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The “Everyone is Equal” Myth

Repair Man Jack has a great column over at RedState in part he discusses:

I’ll conjecture that hiring authorities are hiring fewer college graduates precisely because of grade inflation. They can no longer tell the difference between average and good based upon GPA. This causes them to view college graduates as a higher risk of failure than they used to be. That, combined with the subpar economy,*** causes massive unemployment among new college graduates. By  deliberately inflating grades to keep subpar students on campus to pay more tuition, colleges and universities are sabotaging the future of students who truly work hard and earn As.

I, in general, enjoy the posts over at RS by rmJ. That said, I disagree with the assertion that colleges are “deliberately inflating grades to keep sub par students.” I believe that professors are inflating grades because professors buy into the general liberal thought that we need to guarantee outcomes because everyone is equal.

Now, let me be clear, everyone is created equal. What this means is that we have the same basic starting point. We all have the same inalienable rights. We are all human.

After that, the outcomes aren’t inalienable. They are NOT guaranteed. There are no guarantees even for the wealthiest among us. A family business rarely survives past the 2nd generation. Bankruptcy courts are littered with hardworking people with good ideas. And Forbes is littered with lucky people with dumb ideas. (Pet Rocks anyone)

The point is that we all understand this basic premise. This is where the ideological divide exists. We can either let the market choose winners and losers. Or government can.

As a conservative, I feel that the government is a horrible metric for success because they always choose the powerful, the rich, those with connections. Where the market doesn’t see race, color, creed, or gender. And while some work hard and fail, the market is still a fairer arbiter for such success than is government.

But liberals are accustomed to ensuring equality. If liberals could ensure that every player could have a ring in the NBA, they would…why? It is a matter of fairness. Because what system that rewards utility players with rings while superstars like Barkeley or LeBron go ringless? That system must be broken. Or in the NFL, why do over 57% of the teams have ALL the Super Bowl rings? Such a system is wrong-headed and must be fixed. *snark*

So, when it comes to our children, instead of giving Ds and Fs…we make excuses. Test anxiety. ADD. Bad hair day. Whatever. The answer was X…they didn’t know it…the end. But not anymore. Because now, instead of a majority in the middle…we have a majority towards the top. We grade on a curve. (Something I never did) When I was going through school I was told…you can’t give everyone Cs. You need to do a curve. Because if the highest score on your test is an 80, it is a reflection on you, the teacher, not the student. To which I replied, “IF I cover the material and they don’t study or they are stupid and don’t know that 2+2=4 then that is a reflection of them as represented by the F on their paper…not a reflection on me.” I wasn’t very popular.

Don’t underestimate the liberal though orthodoxy and its stranglehold on our American teaching system.

 

Homeland Security Phrases and Why They Lie!

Our Department of Homeland Security constantly mentions that 36,000 people die of the normal flu each and every year. I am not one of those sky is falling types, BUT, saying those numbers is like using 16o million next to 150 billion. It is decieving the public!

So, I was curious what the mortality rate of someone with the flu in a normal flu season was. According to the CDC 5-20% of our population gets the flu each year. Now, I used the high number, because most get the flu and don’t report it. Using the 20% figure, that means that 60 million people in the US get the flu each season. That makes the mortality rate for the flu in America equal to .06%! Six hundredths of a percent. Now, comparing that with the current stats of 642 cases and 2 deaths. (Yes, that increased by 200 overnight!) The current mortality rate for this flu is .31% just over 3 tenths of a percent! You are five times more likely to die from this virus than the normal flu virus, and BTW this is a mild strain. There is a reason that the WHO is teetering on level six reaction. The mortality rate is much worse for the international community. Taking the WHO data (which doesn’t account for the US spike) of 1519 confirmed cases and 30 deaths. That puts it at 1.97% a whopping 32.8 times that “36,000” number. So, pardon me, while I am a little hesitant to chalk this up as “mass hysteria.”

It very well could be much ado about nothing. BUT…I have four small children, I am not willing to just trust the Department of Homeland security for their infinite guidance and wisdom! And, why don’t they use numbers we can understand so we can make up our own minds instead of having our minds made up for us by psychologists.

