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While most Maryland residents were at home enjoying their Fourth of July celebrations, vandals snuck into Wood Acres Elementary to deface a school sign to display the message, “EW, TRUMP! MURDER HIS A**”.  The placement and shocking nature of the threat has caused anger in the close-knit Bethesda community, said Andrew Johnson the local resident who spotted and took down the message

“It wouldn’t have mattered if it was Trump, Obama, Clinton, Bush. It was a threat and you know it.”

This is just the latest in a long line of violent attacks and statements made against the President and GOP.  This rhetoric recently culminated in the June 14th shooting of a Republican congressional baseball team, victims of which included House majority whip Steve Scalise.

With the country speaking overwhelmingly against establishment Democrats in the last election is it any wonder now, that instead of focusing on the many problems facing their party, liberals are directing their anger at those chosen to lead?

It’s all over the media anywhere you look. From Kathy Griffin’s vile attempt at courting controversy, shown holding a severed head, to Madonna claiming she’s though about “blowing up the White House” mainstream media sources that are quick to start an uproar at Trump’s latest tweets are surprisingly silent when it comes to this behavior.

Statistics published in a recent Pew Research Center study shows that 4 in 10 Democrats and Republicans see the other party as an active threat to the country. It just goes to show that we’re finding ourselves living in an increasingly divided country split along partisan lines.  Where serious threats become glib buzzwords and echo chambers appear ready to permit even the worst behavior.

Even without calls to violence the dumbing down of mainstream discourse in the country is a sad indictment on how far we need to go to regain our lost values and ideals. In fact Journalistic standards have fallen so far that an annual 2016 Gallup Poll showed only 32 percent of Americans having a great or fair amount of trust in the media.

While many of us retain faith in the people of this great country to see our way clear of this impasse, we pray that further incidents are not needed to stop these efforts at fracturing us further.

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White-privilege

The newest liberal progressive social experiment with public school kids has nothing to do – again – with reading, writing and arithmetic – skills youngsters could really use to be successful in life.

No, the latest education fad that takes the place of these disciplines have to do with racial differences in education, income, health, wealth, upward mobility and more called “White Privilege” studies.

And not only do “White Privilege” studies actually bring attention to race and make race the defining issue in culture, it is also a good subject to provoke violence in the classroom.

That’s right. Instead of learning their ABC’s, kids are learning about right hooks, left hooks, hair pulling, back-biting and how to attack your teacher – social remedies to the inherent racism of simply being white.

The greatest purveyor of “White Privilege” teaching tools comes from the Pacific Education Group (PEG) – a consulting company collecting millions of dollars in education money each year to invent “White Privilege”… explain what it is all about… and teaching kids who aren’t white how to get even with whitey through another idiotic education theory – “restorative justice”. According to its website:

“PEG transforms educational systems into racially conscious and socially just environments. Our solutions nurture the spirit and infinite potential of all learners, especially students of color and their families.”

What ever happened to the goal of a color blinds society? What ever happened to judging people on the content of their character not the color of their skin? No – PEG is all about radical left social justice mumbo jumbo designed to whip up racial grievance and then exploit it for political gain by “progressive” (odd choice of word) elites.

This new kind of “teaching” for troubled students is part of the Obama Administration’s federal education guidelines that were unleashed on American public schools last year. Former Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan celebrated the guidelines as a way to create – then address – racial disparities among disciplined students.

“According to the guidelines, schools “violate Federal law when they even-handedly implement facially neutral policies” that were adopted with no intent to discriminate “but nonetheless have an unjustified effraect of discriminating against students on the basis of race.”

The cities that forking over the most money and receiving federal grants for their schools are New York City, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Perhaps it is no coincidence that New York and Baltimore are currently in the grips of race-based strife.

Describing the disproportionate doses of discipline black kids get as opposed to white kids, The New York Post reports:

“Convinced traditional discipline is racist because blacks are suspended at higher rates than whites, New York City’s Department of Education has in all but the most serious and dangerous offenses replaced out-of-school suspensions with a touchy-feely alternative punishment called “restorative justice,” which isn’t really punishment at all. It’s therapy.”

“Every reasonable effort must be made to correct student behavior through… restorative practices,” advises the city’s new 32-page discipline code. Except everywhere it’s been tried, this softer approach has backfired.

Yes, other large urban school districts are reporting fewer suspensions since adopting the non-punitive approach. But that doesn’t necessarily mean fewer infractions.

In fact, many districts are seeing more classroom disruptions and violence — a national trend that ought to set off warning bells for New York school officials.”

The Syracuse Post-Standard writes,

“…teachers complain student behavior has worsened since the school district collapsed discipline structures in favor of restorative justice practices.

They say teens are more apt to fight, mouth off to teachers and roam the halls under the more lenient policy. They’re even seeing increasingly violent behavior among elementary school children.

While the approach may be “laudable,” Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern said in a recent letter to the Syracuse Post-Standard, it has created a “systemic inability to administer and enforce consistent consequences for violent and highly disruptive student behaviors” that “put students and staff at risk and make quality instruction impossible.”

The Post draws attention to similar reports of increased violence and misbehavior in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Philadelphia, and San Diego. Minneapolis put the “White Privilege – Restorative Justice” discipline structure in place and now with a bureaucratic nightmare of maintaining quotas – i.e. style over substance.

The New York Post also reported how students reacted to lax policies out of PGE’s discipline playbook in Los Angeles:

“I was terrified and bullied by a fourth-grade student,” a teacher at a Los Angeles Unified School District school recently noted on the Los Angeles Times website. “The black student told me to ‘Back off, b—h.’ I told him to go to the office and he said, ‘No, b—h, and no one can make me.’ ”

In Philadelphia, the New York Post writes:

“A former Philly middle-school teacher complains minority students act out and then dare teachers to kick them out of class, knowing full well their hands are now tied.

“I’m going to torture you,” Allen Zollman says one student told him. “I’m doing this because I can’t be removed.” Knowing there won’t be consequences; bullies control the classroom and disrupt lessons for all kids who want to learn.

“The less we are willing or able to respond, the more they will control the classroom, the hallways and the school,” Zollman added in testimony before the US Commission on Civil Rights.”

The taxpaying public funding the schools need to know what PGE is peddling in the name of race equity and remove it from their schools root and branch before another generation of school kids know far more about their imagined rights and entitlements than skills they will need to succeed in higher education or, for that matter, life.

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