Don’t Know Much About History

It’s clear that most of the over-credentialed but under-educated members of many school boards who are allowing (or promoting) the introduction of critical race theory and such ahistorical nonsense as the The 1619 Project really don’t understand Marx or the 20th-century history. If they did, they would not be pursing such foolishness. However, there are some on school boards who do understand what they’re trying to foist on the nation’s children. The first bunch may be persuaded to correct their errors. The second lot needs to be removed from any positions of authority.

Parent’s protests have been surprisingly peaceful thus far, but using the FBI in a  attempt to stifle dissent will likely not be helpful. Indeed, an understanding of 18th-century history teaches that heavy-handed government doesn’t sit well with Americans. Imagine the surprise on some school superintendent’s face when he finds that a group of citizens dressed as Indians have thrown the district’s CRT instructional materials into a local body of water.

The protests shouldn’t have to go that far, and I doubt they will if school boards act responsibly. If …

A War Story

I mentioned in a previous post that my father was the only Infantry officer to accept the surrender of a German submarine during WW2. I’ve had a couple of requests for the details, so here’s a brief telling of the tale—

Captain Hoge’s Combat Intelligence Team was attached to the 66th Infantry Division during their operations in the west of France mopping up German forces cut off by the main thrust through France. While the division was moving along the coast, they captured several naval installations. One day, they overran a U-boat base that had been heavily bombed by the RAF. All the subs, except one, had been sunk, and the intact boat was trapped by the wreckage of the others. When the boat’s captain surrendered the intact vessel, it turned out that my father was the senior allied officer present, so he accepted the surrender. During the surrender, the boat captain gave my father his sidearm.

I have the captain’s Luger here on my desk as I write this.

Dad had a couple of other good war stories. One was about a bank robbery he investigated. That one became the basis for a movie.

Everything Is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen

I wish I were wrong, but I’m not.

I understand the frustration of the actual warriors feel because of the incompetence of the the generals and admirals who are supposed to be leading them. I turned down a promotion to major and left the Army Reserve rather than continue to serve under Carter’s Pentagon crowd.

I foresee that Carter’s second term was much too optimistic an expectation for the Xiden Administration. Let’s pray that we can still avoid the likes of Buchanan’s second term.

I Blame Bush

There is no question Joe Xiden owns the catastrophic nature of our exit from Afghanistan. He can’t dodge that. However, the failure of the entire enterprise was predetermined years ago by George W. Bush when he failed either to limit the mission to a brief punitive expedition (as against Mexican bandits in 1916) or to conduct a successful war of total destruction of the enemy (as against Germany and Japan in WW2).

What is essential in war is victory, not prolonged operations.

—Sun Tzu

Don’t Know Much About History

Oh, yes I can—George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, James K. Polk, Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Reagan, Andrew Jackson, Dwight Eisenhower, James Madison, Harry Truman,Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Adams, Donald Trump, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Rutherford B. Hayes, Gerald Ford, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, John Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George H. W. Bush, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush, Benjamin Harrison, Millard Filmore, Chester A. Arthur, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, William Henry Harrison, James Garfield, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, John Tyler, Warren G. Harding, Woodrow Wilson, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Andrew Johnson, and James Buchanan.

Significant Unrest

From time to time, I’ve published posts expressing my opinion that the first two years of the Xiden administration would be a disaster for the Democrats because they would engage in political excesses that would alarm the majority of Americans. The have razor-thin margins in Congress and an incompetent President, and they face a more closely balanced federal judiciary. A significant number of Democrat politicians see a real possibility of a Republican wave election in 2022, so they are in a rush to pass as much of their wish list as they can. This is leading to overreach by the Left at all levels of government. I’ve been expecting significant pushback from the Right.

What I didn’t specifically see was that the big pushback would be on what should be a local issue—school curricula—or that the pushback would also come from some people nominally on the Left.

Politico has a post up titled ‘People are scared’: Democrats lose ground on school equity plans. It opens with these words—

Elina Kaplan is the kind of suburban mom who made Joe Biden president.

An immigrant who came to the United States from the Soviet Union, she is a registered Democrat from San Mateo County, Calif. And she’s alarmed over her state’s new model ethnic studies curriculum, which cites critical race theory as a “key theoretical framework and pedagogy.”

Well, it shouldn’t be surprising that someone who escaped from the Marxist dystopia of the USSR would be troubled by a neomarxist form of racism being taught in her local schools.

“What I hear over and over again is that people who are against CRT in schools are just against talking about racism,” Kaplan said. “We believe strongly in teaching [against] racism, in confronting racism.”

Politico quotes Democrat operative Amanda Litman’s concerns for the effectiveness of this issue.

“The Republican Party historically has used this kind of panic effectively,” Litman said. “And they have managed to unite a few different components of anxiety — racial anxiety, anxiety about schools that came up through the pandemic and who’s managing schools, and this idea of cancel culture — in one.”

“It’s irrelevant what the facts are — it’s the way it makes people feel,” Litman concluded.

Of course, facts are irrelevant to CRT proponents. Marxism is about power. Facts which get in the way of ceasing and holding power must be dismissed as false narratives.

I grew up in the South during the ’50s and ’60s. I’ve watched America change. We aren’t perfect, but this county is one of the least racist on the planet.

American parents don’t want schools to tell their children that they are either oppressors or losers. We want our children and grandchildren taught the practical and intellectual skills that will equip them for productive and fulfilling lives as citizens.

Reaching into the schools to corrupt even math instruction with racist nonsense was a bridge too far. I doubt the Left will be able to save CRT. Too many people have been aroused for the pushback to end.

So how will this play out through the 2022 elections?

The avalanche has already begun. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.

—Kosh

Math is Hard

From January to May, the Consumer Price Index rose 3.9 %. That’s an annual rate of 9.5 %.

The last time the CPI was rising at a comparable rate was from 1979 to 1981—

1979  11.3 %
1980  13.5 %
1981  10.3 %

Carter’s second term is beginning to look like the best-case scenario.

BTW, I looked over some old financial records, and while my raises averaged about 9 % each year during the Carter Administration (mostly because of promotions), my paychecks didn’t keep up with inflation.