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June 10, 2015
Dear Passionate Republicans Who Believe the Party is the Steward Of Conservative Values,
Please stop naming “R’s” who are not conservative—RINOs (Republican In Name Only)! Please call them COBRA’s. (Considered) Conservative Only By Republican Association. ”COBRA” does justice to those of us conservatives who realize the Republican Party has not voted conservative on key topics for some time.
Republicans have not been fiscally or socially conservative as a collective with any consistency. Most are conservative in talk pre-election but fail to promote bills that uphold campaign pledges/platform stances. We are now seeing common behavior of ‘National’ Republican set in with ‘State’ Republican.
A veto in Nebraska to override the Governor to obtain a tax increase. A veto in Nebraska to override the Governor to repeal capital punishment. A failure in Congress to honor pro-life promises to sponsor key abortion legislation. A failure in Congress to stop extending budget solvency dates. A failure in Congress to present legislation to secure the border. These values do not fit into the Nebraska Republican conservative that I grew up knowing.
‘Winning’ key conservative issues are needed to improve the well-being of Nebraska and the United States. It is imperative conservative voters change tactics to achieve desired outcomes. The first major tactic is to change allegiance of party membership. A new approach to politics is needed in the public square to accomplish conservative goals. At the end of the day, the Republicans may still be that hope. However, they will only be that hope if they change their conduct. In my opinion, a change of conduct will require an outside agent, a movement, or a large defection of membership to force legislative action they promise but continually fail to deliver.
To be fair, I’m a little out of touch with the Republican Party since I left 6 years ago. I’d be happy to sit down with Republican leadership in the state legislature and understand this new view on increased taxes and repealing the death penalty to better understand how they view their platform.
I’m Independent and Conservative. I’m always open to listening to all parties and sides of debate. It is OK if we disagree on the death penalty and higher taxes. A good civil conversation, an exchange of ideas, and a review of the Constitution is the best approach I have learned over time to engage ideas and possibly sway opinions. However, I believe it is best to be civil in disagreement when convictions are strong so as to preserve a solid working relationship on the next problem citizens need addressed.
I’ve failed to convince many State conservatives in 2014 that the Republican Party is not the hope of their value set of the future. I’ll keep presenting the truth in legislation to change minds. With each passing day more conservatives join the Independent (largest growing political group), Libertarian, or Constitutional Party chorus. What is holding you back? All 3 are better choices. Conservatives will start to see the truth of what the Republican Party has become as consequences of these decisions (or lack thereof) hit closer to home. The party continues to fail on key conservative items. Budget cuts, border control, and pro-(Innocent) life initiatives have all fallen by the wayside or were rejected in conference. Maybe more conservatives will realize sticking with a party already questionable on key issues “To Win” on “Conservative Values” is achieving quite the opposite effect. Playing not to lose seldom wins in sports, careers, or politics.
What is the Point of a Party Platform?
I believe several Republican representatives and most voters have not read the Constitution in any great detail. Now I wonder if numerous Republicans even read their own platform. The multitude of Republican politicians taking voting positions contrary to their party platform (See Death Penalty) is nothing more than astounding to the average platform educated Nebraska GOP member. Unfortunately, these actions are commonplace. I have witnessed these continual failures in conservative ideology as a former Republican and now Independent Conservative. What is the point of a party platform if members of the party will vote against the platform in significant size? This is the question GOP leadership and followers need to wrestle with and reconcile.
My leaving the party had a lot to do with the GOP being unable to execute on campaign rhetoric, a lack of following platform issues (‘No Bail Outs’, Non Adherence to the Contract With America, Now Death Penalty), and voting positions that run contrary to Constitutional guidance. Keep in mind national platforms are not in control of delegates as perceived (see blog from earlier in year with award winning journalists documenting this truth in real time at the national convention). There may be justified dissent away from the party platform as it does not represent the base. Watch GOP Overrule their delegates Numerous state and federal delegations have seen the will of the members overridden by key players of the ruling leadership.
I don’t have a problem if you differ from your party platform that you are professing to follow to gain the nomination of your party AS LONG AS IT IS CLEARLY DISCLOSED well in advance of the election. Unfortunately, this is not happening. We have votes straying from an established platform without disclosure.
What we see in politics today are people riding the benefits of a platform perception they personally don’t believe in (Especially GOP in this state) to be elected. This is how you obtain numerous COBRAs (or RINO’s as Republicans call it) in office. People hiding their true colors of whom they really are for acceptance/support and identification with a larger group possessing a perceived beneficial historical reputation is not a new phenomenon. It has just become commonplace in party politics today as humans have this huge need to fit in and be accepted by the masses as opposed to be who they are from the start. The party has become a means to end for many politicians who aspire to have positions of great power as opposed to advocate for principled positions they truly believe in that serve the general welfare.
As I warned you in 2013 thru 2014 the National Republican Party has changed. The NATIONAL party has control over their NATIONAL members. I ran as an “I” to be free from party bosses and represent the Nebraska people. It hurt brand name reputation because people love the “R”. However, it will be the only way to move a positive conservative agenda forward. It is the only way to not contribute to partisan divisiveness that is hurting our country.
National party views will trump individual pledges a ‘National’ candidate will make before the election. I have been proven right early in the abortion, border, and budget debates in 2015. The up and coming leaders are not holding up their pledges/positions/platform when it matters.
With regards to Nebraska, I thought ‘State’ platform drifting would follow suit to ‘National’ platform drifting over time. I never predicted it would happen this soon. This is not your grandfather’s GOP party anymore Nebraska.
Nebraska is experiencing the wake-up call in 2015 with 3 Republican Governor (who is conservative) positions overridden by a 70% Republican legislature. Included in those vetoes were legislative positions to increase taxes and repeal the death penalty (Historically Anti-Conservative/Anti-Republican Positions).
The Republican voters who trust in the “R” continually place an emphasis on winning over right. They continue to judge and vote for people by the letter they proclaim over their character and positions. The results are starting to catch up to Main Street. The results are not favorable. The results are a function of what many voters elected.
Republicans Complicit In No Pre-Election Debates Paved the Way for Non-Disclosure of True Positions: Higher Taxes and the Repeal of the Death Penalty.
