Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Thursday November 27th 2014

Self-Educated Man

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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 6


The President's Duty to Faithfully Execute the Law. According to Art. II, Sect. 3 of the Constitution, what is the President's duty? According to Lincoln, what does a man trample on, when he tramples on the law? According to Rep. Goodlatte, what is the value of strictly observing even bad laws until they are repealed? In a republic, why else, in your opinion, is obedience to laws put in place according to the process outlined in the Constitution, regardless of our personal opinions, important, if not vital?

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Middle-School Winners Prep for the International GRE

Middle-School Winners Prep for the International GRE

Why American Middle School Students Should Start Taking the International Graduate Record Exam Seriously BY ROBERT OLIPHANT My name is Bob and I’ve discovered that lots of middle school students (12, 13, and 14) are starting to worry about their parents going into big time debt for college expenses later on — this as chillingly charted [...]

Stand Up Speaking Skills and Spoken Professional American Dictionary English

Stand Up Speaking Skills and Spoken Professional American Dictionary English

By Robert Oliphant About the author. . . . Oliphant’s best known book, A Piano for Mrs. Cimino, was a Reader’s Digest selection worldwide; its film version (still viewed worldwide) won a Monte Carlo award for Bette Davis.  He studied English Philology at Stanford (PhD 1962) under Herbert Meritt, who had studied Indo-European linguistics at [...]

Recommended Reading and the National Association of Scholars

Recommended Reading and the National Association of Scholars

By Robert Oliphant Recommended reading, very much like physical exercise, has always been fair game for American cranks. Certainly anyone who has looked at the Harvard Classics would have been puzzled by the presence of Calvin’s “Institutes,” or the Syntopticon’s bizarre decision to reject the Samuel Putnam translation of Rabelais in [...]

Educational Testing versus Educational Scamming — A Thorstein Veblen Perspective

Educational Testing versus Educational Scamming — A Thorstein Veblen Perspective

By Robert Oliphant With mainstream sources like the LA Times (7/24/2011) on their side, Americans can now feel comfortable in recognizing the runaway extravagance of their universities, e.g., the fact that American university tuition and fees have risen “five times as fast as inflation during the last 30 years” (Economist, July 9th). By way [...]

Memorization, American Dictionaries, and Biblical Names: An Opportunity for Personal-Best Learners

Memorization, American Dictionaries, and Biblical Names: An Opportunity for Personal-Best Learners

Most Americans will agree that Sunday school does not hurt young people. Tedious though lectures and discussions may be, they certainly inoculate listeners against the ego-trip horrors that await them later on in university lecture halls. Memorizing Biblical names is equally wholesome.  Even better, it now represents an open invitation for [...]

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