Something From The “GEE, NO SHIT” File.

While delivering a keynote speech in Boise, Idaho, former SCOTUS Justice Sandra Day O’Conner let THIS cat out of the bag.

Too bad she didn’t deliver the CAUSE for this. From Mc Clatchey News .com

 

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in Boise, laments ‘alarming degree of public ignorance’

 

Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with the great Ronaldus Magnus. A good pick?  Not really, but not bad, either.                       

                                

   By Katie Terhune  Idaho Statesman  6 Sept. 2013

Two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told the crowd that packed into a Boise State ballroom to hear her Thursday.

About one-third can name the three branches of government. Fewer than one-fifth of high school seniors can explain how citizen participation benefits democracy.

“Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it’s right there in the name,” she said.

O’Connor touted civics education during her keynote address at the “Transforming America: Women and Leadership in the 21st Century” conference, put on by the Andrus Center for Public Policy. She also described being a female lawyer in the 1950s, and challenged her listeners to help the next generation of leaders reach their goals.

O’CONNOR ON CIVICS

“The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance,” O’Connor said.

That ignorance starts in the earliest years of a child’s schooling, she said, but often continues all the way through college and graduate school.

O’Connor argued that learning about citizenship is just as important for American children as learning multiplication or how to write their names.

“We have to ensure that our citizens are well informed and prepared to face tough challenges,” she said. “If there is a single child not learning about civics or not being exposed to what they must do as citizens, then all our lives are poorer for that.”

To combat what she sees as a dangerous lack of civics in schools, O’Connor founded icivics.org, a website for educators and students. The site uses games, lesson plans and activities to make learning about government and citizenship less boring.

ON PRACTICING LAW AS A WOMAN

After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1952, O’Connor’s husband was drafted and she needed to find a job.

Many of her Stanford classmates went on to high-paying jobs with large firms. But O’Connor quickly learned that her own path to employment would be much harder.

“The problem was, I was female,” she said. “I couldn’t get a job; they all said no when I applied.”

Finally, O’Connor landed a job with the county attorney’s office in San Mateo, Calif. But the office did not hire female lawyers, so they wouldn’t pay her. O’Connor just worked for free.

“Eventually, I did start getting a salary,” she said. “I spent those years working through the problems women had in those years, like getting a job, and having gotten one, getting paid for it. Very few of my male classmates had that experience.”

O’Connor said the experience only strengthened her resolve. She eventually entered politics — including a stint as the Arizona Senate majority leader — before becoming a judge.

“That early experience made me realize that maybe I did have a role to play in helping shape the character of our nation,” she said.

ON A CALL FROM THE PRESIDENT

O’Connor was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981, just two years after she was named to the Arizona Court of Appeals

She still remembers the shock of the phone call from President Ronald Reagan.

“He said, ‘Sandra, I’d like to announce your appointment to the Supreme Court tomorrow. Is that all right with you?’ ” she said.

O’Connor served on the high court until retiring in 2006. Initially viewed as a conservative, she became regarded as the decisive swing vote in many cases.

ON PAVING THE WAY

O’Connor acknowledged that many of the women and men who came to Thursday’s conference were already in leadership roles, whether in their job, the classroom, or at home.

Those people need to take the lead again and create a better education for the next generation of leaders, she said.

“Everyone is going to grow up to be a citizen,” she said. “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

THE AUDIENCE ON O’CONNOR

Edit Szanto traveled from Twin Falls with a group of her College of Southern Idaho colleagues for the conference.

She called O’Connor’s speech inspiring.

“I loved it,” said Szanto, who works in student services. “It was very interesting to hear her perspective and her story.”

O’Connor might be right about the lack of civic education in K-12 schools, Szanto said, but she believes CSI works to engage students to be productive citizens.

Rachel Jones, a criminal justice master’s student at Boise State, said her area of study made her want to attend O’Connor’s talk.

Jones, who is considering attending law school, said O’Connor’s words about her early struggles as a woman in a male-dominated setting echoed what Jones hears in class.

“A lot of professors in our field focus studies on feminism and disparity between genders,” she said.

Like Szanto, Jones thought that civics education improves – or at least appears to – at the college level.

But even the classes offered on the subject at Boise State were not mandatory, she said.

“The classes are available, but they’re not required,” she said. “You can seek them out.”

~

While Madame Justice is correct on this issue, she did NOT state HOW it got to this point.

