Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Nov 2, 2021 Voting Recommendations

This November 2nd, Colorado will have one of the most critical off-year elections in my memory.  With what has taken place in the short ten months of the Biden "Presidency," to negatively affect America's future, I have concluded that in no small way, we as citizens have been partially to blame.  

I say this, because citizens have allowed the public (government) education system to teach their children Anti-American, Socialist, Marxist concepts.  To accomplish this, K-12 public schools have almost totally excluded parents from knowing what is being taught to their children.  Schools have kept parents unaware of what has been taught, until recently.  That is clearly evidenced by the major pushback that parents...especially angry moms...have exercised at school board meetings across the country. Their ire is palpable. 

Citizens are now becoming aware of their loss of control of public education.  Much of it is linked to the National School Boards Association.  When Terry McAuliffe recently stated that parents should have no role in their children's education, a national firestorm to swept across the U.S.  Following that, the U.S Department of Justice has now referred to parents as "Domestic Terrorists."  

My school board voting recommendations are not made lightly.  I have interviewed numerous candidates for a minimum of two-three hours each in pursuit of courageous candidates that I could recommend.  Most School Boards have essentially lost control of the public education system and parents have been left out of knowing what their children are being indoctrinated with.  THAT MUST STOP...NOW.

Below are my voting recommendations.  Check back periodically, for any future changes/additions.

School District Board Election (1)
(Recommendations for El Paso County and Woodland Park)
The El Paso GOP school board candidate recommendations emailed on 10/11 were extremely misleading.  I've been working with several candidates who either had not seen the GOP survey, or hadn't returned it early enough.  Please ignore any GOP candidate results in conflict with the list below.  

02 Woodland Park
 David Illingworth FB  Dist. B, At Large
 Sue Paterson FB  Dist E

03 Widefield
 David Dock

11 Colorado Springs
 Al Loma

12 Cheyenne Mountain

20 Academy

49 Falcon
 Lori Thompson FB

(1) Regardless of the number of Board vacancies or the number of candidates, do NOT vote for anyone you don't know about, OR that is not recommended by someone you truly trust.  Simply liking a person is no reason to vote for him/her;  there is too much at stake in this critical election.  It will take men and women of real courage to change the Leftist public school system.
Each of the above candidates has been vetted by me for at least for 2 1/2 hrs.  I strongly urge your vote for those in your School District.  Each is extremely concerned with the troubling direction government schools across the U.S. are moving and have assured me of their exceptionally-strong commitment to reverse any aspect of this trend within their school district.

NO on: 1A  NO.  Attempts to circumvent the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR)

NO on 2A:  Town of Ramah An attempt to circumvent the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights  (TABOR)

No recommendation on Ballot Issue 2B: Town of Calhan.  

NO on Ballot Issue 2C: Colorado Springs.  STOP! With the pending increases in federal taxes, and inflationary food prices, this is no time to increase the tax burden on El Paso County taxpayers.  

NO on 2D: Colorado Springs.  STOP AGAIN! With the pending federal tax increases and national uncertainty, this is no time to additional burden on the taxpayer.   It is also an attempt to circumvent TABOR.  

2E & 2F: Monument   No recommendation.

NO on 4A: School District 49, Falcon. Major portions of  District 49 budgets are available to cut expenses before considering adding more taxes.

NO on 4B: Colorado Springs School District 11. Major areas of District 11 budgets are available to cut expenses before considering adding more taxes

4C: Manitou. No recommendation
5A: Joint School District  23JT: No recommendation
6A: Security Fire District.  No recommendation
6B: Briargate General Improvement. No recommendation

State-wide Issues

Let me say, first that with the uncertainty facing the U.S., and the near certainty of massive tax increases on nearly all citizens, now more than ever, it is time to carefully analyze local and state-wide tax-related issues that will place far greater financial demands on our families.

YES: Amendment 78 will require the state legislature to approve the spending of all money that comes through state accounts, including “custodial money.” Currently, the legislature does not have any authority over billions of dollars that come from the Federal government and many other sources. Often the governor or even individual departments are free to dictate policy apart from the General Assembly's oversight, by spending money not appropriated by the General Assembly.

