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We are focusing on building the American Leadership Fund right now, and so new content is going up on that blog site regularly.  Please visit the site and tell your friends about it:  www.AmericanLeadershipFund.com We have room for new leaders in all fifty states.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey. […]

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Roll Over Rolly: Common Core and AIR Assessments

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American Leadership FundPaul Rolly, Utah’s liberal political satirist, despises the tea party.  So naturally he gave me the honor of the title “Utah’s Tea Party Goddess” in 2013.  I graciously thanked him and sent him this photo.  He was apparently speechless. I never heard back from him.

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Cherilyn Eagar, Tea Party Goddess 2013

On July 20, 2014, I was once again the subject of his column, first attacking me for fundraising almost as much as Senator Mike Lee. 

It’s an honor to be associated with one of the most constitutionally conservative U.S. Senators.  He is doing what we must do to have an impact.  Read More

Paul Rolly, Utah’s liberal political satirist, despises the tea party.  So naturally he gave me the honor of the title “Utah’s Tea Party Goddess” in 2013.  I graciously thanked him and sent him this photo.  He was apparently speechless. I never heard back from him. Cherilyn Eagar, Tea Party Goddess 2013 On July 20, 2014, […]

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Three Choices in Education? Or Two? Or One?

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On July 22, 2014, Glenn Beck hosted an informative discussion about education reforms, specifically “common core.”  I have researched and written profusely about these reforms for over two decades now.  Much of that has already been posted on this blog site and you can search the categories and archives.

The Beck show was enlightening and well-done.  Some excellent ideas were put forward.  How to organize and work with state legislators.  How to research, using original sources.  How to message (although I disagree with a couple of points).

At the end, the show’s ACTION was clear:  buy Beck’s book Conform.  That’s OK too (except that some critical points were omitted.)  We believe in free enterprise and to the degree that his book will galvanize masses to take action, that’s good.  The action I have been urging our local group to do since 2012 is to boycott the tests.  To stage a massive walk out.

That has great value, and so I thank him for having the resources to use great communication tools to unite us around that piece.  That said, when I walked into the theatre, I actually prayed that he would “get it right.”  In many ways he did.  But the crucial points I feared would be omitted, were indeed omitted, and a few others were trampled on and discouraged.  By and large, that is because the sentiment is that in order to win, we must have the Left on our side.  That means our reasons for restoring local education are different from the Left, and while we can unite in the cause of getting rid of common core, we must beware what the replacement might be, because the Left and the Right have completely different core values and definitions of the purpose of education.

Beck listed three alternatives – “choices”:  public, home and charter.

In order to create a concise resource for those who believe in “choice in education” and the argument for why it is really NOT “choice” at all, but the demise of choice, the free market and representative government, here is the logic in a nutshell.  If this idea of “choice” does not defy Free Enterprise 101, then pinch me:

Here are some core problems (no pun):

When a private school gets federal or state subsidies, it is beholden to the source of the funding.  It is no longer a private school.  It is publicly-funded.

Charter schools are PUBLIC schools.  They are voucher-receiving schools – from federal and state tax dollars.  Vouchers tie the charter schools to the federal and state regulations that are binding public schools to the reforms that we now call “common core,” but which are really restructuring reforms we’ve been fighting for years under different labels.

The difference now is that the technology is so good, the data mining and privacy issues have alarmed enough people on both sides of the aisle they are perking up.

Charter schools actually REMOVE local control because typically a charter school is directed under the unelected state charter school board.  The “local” charter school board is NOT elected by the local taxpayers either.

In fact, in most instances, in order to run for a charter school board, you have to be associated with the charter school.  So you and I could not run for that board, unless we had a student attending the charter school, or we were on the staff/faculty or perhaps a shareholder of the private side of the public partnership.

This is formally called a “P3″ – a public-private partnership.   In the charter P3, the private enterprise (corporation) provides the capital to build the brick and mortar, provide desks, chairs, supplies, materials, and the state provides the voucher for the students.

P3′s are dangerous because even though we pay taxes to support that charter school, we have no voice.  This is rather unconstitutional because it is not representative government – in fact it removes local control.  As soon as a school takes public funds, it becomes part of the public domain.  We need accountability from the taxpayers.

Another point is that most state charter school laws require them to follow federal regulations and they cannot be religious.  The NEA, a liberal teachers union, supports charter schools, and it clearly spells out what the parameters for them must be.  If you check your state’s charter school statutes, you may be surprised to learn that they are aligned to the NEA’s criteria for allowing a charter school law to be passed.

What are the consequences?  Charter schools are now competing with the truly independent private schools, especially with the religious private schools, and in many areas where charter schools are established, private schools are going out of business.  Rather than go out of business, there is an alternative:  apply for a charter (go public).  So how does this build up and strengthen the private sector?

Some Catholic schools are now in survival mode.  Either they apply for a charter and then MUST secularize (lose their purpose for being) or go out of business.  This was not happenstance.  It’s well known that education reformers in the NEA would LOVE to see ALL schools under public scrutiny.  Bottom Line, Free Enterprise 101:  It’s tough to compete with “FREE.”

So when Beck put up the three alternatives (“choices”) in his interactive show last night:  public, home and charter, I was concerned, but I knew he would do it.  Follow the money.   Most of the money behind “Stop Common Core” is coming from well-funded think tanks that oppose common core and those think tanks are getting their funding from pro-charter funders.

So while Beck listed three choices on the screen, at the end of the day, we we continue to support charter schools, we will end up with only two and likely one (as more government regulations are governing home schools and are being incorporated into some charter school business plans).

