An insane Christmas season is finally coming to a close. After weeks of parties I’m in Dallas for an annual Boy Scout meeting I attend before heading home to ring in the New Year with Kira and finally enjoy some time together. Christmas was great this year, but busier than it’s ever been and I think we’re both ready for some quiet.
The Republican nomination is the only news item I’m paying close attention to through all of this, as my fear of a Trump presidency continues to grow. Bloomberg this past week wrote an article that, while not about the election, offers some valuable insight into how the establishment is getting run over this year:
How business got schooled on the Common Core
For all of its flaws, the concept of a common educational standard for the country makes sense. It’s reasonable that a high school graduate in Alabama has the same knowledge base as one from Massachusetts. We can argue about HOW to do that, but the underlying concept (to me) is obvious. Instead, despite incredible support from the business community, local activists have been able to forcibly derail the Common Core. This piece looks at how they did it, and has some interesting implications for the continued shift of power away from the establishment in the nominating contests.
Rwanda is dropping term limits
A month or so ago, I went to go see Justice Scalia speak at the Union League. In the Q&A that followed, someone asked him what the most important amendment to the constitution was. In his long answer (17th, by the way, because it eliminated states rights in his opinion) he commented on the fact that most people would expect the Bill of Rights to be the most important. He opined that the Bill of Rights, and many other amendments, are actually worthless without the appropriate constitutional structure to enforce them. By example, he observed that every dictatorship in the world has a Bill of Rights — one that is wholly ignored because there are no checks on power to enforce it. When I saw this article about the governmental changes in Rwanda (and general state of government in Africa) it was a nice affirmation of the Justice’s insightful comments.