Recently, I saw an incredibly disturbing article in the Washington Free Beacon about where Millennials are in the political spectrum. Specifically, as the title indicates, about half of them are A-Okay with Socialism now. And not just Socialism, but a large number are good with COMMUNISM as well.
Honestly, I am just mystified at this development. And I am stunned at how unbelievably IGNORANT these young people are. Check out this bit of lunacy from the younger generation in the Free Beacon article:
Marion Smith, executive director of the organization, said in a statement the study confirms the group’s fears that “an emerging generation of Americans have little understanding of the collectivist system and its dark history.”
This sentiment is particularly notable in the lack of knowledge among young Americans of communist leaders.
One in four Americans believe more people were killed under former President George W. Bush than under former Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin, whose regime slaughtered some 20 million people between 1924 and 1953. One third of millennials believe the same, though only 18 percent said they were familiar with the dictator, according to the report.
Americans also severely underestimate the number of people killed under communist regimes, which led to the deaths of more than 100 million people. […](Click here to read the rest.)
What the Sam Hill is going on here?! Seriously. How is it possible that our young people do not know how deadly are the systems of both Socialism and Communism? Again, for reasons I cannot imagine, they seem to think that Socialism is one big happy Kum-ba-yah moment. Nothing could be further from the truth.
How do they not know that the countries that operate under those systems today are incredibly repressive and violent with their own citizens? All they have to do is look at Cuba, and not just the tourist area of Havanna, but how Cubans themselves are treated. Or the despair and downright hunger – literal hunger – of Venezuelans. Or the continued repression and oppression of the Chinese under their Communist system.
Then I heard the producer of a new documentary, “The Enemies Within,” Trevor Loudon, speak on the Steve Deace show recently (you can click here to get to that show. The Loudon interview is in hour three.). Of course, “the enemies within” are members of our government who are Socialists, Communists, and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers. From the movie’s webpage:
First they infiltrated the unions…gaining full control in 1995. They then used the union money and leverage to purge the Democratic Party leadership of moderates and conservatives…replacing them with dozens of union and communist sympathizers.
Next, they used their bought-and-paid-for-lackeys in the House of Representatives and the Senate to ram through a radical communist/union agenda. Purported Democrat policies such as “green jobs”, the insane New START Treaty with our so-called “partner” Russia, socialization of student loans, the massive easing of voting qualifications and consequent vote fraud bonanza, mass educational indoctrination, the gutting of the U.S. military, Harry Reid’s Senate “nuclear option” and, of course, both Obamacare and “immigration amnesty” all come directly from the union/communist playbook. While the economy implodes and the Republican hierarchy plays games, America’s tiny communist minority, aided by a cowardly and often complicit “mainstream media”, is tearing apart the greatest nation ever built on God’s Earth. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
What Loudon had to say was beyond disconcerting, though many of us knew or suspected this was happening.
That the unions have been used to instill this dangerous, undermining, system is not a shock, though it is telling. Why? Because the unions have taken over Education as well. Clearly, because how else would these young people “learn” that Bush was more monstrous than STALIN??
There seems to be little doubt Education is being used to undermine this nation insofar as the way in which children are being taught to think, or rather NOT taught to think. It has become all about FEELINGS. This Federalist article highlights that very reality with a new program being tested:
This summer the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)announced it had chosen eight states to collaborate on creating K-12 “social emotional learning” (SEL) standards. All students, from kindergartners through high-school seniors, would be measured on five “non-cognitive” factors: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
Under such a system teachers become essentially therapists, and students become essentially patients. Supposedly this will clear away the psychological deadwood that obstructs a student’s path to academic achievement.
The new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ramps up the trend in several ways. ESSA requires rating schools based partly on “nonacademic” factors, which may include measures of SEL. It also pours money into SEL programs, “which may include engaging or supporting families at school or at home” (i.e., home visits by bureaucrats).
Other provisions include training school personnel on “when and how to refer . . . children with, or at risk of, mental illness,” and implementing programs for children who are deemed “at-risk” of academic or social problems, without ever defining “at-risk.” Similar ESSA language urges school officials to cast a wide net for special education in school-wide “intervention” and “support” programs, allowing schools to sidestep parental consent requirements for formal evaluations.
There is a great deal to this article, and I strongly recommend you read it in its entirety, but there is one more bit to highlight here on SEL:
So as parents are beginning to recognize, this entire SEL scheme is objectionable on many levels. Particularly troubling are indications that CASEL and other SEL proponents advance political and cultural viewpoints that conflict with those of many families. Parents will be assured the goal is merely to instill more positive mindsets to increase academic achievement, but the evidence suggests another motivation is in play.
It’s revealing to examine the connections CASEL has to far-left individuals and organizations that push particular agendas. One CASEL board member is Linda Darling-Hammond, the radical education professor who was Bill Ayers’s choice to be President Obama’s secretary of Education. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And you thought Common Core was bad!
I trust you got the big connection – Obama’s good buddy and domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, a board member for CASEL and major leftie, wanted Darling-ammond as the Secretary pf Education. Wow.
When you put them all together – Common Core, Casel, SEL, the unions, legislators – you can begin to see exactly how we got here.
What I do NOT understand, though, is this: why did we allow this to happen? Why did parents allow this to happen? Why did teachers, the true educators, allow this to happen?
And how the hell are we going to get back on track to true education, accurate teaching of history and current events that expose the dangers of Socialism and Communism, and not have our young people embrace it like they did Bernie Sanders? How are we going to get away from this “Educational Emotionalism” and back to teaching subjects, especially considering the fecklessness of our Congress to stand up to those infiltrators who have promoted these systems?
I hope somebody knows the answer to this because I sure don’t, not the way things are looking these days.
But that’s just me. How about you? This is an Open Thread.