With the undisputable TRUTH that the communistic left, in their desire to dumb down the population to the extent they have, with the elimination of HOW our government was formed, to it’s Constitutional limits, to the very make-up of the separate, but equal, branches, to where it is today, being taught as the government  is your FAMILY, the government is your PROVIDER of all things one could possibly want ,or need, the government is to obeyed in ALL aspects, the government is your master, on and on, we see the deplorable state we are at.

With the horrific way the damnable media has sold out to leftists, and lying about all others, the assholish slavery of the entertainment industry to leftists, and WAY too much of our financial, health, and other vital industries capitulating to a government out of control, it is no wonder she sees such problems.

The communistic left, thinking only THEY can possibly run government, are going to do ALL THEY CAN to keep the populace from finding out just how AWFUL living under leftist control, such as Cuba, Venezuela, the former Soviet Union really is.

Justice O’Connor, I wholeheartedly agree with you on this issue. BUT, you DID NOT offer the ONLY solution I see that WILL increase the general public’s knowledge about affairs that affects us all.

THAT solution calls for the elimination of ALL leftists from the three legged stool of evil. First leg: Government. 2nd leg. Media. 3rd leg. Academe.

As evidenced this past week by the asshat Professor William Penn at Michigan State, for our young people to TRULY learn about what we called in the days gone by, CIVICS classes, asshats like HIM cannot allowed to be the norm at ANY level of education.

Eliminate THESE types from the three-legged stool, the Republic MAY have a chance.

~

Clyde

 

 

Tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Something From The “GEE, NO SHIT” File.

  1. Kathy says:

    She’s been around long enough to know full well what the cause of public ignorance is and should have elaborated on it, while she had a chance to educate people. Coming from her, that could have made a significant impact on her audience.

  2. Clyde says:

    Thanks, Kathy. I know she’s getting old, but one should NEVER pass up an opportunity to expose the failings of the leftists.

  3. Hardnox says:

    Good post. Too bad she missed an opportunity to call out the left.

    • Clyde says:

      Thanks, Nox. Apparently the good Justice doesn’t subscribe to the theory “never let an opportunity to bash the left” slip by.

  4. Garnet92 says:

    Unfortunately Justice O’Conner showed what she’s learned from our collection of bureaucrats in DC. She didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, she is going along to get along and doesn’t want to be seen as denigrating any groups – i.e., the leftist media and the “progressive” factions within the government. She knows why our masses are ignorant, she just didn’t want to step on any toes. As Hardnox said, she had an opportunity to expose the reason for our collective ignorance, but chose to remain silent – she has no balls.

  5. JosephBC69 says:

    Good day all, and yes, it’s a unintentional pun!

    Kathy was kind enough to send me a gentle nudge re my presence [or NOT!] here as of late, so I decided to check in ASAP, and here I am.

    OK, as for this former Justice and her message, here’s my US$ 1.96 worth of comment. Why the $1.96 and not ‘two cents’ worth? Because under the skilful management of the Fed Res Bunco, the greatest Ponzi scheme in human history, what was formerly worth 2 cents in 1913 has been debased to only 2% of what it was worth, so math tells me it now takes US$ 1.96 to buy what two cents did a century ago. Which ain’t that long ago, for us 70 yr olds, and even less for 83+ yrs old Justice O’Connor.

    And now, like the Meander River, I arrive at my 2 cents worth. From a conservative POV, that all citizens have access to a minimally acceptable education in the basics needed by a free society of independently thinking people is a laudable goal. This would include so-called civics classes and social studies. BUT it’s only a goal, not a dictum of the State.

    Where the trouble starts is the point at which ‘progressives’ like to insert the tip of their pointy heads –I mean, SHOES!

    Firstly, it is a basic conservative principle that while we are all humans, not all of us are identical in every or even a simple majority of aspects, and a Justice surely knows what a ‘majority’ is.

    The State cannot provide education –or for that matter, anything else!– in a way that is correct for every one of us. IF it were –and it is not– then under traditional Christian and many other views this would be a Satanic perfection which humans are not capable of in our considerably less-than-perfect states of being.

    Secondly, even if it were somehow possible for the State to provide such perfectly adapted teaching to every one capable of ‘getting it,’ it would be impossible to adequately fund such perfection. No, I’m afraid we’re stuck with the rough and tumble of our damnably imperfect politics and power plays until We, the People, create a better approach that we, as a majority, can agree upon.

    Until then, I rest my case, and Good Day!!

    • Clyde says:

      Joseph, glad you finally came over to see the new digs. Thanks for that, and your comments. Now make sure you come back !!! hahaha