A Wasted Vote

“”I understand how difficult it can be for an African-American in today’s society. In fact, I can relate to black people very well indeed. My ancestors once owned slaves, and it is in my lineage to work closely with the black community. However, just because they were freed over a century ago doesn’t mean they can now be freeloaders. They need to be told to work hard, and the incentives just aren’t there for them anymore. When I’m president I plan to work closely with the black community to bring a sense of pride and work ethic back into view for them.” – Mitt Romney

These are the words of a man who “thinks” he is qualified to be the leader of the best country on earth. These words, while sugar coated, indicate that a lineage of ownership over a race means you identify with its problems. They say in fact that the struggles of a race that experiences oppression in its daily life should just be thrust aside and that the man who embraces his family’s history of ownership should be the one to lead them towards prosperity.
As a citizen of this country, I am offended. Not so much by his words, but by the ignorance they represent. I am offended by the brashness he uses towards those he deems as “freeloaders,” and I feel that this shows that he is not qualified to run a parking lot let alone a nation.
Privilege is not a good lens to view through when attempting to understand poverty. Ownership does not make you qualified to feel for the common man. In fact, it makes the common man feel that you are a dictator waiting to happen.

If you choose to exercise your freedom of choice for this man, be aware that he is a fool. He has no grasp of the big picture, and only sees the details that he feels will effect a small financial margin of society. This man does not deserve a vote if he truly feels this way.

In fact, I could go so far as to say that I would rather vote for a person who is not of this nation, than for someone who feels that the history of a nation’s people is to be disregarded.

Make up your own mind. Vote for whom you choose. But please use your brain before you waste your vote.

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Error-Plagued History Book publisher Bypasses Legislative Review

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A year after Virginia overhauled its review process to improve the quality of textbooks used in public school classrooms, the publisher whose error-plagued history books helped spur the change is refusing to submit its offerings for state Department of Education scrutiny.

The Washington Post says Five Ponds Press plans to introduce a series of elementary-level science books that it will market directly to school systems, bypassing state review. The newspaper says the publisher didn’ respond to its requests for comment.

The move angers legislators who voted to bolster regulations. Del. David Englin of Alexandria tells the newspaper that it seems “improper — and possibly fraudulent” to claim the series meets Virginia standards without state review.

Virginia schools are allowed to use non-approved textbooks, but few do so.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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U.S. war in Iraq officially ends

So today marks the ending of the war in Iraq. The flag of the United States has been lowered, troupes are packing up their military toys, politicians and public officials stand up and give long speeches and the United States officially gives the Iraqi government and military a fond farewell.

“To be sure, the cost was high — in blood and treasure for the United States and also for the Iraqi people,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called. “But those lives have not been lost in vain.” The fighting resulted, Panetta said, in a “free and sovereign Iraq.”

So what happens now? The Iraqi people will still have disadvantaged splinter groups terrorizing the country. Bombs and other nasty stuff will still make the streets of Bagdad and other places unsafe. The United States, arguably the initiator of this war, has stepped out, and the military of Iraq is left to fend for itself.

I hope that what so ever happens in the years to come, we take to heart the lessons taught by losing over four thousand soldiers. With all that pomp and circumstance; all those lives lost; all to bring democracy, freedom, and sovereignty to the Iraqi people, I hope this time we do not have to go back.

It is time to take care of the United States.

In the words of John Lennon, “Merry Christmas. The War is over!”

U.S. war in Iraq officially ends – USATODAY.com

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