Choice in education by Beck’s and of Hillsdales’ definition of choice (…whatever has happened to the old Hillsdale that would NEVER take a government penny?) is no choice at all.  It will kill – and IS killing choice.  Charters KILL private education and place “local control” at best at the state level under the unelected state charter school board!  This is wrong.   We already had choice: public, private and home.

Does anyone read my logic?

If so, we need your help right away.  Please donate generously on the DONATE tab to American Leadership Fund and designate “Stop Common Core Reforms” Your $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000 contribution is needed today.

PS.  It was sad to note that no mention was given – even by name – to the woman, the grandmother of this entire movement, without whom we would not have had the historical background.  To my mentor and the activist to which all the current researchers owe much gratitude and thanks, the woman who blew the whistle on all these reforms while she was a senior policy advisor in the USED during the Reagan Administration, the women Reagan hired to help him dismantle the USED, and the woman who coined the phrase “deliberate dumb down”: Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt.

Had Charlotte been invited and walked into the room, she would have received a long standing ovation. But, it would have been an awkward moment for both Beck and Iserbyt: She was the originator of the term “communist core” to describe this restructuring movement that goes well beyond common core standards and because the charter school model originated under the KGB.  (Soviet immigrants know a lot about P3s and the KBG.)  And we were told that label is a “NO NO.”

This is a fact.  I was once asked to accompany a Utah state education administrator to Russia to observe how they do it.

You can read “Charlotte’s web” posts at www.abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com

With that in mind, there was another omission in Beck’s program, but I assume it was for lack of time:  What action should we take at the federal level?  (Suggestion:  Dismantle the USED…) How do the states take back their local control?  (Suggestion:  Remove federal controls over state lands.)  Food for thought.

On July 22, 2014, Glenn Beck hosted an informative discussion about education reforms, specifically “common core.”  I have researched and written profusely about these reforms for over two decades now.  Much of that has already been posted on this blog site and you can search the categories and archives. The Beck show was enlightening and […]

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Marriage and Common Core Reforms

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On July 21, 2014 in Paul Rolly’s column he has once again given me a great mention for connecting common core and the LGBT campaign in schools. I love it when he does that because it gives the ideas more traction and I get the opportunity to discuss it more.  He claims that I have no proof.  He must have forgotten to click on the links in the article, which are well-documented.

Google is not going to like this very much, but I’m copying and pasting my own article from the American Leadership Fund site here so it can be viewed from both sites.  Does Google still punish bloggers for doing that?

Did your mom ever recite this poem to you?

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
An Essay on Man, 1733-1734
Epistle II, line 217

What did Alexander Pope mean with that often quoted verse? And what does this have to do with the controversy over “Common Core” education reforms?

In the late 1960s when Mary Calderone and her cohorts at SIECUS introduced sex education into the classroom, many religious leaders warned that open discussion of sexuality, especially in a co-ed setting, would lead to increased promiscuity.  Indeed research conducted by Stan Weed and Terrence Olson at Brigham Young University showed exactly that result.

Bottom line: The more said, the more done.  This is only common sense.  Inquisitiveness was piqued particularly with open discussions surrounding “safe sex” and how to have it.

Weed’s continued research confirms that abstinence education is the approach with the best results.  But those with another agenda, if you will, disagree.

Of course they would.  Their goal is not to abstain, but to give license to promiscuity by doing it “safely.”  Planned Parenthood has documented the windfall of profits here and here, with a summary here.  With a 25% condom failure rate, their abortion profits have thrived.

SIECUS and Planned Parenthood are perpetrating the biggest child molestation scam in the history of the world.  Parents have capitulated, believing the lie that it is better for the school to teach their children this information than for parents to do it.

Now the sexualization of America’s children is in full swing.  From “Dancing with the Stars” to “The Disney Channel,” the media is barraging children and teens with an obsession surrounding sex and “tolerance” of different sexual lifestyles.  “Gender identity,” “anti-bullying,” “human rights” and “tolerance” – all these themes are confusing young people and in the process undermining the definition of Marriage as the union between a man and a woman.  This is happening in every public school.

In 1991, a SIECUS report “Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education” itemized what children should know at each age level.  The goal was to normalize the discussion.  A similar goal was set by the pro-homosexual movement – to normalize the gay lifestyle (documented in the 1989 pro-gay book After the Ball).  Today nearly every sit com has a token gay character and the laugh tracks routinely give permission to chuckle about it. Once you can laugh about sin, you are on the road to embracing it.

Young people are taught not to bully.  I don’t know a Christian or an Orthodox Jew that would encourage “bullying.”  I have worked with many gay people in the entertainment industry.  Taunting, ridiculing or physical assault are inappropriate forms of communication.

However, according to Lambda Legal, your child will be indoctrinated to accept the homosexual lifestyle as normal.  If a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club is requested, it must be incorporated or your school will be in violation of the “equal access” law.

Their definition of bullying now extends to people of faith who believe the Bible and its teachings.  Since the beginning of time, homosexuality has been a sin – or at least a vice to the unbeliever.  But Christianity teaches “hate the sin and love the sinner.”

That’s the rub.  Anti-bullying and Lambda now embrace the sin.  In fact, to Lambda Legal, it is a “sin” that Christians believe homosexuality is a sin.

A few years ago, the accreditation committee came to the Brigham Young University campus and informed the administration that the school’s “Honor Code” that prohibits homosexual behavior and cohabitation among faculty and students was “immoral.”

We see that the more we tolerate, or that the law forces upon us, the more society and its children are embracing.

Alexander Pope, an 18th Century English poet who penned that poem above was clearly influenced by the Catholic Church, the dominant culture of his day.  Today education is influenced by “outcomes.”  Indeed, global education has embraced an “outcomes” approach to education.

