Big win for Common Core opponents in Missouri, new lawsuit in South Dakota

Ready for some good news? Today, a national nonprofit law firm leading the charge against Common Core reported a big victory in Missouri, where it helped thwart the implementation of an expensive and unpopular part of the Common Core math curriculum.

Since teaming up with Missouri attorney, D. John Sauer, who initially took on the case on behalf of Missouri taxpayers, the Thomas More Law Center has brought similar challenges to the constitutionality of the Common Core testing consortia in several other states, including North Dakota, South Dakota and West Virginia.

So what happened exactly?

The court of appeals dismissed an appeal by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, upholding a lower court decision that blocked Missouri’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) --- part of the Common Core math standards being forced on U.S. students. You know, the "new" math that has made children cry and parents tear their hair out because of its stultifying nature.

Why is this a big deal?

As it turns out, SBAC violated the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal and state statutes.

Secondly, for the privilege of membership, states are required to pay hefty fees (i.e., taxpayer money).

In South Dakota, SBAC membership fees would total over $600,000. That could buy a lot of crayons. Two South Dakota moms (who clearly recognized bad budgeting when they saw it) had the Thomas Moore Law Center file a lawsuit this month on their behalf, challenging the constitutionality of the state’s participation in the SBAC.

Shelli Grinager, mother of three, and Amber Mauricio, mother of five, have both seen their school-aged children break down in tears due to pressure teachers and schools placed on them to pass SBAC tests.

This isn't the first time Grinager, a former school board member, PTA president and advocate for students and families, has fought against Common Core. Since its roll-out, she has spoken out against the high-pressure SBAC tests. Last year, she began homeschooling her children, after two were denied more challenging math because they had to stick to the rigid Common Core curriculum.

Mauricio’s fight against Common Core began when she attempted to “opt out” her children from SBAC testing. The school ignored her opt-out request and tested her children anyway. Mauricio was alarmed by the nature of some Common Core aligned questions asked of her children, which sought to examine how they would behave in certain situations and what their home life is like.

To learn more about the Thomas More Law Center's continuing efforts to help parents combat Common Core, check out the Common Core Resource Page and Test Refusal and Student Privacy Protection Form.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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