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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Geography is The Same as Politics

High school teacher's comments investigated by district - I think this guy desperately wants to be a college professor instead of a high school teacher.

"I'm not saying Bush and Hitler are exactly the same, obviously they're
not. OK? But there are some eerie similarities to the tones that they use," says
Bennish in his critique of U.S. economic and foreign policy.
Towards the end
of the class, Bennish goes on to say, "I'm not in anyway implying that you
should agree with me, I don't even know if I'm necessarily taking a position.
But what I'm trying to get you to do is to think about these issues more in
depth and not to just take things from the surface."

I actually think the quotes there are pretty tame compared to some of the things he says on the tape. The man actually proposes the idea that the U.S. and Mexico will go to war because of some chant by the crowd at a soccer game that was against Americans. Right. Gotcha.

And what is this fascination with comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler? I have noticed this a lot in some of my college classes, and it baffles me. I don't care if you like the current administration or not, there is no comparison. At all. Get over it.

Listening to the tape, there is just so much here to comment on, I don't know where to start. The tenth grader who is taping him is actually more logical and thoughtful than the teacher. That's pretty scary.

(Live blogging the tape) The teacher is now preaching at his students about how the "intelligence world works" because, quite obviously, he is a seasoned veteran of covert operations the world wide.

We are also evil because we (the U.S.) were willing to let thousands die to get rid of Castro. Eh?

Now he is defending al Qaeda for their attacks because the CIA and FBI had offices in the World Trade Center. Beautiful.

He then absolves himself from any responsibility with the words "You need to decide this for yourselves."

Ahh, listen to the tape if you can. Kind long, but it makes up for that by infuriating you.

7 comments:

plane geek said...

Rosen had the student that taped Bennish in studio on Weds and it was pretty eye opening. Of course Bennish refused to come on Rosen's show...I wonder why???

Mr. Twisted said...

I wondered about that, how much coverage this was getting there. Yeah, gee I can't imagine why he wouldn't go on Rosen's show. Oh wait, yes I can. It's a lot easier to preach to a bunch of high school kids than it is when there are some adults who will shoot you down. What a knob.

cuz said...

I am always so proud when it becomes national news that one of these morons is from Colorado....
J.

Mr. Twisted said...

Yeah, what's the deal with that? First Ward "dances with fags" Churchill, now this guy. You're all a bunch of commies, aren't you!

Jonathan Scott said...

Yes they are, except for Jeff- the only guy that stuck up for me when you all jumped on my case a few weeks ago. Jeff and I KILL commies!

I was thinking about how you would debate this guy. He believes that capitalism is a system that ignores humanity because it does not provide for basic human needs. How do you argue with that? I tried to argue with a girl from Russia about governement run health care. They always use stories to back up their arugments as opposed to overarching truths of life. And they have to, because you can't argue socialism from a logical standpoint- it's gotta pull your heart strings.

Mr. Twisted said...

People that argue with nothing more than anecdotal statistics are almost not even worth the trouble. Example: The subject of people in the military having a different view of the war than anyone else came up in my Poli Sci class. The Paris Hilton look-a-like next to me shreeks "The only reason anyone even joins the military is for college money. That's what my friend says and he's in the Army. I could call him right now and prove it to you!"

Seriously, how do you argue with intelligence of that level. You end up stuck in a stupid circle, saying the same things over and over.

For guys like this teacher mentioned here, my suggestion (and what I try to do) is ask for proof. If you want to compare President Bush to a dictator? Fine. Show me some evidence. You can start by showing me all the territory that the U.S. claims as its own that it didn't have before his administration.

I won't be dragged into an argument based on emotion. I put the responsibility of the argument on their side and just comment where I can. I truly do enjoy debates, but when the person is so wound up as to not accept the possibility of another point of view, it becomes an excercise in futility.

~E said...

Jonathan:

If you're looking for a moral defense of Capitalism, check out the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism at http://moraldefense.com

You may also be interested in reading 'Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal'. by Ayn Rand, of course. =)