The passive approval of no debate by many Republican politicians in 2014 was an overwhelming complicit position. Republicans are reaping what they sew by approving of candidates who will not answer solid public questions in fair forums, disclose positions when asked honest questions, and engage debate in challenging/proper formats. Conservatives, would you want to know a death penalty stance, raising taxes position, or approving of a budget that extended balancing by 2 years before you voted?
Most Republicans (with full respect to Ricketts who would debate) were OK with few to no debates. Why? Winning over ‘right’. What are the results? A lack of disclosure of important positions that run contrary to voter interest. A lack of debates creates a lack of examination of candidates.
When debate happens, on the record positions are established. Votes are better controlled by the people. Many politicians (maybe not Obama) feel bound by their oaths. Look no further then Senator Larson of O’Neill during the death penalty veto debate. Article Citing Senator Larson’s Campaign Position He made it clear he would not back Capital punishment in the future. However, he upheld the veto because he made a pledge to his voters to support Capital Punishment before the election. He at least had the sense to be bound by his words he made in the election run up, then enact his new found position. Unfortunately, many Republicans were OK (at least passively) with “their” candidates electing not to debate (especially debates with non screened questions). Debates matter in answering the questions of the public who deserve to know candidate positions on ALL the issues before they vote.
Will Republican Politicians and Voters Take Accountability?
Accountability. Many Republicans preach it but don’t practice it. How many Republican voters were accountable and did their research of where their legislative candidates stood on key issues like increased taxes and death penalty repeal? Instead of yelling at the politicians who do not vote the platform, are you holding yourself accountable for not knowing their positions before the election? Will you vote for these same incumbents who vote contrary to the platform because they are an “R” in the next election? Accountability. Few like the topic when the subject is looking at them in the mirror.
Civic engagement HAS TO BE part of life balance in America. The population is receiving what they voted for. People need to quit making fun of politicians. They need to realize it is the voters placing these people into power in the first place. The voters are the seed. The politicians are the outcome.
Lack of candidate research has put a completely new batch of COBRA’s into offices. They successfully hide behind the label to garner votes to achieve the position.
The Petition to Reinstate the Death Penalty
The petition process will be good for people with privileged access to the primary. They will realize how difficult the process is, how unjust it is in making non establishment party members play by a different set of rules, and how painfully long it takes while others only have to take a few minutes to sign a few sheets of paper to participate in a “Democratic” process. ”Equality Under the Law” (our state motto) at its best!
However, the petition process is also very rewarding! Your views have to be expressed and examined to garner a signature. Multiply that by the number of required signatures (plus a cushion) and you have a confirmed candidacy/issue (except for a few large media outlets who are adding wallet size and editorial approval of your message to deem legitimacy)!
The process also facilitates the meeting of so many great people across the state. Signatures have to be spread out among the districts and counties. Petitioning helps one stay in touch with Main Street Nebraska from East to West (Or West to East as one says in Scottsbluff). Obtaining signatures from every county is one of the best educational experiences a Nebraskan can have! It will be amazing for the organizers of this process as well.
Let’s look at specific bills to justify my claims of traditional conservative is dying with Republicans. (My aim in this piece is not to declare right and wrong of each piece of legislation. My aim is to highlight the deviation from historical conservative positions to illustrate the shift of values in the Republican Party.)
Repealing Capital Punishment was Republican led and had more votes from members of the GOP than Democrats. Pro Capital Punishment is historically the conservative position. Veto Override Story
Republicans overrode the veto by the Governor to raise taxes. Raising taxes has not been the historical fiscal conservative position. Higher Tax Veto Override Story
Republican led legislation sought to expand wagering on horse racing last year. That is not a historical social conservative position. Expanded Horse Racing Story
Republican led legislation is trying to sanction poker and eliminate “Last Call” at bars in Nebraska. That is not a historical social conservative position. Expand Poker and Eliminate “Last Call” at Bars
“What about Federal Positions?”
Gambling continues to be the theme as a top Casino magnate being accused of ties to the Mob in China is bankrolling several Republican Presidential runs. He has 9 figure money to spend! I’m looking forward to more family friendly internet gaming proposals from the family friendly GOP. My prior year blog and cited national stories
The National Republicans could not agree on a bill to secure the border to send to the President. Border Security is the conservative position. Independents reminded you it was 28 years both parties have failed to secure the border. Many thought Republicans would change this… better keep waiting. Article: Failed Border Security Due To Internal GOP Battle
In 2013, The Republicans under the guidance of Paul Ryan passed a budget that would balance by 2023. This budget was lamented by many conservatives in 2013 for being too “Spending Friendly” with the Democrats. In 2015, the Republicans passed another budget that will balance in 2025. For those that can’t do basic math, they just extended balancing the budget an additional 2 years. My Blog From 2013 Citing This Bill on the Record
Extending the time to balance the budget is not fiscally conservative.
As a person that painfully fought for tougher fiscal decisions this past year, it pains me on yet another passed budget that prolongs decisions towards solvency. I do not understand the claim, “The Table is Set for a Future Discussion” by our Senator. What tangible progress can I point to in that statement? How about honoring a pledge? IT IS time to have a tough talk! That statement makes more sense to me.
My expectations of DC have become so low….. I don’t even expect passage of a tough budget. The citizens do not demand it. They either want the handouts today over the just preservation of the opportunities the next generation should have with their resources OR they think voting for the new members controlled by the same party bosses will magically change budget behavior? I don’t understand the rationale.
In my world, I would expect a legislative proposal to be presented by conservatives with detailed positions on what tough decisions will be made. Where is the legislation to show there are real “Budget Hawks” in Congress? I will know someone is serious in honoring their balanced budget pledge when I see a tough bill with significant changes proposed. Proposed legislation (if it is not orchestrated by the party to be killed in committee) will lead to debate and will start the process to solving a massive problem that is toxic to future generations.
Signing your name to proposed legislation will take guts. They should be reminded it will take less guts than our founders who “With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, mutually pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor.” We need Founding Father guts again. ”Kick the Can” needs to go back to being a childhood game.
Only 2 Republicans had the guts to say the budget was not strong enough and declared our kids deserved better….Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. This is the fiscal conservative party worthy of being followed???
