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Beware the Plutocrats’ Revisionist History: Question Everything

June 2, 2013

Here is my answer, my book review of: “Efrain Rios Montt: Servant or Dictator?” on Amazon, found here:
http://www.amazon.com/Efrain-Rios-Montt-servant-dictator/dp/0884491102/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370118641&sr=1-1&keywords=rios+montt+biography

This story gives the other side of the historical revisionist model, fed to us by the international corporate-media complex that would like to deceive us into buying into their fascist/socialist farce.

It is another example of both sides of the bad guys finding a convenient scapegoat. While the atrocities committed by openly atheist and Communist guerrillas are ignored and blamed on any “rightist” government handy, the slightest “rightist” slight is exaggerated, invented, twisted.

This is pure revenge against Rios Montt, a convenient target, for actually bringing the Indian tribes in question here into the economic like (“beans”) while arming them to defend themselves against the ruthless and brutal guerrillas (“guns”).

#1. The “Left” (a front for international fascist/socialism, which is a front for a small super-capitalist-banker NWO clique while claiming to oppose it) hates him for doing the opposite of what he is accused of doing. He organized the program to bring the Indians into economic life and arming them against the extremely violent guerrillas, who often used the Indians as cover so they would get the blame and to try to provoke retaliation. —Provoking retaliation was a tactic I learned about when I was a Communist myself–.

#2. The faction among the landowners that wanted to rob land from the Indians hate him for stopping their plans, some of them falsely accusing some of the Indians of guerrilla activity.

#3. There were some corrupt colonels and generals, no doubt, getting benefit from cooperating with the landowners, so they hate him too. Besides, he is a convenient scapegoat.

#4. Many of the corrupt rich hated his rule –and colluded with the generals to get rid of him later– because he was fair to all, and the day he was ousted was the same day that a national sales tax would go into effect, a percentage tax that the rich could not escape.

#5. NOT LEAST, the Roman Catholic hierarchy must have hated him because he was an evangelical. There is a faction among them that was fierce against my own missionary work in the Dominican Republic, of whom I once met a Jesuit priest. They have a more peaceful face than the history we know, but they are still trying to take over all of Christendom again. These are glad to revise history.

Efrain Rios Montt’s reputation among Guatemalans of honesty and integrity is why the military commanders to ask him to be president. Guatemalans had roared against the recent obviously fraudulent re-election of the previous president demanding his removal, but they didn’t trust the military at the time either.

Rios Montt was their compromise. Or cover, maybe?

He didn’t heed their radio calls for a long time. They found him working at the church where he taught Sunday school. If he were the bad guy as painted by this late kangaroo court, he would not have reacted like he did. “Sorry, boys, I have to take some time and pray about this and get counsel with the brethren”.

I’VE SEEN THIS HISTORY REVISIONISM BEFORE. In fact all the international press you heard about Honduras in 2009 is exactly upside down, inside out. Manuel Zelaya was “elected” –and he admitted his fraud in an interview with Jorge Ramos of Univision, he violated the Constitution he swore to obey and wanted a different one, he advocated re-election which was explicitly both forbidden in that Constitution and defined it as “treason”. Honduras was fed up with fraudulent re-election lifetime presidents when they ratified that Constitution in 1982.

Zelaya was auto-coup dictator by 2009, the people in an uproar against him and with constant demonstrations against him. The CIA may have interfered to help Chavez install Zelaya as lifetime dictator, certainly the US ambassador had endorsed his fraudulent referendum/survey cover-story plans, and was in the presidential palace Saturday night June 27 helping with those plans.

Honduras did not want to be another Bolivia or Ecuador or Cuba or Venezuela. Yuck! they said. They are already poor enough, they said. Now history revisionists have twisted the story.

This book is one under-funded attempt to right the wrong propaganda, a counter to the flood of lies coming at us from the NWO oligarchy.

And now, finally, it seems that the liars and revisionists did an over-reach and they are getting at least some blowback, from both the “LEFT” AND THE “RIGHT”. Former guerrillas join “rightists” in blasting what they call an “infestation of Marxists” in the Attorney-General’s office.

