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FreeRepublic ^ | July 16, 2014 | beaversmom

Posted on 07/16/2014 12:26:07 AM PDT by beaversmom

For my English 121 class I have to do a research/argumentative paper.

I don't want it to necessarily be about something like guns or abortion. I want something a little creative. It has to be something I can research. Something I feel passionate about (I know you all don't know what I'm passionate about, but I am passionate about conservatism). It doesn't have to be politically related/controversial, but those are the terms I generally think in. It can be something from the past or present. Also, I have to give the opposition's side.

Any serious/creative ideas, please post.

BTW, shockers of all shockers, my teacher is liberal. I don't think he will grade me harshly, though, for coming down on a conservative side of an issue. I think he will be fair.


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1 posted on 07/16/2014 12:26:07 AM PDT by beaversmom
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Not that it matters really, but this paper will be peer reviewed.


2 posted on 07/16/2014 12:27:58 AM PDT by beaversmom
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3 posted on 07/16/2014 12:31:27 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

The idea of social security, in general, would be interesting.

Thinking along the welfare line of thinking...maybe the school lunch program would be another.


4 posted on 07/16/2014 12:33:21 AM PDT by beaversmom
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5 posted on 07/16/2014 12:33:30 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Thoughts of the military made me think of the border situation. That could be another possibility.


6 posted on 07/16/2014 12:35:45 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Lesson in irony


7 posted on 07/16/2014 12:37:25 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: beaversmom

Write about something most liberals consider to be an enigma, black conservatives. Why and how they became conservative and how they are treated by the left because they have chosen to be.


8 posted on 07/16/2014 12:38:35 AM PDT by South40 (Hillary Clinton was a "great secretary of state". - Texas Governor Rick Perry)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

lol...true! A local talk show host here in Denver, Peter Boyles, has made that very point.


9 posted on 07/16/2014 12:38:44 AM PDT by beaversmom
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10 posted on 07/16/2014 12:39:30 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: South40

That would be an interesting topic to explore.


11 posted on 07/16/2014 12:39:36 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Another good one. You are great to brainstorm with.


12 posted on 07/16/2014 12:41:03 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Gun laws and racist past that lead to them converting our constitutional original meanings. Can go at state or federal level (or both).


13 posted on 07/16/2014 12:43:51 AM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: beaversmom
Against debt ceiling before for it (hmmm all prior 2008)

14 posted on 07/16/2014 12:44:05 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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15 posted on 07/16/2014 12:44:38 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: beaversmom
I found in my student days that the further you go from the typical hot button controversioal issues, the better your grade will be. The reason is, no matter what the beliefs of the teacher, they are going to be assaulted with 50 papers whose subject is probably close to being the same current hot button issue, which makes it boring for the teacher. My instructor banned the subject of abortion. Not because of his own views, and he never said what his own views were, but because he got papers on the subject so much that he just didn't want to read them any more, and making it interesting.

My paper was on the planet Mars and some of the theories of its past history. I got an A+, with a note thanking me for coming up with an interesting topic he had never heard of before.

16 posted on 07/16/2014 12:44:46 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Pieces of S..T, all of them.

That reminded me. Teacher is always going on about the financial industry and the housing crisis. Never once has mentioned government involvement. I wish I had more knowledge of the issue.


17 posted on 07/16/2014 12:47:42 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: LowOiL

Still issue today in Bama.... http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2014/07/shelby_countys_attorney_suppor.html#incart_river


18 posted on 07/16/2014 12:47:54 AM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: beaversmom

Why not do a research paper on one of the classic works of conservatism?

Hayek, Friedrich A. THE ROAD TO SERFDOM.
Hayek, Friedrich A. THE CONSTITUTION OF LIBERTY
Kirk, Russell. RIGHTS AND DUTIES
Adam Smith’s famous 1776 work, THE WEALTH OF NATIONS

Maybe a book by Thomas Sowell:

Thomas Sowell, APPLIED ECONOMICS.
Thomas Sowell. RACE AND CULTURE
Thomas Sowell. VISIONS OF THE ANOINTED
Thomas Sowell. CONQUESTS AND CULTURES
Thomas Sowell. A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
Thomas Sowell. The Vision of the Anointed.
Thomas Sowell. The Quest for Cosmic Justice

Also:

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Edmund Burke
Friedman
Mark Levin, Liberty and Tyranny
Mark Levin, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

The best way to do a good paper is to start with a good, rich, full, robust book that has some kick to it.


19 posted on 07/16/2014 12:48:34 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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Kelo vs. New London. The reason being that for a liberal prof this won’t ignite the kind of anger a topic like guns might. Kelo is a sympathetic figure. From a research standpoint it will be important to understand the majority decision and how it applied to the specific law in question, not just how it violated Ms. Kelo’s rights to property.


