I’ll try harder

Okay, I’m an old, white guy. A lot of people think I’m a Conservative Christian Right-wing Republican. Nothing could be further from the truth. I literally cringe when I hear anything that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.

I have donated to, and voted for, every democrat for president all the way back to Jimmy Carter. I very strongly support the Black Lives Matter movement. I very strongly support equal rights for the LGBTQ community. I very strongly believe that quality of life is more important than sanctity of life.

As to this silly little blog, I try, with mixed results, to appeal to conservatives through logic and satire. My thought being that liberals already agree with me, so I might as well try to reason with the reasonable opposition.

Clearly, thus far, I’ve failed. Sorry. I’ll try harder…

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What’s left?

This is a direct quote:

“It is an OPINION that the textbook has 68 factual errors. The people who did the analysis to find the alleged 68 errors may be themselves factullay (sic) wrong.”

The quote is from a comment on this report:

Just as the U.S. is about to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Texas’ elected education board is facing whether to send to its schoolchildren a Mexican American studies textbook that has been called “dripping with racism” and has been found by a state committee to have many mistakes.

The Texas State Board of Education gave the textbook a full hearing, putting it through the same process as other state textbooks, a process that lacks any earlier filter for a problematic book. The board held the hearing on the book on Tuesday, taking public comment including that of Mexican American studies scholars, legislators and a couple of young people. About 100 people signed up to speak and the book drew a busload of protestors to Austin.

The book, Mexican American Heritage, published by Momentum Instruction, was found to have 68 factual errors and 73 interpretive and omission errors by an ad hoc committee of scholars assembled by board member Ruben Cortez Jr.

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Now why this is such a big deal? Texas originally acquired its power over the nation’s textbook supply because it paid 100 percent of the cost of all public school textbooks, as long as the books in question came from a very short list of board-approved options. So what comes from Texas goes, for the most part, to schoolrooms across the country.

And if facts are no longer facts, what’s left?

Our grandchildren will one day learn that in 1492 Babe Ruth cured cancer by inventing parmesan cheese…

Mr. Trump, tear down this wall!

Donald Trump’s popularity rises every time he talks about building a wall. His popularity has been rising the last couple of days. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to why?

Look, we’re not going to build a half a trillion-dollar wall and get Mexico to pay for it. We’re not going to deport eleven million people just because their green cards have expired.

This election will be determined by how many people are stirred by Trump’s nationalist message. (Yay!) All Hillary has to offer is a slow, steady, methodical approach to dealing with the reality of globalism. (Yawn.)

Is Trump a racist? That depends on your opinion of what makes someone a racist. Is Hillary untrustworthy? That depends on what your opinion of what makes someone untrustworthy.

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Most republicans are going to vote for Trump even though they might not like him very much. Most democrats are going to vote for Hillary even though they might not like her very much.

Look, of the three branches of government, the executive branch has the least amount of power. The power to move the people in one way or another on a particular issue. That power is limited by Congress, and I don’t think Congress is ever going to approve the building of a half a trillion-dollar wall and getting Mexico to pay for it; and I don’t think Congress is ever going to approve of deporting eleven million people just because their green cards have expired.