Granted, compromise is an important and a viable position (This is why Simpson-Bowles needed passing). Compromise was the rationale by apologetic Republicans in the 2015 GOP passed budget resolution. However, this resolution is not compromise because the appropriation bills (the next step) drafted on the basis of the budget resolution will not be signed into law by the White House. A compromise likely would have to be much softer on fiscal restraint to pass the White House standard (the appropriation bills cannot strip Obamacare). Conversely, the budget resolution could have been a tougher statement of how diligent we need to be in cutting the budget. The fate of a tougher budget and the corresponding appropriation actions would have met the same fate many appropriation bills originating from this budget will experience…dead on arrival. Why not make a bolder statement since this weaker statement has little chance of being appropriated to action?
The logic of either of these two alternative positions makes more sense than the 2015 budget resolution. This is a bad middle of the road budget resolution that will dictate appropriations that will not have a chance of White House approval, nor offer any meaningful proposal on budget reform. This resolution is the worst of both worlds.
What is Reality Today?
What we are witnessing in Washington is more rhetoric identifying the problems, blaming the other side for the current conditions, and yet another session of kicking the can down the road on our most pressing problems. This is what America voted for despite their perpetual belief that something better will happen the next time around with two parties still committed to divisive partisanship and run at the top with individuals succumbed to ideology that does not reflect Constitutional belief and/or funded by many consumed with greed.
What we need to demand as citizens out of national politicians are written plans to deal with the problems identified. Let this Blog be the first to demand details to solutions. We need conservatives proposing and pushing legislation, not seeking to be one of 50+ candidates running for President. (I warned you in 2014 this power obsession would happen–Refer to history after Contract with America). My 2013 Blog Predicting the Fight For More Power
Conservatives can lead or respond to what the ‘left’ is doing. It is their choice. Based on daily telecasts of Fox News, they are in responding mode to the agenda being pushed by the left and not leading from the right.
We need proactive conservative legislation. More importantly, we need bills on MAJOR legislation that shows there is a strong vision to lead this country. We need more debate to solve problems. True conservatives should not pass the buck. It is time to evolve the discussion with on the record proposals. Less hype. More action. I don’t want to hear ‘Obama and the Democrats want the border open’. I want to hear a committee debate and read a detailed legislative proposal on how the border will be closed. Republicans have control of both houses now to initiate legislation.
Furthermore, Nebraska representatives should have the gumption to not extend the time to bring our budget into balance. I don’t know if we will even make it another 10 years without a serious economic depression caused by government mismanagement and conceding Constitutional control of the currency to Wall Street over Main Street. Don’t look to senior leadership to lead a new approach (Republican Congressional Leadership is more prone to consensus building) or another member to step up. I encourage you to be that person that changes the game with proposed legislation. Looking around for someone else to do the job is what lazy kids do with their siblings at chore time. The encouraging piece is I believe we have a delegation that knows they can be bolder and stronger. Unfortunately, we don’t have a courageous delegation. We have an electorate obsessed with candidates on knowledge (a very important thing) but fail to evaluate wisdom and courage. Let me be the first to tell our elected officials, “You can do it! I believe in you! Take a chance!”
However, I’m afraid we are seeing the repeated cycle of forgoing tough decisions and discussions to receive party approval for future power positions. Protecting the reputation of other establishment stars in the party for the sake of perceived preservation of party power is old hat. It is probably what I hate most about party politics.
A lack of budget cuts and no border control are not the only issues showing why the party is no longer conservative. It is happening in solid conservative positional issues like “Pro-Life” as well. This state is well on the record in being Pro-Life. A 100 day pledge during the election run up by Senator Sasse to sponsor or cosponsor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has not happened. I was forwarded the pledge by Pro-Life people who thought they could only support an “R” as a Pro-Life advocate with an on the record 100 day guarantee of sponsorship/co-sponsorship! (Cue ‘Tommy Boy’ Movie Clip on Guarantees)
Where are the loyalists holding representatives accountable to ‘guarantees’ they made? Accountability dies easy when personal emotional loyalty is on the line. Accountability demands different behavior. A politician will respond to his loyal base if they hold them accountable in numbers. Remember, babies are on the line and upholding promises mean something to the Nebraska people! This guarantee is about sponsorship and co-sponsorship. That can be controlled by a candidate 100%!
Furthermore, the Republicans as a whole could not pass the 20 week abortion bill after the election as promised. “Pro-Life” (please change to Pro Innocent Life) is historically the conservative position. The Republicans were only able to pass a watered down version of striping government funding of abortion. Washington Post Bill Citing Failed Abortion Bill
The Democrats of several years ago already accomplished the removal of government funding of abortion with a bill they introduced in the House when Obamacare was passed (failed ratification). There is little meaningful difference in what Pro-Life Democrats (Granted they are now on the endangered species list in only 4 years) and Pro-Life Republicans passed between then and now. Both bills substantially achieved the same major goal. They removed government funding of abortions. Is it “More Conservative” when you can only pass substantially the same bill (removing government funding from abortion) as the Democrats introduced and passed a few years earlier on abortion?
How Long Will People Buy This?
Most people bought into the belief (deception) reforming the party will happen… (yet another try in the last 20 years). That is clearly not happening. Nebraska Republicans need to own this. They have elected a significant number of non-conservative Republicans (state level), or conservative Republicans who will not stand up to the national party to make the tough decisions needed and desired by the American/Nebraska people.
If the Republicans want to be identified as true conservatives by actions over election rhetoric reputation, they are going to have to follow through on their pledges and their platform. They have been fortunate their voting base assumes “Republican Right” is the answer to “Anti-Left”. The strategy of bashing the left to win the Presidency is what I would do as well if I had no positive plans to point to.
I’m not looking forward to the next year of “Bad Option” vs. “Don’t Vote for the Bad Option” battle to be President of the United States while good candidates not in the mainstream receive no media coverage to the peril of the American people who take their cues from the “very dependable” mainstream media. Republicans are fortunate their base is pushed to action by “Against” or “Fear of the Left” messages as opposed to “For” and “Vision” messages. The later always appeals to more voters than the former come the general election.
Let me continue to warn the GOP leadership… more people are waking up by the day that both parties are not acting under Constitutional direction. Don’t Take It From Me…Take it From Glenn Beck More people are waking up that they need to stand “For” something and not “Against” something. More people are waking up it is time to be “For” the Constitution.
