Wednesday, May 09, 2018

A trip to Harper's Ferry and the deja vu of substitute teaching; Trump threatens press credentials

I got a feeling of a retrospect of my substitute teaching history today, as I visited a café for lunch im Harper’s Ferry W Va after watching some 8th graders reinvent a Civil War battle outside.

I sat with the history teacher and showed him a blog post about the proposal to repeal the 17th Amendment (direct election of Senators) along with the recent stories about proposals to break up California and Texas – leading to discussion of the electoral college and the election of Trump.

The teachers said he had been a Republican but was disgusted with how today’s crowd just wants to line the pockets of the rich.

I also talked about Nadine Strossen’s recent forums on free speech and the constitutional protections of a lot of “hate speech”, as well as Trump’s threats today to reverse press credentials for stories he doesn’t like. I had a similar day like this at this restaurant in July 2013 on my birthday where a college student seemed to be in charge of the middle schoolers.  

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