“Before You Go, You Must Know” *Open Thread*


That is, in a nutshell, what the State of South Carolina now mandates by law. You know, South Carolina, where every day is a “great day,” according to our Governor, Nikki Haley.

It sure was the day Gov. Haley signed this bill affecting students into law. From the Daily Signal:


This bill, signed June 1, reinforces South Carolina’s Section 59-29-120 that required all public education students, both in high school and in college, to pass a test after a year-long class on the founding documents and principles.

The Founding Principles Act bolsters the existing law by adding an accountability clause requiring the State Department of Education to report to the House and Senate Education Committees as well as the Public Works Committee every two years. This report will outline how South Carolina educators are teaching the documents in their classrooms.

 State Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Lexington, told The Daily Signal, “I was just so worried about the erosion away from our foundation, and when I say that, I think it’s time we get back to the basics. The basics in which this country was founded. That’s exactly what we wanted to accomplish with this bill.”

Furthermore, teachers will be provided with “professional development opportunities” to ensure the subject is being properly taught.

“A major part of forming future citizens capable of self-government is ensuring that they are properly educated in the founding documents of our nation,” Arthur Milikh, associate director for principles and politics at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email. “This was once common sense throughout America, but now we are forced to fight to ensure that even the most basic texts—the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence—are taught.”

“These works tell us about the nature of our country, the principles for which we stand, and the way to preserve our constitutional order. Should these texts be lost to students, the next generation will be ruled entirely by popular culture and public opinion,” Milikh wrote. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

constitutionalconvention1787Yes, our high school and college students HAVE to know how our nation was founded, and the documents on which this great nation has its foundation. How awesome is that?

I mean, it is pretty cool that there was already the Act that required they be taught a class on the Founding Principles of this country, but to reinforce that with this latest law in a time when far, far too many young people – and adults – haven’t the FOGGIEST what our Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and more, proclaim, is no small thing. We must have our young people educated regarding the foundation of this country, how it came to be, and the tremendous bravery, courage, foresight, and wisdom, of our Founders.

I have to say it – I am proud of South Carolina for emphasizing these critical documents. Would that other states followed suit! But at least our young people will know how important it is to have knowledge of these documents and our Founders’ Foundation. Hopefully – HOPEFULLY – that will enable them to make informed decisions when dealing with their community, state, and federal representatives, not ones based on the current social media trend or reality show. Hey, we can hope, right?

backAnd speaking of “going,” this will be my last post for a while. Wednesday morning at 8:00 am (EST) is when my surgery is scheduled to start. It will last a good 7 – 8 hours, but Suzy will keep y’all updated, either through Kenoshamarge and Pumaforever, or a comment at the post of the day.  I’ll be in the hospital for 5 days or so, just in case you are keeping score. Ahaha. Ahem.

Add to that, our house closed on Monday morning, and we have a pre-construction meeting all afternoon with our builder (Tuesday). Not exactly the calm, relaxed manner in which one is SUPPOSED to approach such major surgery, but hey – it means things will be happening while I am recovering, so there is that. The sooner we get this step done, the sooner we move into our new home. (But are we ever going to miss our beautiful log home. At least we get to rent it back while we build. That also means we only have to move once. Yay!)

Again, I cannot thank Kenoshamarge enough for her willingness to helm the blog while I am recovering from this major surgery (lumbar fusion, for any who may have missed that information previously). It means so much to me that she, Pumaforever, and Helenk are going to do what they can to keep things humming along here.

And the support from you all means the world to me, too. Thank you for that. As soon as I am able, I’ll check in, but for now, just so you know, I gotta go.

I hope you all have a good, safe, fun, pleasant, summer!

Before I go, though, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that at long, long last, the Benghazi Report is being released today. The Hill, Mollie Hemingway from The Federalist, and Sharyl Attkisson cover it, but since the report is 800 pages long, I imagine the contents will take some time to come out. Should be interesting summer reading, though!

This is an Open Thread.




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53 Responses to ““Before You Go, You Must Know” *Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    you hurry and get things done, Do not worry. Just think about the good things happening. Start planning your trip to Iceland to see the northern lights. Since events prevented me from going two years ago, I would like you to make the trip for me and post pictures. I will be sending you nature pictures on facebook. some are albums with a lot of pictures. just to give you some beauty while you recuperate.