Let me help you GOP Presidential candidates. Drop the ‘Anti-Hillary Campaign’ your leaders demand you recite over and over to get the doggy biscuit from party bosses. Be positive, present your vision, and be bold. No one likes to follow perpetually negative people.
That is why both parties do not have the growth trajectory of the Independent movement. Negativity of how bad humanity is on the other side of the aisle (whichever side you profess) is uninspiring. A similar agenda of repeating how bad the other party is creates no difference in candidates. Present your positive plans and vision. Provide leadership to the following questions to attract conservative voters.
What are your logistical plans to close the border? What is your Republican healthcare plan proposal you will stand behind as a party (I’m still waiting since I publicly called it out in 2013)? What are your foreign policy and long term goals for the Middle East? Will you make an unwavering claim to have the budget balanced in 8 years to meet the Ryan budget goal of 2013..?
There are offensive winning conservative positions out there. They take answers with “Guts” and conviction. They are not found in public opinion straw polls. They definitely are not in the heads of National Party Bosses.
If the Republican Party wants to reform themselves and win….quit obsessing over power and obsess on progress in legislation. The later will breed the former. The time is now to offer solutions with crafted legislation. It is time to demand adherence to pledges and platforms one has made or subscribed to.
Closing With Encouragement
I’ll admit—this blog was not full of encouragement. Changing the tone of debate and creating honest positive civic discussion in politics is one of my goals.
Let me close with some positive words on what good things have happened or are happening to bring ‘positive’ tone into the blog entry. There are good achievements to report.
Have a Good Week Nebraska!
April 24, 2015
Lincoln Needs A School Board Leader Like Matt Schulte!
A Blog to the People of Lincoln to Support Matt Schulte (I apologize for the length but you need to know the opportunity we have with Matt)
I’m happy to endorse Matt Schulte for Lincoln School Board. Why? His long track record of success in improving the lives of children, his unparalleled compassion for kids, and his commitment to solid principles is why Lincoln needs to vote for Matt Schulte.
I have never met a more passionate individual working in non-profit for kids then Matt. If the 6th district of Lincoln elects Matt Schulte to the Board, he will build on his proven success to improve the lives of ALL Lincoln kids through building a stronger educational experience. His principles on matters of policy adhere to strong values many citizens of Lincoln admire. His demonstrated compassion for ALL kids coming from different walks of life is in full view for anyone willing to investigate his record. Most importantly, he will provide parents a stronger voice on how they want THEIR kids to be taught.
His efforts with our kids is worth more than our vote. His effort is worth our time to obtain additional votes in his district. This is truly a race where ONE vote can make the difference. The race can be won if we make the effort to gather additional votes beyond ourselves.
Matt and his team currently engage 2,400 kids every week of the school year to build better lives. Helping local children is not a future promise but an accomplished mission Matt has achieved.
With our help he can achieve more.
Despite Matt’s proven performance in assisting kids, he is facing unfounded attacks by political opponents.
I scoff and laugh at these attacks expressed in public debates. The questions on Matt’s ability to help lead a “tolerant” school system because he is a person of faith are absurd. The tactic to personally attack a person of faith by trying to attach labels of ‘a lack of compassion’ or ‘a lack of tolerance’ is one of the big lies being told about people of faith today. Enough is enough. Matt’s life is a living demonstration of compassion, caring, and mentoring for kids.
Have these individuals boldly implying Matt lacks the ability to build a tolerant system volunteered in the juvenile justice system with delinquent kids like Matt? Have these individuals ‘slinging mud’ worked with teenagers simultaneously journeying through school and pregnancy like Matt? Our world would be better off if people had 25% of his compassion AND ENGAGED the kids of Lincoln like Matt has.
Granted there are many people of weak faith who judge, comdemn, and speak–yet never demonstrate acts of compassion/service their professed faith urges them to do. These people are the antithesis of Matt. Those that label people of faith by a group perception… promulgated by propaganda based on the actions of a select few…just break their own self righteous proclamations of never judging and being the “Tolerant Ones”. In my opinion, Matt is the real deal who moves with action and compassion while not compromising on conviction and principle.
What I admire most about Matt during this campaign is that he has not responded to negative attacks with his own negative attacks. He has kept it clean and positive in trying to change the tone of political elections. He has 2,400 school kids in Lincoln involved with Matt’s employing organization watching his actions. Win or lose, he has the composure to understand 2,400 kids will observe his behavior. Many will follow his actions. How he treats others in this race and how others have treated him for having a belief set should show you who the tolerant people really are.
However, this race is not about popularity or who is the bigger person. This race is about student progress. Diversity, transparency, and ideas are topics perpetually asked by the attending citizens during the city debates (Republicans sparsely attend—where are you to back your candidate?) Let’s address these topics of concern.
First. Is there really diversity on this board because they say PC words in more quantity? Is there diversity when the board sits together with their favorite candidates, picks the candidates to replace their spots, and collectively endorse the same slate of candidates? There is little diversity of thought observing the current board on the major issues. The uniformity of candidate support, and the cross praise of each other are further examples of amazing similarty. I’m not privy to behind the door discussions and policy reviews to observe differences, but outwardly this group appears to be very homogeneous. I’m glad they are friends, but the differences are hard to find. That is not diversity.
Matt brings diversity to the board because he thinks differently, he approaches problems from a differing angle, and he desires goals like transparency that have not been achieved with recent administrations/boards. His approach, thought process, and goals are different. Different will help diversity. Different will make a stronger board. Different doesn’t have to mean combativeness. What different does mean is that Matt will be able to see new issues and have new beneficial angles of approach.
Second. Transparency. Why would we not introduce change to a board that oversees a system that asked for 6 months and $32K to provide reports on expenditures? (Story on 6 months and 32k citation) Citizens deserve to know who, what, and where their tax dollars are being spent. It is time for financial books to be thorough, open, easily produced, and immediately available for examination. I want Matt to push this administration to achieve readily available transparency.
Furthermore, parents deserve to know what is being taught. Public school should still be accountable to the parents, the kids, and the citizens of this community. We elect a board to oversee and hold our school adminstrators accountable. Matt will improve on issues of accountability and transparency.
