"Let us by wise and constitutional measures
promote intelligence among the people
as the best means of preserving our liberties."
James Monroe
(1758-1831), 5th US President
First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1817
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This quote will give you an A+ in school... Well it gave me an A+
 -- Sean, Massachusetts     
    If only our government would stick to "...constitutional measures...".
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    If only our government would promote intelligence.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
     -- Anonymous, Fort Wayne     
    No intelligence in D C today.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    The terms intelligence and education are not interchangeable.
    We have at this point a population of economic ignoramuses who have very little appreciation for the history of our nation - because they have been fed a plethora of politically correct claptrap - they have been tricked into voting away their future wealth, without understanding that 37% or more will be transferred to the Welfarian class,( and that does not include their federal taxes) Our educational system brings in the ACLU to talk to high schoolers, but where are the business owners or CPAs? Our youth need a dose of reality so the can make informed decisions, not fall for every socialist sound bite that gets repeated in media until the lie becomes accepted.
     -- H Rearden, Burr Ridge IL     
    Note he said "promote" intelligence "by constitutional measures." Also, the federal government had NO powers to do anything within the States to 'provide' education. But through ignorance and post-Civil War nationalism, the federal government has usurped its jurisdiction and are intimately involved in regulating the education of our youth. Looking at today's curriculum, there is hardly anything that is taught that does not lift up the State as supreme and the individual as a perpetual ward of the State. We are not taught to be risk-takers and innovators, we are taught to be obedient to government 'authority.' We have come a long way, baby!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Very well said Rearden, and Archer. Business owners and CPAs ? Post-Civil War nationalism ? Risk takers and innovators the government wishes to keep an eye on, or isolate perhaps to observe. We are at liberty ! Promote intelligence. Preach and teach the Constitution at all cost !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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