Monthly Archives: March 2010

ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS THEY AINT PATRIOTS

One of the great things about the US OF A is we can disagree with each other without resorting to violence. Or at least that is what I once believed. Then I thought about the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Our disagreement about what the nation stood for in both instants led to violent reaction from the other side.

I am aware that protesting is as American as apple pie (I aint so sure bout the pie thing, though).

I aint got no definition of what makes a patriot. But common sense tells me one thing: what some of the tea party folks and some of the state politicians are doing dont seem like patriotism to me. Threatening lawmakers with violence because they vote for a bill you dislike aint civil, and if it aint civil, it aint patriotic. Express you displeasure in a civil manner, even call him or her names if you will.

And them state politicians know full, darn well that they can’t nullify (a small word with a big meaning) a federal law. Federal law trumps state law, and they know it. Using the healthcare law to win some folks over so they’ll vote for you aint patriotism. It’s a scam is what it is.

Keep one thing in mind: next time you may win, and then, of course, you’ll protest bout the losers violent protesting.

For those edge on the violent protesters, simple saying you disapprove of the extremist in your party while at the same time currying their favor isn’t enough. Dont encourage them with your fiery rhetoric.

Them folks who threaten to do physical harm to the Congress persons who voted for the healthcare bill aint no patriots. They’re hooligans pretending to be patriotic.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS TEXAS BOARD OF EDUCATION WRONG

Man, they do everything big in Texas, and they sure don’t use common sense in what they do.

No, I’m not talkin bout them thinkin bout seceding from the USA.

Worse. The Texas State Board of Education has taken it upon itself to write the textbooks on economics and history according to a conservative interpretation of US history and capitalism.

This wouldn’t be so bad ifn it weren’t for the fact that Texas is the second largest buyer of textbooks, which means the book publishers will abide by the wishes of the conservative members the State Board.

If the folks in Texas want their kids to read such distortion of economics and history, fine, but why should the rest of our kids have to accept such garbage?

Example of revisionist history: Thomas Jefferson is not considered one of the Founding Fathers.

You can read the story in the Washington Monthly (http://ww.washingtonmonthly.com/), dated March 13, 2010.

Jonathan Zimmerman, while not agreeing with the Texas State Board of Education, suggests in the Los Angels Times dated March 17, suggests students maybe should be given several points of view, which would show how we Americans often disagree about how our nation was formed. Then the students could on their own “sort out the differences.”

Now, that ain’t a bad idea. But it ain’t gonna fly cause both liberals and conservatives at the extreme edges just don’t want but one point of view on anything and that point of view must be theirs.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS PALIN FOR PRESIDENT

Okay, some of you are wondering if the Philosopher of Common Sense has lost his common sense.

What made me think of Sarah Palin for president is an article in the local newspaper in my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. She will be in Knoxville next month.

She is scheduled to appear as a witness in the trial of the University Tennessee student who allegedly reset the password on her email account during the presidential campaign in 2008. I was thinking of goin to see her cause I figure the court house will be crowded with folks tryin to git a glimpse of her and maybe even touch her.

Now why I want her to run for president in 2012. This is a woman who became mayor of a city in Alaska and went on to win an election to become governor of Alaska. Man, that means she is electable. Folks just plain like her.

Ifn the republicans choose her as their candidate in 2012, it’ll be an exciting campaign and, and here is my reason, the DEMOCRATS ARE SURE TO WIN FOUR MORE YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

So, I’m starting a movement to draft Sarah Palin as the republican candidate for president in 2012.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS THE WRONG PEOPLE ARE BEING BLAMED

Many folks want the lawyers who wrote the torture memos and the doctors and psychologists who devised the methods of torture to be punished for giving wrong advice to the President of the United States.

The philosopher of common sense thinks the wrong people are being blamed for the torture of “prisoners of war” held by the US government. Sure the staff people gave the advice, but consider this, would they have given the advice if they hadn’t been asked or probably told to justify what some in the Administration at the time had already decided to do? The Decider didn’t have to follow the advice. The Decider or someone close to him could have said “this is wrong.”

You are a doctor or a psychologist and are asked to come up with ways to make  prisoners talk. Two choices: quit or do the job. You are told the president needs your help to defend the nation against the terrorists who might stage another attack any day now. The prisoners, you are told, may have valuable information that could prevent another attack on the US. You come up with some methods. Again, the Deciders don’t have to use the methods. But, they believe the methods will get results and haven’t their staff lawyers justified the use of torture as legal?

The blame, it seems to the philosopher of common sense, belongs with the person or persons who made the decision to torture “prisoners of war” to extract information.

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