Third. Ideas. Matt has implemented many new ideas at his organization to create dramatic change. I don’t worry about Matt’s ingenuity to solve tough problems. However, I have an idea I would like to see. It is not a new idea. It is a proven idea.
Bring back an emphasis on the basics! How we teach children may change, but building a strong comprehension of the ‘basics’ should not. The ‘basics’ are the building blocks of education. They are being weaned of time to enhance focus on areas of cultural relevance as determined by a few with a political agenda. The ‘basics’ are the springboards to tackle more complicated topics in the future.
Why is extensive controversial curriculum emphasized in the classroom? Especially elementary education????
(See the LPS manual on controversial education as an elaborated topic of emphasis–focus on policies 6440 thru 6450)
Even if you do believe in controversial education, it is the job of the board to hold figures at LPS accountable to notify the parents of controversial curriculum as the policy manual states. Notification did not happen. Where is the clamp down on the administration for non adherence to policy? Policy manuals must be monitored by parents. Policy manuals must be followed by the administration. It is the job of The Board to enforce and hold the administration accountable to policy.
Does Lincoln want extensively emphasized controversial curriculum? Or does Lincoln want a solid rigor in the basics—especially for elementary kids? Will proponents of controversial education even see to it that proper notifications are given to parents? I don’t even know if they deem certain topics ‘controversial’ in the first place if they failed to notify the parents as called for by policy.
As a concerned parent of Lincoln, my position is rigorous basics need to be emphasized in policy over controversial education – especially in grade school. Let’s remove our efforts out of complying with the emphasis of main stream media. Let’s get back to focusing on the basics that benefit ALL kids.
The stats do not lie. We are falling behind to the world in key educational areas like math and science. Our kids need to be prepared for a competitive world. A lack of preparation of our children is dangerous and irresponsible. We can do better by demanding a stronger set of priorities from board members that dictate more time of ‘basics’ investment and less time on controversial curriculum.
Why are we comparing ourselves to inferior performing districts who meet coveted national praise status for their leadership in subset topics? There is a time and place for subset awareness but we have grown out of balance. The average citizen in the middle is paying the price for shifting priorities.
We should not trend the way of larger cities. The 50 percentile kid is suffering. They lack preparation because they suffer from increasingly divergence of focus from teachers and investment emphasis by boards to meet the astronomical growing demands of smaller and smaller subset populations. I’m glad we are better dealing with kids who are unique and on the 20% of the Bell Curve. However, we can not do this at the cost of the children in the middle 80% of the curve. I’m not here to define what proper balance is, but it is growing readily apparent that our investment focus on deploying tax payer funds is putting more and more emphasis on unique inviduals versus the common kid. One person is not more valuable then the other.
We should look locally to parents on what they desire for their children. Historically, Lincoln has achieved local goals in Public School. Unfortunately, our leaders are putting growing emphasis on what the national educational community is doing even though schools have always been a locally governed and directed entity! When we examine what the country has been doing in education we should realize it has been hurting the relative performance of American kids. They are falling behind kids around the world in key areas of educational measurement. We are trending in the wrong direction and should question the wisdom of following the herd. Herd mentality is hurting this nation. We should realize the herd is falling behind!
The International kids achieving and surpassing American students have systems rooted in the basics. We should observe the systems that are working in preparing kids for a global economy. More importantly, we ultimately should listen to the parents who have final responsibility of their children. Lastly, we need a greater subset of parents to step up and become more involved. Studies show involved parents create better results for kids in their schools. Studies show top tier teachers stay in schools when parents are active in their child’s school. Continuity and caring are big components to educational success.
I’m thankful for past boards and current boards for achieving a higher standard than systems of peer cities. However, I’m worried at the excessive citations of what ‘other communities around the country are doing’ in recent discussions by key educational decision makers. I’m not one inclined to do what every one else does and follow the herd. Politically that is what makes me stand out. I’m not in the 95% committed to only 1 of 2 political opinions. I’m not one that has the identical opinion on all 10 major issues so I fit in and am accepted by my peers to rise up the ladders of their organization commited to an agenda over their neighbors. We would be wise to question and not follow the direction they are on. We need more faith in our neighbors who treat us fair to carve out the direction of our local schools for OUR kids.
I have strong opinions on following the Constitution. I’m a believer in our founders who did not agree on everything but ultimately got the framework right to guide all citizens and government.
I’m extremely worried about shrinking citations by board members of what Lincoln, Nebraska parents desire for their kids in the classroom. Local citizen control, not national adherence, was the intention of our founders on schools. That was good guidance. Let’s keep it that way.
We should affirm our city, keep emphasizing parent involvement, shift investments from appearance oriented objectives and move funds to improve the knowledge of existing teachers who will enhance student learning IN THE CLASSROOM.
We can continually blaze a proven path that benefits anyone regardless of belief system. Investing in divisive programs and elaborate architecture is not the best use of resources. Preparing our kids with a strong foundation, and continually investing in improving and enhancing their instructors knowledge in rigorous academics is.
Want added comfort in voting for Matt? Matt comes from a long line of school board reps. Matt’s mother and grandparent both served on a School Board. Granted, linage does not always equate to success. However, linage in an education family does give you exposure on what it takes to do the job of ‘school board’.
When you are the son and grandson of a school board member you have pertinent discussions around crucial school system topics at the dinner table. You witnessed and learned from the efforts of family members. You witness what works and does not work for a school system. You observe the impact of policies on kids. You have witnessed the end result over 1 or 2 generations under the guidance of a grandparent or parent. They have spoken and will continue to speak into Matt on what works and does not work for kids. Listening to experienced elders is invaluable guidance in doing a great job.
I could label this school board as ‘doom and gloom’ as most politicians looking for change would do. However, that would be disrespectful and more importantly wrong. (I’ll save ‘doom and gloom’ for the Feds who yet again kicked the can down the road on securing the border as a top priority in change, discussing entitlements as promised, and yet again failed to balance a budget the next decade).
I appreciate anyone willing to serve the public. I have admired many of their achievements. I’m grateful for their service. Most citizens are too lazy or self focused to engage the hours needed to serve their neighbors. I want to make sure I praise and give thanks for the tireless hours they have contributed to our community on the school board. They answered the call. Action and dedication deserves an ovation. The challenge they faced and conquered with the arson of the administration building was outstanding (not perfect–a poor standard to expect). I’m truly am thankful for their dedicated service.
