Riley J. Hood is the chairman of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW). He ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 as a write-in candidate and received 70 votes. The following are three new articles from him on education, the IRS and the separation of church and state.
C-Scope, A Race to the Bottom
Published May 17th, 2013
“Ever learning and never able
to come to the knowledge of the truth.” II Timothy 3:7
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
C-Scope is another, in a long train of federally mandated, State administered experiments in social engineering. C-scope burdens the local taxpayer to pay costs of technology initiatives, additional administrative staff, training, and textbook compliance. Even if the Feds paid for C-scope, it is still our tax money. It isn’t as if Arne Duncan is working a night job, to pay for it. C-Scope is another un-Constitutional attempt by the federal government to impose national standards. Your children are the guinea pigs in this latest socialist experiment. According to Alan J. Borsuk, “The Common Core got its start well before Obama was elected and is not directly a federal program, although steps the US Department of Education has taken have put the weight of the administration behind the effort.”
C-scope repeats the tired mantra that standardized testing, new textbooks and technology, will result in smarter kids. These things don’t equate to better education, they do equate to a fat government contract for the companies who produce such materials, who also are the usual lobbyists for the latest education bill.
Wisconsin signed on to C-scope; obtain a “No Child Left Behind” waiver. That’s like swallowing the spider to catch the fly. Wisconsin would have been better off not signing on the either. The losers are your local school board and especially your children. C-scope’s one-size-fits-all, assembly line approach severely limits individualized attention to differing learning styles.
C-scope is not merely content to destroy the minds of public-school children, but calls for controlling traditional schools, namely home, private and religious schools. C-scope will also pull on those government strings attached to school choice to impose its “standards” on charter and choice schools. C-scope also represents the continuing invasion of child and family privacy, including data that has nothing to do with education.
C-scope promoters are aping the line that Wisconsin has such low standards. Again, according to Borsuk, “The Common Core movement has swept across the nation in the last five years. It arose largely from among governors, state education chiefs, corporate leaders and education advocates who believed the nation as a whole was not aiming high enough in education and that the wide variation from state to state in defining good achievement and what it takes to get a high school diploma was a problem.” Low standards are a result of 100 years of socialism in education; designed to crank out drones, with no desire to think on their own. C-scope is more dialectic and praxis, the forerunners of C-scope have made a nation of functional illiterates, C-scope will worsen, not solve this condition. The “higher we aim,” toward the socialist utopia, the lower we will descend. The State of Wisconsin is caught up in C-scope, not only are the Democrats, but the Republicans on the wrong side of the issue, again.
The IRS Must Be Abolished
Published May 14th, 2013
“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution is a miracle;
their example the hope of liberty throughout the world. Woe to the ambition
that would meditate the destruction of either.”-James Madison
From The Constitution Party of Wisconsin-Riley J. Hood Chairman
Recent events have brought to light the targeting of Tea Party groups by certain elements of the IRS. Should agents who abuse their powers be punished? Yes. But America needs better than that. The IRS is there to collect a direct tax, the income tax. A federal direct tax was never part of our Nation’s founding, and it took the 16th Amendment passed in 1913, to impose an income tax upon Americans. The IRS may be allowable, but it will always be un-American.
The CPoW position on the IRS and the federal income tax is straight forward, both must be abolished. There is nothing in the 16th Amendment that says we must have an income tax. As long as we have a confiscatory tax, and a tax code that the average American can never fully comply with, our citizens will continue to be at the mercy of the whims of IRS bureaucrats. When the IRS is abolished, is when the bad behavior will stop, and not before.
Separation of Church and State
Published May 16th, 2013
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people
whom he hath chosen for His own inheritance.” Psalms 33:12
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
When I was first elected State Chairman, I was asked about my views on religious freedom. I was amazed that many in that room were all worked up about the rights of Cultists, Muslims, Atheists and Infidels. I was accused by some of forcing my religion upon them.
- The term “religion” during the founding era, still had its normal meaning, as opposed to the slang that Billy Graham popularized, “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.” The normal meaning is the public expression of your inward Christian faith. False religions were labeled after their founders Islam was called Mohamadism, the JW’s were called Russellites, and so forth. The Masonic view of religion is based on their liberal credo: “the Father of God and the Brotherhood of Man,” and that whatever you believe about Him are all equally valid, came into popularity much later.
- Separation of Church and State appears nowhere in the US Constitution, and the First Amendment begins with “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” By the way, monuments and memorials are not laws, if you can’t handle looking at the 10 commandments, there are no thought police to throw you jail. The only thought police in America right now are the ACLU, who are busy imposing their Atheism on the majority of this nation, through their perversions of our Law system.
- During the 2012 campaign, I received a piece of mail from a wag who said we needed separation of Church and State to protect the State from the Church. This unstable soul cited Islamic Terrorists. I informed him, Churches are Christian, Mosques are Islamic; he was confusing the two. Our founding fathers weren’t confused about this: “Probably at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, and of the [first] Amendment to it now under consideration, the general, if not universal sentiment in America was, that Christianity ought to receive encouragement from the State so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience and freedom of religious worship. Any attempt to level all religions, and to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation.” Joseph Story-1840 (Americas God and Country Encyclopedia. of Quotations by William J. Federer) The thought of having to protect heavily armed policemen, FBI agents, and our Armed Forces from a memorial in the shape of the Cross is ridiculous in the extreme. Communists take such measures seriously. Lenin who said “millions of dead are to be preferred to the notion of God.”
So as you could guess, I’m concerned about the people whose religious freedom made America, namely Christians. For example, Roger Sherman wrote, “Admiring and thankfully acknowledging the riches of redeeming love, and earnestly imploring that Divine assistance which may enable us to live no more to ourselves, but to him who loved us and gave himself to die for us.”(Americas God and Country Encyclopedia. of Quotations by William J. Federer) Patrick Henry wrote, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been supplied a place of safety, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
Yes, I do believe in rights of conscious, but never to the point where shrill voices come into CPoW and dismantle our Party, and tear it down to the level of their liking, such as attacking our Preamble. I also take the same view of America; religious freedom is not a charter for “national suicide” or a license for domestic enemies such as Muslims and Atheists, who have been forcing their will on America, to destroy us. They may have rights to freedom of conscious; they do not have rights to takeover America, and replace it with an alien form of government, such as Communism, or Sharia Law. So I don’t put any energy into securing the religious freedom of America’s enemies. Their “rights” are well secured in these days of political correctness. I put my energy into securing the rights of Christians, and then Patriotic Americans, whose freedoms are being suppressed. These people are in need, not America’s enemies.
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