Slavery made the South more like an Old World Aristocracy than a New World Meritocracy
Democrats don’t like people of color. Never have. The Democrat Party’s lineage goes back to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. Thomas Jefferson was one of our Founding Fathers who, as the Democrats love to remind us, owned slaves. In fact, the Democratic-Republican Party was the party of the planter elite. And of slavery. While the opposition party, the Federalists, whose members included George Washington, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton, preferred manufacturing and commerce for the future of the United States. Not just plantations and slavery.
It was these southern planters who made the Three-Fifths Compromise necessary. Slaves couldn’t vote. So the North didn’t want to count them in determining the number of representatives a state had in the House of Representatives. The planter elite did not like this. As the anti-slave North had more free people and would end up controlling the government. Possibly passing anti-slave legislation. Well, without the southern states there would be no United States. So they compromised and counted some of their slaves. Giving the planter elite greater power in the new federal government than their population would otherwise have allowed. And to seal the deal they agreed not to discuss the issue of slavery again for 20 years.
The minority power in the South, the planter elite, who were Democratic-Republicans, brought a lot of slaves to the United States during that 20 year moratorium on the slavery issue. Swelling the slave population in the South. But once the 20 years were up Congress banned the slave trade. So from that point forward all slaves would have to be born on U.S. soil. But the minority power in the South had built their little fiefdoms by then. Owning large estates. With their lands worked by their large slaveholdings. Making the South more like an Old World aristocracy than a New World meritocracy. And the planter elite liked having so much power vested in so few of their hands. From having their few numbers control the federal government. To their absolute control of so many human lives on their plantations. They were an elite few. A superior people. And they liked it.
The South used the Power of the Federal Government to Suppress States’ Rights in the North with the Fugitive Slave Act
Over time as the north pursued the dreams of Washington, Adams and Hamilton immigration began to swell the population in the industrial North. Leading to the South losing their control over the House of Representatives. And threatening their elitism. By then the Democratic-Republican Party had become the Democrat Party. Which pushed to protect the institution of slavery. To protect their southern aristocracy. And their elevated status as a superior people. They used the power of the federal government where they could. Such as passing the Fugitive Slave Act to force free states against their will to return free blacks in their states to slavery. Then they argued that their states’ rights were at risk with all of the North’s abolition talk. Where the North might one day do what the South did to them. Use the federal government to force a state to do something against their will. Such as they did with the Fugitive Slave Act.
Their fight for the Senate led to further compromises to keep the union together while accommodating the planter elite. The Missouri Compromise (1820) had prohibited slavery in the new territory in the Louisiana Territory above approximately the southern border of Missouri (but permitted it within the borders of Missouri). Each state gets two senators. So with the House lost the Democrats needed more of the new states from the Louisiana Territory entered into the Union as slave states. Even those above the southern border of Missouri. Which they did with the Kansas–Nebraska Act. Which repealed the Missouri Compromise and replaced it with popular sovereignty. Where the people would chose whether they wanted to be a slave state or a free state. Setting off a mad rush by both sides to get to these territories so they could vote the slave status of these new states their way. Leading to a bloody civil war in Kansas.
Then another blow fell to the southern aristocracy. Abraham Lincoln. With the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln the southern aristocracy lost not only the House of Representatives but the presidency as well. Worse, the Republicans were an anti-slavery party. So even if they were somehow able to hold onto the Senate the Republicans in power would challenge the planter elite’s supremacy. Break up their fiefdoms. And challenge their power. Something this elite few were willing to fight to prevent. Well, they were willing to have others fight for them. To maintain the social order in the South. Leading to cries about states’ rights. And an over-powerful federal government. Despite their having used the power of the federal government to suppress states’ rights in the North with the Fugitive Slave Act.
Democrats see Benefits for Blacks as a Necessary Evil to keep them in Power
Most southerners were poor farmers. Who owned no slaves. Yet they rose to fight for states’ rights. And to protect the South from northern aggression. At least, that was what the planter elite had them believe. Who sent many of these poor farmers to their deaths in the American Civil War. When it was over approximately 8.6% of the South’s population was dead. By comparison World War II killed approximately 405,399 Americans. However, if we had suffered the same death rate as the South did in the American Civil War our World War II dead would have totaled over 12 million. This is what the southern aristocracy was willing to—and did—sacrifice to maintain their power and privilege. Their supremacy over other people. Especially over their black slaves.
