Since 9/11, there has been a lot of talk about what it means to be a "patriot." Is it someone who is willing to go to war? Maybe a patriot is someone who is willing to make hard decisions. I don't think so. To me, true patriotism lies in a willingness to remember what your nation is supposed to be about, and then acting on it. Patriotism is not about blind loyalty to your nations leaders or founders, it is about a willingness to always look for the truth. Patriotism is about making your nation better than it's ever been before, and making it better for everyone, not just the rich. I say that there is no better tribute to the last couple of centuries of progress than to continue to progress.
Call them "Killing teachers' unions," "Getting rid of teachers," and oh yeah, "Pay for Performance."
I got as far as reading the first one, and it makes me want to vomit.
I sent the committee my response (and posted it on my blog) so that I can at least be on record as disgusted before they ignore me and 90% of the public that took the trouble to express their opinions over the last week, pat themselves on the back and ram it through.