“Teach the Constitution” would start with having students read the document along with the Declaration of Independence. What is it? What made it unique at that time? Who were the thinkers whose ideas influenced it (Locke comes to mind)?
I agree with your other observations. Our system of government depends on politicians having honor, ethics, and morality. It also depends on the electorate being well-versed in the issues and people for whom they are voting.
Unfortunately, too many in power are only driven by the acquisition of more power. That devolves our system from “inalienable rights endowed by our creator” to “rights bestowed at the whim of an aristocracy.”
 February 22, 2015 at 11:28am
Suggestions for the next President – some real, some satire, you decide:
1) Proceed on the assumption that the 43% of Dems supporting this idea always agree with you.
2) End birthright citizenship. It will make us more like Europe which the Left is always crowing about.
3) End Roe v. Wade — back to the States
4) Build Keystone
5) Life in prison for voter fraud – but a Mexican prison. It will only cost us $1 a day.
6) Airlift all the Christians from the mid-east. House them in homes vacated by illegals shipped back
7) One week’s notice to clean up — then audit companies for hiring illegals — CEO’s get 3 years, HR VP’s 2.
8) Teach the Consitution as part of Common Core – before eliminating common core
9) Put all Federal agencies on the chopping block that are not in the Constitution.
10) Devolve power to the States
11) Encourage States to devolve power to the cities and counties
12) Declare the US a Christian nation – keeping with the 1860′s Supreme Court decision around “separation of church …”
13) Re-establish Bill Clinton’s (or was it Newt’s) “End of Welfare”
14) To insure welfare recipients are “job ready,” require they to undergo “job screening” to be eligible, e.g. pee in a cup.
15) Split California into 4 States: Bay Area, LA County, rest of SoCal, rest of NorCal. 2 Dem, 2 GOP
Just a few modest suggestions. Without Congress and the Courts, I am sure the next Pres will have no problems thinking up more things for the second day in office
But what does "teach the Constitution" mean? I have what I think is a good idea what you mean, but do you trust politicians and bureaucrats to interpret that how you intended? When I was in high school (late 1970s) my teacher of government class kept saying the Constitution is a "living and breathing document". I was a good student (top 5, not merely top 5%), but I completely misinterpreted what he meant. I thought he meant that the Constitution is "living and breathing" because it could be amended as deemed desirable or necessary by the process outlined in Article V. I didn't understand until a few years ago that "living, breathing Constitution" means that the Constitution essentially means whatever the h*ll judges and politicians want it to mean. That notion is so absurd that it didn't occur to me that is what is meant by "living, breathing Constitution".
My point is be careful leaving wiggle room in demands on government. As you can see by all the parsing contortions (such as the Obama administration trying to explain how "if you like your healthcare plan you can keep your healthcare plan, period" is not a lie) politicians do to try to convince us they didn't lie. But I say if we can't try the common and reasonable interpretation of their words, their words mean nothing. If it happens on a rare occasion, I can let it slide, but when it is a habitual situation like with Obama, I say they have no credibility.
great suggestions here for the next prez. just one problem, they all make absolute perfect sense and would be the wise/smart thing to do which is exactly why these things will never happen, dem or republican.
 January 9, 2015 at 5:20pm
Maybe John McCain will run too! Split the “moderate” vote three ways. Then get a conservative!
If only medical science could cure Strom Thurmond's disease (that's the desire to die in the Senate for those of you in Rio Linda) we could be rid of Johnny Mac once and for all.
 December 20, 2014 at 2:01pm
Parents with college kids take note…
When asked recently my top requirements for candidates entering an executive grooming program, I said, “The ability to think critically and a solid command of English.”
In the future I can cite this article as a good reason why that will cull the applicants by at least 2/3.
Building on a prior post, why not video this survey for U-Tube with the following additional questions:
2) Should this policy apply to everyone? (They will say, “Yes.”)
3) No exceptions? (They will say, “Yes.”)
4) Even you? (Most will say, “Yes”)
Now it gets fun. Call over a colleague wearing a jacket that looks like it is police, INS, or similar. He or she will have a somewhat scruffy but innocent looking person handcuffed to them. Then say,
I”’d like to introduce you to Sarah. She is a Yadhzi which is a religious minority in Iraq that is being ethnically cleansed. She barely escaped slavery and the rape squads of ISIS and snuck into the US. If deported, it will be back to Iraq. Do you think she should fall under this policy and be allowed to stay?”
The interviewee will say, “Yes.”
Then say, “Great. Thank you. Officer please release Sarah and take “interviewee” into custody. We will immediately send “interviewee” back to Iraq in Sarah’s place.”
