Is the Hard Left at War With the American Idea?

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toiletpaper_constitutionI think the current controversy over immigration reform points to a larger issue in America today, which is that Americans are essentially split on the very idea of what America is and should be.

It used to be that Americans mostly agreed that in order to attain citizenship, immigrants had to not only come to this country legally but also demonstrate, after training and study in the American system, that they believed in the unique United States Constitution and embraced what it means to be an American. Though that still occurs in the naturalization process, we seem to have abandoned it altogether in connection with the immigration debate.

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Senator Chuck Grassley Seeks to Defund Common Core

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commoncorethumb-630x286Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking his colleagues to eliminate U.S. Department of Education funding used to develop or implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

He sent a letter Wednesday to the chair and ranking member of the subcommittee that would oversee such funding.

“We ask that the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill include language to restore state decision-making and accountability with respect to state academic content standards,” Grassley began.

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