Campaign rhetoric inspires chaos, anxiety in classrooms around the country

As the primaries have progressed, Tudryn said, those kinds of ideas have only become more ingrained in the students at Frank Porter Graham — 55 percent of whom are Latino. Tudryn said she’s seen kindergarteners shiver with fear upon hearing the word “Trump,” and watched third-grade classrooms devolve into utter chaos at the mere mention of the election.While previous presidential elections have typically been incorporated into the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade civics lessons, now, Tudryn said, “The teachers don’t even want to go there because they know it’s going to turn into a major mess.”

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Marco Rubio, Nearing Reckoning in Florida Primary, Likens Donald Trump to ‘Third-World Strongmen’ – First Draft. Political News, Now. – The New York Times

Mr. Rubio was never my candidate, but I believe the attached catches the words of a serious, well-meaning candidate whose campaign seems to be in death throes.   His warning should be taken seriously.  This Trump is doing nothing for his country. (David Milliken and this is my blog.     Here is the article.)

“Mr. Rubio spread the blame for the anger coursing through American politics – to the protesters, the media and the left, which he said too often tries to stifle dissent. But he reserved his harshest words for Mr. Trump.

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Donald Trump and the Political Benefits of a Narcissistic Personality – The Atlantic

“The key to [effective] narcissism: Can you turn it off when you are listening to your advisers? Then it works. But when you are so narcissistic you can’t take advice from people, you ruin your relationships with your friends, your family. Then people won’t trust you. Then it can be very destructive.This article is from the archive of our partner National Journal.”  — more —

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Why Americans believe Trump’s worst conspiracy theories.

“Instead, we have become accustomed to the idea that political debate must be, at least in theory, related to reality. But other nations have not been so lucky. When conspiracy theorists actually run the government, they can do enormous damage, diverting public funds and institutions to cope with imaginary threats. Srdja Popovic, a Serbian activist who helped overthrow the authoritarian leader Slobodan Milosevic, has reminisced about the day he switched on the television and learned of a “high-level CIA conspiracy to overthrow Milosevic by using well-paid student activists,” among them himself. Much later, he learned that police really were spending time and money searching the world for the international headquarters of his movement. In fact, it was in his parents’ living room in central Belgrade. In the Soviet Union, that kind of thinking led to mass murder.”  For more go here:

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Hillary Clinton shouldn’t apologize for being a moderate.

Haven’t we had enough of over-simplification, hasty intellect, over-promise and the failure simply to solve problems as thinking Americans.  This article from Slate should help us along this path — regardless of political affiliation.  The woman thinks.

“Let’s cut out the purging, groveling, and acting. Hillary Clinton is a moderate. Moderation is an honorable way to live and govern. In fact, it’s the best way, because the world is too complex to fit any ideology perfectly. Clinton may shun the M-word, but if you listened to her carefully in Thursday night’s debate in Milwaukee, you heard how a moderate thinks and why it makes sense. Here are some examples.”  Please visit link below.

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Is Socialism Inevitable? An Explanation of the Forces of Social Progress

Socialism seems to be H-U-U-U-GE in some quarters these days.  Socialism was also huge in 1922 when August Claessens wrote this 44-page tract sub-titled “An Explanation of the Forces of Social Progress.” Published by the Socialist Party of the United States, the tract sold for 10 cents and was obviously meant to further the Socialist cause. It presents an excellent explanation of socialist beliefs and an exhortation, mostly to workers to unite.  The Tortoise found it somewhere in the bowels of an Indiana State library. It is well-worth its easy read.

It is posted here not to promote the cause of socialism, but to provide some historical background.  In 1922 the Russian Revolution was in full bloom.  World War I was over and the Great Depression was only seven years away.  A statement from Eugene V. Debs, perhaps America’s foremost Socialist, is part of the piece.  Debs the national leader of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and founder the American Railway Union, was jailed under the World War I Espionage Act(1917).  Debs also ran five times for the presidency of the United States.  His last attempt was in 1920 while he was incarcerated.  Debs was passionately dedicated to his cause.

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Dueling Metaphors: The Tortoise and the Hare

“Slow and steady wins the race”, concluded Aesop. A lesson served by dueling metaphors, and a would-be Conservative election platform, written some 2500 years ago. Perhaps this story could be aptly renamed “The Elephant and the Donkey”.  See link below.

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Trump Supporters Would Over Look His Killing Someone

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump said

I am flabbergasted that any candidate for public office would say this, even at the lowest level local race. These are words of a megalomaniac reaching for the ultimate in political incorrectness.

Even if he intended his comment to be hyperbole, it was sheer tastelessness and an insult and should be to his supporters. And he said it in the wake of countless terrorism attacks in schools and churches. I believe he was speaking at a Christian college.

He’s a loose cannon. Please, Americans, stop supporting this man.

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