MN Real ID Bill Requires Re-Registration as a US Citizen

This post is copied from the newsletter that Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom sent on May 4, 2016.  The content hasn’t been altered, but font color has been added for emphasis.  Twila Brase is a real champion of freedom and she urges people to contact their state representative and be heard at the House Hearings tomorrow May 5th at 1 pm, and again in the Senate on Friday May 6th at 8 am.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Dear Minnesota Citizen,

The Minnesota legislature, including House GOP leadership, plan to give you a Federal Driver’s License — under federal control.

The House has a hearing tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. The Senate hears the bill Friday. Please raise your voice now…or we will lose our freedom.

If these bills become law, say good-bye to state licenses, state’s rights and individual autonomy.

Why would the state legislature agree to let the federal government commandeer — take power over — the documents you need for driving, identification, traveling, purchasing, and accessing services?

Once a State adopts REAL ID, the federal law gives the Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security sole authority to expand the “OFFICIAL PURPOSES” for which the card could be required, potentially to:

  • firearm and ammunition sales
  • beer and wine purchases
  • hotel registration
  • renting a car
  • accessing medical care
  • purchasing phone service
  • starting telephone service
  • cashing a check
  • getting a credit card
  • bank access
  • driving
  • and more…

There’s no end to what the Secretary of Homeland Security could require the federal ID card/DL – to be used for. By law, they need no permission from Congress. This violates your freedom.

Everyone — even if you’re 75 or 80 or 100 years old — will be forced to re-establish citizenship by providing a birth certificate and social security card for scanning into a federal database before being allowed to drive, fly or use REAL ID for identification.

Essentially, you’ll have to re-register with the federal government to be approved as a legitimate U.S. citizen. Again, it’s a Federal ID/DL.

Your data will enter the federal data verification “hub” located in Missouri, which was funded by a $17 million Homeland Security grant. The federal government will have POLICE POWERS in connection with this data.

There are 15 acceptable IDs for flight. In fact, no law requires an ID for flying. You can simply agree to enhanced TSA screening (Gilmore vs. Gonzales). You can fly without REAL ID, according to the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS):

“DHS notes that individuals without a REAL ID-compliant document will still be able to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircraft…” (Final REAL ID rule)

It’s time to act!

1) HOUSE: Tell the members of the House Transportation Committee to VOTE NO on HOUSE File 3959 during TOMORROW’s hearing (1:00 p.m.).


2) SENATE: 
Tell the Senate State and Local Government Committee to VOTE NO on SENATE File 3589 on FRIDAY’s (May 6th) hearing at 8:00 a.m.

House Transportation (Tomorrow, Thursday, May 5, 1:00 p.m.):

CHAIR: Tim Kelly rep.tim.kelly@house.mn  651-296-8635
rep.john.petersburg@house.mn,  rep.ron.erhardt@house.mn,
rep.frank.hornstein@house.mn,  rep.chad.anderson@house.mn
rep.mark.anderson@house.mn,
rep.joe.atkins@house.mnrep.connie.bernardy@house.mn,
rep.steve.drazkowski@house.mn, rep.alice.hausman@house.mn,
rep.jeff.howe@house.mnrep.clark.johnson@house.mn,
rep.jon.koznick@house.mnrep.eric.lucero@house.mn,
rep.sandra.masin@house.mnrep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn,
rep.jim.nash@house.mnrep.kim.norton@house.mn,
rep.linda.runbeck@house.mnrep.tim.sanders@house.mn,
rep.mike.sundin@house.mnrep.mark.uglem@house.mn,
rep.abigail.whelan@house.mnrep.jim.knoblach@house.mn

Senate S&L Govt (Friday, May 6, 8:00 a.m.): 

sen.jim.abeler@senate.mnsen.bruce.anderson@senate.mn
sen.karin.housley@senate.mnsen.bev.scalze@senate.mn
sen.dave.thompson@senate.mnsen.melissa.wiklund@senate.mn
SEVEN members have online email forms: http://www.senate.mn/committees/committee_bio.php?ls=89&cmte_id=3061

We need YOU to take action against this BIG GOVERNMENT plan.

Protect yourself and your freedom by sending an email and making a phone call now. Help us stop REAL ID. We can’t do it unless YOU raise your voice!

PLEASE ACT TODAY!

Thank you!

