American High Schools and Politics

First of all, a huge thank you to the Lamoni citizen who sent in this topic, I salute you. Our local Tea Party group (We The People Tea Party of Southern Iowa) has discussed this very topic for over 10 years now, and it has also been a topic of Tea Party groups in every one of our 50 states over those 10 years. The following list may overlap in some specific topics within the big picture, so instead of a top 10 list, #1 below covers many issues that could by itself make the whole list, so I have included a link where you can see all it actually covers. At any rate, there are a lot of problems within our school systems, and the very political biased NEA union is one of the biggest, but that topic will have to wait for another article. Below are the very topics that are being lost in understanding of our future generations, due to the lack of focus on them within school curriculums nationwide.

#1: At a minimum, every High School graduate in the United States should be able to pass the 100 question US Citizenship test the Department of Homeland Security gives to new citizens (, which covers US History and Civics 101 in detail. It is highly embarrassing to us as a nation, that even most of our college graduates as a whole today would fail this test. Quite frankly, it is not the student’s fault at all, but the education system, and the local school boards for not demanding that these topics be taught; they are failing our country. It is my belief that the education system no longer holds our nation’s history sacred. U.S. History and Social Studies need to be separate yearlong classes within the curriculum.

#2: The true meaning and huge difference between a democracy (which we are not) and our Constitutional Republic (which we are) as defined and stated within our founders’ perspectives is not being taught, and can be easily found in their documentation, such as the Federalist Papers, and other records. This is not a trivial focus on semantics. It is very important in understanding our role as citizens, who are the authority of this government. You will find strong opposition of a democracy from great experienced and highly educated founders, such as Benjamin Rush, Noah Webster, John Adams, James Madison, Fisher Ames, Gouverneur Morris, John Quincy Adams, John Witherspoon, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and so many more. ( The key here would be to not only understand the difference between the two but to show how the people of a Constitutional Republic are to “keep it” by more than just their vote. American high school graduates should know, learn, and understand what it is to be the “authority” of our Republic, what role we must have as citizens to “keep it” as a Republic. First, knowing about the voting system, how it is done, processed from every level and why each individual vote matters. Secondly, we must understand why party planks and platforms are sought after and created, and finally, how to use said platform to hold newly elected politicians accountable throughout their term. Far too often, once the platform is created, it is absolutely ignored by politicians and citizens. That platform was indeed created by We The People, and no politician can rebuke it once a citizen refers to it on any given issue. Citizens must take a copy of the platform with them to every town hall, every visit to the politician’s office and every communication made. The party platform along with the United States Constitution are the very tools every citizen has to promote and have, to hold elected officials accountable throughout each and every year.

#3 We need to teach the actual reason why our founders put in place the electoral college vote, which is separate from the popular vote for a reason, also why this was important then, and why it must never be eliminated from our nation, especially now as many are trying to transition our government into a tyrannical socialist democracy. They know that the electoral college vote is the one obstacle in place preventing that from happening, and it keeps We The People’s votes fair and equal throughout the country. Anyone trying to push for its elimination does not hold the truths of the purpose of our founding sacred, nor worth saving. They could care less about our Constitution and We The People, as they only want to dissolve our “Great American Experiment” and create yet another failed socialist government. They will indeed lie, and say they do, but they are just wolves in sheep’s clothing.

#4 Definition, and differences between the Budget & Deficit and what part both play. Many don’t know the basic fundamentals of it and why it’s important to know. Deficit being the difference between what tax dollars the government spends and what it brings in from the people, and the Debt being the amount the government borrows from others to cover the deficit; knowing we borrow from countries like Japan, China, and others. Everyone needs to know the National Debt Clock and what numbers to know and how politicians manipulate those numbers in their reporting justifications of spending. ( Understanding that there is no socialistic tax attack that will pay down our deficit nor debt, let alone make it easier for the American people.

#5 Knowing Free Market Economics and why this is and has always been the best answer for personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt-free future. Opponents of free markets cry corruption, even though the corruption of socialist nations is always greater and takes away from the citizens’ personal freedoms. The difference being in our Republic, #2 above gives authority and tools to the people to be able to stop corruption if they can “keep it”. We’ve got to get back to the basics. In closing I would like to share a quote from Mark Twain when he said:
“I never let my schooling interfere with my education”

“Charlie Mike” (Continue the Mission)

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Hello my Brother and Sister Patriots and War-fighters, my name is Gregg C. Cummings, and I will be sharing with you my strong perspectives on our patriotism, our sovereignty, and our condition of readiness. I developed this website to do just that, to hear from the perspectives of veterans, and well-seasoned patriots on issues of the day, as well as life after active duty, but before we dive into those details, I need to tell you a little more about me. I was born to understand the love for my country, not just because school said we should be proud, but because I grew up feeling “America” physically, and spiritually through nature, from living on campgrounds that my father managed. Experiencing the “Great American Experiment”, which surrounded every aspect of my life. My father, a WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran, was definitely a personal hero to me as a child. 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