News flash! Congress is pondering a resolution mourning the loss of the RMS Titanic in 1912. Sure, Congress has passed two previous resolutions to mourn the almost 1,500 dead, but we really need a third resolution almost a century later to show that we really mean it this time.

Also in the news, Congress will soon put up for a vote a resolution condemning the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip in 1914. Sure, Congress has passed three previous resolutions condemning the assassination, but Congress really needs to pass a fourth resolution to show just how much the assassination disturbs the U.S. Congress.

And finally, Congress is gearing up to vote on a resolution to start using the word “genocide” when discussing the killing of thousands of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Sure, it’s almost a century later, and Congress has passed five other resolutions between 1916 and 1996 about the death of the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, but Congress really needs to pass yet another bit of legislation to show just how horrified Congress is over the Armenian genocide.

OK, so I’m being silly. I made up the news stories about Congress working on Titanic and Ferdinand assassination resolutions to show just how silly it is to obsess over something almost a century old, especially when Congress has already griped about it before. Why are members of Congress so anxious to pass a resolution branding the death of many thousands of Armenians almost 100 years ago as a genocide?

The answer is simple: the Democrats in Congress are desperate to sabotage the war in Iraq, as explained by Thomas Sowell.

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that this resolution is just the latest in a series of Congressional efforts to sabotage the conduct of that war.

Large numbers of American troops and vast amounts of military equipment go to Iraq through Turkey, one of the few nations in the Islamic Middle East that has long been an American ally.

Turkey has also thus far refrained from retaliating against guerrilla attacks from the Kurdish regions of Iraq onto Turkish soil. But the Turks could retaliate big time if they chose….

In this touchy situation, why stir up a hornet’s nest over something in the past that neither we nor anybody else can do anything about today?

The Left has no plan to win the war in Iraq. The only strategy they have is running away, which is known in military circles as “losing.” Democrats have admitted that they cannot support the war because it is bad for them. They have hitched their wagons to failure, and now they are trying whatever they can to cause problems. And make no mistake, this Congressional resolution will piss off our ally Turkey and make fighting the murderous thugs in Iraq that much harder. Weren’t these the same Democrats the ones whining that we weren’t working enough with allies?

Sowell finishes up his column masterfully:

Unwilling to take responsibility for ending the war by cutting off the money to fight it, as many of their supporters want them to, Congressional Democrats have instead tried to sabotage the prospects of victory by seeking to micro-manage the deployment of troops, delaying the passing of appropriations — and now this genocide resolution that is the latest, and perhaps lowest, of these tactics.

Thomas Sowell has a great column about the brainwashing kids get in classrooms. And when the lecture is about politics, it’s no wonder that the slant is to the Left. He points out that “Stanford University, for example, the faculty includes 275 registered Democrats and 36 registered Republicans.” That’s 7 to 1 odds you’ll get a Democrat teaching your class.

Here are the first few paragraphs of Sowell’s column. It’s well worth reading the whole thing.

Governor Bill Owens of Colorado has cut through the cant about “free speech” and come to the defense of a 16-year-old high school student who tape-recorded his geography teacher using class time to rant against President Bush and compare him to Hitler.

The teacher’s lawyer talks about First Amendment rights to free speech but free speech has never meant speech free of consequences. Even aside from laws against libel or extortion, you can insult your boss or your spouse only at your own risk.

Unfortunately, there is much confusion about both free speech and academic freedom. At too many schools and colleges across the country, teachers feel free to use a captive audience to vent their politics when they are supposed to be teaching geography or math or other subjects.

While the public occasionally hears about weird rantings by some teacher or professor, what seldom gets any media attention is the far more pervasive classroom brainwashing by people whose views may not be so extreme, but are no less irrelevant to what they are being paid to teach. Some say teachers should give “both sides” — but they should give neither side if it is off the subject.

Kudos to Sean Allen for taping his World Geography teacher, Jay Bennish, in his President Bush-bashing, capitalism-trashing rant. Here’s a snippet that caught my eye when I read it:

Bennish: Who is probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth?!

Unidentified student: We are.

Bennish: The United States of America! And we’re a democracy. Quote-unquote.

No, Bennish, we are a representative Republic. There is a difference. Bennish needs to be fired. Not because he is a liberal, and not because he bashes our President and nation. He needs to be fired because he is incompetent geography teacher. He has whined that his First Amendment right of free speech has been violated. But that is a bogus argument. He is still free to peddle his views on the TV, his home, on the street, or in a blog, but when he is being paid to teach geography, he should teach geography. Allen was not wrong to tape his teacher. And taping your teacher’s lectures is not a violation of the teacher’s privacy. When the teacher is being paid by public funds to teach in a public school, and he gives a public address in the public class before a group of kids, what he says is far from private.