Monthly Archives: January 2011

A bit about Education Reform

Education reform always seems to be a very hot topic at the beginning of a legislative session (more so on the state levels than Federal though).  The President discussed education quite a bit during his State of the Union address.  Governors have discussed reform in their “State of the State” addresses.  Heck, some mayors have probably even discussed it in their respective “State of the City” addresses.

Everyone agrees that our nation needs improve education.  However, with dwindling federal and state dollars, nobody is quite sure the best way to do this.  The problem is, everyone views it in a matter of money.  We need X dollars to accomplish this or Y dollars to accomplish that.  I don’t buy that reasoning at all.  I think it is a matter of buy-in and effectiveness.

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SOTU rebuttal

I had the thought that with this blog I would refrain from naming names and try “rise above the fray”. I will continue to try and do this. However, there is an irksome matter I want to address.

It seems that some Republicans (ok, one Republican) felt that the official rebuttal to be given by Rep. Paul Ryan is just simply not good enough. It appears that some are not behind the official selection made by the Speaker of the House and the Senate Minority Leader. So much for Republicans being united in this new Congress.

It is fine to have your own thoughts about the SOTU. That is what press releases and interviews with your local media (or the quick hits on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC) are for. Republicans have an important chance to make a statement tomorrow night – it would be nice if they made it in unison.

– Sam the Eagle

Not the ordinary Gun Control debate

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In light of recent events, the topic of gun control is once again at the forefront of the American political debate in the media.

First off, guns are inherently American.  No country on Earth has a history shaped by the gun like the United States does,  has the fascination with firearms like we do, or has the problems we do.  The Constitution clearly spells out that the American people are allowed to own firearms.  It doesn’t state the degree to which this should be enforced because 200+ years ago the average person could afford a musket or a pistol and the hunters and elite could afford a rifle.

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Not the ordinary Gun Control debate

English: Detail of Preamble to Constitution of...

In light of recent events, the topic of gun control is once again at the forefront of the American political debate in the media.

First off, guns are inherently American.  No country on Earth has a history shaped by the gun like the United States does,  has the fascination with firearms like we do, or has the problems we do.  The Constitution clearly spells out that the American people are allowed to own firearms.  It doesn’t state the degree to which this should be enforced because 200+ years ago the average person could afford a musket or a pistol and the hunters and elite could afford a rifle.

Today, that is a very different story.  Continue reading

A discussion on Birthright Citizenship

This past summer the topic of “birthright citizenship” temporarily came to the forefront of the immigration debate, especially within the Republican Party.  While the discussion was high level, it seemed to lack the necessary traction to actually become anything than political pandering.

That may have changed though.

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A discussion on Birthright Citizenship

This past summer the topic of “birthright citizenship” temporarily came to the forefront of the immigration debate, especially within the Republican Party.  While the discussion was high level, it seemed to lack the necessary traction to actually become anything than political pandering.

That may have changed though.

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Since everyone else has a blog, I guess I should too…

I decided to start this blog as a way to expand on some of the random (and seemingly few) thoughts I have on twitter.  While the posts will be generally Conservative in nature (when discussing politics) I will at times be at odds with the Republican/Conservative zeitgeist.  While a lot of the discussion (at least on my end) will be political, there will also be sports talk and general life observations/rantings

Hopefully this will serve as one of the tiny niches of semi-rational discussion on the otherwise vast expanses of extremism known as the internet – a veritable oasis of sensibility if you will

-Sam the Eagle