20 posted on 07/16/2014 12:48:56 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: beaversmom

Write it in Spanish and if you don’t get a good grade call the teacher/professor a hater and a racist and start demonstrations. /sarc


21 posted on 07/16/2014 12:49:06 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: beaversmom
and making it interesting.

My paper was on the planet Mars and some of the theories of its past history. I got an A+, with a note thanking me for coming up with an interesting topic he had never heard of before. and making it interesting.

oops, misplaced that text.

22 posted on 07/16/2014 12:49:08 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: beaversmom

How much meddling in other people’s lives too much?

Are freedom and responsibility linked?


23 posted on 07/16/2014 12:49:25 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: beaversmom
Red Skelton's Pledge

VIDEO: Red Skelton Pledge Of Allegiance, 14 January 1969

I: Me, an individual, a committee of one.

PLEDGE: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

ALLEGIANCE: My love and my devotion.

TO THE FLAG: Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there's respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job.

UNITED: That means that we have all come together.

STATES: Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.

AND TO THE REPUBLIC: A state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people, and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION: One nation, meaning "so blessed by God."

INDIVISIBLE: Incapable of being divided.

WITH LIBERTY: Which is freedom, the right of power to live one's own life without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

AND JUSTICE: The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.

FOR ALL: For all, which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: "under God." Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools too?

Red Skelton, 14 January 1969

24 posted on 07/16/2014 12:50:09 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: beaversmom

You’re already on a great place to practice English Composition in near real time. New topic ideas (threads) appear continually. Why pay for a course in same?


25 posted on 07/16/2014 12:50:14 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Vince Ferrer

Nice and good advice. I do want something a little creative/different. Wasn’t necessarily thinking of the teacher’s point of view, but I think you raise a valid point. My class is at community college and it’s a summer class so we have about 15 students in there. Want it to be interesting to read.


26 posted on 07/16/2014 12:50:37 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

“Never once has mentioned government involvement. I wish I had more knowledge of the issue.”

Thomas Sowell, Applied Economics


27 posted on 07/16/2014 12:50:54 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: beaversmom

Some jumping off points

http://www.academia.org/the-origins-of-political-correctness/

Willi Munzenberg
http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/charles-burris/useful-idiots-2/
http://www.conservapedia.com/Communist_front

“Propaganda” by Edward Bernays
http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/bernprop.html


28 posted on 07/16/2014 12:51:38 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: PastorBooks

Excellent ideas!


29 posted on 07/16/2014 12:52:18 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Elementary Lesson on Your Social Security

Just in case some of you generation X, Y, Boomers) didn't know this. It's easy to check out, if you don't believe it. Be sure and show it to your family and friends. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. FACTS ARE FACTS.

Social Security Cards, up till the 1980s, expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.

Here’s an old Social Security Card with the “NOT FOR DENTIFICATION” notation.

Our Social Security
When Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised

1. That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary,
---------No longer voluntary.

2. That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes into the Program.
---------Now, 7.65% on the first $90,000

3. That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductable from their income for tax purposes each year.
---------No longer tax deductable

4. That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Fund, and not into any other Government program.
--------- under President Johnson the SS monies were moved/comingled to the US General Fund and spent on the War on Poverty and Vietnam

5. That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.
---------Under Clinton & Gore, up to 85% of your Social Security can be taxed.

Since many have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month—and then now finding that we are taxed on 85% on the monies we had paid to the Federal Government to ‘put away (lock box / Trust Fund)’—you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which political party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and placed SS into the general fund so that the Administration/Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democrat controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which political party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democrat Party

Q: Which political party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democrat Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while Gore was Vice President of the US.

Q: Which political party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

A: President Jimmy Carter and the Democrat Party. Immigrants moved into this county, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments. The Democrat Party gave these payments to them, even though MANY never paid anything into SS.

Then, after violating the original SS contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and attempt to convince the US populace that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away! Similar to the Democrats misdirecting, lying about the truth how the Democrats really opposed the Civil Rights movements/laws. And the worst reality about it is uninformed citizens (low information voters) believe these incessant lies, enabled by an elitist media and limousine liberals
30 posted on 07/16/2014 12:52:28 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: cynwoody

It’s definitely helped in this class for me to have been on here over the years..and to be somewhat of a reader. Plus, I used to be a listener of talk radio.


31 posted on 07/16/2014 12:54:15 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Forgotten view of Social Security:

“The very existence of Social Security has convinced tens of millions of
people that government-mandated savings are utterly necessary for security
in our later years. …

“The cultural effects are profound. Before Social Security was created in
the late 1930s, it would have been equally crazy to suggest that the government
provide a secure and stable income for the aged by siphoning from their
paychecks in the early years. Indeed, the program has had a profound effect
on the way we view the role of government in society.