However, I do think it is time we add new flavor to the board. This request is not a condemnation of what has existed, but it is a statement that a change is needed to improve on the weaknesses that have developed the last several years. I think we have seen strong success in areas that naturally align with the strengths of the individuals on the current board. However, every strength has a weakness. The weaknesses are starting to show. It is time the pendulum swing in the other direction to correct these issues. The weaknesses are heightened and starting to glare in a board that I believe demonstrates a lot of “Group Think”. I see Matt as addressing some of these weaknesses and assisting a board in areas where existing natural strengths may not align.
Let’s face it–God did not make each person good at everything. You need different people to build a strong team with different strengths. I do not see significant differences, thoughts, or strengths in the current boart to be a great team.
I see the remaining members and Matt to be better compliments. They will be a stronger team if the remaining board members embrace Matt’s strengths he can bring to the team—and vice versa.
We would be wise to add a different skill set to the board to address areas of weakness like communication/notification of parents, budget transparency, having tougher conversations with administrators not adhering to the policy manual, and a better understanding of those students who come from different value sets. Matt has achieved this in his current position. I think Matt will make the board stronger with his skill set/perspective.
I did spend some time researching his opponent. Unfortunately, the coverage on our school board is light by the media (shocker). However, when controversy exists, the media will be there!
I apologize in advance for not being able to find good positive articles. The board not being widely covered is the culprit. I’m sure Katie has done some excellent things for the board given her background. I don’t want to be naive and pretend good things do not exist. She has a track record of loving kids too.
However, I did find an article by a journalist who tries to keep the media and government honest. Her story has thorough documented citations that bothered me and should bother you.
Here is the article from Dena Winter and Nebraska Watchdog last year. http://watchdog.org/183423/gender-training-3/
Katie used an irrelevant legal case and cited it as precedent to require teachers to engage on gender teaching issues. When board members make statements of a legal requirement to teach a social agenda by citing an irrelevant case—that is improper use of the law. Board members cannot be ignorant of the law. Nor should they intimidate the public to action they do not agree with by clinging to the citation of a law that is irrelevant to the case/situation at hand. That is dangerous from a legal standpoint regardless of personal social beliefs. That is the wrong way to push for an agenda.
Teachers must have assurance that board members are not going to improperly cite laws to force them to take personal actions of conduct. Our school system must have assurance that board members will properly use citations of the law to guide the school system.
As a person who believes in liberty, I have a big problem when someone in authority demands another individual to act in opposition to one’s conscious when the law and more importantly the Constitution does not compel one to do so. Intimidation of these people to adopt/adhere to observing/teaching a social agenda by proclaiming inapplicable case law is wrong on so many levels.
So where are the citizens to help these kids be more prepared for the 21st Century?
I will be the negative one and highlight the failure of so many citizens instead of kissing up to gain popularity. As my preacher would say, if the devil can’t make you bad he will make you busy.
Citizens, you are way too busy. You need to step up, get educated by doing YOUR OWN research, and vote. Claims of “I don’t follow politics.. I don’t have time..I’m too busy…” don’t fly in a Democracy. It is down right selfish in a school board election when kids who can’t speak for themselves need your voice.
It is anticipated that under 25% of eligible voters will show up to the polls in May. That is unacceptable. You can yell at Obama or the GOP on what they are or are not doing. However, what are you doing?
Many can preach a good game but are often too busy making that next buck, kept busy with Jr’s schedule, and other ‘self’ reasons that keep them from civic involvement. Your civic involvement in our local schools will determine the future outcome of our most valuable resource–our kids. It is time for action–no excuses.
Put ‘me’ down for two hours the next two weeks. Help Matt. Do not let your conscious live with doing nothing.
Matt was a few hundred votes short of Katie in April. With your help we can turn the tables in the general election. I hope my followers will help make a difference for Matt. A special thanks to many of you who already have.
Can you give $100 to support an ad? Can you put a sign in your yard? Will you talk to 10, 20, 50 neighbors in the 6th district? (6th District Map) Can you be compassionate and drive a neighbor to the polls? Can you advocate early voting for Matt? This is all about moving people in Matt’s district to vote for Matt Schulte. Call Matt’s campaign team and help!
Make the difference this election. Drop the training of partisanship and try not to make this election about opposing the other person. Let’s be thankful and encouraging to the generous service we have received from Katie and the rest of the board regardless of the actions/accusations/incorrect implied positions made by Matt’s opponent and their supporters. Two wrongs don’t make a right. We need to be bigger people like Matt has demonstrated to us this election. We need to return the public square to a debate on ideas. We need to rebuke strategies of personal attacks taught to us by national parties. Let’s keep the focus on facts, actions, and ideas. We are Lincolnites. We care for each other despite our differences.
With that said, let’s exercise our rights to improve a situation and push FOR something. Compassion, service, a different perspective/skill set, and action will make a solid board an incredible school board.
The exact same values will make the difference in the lives of our kids.
I’m thrilled to endorse Matt Schulte for School Board. He needs your help. He needs your vote. Make the difference.
All The Best!
Disclaimer: Many of these opinions reflect my opinions and my opinions alone. They may or may not reflect the views of Matt Schulte (although I hope they do!).
March 20, 2015
Glenn Beck Leaves the Republican Party!
(see my next post on the great piece he did that got him fired from the fascists running our media — yes they own the conservative channels too)
The momentum train continues to build for conservatives outside the party. You are welcome to join us!
Glenn Beck realizes those that love the Constitution (like me) are/were just being used by the GOP for the sake of power.
The Tea Partiers are close to realizing they are being used to consolidate GOP power. They are openly slandered by the GOP leaders with positions stripped out of committees if they do not pull the party line.
The religious individuals are starting to wake up with party platform discussions of removing basic moral planks to attract more people. Starting the session by failing to push key “Pro-Life” Bills surprised religious GOP loyalists (although I warned you this would happen). I’m more surprised that the religious followers were surprised. Why would you put your faith in a party?