Such a feeling of superiority allows you to do some pretty horrible things. Just review the history of Nazi Germany to see some of the atrocities a ‘master race’ can do. In the post-war South the Democrats did not lose with grace. They resented the martial law in the South after the war. And they hated Republican rule. Protecting their former slaves. Even allowing them to run for government office. It was all too much for the fallen southern aristocracy. To remind people of the proper order of southern society they formed the KKK. And unleashed a terror across the South. Killing their former slaves. And Republicans. To codify their white supremacy the Democrats turned to the legislature. And passed laws to segregate the ‘inferior blacks’ from their superior selves. Jim Crowe Laws. Separate but equal. With the emphasis on ‘separate’. In time pressure grew against the southern Democrats. But they held strong in Congress. Fighting against any civil rights legislation. Including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Where Democrat Senator Robert Byrd (and former Exalted Cyclops of the KKK) filibustered against the Civil Rights Act for 14 hours and 13 minutes. To keep the blacks segregated from their superior selves.
Things are a lot better these days. But Democrat feelings of superiority die hard. Even though they would have us believe they like blacks today. Despite their past hatred of blacks. And their seething anger of having lost them from their plantations. But they found a way to ‘get them back on the plantation’. By making them dependent on government. In exchange for their vote. Which keeps them in power. Back where they believe they belong. And are entitled to be. Because they are a superior people. So benefits for blacks are a necessary evil to Democrats. For they still don’t like them. As evidenced by where they live. Where some of the richest Democrats (such as Nancy Pelosi) live in the whitest of neighborhoods. And their apparent racial purification of society. Through the guise of women’s rights. The most important thing to women, according to Democrats, is abortion. And they do their best to make abortion readily available. Especially to women of color. Like in New York City. And Mississippi. Where black women are having far more abortions than white women. Making America whiter. More like the neighborhood where Nancy Pelosi lives. And more like the color Democrats have fought to keep America since the Three-Fifths Compromise. The Fugitive Slave Act. Popular Sovereignty. The KKK. And Jim Crowe Laws.
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Colorado has allowed Recreational Use of Marijuana even though Federal Law prohibits its Sale and Use
Everyone on the left is saying it. Those in the mainstream media are saying it. Even some on the right are saying it. Obamacare is the law of the land. And it isn’t going away. As no law ever goes away. So get used to it. And quit your bitching, conservatives. Especially you radical Tea Party extremists. With all of your Constitutional this and Constitutional that. If you’re all about the rule of law then follow the rule of law. And quit trying to repeal Obamacare.
Marijuana is a class one narcotic. Federal law prohibits its sales and use. Yet those on the left have tried long and hard to decriminalize it. Comparing it to alcohol. Which is not a class one narcotic. For the left does not like the law criminalizing the sale and use of marijuana. And have bitched so much about it that at first states have allowed medical marijuana. And now Colorado has allowed recreational use of marijuana. Washington, too. Even though federal law prohibits the sale and use of this class one narcotic.
There are millions of illegal aliens in the United States. Who are in the country illegally. But those on the left want to change our laws so they aren’t here illegally. They want to grant them amnesty. Forgive their law-breaking. And give them citizenship. Because they are sure that if they do they will then thank those on the left (i.e., the Democrat Party) by voting Democrat. Especially when they’re telling them that the only reason why they are illegal is that Republicans hate Hispanics.
The Supreme Court made Law the People or Congress would not by Decriminalizing Abortion
The Second Amendment to the Constitution grants the people the right to keep and bear arms. The left doesn’t like guns. And they especially don’t like people owning guns. So the left hates the Second Amendment. Have long campaigned to curb gun ownership. And have used every opportunity to advance new gun control legislation. Whenever a mentally troubled individual goes on a shooting spree they blame the gun and not the mentally troubled individual. Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Jared Loughner and Seung-Hui Cho were all mentally troubled people. Yet the discussion is always about taking guns away from law-abiding gun owners. Not identifying these mentally troubled people before they hurt someone. Which they could still do even if you take other people’s guns away.
Abortion was illegal everywhere in the United States. The left did not like this. So they campaigned long and hard to decriminalize abortion. Which they could not do. At least, in Congress. Because the majority of the people opposed decriminalizing abortion. And they never had the votes in Congress to pass a law allowing abortion. Which is why there has never been an abortion debate in Congress. Not liking their odds in Congress they turned to the courts. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court made law the people or Congress would not. And decriminalized abortion.