“Just as parents care for their young now, it was once well understood that
the middle-aged have a moral responsibility to care for their aging parents.
This establishes a social link between the generations, an interdependency
which is essential for the continuity of values and habits of a mature people.

“Social Security has also contributed to the crowding out of private charity,
an old and very serious problem associated with all state benefits. Why should
private associations bother to solve social problems widely understood to be
the responsibility of government?

“The great tragedy of our age is that we have forgotten how to imagine the
practical workings of a free and virtuous society. We have lost faith in our
ability to solve difficult social problems on our own and have instead
transferred our faith to public officials to solve our problems for us.”
- Rev. Robert Sirico, Acton Institute


32 posted on 07/16/2014 12:55:03 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: beaversmom

Dr. Walter E. Williams (who sometimes substitutes for Rush) recently posted a great article about “Spending and Morality.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2014/07/09/spending-and-morality-n1859549

You might ague in favor of a strict interpretation of the “General Welfare” clause of the Constitution versus the loose interpretation that politician’s use to justify all sorts of wonton spending.

Basically, argue against wasting tax-payer’s dollars and show the ways how it happens today. Argue why its bad and, for the other side, argue why politicians think it’s necessary.

Another interesting topic might be an argument paper against interventionist foreign policies versus what past administrations have followed since World Wars One and Two. Pat Buchanan often writes about this subject. His latest about it is here:

http://buchanan.org/blog/heres-barack-obama-richard-nixon-common-foreign-policy-6667

These articles are meant to get your thoughts going on a couple interesting topics. Remember to cite your sources! Don’t plagiarize! (You have to tell even the professionals not to do that these days! :-D )


33 posted on 07/16/2014 12:55:25 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Stand Watch Listen; beaversmom

Following up on SWL’s idea, malaria death’s world-wide since the ban of DDT. You could also throw in the devastating effects of dengue fever.


34 posted on 07/16/2014 12:55:30 AM PDT by Jemian (Kidney infection, malaria and dengue all in the same week)
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To: Jemian

You guys are great! That would be very interesting and unique. I didn’t know what to do the paper on, and after this thread I’m still not going to know because I’m going to have too many good ideas!


35 posted on 07/16/2014 12:57:31 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: BradyLS

You guys are too smart! Thank you.

And yes, learning about MLA, and how to do all that.

P.S. I do like Walter!


36 posted on 07/16/2014 12:58:52 AM PDT by beaversmom
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Thinking along the welfare line of thinking...maybe the school lunch program would be another.

There have been numerous articles since October 2013 setting forth that many school districts around the nation are up in arms about the self appointed 'lunch lady' Michelle's lunch dictates.

Many school districts are even contemplating foregoing receiving government commodities (to supplement the lunches) in order to CUT the Government draconian controlling strings.

37 posted on 07/16/2014 12:59:21 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: beaversmom
I like to argue with liberals. Here's an argument, if you believe in man made climate change, you should be against amnesty. Studies show people from poor countries increase their carbon footprint when they immigrate to a wealthy country. So, deporting illegal aliens is good for the environment.
You could argue that illegals don't do jobs Americans won't do, they do jobs Americans on Welfare should be doing. We have government housing projects full of low skilled Americans, and our schools pump out more every year.
Here's another, the federal government borrows 40cents of every dollar it spends. This will have to be repaid by future generations who have had no voice in how it was spent. Is this not taxation without representation?
38 posted on 07/16/2014 1:00:54 AM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: beaversmom

There are American Teenagers who are taking their Science Classes seriously. Some have designed potentially life saving devices. For instance; Jack Andraka was 15 years old when he devised a test for Pancreatic Cancer. Jack was given an assignment in digital arts class to create something. He ended up winning the $75K Grand Prize in 2013 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

18 y/o Eesha Khare of Saratoga, California won Intel’s Young Scientist Award 2013, by building a Supercharger that slides into your mobile phone’s battery, recharging it within 30 seconds. Eesha built a tiny super-capacitor and demonstrated it at a Science Fair. She won the $50K prize.

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school girl who was shot in the head by Taliban for the crime of seeking an education as a female child. Miraculously, she has recovered, and now speaks publicly in support of education for both boys and girls.


39 posted on 07/16/2014 1:01:53 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: BradyLS
Basically, argue against wasting tax-payer’s dollars and show the ways how it happens today. Argue why its bad and, for the other side, argue why politicians think it’s necessary.

I'd have to look no further than FR for all my sources. So infuriating. What did I see just today...something about a $500K study on mother-daughter dancing or something weird. I can't remember.