The outcome of “safe sex” sex ed is evident.  “If you are going to do it, here’s how” is producing exactly what SIECUS and Planned Parenthood and the “Prophets of Human Rights” want: Millennials who now believe anything goes and “to each his own.”

Those who embrace the Ten Commandments are now the group being bullied.  Religious Liberty is at stake.

The Yogyakarta Principles is an internationally-adopted document that llustrates how entrenched these “rights” of gender identity and sexual orientation have become.

Common Core and Gender Identity

Although these ideas have been around for over a century now, the latest title given education reform is “common core.  Several states are embracing the common core-aligned assessments of the American Institutes of Research (AIR).  Documents here and here – funded by AIR – show how the LGBTQ lifestyle is being promoted in the schools that have contracted with AIR.  On its website is information that describes its embrace of gender identity.

AIR is contracted with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) as a provider.  Most states that have adopted the “common core” reforms are using SBAC.  Utah opted out of SBAC, but has contracted with AIR, nonetheless.

What should parents of faith do?

TAKE ACTION!

  • OPT OUT.  That’s right.  Until your school acts to reject federal funding, opt out of that school.   That means parents must find affordable and independent and private options.  Charter schools are part of the problem.  They must also conform to all federal regulations because they receive public funding.If enough parents remove their children from the public school – and any private school that has also aligned to the common core reforms – the market will respond.The problem is, the system is counting on the temporary population of parents with children in the school system to perpetuate a level of ignorance (not stupidity – rather, a lack of understanding and experience) so they can continue to mold children to an agnostic, science-based critical thinking mindset that rejects Judeo-Christian principles.
  • Sign the petition to Save Marriage.  By so doing, you will be joining a national grassroots group of activists all working together.  Let your voices be heard and your numbers be counted!
  • Donate so that strong and moral people will be elected.  Without funding, conservative candidates will not be elected.American Leadership Fund is a PAC that supports conservative candidates and causes.  If you want to donate where it will count most, this is the best way to influence elections.  We’re prepping right now for 2016.  We do not give to both sides of the aisle.  We give to principled, conservative campaigns only.Conservatives embrace both the moral-social principles as well as the fiscal.  In fact, they understand that the abandonment of moral principles is a primary factor in the growing welfare state and the out-of-control budgets necessary to support it.
  • Inform your children, neighbors and friends.  This site is publishing essential information to assist you in educating others.  Simple, common sense answers to difficult questions and videos that will enlighten and inspire are constantly being added.

On July 21, 2014 in Paul Rolly’s column he has once again given me a great mention for connecting common core and the LGBT campaign in schools. I love it when he does that because it gives the ideas more traction and I get the opportunity to discuss it more.  He claims that I have […]

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Who Would Mourn the Loss of California?

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American Leadership FundDemocratic State Representative Mark Leno from San Francisco sponsored a bill to ban “sexist” words “husband” and “wife” from the public vocabulary.  Governor Jerry Brown has signed it.

State Rep. Leno said of his legislation,”This legislation removes outdated and biased language from state codes and recognizes all married spouses equally, regardless of their gender.”

Now the sexually perverse on both sides – homo and hetero – are salivating. Discussion boards are musing about “Hey, I’m a guy and I have a gay friend. We’re a couple. And I have a girlfriend and I’m another couple there.” What about incest and pedophilia. “If it’s consentual, why not?”

Leftists are proving they have little regard for the rule of law.    And they are thinking between their waists and thighs. This is all the extremist extension of a sexual revolution that is harming children. Governor Jerry Brown, President Barack Obama, and all who support gay marriage have little concern about children and the negative impact forcing children to grow up in homes without a mother or a father have, which is what gay marriage imposes.

We told you so.

Speaking of children and President Obama, look at the disaster on the border.  Just another example. Our pro-gay, pro-amnesty president refuses to do anything to help those children, except to bus them to cities and towns without warning and then leave those municipalities to figure out how to care for these thousands of illegal children. 

That law (which many of us who had the foresight to know how it would be abused and who opposed it) was a crisis waiting to happen.

How is THAT law family-friendly? It has only created further chaos.

We told you so.  But even some conservative think tanks have supported amnesty-like proposals that are very damaging to children.

Whether gay marriage or illegal immigration, children are being harmed. When will Americans wake up and realize that their culture is falling apart around them, and that this chaos will not have a happy ending for anyone?

2016 is around the corner.  American Leadership Fund needs your help now.  We need another $60,000 to put all systems in place to ensure that we are prepared with the funding to turn Congress upside down in the next presidential election. 

It’s going to be a vicious political fight and it has already begun.

Your generous donation of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more right now will help us be prepared to support candidates we desperately need.

Yes I know many voices are pulling you in many directions. My inbox is ridiculous. But you need to know that the American Leadership Fund is unique.  We are not a think tank. We appreciate them, but if you give to them, please reserve enough for making a difference at the ballot box. We are building a PAC unlike any other existing PAC. We are solely focused on the moral-social issues.

Will You Have the Courage?

If you think Mozilla was a warning signal, you have not seen what’s to come. Will you be among the intimidated and afraid to get involved? Or will you be as those patriots that pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor?

I have delivered speeches in many gatherings around this nation, and for years I have warned parents about the cultural quake to come.  I have held several gatherings recently with Brian Cammenker of MassResistance, and we have showed his revealing video far and wide.

Recently, one audience member responded to Cammenker’s laundry list that shows what happens when same-sex marriage is legalized a decade later.

If you missed it, here it is again. Forward this to your friends.

“Oh, but that’s Massachusetts!  We’re Utah,” one parent declared. “That will never happen here!”

We shall see. Utah will most likely win at the US Supreme Court and it will then be the last bastion to defend Marriage, and it will get more intense.  For months now, since Utah’s marriage law was challenged, I have been warning that all eyes are on Utah, and it will get worse.