It has taken longer for my message of truth to get out, but it is being heard and validated each passing day. More key people are taking action to stand on their own two feet. Stay conservative, just ditch the party consolidating your power for the elites running the show.
The only thing keeping people glued together is the GOP party has them so scared of who is on the other side. Frankly, I don’t want to be a part of a group that is easily scared. I’m looking for bold leaders not scared of other people. I’m looking for people that will love and seek out other people.
In summary, leadership of Constitutional pursuits does not exist with either of these parties.
Newsflash: Glenn is right. Republicans are torpedoing the Constitutional too.
A quick point, I still have a lot of friends in the state GOP party. By in large, there are some nice people, great leaders, and a fine organization for local politics. However, the national level is a corrupt and rudderless mess. They continually consolidate our politicians for national interests run by those with the most amount of money. Our government was created for the liberty of our people and not the power/wealth of the elite.
Better late than never Glenn! Maybe he would interview non Republican Conservatives now? Maybe he will discover the true Constitutional lovers in Nebraska are not bowing to K-Street interest groups. Maybe when key Tea Party candidates quit stumping for Establishment GOP members they will really believe in their cause. Any GOP loyal to K-Street know those groups fleece our people and worse yet stay in control of a monetary system our Founding Fathers designed us (NOT THEM!) to have control of so we knew true freedom, liberty and free markets that rise the whole tide. Fascists are as bad as the socialists. Their roots are the same in believing the “elites” know best for the people.
The Independent conservative movement is gaining steam. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Glenn’s announcement:
“All this stuff that they said and they ran and they said they were doing all of these great things and they were going to stand against ObamaCare and illegal immigration — they set us up,” Yes…you and the vast majority bought it.
“They set us up. Enough is enough. They’re torpedoing the Constitution and they’re doing it knowingly,”
His words of truth…not mine.
“Four years ago I was with them (the GOP). Four years ago I said ‘work from the inside: Let’s change it. Let’s get new guys in there.’ I think it’s too late.”
You had your chance too Glenn. You had better Constitutional options to support. You played the party tune and they let you and so many others down. It was obvious from a mile away.
The haters will still hate. I still hear from them.
Them – “You can’t win being Independent Todd”.
Me – “Maybe….but I will not be guilty bringing down the country either”
……….I can still live with myself. I don’t know if I could live with myself if I was a part of the destruction of this Constitution/Country these parties have equally shared in.
If people ever focused on ‘right’ over ‘winning’ we might actually build a base of people who will stand for the Constitution. We need people to put some serious study into that document and know “Limited Government” only scratches the surface of that document.
March 14, 2015
This girl is on point. Biblically she understands. She is courageous. She is smart. She is eloquent. Only 10% of Americans have any clue on how the banking system works. Of the 10% that understands what is going on…only 10% of that subset will speak out. 90% will accept the monetary system that is unconstitutional because the system benefits themselves or pays for their campaign. These individuals are in leadership in both parties, make up Nebraska’s national politicians, and our current President. Why most people fight over differences between parties, the absolute control of each NATIONAL political party is the same. They both are run by the Wall Street Banks.
The two party system is convenient on squabbles over differing issues as long as it does not affect the one overarching power structure (Banking System) that runs the world.
“The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from its profits or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class.”
- Rothschild’s Brothers of London 1963 (Owners of the First Banking System)
“Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws” — Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild (Owner of Banking System)
When you understand our politicians and our business leaders are so interested in profits (The Richest) and are dependent on the favors (the politicians who benefit from the banking campaign money), you understand why we have lost bold American leadership and substituted it with party politicians who receive their position with party line approval of pulling donor, not people interest.
When you understand the system oppresses the poor (warning – Isiah 10:1) and you study over Matthew 21 like Victoria did–you easily see the injustice that is happening to God’s creation. Worse yet, you see your participatory involvement in hurting the economy, hurting the lives of the working poor, and destroying the value of hard work by valuing capital disproportinately to labor.
The vast majority of “Free Market” people of the Republican Party and the few advocates in the Democratic party don’t have a clue what a true constitutional free market would actually look like. They don’t have the knowledge in the first place of a historical system that created the most glorious economic expansion the world has ever seen. Like today, the Constitutional system still rewarded ingenuity with great wealth. However, a Constitutional system will move up the average American as opposed to leaving them behind. The masses used to be the sources of debt and capital. Today, that debt is fiat money created by Wall Street.
We created true wealth then. Today, we are focused on Wall Street wealth created by financing games. The national debt created for so called “benefit” wipe out REAL economic gains. The taxes people complain about would be solved with Constitutional banking. The lack of business growth would be understood. The minimum wage problem would be fixed. Inflation would be controllable. Most importantly, Americans lives would improve with real standard of living increases without massaged inflation numbers that are making people poorer.
We continue to ignore our founder’s advice! Worse yet, we ignore Biblical accuracy in the name of a health and wealth cultural Christian narrative that is misguided while operating under a corrupt Wall Street banking system. Jesus would kick them out of the temple then. We should kick them out of government now.
We have people smiling and nodding, prideful in wanting to be viewed as successful. Some people are successful (at what cost for using debt to build their empire?), but we have massive amounts of people struggling. Hello Fascism.
However, It is the oppressed own’s fault. Many of their representatives fight for reallocation and not Constitutional restoration. Many don’t even speak, much less vote.
We have a body that perishes for a lack of knowledge over what a real constitutional marketplace would look like. We have a body that doesn’t vote because they walk around uninterested in civics (maybe because they subconsciously know they are not in control). We suffer from people who can only react to what they see as opposed to seek what is possible.
We have become a Biblical and Constitutional illiterate society.
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations 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…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
- Thomas Jefferson
We have an electorate easily fooled by campaigns with large money from these organizations to buy their victory. The people will continue to suffer and it is their own fault. They are kept too busy (by design) to keep up with accurate civic information. Their passiveness in areas of Constitutional understanding, family leadership, religious responsibility, etc. continues to enslave their legacy.
However, this piece is about this amazing girl. This is a modern day Joan of Arc with the ability to free her people from the modern day institutions of power. She is in the 10% that knows the truth. She is in the 1% that has the courage to speak. She is in the .1% to have the truth, courage, and ability to speak. She is one incredible girl in the eyes of God because she has the truth, the courage, the ability, the eloquence, and she is only 12!