From the Miami Herald:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/24/3415188/reversal-of-rios-montt-verdict.html

GUATEMALA CITY — The overturning this week of former military dictator Gen. Efrain Rios Montt’s conviction on charges stemming from Guatemala’s brutal civil war has created a surprising consensus among critics on both the left and the right: Prosecutors badly overreached when they tried to pin accusations of genocide on the 86-year-old former president.

Despite sharp divisions over the civil war – the legal process against Rios Montt exposed that underlying issues of racism and inequality are still-open wounds – starkly opposing forces are united in criticizing the prosecution for saying that ethnic hatred, and not economic or ideological issues, was the root of the war. They include two former Marxist guerrillas and a right-wing activist who asserts that Marxists infest the Attorney General’s Office.

“To affirm that a genocide occurred is to twist history,” said Adrian Zapata, a sociologist who was a guerrilla commander during the civil war, which gripped Guatemala from 1960 until peace accords were signed in 1996. “What happened wasn’t an ethnic war like between the Hutus and the Tutsis in Rwanda.”

A fellow former guerrilla leader, Gustavo Porras, said Rios Montt had deployed soldiers in a scorched-earth campaign in the remote Ixil Triangle region because rebels had a strong presence in the area, not because he sought to wipe out the Ixil Maya, one of 21 ethnic Mayan groups in the nation.

“The Ixil area was the home of the EGP,” Porras said, using the Spanish initials of the Guerrilla Army of the Poor, a faction in the insurgency known as the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity. “It moved through that area for decades.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/24/3415188/reversal-of-rios-montt-verdict.html#storylink=cpy

Fact-Checking the Fact Checkers: Is Class Size Over-rated?

May 27, 2012
Cover of "Stand and Deliver"

Cover of Stand and Deliver

That’s true but the Orwell-aware citizen should fact-check the fact-checkers.

For instance at the ABC link they seemed to favor the criticisms against Romney for his comments that class size doesn’t matter as much as we used to think.

Actually, even Arne Duncan, Obama’s own education secretary, was right that it isn’t “as important as some necessarily think”.

How about that, an Obama cabinet secretary has told the truth at least once. Here’s what he said, following a reference to Romney’s comments:

Cutter also hammers Romney on classroom size, saying, “Mitt Romney made some more ridiculous claims and assertions this week, this time on education policy. He even had the nerve to tell a group of educators that: ‘It’s not the classroom size that’s driving the success of those school systems.’”

The problem is that Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, has also suggested classroom size isn’t as important as some necessarily think.

“We spent billions of dollars to reduce class size. As a parent, we all love small class size,” Duncan told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “But the best thing you can do is get children in front of an extraordinary teacher. So other countries have higher class sizes but extraordinary talent in those rooms.”

We have at least one example in the person of Jaime Escalante, the teacher who was at the center of the book and movie “Stand and Deliver“. His classes were the most popular at his East Los Angeles high school, and there was so much demand for his classes and demand to get into them that his class size only kept growing ever year.

And his results should have shamed the teachers’ unions across the country into oblivion with their demands of seniority over results and a maximum class size.

They finally pushed him all the way out because he fought the union tooth and nail and face to face, and finally retired in disgust to his native Bolivia.

No wonder “Johnny Can’t Read”, and Jane can’t calculate when they get their diploma.

LIke they used to joke in my kids’ high school (they’re better now I think), the graduates can’t read their own diplomas!

The best solution for education is to free it from the chains of political hegemony, set it free for parents and private schools and private charities to take care of.  Political money is a poison pill, and all tax money outlays are political, without exception, because they are filtered through people with their hands in our pockets. It corrupts everything and distorts the market.

Evidence of this is just to look at the private school competition. Yes, millionaires and billionaires can send their kids wherever they want to, and their kids do better than the ones in the inner cities. Part of it is context, but private concerns have to compete for discretionary spending like that. Government vouchers doesn’t solve it all, though, because government is a lousy operator in matters of concern to parents. Look at the raid on the community in East Texas where the social workers who are supposed to look out for the children traumatized them by cutting off their communication with parents and trying to get them to say bad things about their mothers and fathers.

 

Oh, yes, and the president of the United States too. He has his kids in a private school in Washington DC, while he is cutting off the scholarships for the poor black kids in the District of Columbia. Hey! What is wrong with that picture?