Twila Brase RN,PHN
President and Co-founder

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
161 St. Anthony Avenue, Ste 923, St. Paul, MN 55103www.cchfreedom.org
Phone: 651.646.8935  |   Fax: 651.646.0100www.cchfreedom.org   |   Email: info@cchfreedom.org
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Trash Talk: Possible 5 Year Ban on Organized Waste Collection Pacts

This article is from the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services Page. Posted on May 4, 2016 by Nick Longworth who is a writer for them.  This post’s content has not been altered in any way.  We think that some in City Governments want to control who picks up waste and usually the winning company is a crony of some sort.  Competition is good for consumers and the environment.  Innovation comes from competition, it is squashed by Government Knows Best policies.  Forcing people to compost food or yard waste should be a free will voluntary activity, not another way to regulate and punish the citizenry.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Legislators look to wane organized waste collection agreements in five-year ban

By Nick Longworth

Representing Highland Sanitation, Bob Stewart testifies May 4 in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Chad Anderson, left, that would establish a moratorium on solid waste collection authority of local units of government. Photo by Andrew VonBank There was lots of trash talk today in one House committee

There was lots of trash talk today in one House committee.

A bill approved Wednesday would put a half-decade halt on Minnesota communities entering into new “organized collection” agreements when dealing with waste management.

HF3708, sponsored by Rep. Chad Anderson (R-Bloomington), would put a moratorium on any city, county, or town from beginning the process of providing organized solid waste collection services over the next five years.

An “organized collection” agreement is one in which communities assess the waste management needs for all residents, and implement a universal service to satisfy all. Oftentimes it leads to a couple of providers servicing an entire area, rather than open-market competition dictating who serves where. The bill would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016, applying to local governments that have not already started the process to organize collections. It would not undue organized collection agreements that have already been established. The prohibition would be lifted on Jan. 1, 2021.

Approved by the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee on an 8-6 roll-call vote, it now moves to the House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee. A companion, SF3377, sponsored by Sen. Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville), awaits action by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Anderson’s inspiration for the bill came via concerns expressed to him by his constituents. The City of Bloomington enacted an organized collection agreement last January.

“This moratorium will give us time to think about possible solutions,” Anderson said.

The bill purportedly promotes competition among providers, keeping customers in the driver’s seat and responsible for their own waste management collections.

However, concerns came over whether the bill would eliminate elements of local control.

Opponents argue that local governments would still be mandated to clean up waste under existing Minnesota statutes; however, they would lose a valuable tool to control how that would be accomplished.

“This moratorium significantly limits the options of local governments to deal with solid waste management issues in the future; this is neither necessary, nor a good policy move,” said Craig Johnson, intergovernmental relations representative for the League of Minnesota Cities. “We do not feel the process at this point is so broken that it should be suspended for five years.”

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Natasha Crain: What’s Really Driving the Culture Wars?

We subscribe to is Natasha Crain’s blog, ChristianMomThoughts.com.  This is article drives right to the heart of the whole Transgender Bathroom Crisis.  This is something President Trump or Cruz or President X (X is not a Socialist nor Democrat) can’t deal with unless he or she humbles themselves to God and turns our country back over to Him.

This was copied from Natasha Crain’s website and it hasn’t been altered.

Natasha Crain is the author of Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith.

~~ Publius Jr.

 


Why the Gender Identity Debate is Symptomatic of a Much Bigger Issue for Christians

Why the Gender Identity Debate is Symptomatic of a Much Bigger Issue for Christians

Joseph Backholm, of the Family Policy Institute, is a short, Caucasian male. But he went to the University of Washington campus recently to see if students would affirm or reject his newly chosen identity: a 6’5” Chinese woman. Here’s the 4-minute video he produced with the interviews (you REALLY need to watch this, but I’ll also summarize some key points below):


Backholm starts by asking the students what they think of allowing transgender people into the restroom of their chosen identity. Everyone is supportive.

Then he asks what they would say if he told them he was a woman. The students get a little more uncomfortable, but, as one girl said, “I’d say good for you. Yeah!”

Backholm then presses them to say what they would think if he said he was Chinese. Again, a student says, “I might be a little surprised but I would say, ‘Good for you. Yeah, be who you are.’”

He then goes on to ask what they would think if he said he was a 7-year-old. One student went silent, realizing she didn’t know what to say that would be consistent with what she had already been saying. Another sheepishly said, “I wouldn’t believe that immediately”. And one said, “I probably wouldn’t believe it but it really wouldn’t bother me that much to go out of my way to tell you, ‘No, you’re wrong.’ I’d just be like, ‘Oh, OK, he wants to be 7 years old.’”

Finally, Backholm asked, “If I told you I was 6 feet 5 inches, what would you say?”