Amendment 78 will force better accountability and transparency for ALL taxpayer dollars our state government spends.

NO: Proposition 119 Don't be fooled into thinking this is good just because it can be considered a "Sin Tax" on Marijuana.  Prop 119 sets up a learning enrichment program that at first blush looks like it might empower parents.  Instead,

  • It will increase the marijuana black market
  • It will expand government by one more state agency, with an unaccountable self-appointing board
  • It will lessen public (Government) schools'  responsibility and accountability to teach children.  
  • There is no legislative or other government oversight
  • There is no accountability as to how funds increase learning enrichment
  • It ignores the responsibility of the public school to provide learning enrichment.
  • Its funds are primarily distributed to certain categories of students rather than to each applicant regardless of group-association.
  • It will cost taxpayers $137,600,000, reallocating these funds to one more government program.

YES: Proposition 120 is a tax reduction that will apply to multi-family housing and lodging properties. 





Saturday, September 11, 2021

Timely Comments and Quotes By Noah Webster and others on Education and other Important Issues

Childhood innocence is a powerful political tool.  By now (20 yrs. from 9/11) those youngsters are grown up.  They have graduated from college, entered professions, begun corporate careers and become voters.  Some are teachers.  They bring with them into adult life the attitudes they have been carefully taught.  

There is more than a single cause for the ruin of a nation.  Still, historical ignorance and its harvest of disbelief in the rightness of this country (USA) -- generated in the classrooms -- is a powerful destroyer." The federalist.com

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you haven't realized the importance of education the young, READ THIS:

“...the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus, did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over--a weary, battered old brontosaurus--and became extinct.” ― Malcolm Muggeridge, Vintage Muggeridge: Religion and Society

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. -- Abraham Lincoln




Monday, July 12, 2021

Relevant Colorado Constitutional Sections Pertaining to Public Schools

 

ARTICLE 9

Section 3.  School fund inviolate. The public-school fund of the state shall, except as provided in this article IX, forever remain inviolate and intact and the interest and other income thereon, only, shall be expended in the maintenance of the schools of the state, and shall be distributed amongst the several counties and school districts of the state, in such manner as may be prescribed by law. No part of this fund, principal, interest, or other income shall ever be transferred to any other fund, or used or appropriated, except as provided in this article IX. The state treasurer shall be the custodian of this fund, and the same shall be securely and profitably invested as may be by law directed. The state shall supply all losses thereof that may in any manner occur. In order to assist public schools in the state in providing necessary buildings, land, and equipment, the general assembly may adopt laws establishing the terms and conditions upon which the state treasurer may (1) invest the fund in bonds of school districts, (2) use all or any portion of the fund or the interest or other income thereon to guaranty bonds issues by school districts, or (3) make loans to school districts. Distributions of interest and other income for the benefit of public schools provided in this article IX shall be in addition to and not a substitute for other moneys appropriated by the general assembly for such purposes.

Section 8.  Religious test and race discrimination forbidden sectarian tenets. No religious test or qualification shall ever be required of any person as a condition of admission into any public educational institution of the state, either as a teacher or student; and no teacher or student of any such institution shall ever be required to attend or participate in any religious service whatsoever. No sectarian tenets or doctrines shall ever be taught in the public school, nor shall any distinction or classification of pupils be made on account of race or color, nor shall any pupil be assigned or transported to any public educational institution for the purpose of achieving racial balance.

As amended by the People, November 5, 1974 Effective upon proclamation of the Governor, December 20, 1974.

Section 15.  School districts board of education. The general assembly shall, by law, provide for organization of school districts of convenient size, in each of which shall be established a board of education, to consist of three or more directors to be elected by the qualified electors of the district. Said directors shall have control of instruction in the public schools of their respective districts.

