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REQUIEM

Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010

8/30/2007

The Next Political Generation

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Official transcript of Miss Teen South Carolina’s response to the question:

“Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

Miss South Carolina: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and…uh…I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like such as…and I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future.”

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Wait! Before you start poking fun at Miss Teen South Carolina, ask yourself: How much that is spoken on the House or Senate floor is just as vague, stupid and ridiculous? I think Miss South Carolina may just have a promising political career in her future, if not in U.S. America, maybe in South Africa or the Iraq.

submitted by Rob Maroni
(contributing team member of Allegiance and Duty Betrayed)

21 comments:

smithy said...

You make a very....uh....valid point, such as.

Lori_Gmeiner said...

She's a loser. She forgot to mention world peace.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's the lack of maps. That's the ticket!

calbrindisi said...

It sounds like she memorized an answer for a different question and then forgot both questions.

john galt said...

Do you know the caveman's "What???" response to the stupid therapist in the GEICO commercial?

Insert it here.

Proudpodunknative said...

It's because she's a blonde. If she were a brunette she would have answered like Henry Kissinger (said the same thing but used bigger words).

Anonymous said...

Yikes!

kathymlynczak said...

I wish somebody would ask me that question. I'd still be answering three days later.

Anonymous said...

I heard about this but didn't actually know what she said.

Talk about a "blonde moment."

SharonGold said...

Rob, you're just jealous 'cause you're not as pretty as her. :b

Al said...

“Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

1--Because the US public schools are leftwing indoctrination centers.

2--Because they are too busy handing out condoms in the public schools.

3--Because they are too busy selling homosexuality in the public schools.

4--Because they are too busy trashing US history in the public schools.

5--Because they are too busy expelling little boys for drawing pictures of guns.

6--Because they are too busy trying to stamp out Christianity in the public schools.

7--Because that is not a priority of the National Teacher's Association.

8--Because that is not a priority of the ACLU.

9--Because they don't even teach English in the public schools; look at the comnments on U-Tube sometime.

10--Because pretty girls just need to smile, and don't need to know what countries are located in Central Asia, or the Caucasus.
And you don't know either, you stupid *^#*"^#*@*.

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marcus aurelius said...

Let's face it. These days it's much more important to be pretty and glib and hip than it is to be honest and dedicated and well informed. I'd say she has it made.

LouBarakos said...

Aargh!!!!!! I need a nap. Better yet a stiff drink.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like she memorized an answer for a different question and then forgot both questions.

ROTFLMAO!

John-the-Stupid said...

One really has to return to first principles and ask oneself, "What it the purpose of an education?"

As I was going through school, I heard all the platitudes about "making you a better person", but that kind of "answer" answered nothing.

Now that I'm sixty, I finally understand what the purpose is: Survival.

As humans who live on the earth, there are certain basic requirements for us to survive. Probably first on the list, we (or somebody!) needs to know how to grow and raise the food we eat. But just that statement opens a whole world of other requirements necessary to satisfy the first.

We need to learn how to produce the tools required to produce the food we eat. We need to learn how to manufacture those tools so they are affordable. We need to learn how to get that food to market and preserve it without spoiling. We need vehicles and roads and markets.

But even more than all that, we need to understand that we live among other human beings - a society - some of which want to survive the easy way - by stealing. As a society we have to develop systems (laws) which make production of any kind possible without the bullies and criminals stealing from us.

For example, why spend six months growing a crop when your stronger neighbor will just take it from you? Why spend years and dollars developing a new tool, a new method, a new pesticide, or a new genetic strain if someone will just steal the idea and profit from it with no effort on their part?

What the education community in America has forgotten is that we need a political system which supports human survival (e.g. Capitalism, the most moral politico-economic system ever devised)

American education has forgotten the importance of the concept of individual rights, which leaves as an alternative a tribal form of society where only the strong "survive"...for a while (See: Zimbabwe)

I relayed some of these thoughts to my daughter the teacher, and got nothing but a blank stare in return.

Well, she's young. Maybe she'll figure it out.

Anonymous said...

WHO CARES what a teenage girl says.

Have you ever heard Hillary talk?

"You know.....you know.....you know.....etc"

robmaroni said...

Very good points, John (the not so stupid).

The only thing I would ask is where do the studies of art, music, and the classics of literature fit into your idea of education? They're not necessary for "survival" but are part of a well rounded education, outside of the necessities we need to know to survive, of course.

2ndAmendmentDefender said...

Al, 10 good points. 2 more:

11- Because they are too busy encouraging support for the liberal world view- like hating Israel and believing that America was the villain in every war that we were ever a part of.

12.- Because they are too busy trying to erase the differences between the sexes by punishing little boys for hugging little girls, and little girls for giving little boys a kiss on the cheek, and teaching little children that it’s o.k. to have “two mommies” or “two daddies”.

Anonymous said...

John,

Fine post.

But as to whether or not she will "figure it out"---

She won't.

They never do.

Al said...

2ndAmendmentDefender,

When I wrote my own post I felt nothing---just wrote it and posted it.

But when I read your two examples I felt ill.

What do you think goes through the minds of little kids being "taught" that "two daddies", etc. are good.

"America was the villain in every war that we were ever a part of."

Well said.

And in fact America is the villain. PERIOD.

John Cooper said...

robmaroni said......where do the studies of art, music, and the classics of literature fit into your idea of education?

Excellent question. When I spoke of survival, I didn't mean just bare subsistence as was the lot of humanity throughout most of recorded history.

That sort of basic survival is primary, of course, but I was speaking more of the survival of civilization, or more accurately *the best parts of civilization* as we in America know it. I think education should start with teaching what primitive survival was like, and then build on that base so the kids understand how we got from the "brutish and short" existence of not so long ago, to where we are now. That's where art comes in.

Art, literature, and music are *essential* in this learning process, and essential to a civilized society. In that discussion, I defer to Ayn Rand, who wrote The Romantic Manifesto in 1966. She explained (in technical language) how a simple painting, piece of music, or literature has the power to focus and concentrate our entire view of life (metaphysics) into a single work of art:

"Consider two statues of man: One as a Greek God, the other as a deformed medieval monstrosity. Both are metaphysical estimates of man; both are projections of the artist's view of man's nature; both are concretized representations of the philosophy of their respective cultures.

"Art is a concretization of metaphysics. Art brings man's concepts to the perceptual level of his consciousness and allows him to grasp them directly, as if they were percepts.

"This is the psycho-epistemological function of art and the reason of its importance in man's life...

"...The claim that "art is the universal lauguage" is not an empty metaphor, it is literally true..."

Here at my humble cabin in the woods, we have a beautiful Yamaha piano that a certain blogger helped us pick out (wink), as well as my restored stereo system and lots of vinyl albums from the 70s. We also have original oil paintings and prints hanging on the walls to the extent we can afford. Lots of books, too.

If you get a chance to visit EPCOT Center in Florida, be sure to visit the American Pavillion. Look at the paintings on the walls in the waiting room there - they are very moving for me.

There's a huge one of a B-17 assembly line, which conjures up so many thoughts - WWII, aerodynamics, mass production, etc., etc. ...and my favorite by Clem Hall, of an ironworker on the high steel of a skyscraper going up in New York City in the 30's. You should see them.

Personally, I understand the necessity of art, music, literature. Thanks for bringing it up.