Prolife?

So, a good friend of mine (@nhprman on twitter) sent me this link and asked my opinion on this.
 
 
My opinion is that in the Prolife community we have failed to adequately educate our children, our congregations, and anyone in the movement when it comes to these types of questions. So, I have decided, for the first time, to put my Prolifeness on paper. A credo, of sorts, on what I believe.
 
1. Our creed has got to be, life for children, support for mothers, and shut down the big abortion industry.
 
It is all about allowing children grow up without being killed. If liberals go after big oil and corporations for global warming? Why don’t we take a page from them and go after the real excrement of industry, the doctors, groups, and associations that target, recruit, and ultimately perform abortions?
 
I believe that life begins at conception…period. This isn’t above my paygrade, it isn’t theological or medical or scientific. I KNOW when I became a father. That was when me and my wife conceived our first child. From that moment on, I was a dad. Every decision I made had her, my daughter, in mind. It REALLY IS that simple. That said, as a church community and as a prolife community, we have to do a better job at supporting mothers. We need to provide funds and financial incentives for mothers to keep their children. If an unwed mother came up to you in Walmart and said, I would keep my baby, but I have no place to stay. Would you offer your spare bedroom? I can honestly say that I would. Heck, I would offer her MY bedroom and sleep on the floor if that meant that a new life could be spared. (And yes, my wife and I have agreed that this is one thing that neither of us have to ask the other for permission, we feel that strongly about it) We need to make the mothers our target of love, and expose the abortion industry for what it is. An industry founded on peddling death for hire.
 
Prolifers need to understand that if Abortion, as a procedure, were made illegal, prosecuters should be instructed to go after the doctors who perform the abortions. They should be stripped of their licence, fined $500,000 per occurance (that money should go into a federal adoption fund), and face up to 5 years in jail. We should use racketeering laws to go after the industry as a whole as well. The person who receives money to recruit the woman is just as guilty as the doctor. The left may call this a gag rule, SO BE IT, divorce attorneys don’t offer murder for hire as a solution to marrital atrimony, doctors and consultants shouldn’t be allowed to offer abortion as an alternative and then profit from it.
 
2. Don’t call me prolife, I am anti-abortion
 
We need to change the rules of the game, I cannot call myself prolife when I support capital punishment and blowing terrorists to sheol, just as much as someone cannot call themselves prochoice when they don’t support vouchers, gun ownership, or free markets. Truth is, I am Anti-abortion, I hate abortion, loathe it, it is immoral, impractical, and stupid. I want someone from the other side to tell me they are pro-abortion. From this step forward, they are NOT prochoice, that sounds so NICE. Something that shouldn’t be afforded to people who hunt and recruit women so they can profit off of incest, bad choices, and murder. Most Americans who say they are prochoice state that wouldn’t be a choice for them. What does that tell you. They aren’t proabortion, they are antiabortion, most of them are just unsure of what would happen to women if abortion were made illegal. I say, nothing, the industry needs to suffer. So what if the media calls us anti-abortion, isn’t everyone? It isn’t like we are unabashedly anti-abortion with NO alternatives. We do, adoption, mentoring, community, finances, we provide it all. The number one adoption agencies, anti-abortion, the number one pregnancy centers offering mentoring and community, anti-abortion. Don’t allow the opposition to trap you inside a box.
 
3. We need to think and live outside of the box!
 
Roe v. Wade will not be overruled for a while, so instead of marching and praying for this to happen (and that being the only thing we do). Let’s use every legal avenue at our disposal to stop abortions. I think that Big Abortion should pay taxes, a majority of the providers are, catch this, non-profits. That is right, they don’t pay a DIME for the profits they make. If we expect big tabacco and big oil to carry their fair share of the burden, the abortion community should as well. They should all pay property taxes on the clinics, in fact, they should pay more. They should fall under EPA scope for proper elimination of human remains. This should be the most heavily regulated industry in the United States to ensure that those women are protected even if they make the wrong choice. I want to hear Nancy Pelosi say she opposes regulation of an industry with a straight face.
 
That is it, my three points on how we can and should operate as the anti-abortion community.

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