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I have been following and participating in the Twitter stream today and realized how much I missed it and yet at the same time how much it can get my blood pressure up when everyone gets discussing education reform and what the reality is versus what many out there want everyone to believe.

One of the things that I missed about being not on Twitter for so long, are little nuggets like this one that I got in a link at the The School Library Journal.

While reading this blog entry, I came across this quote from John F. Kennedy that I had read before, but had forgotten.

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.  ~John F. Kennedy”

I really think that we all need to read these words very closely and that the so-called unelected and our elected leadership needs to read them again and think about what he said, because this doesn’t seem to be the direction we are heading.

I guess I just want a more open and civil Country than it seems many of those in leadership positions believe we should have.  In today’s world of instant communication, 24/7 news, the Internet, the truth becomes blurred far too easily and when so many on both sides of the political spectrum hide behind dogma, slurs, innuendo and half-truths to ensure that a certain philosophy or agenda goes forward, it is a sad commentary on our future.

I wonder how many of those in leadership at whatever level they are at (local, state or national) whether they are conservative, liberal or somewhere in between – are afraid of the people they represent?  Is that why so many in positions of power don’t believe that the “public” should have all the information on an issue, so that we can make intelligent choices based on the truth, not on something less.

I guess that they believe that we should follow those with the best propaganda campaigns…not the truth.  Have we become a nation of special interests, who will do whatever it takes to ensure their position dominates others, not what is best for the Country as a whole.  Unfortunately, that may be the truth.

I am going to put this quote very prominently on all of my blogs – not that I expect much to change by doing so, but people will understand better where I am coming from and how I believe.  But I don’t believe that those words spoken by John F. Kennedy are listened to very much in today’s United States of America.

“Do the right thing for the right reason”