Reality Check: If Utah legalizes same sex marriage, then by law the same chain of events that happened in Massachusetts will happen in Utah. It’s happening in California as well.

Would anyone miss California if we simply gave it back to Mexico, with all the immigration problems it has harbored and protected?  As one who was born and raised in Hollywood, having to use my passport to visit would be irritating, and I do love the weather and the amazing coast line and ocean breeze. But it already feels like a foreign country, compared to when I was growing up there.

Furthermore, what parent would want to stay in California and raise their children in a culture that is taking on dictator-like characteristics by banning the words “husband” and “wife?” California, do you read me: your Governor has just banned traditional language that has always defined Marriage.  Are you not concerned about this infringement of your freedom of speech – your civil rights – and dare I mention your religious liberty?

California parents, are you going to stand up against this unjust law or not? When will our side finally figure out that it needs to respond in the same way gay rights activists have responded? At the very least, we must file lawsuits and defend our rights.

If you are in California or Massachusetts, or any other state that is losing all common sense, if you will not stand up and speak out, consider moving to Utah.  It will likely be one of the last bastions to legalize insanity, and you are needed.


On second thought, if parents aren’t courageous enough to stand in California, what would make then courageous enough to stand in Utah? Stay in California.

But whether in Utah or California, or wherever you are, one thing you can do today is to donate to American Leadership Fund, click here.

Hang in there with us. We have some awesome announcements coming soon! And it’s because of you that we will be making them.

Democratic State Representative Mark Leno from San Francisco sponsored a bill to ban “sexist” words “husband” and “wife” from the public vocabulary.  Governor Jerry Brown has signed it. State Rep. Leno said of his legislation,”This legislation removes outdated and biased language from state codes and recognizes all married spouses equally, regardless of their gender.” Now […]

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The Right of a Church to Excommunicate

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I commented on this article in Times and Seasons.  Kate Kelly, a Mormon and a feminist has pushed the envelope too far, and has been excommunicated.

I hope this comment shines some light and clarity on a muddied media message that a pro-feminist media have embellished and distorted.  It is comment #58 in that Times and Seasons article:

I’m sorry that this has happened to Kate Kelly, and I can only understand how difficult this is for this LDS woman and those who agree with her. But I have a different perspective on it. Here’s my view on this action: A church is required to register as a 501 c 3 under state and federal corporate laws. That requires a constitution and bylaws with definitions of membership and removal and dissolution of corporation, etc.

In the corporate world, these constitutions can vary, but that corporation, if it is privately held, regulates who the voting membership is and what the rules of disengagement are. It’s not unusual that those bylaws stipulate “without cause.” Private corporations are not required to function as a court of law. That is the right of a corporation and those that have been elected to the board, whose function is a fiduciary duty.

The problem here is that when an individual who identifies and is accepted as a voting member is at odds with the bylaws and the goals of that corporation, that corporation has the right to remove its members, especially if they deliberately seek media to disparage that corporation.

Imagine if a voting shareholder of a privately owned company such as Hobby Lobby had gone to the media and proclaimed it was at odds with the owners’ views on abortion and was using the media to lobby for change. Frankly, the Green’s, who own that company and the board members who have a majority stake in it, have every right to remove that person as a shareholder. They own the brand, the “imprimatur.” The employees or voting members do not.

On another level, I simply disagree with the myopic view some disgruntled women have of the role of women in the LDS church. This is an attitude issue. The LDS Church has done everything it can do to suggest, encourage, urge its members to treat each other fairly, men and women in marriage especially.

People – including lay leaders of any organization, church, company – are not perfect. Life is simply not fair. People will treat others unfairly. How we respond makes the difference. I have not always been treated fairly, but I have chosen to ignore the unfairness, and to go about making my own success and to laugh it off. That has empowered me. My mother taught me to just “let it go” and to “just go on.” She taught me that I could be and do and accomplish great things and to not let negativism or what negatives others give me define me.

Attitude makes all the difference. I choose not to be a victim. I choose to be a victor. I choose to take adversity and turn it into advantage. For me, the sky’s the limit. It boils down to some additional cliches: It’s an attitude of gratitude. Do you see that glass half full or half empty? How will you live your life?

For Kate and others I’ve watched before her, the victim role has not had a good outcome.

 

 

I commented on this article in Times and Seasons.  Kate Kelly, a Mormon and a feminist has pushed the envelope too far, and has been excommunicated. I hope this comment shines some light and clarity on a muddied media message that a pro-feminist media have embellished and distorted.  It is comment #58 in that Times […]

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A Tribute to My Dad – Sam Bacon

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Samuel K. Bacon

Samuel Kenneth Bacon, MD, FACS

Father’s Day is here.  I’ve been thinking a lot about my father and how much he is missed.

He was my inspiration in so many ways, and still is.

He was my inspiration for my lifelong unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  He was so smart. I mean really brilliant. He was an internationally respected surgeon who brought the “retropubic prostatectomy” to the United States. He taught me to love to read – even well into the night, to research deeply, and to find out the answers for myself, not just to rely on others or just because other people said so.

He was my inspiration as a human being. His father died when he was nine years old. By age 11, he had to take on great responsibility in the home, caring for his younger brother while his mother worked as a nurse, sometimes gone for long stretches.  He grew up fast.  But this caring attitude and sense of responsibility took him into the medical field to kindly care for so many patients, routinely providing charity care for those that could not pay.

Sam and Ed Bacon

Sam and Ed Bacon

In his personal life, he cared for his younger brother and paid for his college and medical training. He cared for our family, his children and grandchildren, and for his mother, until her death. He sent grandsons on church missions, as well as other people’s sons, even though he was not particularly religious himself, and he left my mother well-cared for after he passed away for the 19 remaining years of her life.