The progressives in the early 20th century saw the people were just not smart enough to know what was best for them. And drinking was not. Husbands drank away their paychecks, came home drunk and beat their wives and gave them (and their unborn children) the syphilis they caught from prostitutes hanging out in saloons. So the progressives got a new amendment added to the Constitution to prohibit the sale and transportation of alcohol. The Eighteenth Amendment. A law the people didn’t like. And they repealed the Eighteenth Amendment with the Twenty-first Amendment. The only Constitutional amendment to be repealed.
The Left tries to Change or Go Around via the Courts Laws they Don’t Like
During the 1950s and 1960s Jim Crowe laws kept America segregated. Separate but equal went the mantra. The Southern Democrats made it difficult for blacks to vote. And treated them as second class citizens. Giving us race riots in the Sixties. And a civil rights movement. From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream speech in Washington the movement grew in intensity. Leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Overturning the Jim Crowe laws and desegregating America. Thanks to a united Republican Party that was able to overcome Democrat opposition in Congress to pass the bill.
The Southern Democrats did not lose the American Civil War well. They did not like the Fifteenth Amendment allowing their former slaves to vote. And they did not like the Thirteenth Amendment freeing their slaves. So the planter elite and their fellow Southern Democrats created the KKK. And began passing Jim Crowe laws to keep the defeated South racially segregated. The way it was written into the U.S. Constitution. The way it had to be written into the Constitution to get the Deep South to join the new United States of America. As the planter elite made clear. If there was no slavery there would be no United States.
We’ve had a lot of bad law in this country. Laws that we’ve repealed. Sometimes even over Democrat opposition. In fact the Southern Democrats pulled the southern states out of the union and into civil war with the northern states to defend the planter elite’s right to own slaves. Just as the planter elite forced those who wrote the Constitution to leave slavery alone if they expected their states to join the new union. And we’ve had laws the left just doesn’t like. Laws they’ve worked long and hard to change. Such as criminalizing gun ownership and decriminalizing marijuana. Or to get around them via the courts. Such as abortion. So the argument to just accept Obamacare because it’s the law of the land is a pretty weak argument. And chastising Republicans for not accepting laws they don’t like is hypocritical to say the least. We should be able to get rid of bad law. And Obamacare is a bad law. As it is doing the opposite of what it was supposed to do. So why not repeal it? I mean, if we were able to get rid of Jim Crowe Laws we should be able to get rid of another bad law like Obamacare.
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The Southern Democrats fought to Maintain Slavery, Formed the KKK and Implemented Jim Crowe Laws
Children love candy. And sweet treats. They will gorge themselves on them. And ruin their dinner. Or sicken themselves so much from these sweet treats that they will vomit. If parents let them. But parents don’t. Sometimes making for some unhappy children. But parents don’t do this because they are mean. They do this because it’s best for the children.
Politicians are a lot like parents. Bad parents. Because their ‘children’ can vote. And because they can they will feed them all the sweet treats they so desired. No matter how bad they are for them. No matter how bad they are for the country. Why? Parents will do what’s best for their children. While politicians do what’s best for them.
The Southern Democrats fought to maintain slavery. They formed the KKK following the Civil War and the emancipation of their slaves. They then implemented Jim Crowe laws to segregate the South. That were in effect until 1965. Then the Southern Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act (1964). One of the longest serving and most revered Southern Democrats, Robert Byrd, was an Exalted Cyclops in the KKK. And he filibustered the Civil Rights Act. Yet at his death the Democrats eulogized him with great awe and reverence. Despite all of this Democrats say Republicans are the racists. And blacks overwhelmingly vote Democrat. Why?
The Democrats destroyed the Black Family with AFDC and Public Housing
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. The Republicans won the Civil War. They maintained martial law in the South following the war to protect the emancipated slaves. They did not form the KKK. Nor did any of them serve as the Exalted Cyclops. They opposed Jim Crowe laws. And fought for the Civil Rights Act. So why is it that the general perception is that Republicans are racists while those with a racist past, Democrats, are not? Because the Democrats are real good at lying and manipulating people. That’s why. And they’re bad parents.
One of the greatest political feats in the history of the United States was the turning of blacks against their emancipators and defenders. And changing their allegiance to the people who once enslaved and oppressed them. And how did they do this? With the Great Society. Full of tasty treats. Especially for blacks in the poor inner cities. The candy? Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). And public housing. Which just destroyed the black family. As the nanny state replaced the black father. And gathered these single mothers and their fatherless children in crime ridden public housing of the inner cities.