    It is great that the kids in your state will learn about the founding of this country. Really wish all our kids would have that gift.

    I will have to go back a couple of days and find the comment I posted about James Sherman the only man who signed all 4 founding documents. I never knew any thing about him.

    GET WELL SOON. Prayers are going on for you

    • helenk3 Says:

      sorry that should have been Roger Sherman

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Helen. I truly appreciate that. And I appreciate the information abt Sherman. Fascinating!

      I would LOVE to go to Iceland. My sister-in-law was stationed there when she was in the Navy (she was an Intelligence Officer), and LOVED it. Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely on my list of things to do. I wish you could have gone and seen them for yourself, but if I can swing it, I definitely will!

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  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    How wonderful that your state is making sure that the young people know what this great nation is all about. We have to know where we came from to know how we got where we are at.

    Nice news to begin your leave of absence from your blog. That should help to put your mind in a “happy” place.

    We will miss you and we will pray for your fast recovery. Warriors for decency and honesty are too rare and we will miss you more than we can say.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you so much, Marge. I appreciate your friendship and support more than you know. And I VERY much appreciate you overseeing the blog during my leave.

      And isn’t that great abt SC? I am very proud of my state, I have to say. 🙂

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I know what you mean about being proud of your state. And of your Governor. I may not always agree with her but I do think she’s a principled individual who does the best she can under often trying circumstances.

        I remember the feeling of pride I had in Wisconsin and Scott Walker when the left was throwing it’s temper tantrum. When the Democrat State Senators ran off to Illinois and hid in a motel. What losers!

        Through it all Scott Walker remain calm and relatively quiet. But there just was no quit in him. I admire him for that so much. I also don’t always agree with him. But I agree with him on major issues and that’s good enough for me. I still think he would have made a very good president. But unfortunately for him and for the country, he wasn’t “celebrity” enough. And he did not, does not, have the giant intellect that I so admire in Ted Cruz.

        So for now we are fortunate enough to have him here at home where he is needed.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Exactly, Marge – I don’t agree with everything Haley does, but she is true to herself, is strong, represents the state well, has done great things for the state, and truly seems to care abt the people she represents. That’s enough.

          And you are so right abt Walker. The strength, backbone, and integrity he has demonstrated as Governor are impressive indeed, especially standing up to those temper tantrum throwing Dems. Yes, you are fortunate indeed to have him as Governor, and the country would have been better off with him at the helm…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    5 Big Takeaways From The House Benghazi Report

    By Mollie Hemingway

    Republicans on the committee reveal that the Obama administration did not cooperate with the investigation but “stonewalled at virtually every turn.” The committee did manage to uncover Secretary Clinton’s breathtaking use of a private email account and server, something no previous investigative or oversight committee had known.

    But “the White House in particular left large holes in the investigation by denying the Committee access to documents and witnesses.” The Obama administration wouldn’t let the committee speak with anyone who was in the White House Situation Room on the night of the attacks or see the email communication between White House staffers.


    • helenk3 Says:

      here is more on this


      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I just barely started reading Atkisson’s piece when this sentence caught my eye:

        “The U.S. military response in Benghazi, Libya was perplexingly inadequate the night Americans were attacked by Islamic extremist terrorists, Sept. 11, 2012. “

        I love Sharyl Attkisson and believe her to be one of the few honest journalists left in this country. But it seems to me that when four people die, that shouldn’t have died, the words perplexingly inadequate just doesn’t say enough.

        But then I’m not a world class journalist and she is. I don’t have to try to be fair and she does.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    I liked what Mollie Hemingway had to say about the sad attempt by the Dems to pervert the truth. Again. Now instead of talking about a video they seem to be blaming Donald Trump. Can we all say “Doofus”. Make that plural. Doofuses!

    Maybe they hurt their brains sitting on the hard marble floor of the House.

    House Democrats released a minority report to tamp down the anticipated effect of the majority report. The 339-page report aimed to debunk the conclusions of the majority report with a pre-emptive release, but House Republicans said the report was padded with bizarre non-sequiturs, such as 23 mentions of Donald Trump, a man with no role in the Benghazi attack. The report mentioned two of the victims of the attack less than Trump.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ROTFLMAO – that MUST have been it!

