Saturday, September 29, 2007

Childrens DO Learn - Can Adults Learn Too?

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In 1968, George W. Bush graduated Yale University with a bachelor's degree in history. Seven years later in 1975, he would receive an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 1994, Bush would be elected as the Governor of Texas. Just over six years later in January of 2001, George W. Bush would be inaugurated as the 43rd president of the United States. Those first four sentences COMPLETE in FULL the highlights portion of the LIFE and TIMES of George Walker Bush. If you had been living in a cave for the past 15 or so years and just read those first four sentences, you would almost certainly have to be extremely impressed and, dare I say, in awe of the undeniable scholarly traits exhibited by this intellectual titan.

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Then imagine you flip on your new 50 inch plasma HDTV and WOW, there he is, this successful, highly accomplished deep thinker getting ready to address a group of impressionable grade school children in New York City. Bush was using these children as props to urge Congress to reauthorize his completely forgettable "No Child Left Behind" initiative when he stated, and I quote, "CHILDRENS DO LEARN". Veritas is NOT GUILTY of a major typo. The self-dubbed Education President, the scholar with not one, but two prestigious Ivy League degrees, the former two term Governor of Texas and current two term President of the United States of America looked the world in the eye and proudly proclaimed, "CHILDRENS DO LEARN". I can only surmise this brilliant three word articulation once and for all provided the quintessential response to an inquiry Bush himself, first posed whilst campaigning for the presidency in South Carolina in January of 2000. Bush's specific question was: "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"

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I have more knowledge than most when it comes to what has to be sacrificed and accomplished in order to earn both an undergraduate as well as a graduate degree from Ivy League institutions of higher learning. No matter how hard I try, I simply can't imagine Bush making the effort to take meticulous notes, spending long, arduous hours studying his course material and constantly researching material for required papers into the wee hours of the early morning in the school library. I would think his comprehensive cheerleader practice, his burgeoning alcoholic training regimen and his natural propensity for laziness through vacation philosophy, would have made legitimate passing of courses virtually impossible. Despite these seeming insurmountable obstacles, George Bush holds those two aforementioned degrees.

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So if George Sr. and Barbara ever wondered aloud "is our oldest children learning?" George W conclusively proved "childrens do learn". My question however is, what exactly did HE learn? I have no concrete evidence whatsoever that our current president was given a "free ride" through these schools because of any undue family influence, generous honorariums from wealthy familial alumni or closed door agreements between wealthy gentlemen of high moral fiber, but let's be real here, how many previous presidents have been the subject of hundreds, if not thousands, of books detailing what a certifiable imbecile he is? Once Bush leaves the White House, unemployment offices across the country will be overflowing with Bush autobiographers and comedy writers asking questions such as "why does George W. Bush keep his fly open"? In case he has to count to 11. Brrrrump-bump.

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What does George Bush being elected twice as President say about the American people that voted for him both times? I don't believe it was any one specific factor that made people go into a voting booth and pull Bush. I've come to realize with the right mixture of marketing, fear, manipulation, deception, advertising and flat out lying, the dumbest guy in the room can be elected president. That, I CAN prove with concrete evidence. We'll be electing a new president in just over 13 months. As polarized a country as we may be at present, I hope people can put partisanship away for a little while and learn from past mistakes. This country can talk until they're red, white and blue in the face about how we're the greatest society in the world, along with all the chest thumping theatrics that go along with it. Trust me, there's no shortage of unqualified candidates campaigning for your vote as I type. If the majority of Americans fall for the biggest purveyor of crap again, who knows what the consequences might be.

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There is an actual Chinese proverb that states the following: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me". You can listen to the subject of this post offer his own unique reading of that very proverb below. I hope you think long and hard about it come November of 2008, when you're voting for the next president. If childrens do learn, hopefully their role models do as well.....

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