Without a strong male role model in a child’s life they tend to get in trouble. Because a single mother cannot discipline children as much as two parents can. So a fatherless child strays. They run with others who pull them further into trouble. And when the state gathered large groups of fatherless children in public housing they ran in gangs. Creating the crime that made public housing crime ridden. And because all these kids went to the same schools they took their trouble into the schools. Leading to lower graduation rates. Fewer college enrollments. Higher unemployment. And lower median incomes. This is what the Democrats gave blacks with their nanny state. And they got them dependent on the nanny state. So they continued to vote Democrat. Even though voting Democrat was the worst thing blacks could have done. Based on what Democrats have done to the black family.
If You raise the Price of the McDonald’s Burger there is no Cost Savings by eating the McDonald’s Burger
Today minimum wage workers across the country were demanding that the government raise the minimum wage to about twice what it is. To $15/hour. For these entry level jobs. The Democrats support this. For it’s more candy for their children. Even though it’s not good for them. For these are not careers. Nor should they be. These are entry-level jobs for people with no skills. So they can gain some rudimentary skills to help them with their next step up their career ladder. People don’t go to medical school and then work at McDonald’s. No, they go to medical school explicitly so they don’t have to work a minimum wage job. And those who don’t have to work a minimum wage job all of their life have a better life. Both monetarily. And personally. With the satisfaction of doing something that gives their life greater meaning.
Of course if they raise the minimum wage to $15/hour minimum wage workers will lose their jobs. For if you raise the labor rate prices will rise. And sales will fall. And with fewer sales businesses will lay off some of their minimum wage workers. And the Democrats know this. They’ve worked hard to get tariff protection to protect their union brethren in the automotive industry. Because those higher wages raised the price of cars. And reduced sales. Hence the tariff protect6ion. To force people to pay more for their cars. By forcing the price of the competition higher. So they can continue to sell cars built with their more costly union labor. So Democrats know higher labor costs raise prices and reduce sales. So why do they want a higher minimum wage?
People buy fast food because of the value. They get a decent bang for the buck. But if you reduce that bang people will buy less. For if McDonald’s costs as much as a delicious burger at, say, Red Robin, which burger do you think the people will buy? They’re going to buy the Red Robin burger. For if you raise the price of the McDonald’s burger there is no cost savings by eating the McDonald’s burger. So they won’t. The Democrats know this, too. But they also know by giving their children this candy they can get their vote. It will make their children’s lives worse in the long run but that’s okay. As long as they can get their vote now. For that’s all that is important. Not the lives they destroy by being bad parents.
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The Way to Great Wealth in the South was King Cotton
At the recent 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech most if not all of the speakers were liberal Democrats. As if the Republicans were not welcomed there. Funny. As it was the Republicans who battled the Democrats to end slavery, Jim Crowe Laws and discrimination.
America’s original sin, slavery, was a part of the Old World southern planters did not want to give up. It was very similar to the manorial system of Europe. Where peasants were tied to the land. On a manor. Unable to leave. Land that a rich landowner owned. The lord of the manor. Property and status were hereditary. And the peasants at the bottom of the ladder had neither.
The lords belonged to the aristocracy. The nobility. They lived in glorious mansions. Gave magnificent parties. And enjoyed the best of everything. Courtesy of owning land. The peasants worked the land. And produced the greatest wealth in the kingdom for their lord. Food. In the American South this soon became cotton. King Cotton. The way to great wealth in the South was growing cotton. And the more slaves you had the more noble your life was.
The Founding Fathers wanted to Eradicate Slavery at the Time of the Founding
Things were different in the North. Years of growing tobacco had depleted the land. So they diversified. Grew different crops. And rotated the crops around. This required a more specialized workforce as things changed from year to year. And few farms grew one large cash crop anymore. So they turned to paid-labor. Which was more efficient. So while the South held on to the Old World the North became more egalitarian.
The Founding Fathers knew that a nation based on all men being equal could not include the institution of slavery. They wanted to eradicate it at the time of the drafting of the Constitution. But that created a problem with the South. At the time of the Founding their economy was dependent on slavery. And because it was they had more slaves than the North. So freeing the slaves would not only destroy their economy it would force the South to live in a biracial society that was unheard of at that time. Nowhere in the world were there biracial societies. Not to mention the fact that the freed blacks would outnumber the whites. The very same whites that once brutally oppressed the blacks.
