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WAS IT PRAGUE SPRING OR NOT?

I received a useful comment from a fellow blogger from Carroll County (I have since heard from another Carroll County resident who may be the author of the other anti-present administration blog in Carroll County!) about my use of the term “Prague Spring” to describe the changes in Carroll County.

First, let me thank my fellow blogger for reminding his readers of how wonderful the REAL Prague Spring was and how terrible the Soviet crackdown was.  Although I was a mere (but perhaps precocious) lad of nine when August 1968 was, seeing the crackdown on my television turned me into an implacable foe of communism and the Soviet Union.  Thank God that the USSR is no more, in no small part to Thatcher, Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Gorbachev.  (That’s one of the things we got to get straight in the history texts these days and Texas did exactly that!)  We need to remember and the photographs are an awesome telling of the story of freedom.

My fellow blogger accuses me of hyperbole in comparing the first 100 days in Carroll County to a seeking after liberty in Eastern Europe:

Do you really mean to tell me we’re having a Prague Spring here? To tell me our commissioners are brave leaders standing up to a foreign force with terrific courage in the name of freedom? To tell me their followers are putting their lives on the line in some heroic fashion? To tell me these commissioners deserve to be mentioned in the same breath on the same page in the same universe with citizens of a small country who stood before armored vehicles waving bloody flags against the largest and most powerful tyrannical force in human history?

I plead guilty with an explanation.  He’s right.  There is no comparison.  But I was using it as a metaphor of fundamental change in tone and actions happening in the same time of year.  There is a difference of tone.  I do believe that meetings ought to start with the Pledge and prayer.  The First Congress (the one who passed the Bill of Rights and sent them to the states for swift ratification) had the same idea.  Here’s the prayer they drafted for the first thanksgiving (thanks to Morris’ tome on the Christian origins in American History):

Congress passed a resolution on  September 25, 1789 calling for “…a day of thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a constitution of government for their safety and happiness.

Here’s what President George Washington proclaimed:

“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor;…”  *  *  *  “And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations,…”

I wonder what trouble these folks would get into as an alleged violation of the very document they passed or endorsed!  That is why I think the Texas Board of Education came up with this thoughtful curriculum topic about the so-called separation of church and state.

…changed the civics curriculum to reflect:
“…examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America and guaranteed its free exercise by saying that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and compare and contrast this to the phrase “separation of church and state.”
Section 113.44(c)(7) of the civics curriculum

I believe the Supreme Court has erred greatly when it decided things like prayer, Bible reading and the Ten Commandments were taken out of the schools and trying to remove harmless menorahs and crosses in public places.  They have encouraged government by a tiny minority of the professionally offended.

What about term limits?  I am skeptical of term limits but I can see a real need for it in local government where it can and does take guts to run against a respected long time local commissioner/supervisor/councilman or woman.  Eight years is plenty; do something else.

What about a supermajority to raise taxes?  Again, a change of tone.  We will reduce spending and stop rapacious government from taking the easy way out.  We have supermajorities in various other situations – ratification of US Constitution Amendments.

How about ICLEI?  Which ICLEI is it that Carroll County got out of?  The organization that lobbies as an agent for “climate change” at international meetings on behalf of local governments around the world?  Maybe the one that is an agent for UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) on sustainability issues?  Surely not the one who calls for these goals:

The Association’s mission shall be to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions  (emphasis mine).  ICLEI Charter Section 1.2

Maybe Carroll County rejected the ICLEI who has this mission in its Charter (1.6):

The Association shall serve as an international representative for its members and campaign participants by providing advocacy before national and international governments, agencies and organizations and multilateral bodies to increase their understanding and support for local sustainable development and environmental protection activities. Through such advocacy, the Association will work to achieve an effective division of responsibilities and resources for sustainable development and environmental protection between the various spheres of government.  (My emphasis)

How about these political goals of ICLEI (Charter 1.7 – my emphasis):

(7)  Adopt patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth’s regenerative capacities, human rights, and community well-being.  This means ABORTION!
(9) Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.
This means statist and socialistic solutions to poverty not free-market ones

(10) Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable and sustainable manner.
More share the wealth nonsense
(11) Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.
This is the political heresy that health care is a “right” and the people have a “right” to economic outcomes that the left conjures up regularly.

(12) Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.
Political correctness!
(13) Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.
(14) Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.
Propaganda and indoctrination – especially our kids!

The Constitution forbids Carroll County or any other American municipality from joining a cartel or confederation of other local governments around the world to pursue foreign policy goals.  Article I, Section 10 says, “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation,…No State shall,…enter into an Agreement or Compact with Another State, or with a foreign power…”

But the force of this well-written and eloquent blog is the history issue.  I agree history must be true and accurate.  In a previous blog, he misrepresents the intent and actions of the Texas Board:

They’ve done this sort of thing in Texas recently. Changed the text books. Did a little bit of rehabilitation on Joseph McCarthy, turned all the Founding Fathers into devout Christians, played down the role of Thomas Jefferson, because well, he wasn’t devout enough and had children by a slave.

That sort of thing. Is that what Howard has in mind? Historic revisionism based on conservative falsehoods?

I have blogged on the heroic and necessary actions to restore balance to history and here’s my summary of some important changes done in 2010 for the students of Texas schools by the state board:

1. A balanced approach to the McCarthy era with references to actual Communists found in the US Government like Alger Hiss;

2. A balanced approach to the Judeo-Christian, Biblical origins of American law and the struggle for liberty;

3. A more respectful treatment of the South and the Civil War;

4.  A study of how the UN adversely affects our sovereignty;

5.  More of a pro-free enterprise and free markets curriculum;

6.  Referring to the US as a “constitutional republic” and discussing the decline in the value of the dollar against gold;

7.  Retaining BC and AD rather than the politically correct BCE and CE;

8.  The doctrine of “American Exceptionalism”, that we are a special place and nation in history;

9.  A mention of people like Phyllis Schlafly and the fiscal health of Social Security and Medicare.

I see nothing untrue here; the left has dominated history for many years.  Alger Hiss was a communist and so was Harry Dexter White (or White was so close a fellow traveler as not to be a difference in substance, as former Carroll County resident Whitaker Chambers would say).  Hiss helped FDR at Yalta and helped start the UN and White was an architect of the Bretton Woods financial scheme, the IMF and the World Bank.  I think it is acceptable for students to ask the question:  Did their communist beliefs influence their globalist actions?  BC and AD is the way time was computed for thousands of years.  We are a special place in history.  Schlafly saved this nation from a terrible amendment (the ERA) that would have enacted liberal social policies into the Constitution forever.  Free markets and enterprise did help build America, so did our Judeo-Christian belief system.  The US is a constitutional republic and the South did have a point to make in secession even if that point was largely wasted on a system based on human bondage.

I commend the county commissioners for their willingness to open this door.  It may be a can of worms.  They may be politically unwise but they are not in error for it to take it on.

I since have heard from perhaps the other blogger from Carroll County and two anti-Rothschild citizens.  Freedom is great – perhaps the next election, we’ll find out.  But if the commissioners keep saving money, reducing debt, cutting taxes and silly regulations on business they may have a tenure only limited by the term limits they are asking the state to implement during the first 100 days.

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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