He was my inspirational instructor in economics. Everything I ever needed to know about balancing a budget I learned from my dad. He put me to work in his medical office and taught me how to post the income and expenses in the long pale green ledger book. With a pencil. “Never use a pen,” he said, “so you can correct it if you need to.” That was before computers and spell check. The adding machine was the bane of my existence back then. It all had to add up exactly right and when I had to run the numbers more than twice, my patience ran thin. But his simple philosophy reminds me of Dave Ramsey when my father told me years ago, “Don’t spend more than you earn. If you have to go into debt, get out quickly. Pay cash. Save 10% and give 10% to the church.”

He made things so simple. If only our government leaders would follow my father’s advice today.

Speaking of which, my father was also my inspiration in political philosophy. He was involved and vocal. As a surgeon, he spoke of the dangers of government intrusion back in the ancient days of the 1950s. Samuel Kenneth Bacon, MD was chief of staff at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, adjunct professor of urological surgery at USC and a member of the California State Board of Medical Examiners. He was president of Hollywood Rotary and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Politically, both of my parents were active members of the California Republican Assembly (the group that endorsed Ronald Reagan and launched his presidential bid) and the Los Feliz Republican Club. Many fundraisers were held at our beautiful Hollywood Hills home with that breathtaking view of the city below. The good guys of Hollywood then – Jimmy Stewart and Charlton Heston and others – came to our home for fabulous parties. The Bacon’s were among the movers and shapers of Hollywood business and conservative politics.

While sitting in the den watching the TV together, my father would comment on the Hollywood stars. “You know, Judy Garland is a drug addict. See how she is holding her arm there? Needle tracks.” He could see them? What a dad. As Chief of Staff at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, he apparently got the inside information from that closely-knit Hollywood medical community involved in some of these serious cases that she was out of control. Sure enough, not long after, she was found dead as the result of an overdose.

When the news was on, we got dad’s side commentary throughout, a habit that I inherited, to the chagrin of those who sit around me watching Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly (Thank goodness for TVO and the pause button.) “Jack Paar – he’s on the Left – horrible!” “Steve Allen- good guy – very conservative!” He would comment on the McCarthy hearings and how he actually personally knew some of the Hollywood Left being investigated for un-American activities. They were part of the same Hollywood business scene where he mingled.

Sam Bacon - EuropeHe talked about Ronald Reagan and how as president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan was getting ready to resign and enter politics because of the radical Leftist infiltration in the media. He and my mother helped Reagan get started in politics with a now-famous speech to the California Medical Association on the dangers of socialized medicine. The year was 1961. In July 1965, my father walked through the door, pale-white and distraught.

“What’s wrong, Dad?” I asked.

“Today is the first day of the end of quality delivery of medicine in America,” he said.

Medicare had passed. MEDICARE! Back then it was socialized medicine. We’ve had socialized medicine since 1965 and even many Republicans think it’s wonderful today. What Republican Congressman today speaks of Medicare as socialized medicine and would phase it out? Can you count them on one hand?

But I’ve never forgotten those prophetic words and his perspective then. My father really DID know best. He knew the delivery of medicine would decline, and it did. And now nearly half a century later, we see how incrementally we have crept toward an extreme form of socialized medicine – universal health care, not just for the elderly – until we finally got the end result of what my father dreaded: “ObamaCare.” How I wish that doctors today could have this historical perspective. Yes, technology has advanced the quality of medicine, but the delivery of that medicine is deplorable, and it will continue to decline. There’s just not enough money to go around to give everyone “free” medicine without making it worse for all.

Sam Bacon - Surgical Procedure on a TurkeyMy dad inspired me to be a passionate, high achiever and to pursue my talents.  Not only was he a great surgeon on his human patients, we loved to gather around at Thanksgiving and watch the annual ritual of the perfect surgery Dad performed on the unfortunate bird, slicing across the grain just right.  He kept his desk, closet and clothing neat, he was a meticulous dresser.  He was a man of many talents and loves – especially of music.  He blasted it at high decibels that shook the large living room in the new “quadrophonic” sound.  He was an accomplished sax player who adored great jazz.  They called him a “jazz hound” in high school.

He was my biggest cheerleader. I loved to sing and I sang professionally for many years.   He never missed a performance. While a college student, I performed with a popular group called the Young Ambassadors.  He sat in the audience and cheered me on with his piercingly loud “wolf” whistle (how did he do that, anyway?). So embarrassing, you know. But really, deep-down it made me feel special to know my dad approved. He loved to sit for hours and listen to our music and hear all about the diplomatic meetings we had while traveling and performing for the troops with the Department of Defense tours during the Viet Nam conflict.

1970 - LeeAndra Marsh Lowe, Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, Nancy Startup Schultz

1970 – LeeAndra Marsh Lowe, Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, Nancy Startup Schultz

One night, he decided to walk from the office to the new Holiday Inn hotel that had a revolving restaurant at the top. He stood with one leg up on the stage listening to a singer that reminded him of me. Suddenly his leg was caught between the outer revolving part of the restaurant and the stationary railing he was leaning on around the center stage where the band was performing. When he called for help, no one knew how to stop the restaurant from revolving, and the muscles and tissue of my father’s upper thigh were severely damaged. Finally they cut the power and reversed it, and my dad laid in shock on the floor. They asked if he wanted some whiskey for the pain. He said, “No thanks, I don’t drink,” and HE gave THEM medical emergency instructions for how to handle his shock and trauma.

