Dear American history teachers: Work harder, faster

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, bless his heart, has joined Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as GOP presidential wannabes in need of one-on-one tutoring by sometimes historian Newt Gingrich. From ABC News:

Texas Governor Rick Perry energetically bounded into the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on Dartmouth College’s campus after Tuesday night’s debate, but when he was asked a question about states’ rights, he slipped up on the dates for when the American Revolution was fought.

“Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom. As a matter of fact they were very much afraid if that because they’d just had this experience with this far-away government that had centralized thought process and planning and what have you, and then it was actually the reason that we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown if you will,” Perry said.”

Perry missed it by only two centuries. And who’s to say that Mary, Queen of Scots, wouldn’t have made a fine Founding Mother?

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Centrist

October 12th, 2011
1:33 pm

Galloway bias, bless his heart.

More AJC leftist bias (bless all their collective hearts) via “PolitiFact” today:

“The IPAB is forbidden from submitting ‘any recommendation to ration health care’

Bachmann said the IPAB ‘will make all the major health care decisions for over 300 million Americans.’ It is possible that private health insurance companies might look at the IPAB’s recommendations for cost-savings and efficiency and try those ideas for their own customers. But legally, the IPAB only has the power to suggest changes to Medicare, which includes 47 million beneficiaries. What it can do is reduce how much the government pays health care providers for services, reduce payments to hospitals with very high rates of readmissions or recommend innovations that cut wasteful spending. Some may argue that because the IPAB can reduce the money a doctor receives for giving chemotherapy to a Medicare patient, this could lead to an indirect form of rationing.”

Yep – IPAB will ration via FURTHER price reductions to providers which will yield FURTHER rationing that we already see as more and more providers drop out of both Medicare and insurance plans. There is no doubt that insurance companies will take their cue from IPAB where the bogus “PolitiFact” uses the word “possible”. Bachmann is right, and PolitiFact is biased wrong once again. Read about their bias here: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/2011/02/selection_bias_politifact_rate.php

A Smart Politics content analysis of more than 500 PolitiFact stories from January 2010 through January 2011 finds that current and former Republican officeholders have been assigned substantially harsher grades by the news organization than their Democratic counterparts. A 3 to 1 supermajority of falsehoods documented by PolitiFact over the last year – 76 percent – were attributed to Republicans, with just 22 percent of such statements coming from Democrats.

What is particularly interesting about these findings is that the political party in control of the Presidency, the US Senate, and the US House during almost the entirety of the period under analysis was the Democrats, not the Republicans.

And yet, PolitiFact chose to highlight untrue statements made by those in the party out of power. Selection bias, plain and simple.

Retired Solider

October 12th, 2011
1:33 pm

Hey Jim-

Did it make your cut when Obama said there were 57 states? Thought not. The AJC pays you for this?

Frederick Douglass

October 12th, 2011
1:45 pm

American history teachers my patootie, I’d be happy if a teacher, any teacher, would explain to many bloggers, the difference between “you’re” and “your”, and “hear” and” here”.

Jose

October 12th, 2011
1:47 pm

The biggest flaw with the health care law is that it only address coverage, not access. Even if it works as Obama says it will…covering 30 million Americans who don’t currently have insuramce, it fails because they did nothing to address severe shortages of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and nearly every other health care professional. The doctor shortage alone is predicted to exceed 125,000 in nine years. So, there will be a whole lot of very unhappy people out there who may have an insurance card but will have no where to use it. For some reason, the AJC, Obama, and Congress fail to talk about this issue wihich is a fundamental problem whether you support health care reform or not.

Aquagirl

October 12th, 2011
1:50 pm

And yet, PolitiFact chose to highlight untrue statements made by those in the party out of power. Selection bias, plain and simple.

No. The Republicans provide what we called in the Army “a target-rich environment.”

Limey

October 12th, 2011
1:52 pm

Seriously cheap shot. if you’re going to write like this, try to include the slips of tongue on the Left as well as the Right. Obama has made his share of gaffes. You know as well as we do that it has nothng to do with intelligence. Shame.

Jerome Horwitz

October 12th, 2011
1:58 pm

One point they all miss is that the Constitution strengthened the US central government. Prior to the ratification of the Constitution the US worked under the Articles of Confederation – where power was vested heavily in the states. It proved very unworkable.

SAWB

October 12th, 2011
2:03 pm

Although this was probably meant to have a little fun at Perry’s expense we do need more of a focus on history. It is sad when so many people claim that to enforce the Constitution is somehow racist. I suspect most of these nimrods have no idea about the documents that make up the foundation of this country.

What?

October 12th, 2011
2:15 pm

Washington DC didnt exist in 1776 either….but whatever.

Harley

October 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

The problem with teaching American history, is that it keeps changing. I remember Washington’s birthday used to be celebrated on Feb. 22, and Lincoln’s on Feb. 14. Now we have President’s day, consolidating the two. Does any American kid (under 18) know that President’s Day was a consolidation of those two? And this is a small point. The larger point is that our kids aren’t even taught real American history, without all the PC slant that distorts it.