One student replied, “If you truly believe you’re 6 feet 5, I don’t think it’s harmful. I think it’s fine if you believe that. It doesn’t matter to me if you think you’re taller than you are…I wouldn’t tell you you’re wrong.” And another said, “I feel like that’s not my place as another human to say someone is wrong or to draw lines or boundaries.”

Wow.

What should we make of this kind of thinking? A lot.

What’s Really Driving the Culture Wars

Christian apologists (people who make a case for and defend the truth of Christianity) often emphasize the need to understand the difference between objective and subjective truth. Objective truth is a proposition which is true for all people, regardless of our opinions (“It’s snowing outside”). Subjective truth is a proposition which can be true for some but not others (“Snow is beautiful”). Apologists have focused on this distinction because many people today claim that nothing is objectively true. Such a claim is important when discussing Christianity because Christianity assumes objective truth exists—that Jesus is the one and only truth for everyone and it’s not up to individuals to find whatever path to God they want.

While the distinction between objective and subjective truth is vital for everyone to understand, it really struck me while watching this video that this is not where most of our culture wars are being fought.

It was clear from these students’ responses that they would agree many objective truths do exist–-things like height and age. Not one of these students believed that Backholm was actually 7 years old or 6 feet 5 inches tall.  

But every one of these students prioritized Backholm’s right to comfortably believe whatever he wanted about himself over telling him what was objectively true. What this pointedly demonstrates is that debates over issues like gender identity are really just symptomatic of a more wide-spread disease:

That society has overwhelmingly abandoned the primacy of love-driven truth telling.

While most people wouldn’t claim that speaking the truth is never important, it’s taken a giant back seat to the primacy of making others feel good about believing whatever they want. Society has bought into the notion that leaving people alone with their beliefs is the loving choice, as long as they don’t harm others with those beliefs. Oh the irony! Could anything be more insidiously unloving than knowing someone has wrong beliefs that could be personally harmful, yet prioritizing silence as long as no one else gets hurt?

As Christian parents, we have the responsibility of raising a generation that understands what loving others really means. Genuine love is willing the best for someone else, even when that means sharing objective truths they may not want to hear.

 

What That Means for the Gospel…and for Christian Parents

This, of course, has direct implications for our ability to share the gospel today—a far greater concern than any individual issue. In an increasingly secular society, fewer and fewer people feel it’s acceptable for people to share their faith (see the comments in response to my post last week as an example). People of faith are expected to privatize their beliefs so everyone can be comfortable thinking whatever they want.

But this misses the most obvious point of all: What if Christianity is true? What if there really are eternal consequences for whether or not you accept Jesus as your Savior? Does it make any sense at all, if Christians are acting consistently within their worldview, that we would keep silent about what we believe to be objective truth for all?

At least one non-believer gets this. Atheist Penn Jillette (of the magician duo, Penn & Teller) has famously said:

“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me alone and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”

Exactly.

To engage confidently and faithfully with a society which overwhelmingly no longer gets that, our kids need to be equipped with three things:

1. Knowledge of the truth. This is making sure that our kids have a clear understanding of the gospel and the overarching narrative of salvation history as given to us in the Bible. These are simply the facts of Christianity. Without a clear understanding of what the truth actually is, our kids won’t be in a position to share it.

2. Conviction of the truth. Knowledge alone isn’t enough when the basis of that knowledge is being constantly challenged. Our kids must have a deep conviction of why there is such good reason to believe that Christianity is true. This is why teaching our kids apologetics—the case for and defense of the Christian faith—is so critical today. Without giving them the deep conviction that what they believe is really true, we’ll raise a generation content to stay silent…unsure of whether the risk to speak up is worth the likely hostility they’ll encounter.

3. Courage to share the truth. Courage requires both knowledge and conviction, but there’s one more ingredient: love. When we teach our kids what true love is—the genuine concern for the well-being of others—they’ll understand there’s no Godly choice but to speak up and speak truth…even when society has utterly abandoned love-driven truth telling as a cherished value.

 

If you need help explaining to your kids why there’s good reason to believe Christianity is true—giving them the conviction they need—check out my new book: Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith. It’s available from your local Barnes & Noble and Christian book retailers, as well as ChristianBook.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Amazon.com.

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Christians Stand Your Ground or Face Elimination of Religious Freedom

It’s frightening that we are on the verge of eliminating the Moral Conservative planks from our State Party Platform.  It is equally disturbing that on a national level so-called Conservatives are abridging the rights to associate and to religious faith.  We’ve heard elements in the Republican Party of Minnesota who say to, “Just Get Over it,” or we should be, “On the Right Side of History,” (Brodkorb, FitzSimmons) when it comes to same-sex marriage and the Pandora’s box of perversion that is being protected by Activist Legislator Judges and Justices.