In 1975, not only had Medicare complicated our office procedures and started increasing the cost of medicine, ambulance chasers got in the mix to have their hey day with making a buck off doctors. Doctor’s had to start carrying enormously high malpractice insurance policies, again creating a new form of defensive medicine with the consequence of added increased costs and bureaucracy. For doctors nearing their retirement such as my father, the changes were more than challenging and stressful. They threatened their very livelihoods. My father’s blood pressure shot up. A computer glitch with his insurance company bumped him out of the computer, and he could not perform any surgery, the source of his income, for several months. His health dramatically declined while waiting.

And then it happened. Only a week before I opened as the female lead in a popular musical theatre production in Utah called Saturday’s Warrior, I got the phone call from my mother . “It’s about your father,” she started.

It wasn’t good. He was in the hospital, and she asked me to pray for him. “Should I get on a plane?” I asked. “No,” mom said in her typically understated way, “They’re just doing some tests.” My aunt who was my father’s office manager confirmed it. “Can I talk to him then?” “No, honey,” she assured me, “He’s in intensive care and can’t talk to anyone anyway. Maybe tomorrow.”

What they didn’t tell me is that my all-knowing father lay in the hospital bed reading his own charts and EKG’s knowing he was in big trouble. He asked my mother to bring the will and other important documents. Not a good sign.

Cherilyn Bacon Gulbrandsen, Saturday's Warrior 1975

Cherilyn Bacon Gulbrandsen, Saturday’s Warrior 1975

I was doing this musical theatre production of Saturday’s Warrior for my dad.   It eventually developed a cult following, completely sold out for months. (For those who know this show, I played “Julie.”) We had seen it together in L.A. that previous summer, and he loved it. We had a real father-daughter connection at that performance, and I promised myself that one day he’d see me performing in that show. The next morning mom called again. “I think you should get on a plane and come down here as soon as possible,” she said. I knew something was terribly wrong, and within an hour we were on our way, with my 18 month-old son on my lap and my brother Carl Bacon sitting next to me. My life became a blur, and I prayed the entire way.

The air was crisp and clear on that May 1975 afternoon in L.A. The clouds were white and puffy and the sky blue, the calm after the storm had just blown through that I loved about the few smog-less days we had. We parked in the hospital lot and entered the double glass doors that automatically opened for us.   Memories of my Candy Striper days and the familiar medicinal smell flooded my senses, this place my dad had called his professional home for several decades. We walked the long corridor toward the elevator. I noticed a gathering of familiar faces in the distance – my Uncle DeWitt Paul and his wife Donna, who were serving as the L.A. California mission president for the Mormon church, my aunt and other close friends, Lynn Russon and her husband John.

Coronet Debutante Ball

Coronet Debutante Ball 1968

I remembered the time a few years previous when I was on “my dad’s floor,” 2nd West, and working beside the other nurses. I overheard the nurse in charge saying, “Dr. Bacon just called in. He’s on his way. Hurry up! Better get this place in order. Now!” I chuckled to realize that my dad had such a formidable presence. He was known for his perfectionism, especially in surgery. I understand he once threw a pair of surgical utensils across the operating room during a particularly time-sensitive and stressful, life-threatening procedure when the nurse mistakenly handed him the wrong instrument. People don’t understand the terrible kind of pressure surgeons are under when operating on vital organs. I recall my father preparing for his surgeries. His forehead would be cold and would break out in beads of sweat before he would leave the house to go to the hospital. He took it seriously-the kind of doctor you want when your put your life in their hands.

One time at age 15, I went to the hospital for a blood test and the nurse couldn’t find my vein. After about six jabs, I asked if my dad could come down and do it. Now I was breaking out in the sweat and ready to heave my shoes, nearly passing out. He walked in, and in one try he found the vein and we were done. Then he firmly reprimanded the nurses for having put me through the trauma without simply calling him first.

On another morning, I was fixing my school lunch and cut my finger to the bone slicing an apple with a serrated blade. I grabbed a towel to stop the bleeding and ran up the stairs frantically calling “Dad! I need help! I cut my finger!!! It’s bleeeeeeding!!!!” He calmly took a look, put my hand under the bathroom sink faucet to wash off the excess blood, sat me on the edge of the bathtub and began prying open the wound. I can see white. That must be my bone. Oh my gosh, I’m going to faint. “Dad, I feel sick. I think I’m going to throw up.” He smiled and laughed, assuring me I would survive. My dad can do anything. He’s my hero.

My dad was my inspiration in handling crisis. With my mother being a registered nurse and my dad’s logical attitude in the face of emergency, I eventually learned not to panic when I saw blood and how to  stay calm through the crisis. That has been helpful with my own children and all their accidents, large and small. With the “never let a good crisis go to waste” mentality in Washington politics, we need elected officials who have the stamina to stay calm and steady in the fabricated and intentional crises as well as those that just happen to arise at the right moment to further the Left’s goal of more government and centralization of power and control over private enterprise. As our national continues to deteriorate, it helps to remind myself of my dad.

Samuel K BaconMy father was a stern and stoic man with a deep and commanding “Everett Dirkson”-style voice that said, “Don’t mess with Sam Bacon.” He balanced that with his kind and generous heart. His eyes teared up easily and he expressed his passionate feelings openly. With rare exception, he exercised restraint under fire and was the diplomat. After I got my driving permit he took me out to practice. I was so excited to be with my dad. But when I negotiated my first “y” turn and backed up into the brick wall behind us, his foot nearly went through the passenger side floor. He said in controlled panic mode, “Oopsie! Stop!!!!! … Now.“ Then a big pause, and our eyes met. He could see the terror. He melted. “Oh, you’re alright, my dear girl,” he said. Followed by a hug.