Smoke

October 12th, 2011
2:31 pm

Obama has not reached book staus like Bushisms. As for gaffes, the Dixiecrats write books and then deny what they wrote.

jd

October 12th, 2011
2:35 pm

When the revolution was fought — no one wanted a United Colonies either — 13 independent states couldn’t work, 13 confederated states didn’t work — thus the Founding Fathers invented Washington DC (literally) to solve the problem of “decentralized” planning…

Smoke

October 12th, 2011
2:36 pm

Why worry about history. Dixiecrats either revise it, don’t know it, or don’t know how to read it.

Centrist

October 12th, 2011
2:43 pm

jd posted “thus the Founding Fathers invented Washington DC (literally) to solve the problem of “decentralized” planning…”

Can you imagine what Founding Fathers would have thought if somebody told them that the centralized federal government in Washington DC would someday be spending 40% more than they were taking in revenues, and were ignoring our borders/ suing the states that tried to protect them?

Intowner

October 12th, 2011
2:46 pm

I fault the handlers.
After the zillions of history flubs that politicians utter, which if they weren’t stressed to the hilt the likely wouldn’t have made (well, some of them anyways and i’m inclined to give Perry a pass on this at this point), that one of the first items on a handler’s punch list ought to be a crash course in colonial and federal period history.
I do like the fact that Ol’ Prez George saddled up the military to break (crush) the anti-tax Whiskey Rebellion….

Smoke

October 12th, 2011
2:46 pm

Dixiecrats who say they want to enforce the Constitution aren’t racist, they are isolationists who use the Constitution the same way their ancestors used bible verses to justify their actions.

findog

October 12th, 2011
2:52 pm

The governor’s problem is that he only remembers the tea party portions of American history. They fought for SELF rule, not NO RULE.

This just in

October 12th, 2011
2:56 pm

Presidential candidate makes clearly erroneous statement. Everyone posts how the “other side” does it, or brings up totally irrelevant issues to fight the “other side”.

hen one side fights the battles of their overlords because they’ve been trained to, you know there is no hope.

This country is doomed. Good luck everyone. Better hope “your side” gives you a few crumbs before the aristocrats take what is left for themselves and their progeny.

td

October 12th, 2011
3:16 pm

I have been reading for months you libs talking about all the Tea Party wants to do is dismantle government. This is just a total pile of BS. The Tea party has no where ever said they want no government. The Tea party has said the Federal government has gotten way to big and is not only meddling to much in our lives but also usurping to much power away from the states. The Tea party believes we should have a national discussion about what is the primary role of the federal government and what are the things they do best and then the rest should be either be done away with or sent back to the states to administer (if the states believe that function is a function of government). I for one am sure we could cut out at least 30% of the Federal government.

Centrist

October 12th, 2011
3:25 pm

Ten Core Beliefs of the Modern-Day Tea Party Movement:

1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes

2. Eliminate the National Debt

3. Eliminate Deficit Spending

4. Protect Free Markets

5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States

6. Promote Civic Responsibility

7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government

8. Believe in the People

9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics

10. Maintain Local Independence

(Nothing racist or religious – but usually the leftist smear since they don’t like any of the above)

Courtney

October 12th, 2011
3:39 pm

I do not see anything in the comment that is that bad. Literal interpretation or figurative. What I do know is that Joseph Biden makes a miscue everyday but that rarely makes the news like Quayle or Bush did.

The Snark

October 12th, 2011
3:45 pm

Gov. Perry is 100% right when he said that “Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom.” Of course, that’s because the nation’s capital was in Philadelphia then, and Washington DC did not yet exist, but 100% correct nonetheless.

DannyX

October 12th, 2011
3:45 pm

The Tea Party is out of touch with America, from today’s Wall St Journal poll,

“…a follow-up question — that it would cut payroll taxes, fund new road construction, extend unemployment benefits, and that it would be paid for by increasing taxes on the wealthy — 63 percent say they favor the bill and 32 percent oppose it.

What’s more, 64 percent of respondents agree with the statement that it is a “good idea” to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations, because they should pay their fair share and can afford to pay more to help fund programs and government operations.

Centrist

October 12th, 2011
3:50 pm

The vote of 5 foxes and 3 chickens as to what’s for dinner is scheduled in 10 minutes.

Native Flower

October 12th, 2011
3:51 pm

Tea Party folk don’t have much of a relationship with facts, I thought we all knew that! 16th century, 18th century – what the hey!

DannyX

October 12th, 2011
3:54 pm

The Tea Party is quickly going down hill, a year ago Tea Party favorable rating was 38% vs 42% unfavorable.

The same CNN poll now has the Tea Party favorable at 28% vs 53% unfavorable.

