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crasmaneSun Mar-21-04 08:07 AM
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"RE: I Want To Talk About Platform & No Child Left Behind"
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Edited on Sun Mar-21-04 08:08 AM by crasmane

          

> I said that our convention had voted for a repeal of the No
>Child Left Behind Act. The administrator said, "Let's be
>realistic. That's not going to happen." Well when we had
>sifted through the platforms from thirteen of the counties
>represented, seven of them had a Plank about the Repeal of the
>No Child Left Behind Act. I let the committee bat the subject
>around until the librarian finally asked me what I thought
>about the subject.

Your argument here is just what the doctor ordered.

>I said, if you guys so choose, there are three of you and one
>of me, but I came here to represent my constituents for voting
>for a repeal of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The point is that representation is not about being "realistic." It's about representation of the desires of the people who sent you.
The debate has to come down to 2 things when you hear someone trying to toe the political line because they believe the peoples' concerns are unrealistic.
Does the government serve the people?
Or do the people serve the government by silent assent to whatever policies come down from on high?
This is a democratic republic, the people are sovereign. So when committees like this meet, any representative body at all no matter how small, the constituents concerns are first and are the ordering principle of whatever consensus is reached.

A similar structure could be formed in business that would help strengthen democracy if the concerns of customers and workers were more important than those of shareholders, the so-called owners of the companies, and if the idea of corporate personhood was discredited and out of use.

. . . take this monkey just as he was, in short, and you could desire no better image of the Mammon of copper-coin, symbolizing the grossest form of the love of money. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables.

  

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I Want To Talk About Platform & No Child Left Behind [View all] , JodyBJodyBresch3, Sat Mar-20-04 06:55 PM
Great Job, Jody B!, monkeyfister, Mar-20-04 07:23 PM, #1
Major kudos and a shot of chinaco, SDent, Mar-20-04 08:31 PM, #2
Great job, Jody, samela, Mar-20-04 08:33 PM, #3
amen. nt, SDent, Mar-20-04 08:45 PM, #4
Kudos! I'm quoting you at The Sideshow., Avedon, Mar-21-04 03:29 AM, #5
What a great example, Faun_Otter, Mar-21-04 05:18 AM, #6
Shrub is revising NCLB....., jimmymac, Mar-21-04 07:59 AM, #8
      Another Bush Empty Gesture, Revision Is A Waste Of Taxpayer Money!, JodyBJodyBresch3, Mar-22-04 06:46 AM, #11
Brand New Mark Fiore on the topic..., monkeyfister, Mar-21-04 07:20 AM, #7
RE: I Want To Talk About Platform & No Child Left Behind, crasmane, Mar-21-04 08:07 AM #9
      Thanks, Feel Free To Quote Me Anywhere It Helps The Cause...And About ..., JodyBJodyBresch3, Mar-21-04 05:48 PM, #10
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