To form a more perfect union they needed the southern states. Which they had to take as-is. With the institution of slavery. It was a bitter pill to swallow. As some of these Founding Fathers, especially the ones that didn’t own slaves, were conscious of the history books that would one day be written. As well as being truly opposed to slavery. But the choice was a new nation with slavery. Or no new nation. And continued sectional disputes. Even hostilities. Making them ripe for European intrigue. Especially from the Old World Empires who wanted to expand their empires into North America.
The Republicans Freed the Slaves, Fought against Jim Crowe Laws and Desegregated the South
So the Founding Fathers tabled the subject of slavery for 20 years. Sure that in 20 years time the South would adopt paid labor as they did in the North. Sadly, a great invention changed all that. The cotton gin. Which could process cotton faster than slaves could pick it. King Cotton promised more wealth than ever before. All you needed was a lot of slaves. Dashing the hopes of the Founding Fathers.
Wealth. Nobility. Life was good for the privileged few in the South. The planter elite. The southern Democrats. Who used the power of the federal government to return fugitive slaves. Then bitched about the federal government after they lost control of it. The planter elite brought the nation to civil war. To preserve the institution of slavery. To keep the Old World in the South. To keep the nobility in the South. With them sitting at the top of the aristocracy. But then came the Republicans. And Abraham Lincoln. Who issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Freeing the slaves in the states in open rebellion. Then Ulysses S. Grant won the American Civil War. The Republicans pushed for and ratified the Thirteenth Amendment. Abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude. Then Republican President Grant sent federal troops into the South to protect the freed blacks. As the racist southern Democrats resisted integrating the freed blacks into the South. Eventually passing Jim Crowe Laws. Making the freed blacks a permanent underclass with the Democrats’ separate but equal status of the freed blacks.
Democrat Storm Thurmond has the record for the longest filibuster in U.S. history. He talked for 24 hours and 18 minutes in his opposition of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. For he wanted to keep blacks separate but equal. The southern Democrats opposition to civil rights was so strong that it prevailed through JFK’s administration. Who did nothing for civil rights lest he go against the powerful southern Democrats. Despite all the Republicans did the Democrats kept the black man down in the South. Dr. King fought against segregation in Albany, Georgia, in 1962. And suffered brutal police oppression in Birmingham, Alabama, that same year. Things were so bad during JFK’s administration that Dr. King helped organized the 1963 March on Washington. Where he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. But real change would have to wait until Republican Richard Nixon became president. Who implemented the first large-scale desegregation of public schools in the Democrat-controlled South. And Nixon implemented the first affirmative action plan. The Philadelphia plan.
Yet despite all of this the Democrats claim the title of champion of civil rights. And dominated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Even though it was the Republicans who freed the slaves, fought against Jim Crowe Laws and desegregated the South. While the Democrats fought them every step of the way. Yet the Democrats are civil rights champions. While Republicans are racists. What’s wrong with this picture?
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IT’S A PARADOX. You can’t have both. Great public schools. And a Big Government nanny state. The public schools can’t be the best place to learn if we graduate hopelessly incapable of taking care of ourselves. You cannot reconcile the two. It is impossible. The need of Big Government is an indictment on public education. It sucks. It sucks so bad that our only hope to survive is by a dependence on government.
The Founding Fathers did NOT want a Big Government nanny state. So they tried to limit its money and power. The nation’s capital ended up in a swamp because Thomas Jefferson wanted to keep it out of the big cities (such as New York and Philadelphia). History has shown that wealth (the big cities) and power (sovereign authority) combine to make the worst of governments.
And they believed in the importance of education. A real education. History. Math. Science. Architecture. Engineering. Economics. For they believed an educated constituency was the greatest protection against Big Government. They knew it. Just as well as the proponents of Big Government knew it. Know it.
So is it a coincidence? That the rise of Big Government corresponded with a fall in the quality of public education? If we need Big Government to be our nanny, we obviously are not well educated. Otherwise, we could take care of ourselves. Like we did for the first century or so of our existence. So, did our poor public school system give life to Big Government? Or is it the other way around? Did a growing Big Government protect itself from the danger of a well educated constituency?
STUDENTS GRADUATE TODAY without being able to do the most simple of tasks. To point to Australia on a map. To identify the three branches of government. To name a current member of the U.S. Supreme court. The current Speaker of the House. To identify the allies during World War II. Or even tell us who’s buried in Grant’s tomb.
