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Each day, we awake expecting things to be the same as they were the night before.  That's normal.  But things are always changing - darkness gives way to light, people get older, and each person's current situation changes.  We deal with the changes and that's normal.

America's current situation dictates that we are on the cusp of a new normal.  Like Colorado's September floods, the situation started slowly, was totally improbable (an average year's worth of rain in a week), and left all of us dealing with a new normal.  At the least, some valleys and streams have been permanently altered.  Bridges and roads were washed out and some of us had to find new routes to and from our homes.  Some people's homes are partially or totally gone.  Some people lost land, livestock, pets and at worst, family members.

There are two American Dreams right now, and they cannot exist simultaneously.  One is the old-fashioned American Dream, where under the Constitution's protection of each individual's natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, America became the most peaceful and prosperous nation on earth.  Knowing that all people are created equal and are to be equally protected under the law, we were free to dream and to work to achieve our dreams.

The other is the Dream of a Socialist Utopia, with the promise "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need."  With this government, an elite few decide which laws must be observed by whom and how much of what each person earns they will be allowed to keep.  Since this government must divide the population, taking by force from some and giving unearned to others, there is no "normal" Socialist, and no security in person or property.  Like Detroit, the society atrophies and the entire civilization is ruined. 

A good friend sent me an email on Friday, November 8th, suggesting that with Veteran's Day on the following Monday, we should do something that evening at the Boulder County Movie Nights to honor our Veterans.  As usual when I'm looking for something patriotic, I opened my copy of the Course of Study for the Public Schools of Colorado, printed for the school year of 1912.  And, as usual, it did not disappoint.  I couldn't help but think that if our current course of study for the State of Colorado was still only 296 pages long and still included a curriculum for all grades in all schools that offers suggestions for teaching all classes, but leaves the implementation of said teaching to the local teachers and families, then our children might still be getting a good education.  And if it was still suggested that "the following patriotic service is to be committed to memory," then the generations of students since 1912 might still know why it is so wonderful to be an American Citizen.

Prepared by Dr. John Grasse
(From pages 295 and 296, the last pages in the 1912 Course of Study for the Public Schools of Colorado, Issued by The Department of Public Instruction.)
The following patriotic service is to be committed to memory and used upon all patriotic anniversaries and occasions by the elementary and high schools.  The extent and frequency of its use in the elementary grades will be determined by the principal.

FIRST – Color-bearer enters room carrying the flag.  The pupils all rise to their feet and remain standing until the flag leaves the room.