Aphorisms and Letters The Grand Experiment—What Went Wrong? A Layman’s Interpretation HTML version
commonly referred to as the ?Rainbow Coalition? of disgruntled factions who are seeking to reconstruct society in a manner that
accommodates their (own) private entitlement agenda. For such groups, the Common Good remains secondary to their own specific
?needs? at the cost of undermining the creditable standards of a generous nation whose historical mission has been to provide
economic opportunities for all its citizens.
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Homosexuality was once considered an aberrant form of behavior. Nowadays, it is generally considered an ?alternative lifestyle?. This
?progressive? change in attitude may be construed as the touchstone of a society which has either ?grown? or is morally regressing.
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Limousine philanthropists and liberal do-gooders are ?ardently? committed to the welfare of ?Humankind? in an abstract manner
whose ?good works? are oftentimes a calling of the Mind rather than the Heart; performed with an arrogant affectation of immediate
purpose that serves in reinforcing one‘s own good opinion inspired by an egregious sense of their (own) ?lofty? morals and principals.
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I am not necessarily opposed to unconventional or controversial methods as they (otherwise) relate to teaching provided that students
are allowed sufficient latitude in making informed and reasonable decisions and that our schools and teachers seek to promote
(intellectual) balance rather than reinforce a decidedly left-leaning social and political agenda. It is one thing to teach and another to
influence susceptible young minds that haven‘t yet obtained (sufficient) insight to alternative viewpoints. I am especially troubled by
the increasing number of schools that, rather than inspire provocative thinking, seek to advance (pre-packaged) ideas.
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Multiculturalism does not enjoy the support of homogeneously minded individuals nor is this situation likely to change within the
foreseeable future. Racial and Ethnic Integration, whether circumstantial or determined, is more likely to achieve a greater level of
acceptance among contrasting types when left to their own devices because the act of (coming) together in this manner is perceived as
a question of choice. Desegregation, on the other hand, is a coercive (political) action imposed upon unwilling individuals or groups
by (judicial) fiat. The compulsory assimilation of diverse groups (against their will) possessing different values, customs, habits and
points of view must inevitably promote resentment among individuals who perceive each other differently.
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?Forced Busing? has not only inconvenienced families and communities alike, but its stated mission, since its inception, has fallen
short of its intended designs. Its time, I believe, has finally passed. Government has endeavored to create a level playing field by
relocating children from inner-city neighborhoods to ?better? schools located in suburban communities. The fact of the matter is that
many of the children involved in this ?quixotic? attempt at achieving higher academic performance were unprepared for the
(immediate) challenges facing them. A number of above average schools had to compromise academic standards in order to
accommodate the influx of ?under-educated? students who were ill-equipped to meet their demands . In some instances, such
standards had to be reduced or eliminated altogether. I have always favored remedial programs designed to improve the academic
performances of underachieving children that would make them academically competitive rather than setting those children up for
failure, which happens to be the case most of the time. Under-Achievement has been (invariably) addressed by watering down
(academic) standards, thereby depriving children of an opportunity of reaching their highest (intellectual) potential while curbing the
development of brighter, more talented children who, engaged in a slower-paced environment, oftentimes find themselves
shortchanged as well, while having to wait for the (intellectually) sluggish, indifferent or slower learners in general, to play catch-up.
In the final analysis, such efforts aimed at achieving (academic) parity have served in further diminishing academic standards to the
point where such standards are no longer meaningful. A universal pass/fail system will one day prove the most egregious, irrelevant
standard of them all.
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I support Bosnian intervention provided that our military objectives are clearly defined (including exit strategies) and that our fighting
men and women receive proper training and provided the means of achieving their objectives quickly and efficiently lest our troops
risk losing the support of the American People whose ?tolerance? for war remains vital to the military success of our fighting forces.
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Liberals are hawkish on Bosnia, or at least many of them appear to be as evidenced by their support of America‘s intervention in that
country‘s civil war. The perception of Human Rights violations committed against the Muslim population by Serbian troops has many
of them in a lather. Such raises some very important questions including where were these self-styled freedom fighters twenty years
ago when Human Rights were being routinely trampled on in South Vietnam and Cambodia? Where was their unqualified support for
the Contra Freedom Fighters at war against a Marxian Dictatorship? Where was their sense of duty and honor and proportion, for that
matter, for the (untold) millions who were slaughtered and abandoned by their putative allies or many individuals in our time left to
the arbitrary currents of oppressive governments whose (ideological) doctrines place little or no value on human life? At what time
were their muffled cries heard when defenseless women and children were being driven to the sea by the tens of thousands following
the most egregious military withdrawal in American History? Perhaps things have changed in the wake of political correctness!