God Bless you Victoria! May you wake up Canadians! America needs your message too! It is great to see the next generation step up to solve the problems the previous generations allowed for the sake of selfish ambition. It is amazing you posess the truth that is not presented by any main stream party leaders.
May leaders rise where Constitutional truth is restored from both parties dependent on the campaign money the banks create at the cost of the well-being of the citizen. It is the disgrace of the last 100 years of American politics. Our lives are being controlled more by money then government. They are meant to be controlled by neither. Get educated. Be brave. Demand our Constitution back. Reject national parties paid for by those benefiting from altering our Constitution and controlling our politicians for the sake of themselves at the cost of our great people and country. Please Like, Share, and Re-post. People need to be educated, possess courage, and think for themselves before things change.
March 14, 2015
Todd’s Weekend Blog – March 14, 2015
For those of you who follow my blog, I called for the Senate to lead on issues of Foreign Policy on February 23, 2015. On March 9th, forty-seven Senators (Including Senator Sasse and Senator Fischer) signed on to Senator Cotton’s letter to the Iranian Supreme Leader attempting to demonstrate leadership on Foreign Policy (I applaud a bold move if key people were on board–see below).
As I told you throughout our campaign, you should not listen to the main stream media for your “Educational News”. Ask yourself if you actually read the letter (the media should communicate factual information) or if you read the narratives of the reaction to the letter created by the media? Controversy keeps you buying their product. I’ve attached the actual letter above so you could examine the facts of the letter for yourself.
A few sample words from the “Media” headlines: “Traitor”, “Mutinous”, “Disgraceful”, “Impeachable”, “Outrage”, “Regret”, and the list goes on. Read the letter for yourself and make your own determination. I find it brings clarity in reinforcing the Constitution to the Supreme Leader of Iran (Refreshing). I stand behind taking bolder action, but I will tell you the two large mistakes (if you read my blog from February 23rd calling out the Senate to lead) the GOP is making.
One – Senator Corker (Republican) was not on board with the letter. They did not sit down and listen to the lead Republican Senator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His committee is charged TO LEAD on issues of foreign policy. If the lead party member on foreign relations is not on board—something is very wrong. I commented in my blog that I trust his judgment as lead on the foreign relations committee. I would have sought his advice/approval first. He is privy to more information then the average Senator or American.
He must have understood the Iran negotiations (this is confidential–the public and myself do not have the exposure of the facts) differently to not have signed. I think you need to trust his judgment. His lack of being on board with this letter should have caused a ‘pause’ before ‘action’.
As I mentioned in the campaign, we have to learn to trust subject matter experts. Senator Corker is the expert in the Senate on foreign relations. He has the power over the Committee that can lead on foreign relations per the charge of the committee. He should be the opening player for the party on this issue.
Two – The double standard of the Republican Party. As I’ve been citing for some time, the Republican Party is about big business and has lost the view of the complete Constitution. Both should coexist beautifully, but we allow one side to tread on the other. We need a Congress with backbone.
During the debates before the election I was not OK with unilateral authority to the President on the Trans-Pacific Partnership or other trade agreements. Giving the President unilateral authority to make any treaty with any foreign country on business is not Constitutional. How in the world can you argue it is OK for the President to ratify a treaty on trade without seeking approval from Congress, but then say it is not OK to ratify a deal directly with Iran without first seeking the approval of Congress? Hypocrisy. Follow the Constitution on both issues.
The right answer is to strip away an endless amendment process to treaties and give the agreements a quick up or down vote to expedite a resolution. I know our beef lobbyists were strong advocates for giving the President broad ability to approve a deal without going through Congress. I’m not on board with putting industry over the Constitution.
Did they ever ask themselves how good of a deal will the President sign in the first place? This administration thinks trading 5 “9/11 terrorists” for 1 American hostage who gave themselves up to the enemy is a good deal. Ignore your feelings on right or wrong–5 for 1 is a bad negotiation!!!
I would not trust the current President to negotiate a good deal in business. I don’t think asking the Senate to bless a deal is that cumbersome. This is where I continue to explain fascism blinds the Republicans to the Constitution. They don’t know how to stand up to big business — especially Wall Street. Constitution first. Business second. Business will be much stronger, larger, and solid when we get the first process right.
Let’s grow business in a Constitutional way. The beef guys may still proclaim their desire for unilateral authority to the President to negotiate trade, but they are making a Constitutional mistake. They should focus on legislation to expedite an up or down vote by Congress without amendments. This will make the process faster and in line with our Constitution.
I still defend Senator Fischer, Senator Cotton, and Senator Sasse for signing on to take a lead on foreign policy. They need words of encouragement because a soft electorate not paying attention will not give words of affirmation to our leaders when intimidated by the large media.
God bless Senator Cotton. We are seeing a new generation start to lead again instead of follow old line thinking that creates no results and allows actions not grounded in the Constitution. He probably acted to premature, but it is nice to see some bold leadership out of the Senate for once. There will be a few missteps along the way. This may have been one of them without the key Republican on board who should be leading direction on foreign policy. However, no action would have been the wrong answer with a President pursuing confidential negotiations that would violate existing RATIFIED treaties.
I respect a man that has actually participated in war. Our military can respect bold leadership from a man who actually placed his life on the line for our country. He knows what he is risking and asking of our military by presenting a bold postion on Iranian relations. He has respect because he risked his life himself.
We need to continue to stand behind those standing against IRAN despite a dominant main stream press trying to make this letter “Controversial” to give the President more unilateral authority which he is not given by the Constitution. That being said, we must listen to subject matter experts and congressional assigned committee leadership on foreign policy like Senator Corker. If he is not on board with the letter we need to ask why and respect his history of strong leadership in this area.
Furthermore, I will continue to rebuke the GOP seeking to give the President unilateral authority to bind the United States in trade treaties. Follow the Constitution, get to work, and expeditiously give the President an up or down vote on trade treaties. As we have learned with Iran, you can always do an executive agreement if you want the President to act alone. We need to follow the Constitution and understand negotiation and ratification should be done by two different bodies as designed by our founding fathers.
Have a Good Weekend and Enjoy the Nice Weather! It was great seeing many of you at State Basketball the past two weeks!