This was it:
Feds spend $500,000 to study whether mother-daughter dancing can cure obesity
FR Link to article

40 posted on 07/16/2014 1:02:27 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Keyword: 17th. You'll get dozens of links pro/con as to why the 17th amendment should be/not repealed.
41 posted on 07/16/2014 1:03:31 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: beaversmom

It is with a strange feeling that those of us who come from the Soviet Union look upon the West of today. It is as though we were neither neighbours on the same planet, nor contemporaries -and yet we contemplate the West from what will be your future, or look back seventy years, to see our past suddenly repeating itself.

And what we see is always the same, always the same as it was then: adults deferring to the opinion of their children; the younger generation carried away by shallow worthless ideas; professors scared of being unfashionable; journalists refusing to take responsibility for the words they squander so profusely; universal sympathy for revolutionary extremists; people with serious objections unable or unwilling to voice them; the majority passively obsessed by a feeling of doom; feeble governments; societies whose defensive reactions have become paralyzed; spiritual confusion leading to political upheaval.

What will happen as a result of all this lies ahead of us. But the time is near, and from bitter memory we can easily predict what these events will be.

Excerpt from "West's Betrayal of Civilization" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

42 posted on 07/16/2014 1:03:35 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (When the going gets tough...the Low Information President (LIP) goes golfing)
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To: lee martell
For instance; Jack Andraka was 15 years old when he devised a test for Pancreatic Cancer.

That is SO amazing. I've never had that disease in my family, but such a scary one! I'll have to look about Jack.

43 posted on 07/16/2014 1:03:53 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Here’s my idea. Did the Enlightenment Go Too Far? (Or choose your own title, of course).

But the basic premise would be to review what role literature has played in the moral decline of our civilization. Putting religion aside, exactly why is it that what used to be considered secular virtues, such as optimism, are now viewed as a human failing, and what used to be considered secular vices, such as pessimism, are now deemed as a sign of a deep-thinking, complex, and all around superior person?

Now, of course there are exceptions in critically acclaimed literature, in which the main character is someone who embraces a traditional virtue like optimism. However, in most cases this is only done when that character has some other human failing that can be seen as both a cause for, and a reason to excuse, that virtue. For example, the optimism of Don Quixote is excused by him being delusional, or to take an example from popular movies, the optimism of Forrest Gump is excused by his mental deficiency.

Looking back at a review of poetry, novels, and other literature from the Enlightenment to today, how else has the this served to turn other virtues into vices, and vice versa (pardon, and feel free to use, the pun).

Anyway, that would be a subject that I would find both interesting, and one that would also promote conservative principles in a way that would not be politically divisive, and perhaps may also be persuasive, to your liberal Professor.


44 posted on 07/16/2014 1:03:57 AM PDT by zencycler
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To: beaversmom

I think I would take an imaginary country...using all the current and accurate statistics...and tell a Paul Harvey-like story (”If I wanted to dismantle a society, this is how I’d do it”).

So you tell it from this prospective...that it’s not just 100,000 or 200,000....but that within five years...it could be a million a year.

So the federal government would manage this...by systemically moving them around. It wouldn’t make any sense to send them to California or New York state...so you send them onto Iowa, Mississippi, Georgia....and onto various voting districts.

You’d plot this out...taking over voting numbers of close Republican-Democratic districts. Then after a while, without telling your helpers...you’d then start to mass the groups in black districts and heavily black urban areas.

Your agenda doesn’t have anything to do with society...but with degrading what exists already.

The MS13 drug crowd? You kinda get to the end of your paper and just laugh....as you were paid by MS13 to make all this political agenda stuff happen, but it really doesn’t have anything to do with democracy or saving the kids or violence in Central America, or even with rigging up Democratic votes. It’s all done...to make MS13 a household product and name in America. Tell the story as Paul Harvey would tell it.


45 posted on 07/16/2014 1:06:55 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Stand Watch Listen
And what we see is always the same, always the same as it was then: adults deferring to the opinion of their children...

Last paper was a topic teacher picked regarding Ken Robinson and education, then he also added Paulo Freire to the mix. That was the idea I got from the limited reading I did about Freire...he wanted the line blurred between adults and children. So I added that to my paper. Referenced an article by Dennis Prager and the left's infatuation with the thoughts of children.

46 posted on 07/16/2014 1:08:06 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: pepsionice
(”If I wanted to dismantle a society, this is how I’d do it”).

Richard Lamm's writings would be a good source to consult for that.

47 posted on 07/16/2014 1:09:31 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Whether, without regard to if GMOs are good/bad/other, the public has a right to know if their food is GMO or not.


48 posted on 07/16/2014 1:11:19 AM PDT by mountainbunny (Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens ~ J.R.R. Tolkien)
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To: zencycler

Wow, you are a thinker! I don’t know that I could do that paper. If you do it, would you let me read it! Seriously.


49 posted on 07/16/2014 1:11:53 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Thanks - maybe in 10 years when I retire!


50 posted on 07/16/2014 1:15:48 AM PDT by zencycler
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