Article from NYT about Obamacare and the Supreme Court decision, but a para near the end made me think of Australia’s asylum seeker debate this week too. It talks of the opposition’s strategy of killing any reform ‘never mind the human consequences’. The Libs in Australia give me the same impression – say no to anything until they win the next election…
Nixon’s actions to ensure no peace deal before the 1968 election and then ordered a burglary prior to watergate:
“There was a lot to anger Americans, including (1) interference with a U.S. presidential election (2) by a foreign government (3) that more than 30,000 Americans had died defending (4) and in whose defense hundreds of thousands of other American soldiers were then risking their lives. This interference (5) involved sabotaging peace talks aimed at producing a settlement that would allow those American soldiers to come home. Add to that the evidence that (6) this sabotage had the secret encouragement of the presidential candidate (7) who profited from it politically in an election he won by less than 1 percent of the vote. This was a scandal that could have changed history, had it the government not kept it secret.”
Two important points for this:
1. Look up Executive Order 11246 (Affirmative Action re Equal Opportunity in workplace) and you get amended version, not original, even at US Archives.
2. Great LBJ domestic policy case study for DPHIS Democratic States
I saw similar in Lies My History Teacher Told Me, but it’s nice to have a few of these sorts of thing on the web for easy access. (There’s a little bit of naughty language if you don’t like ‘sh!t’)
I like the way he critiques the story, then asks if we should really believe that. Reminds me a little of when I just make random stuff up in class to see if the kids are actually listening – or just gullible!
Might even use this for TOK in the history section – easier than digging out Reynolds v Windschuttle stuff, and this has pictures!
I get a daily newsletter of Eureka Street with a couple of articles each day. Often they open my eyes to a side of Australia I’m completely unaware of. This is one of those.
In only a few hundred words, it outlines “The Talk” that African-American and Aboriginal parents give their kids when they are old enough to go out in public. “Never leave a shop without a shopping bag”, “never get in a lift alone with a white woman”, “never put your hands in your pockets when talking to the police”.
The Civil Rights movement may have been in the 60s, but there’s still a long way to go.