He was my inspiration in self-control.  I cannot remember a single time in my life that my father raised his voice at me. He didn’t need to. His presence was commanding enough. He would express his greatest joy with “Hot damn!” and sometimes he said it in Dutch, which tickled me. “Hatfa damma!” My guess is that he learned this from his Dutch friends. My parents had traveled through post-World War II Europe and had made many friends internationally who came to stay at our home. The Bescansons, Fritz and Meinja, from Amsterdam (President of KLM), Albert and Tita Plesman from Italy, and Kay Rogers and her doctor husband from Sydney, Australia.  When he began to have heart trouble, he stopped drinking coffee and alcohol and he stopped smoking – cold turkey.

This was my flashback of colliding memories while walking down the hospital corridor.  As Carl and I neared this familiar gathering standing in front of the hospital elevators, my thoughts became present tense.  My aunt approached me. “He’s gone, Cherilyn, but they kept him in the room upstairs for your arrival.”

What? Wait. I thought they were just doing routine tests. He’s … gone?

My young life with my dad whizzed by and had unexpectedly come to an abrupt end.  I stepped into the elevator and my heart fell to my stomach.  I didn’t even get to say good bye to him. Why didn’t I fly in yesterday? I knew I should have listened to that inner voice.

Carl and I were ushered to his room, and there he lay. Gone, all right, but he was still slightly warm. The deep worry lines on his face had relaxed and were gone. He hadn’t looked so good in a long time. We each had some private moments with him. I leaned down, hugged him, cried and said, “Oh Daddy, I didn’t even get to say good bye. Why did you go so soon? I didn’t get to tell you I love you one last time!”

The last photo with my dad.

The last photo with my dad.

I didn’t know my last “daddy-daughter date” with him would be to see Saturday’s Warrior that summer before.  Six days after Dad’s death, I was back in Utah standing in the wings of the theatre waiting for the show to begin on opening night.  Everyone that I cared about was seated in the audience, except one.  My dad.  The cast had joined with me in the green room to dedicate the show to his memory. The orchestration started and the chorus sang, “Who are these children coming down, coming down…” Then I felt this sudden warmth around me and my dad’s presence strongly there with me in the wings. I realized he was there with me after all, not just for that opening night as we had planned for weeks, but for whenever he could be there with me throughout my life. He would always be in my heart and I was comforted. As the words to the song continued to soar, I resolved to be that “Saturday’s Warrior” and to carry on my father’s legacy where he had left off.  Here’s a blast from the past with images of today’s young people who face an increasingly secular world to challenge their faith.

(Lyrics: Doug Stewart; Music: Lex DeAzevedo)

At the end of the show, the cast -  which included my nephew and niece John and Tammy Bacon – surprised our family with a huge bouquet of flowers and a mention of the loss of our dear father.  Our family all stood on stage together, and we were overcome as the audience stood and applauded.  It’s comforting to know that families are eternal and that we will be together again with the people we love.

Yes, I wish my dad could have been there with me that night. I wish that he could have been with my children as they were growing up.  I wish he could see them now. But I have faith that he has, and I know he’s there. Every time I step out on stage – now, in the real world of political activism – it is in his and my mother’s memory, and in honor of the principles they believed in, that I gather my strength, energy and endurance.

Fourteen years later, when I was pregnant with my youngest son Scott, we learned he might have poly-cystic kidney disease, a terminal condition when found before birth, and that he might not survive the first year of life. I lay there on the examination table post-sonogram. Everyone had left the room. This was my father’s specialty. He was internationally known for his definitive work in urology.

I started to pray out loud. Dear God, where is my father when I need him? Please. I need him now. Let him see what is happening here and through the power you give him, let him heal this baby boy inside my body. Dad, are you there? Please help me now!

I went home and called my mother, sobbing the story to her. For the next few weeks I waited anxiously until the doctors felt it was safe to induce the delivery. I continued to pray for help and healing. I do believe in miracles. And this one did come. I felt my father’s presence during that stressful time and on that delivery table.

The baby was rushed to NICU and the reports came in: It was not poly-cystic kidney disease. It was hydro-nephrosis and mega-ureters. If the baby could make it through the next two years without complications, it might self-correct and he might not need surgery at all. Today that boy is about 6 foot 2 and strong and healthy. He’s never had a problem since.

Many years have passed since my father passed on. On May 8, 2010, I stood on stage for my dad. This time it was before the “unruly mob” at the Utah Republican State convention as the first Republican woman to run for U.S. Senate in Utah.  My passion was to fulfill the dream my dad had left this world unfulfilled: Get government out of health care!

With all my heart and soul, I invited the crowd to join me in a Second Reagan Revolution. “Let’s start by defunding and repealing this onerous ObamaCare that has been forced down our throats!” The audience cheered and a member of the press corps told me they had unanimously voted my speech number one of the day.

I knew my father was wolf-whistling down from heaven that day. Who would ever have thought that I would be playing a part out of Saturday’s Warrior 35 years later – but this time for real?

And who could have imagined that 35 years later we would be fighting for religious liberty, and that the Courts would usurp the sovereign authority the U.S. Supreme Court had given to the states to decide the definition of Marriage and to recognize that time-honored truth that every child needs a mom and a dad?

What would my dad – and my mom – think about all of this? What would our ancestors think – who risked everything? And our great-great grandfather who lost his life for religious liberty?

Dad, how can I thank you for what you taught me? You are missed, but you are still in my heart.  The best I can do is to carry on your great legacy in the Saturday of our times. So this – the American Leadership Fund and everything associated with it – is for you.

Happy Father’s Day! 

Dorothy and Sam Bacon

Dorothy and Sam Bacon

 
P.S. To all the fathers all over the world, your children need you and their mother – both.  So go make it a great day!  Please make our day a great day by donating to the American Leadership Fund today.  Click on the donate tab at the top. Visit the website to learn more.

