Warning: This post is long, slams liberal ideology, and is worthy of a plush seat and a tall cold one.
While the leftist, Hollywood Politico wing-nuts are running the show (and the election) in this country, I find it stunning that no one seems to be able to figure out why. But what I find truly disturbing is that conservatives are scratching their heads wondering how this could be happening.
I’ve got two words: Education and TV.
Once again, it’s time for a history lesson and a dose of reality. We’ll start with the history lesson.
The number one reason militant, immoral liberals are lauded and deified while they mock and tear at the very moral fabric of this nation, (and waltz into power) is because, for the past eight decades or so, America’s children have been subject to a nasty little version of behavior modification called Public Education. There, I said it. I’m finally coming out of my home school closet with the gloves on. It’s time to pay attention.
To fully understand the the culpability of America’s pub-ed system, we must take a little trip back in time. Think back to the one-room school house and those little minions who actually got an education. The Bible, in many cases, was the book that was used as the “reader” to teach the children to…well, read. Things were moving along rather well until…
…Jump to the early 1900’s -John Dewey and Co. What a guy. John Dewey was a pragmatist, and a proponent of what was then affectionately called Progressive Education. Dewey and his followers thought up a system to reform the schools. But the schools weren’t in need of reform. The seeds of an interminable, liberal, Democratic pattern were being sown.
Dewey and his cohorts denounced traditional schooling. You know, the type that actually educates and trains children to think critically. Dewey wanted to replace the traditional schooling method with a child centered approach. Bottom line: They weren’t so much interested in learning as in socializing children, getting them accustomed to group activities and taking the direction of the group. I call it Sheeple Camp. They proposed to use the schools as the entering wedge for transforming society. In short, they sought to use the schools as a training ground for collectivism (that would be Obamaism, otherwise known as socialism) under the guise of being progressive. (Think: Change and hope. History is repeating.)
Who were Dewey’s cohorts? John Gatto, former New York state Teacher of the Year, and author of Dumbing Us Down writes:
Edward Thorndike (he is the Thorndike of the Thorndike/Barnard dictionary), and John Dewey of Columbia’s Teacher’s College and their industrialist allies [John D.Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and J.P. Morgan], decided to bend government schooling to business and the political state just exactly as it had been bent in Prussia. A higher mission would exist too. Schools would serve as “instruments of managed evolution, establishing conditions for selective breeding before the masses take things into their own hands” (Quoted from a published essay by Edward Thorndike at Columbia Teacher’s college in 1911).
More from Thorndike:
It will, of course, be understood that directly or indirectly, sooner or later, every advance in the sciences of human nature will contribute to our success in controlling human nature and changing it to the advantage of the common weal.
Then there is this from the very first report issued by John D. Rockefeller’s General Education Board. This is their first mission statement:
“In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into men of learning or philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters, great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, statesmen, politicians, creatures of whom we have ample supply. The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in an perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way”.
But let’s not stop there; here’s a montage of the ideas from the men behind the morphing of America’s public education system over the years.
“The children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming, where everyone would be interdependent.”-John Dewey
“Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening. The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they’re not tempted to think about any other role.” -William Torrey Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1889-1906.
“Ninety-nine [students] out of a hundred are automata, careful to walk in prescribed paths, careful to follow the prescribed customs. This is not an accident but the result of substantial education, which scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the individual.” -William Torrey Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1889-1906.
“Individual talent is too sporadic and unpredictable to be allowed any important part in the organization society. Social systems which endure are built on the average person who can be trained to occupy any position adequately if not brilliantly.” -Stuart Chase, The Proper Study of Mankind, 1948.
“Nothing is more central to the maintenance of social order than the regulatory mechanisms employed to control and socialize our children.” -Ronald Boostom, Coordinator for Juvenile “Justice” in California, 1980.
I won’t even go into how poorly American children do on those incredibly mind-numbing standardized tests, or how colleges are having to lower their standards for their incoming freshmen, and I’ll skip the part about how the schools are handing out diplomas to functional illiterates en masse. It’s old news by now. And for all the money the National Education Association lobbies for (…er…it’s for the children…), nary a dime goes into actually, educating the kiddos. Last time I checked, the Democratic National Committee got more than the students. But make no mistake, this is all by design.
