Around much of the world today we learn of horrible terrorist acts. They are often brutal, savage, cruel, unrelenting, and sometimes led by groups and individuals who identify themselves as Moslems. Whether Shiite, Sunni, or a smaller sect or off-shoot of Islam, their identity has brought a picture of the Moslem faith that is horrific. Certainly I do not support, excuse, or condone these terrorist activities. But those of us in the Christian world might look to our own history to gain some insight into how religion can be distorted, forged, and too easily identified by simply calling oneself by a certain religious label.
Oh, how comfortable Governor Scott Walker has been cutting money for schools from elementary to college. Oh, how comfortable Governor Scott Walker has been lecturing poor people how and what to eat. Oh, how comfortable Scott Walker has been choosing people for his staff who end up serving time in prison for illegal activities serving him. Oh, how comfortable Governor Scott Walker has been lying about how much extra money there would be in his state budget [now proven to be a disaster]. Oh, how comfortable Scott Walker has been giving tax breaks to the wealthiest in the State. Oh, how comfortable Scott Walker was showing his right-wing loyalty at any cost to whom he thought was a Koch brother. Oh, how comfortable Governor Scott Walker has been doing everything he could to prevent the citizens of Wisconsin from knowing what was revealed about him in the John Doe proceedings.
As we acknowledge the horror of the Vietnam War, it is awkward and horrid to realize how devasting it was to those who fought it, those who died in it, and those who were deeply affected by it. It is a scar on American history. The scar remains open because apparently we have not learned from its disasterous impact on the USA, Southeast Asia, and the world generally. Our misguided developments in the Vietnam War have had ripple effects that we cannot truly know.
All we had to do was get rid of Saddam Hussein and everything would be rosy in the Middle East. That dictator was the cause of so much terror and killing. Of course we did support him in his war against Iran and supplied him with money, war machines, training, ad infinitum. But when 9-11 happened, what was President Bush to do? We had to punish somebody! And sinister Dick Cheney was our trusted Vice President and he was only-too-willing to get Bush to enlarge the war in the Middle East. And true to his scummy bio, Cheney convinced Bush to invade Iraq. Of course Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11, but that was beside the point. Dick Cheney's former boss, Halliburton, had given him a severance package worth millions and he owed them a war in which they could make big money. And so the U.S. didn't bother to sign any contracts, it just gave Halliburton all the business it could. Ah, war was so beautiful for Cheney's concepts.
The recent conviction of a number of teachers caught changing students' test scores indicates a far more complex and far-reaching problem. None of the following comments condone what these teachers have done, but it may indicate a small example of a very large set of problems in education.