Few can define compound interest. Or calculate it. Few can make important investment decisions for their retirement. But they can tell you how Christopher Columbus raped the indigenous people in the New World. How America ruthlessly expanded westward, stealing land from the North American Indians. How we cruelly enslaved a race to build a nation predicated on liberty. You’ll find these in the curriculum. And in the schools’ libraries. But you won’t learn much about how Martin Van Buren created the Democrat Party to prosper on political spoils and patronage. Or that the Democratic Party was the party of slavery. The party of the KKK. The party of Jim Crowe laws (the legal segregation of blacks after the Republicans ended slavery). That it was the Democrats who enacted Prohibition because they knew what was best for us.
No, instead, students today learn about the importance of being sensitive to other people’s feelings. That we should be our brother’s keepers. That Big Government is good. Important. And necessary. We teach them that FDR’s New Deal programs ended the Great Depression. That massive government spending on make-work government jobs restored the economy. It didn’t. They learn that LBJ’s Great Society ended racial discrimination and poverty. It didn’t. These programs failed. As many Big Government programs of compassion do. But that’s not in the curriculum.
Worst, most students haven’t a clue about economics. What makes economic activity. What hinders it. The consequences of monetary and fiscal policy. So they haven’t a clue about how all those compassionate programs of Big Government often lead to unemployment and recession. So when they are old enough to vote, they are compassionate. They approve of expanding the nanny state without any idea of the economic impact.
WE SPEND A fortune on public education. Per student expenditures are among the highest in the world. But the money we spend is never enough. They always ask for more. For the children. So, to help the children, they raise taxes (property, sales, etc.). For the children, they get the poor to gamble away what little they have (the lotto). More money than ever before is collected. For the children. But it’s still not enough. Which begs the question, where is all that money going? Clearly, it isn’t to the children.
And because the children are so precious, they’re good leverage. There’s nothing like a good strike at the beginning of the school year to get a better contract. Why, they even have our precious children carry picket signs. Because it’s all about the children. Of course, unions protect dues-paying members. And the last I heard, children don’t pay union dues.
But the teachers are underpaid and overworked, aren’t they? If they are, they are the only union workers that are. It’s why you join a union. For leverage. For negotiating power to get better salary and benefit packages. And they do. Your typical public school teacher does better than your typical salaried worker. And they work less to get it. Oh, they talk about ‘non-compensated’ hours worked after school. That means approximately anything more than an 8-hour day. The real world typically pays a salaried worker for only a 40 hour week when they often work 50 hours or more. And they often don’t get the Friday after Thanksgiving off. Or a Christmas break. Or a winter break. Or an Easter break. Or the 3 months of summer off. When you factor in the actual time worked and the benefits, they do very well. Far better than private school teachers. And private school students outperform public school students. Hell, some of the most stalwart defenders of public education send their kids to private school. Because they can. The poor do, too. When they can. When they have access to school vouchers. Everyone, when given the choice, chooses private school over public school. If that ain’t an indictment on the public school system, I don’t know what is.
So where does all that money go? To the teachers. Their unions. And the public school bureaucracy.
WE SPEND MORE money on public education. But private school students do better than public school students. And private school teachers make less than public school teachers. So when we pay more we get less. A more poorly educated student. So what conclusion can we draw? We are spending more money than we need to on public education. And if we’re spending too much right now, spending more money sure isn’t going to make anything better for the children. The teachers, perhaps. But not the children. Because the truth is this. It’s not about the children.
The public schools are not educating. They’re indoctrinating. They’re producing good liberal democrats. Because Big Government knows that an educated constituency is the greatest threat against their power. So they control education. They take care of the union teachers who, in turn, teach the students to love Big Government. It’s rather Orwellian, really. Elites taking care of elites. At the expense of the children. And our future.
Conspiracy? If it wasn’t so much in the open, perhaps. But the Democratic Party hasn’t changed much since the days of Martin Van Buren. It’s about getting power. And keeping power. And you do that with patronage. And dependency. Big Government has given us Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits and numerous welfare programs. And now the holy grail of them all. National health care. The larger these programs, the greater the dependence. The larger the dependency, the greater number of loyal Democrat voters.
SO IS THERE a paradox? It depends on your point of view. From outside of the public school system, yes. If you think it’s about the children, yes. But from inside the public school system or from inside of Big Government, no. Because, there, it is not about the children. It’s about well paid teachers. And an uninformed electorate. And the systems in place work very well in achieving these goals.
So, no, our public schools are not the best place for children to learn. But it’s a pretty good place to indoctrinate them into loving Big Government.
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