Suffice it to say, the talk of “fixing” America’s schools is pointless. It would be right up there with such worthwhile endeavors as nailing Jell-O to a tree, or trying to convince Bill Clinton that sex outside of marriage is a bad thing. Based on history, public education in America (and the Clinton’s marriage) is chugging along exactly as planned. Where once there were Bibles, we now have condoms. Where once was taught history, we now have political correctness, environmentalism, and anti-America rhetoric. Where once the kids actually learned, now they are shot. Yes, I’d say things are moving along quite smashingly.
So, how does all this tie to the current election and the gaggle of lunatics who seem to be running the show? To answer that, another question must be addressed: Why does it seem as if no one really understands what is at stake in this election? Here’s the key, folks. Precious few truly understand because the goal of the progressivism that spawned our government-run educational system has been met. Vast amounts of our population are uneducated in history and economics (by the pub-ed’s design), unable to think logically or critically (by the pub-ed’s design), and thus, unable to see the danger that lies ahead (again, by the pub-ed’s design).
And just what is the danger? The danger is in the forfeiting of this nation’s sovereignty, and our liberty to the Democratic group-hug called collectivism, aka, socialism. Make no mistake, the founding fathers of public education were unabashed collectivists. And their heirs are no less determined.
And who are their heirs? Glad you asked. Tenured college professors who willingly and knowingly train future teachers in the art of social reconstruction, humanism, and globalism; the Hollywood elite who have cashed in on America’s steadily declining intellect and morals; prominent newspaper and media moguls who, over the years, have raked in millions from the very giants who blueprinted our educational system. In the words of Goose, “The list is long, but distinguished.”
But enough with history. Now for the dose of reality. It’s time for that smack between the eyes that nearly everyone, present company included, deserves. Because, while it’s easy on the conscience to point the finger at the left, the sad, unavoidable truth is this: The other reason the Hollywood Politico wing-nuts have been given credibility while they assault America with their congressionally protected degeneracy and their blathering hate-America political lunacy — the reason they’ve been awarded the big nod is this: Americans arrange their living rooms, and their lives around the television.
Think about it.
America worships at the shrine of HDTV. We can’t live without it, at least that’s what we are being led to believe. From TVs hanging from the ceilings of malls and Wal-Marts, the mini TVs running the CNN ticker at bank drive-through lanes, and the scads of idiot boxes in doctors’ and dentists’ offices, you’d think the average American incapable of a single moment lost in quiet thought.
Ah, but isn’t that the point? A person who engages in the thinking process is a dangerous person in the eyes of a liberal, even if that thinking is done during the ten minutes it takes to buy a gallon of milk. Which, by the way, is about all the time it would take to realize that The View is a complete waste of time.
Big conspiracy theory, right? I don’t think so. As we all know, the old-school way of getting TV reception (the use of rabbit ears or tin foil wrapped around the cat’s tail) will be a thing of the past by February 2009. And since that means the freeing of millions from the blatherings of Katie Couric, Oprah, and the rest of the main stream media’s highly trained journalists, the government had to save the (their) day. Salvation, my folks, is coming in the form of a taxpayer-funded voucher.
Now why would the government do that? Sounds kind of cryptic in a benevolent sort of way. Well, actually, it is. Anytime the government hands out money to “assist” people, it nearly always translates into the government using the tax payer’s money to further their agenda. In this case, and in the case of the NEA, the goal is to maintain a steady stream of liberalism flowing into the minds of Americans, young and old. And everyone knows that those who think like a liberal will vote like a liberal.
It’s genius, really.
So, again, talk of fixing the schools or holding the media accountable for its content is, in my estimation, a pointless endeavor. Both institutions are running exactly as intended, and the people running the show are in their positions by design. Did I mention it was genius?
If we can find alternative fuels (I’m still not on board with corn-fed cars, by the way.), then I’m fairly certain we can find alternatives to education and entertainment that won’t maim trees or deny mating space to the eastern Alaska snow rat…or Pamela Anderson. But are Americans, the conservative Americans who claim they are fed up, willing to educate their children or turn off their televisions?
Sadly, I think I already know the answer.