The reaction should be priceless. Of course, most will run like a scalded dog, scream for help, or turn white in shock.
Maybe they will even learn to think.
LOVE IT!!!!! They all think it should apply to everyone,,,,,,just not them.
November 19, 2014 at 8:06pm
Anti-semitism at the home of the free speech movement, a bastion of tolerance. Shocking!
November 15, 2014 at 3:18pm
Howard Dean says that we are going back to the 1920′s. Fantastic! Post Woodrow Wilson/Obama in to the “Roaring 20′s” with its 50% cut in government, innovation and economic boom.
the dawn of the 30′s is a different story – but wasn’t that liberals and Statists?
November 15, 2014 at 10:35am
Why was the GOP late? Good question. If this had happened under a Republican President – you think it would have been discovered sooner? Remember the comment of Romney on the 46%? It hurt badly. What an October surprise this would have made!
Maybe the GOP should hire this guy with some of the profits from George Bush socks.
 November 10, 2014 at 11:35am
The difference between this and The DaVinci Code is the age. The similarities include secret knowledge, modern discovery, Gnosticism, allegory, … Nothing to see here. Just a publish-or-perish academic trying to keep his job another semester.
 November 5, 2014 at 5:01pm
I don’t think it was meant as a joke. I made a similar comment. We really should get to te bottom of all the scandals rather than just run out the clock. IRS and Fast and Furious fr starters.
November 5, 2014 at 4:59pm
And sometimes they are just plain mean!
 November 5, 2014 at 4:56pm
How about letting Darryl Issa and Congress pilot the tech? That’s at least constitutional. Who knows what they’ll find!
 November 1, 2014 at 7:28pm
In the interest of balance lets also rebuild an FDR Japanese internment camp and a Woodrow Wilson “prison cell” to show where the 10,000 or so political prisoners he incarcerated were held. The world should understand the initiatives taken by these formative progressives who were arguably tyrants.
Whereas guys like Madison and Jefferson inherited slavery and wanted to to create change by creating the union first and then using it get rid of slavery.
And lets add the Branch Davidian church wing to the Clinton library in Arkansas:
Bill and Hillary Clinton should be in prison for crimes against humanity for what they did to their fellow citizens at Waco, TX, on April 19, 1993. The Waco Massacre and church burning (it was not a “compound,” it was their church),was the most brutal, heinous violation of civil, human and Constitutional rights in this nation's history. Innocent men, women and children were attacked with tanks, poison gas (CS gas turns to cyanide when heated) and burned alive. Those who ran from the church were machine-gunned as documented in the movie "Waco, The Rules of Engagement." If you doubt how bad this was consider that you never hear the left stream media talk about it. They want it erased from history but this memorial site will remain forever:
October 25, 2014 at 12:20pm
If they start checking itineraries with the airlines people will just fly to Phili, Boston, or DC and take the train or rebook locally.
I suggest all passengers arriving from W Africa land in DC. A couple of cases in DC will change the way they think about it, unless of course BHO just stays on the road golfing and fund raising.
In addition give them a free WH tour and a tour of the Capital building.
October 25, 2014 at 12:17pm
How about flight crews?
 October 11, 2014 at 2:55pm
I wonder if the pilots are veterans and how they reacted. Many of not most airline pilots are veterans.
 October 11, 2014 at 2:49pm
“Too poor”? He was rich enough to buy a ticket to the US.
 September 22, 2014 at 1:11pm
Symbolism is important to this crowd. Being desecrated with pork products keeps the dead out of paradise. A few pork chops or pig blood publically dropped in their water supply after each terrorist act could go a long way.
...we should do what general Pershing did when he had trouble with mussies in the early 1900's
 September 22, 2014 at 1:00pm
“Sacrifice” implies something of value. This administration does not value the military. Likewise, the easiest way to have “no boots on the ground” is to have “no boots.” The death of a dozen or so troops and quarantine of the rest from Ebola will decimate recruiting and retention in the all-volunteer Army.
Exactly. If Hamas was winning we wouldn't hear a peep out of the U.N.. So screw the U.N. and screw Hamas. I hope Israel makes the world a better place and pounds Hamas into dust! And if the Freedom Flotilla II won't let Israeli inspectors peaceably aboard to inspect for weapons then torpedo the tub and sink them all!
 June 20, 2014 at 12:04pm
Efficient. Excellent planning for surprises! I think Rommel did the same thing with boxcars in WW II. Now we know what those FEMA camps are for, at least for now.