Here is a column from Star Parker of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) from April 12, 2016.  She points out that just because an elected official has an R next to their name that doesn’t mean the Republican Rank & File should support it.  As always the content was not altered, but a quote from the story is highlighted and some of the type is colored for emphasis.  ~~ Publius Jr.


The Battle for Religious Freedom

The constitution does not exist to use government power to force the set of values of one private citizen on other.

By Star Parker | Syndicated nationally by Creators

 

Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal recently vetoed H.B. 757, the Georgia Religious Liberty Bill.

The governor warned that he would veto any legislation that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith.” He went on to tell fellow Republicans, who shepherded the bill that they should “recognize that the world is changing around us.”

Governor Deal wasn’t alone in issuing warnings about the bill. Large corporations with a presence in the state threatened to pull operations out of Georgia if the bill passed. Perhaps this was more on Governor Deal’s mind than our changing world.

This served up deja vu from an attempt in Indiana last year to pass a similar, but tougher, religious liberty bill.

The Indiana legislation was more far-reaching because it included protections for all businesses. The Georgia bill focused just on faith-based organizations.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence also backed down, weakening key provisions of the Indiana law as result of pressure from businesses in his state.

These state religious liberty laws are spinoffs from the national Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993. The thrust of the law is to assure that government action does not unreasonably impede private citizens from practicing their faith.

The Supreme Court found that RFRA could only apply to actions by the federal government, so states must address state religious freedom individually.

As government has become increasingly aggressive and expansive in its actions on matters such as abortion, birth control and gay rights, there has been increasing concern on the part of Christian Americans to protect themselves in the workplace from forced government participation in practices that violate their religious convictions.

These concerns became more acute when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last year.

The tension we have is that God-fearing Christians don’t want to be forced by government, in their hiring and in their religious and business practices, to be involved with what violates core principles of their faith. On the other hand, those supporting gay marriage, for instance, claim refusal to provide religious and business services to these couples amounts to discrimination.

Maybe its time to recall what freedom is supposed to be about and what it means to enhance rather than impede living in a free country.

According to the 14th Amendment, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

Our constitution exists to protect individual freedom and define and limit the role of government. It does not exist to use government power to force the set of values of one private citizen on other.

Governor Deal is right that today “the world is changing.” But he has drawn the wrong conclusion. The fact that today many citizens embrace values that our parents and grandparents never would have dreamed of means we should be even more vigilant now in protecting individual freedom and religious liberty. Government power should be used to ensure that citizens can follow their own consciences in conducting their religious and business affairs on their own private property.

 …why things have changed so much.  A major reason is the monopoly of public schools teaching left-wing values to our children. How can we expect a free country when there is little freedom regarding what is conveyed to young minds?

We should also think about why things have changed so much. A major reason is the monopoly of public schools teaching left-wing values to our children. How can we expect a free country when there is little freedom regarding what is conveyed to young minds?

According to the Friedman Foundation, there are now almost 400,000 students in school choice programs nationwide, up from almost none 20 years ago.

In a country where our values and sense of morality has become as diverse as they are today, we should not have a government monopoly on education. School choice programs have grown, but not enough. If we care about our freedom, we need school choice nationwide.


Star Parker

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Twins Games: National MS Society Upper Midwest Chapter Fundraiser April 16

MS Day at the Twins is April 16

The National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter has partnered with the Minnesota Twins to raise MS awareness on Saturday, April 16, as they host the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m.

Fans can take part in a pre-game parade on the field, and the person who sells the most tickets will get to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Some lucky fans will also lead the singing of “Take me out to the ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch. Five dollars for every ticket sold will be donated to the MS Society and — if you’re participating in a 2016 fundraising event — will be credited to your fundraising efforts. Tickets are $18.

Fill out this form to purchase tickets. The deadline to buy tickets is Friday, April 1.

About the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Upper Midwest Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and several counties in western Wisconsin and Nebraska, and raises funds for critical MS research. Join the Movement toward a world free of MS.

$5 per ticket goes to support the MS Society

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American Legion Post 577 Building Fundraiser April 23rd 11am to 7pm

American Legion Post 577 Fundraiser April 23, 2016; 11am to 7 pm

American Legion Post 577 Fundraiser April 23, 2016; 11 am to 7 pm

Join The American Legion Post 577 and help support the Post. Sat. April 23rd. 11am-7pm in the hall. All you can eat BBQ pork, Baked potato, Coleslaw, BBQ chicken. Eggroll pre-orders must be placed by April 18th. $10 in advance. $15 at the door. Contact Bear for questions and pre-oreders for eggrolls. Thank you in advance!