      I thought Hemingway’s piece was fantastic. She really knows how to capture the essence of these important stories. Attkisson too, for that matter…

      Can’t believe they are trying to blame this on Trump. I can’t stand him, but REALLY?? What in the world could he POSSIBLY have had to do with this back in 2012? Wow…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I can’t believe that I’m on Trump’s side on this issue.

        But then I never went along with the Obama haters that blamed him for everything bad that has happened in the last 8 years. They give him more credit than he’s due if you ask me.

        But I must say it was nice to see SCOTUS pin his ears back a bit.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yes indeed, good that SCOTUS reeled him in some. But what is going to happen now that they have ruled? Uh, yeah…

          It is a bitter pill to swallow, but yeah – to blame Trump for anything related to Benghazi is just idiotic.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trey Gowdy on Dems sit in

  7. helenk3 Says:


    undue influence?

  8. helenk3 Says:

    Huma and Patrick Kennedy are testifying on the e-mail thing this week for the judicial watch case.
    going to be a bumpy and interesting week

  9. helenk3 Says:


    new e-mails released

  10. helenk3 Says:

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Once again, I am disappointed with Gowdy, but am glad for Jim Jordan: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/285137-some-wanted-benghazi-panel-to-go-further

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  13. helenk3 Says:

    Random thought

    People now understand how far Hillary Clinton would go to for political ends in the lies about Benghazi. Why can then can they not entertain the thought of Trump being a Trojan Horse to get her elected president?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think for some of us the idea that Trump’s massive ego would allow him to “work” to get her elected just doesn’t sit right. He may have started the whole thing for a lark but once he saw that he could actually win the White House and once he got all the attention his narcissistic personality disorder could desire I think he really wants to win now.

      But I have no doubt that if he doesn’t win he’ll be perfectly happy to see the Clinton’s settle back into the White House.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Sowell: The Fraud Goes On

    Supreme Court decisions in affirmative action cases are the longest running fraud since the 1896 decision upholding racial segregation laws in the Jim Crow South, on grounds that “separate but equal” facilities were consistent with the Constitution. Everybody knew that those facilities were separate but by no means equal. Nevertheless, this charade lasted until 1954.


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  16. helenk3 Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I love the look of disgust Gowdy gets on his face just before he eviscerates some pinheaded flack posing as a reporter. If they were smarter they would have learned by now not to try to trade barbs with Gowdy. But they aren’t very smart, while being convinced that they are, and so they end up looking like the fools that they are.

      This is Gowdy as his best.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You’d think they would learn, huh? But no – they cannot imagine that a Republican could be smarter than them for starters, but especially on an issue that they are just SO sure is a Rep. ginned up issue.

  17. helenk3 Says:


    and here comes the white house excuses

  18. helenk3 Says:


    read the report

  19. helenk3 Says:


    state dept withheld requested weapons because they were not aesthetically pleasing

    is it a requirement to be an idiot to work for the US State Dept?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You have just GOT to be kidding me with this. Is this an Onion piece?! I mean, REALLY – what an absolutely STUPID criterion by which to arm agents…

      • helenk3 Says:

        I am reading Crisis of Character the new book that just came out today by the secret service agent in the white house.
        even during Bill Clinton’s years appearance counted more than good sense when it came to security. They were more worried that the military would look too militant during the operation in Mogadishu.
        I am only in the beginning of the book and I do not want the Clintons or any of their staffers any where near the white house again

  20. helenk3 Says:


    strange priorities

  21. helenk3 Says:

  22. helenk3 Says:

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest says a bailout of Puerto Rico is more likely without action by Congress – Reuters
    End of alert

    I thought I learned in school that Congress controlled the purse strings

  23. helenk3 Says:


    trump does bring out the ugly in people

  24. helenk3 Says:


    you can not make this up

  25. helenk3 Says:

    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert beats Jonathan Johnson, secures Republican nomination in re-election race – AP
    End of alert
    Oklahoma, US
    Veteran Libertarian Party activist Robert Murphy wins primary in race for Oklahoma’s US Senate seat – AP
    Read more on kansascity.com

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