Community’s pulse indicates growing divide
by Donald Conkey
August 01, 2013 12:00 AM | 1193 views | 3 3 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Attending local “early morning” breakfasts has provided me with the opportunity to observe and feel the pulse of our community, a pulse that is, sadly to say, too often in harmony with the pulse of America. The pulse I feel is one of reserved optimism while watching the nation’s diverseness continue to manifest itself as scandal after scandal continues to feed a growing fear of an out-of-control government, at all levels.

Human natures being what they are, most of us quickly forget those negatives that are contrary to our normal peaceful natures, incidents like the race riots that burned many cities a few years back; or the anti-Viet Nam confrontations of the ’60s.

While most expected some racial confrontations following the Zimmerman acquittal in Florida recently, few believed the justice department would initiate or fuel those outbursts; nor did they expect to see the viciousness of the recent protests in Texas over that Legislature’s vote on abortion.

I also believe many are baffled by the labor unions’ growing opposition to Obamacare, those unions who initially were among the most ardent supporters of it, but that was before they found out that Obamacare could destroy their unions.

During one recent breakfast meeting, Pete Costello responded to a comment about America’s political future and the growing divide by stating that he is beginning to believe that “America is past a political solution.”

That is a scary statement, to begin believing that political solutions are not possible. America was built on political solutions, compromises, since 1787 beginning with major compromises in the creation of America’s Constitution.

But the divide is so divisive, Pete may be right.

And as one watches the political infighting in Washington, and more recently here in Cherokee County, it’s no wonder that more Americans are beginning to believe that political solutions may be unreachable. Others commented they believed that the only real solution for America is for all “believers in God,” regardless of one’s religious doctrines, to fast and pray to America’s Creator, Jefferson’s “Supreme Judge of the world” to help America restore the moral foundation upon which America was founded by its “believing” Founders.

Have any ever wondered why Jefferson inserted this powerful phrase into his Declaration of Independence? I have. And as America’s divide regarding moral issues continues to grow, the more I ponder his intriguing phrase — “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude (righteousness) of our intentions …”

As I have stated often, I firmly believe that Jefferson had divine guidance in writing that Declaration, and that this particular phrase was inserted to remind us today, as it did the Founding Fathers, that one day we will all stand accountable for the choices we make in mortality, including those elected leaders, as were the Founders, who adopt programs, like Obamacare, before it is fully written, or the implications fully comprehended.

The Blaze published the union leaders’ letter to Congress, a letter written only after Obama rejected their pleas asking for relief from Obamacare. After being rejected by Obama, these union leaders then turned to their congressional buddies for a pass on Obamacare because, if implemented as written, it could destroy their unions.

As I read this letter, I thought of Common Core and of our local school board’s decision to adopt it before it was fully written. Will they rue the day they supported Common Core? I wonder?

As Obamacare begins to unravel and show its ugly side, adversely affecting millions of Americans including labor union workers, I begin to wonder just how those who have voted to implement Common Core, or as I labeled it, education’s Obamacore, will react when they finally see the end results of this program that by-passed legislative scrutiny and was adopted by 44 states even before they finished writing the rules, or more importantly the test books that must be now purchased to fully implement it.

How will supporters of Common Core respond when their school children come home, not expounding the virtues of George Washington or any Founding Father but the virtues of George Washington Carver?

The Carver story is an inspiring story, but should it replace the stories of America’s Founding Fathers who created the America that allowed men like Carver to succeed?

Why do slavery issues dominate Common Core’s lessons of America’s founding, with no mention of those principles that made America the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?”

Questions that should be answered before the American divide grows even larger.

Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.
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Kay H
August 03, 2013
Once again, Mr. Conkey includes information on the Common Core that is simply not true. There are NO Common Core standards for Social Studies. Attempting to incite emotional responses with misinformation is just wrong, and he knows better!
Cherokee Parent
August 03, 2013
This man needs to be fired. He attends a once a month breakfast with the same small group of tea party crazies and claims he has a finger on the pulse of the community? Sorry, no. He also has ZERO idea of what is in the common core standards. First, there are no common core standards in social studies. Second, the common core STANDARDS (NOT curriculum!) have no lessons to go with them. Teachers have developed lessons to go with the standards in reading and math, but there are NO adopted, you-must-use-these lessons in CC. Conkey continues to be terribly misinformed. Take this column away from him, please. Considering cancelling my Trib subscription because of him.
Fasting And Prayer??
August 01, 2013
Fasting and prayer aren't viable solutions to ANY problems, except for our nation's obesity epidemic.

Taking action is. Let's keep the religion-in-govt confined to Saudi Arabia and mythology confined to the fiction section of the library, please.

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