Father’s Day is here.  I’ve been thinking a lot about my father and how much he is missed. He was my inspiration in so many ways, and still is. He was my inspiration for my lifelong unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  He was so smart. I mean really brilliant. He was an internationally respected surgeon who […]

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Brave Student Breaches Behavioral Test

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Recently a Utah student took screen shots of a common core statewide test, and it went viral across the Internet. Now the Utah State Office of Education is threatening teachers, students and parents alike.

That student saw a question that she believed was inappropriate on a BEHAVIORAL test. It was her duty to document it and report it, because that’s a violation of state law.

Now the state Office of Education claims it’s a breach of copyright.

Actually, an excerpt of copyrighted material can be used under “fair use” copyright laws without copyright permission, as long as it’s not copied in its entirety. Section 107 of the copyright law identifies limitations and itemizes purposes for which excerpts may be used. It includes for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, education and research.

The Utah State Office of Education may also want to review that Section 107 of the US Copyright law.

I got a call from an attorney once for publishing a portion of a segment of the Doug Wright show on my blog site, and was informed that I had violated copyright law. I took it down temporarily and then called my attorney. He told me I was entirely within my rights to publish that excerpt. So I put it back up.

Something is terribly flawed with this picture that the USOE is behaving like the Gestapo. So here are the screenshots, for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, education and research:

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SAGE TEST Screen Shot

SAGE TEST Screen Shot

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What is a SAGE Test?

SAGE is published by AIR, a behavioral testing company. Behavioral and attitudinal tests and surveys are ILLEGAL to administer in the state of Utah without disclosing to the parents that they are behavioral and attitudinal and not solely academic in the first place. I know. I helped draft that law in 1994 titled the Utah Family and Education Right of Privacy Act. Utah’s FERPA.

While the question itself is not one of the more egregious questions we’ve ever encountered in a government-funded classroom, the screen shots prove that it IS indeed a behavioral/attitudinal test.

What is more egregious is that the school interrogated the student, threatened the student’s career and college entrance, again, without notifying the parents. Second infraction.

This family might consider filing a lawsuit against the USOE, on behalf of Utah’s students, if they haven’t already done so, especially knowing the results are being tracked, with NO privacy.

The principal ought to be fired for assuming his position carried the legal authority over whether that student could take a college entrance exam or not. A haughty bunch they can be, evidence of our having given to them far too much power with little accountability directly to the taxpayers who are funding them.

Moreover, if the Utah State Office of Education is so concerned about breach of test security, wouldn’t its first line of defense be to pull the test entirely, as that security has now been damaged?

In addition, the USOE might swallow its own medicine and follow its own character standards and stop bullying its teachers, parents and students alike.

Here’s one of life’s most important axioms:  If students, parents and teachers act like weaklings on THIS school playground, they will continue to be bullied.

Three cheers for this student and her parents for teaching her to question boldly.

Recently a Utah student took screen shots of a common core statewide test, and it went viral across the Internet. Now the Utah State Office of Education is threatening teachers, students and parents alike. That student saw a question that she believed was inappropriate on a BEHAVIORAL test. It was her duty to document it […]

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Limited Learning for Life-Long Labor: Iserbyt Tells It Like It Is

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This is a priceless video.  Share it with your friends, family, children, grandchildren.  If they don’t know what’s happening to them, they won’t know what to do about it. I’m honored to have known Charlotte Iserbyt for over 25-years and for the depth of knowledge and understanding and her sharp intellect. Please tell parents that oppose common core but support school choice that they must listen to her message before it’s too late.

To get the entire history and the details you need to know, this 8-disc DVD set is a MUST. For more info and how to order, click here.

This is a priceless video.  Share it with your friends, family, children, grandchildren.  If they don’t know what’s happening to them, they won’t know what to do about it. I’m honored to have known Charlotte Iserbyt for over 25-years and for the depth of knowledge and understanding and her sharp intellect. Please tell parents that […]

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Utah Neighborhood Elections – Caucus Instructions

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This post will tell you when the Republican Neighborhood Election (Caucus) is, how to find where it’s held, how to pre-register, what a caucus neighborhood election is, how it works, how the voting is to be conducted.

On Thursday evening, March 20, 2014 at 7 PM Utah will hold its Republican Caucus.  This is your opportunity to attend and to let your voice be heard in your neighborhood. Many of the delegates you elected in 2012 have worked very hard to make improvements so that the evening will go more smoothly and quickly and so that more can be involved.  I’m one of those delegates.  We want to preserve this system because it is truly grassroots.  

Where Is My Caucus Meeting?

You can go to the Lieutenant Governor’s website to find out where your caucus is.

How to Pre-Register and Run for Precinct and Delegate Office

You can go to the Utah GOP website to pre-register. Click on the “pre-register online here” text.

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All About the Utah Caucus System in 5 minutes If you are unfamiliar with the benefits of Utah’s caucus, here’s a short video that will help you know why this is one of the best ways to elect the best candidates.

Caucus Training Video

Here is a training video to orient caucus leaders. It also describes preferential voting. The various counties have latitude on the voting procedures and can select multiple round or the one shown here, IRV – preferential voting. IRV goes much faster. The ballot counters need to know how this works, so be sure to study this. It’s about 1/2 the way through the video:

 

For the background on why Utah’s neighborhood voices are being silenced, read more here.

This post will tell you when the Republican Neighborhood Election (Caucus) is, how to find where it’s held, how to pre-register, what a caucus neighborhood election is, how it works, how the voting is to be conducted. On Thursday evening, March 20, 2014 at 7 PM Utah will hold its Republican Caucus.  This is your […]

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