Rand Paul Lies About Common Core

Rand Paul continues to fight bravely in the right’s War on Facts, perhaps earning a Confederate Medal of Honor for a recent email attack on some of his fellow presumptive Republican presidential candidates regarding the Common Core education standards. He listed Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker and Chris Christie as backers of the plan, about which he said:

Senator Rand Paul on Thursday took shots at Common Core education standards and potential 2016 rivals in an aggressive fundraising e-mail from his political-action committee.

With the subject line “Rotten to the core,” the Kentucky Republican criticized the education standards as containing “anti-American propaganda, revisionist history that ignores the faith of our Founders and data-tracking of students from kindergarten on.”

There’s just one little problem with that: Common Core does not contain any history curriculum at all:

But while the Common Core is a set of math and English standards, it does not have a history, civics, or social studies curriculum. The only readings the Common Core requires are the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s second inaugural address.

That sure sounds like anti-American propaganda to me!

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  • Loqi

    Revising history is one of America’s favorite activities. Leaving it out is extremely un-American. How dare they?!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    and Lincoln’s second inaugural address.

    Was that the one where he said he was hoping to go out with a bang?

  • John Pieret

    Rand Paul continues to fight bravely in the right’s War on Facts

    Give ’em a break! They can’t come up with coherent policies to deal with the phony problems they concoct, so how could they deal with real problems?

  • Sastra

    Maybe he was referring to the math problems:

    “Zack hates America 3 times as much as Bella does. Finn hates America half as much as Zack (though he still hates it, as does Bella.) If Bella hates America at a 6 on the scale of loathing, how much does Finn hate America?”

  • raven

    Rand Paul’s vaccine comments expose his greatest weakness as a presidential candidate Vox. com:

    On Monday, likely 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul stuck his foot in his mouth on, of all issues, vaccinations. Paul’s Achilles heel is his ///

    Not his only problem.

    Yesterday Dr. Rand Paul said vaccinations cause profound mental problems.

    False, a long known lie. They don’t cause autism. We in fact, know what causes autism, a high genetic component.

    Guy is a quack.

    We also know what lack of vaccinations causes. Death and serious lifelong disabilities, not all the time but often enough. It’s estimated that before modern medicine, half of all children died before age 5.

  • raven

    I’ve seen enough of Rand Paul. As an MD he should know basic medicine.

    He is wearing a normal person mask, about 1 mm. thick.

    And under that mask is a raving loon. Just like his father, Ron Paul.

  • http://www.aquaticape.org anthrosciguy

    “We the people” is pretty much the antithesis of modern conservative views of what the USA should be about.

  • freemage

    “Common Core” is the educational system version of “Thanks Obama”.

    I just read a story about a school in Texas where a kid was suspended because he told a classmate that his Ring of Power would let him make the other kid disappear. Yes, he was suspended for bringing Sauron’s One Ring to class.

    So in the comments, some wanker lists off a bunch of other “Zero Tolerance for Threats” suspensions that, if accurate, are pretty stupid–“Kid pointed fingers in air and said boom,” “Kids playing cops and robbers” and so forth. At the end of it? He blamed Common Core. Which is impressive, since, y’know, these policies were all mostly a reaction to Columbine, and thus have been on the books for 2 decades before Common Core was even a social-engineering twinkle in Obama’s eye.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    No, raven, he’s not a “raving loon;” he’s a spoiled right-wing brat repeating whatever lie or bullshit will get him attention at any given time, with absolutely no sense of personal responsibility. He’s a knowing fraud, and he’s fully in control of himself, and fully responsible for his actions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    “The only readings the Common Core requires are the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s second inaugural address.”

    Yes, but none of those explicitly state that Jesus is lord and king of America, so of course they are anti-American.

    In all seriousness, I cannot understand why Randy Paul has fans on the left. He combines his father’s crackpot economic ideas with a big dose of Christian Dominionism. Just because he said a few good things about drone use (which he almost immediately walked back) doesn’t mean he’s your friend.

  • eric

    The raving against Common Core tickles me, given that they used the GOP-approved process to develop it. It relied on the voluntary participation of state governments to design it, and its voluntary state governments that implement it. Isn’t that the way we’re supposed to be doing it, GOP? I guess not when it yields a policy result you don’t like, eh?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    raven #5: Yesterday Dr. Rand Paul said vaccinations cause profound mental problems.

    It gets worse.

    Rand Paul links vaccines to ‘mental disorders’; Christie argues for ‘choice’

    “I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” he said. “I think the parents should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.

    Paul thinks children are property! How does this square with his previously stated belief that fetuses are persons?

    The Republican from Kentucky enjoys a national grassroots network of support around his Life at Conception Act, which gives legal rights to a zygote (fertilized egg) as a “person” under the 14th, Amendment, thus banning abortion, as Paul explained in this video, “once and for all.”

    Strange that he should specifically invoke the 14th amendment there; because if children are persons and property, that equates to slavery. At least he’s correct that it is certainly an issue of freedom.

  • raven

    The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.”

    Paul thinks children are property! How does this square with his previously stated belief that fetuses are persons?

    Yeah, it does get worse.

    I just read the headline last night. And immediately fell back in my chair. Followed by a large glass of Chardonnay.

    I really despise medical quacks in general and anti-vaxxers in particular. Having seen three people, two of them small children, die of vaccine preventable viral diseases.

    And FWIW, under US law, children are not considered property. They are considered US citizens and human beings, although they don’t have all the rights and responsibilities of adults.

    Speaking of medical quacks, I now despise Rand Paul. For Cthulhu’s sake, he is making Reptilian Shapeshifter Romney look good. All Romney wants is money and power. Rand Paul is a lunatic fringer and a christofascist.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    eric “The raving against Common Core tickles me, given that they used the GOP-approved process to develop it. It relied on the voluntary participation of state governments to design it, and its voluntary state governments that implement it. Isn’t that the way we’re supposed to be doing it, GOP?”

    To be fair, Obama.

  • John Pieret

    Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.

    Ah, then, Paul is against laws prohibiting child abuse? After all, you are allowed to abuse your own property. It has long been recognized that the state has an interest in protecting children that trumps the parent’s “freedom” to do what they will to them.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Reginald Selkirk says: “I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” he said. “I think the parents should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.”

    .

    Paul thinks children are property! How does this square with his previously stated belief that fetuses are persons?

    .

    Well, duh! When they’re born, they become property; they’re people when they’re still fetuses.

    .

    That’s why it’s criminal to harm a cute little zygote, but OK to beat bratty children to clarify the nature of God’s love for them, or exorcise the demons of curiosity and reason, or send them to horrific boot camps to stamp out uppity behavior.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.

    Wow, never has one simple sentence so neatly summed up the pure and blatant fraud that is libertarian ideology.

    When they’re born, they become property; they’re people when they’re still fetuses.

    And thanks for that simple yet telling sentence too.