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The Idaho Statesman has certainly revealed investigative news this year that has been of grave importance to the Constitution Party of Idaho.
For example, it broke the story that Mr. Steven D. Pankey, who sought the endorsement of the Constitution Party, was in fact a homosexual extremist who actively advocated “same sex” so-called marriage in Idaho…a weird position entirely contrary to the platform of the Constitution Party. He was not endorsed.
CP-Idaho was, before the Idaho Statesman report, completely unaware of the gentleman’s peculiar lifestyle, as it is euphemistically called. Thus, by their revealing this, we owe a debt of gratitude to the newspaper. The damage that stealth candidate could have wrought, had we remained ignorant of his belatedly admitted true identity, doubtless would have been an order of magnitude greater.
As we all know, it is difficult to guard against willful deception. That was the case with the afore-named gentleman. We need not go into salubrious details, but suffice it to say that the gentleman libeled a great many people, and lied over an extended period of time. We use this example of willful deceit to bring up another recent case .
Once again, we are indebted to the Idaho Statesman. It has uncovered certain, um, falsehoods made by yet another 2014 candidate for office. This time it was a Republican.
We refer to Mrs. Sherri Ybarra, Republican candidate for Idaho School Superintendent. Apparently, Mrs. Ybarra also issued a number of her own whoppers, flame broiled, over pants on fire.
The Statesman reported today, 23 October 2014, that Mrs. Ybarra’s campaign committed (and in fact admitted) plagiarism. She lifted material from her opponent’s website, and apparently tried to pass that copy off as if it were her own. Plagiarism in the educational field is, of course, also very taboo…treated almost as an unpardonable sin.
And the Statesman pointed out that Mrs. Ybarra seemingly padded her credentials. But in so doing, the Republican may have been too clever by half. In an attempt to plush up her resume, she invented an educational degree. The Statesman seemed somewhat incensed by the prevarications that it was an “innocent” error. A crass attempt to deceive better describes it. In any case, the degree being claimed, or implied, does not exist. So Mrs. Ybarra has not been forthright.
In terms of educational credentials, Mrs. Ybarra does not score so well when compared to her Democrat opponent. Dr. Jana Jones, for the office of Idaho School Superintendent. So, what does a “principled” Republican do?
Why, substitute a shell game for substance. Hope you can sell the phantom pea to those reflexive “R” voters in Idaho. Count on ignorance and laziness. That’s a heck’uv a strategy.
At any rate, with plagiarism already in the back pocket, the mere inflation of an educational specialist degree (Ed.S) is no big deal. The hat trick tried to make that Ed.S “look” like it was a doctorate degree, by claiming she earned something called an “EdDs in Educational Leadership” a couple months ago in August, 2014.
In no way does “Ed.S” revised to read “EdDs” merit the benefit of doubt that it was an innocent typo. No. Its intent is quite clear, deliberate, at least it is to us. The intent was…Deception, with a capital D. Besides, as we understand it. no such “EdDs” degree even exists. There is an Ed.D…which is to say a doctorate in education. That doctorate, the Republican Ybarra does not possess. Her opponent, Dr. Jones, however…does. So, regardless of how one reads it, that attempted trick is unprincipled.
In terms of dishonorable deceit, Mrs. Ybarra joins Mr. Pankey in the 2014 Idaho Candidate Hall of Shame. Neither one of them warrant, in our opinion, any further consideration by any Idaho voter. Incidentally, the article on Mrs. Ybarra is found here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/23/3443475/ybarra-hasexaggerated-her-degree.html?sp=/99/101/244/1309/
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Perhaps upon finally realizing that their sheer fabrications over public education were too immodest (or indecent), the Idaho Republicans are now issuing new skimpy coverlets of pretended support…now that we find ourselves in an election year.
In the vulgar, numerous and quite colorful descriptions may be found for such scanty attire. We prefer not to dwell on that, simply because such an unseemly image brings to mind what we dare blush to imagine is in the Republican closet. And so it is that we find Mr. Luna and the rest of the Republican harem singing about “schooling” Idaho…these party favorite crooners like Mr. Thayne and Mr. Fulcher.
And they do have some singing to do too; for after all, it was they who brought their trade in Common Core flesh to Idaho. And now that the “little black book” has been disclosed to the average Idaho voter, their political mea culpa song begins…they were for it, before they were against it.
We note the Governor has also joined the confessional chorus to deflect accountability. Mr. Otter (an election year, we remind) finally had the magnanimity, in his recent 6 January 2014 speechifying in front of the cameras, to call for the return of $35 million to the starved Idaho public education budget. A return, that is, after Republicans signors emaciated it by taking $200 million. In 2011, after their rapine seizure, these Republicans suggested it would take 10 years to return Idaho public education to the already thin gruel 2009 funding levels.
Now (three years further on), Mr. Otter is promising that it should only take five more years to do so. What generosity! But again, election years do force the best out of the worst.
Idaho is mired at the bottom of these United States in investments in the education of its youth—only Utah ranks lower. In educational quality, Idaho is tied with Nevada for 47th place…out of 50. What a record…or rap sheet.
But as we noted, this is an election year. And so, Mr. Otter takes a lesson in boldface from Mr. Obama—who drove Federal deficits beyond Earth’s gravitational field. Now of course, the President claims to have “cut” deficit spending at the greatest rate in history. Never mind that Mr. Obama’s deficits are still, even cut, higher than those of all of his predecessors. Similarly goes Mr. Otter’s boldface about “support” of public education, only in reverse.
The Republicans allege they have a “multi-year plan,” one in which (according to our friends with idahoednews.org) “the idea of K-12 education is becoming obsolete”. Really? We hardly noticed. But, we do note that this “multi-year” plan has no firm commitments. The “specific numbers and goals may be tweaked in the coming years,” Mr. Otter allows. Indeed, says he, “It is my preference that we write our fiscal 2015 investment in ink and the out-year investment plans in pencil so that we can better assess the local impacts of that funding.”
So, the numbers (being an election year) are to be inked this year. But following re-election, of course, they are to be in pencil—subject to erasure, revision, denial, neglect. As we said, election years have the tendency to bring out the best in the worst. Fortunately on occasion, once the public reads into that “little black book,” voter indifference can often turns into righteous indignation. We only hope that the Idaho electorate still has the ability to read. If they do, that was certainly not on account of the Republican can-can.