We say again

What:  American Legion Post 577 Fundraiser, All you can Eat BBQ Pork. Baked potato, Coleslaw, BBQ Chicken.

Where: 1129 Arcade St (in the Hall), St Paul, MN 55106

Cost:  $10 Advance Tickets, $6 per child (6-12), Children under 6 eat free.

At the door Tickets $15, $6 per child (6-12), Children under 6 eat free

Eggroll pre-orders must be placed by April 18th.  $2 per egg roll, 10 eggrolls minimum order.

For more information contact Bear 651-428-1419

Karaoke at the bar after 7pm

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There’s a Better Approach to Teaching than Culturally Relevant Studies

This article was copied from Katherine Kersten’s column 3/25/16 from MinnPost.com.  We have not altered the column, but have turned off some links and deleted ads.  Pedagogy, for those that went to St Paul Public Schools ISD 625, is defined as a method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Our greatest thinkers knew it long ago: there’s a better approach to teaching than ‘culturally relevant pedagogy’

Frederick Douglass wrote that it was a parliamentary speech by white, Irish playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan that equipped and inspired him to launch his anti-slavery crusade.

It should be great news: Graduation rates for our state’s black and Hispanic students — which have long lagged white students’ rate — are on the rise.

But how much do these new graduates actually know? What skills have they mastered? In other words, what is their high school diploma really worth?

Katherine Kersten

MinnPost recently profiled a new Spanish Heritage program at Roosevelt High School that Principal Michael Bradley credits with helping to boost the school’s Hispanic graduation rate by about 15 percentage points in 2015. The program features “culturally relevant pedagogy” and focuses on developing Hispanic students’ sense of “cultural identity.”

What precisely do students learn in the Spanish Heritage program? The article explained that students “see themselves in the curriculum,” “find their voice,” and “become their own advocates.” But it says little about whether they acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become well-informed, productive citizens.

Why is this important? In searching the Minnesota Department of Education’s website, I discovered a disconcerting fact: Though Roosevelt’s Hispanic graduation rate increased to almost 75 percent in 2015, only 6 percent of the school’s Hispanic students were proficient in reading and only 10 percent in math, as measured by state tests.

MinnPost’s profile concluded with a student poem whose tone struck me as profoundly alienated. What is the “culturally relevant pedagogy” that contributed to such a negative cultural identity?

‘A pedagogy of opposition’

Culturally relevant pedagogy is the brainchild of Gloria Ladson-Billings, a professor of education at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She coined the term in 1992, and says it describes “a pedagogy of opposition.” A primary goal of her approach, she says, is that “students must develop a critical consciousness through which they challenge the status quo of the current social order.”

Ladson-Billings singles out Paulo Freire as an author whose vision of education undergirds culturally relevant pedagogy. Significantly, the Roosevelt student’s poem names or quotes Freire no less than five times.

Freire was a Brazilian activist and educator who worked with disenfranchised Latin American peasants in the 1950s and ‘60s. In his 1968 book, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” he taught that all societies are divided between “oppressors” and “oppressed,” and called for revolutionary overthrow of capitalist hegemony. Freire dismissed academic learning as mere “official knowledge” that oppressors use to rationalize inequality in capitalist societies. How does a pedagogical approach grounded in such a perspective prepare American students for success in 2016?

Today, many educators assume that black and Hispanic students cannot succeed in school unless they “see themselves in the curriculum.” But great thinkers of the past had a very different view.

Douglass, Du Bois, and Addams

Take Frederick Douglass, America’s great anti-slavery orator and crusader. Douglass, a former slave, wrote that it was a parliamentary speech by white, Irish playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan that equipped and inspired him to launch his anti-slavery crusade. Sheridan’s mighty speech “gave tongue to interesting thoughts of my own soul, which had frequently flashed through my mind, and died away for want of utterance,” wrote Douglass. The reading of Sheridan’s “powerful vindication of human rights” enabled him “to utter my thoughts and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery,” he said.

W.E.B. Du Bois, another great black social reformer, voiced a similar conviction in “The Souls of Black Folk” in 1903. “Can there be any possible solution” to the problem of black social advance “other than by study and thought and an appeal to the rich experience of the past?” he asked. Du Bois drew inspiration from thinkers ranging from Shakespeare and Aristotle to the French novelist Balzac. “So, wed with Truth, I dwell above the Veil,” he wrote. “Is this the life you grudge us, O knightly America?”

The social reformer Jane Addams, founder of Chicago’s Hull House, employed Douglass’ and Du Bois’ vision of education as “the best that has been thought and said” to lift destitute immigrant children into the American mainstream in the early 20th century.