What happened? Oh, let me guess, the liberal media, LMAO!

findog

October 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

Centrist, item one is in conflict with two and three. As the budget was blown by the complete management axis of good: W, Frist, and Coach run Federal government; how can their GOP be trusted ever again? How can they insist that taxes at the lowest rate since color television are too high and be considered an honest partner in recovery? How can, “increased military spending,” be a mandated plank of any viable GOP Presidential candidate’s platform be taken seriously when they also portend to cut taxes?

You can have Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, or Kwanza, but not all four.

Beavis

October 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

heh heh heh. Thinking is the devil’s work.

Centrist

October 12th, 2011
4:03 pm

To all the radical liberal and few far right wing posters here – bless your hearts.

findog

October 12th, 2011
4:13 pm

Centrist, its breast cancer month, at least use the correct anatomical part when you dismiss those who do not share your ideological purity

Centrist

October 12th, 2011
4:28 pm

@ findog – My “ideological purity” spans from moderate Republicans through Libertarians, RINO’s, Blue Dogs, and moderate Democrats. My dismissal is for the far right and left. Like Galloway and others who use the “Bless your heart” term – we DO mean another anatomical part as in K.M.A.

double

October 12th, 2011
5:02 pm

FD how about their-there-then-than.We hill people all talk same except for the furners…………….

Eli

October 12th, 2011
5:12 pm

Wow, centrist still does not have a life or any decent information to operate from.

My list of what the Tea Party stands for is much shorter than those classic lists with 10 items…here is goes:

1) Make the USA a 3rd World Country.
2) Create the conditions required to install a capitalist dictator.

Did none of you deduce this from Centrists list? At the heart of Centrist’s list is her desire to persecute non-right-wing radicals, or at least prevent their participation in the political process.

What can you expect from an ignoramus other than ignorance?

James Tavegia

October 12th, 2011
5:45 pm

How about we just give each candidate a blank sheet of paper and the one who can write all the amendments wins the nomination. It just might eliminate the entire field and save us the waste of all the meaningless debates. There are 27 and I have some students who have memorized them all. Every American should know them. It is a great window into our nation.

td

October 12th, 2011
5:49 pm

James Tavegia

October 12th, 2011
5:45 pm

How about we give the same test before we issue a voters registration card? We could eliminate all the non producers from voting.

gm

October 12th, 2011
5:52 pm

I hear Hermain Cain always saying what I fore fathers would do, hey herman, your fore fathers was out in the field building this land with his sweat.

Frederick Douglass

October 12th, 2011
5:59 pm

td @ 5:49

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the 15th Amendment protect We the people, from You the Evil.

Smoke

October 12th, 2011
6:00 pm

Ten Core Beliefs of the Modern-Day Liberals:
1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes (Eliminate corporate loopholes and unnecessary subsidies)
2. Eliminate the National Debt (Bring an end to two unnecessary wars along with with a balanced approach of spending cuts and improved revenue streams)
3. Eliminate Deficit Spending (with Paygo and Social Security Lockbox)
4. Protect Free Markets (with consumer, corporate. and environmental safeguards)
5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States (that all people are created equal and not parse the language in the Constitution and Bill of Rights)
6. Promote Civic Responsibility (without trouncing on civil liberties)
7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government (with reductions in the military complex as President Eisenhower outlined)
8. Believe in the People (with the understanding that there are crooks and swindlers)
9. Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics (knowing that no party knows everything)
10. Maintain Local Independence (knowing that all communities are not created equal)

Nothing socialist, communist, religious or elitist about any of the above.

findog

October 12th, 2011
6:06 pm

How about instead of another debate we sequester them in a room and have them take the writing portion of the Regeants exam with the question: How will you specifically balance the budget and pay off the national debt through specific tax and spending priorities?

Smoke

October 12th, 2011
7:14 pm

Unfortunately, DIxiecrats used to use so-called knowledge tests to “weed out” particular types of voters, while exempting others that they knew could never pass. Only Dixiecrats think that someone who dropped out of school in a rural community has more knowledge about finance, civics, and international affairs than dropouts living in urban or suburban communities.

Smoke

October 12th, 2011
7:22 pm

There is a reason why there are only a few “far right wing” and Dixiecrats posting on this topic. Unrevised History is not one of their best subjects.

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td

October 12th, 2011
8:38 pm

Frederick Douglass

October 12th, 2011
5:59 pm
td @ 5:49

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the 15th Amendment protect We the people, from You the Evil

And just like the voting rights act the US Supreme court has said corporations have the same right as you do as far as political speech is concerned.

BTW: You do realize that the Voting Rights Act does not give you the right to vote for the President don’t you?

td

October 12th, 2011
8:43 pm

Smoke

October 12th, 2011
7:22 pm
There is a reason why there are only a few “far right wing” and Dixiecrats posting on this topic. Unrevised History is not one of their best subjects

Sort of like the liberal interpretation of the second amendment for the past 50 years?