June 2, 2006

Kate Smith is dead….and I don’t feel so good myself

Posted by D.A. King at 11:48 am - Email the author   Print This Post Print This Post  

Kate Smith is dead – and I don’t feel so good myself.

The state of Michigan has already eliminated the words “America” and “American” from its MEAP [Michigan Educational Assessment Program ] test.

Now, this from the Detroit News

Michigan’s politically correct bureaucrats almost killed the use of “America” in social studies classes. Fortunately, state school Superintendent Mike Flanagan says he is stopping this nonsense. But taxpayers and parents must remain vigilant against this dumbing down of our students

An employee of the Michigan Department of Education, Karen Todorov, recently suggested that Michigan teachers not use the words “America” or “American” in their teaching duties.

“We use the United States after the founding of the nation, and before that ‘the colonies of North America’ or ‘North Americans,'” she wrote in an e-mail.

The Associated Press quotes Todorov as saying, “it’s important in an increasingly global world to recognize that America also refers to other countries in South America and elsewhere in North America”.

””Our intention is as we’re moving forward in our global world that we recognize that other people share this hemisphere with us,” Todorov said on a Detroit radio show.

I am not making this up.

We are all “North Americans” you see. It would be more “internationally friendly” to say so. Less exclusionary.

Less “ethnocentric”.

Less American – more borderless continent with the “free flow of goods and people “I am thinking.

Along with a common language, Christmas and our borders, the word “America” is headed to the scrap heap of politically incorrectness.
I was thinking about Todorov when I read about Harry Reid and Ken Salazar.

Before the United States Senate voted for another amnesty to illegals – both employers and aliens – last week, Senator James M. Inhofe, offered an amendment to the now passed “amnesty –again” legislation that would make English the “official language”. A U.S. Senator from Nevada, Harry Reid, had this to say:

“This amendment is racist. I think it’s directed basically to people who speak Spanish,”

Before it was eventually approved, the wording of the amendment was dutifully changed to “national language”.

Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado dismissed the amendment as “divisive and anti-American”.

Maybe he meant “un-United States”.