Section 16.  Textbooks in public schools. Neither the general assembly nor the state board of education shall have power to prescribe textbooks to be used in the public schools.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Comments on the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Initiative

 On March 16th, the School District D20 Accountability Committee presented the Superintendent's Initiative,  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), to the D20 Board of Directors (BOD). A DEI RFP Selection Committee was formed, consisting of 15 members.  There were 7 proposals and 4 Presentations.  The Award was made to Colorado Education Initiative (CEI).  Question:  Who or what group authorized the school Superintendent to proceed with this Equity Audit and Task Force, and on what basis of need?  What were the specific facts from which the Superintendent and the Board made this decision?

The Collaborative Input Model developed implies the following: "Increasing concern has been expressed in recent months by students, parents, and patrons regarding restricted educational opportunities based on race and/or skin color, disproportionate discipline statistics, exclusion of marginalized populations, expressions of hate and racism, and the absence of a culturally diverse staff in Academy District 20"  "This expression is concerning and has no place in our school district."

This  "concern" smells of boilerplate verbiage designed to create work for CEI, as it is apparent that their reason for being is to be paid for grants to identify "problems" that the school will then pay them to specifically "identify" so that the CEI staff can then suggest solutions that they will then be paid to monitor.  

Question:  As one reviews the scope of DEI programs across the U.S. and realizes that DEI is spreading...see Critical Race Training in Education , it becomes immediately evident that it is a multi-billion business built on the false premise that there is systemic racism EVERYWHERE.

Therefore, this (CEI) initiative must immediately be discontinued, UNLESS the Superintendent can identify a substantial number of students/faculty to verify that there is in fact continuing "victims" of widespread "systemic racism" and indicates that he is unable to handle such complaints within the policies of the school.  If the Superintendent indicates that he and staff are unable to deal with this false narrative, then the Board should reevaluate whether its policies are sufficient or whether the Superintendent should evaluate his hiring practices.

This Equity Audit should be scrubbed immediately because our American ethos does not uphold the concept of Equity, but rather Equal Opportunity for all, regardless of race.  To the contrary, the Equity Audit Framework includes, 

  • Equity in student outcomes
  • Equity in student access
  • Equity in resources and supports
  • Equity in students' school experiences
  • Equity in families' school experiences and 
  • Equity in staff members' school experiences
The D20 School Board should reexamine its policies with respect to maintaining any statistics on the race of students and faculty, because the keeping of these statistics is racist on its face and leads to decisions based on race.

DEI MUST be completely scrubbed!!!! It is no more than an adjunct to Critical Race Theory.  We must be DONE with classifying ANYONE by Race.  We must adhere to being a race-blind community.  

Dave Schultheis, Concerned citizen and D20 property taxpayer.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Full Report by President Trump's 1776 Commission

Your new President Joe Biden had the 1776 Commission Report removed immediately from the White House website.  We must NOT let this report lapse into obscurity.  We must all purpose to RESIST the move to silence and cancel us.  WE MUST!!!!!

 Let's demand that our public schools use the 1776 Commission's report in their curriculum

Please join me in this effort.

Fmr. CO Senator, Dave Schultheis

 

Monday, November 21, 2016

It Wasn't an Election, It was a Revolution, by Daniel Greenfield



Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.


  This wasn’t an election. It was a revolution.

It’s midnight in America. The day before fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them.

They were fathers who couldn’t feed their families anymore. They were mothers who couldn’t afford health care. They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries. They were sons who didn’t see a future for themselves. They were daughters afraid of being murdered by the “unaccompanied minors” flooding into their towns. They took a deep breath and they stood.   They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.

The Great Blue Wall crumbled. The impossible states fell one by one. Ohio. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. Iowa. The white working class that had been overlooked and trampled on for so long got to its feet. It rose up against its oppressors and the rest of the nation, from coast to coast, rose up with it.

They fought back against their jobs being shipped overseas while their towns filled with migrants that got everything while they got nothing. They fought back against a system in which they could go to jail for a trifle while the elites could violate the law and still stroll through a presidential election. They fought back against being told that they had to watch what they say. They fought back against being held in contempt because they wanted to work for a living and take care of their families.

They fought and they won.

This wasn’t a vote. It was an uprising. Like the ordinary men chipping away at the Berlin Wall, they tore down an unnatural thing that had towered over them. And as they watched it fall, they marveled at how weak and fragile it had always been. And how much stronger they were than they had ever known.

