I feel the need to defend the reputation of Mexican immigrants, and yes, even illegal aliens. Shame on Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.
I taught for 37 years and in three different schools. The vast majority of the students I taught were Mexican-American. Their parents were some of the hardest working people I know. They valued education, wanted the best for their kids, and had great respect for schools and teachers. They had as fine a sense of morality as any other group of people.
If I had to choose which group had higher morals, Mexican immigrants or billionaires like Donald Trump, I’ll take the Mexican immigrants every time.
How many Mexican immigrant families have you met, Donald ? I’m going to guess it’s a lot less than the many hundreds that I knew. These people are extremely hard-working and they are just seeking to be a part of the American dream.
Donald Trump, shame on you!
If I was running for president, I would suggest this country follow a “50 year rule”, and also stop being so provincial.
Example; if a government policy hasn’t worked for a very long time, how about considering something different ? Fifty years of boycotting Cuba – how did that work out for this country ? It took 50 years to try something else ? Why so long ?
The “war on drugs” government policy has been going on for decades. How’s that working out for you ? Could we consider a drug policy similar to Spain ? Or dozens of other countries that have had tremendous success against a very stubborn drug problem.
The one criticism I have about our country is the provincial attitude that we have. “Provincial”, in the sense of narrow thinking. Why are we so against copying what works in other countries? What is wrong with copying other people’s success ? We do it all the time in the teaching profession. If a particular teaching method is found to be extremely successful, that idea travels through the teaching profession like wildfire and most everyone adopts it.
Check out Germany’s insistence on high school age kids choosing a career and or skill that they master and that will follow them upon graduation. They don’t insist on the idea of every child going to college. No, they insist on every child obtaining a skill. (Of course college is free for those who choose it, let’s not even go there), arg, ugly socialism, who would want that?
Could we at least copy some of the ideas that make the Scandinavian countries the tops in the world in almost every imaginable category? (Actually, no, forget that, ugly socialistic ideas again). What next, should this country have free universal health care like almost every western nation in the world ? UGH, that would be too much like copying.
I think there are two reasons why we refuse to “copy”. We all feel the U.S. is the greatest country in the world, and too many of the successful foreign programs would infringe on our freedoms. We don’t want government interference, but more importantly, we want every person to be able to succeed on their own merits. WE WANT OUR FREEDOM! Freedom to fail is just as important as all the other freedoms we have.
We don’t need to copy other successful programs. Go move to Scandinavia if you want success at the price of losing your freedom. Freedom trumps success any day! Sorry I even suggested we be like other countries in any way. What was I thinking? I wasn’t thinking like a Republican presidential contender, that’s for sure. I need to get my campaign back on track.
Now that I have declared my candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, here is my platform. Unlike all the other candidates, I will win because I will have the nerve to ignore political correctness and actually say what the other Republicans only wish they had the nerve to say.
1. Anyone in this country who is not financially successful must be lazy, I will end all government handouts.
2. I will immediately deport all illegal aliens, (unless they are white, English-speaking Canadians that crossed the border illegally, I don’t have a problem with them).
3. Unions are a barrier to corporate progress, I will do everything in my power to destroy them.
4. Government needs to stay out of people’s lives, unless it comes to what I deem morally offensive. While I will disband almost all cabinet positions, I will create the new cabinet position known as Secretary of Morals.
5. I will immediately fight to repeal anything that Obama accomplished. (See Obama care as an example). Clearly everything Obama has done since being in the White House has been wrong. (I even saw him cough once without covering his mouth). This also includes Michelle. Under my presidency, kids could eat anything they want.
6. Global Warming is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated upon mankind. I will do away with every environmental regulation ever established. Stop tying the hands of corporate America ! Free corporations from the tyranny of government regulation.
7. I will do away with all financial regulations. Big banks are good for America, trust in them, embrace them.
8. Corporations are people too. I will trust Wall Street to do the right thing. Corporations deserve to have freedom as much as any American does. End Wall Street regulations now !
9. I will push to lower taxes on the wealthy. How do you lower and middle class people expect to thrive without the “trickle down” effect ?
10. I will balance the budget by doing away with Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. It’s about time you freeloading seniors and poor people pull your own weight.
11. We are the only country in the world with the proper values, especially in government. I will attempt to “build nations” throughout the world that reflect our values, no matter how much it might cost in blood and treasure.
You and I know that every Republican candidate would never articulate the above positions. Stop the political hypocrisy. Elect me and free your soul from the shackles of political correctness.
Once again I implore those of you who know me to remain quiet about my true political views. Shhh! Only you can ruin this master plan to throw the Republican party into turmoil. Shhh!
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has now taken aim at the right of tenure for professors at Wisconsin universities.
Now we hear University of Wisconsin professors screaming in outrage at such a proposal.
My question to the Wisconsin professors would be this: Where were you when Walker was destroying public sector unions and high school and elementary teacher unions ?
Did you do your best to oppose those initiatives ? Did you align yourself with the working men and women of Wisconsin at that time and go all out to support them ?
Unionized people and working people everywhere must understand the need to support each other against the forces that have declared war against them.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
I don’t think the Wisconsin professors did all they could to help us in the past, but I would still urge everyone to support them now.
Yes, the rumors are true. I will soon be announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. I intend to run as a Republican. Shhh, I know, I’m not a real Republican, but most people don’t know that.
I’ve looked at the many Republican candidates and I feel that I’m as well qualified as some of these characters. In addition, with so many candidates running, I only need a small percentage of Republicans to support me and I might make it into the final group.
In a few days I will be releasing my campaign platform. I already have a vice presidential candidate in mind. I intend to ask Bruce Rauner to be my running mate. (If we can get him to leave the governorship to run as a vice presidential candidate, all the better for Illinois). Again, shhh, don’t tell him or anyone of the ulterior motive behind my selection.
Look for more details about my candidacy to be released soon.
I have now heard the opening campaign speeches of each of the Republican candidates for the presidency.
Wow! What a transformation. Most of them speak about helping the poor, the less fortunate and the downtrodden. They call for more compassion towards the poor and more inclusion for all. They are all attacking income inequality and boasting how they will make America a more fair place for the working man. They all talk of identifying with the common man and making government work for the people.
I’m impressed. They sound like a more liberal Bernie Sanders. I have no reason to doubt their sincerity.
Oh, wait a minute, those are some of the same things that Bruce Rauner said when he was campaigning. Oops! Maybe I better be a little more skeptical.
Today’s Chicago Tribune lead editorial is entitled, “A Governor Who Won’t Flinch.”
This is what one of the final paragraphs says about governor Bruce Rauner. “You, Governor are free to keep calm and stand pat. How liberating to answer only to the voters who sent you.”
Oh, I see, that’s who Rauner is answering to in his attempts to destroy unions, do away with workers comp, end worker pensions, limit workplace injury lawsuits, and make sure the two-thirds of Illinois corporations that don’t pay any state tax continue to reap that luxury.
Oh, yes, Tribune, the governor is only answering to the people. Really ? I would like to meet the editors who concocted that phrase. “only to the voters who sent you.”
Seriously, how dumb do they think people are ? Tribune, you have reached an all time low point in journalistic nonsense.