Education, the United Nations, and Getting Married

December 27, 2017 In America

Today some of the more interesting  stories (at least to me) were on the Townhall website. First is a no-holds-barred essay on the (low) state of educators and education in the U.S. by one of my favorite writers, Walter. E. Williams. Next Ben Shapiro makes the case for defunding the United Nations. Last is a refreshingly honest essay by Dennis Prager on marriage and why no one is really every “ready for marriage” until they marry (and approaching my 31st anniversary with my first and only wife I find this rings very true). Good reading for December 27, 2017 InAmerica.

Educational Rot

 With but a few exceptions, schools of education represent the academic slums of colleges. They tend to be home to students who have the lowest academic test scores — for example, SAT scores — when they enter college. They also tend to have the lowest scores when they graduate and choose to take postgraduate admissions tests — such as the GRE, the MCAT and the LSAT. Professors at schools of education tend to have the lowest level of academic respectability. American education could benefit from eliminating schools of education.  

-Walter E. Williams, READ MORE at Townhall

Time to Defund the United Nations

 Herein lies the great irony of the United Nations: While it’s the Mos Eisley of international politics — a hive of scum and villainy — and it votes repeatedly to condemn the United States and Israel, the tyrannies that constitute the body continue to oppress their own peoples.

The U.N. has always been a foolish fantasy, a League of Nations knockoff that’s been about as productive and twice as irritating. It’s an outmoded organization that’s outlived whatever small usefulness it once had. There’s no reason for us to continue cutting checks to prop up regimes that condemn us publicly for exercising the most basic standards of morality.  

-Ben Shapiro, READ MORE at Townhall

‘I’m Not Ready to Get Married’

 In every age, people say and believe things that aren’t true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.”

The statement “I’m not ready to get married” is a current example. Said by more and more Americans between the ages of 21 and 40 (and some who are older than that), it usually qualifies as both meaningless and untrue. And it is one reason a smaller percentage of Americans are marrying than ever before.

So, here’s a truth that young Americans need to hear:

Most people become “ready to get married” when they get married. Throughout history most people got married at a much younger age than people today. They were hardly “ready.” They got married because society and/or their religion expected them to. And then, once married, people tended to rise to the occasion.  

-Dennis Prager, READ MORE at Townhall

December 27, 2017 InAmerica

President Trump Reduces U.S. Contribution To United Nations

It’s about time we stopped paying for all of the waste and fraud at the United Nations.

President Trump and Ambassador Haley
President Donald Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations where they announced reductions in funding from the United States.

December 24, 2017

Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. ‎Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget. In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.

“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction. While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency‎ while protecting our interests,” said Ambassador Haley.

United States Mission To United Natinons

President Trump also tweeted “things will be different

President Trump Tweets things will be different at the UN in January

Previously 128 members of the United Nations General Assembly had voted in favor of a non-binding resolution declaring President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.” Nikki Haley, America’s Ambassador to the United Nations had said earlier that:

 The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very right of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.  

There may be more reductions to come. We’ll have to wait and see.

December 26, 2017 InAmerica

United Nations Against America

United Nations

The United Nations against America – more shenanigans at the United Nations, a hotbed of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism.

From Reuters:

“UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – More than 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

Earlier this month President Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sending anti-Semites around the world into a tailspin of anger culminating in this vote at the UN. France, predictably, voted with the majority:

“French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said in a statement: “The resolution adopted today only confirms relevant international law provisions on Jerusalem.” France voted in favor.”

At least under President Trump we are standing up for ourselves:

Nikki Haley Threatens to Yank Funding from U.N. over Jerusalem Resolution

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tore into the U.N. General Assembly Thursday, threatening to pull U.S. funding from the international body in response to a resolution condemning President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Haley said in remarks to the assembly in New York.

“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations and we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she warned.

-Adam Shaw, READ MORE at Breitbart 

December 22, 2017 InAmerica