Addams would have disdainfully rejected the notion that the key to keeping her poverty-stricken Sicilian and Bohemian pupils engaged in school was to immerse them in a study of their ancestors’ cultures. Hull House, she wrote, was “a protest against [this] restricted view of education.” Instead, Addams expanded her students’ minds by teaching world history, botany and “the great inspirations and solaces” of history’s “literary masterpieces.” Thus equipped, those young people went on to fulfill the promises of a better life that had drawn their parents to America.

A worthy successor

Cristo Rey High School in Minneapolis is a worthy successor to Addams’ Hull House. The school is one of 30 Jesuit high schools throughout the nation that serve low-income students, primarily Hispanics.

Cristo Rey is a “college and career preparatory school” whose students must pass challenging standards-based tests in reading/literature, math, history and science to advance from one grade to another. The school does not seek to develop in its students a “cultural identity” that sets them apart from other Americans. On the contrary, students attend class four days a week and work one day a week at a company — including General Mills, Allianz Life and Cargill — to earn money to pay their tuition and develop valuable, marketable skills. Every member of Cristo Rey’s Class of 2015 has been accepted to college.”

“Culturally relevant pedagogy” may be well-intentioned. But its multicultural vision prevents minority students “from utilizing the existing culture of the larger society around them for their own advancement,” in the words of black economist Thomas Sowell. “Multiculturalism, like the caste system,” he points out, “tends to freeze people where the accident of birth has placed them.”

I wish the students of Roosevelt’s Spanish Heritage program well. But I can’t help wishing they had the opportunity to attend a school that — instead of locking them in the box of “culturally relevant pedagogy” — equipped them with the knowledge and skills they need to seize the opportunities that wait at their doorstep in America.

Katherine Kersten, a writer and attorney, is a Senior Fellow at Center of the American Experiment. 

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Bringing the Word of God back into Schools & The Public Square

On June 25, 1962 and a year later on June 17, 1963 this country has staggered from a wound that it has never really recovered from.  You might scratch your head and wonder what that might be.  These two dates will live in infamy in this nation along with one from February 10, 1947.  These dates are when Christianity in America was rejected in the public square and in the schools.

In February 10, 1947, the US Supreme Court decided the case of Everson v Board of Education.  It changed the Establishment Clause in the 1st Amendment’s meaning from not establishing a National Religion to the current interpretation.  The way the US Government treats religion is that one can’t practice it in public.  The Court used 8 words out of context of a President Thomas Jefferson Letter that was written to the Danbury Baptist Church in 1801.  This decision is one that the US Supreme Court needs to overturn along with the ones above from 1962 & 1963.

On June 25, 1962, the US Supreme Court decided that a 22 word prayer was unconstitutional in the case of Engel v Vitale.

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country.” — the 22 word prayer that was the subject of the school prayer ban.

On June 17, 1963, the US Supreme Court decided in Abington School District v Schempp that Bible Study could not occur in Public Schools.

Since those cases SAT & ACT scores have taken a nose dive.

from Original Intent by David Barton

from Original Intent by David Barton

There is a chart in the book written by David Barton titled, “Original Intent” that shows the SAT scores since Christianity was banned from Public Schools.  There are another few charts from chapter 14 that show the skyrocket rise of teenage suicide, pregnancy, violent crime, etc.

It is in our better interest to bring back the Word of God (aka Bible), prayer, and Bible Study into the Public Schools.

So we challenge you to bring it back.  Write your congressman, senator, and the president and ask that those opinions be overturned.  This is a Christian Nation, Church of the Holy Trinity v United States says so.

The Challenge to Bring Back God into Public Schools

Go to your public school board meeting and during the time in which there is public comment get up and read the following from the first chapter of the book of Proverbs.  King Solomon the second wisest man to walk this earth (the 1st being Jesus Christ) wrote the book of Proverbs.

Read Proverbs 1: 20-33

Proverbs 1:20-33World English Bible (WEB)

20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street.
    She utters her voice in the public squares.
21 She calls at the head of noisy places.
    At the entrance of the city gates, she utters her words:
22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
    How long will mockers delight themselves in mockery,
    and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn at my reproof.
    Behold,[a] I will pour out my spirit on you.
    I will make known my words to you.
24 Because I have called, and you have refused;
    I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention;
25 but you have ignored all my counsel,
    and wanted none of my reproof;
26 I also will laugh at your disaster.
    I will mock when calamity overtakes you;
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
    when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind;
    when distress and anguish come on you.
28 Then will they call on me, but I will not answer.
    They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;
29 because they hated knowledge,
    and didn’t choose the fear of Yahweh.
30 They wanted none of my counsel.
    They despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore they will eat of the fruit of their own way,
    and be filled with their own schemes.
32 For the backsliding of the simple will kill them.
    The careless ease of fools will destroy them.
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell securely,
    and will be at ease, without fear of harm.”