Who were these people? They were leftovers and flyover country. They didn’t have bachelor degrees and had never set foot in a Starbucks. They were the white working class. They didn’t talk right or think right. They had the wrong ideas, the wrong clothes and the ridiculous idea that they still mattered.

They were wrong about everything. Illegal immigration? Everyone knew it was here to stay. Black Lives Matter? The new civil rights movement. Manufacturing? As dead as the dodo. Banning Muslims? What kind of bigot even thinks that way? Love wins. Marriage loses. The future belongs to the urban metrosexual and his dot com, not the guy who used to have a good job before it went to China or Mexico.

They couldn’t change anything. A thousand politicians and pundits had talked of getting them to adapt to the inevitable future. Instead they got in their pickup trucks and drove out to vote.   And they changed everything.

Barack Hussein Obama boasted that he had changed America. A billion regulations, a million immigrants, a hundred thousand lies and it was no longer your America. It was his.

He was JFK and FDR rolled into one. He told us that his version of history was right and inevitable.

And they voted and left him in the dust. They walked past him and they didn’t listen. He had come to campaign to where they still cling to their guns and their bibles. He came to plead for his legacy.   And America said, “No.”

Fifty millions Americans repudiated him. They repudiated the Obamas and the Clintons. They ignored the celebrities. They paid no attention to the media. They voted because they believed in the impossible. And their dedication made the impossible happen.

Americans were told that walls couldn’t be built and factories couldn’t be opened. That treaties couldn’t be unsigned and wars couldn’t be won. It was impossible to ban Muslim terrorists from coming to America or to deport the illegal aliens turning towns and cities into gangland territories.

It was all impossible. And fifty million Americans did the impossible. They turned the world upside down.

It’s midnight in America. CNN is weeping. MSNBC is wailing. ABC calls it a tantrum. NBC damns it. It wasn’t supposed to happen. The same machine that crushed the American people for two straight terms, the mass of government, corporations and non-profits that ran the country, was set to win.

Instead the people stood in front of the machine. They blocked it with their bodies. They went to vote even though the polls told them it was useless. They mailed in their absentee ballots even while Hillary Clinton was planning her fireworks victory celebration. They looked at the empty factories and barren farms. They drove through the early cold. They waited in line. They came home to their children to tell them that they had done their best for their future. They bet on America. And they won.    They won improbably. And they won amazingly.

They were tired of ObamaCare. They were tired of unemployment. They were tired of being lied to. They were tired of watching their sons come back in coffins to protect some Muslim country. They were tired of being called racists and homophobes. They were tired of seeing their America disappear.

And they stood up and fought back. This was their last hope. Their last chance to be heard.

Watch this video. See ten ways John Oliver destroyed Donald Trump. Here’s three ways Samantha Bee broke the internet by taunting Trump supporters. These three minutes of Stephen Colbert talking about how stupid Trump is on the internet. Watch Madonna curse out Trump supporters. Watch Katy Perry. Watch Miley Cyrus. Watch Robert Downey Jr. Watch Beyonce campaign with Hillary. Watch fifty million Americans take back their country.

The media had the election wrong all along. This wasn’t about personalities. It was about the impersonal. It was about fifty million people whose names no one except a server will ever know fighting back. It was about the homeless woman guarding Trump’s star. It was about the lost Democrats searching for someone to represent them in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was about the union men who nodded along when the organizers told them how to vote, but who refused to sell out their futures.

No one will ever interview all those men and women. We will never see all their faces. But they are us and we are them. They came to the aid of a nation in peril. They did what real Americans have always done. They did the impossible.  America is a nation of impossibilities. We exist because our forefathers did not take no for an answer. Not from kings or tyrants. Not from the elites who told them that it couldn’t be done.

The day when we stop being able to pull off the impossible is the day that America will cease to exist.  Today is not that day. Today fifty million Americans did the impossible.

Midnight has passed. A new day has come. And everything is about to change.

  “Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society.”   Aristotle