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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Did David Horowitz Solve the Mystery of the State Department's Involvement in Education?

I asked two questions in a previous blog about the State Department's involvement in a joint venture with the Department of Education. We discussed MO DESE promoting quite extensively "International Week" on its website, while making a passing reference (listing only the date) of US Constitution Week and Citizenship Day on the same site.

We are concerned with the emphasis on globalism at the expense of American exceptionalism. We linked to a letter from Hilary Clinton stating how the US and other countries together can resolve to work on poverty and hunger, climate change, public health, and economic revitalization. We questioned when and why the State Department became involved in educational agendas.

David Horowitz may have given us the answer. This is from the William Clinton Foundation website:

The William J. Clinton Foundation (WCF) was established by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2001 “to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment.” Claiming to be politically nonpartisan, the foundation administers several major programs, of which the best-known is the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

The goals sound identical in both Hilary's and Bill's press releases. Many of the sponsors of the Clinton Foundation are those who support cap and trade, and in fact, at this 2007 Summit, Bill Clinton advocated a form of Cap-and-Trade that would raise energy prices while purportedly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some CGI activities, such as this greenhouse-gas initiative, are of a highly political nature. Others, however, are not politicized – particularly those that focus their philanthropy on impoverished peoples in Africa.

Could it be The Clinton Foundation is a mixed bag of intentions? It seems some of the initiatives are not political but many are...look at the list of many of the sponsors and donors listed on the site. It is a Who's Who List of the Progressive Left: George Soros, The Center for American Progress, Al Gore, Ron Pollack. In fact, the Clinton Initiative is funded heavily by the Democracy Alliance:

Clinton Foundation donors Peter Lewis, Bren Simon, and George Soros are also members of the Democracy Alliance, the nonprofit that would create a permanent political infrastructure of nonprofits, think tanks, media outlets, leadership schools, and activist groups—a kind of “vast left-wing conspiracy” to compete with the conservative movement.

We return to our misgivings about the continuing push for international education goals vs constitutional goals. We have a clearer idea of where the agenda is originating and who is behind it. Now we can deduce why the State Department is partnering with the Department of Education.

This is from Foundation Watch in 2008:

Bill Clinton is masterminding his charitable foundation’s fundraising campaign at the same time that he advises his wife’s presidential campaign. Might that create some conflicts of interest? At the very least, linking nonprofit fundraising to political proximity is sure to generate lots of philanthropic clout—but to what end? Bill Clinton promises to disclose the names of donors to the William J. Clinton Foundation when his wife becomes president. How reassuring.

Hilary Clinton did not win her party's nomination but she accepted a national position with power and influence. Is Bill Clinton pushing his progressive left donors' agenda through the Secretary of State's office via the Department of Education? As noted above, Democracy Alliance wants to create a permanent political infrastructure of nonprofits, think tanks, media outlets, leadership schools, and activist groups. That is not reassuring.

International education, IB Curriculum, social justice vs The US Constitution indeed.


  1. Ring a bell?


  2. "Is Bill Clinton pushing his progressive left donors' agenda through the Secretary of State's office via the Department of Education?"

    Have a look at longtime Clinton friend, Strobe Talbot. A former 'Time' reporter, Clinton administration state dept official, president of the Brookings Institution, and admirer of Kant's essay 'Perpetual Peace' which laid the intellectual framework to do away with nation states and centralize power into internalized governance, the impetus behind the 'League of Nations' and the U.N. Talbot wrote "The Great Experiment" (subtitled "The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation"), and you get the 'uncontroversial' gist of it from the Amazon blurb From Publishers Weekly:

    "Talbott, deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration, makes an eloquent but predictable appeal for progress toward global governance under the auspices of the United Nations, which he sees as humanity's destined path since tribes began forming states, and since states have sought an alternative to international anarchy. The major obstacle to the new order, according to Talbott (Engaging India), is the United States, whose massive power and individualist principles encourage its citizens to regard limiting national authority as unnatural."

    None of this is new of course, one of the more mild examples out there is this one from the National Education Association Journal, 1946, which published "The Teacher and World Government" by Joy Elmer Morgan, editor of the "NEA Journal" from 1921 through 1955, which says in part: "In the struggle to establish an adequate world government, the teacher can do much to prepare the hearts and minds of children for global understanding and cooperation. At the very top of all the agencies which will assure the coming of world government must stand the school, the teacher and the organized profession."

    The I.B. is just the latest in a long line of ventures promoting int'l agreements on 'rights' and treaties and agreements, which all gradually force change and centralization from the top down. It doesn't take a huge leap, to see that for a nation to yield its standards and laws in favor of an extra national set of standards and laws, it will eventually dissolve its status as an independent and sovereign Nation State, into just one of many little 's' states, interconnected to others and subordinate to the laws of a single international body.

    The only thing that's new today is that people are finally starting to look at them and instead of scoffing and saying "Oh... they don't really mean that!", they're starting to say "Oh! They really mean that!"

    Let's hope it not too late... or better yet, come on people, forget about hoping and do something about it, takeover the takeover, get involved and speak out!


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