If there are multiple number of people who want to read it go ahead, perhaps they didn’t hear it the first time.

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Stop the Lies Upon Which REAL ID is Built Upon

This is from Citizens Council for Health Freedom, by Twila Brase.  We agree with her about the seriousness of this issue.  What can we rely on to be private anymore?  Your health problems are your own concern and no one needs to know what they except those that you trust.  The REAL ID is a back door into ending your privacy.  We did not the general content of the article. We changed “next” to “this” in the Timeline information.

The National ID Card is what we believe may be the mode in the Book of Revelations that talks about not being able to do commerce without it.

~~ Publius Jr.


WHY IS THIS ROOM EMPTY?

Because Minnesotans don’t realize that State legislators are preparing to give Federal officials sole control over identification, driving, purchasing, transportation and movement. This control is called REAL ID. 

What's Missing Here? You and your family and friends.

What’s Missing Here? You and your family and friends.

Seven Facts:

  • FALSE THREATS – By threatening Minnesotans with “you won’t be able to fly,” the federal government is trying to force MN legislators to do what the federal government cannot do: commandeer the state to implement and fund a federal law. For example, the Supreme Court ruled the Obama’s attempt to force states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare was commandeering and thus unconstitutional. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using scare tactics to get YOU to force your legislators to willingly implement and fund REAL ID for the federal government.
  • REAL ID IS A NATIONAL ID CARD – There are 100 federal requirements for REAL ID. If a state agrees to adopt REAL ID, they must adopt all the requirements. The only thing the federal government will not control is the actual issuing of the ID. This deceptive tactic is how Minnesotans will be convinced that the new ID card is not a national/federal ID when it really is.
  • YOUR RIGHT TO DRIVE, MOVE AND BUY AT RISK – If MN accepts REAL ID, the federal government could seize control of your ability to purchase, use any mode of transportation and access to medical care (no card; no care). By law, the Secretary of Homeland Security can expand the purposes for which the card is required, without further authorization from Congress. DHS can also require that a non-compliant drivers’ license be used only for driving (as has happened in other states). So….you could drive to the wine shop or the gun shop with your state drivers’ license, but you’d need a federal REAL ID to buy anything!
  • YOU CAN STILL FLY – Minnesotans do not need REAL ID to fly – DHS acknowledges that a Minnesota Enhanced Drivers’ License (EDL) or U.S. Passport will suffice for flying. As further evidence, Illinois residents were told they could still fly but they’d need extra security checks (Chicago Tribune). DHS documents at MN legislative hearings also say people can still fly without REAL ID. They just need other allowed documents, like the MN EDL.
  • WHAT’S NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT PUBLICLY: In our conversations with legislators, we have heard fears about three things: losing elections, illegal immigrants getting a drivers’ license if a dual-track for drivers’ licenses is authorized, and being profiled and tracked by the federal government. NOTE: REAL ID requires a federal data “hub” as a backbone and state-to-state data exchange, with your data accessible to all 49 other states and federal officials.
  • UNFUNDED MANDATE – When REAL ID passed in 2005, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated $100 million as the total cost for state implementation. The National Conference of State Legislators now estimates a cost of $11 billion – a 11,000 percent increase! Illinois alone estimates a cost of $50-$60 million.
  • ONLY ONE CHOICE FOR FREEDOM – To avoid a national ID, federal controls, federal commandeering of the state, illegal immigrants getting licenses to drive, and millions of dollars in state taxpayer spending to implement a federal law — and to retain individual freedom, MN legislators must just say no — don’t pass the bill — and ignore the threats. This is exactly what the GOP and DFL did unanimously in 2009 (except for one vote) when they passed the bill to prohibit REAL ID in MN.

TIMELINE: The MN House/Senate are expected to pass a bill by early this week to allow planning (first step of implementation), with a second bill to allow implementation expected in April.  By testifying and lobbying CCHF has slowed the process, but we need YOUR HELP to stop these REAL ID “planning” bills:

HF 1732 (Dennis Smith-R) GOP Co-Authors

SF 1646  (Scott Dibble-D)  DFL and GOP Co-authors

 

TAKE ACTION:

 

DONATE TO CCHF TODAY TO HELP US PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM and CONTACT your MN state Senator and Representative. Ask them to VOTE NO on REAL ID!

