.”

He doesn’t, however, say how many innocent people have been erroneously convicted of crimes based solely on hearsay evidence. He did not go into how bias and hatred can cause simple hearsay to be used with damning influence.

The major problem with hearsay evidence, and even direct witness recollection, is mindset and objectivity at the time of observance and when testifying.

Rep. Quigley, with his statement above, illustrates the ability of authoritarian people seeking absolute power to make the absurd sound real to people who hear only what they want to hear. Remember, he is a member of the party that denies life until it can be seen outside the womb. Even then, if the mother and doctor involved choose not to accept it, that non-life might be terminated at will.

This is the group-think mentality under which progressive liberals demand adherence from all. If an activist progressive identifies yellow as a color of objection, then we must all eliminate yellow from our everyday lives or be outcast. If yellow ever adjoined one’s intersectionality (past or present) the only remedies are publicly renouncing and rejecting ever showing appreciation or even accepting the color yellow immediately followed by humiliating one’s self with apology or accepting excommunication from society at large.

So, if hearsay evidence is sufficient to incarcerate someone, then anyone who has flipped off another in heavy traffic becomes subject to gun confiscation (display of anger). Red Flag laws, now on the books and proposed, allow anyone to make a claim against a gun owner. With that claim, firearms and other lethal devices may be removed from the accused persons possession until there is an adjudication by the courts. A simple claim, even if that claim was experienced by another and verbally related to the claimant contacting authorities, is now enough to cause a home invasion and confiscation.

Progressives are taking this country from one of “innocent until proven guilty” to “guilty by accusation and innuendo”. They are making our world less safe by making crimes such as illegal entry, hit and run, theft, child rape, assault, battery, fraud and many other crimes into minor misdemeanors. There is no deterrent penalty to prevent recurrence or escalation to greater crimes. However, verbally defending your position against an angry idiot is enough for the police to confiscate all your legally owned weapons until you can prove that the idiot who lost the disagreement and engaged them is the one who should be jailed…and then the case is dismissed without redress for the false accusation.

People with this mindset are the same people who believe that Marxist/socialists will see to it that there is no charge for health care or higher education (aka their control and influence over your child pre-K – grad), that whoever wants to take advantage of the generosity of Americans is welcome to come from around the world and do so. No job, no skills, no education, no problem…it’s all free. And if you act now, the government will pay you $1,000 every month just for being here.

God, please save us!

EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN

November 6, 2019

In the very true and forthright words of Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos: “Every American family needs to open The Nation’s Report Card this year and think about what it means for their child and for our country’s future. The results are, frankly, devastating.” She continued, “This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students,” she added.

The “game changing” Obama legacy initiative known as Common Core that was introduced by former Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has failed every child subjected to the system. A study by NEAP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) over a 7 year period (2010-2017) showed that Common Core teaching methods produced significant negative effects on 4th graders’ reading achievement and 8th graders’ math achievement. The study also showed that the negative effects tend to increase over time!

While academic scores continue to drop precipitously, the kids in K-12 public schools are learning the benefits of transgenderism, oral and anal sex for pregnancy prevention, gender confusion is one staple on which you can rely, protesting elevates celebrity, victimhood is the road to success and blaming white men for your failure is better than working to improve your station in life. They are not learning math, science, reading, English, world history, geography and civics to an extent that will benefit them in their lives beyond high school.

While some people want to throw more money at our failing public schools to continue the practice of indoctrinating over educating, others are seeking choice for students and caring parents. Granted, charter schools and home schooling take money from the public schools coffer, but they do teach the tools that help our youth become productive members of our society. Students of alternate schools must actually learn, accomplish and verify their knowledge rather than simply attend classes to pass and graduate.

Both traditional public schools and charter schools are funded through state and local tax dollars and enjoy tax exempt donations. The traditional schools also receive funding from the federal government. Home schooling via voucher receives federal money and charitable donations through community service organizations. Charter schools and home schooling are therefore forced to economically provide the educational services. Public schools, as with most government agencies, rely on myriad administrative levels absorbing the funding before the much much needed dollars ever meet the classroom.

The goal of education should be the benefit to the children, not the physical plant from which that education in meted. The cost of education should, and must, be commensurate with the value received by each and every student and the immediate or adjacent economic surroundings must be irrelevant.

As the national debt grows through unchecked deficit spending on unnecessary pork laden special interest projects and election reversal, it shows only that government inefficiency, graft and corruption is destroying our country and the future of its citizens. Education must be restored and enhanced for equitable prosperity and longevity.