DMV: We Used to the Waiting

Kids play T-ball, then baseball; they play games and have practice every week and, if they’re serious about it, pre-season and post-season too. We never think, “Let’s have kids play baseball for eight weeks in seventh grade,” and then expect that in five years they can join the majors or even be on a college team. But for some reason we do this with civics. We say, “We’re going to have you do a penny harvest in fifth grade and a service learning project in tenth grade, and then we’ll teach you abstractly about government for a semester in twelfth grade.” Then our students enter the major leagues of citizenship, and we give them the vote and expect them to keep our country going. And that’s just crazy!

Meira Levinson talking about her new book No Citizen Left Behind. (via bostonreview)

Wow. Just, wow. Quote of the week.

(via motherjones)

This is such a valid point.


The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your I.Q. can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.

Noted conservative GEORGE WILL, on Romney’s campaign appearance with Donald Trump, on ABC News This Week

(via The Colbert Report)

Finally this guy said something worth repeating.


Activate the Mechanism!: Carville: Wake up Democrats; you could lose →

abaldwin360:

By James Carville, CNN Contributor

(CNN) — A long time ago a great three-time governor of Louisiana, Earl Long, said about Jimmie Davis, the two-time not very good governor of Louisiana, “You couldn’t wake up Jimmie Davis with an earthquake.”

As I go around the country and see various…

People think the next 6 months is going to be a breeze. Don’t believe the hype.


thedailywhat:

Campaign Slogan of the Day: After much speculation, the Obama campaign has finally settled on a campaign slogan — “Forward” — announcing it today with this seven-minute(!) video.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney released his own video this morning, “Broken Promises,”which argues that Obama failed to keep his pledge to cut government programs that do not work.

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This is a great new video from President Obama, keep us moving #forward!