Contact information:

Find Your State Legislators (http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder.aspx)

If you know your State Representative, the email address is rep.firstname.lastname@house.mn

If you know your State Senator, the email address is sen.firstname.lastname@senate.mn

Please email me if you make contact (add a cc or bcc to info@cchfreedom.org) and share responses you receive.

Thank you for your support and active engagement!

For freedom,

Twila Brase, RN, PHN President and Co-founder

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CCHF: Oppose REAL ID It’s a Backdoor to National Patient IDs

This is the most recent post by Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom, run by Twila Brase.  This was a news release for March 14, 2016.  This was copied and pasted.  The content has not been altered, but some content has been highlighted for emphasis.  ~~ Publius Jr.


Oppose REAL ID: A Back Door to the National Patient Identifier
March 14, 2016

Oppose REAL ID:

A Back Door to the National Patient Identifier

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom: National ID Card Opens

the Door to a National Patient ID That Would Compromise

Patient’s Private Medical Information

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has pushed for a “no card, no care” National Patient ID. Although the concept didn’t take off as she had hoped, state adoption of a federal REAL ID card could make her plan a reality. Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), says REAL ID could become a back-door approach to a National Patient ID.

CCHF, a patient-centered national health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., existing to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights, has been educating Americans about the dangers of a National Patient ID, including a report that details how the system would compromise their private medical information.

HIPAA required this Hillary-backed ID, but Congressman Ron Paul prohibited its funding. Then a federal law required “creditors” to ask for IDs, and federal officials tried to designate doctors and hospitals as creditors, but a 2010 law clarified they aren’t, said Brase.  

“Yet some clinics havenʼt gotten the message and still ask for this ID,” Brase said. “Now the Obama administration is pushing REAL ID, a national ID card that could become a National Patient ID. And a former bureaucrat just called for a National Health Safety Identifier, which is just another name for a national patient ID. Whatever they call it, itʼs all the same.

“Furthermore, the federal REAL ID law says that the Health and Human Services Secretary can change the purpose of REAL ID at any time without permission from Congress. The Secretary could simply declare the card to be a unique patient identifier for access to medical services.

Americans have been misled. Homeland Security is issuing threats that people won’t be able to fly without a federal REAL ID card,” Brase continued. “But Homeland Security has already told Illinois that’s not true. They’ll still be able to fly, but may require more security screening. Furthermore, some states without REAL ID have Enhanced Drivers’ Licenses and Homeland Security says those also work for flying.” 

The REAL ID was passed by Congress in 2005 after the 9/11 Commission recommended that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses,” according to the Department of Homeland Security website. “The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. States have made considerable progress in meeting this key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and every state has a more secure driver’s license today than before the passage of the Act.”

“But the fact is,” says Brase, “The federal government cannot constitutionally commandeer a state to implement and fund a federal law. That fact, the cost of the unfunded mandate to state taxpayers, and the privacy concerns of a national network of databases are why it’s 11 years after REAL ID passed and a majority of states are not yet compliant. They don’t have to.”

Brase also referenced the huge data hacks over the past year that have compromised millions of Americans’ private data.

“Hacks into the private records of millions of Americans is a frightening commentary on how unsecure our data really is,” Brase said. “Imagine if, besides our financial information, social security numbers, family names and addresses, and fingerprints, all our identification information was in a national database network and our private medical data was readily accessible to outsiders with that information. Our medical information must be protected just as well as all of our other data—in fact, even more so. A National Patient ID, which could come as a result of REAL ID, would make our personal and medical data even more unsecure.”

Brase has discussed REAL ID and the National Patient ID on CCHF’s daily, 60-second “Health Freedom Minute.” Heard on 367 stations nationwide, including nearly 200 on the American Family Radio Network and 100 on the Bott Radio Network, “Health Freedom Minute” helps listeners learn more about the agenda behind health care initiatives, as well as steps they can take to protect their health care choices, rights and privacy. The program is free for stations to run; for details, contact Michael Hamilton at mhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com or (610) 584-1096 or (215) 519-4838.

For more information about CCHF, visit its web site at www.cchfreedom.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cchfreedom or its Twitter feed, @CCHFreedom.

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, a patient-centered national health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., exists to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights. CCHF sponsors the daily, 60-second radio feature, Health Freedom Minute, which airs on approximately 350 stations nationwide, including nearly 200 on the American Family Radio Network and 100 on the Bott Radio Network. Listeners can learn more about the agenda behind health care initiatives and steps they can take to protect their health care choices, rights and privacy

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