The Jornolists
Bill Quick

John Boehner’s Legal Lesson | National Review Online

Depressingly, the most common reaction to the Boehner’s litigation has been incredulity. “I don’t quite understand,” Politico’s Ben White tweeted, “GOP hates employer mandate and is suing Obama over not enforcing it?” Picking up this line of inquiry, ThinkProgress sardonically noted that “House Republicans will sue Obama because he’s not implementing Obamacare fast enough.” Markos Moulitsas got in on the action, too, tweeting, “If Boehner is successful in lawsuit against Obama, he will . . . force FASTER implementation of Obamacare. Genuis! [sic]” As one would expect, Vox was thoroughly perplexed. “It’s as if Pat Riley was suing LeBron James to force him to begin playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers sooner,” wrote Ezra Klein.

Why, it’s almost as if somebody writes these scripts for them, and these journalistic secretaries take the dictation and repeat it, parrot-like, at the top of their lungs.

The larger issue is, of course, why these sorts of arguments have any traction in the face of Obama’s extremely clear, even brazen, violation of the constitutional restraints placed on his office.

The answer is straightforward:  For more than half a century, the progressive goal in education has been to produce politically and historically illiterate cogs for the vast machinery of serfdom they are pledged to construct for our own good, and their own benefit.  An integral part of such an education must be the discrediting, in any and every way possible, the Constitution which they hate, for two reasons:  First, because it is the clearest expression of American exceptionalism in existence, and, second, because it stands in the way of them accomplishing their goals.

So the actual details of the Constitution – like separation of enumerated powers – are not taught, and what little mention the document does receive is only to discredit it as outdated, fatally flawed, and irrelevant to modern life.

This is why programs such as Hillsdale College Online Constitutuinal Courses are so important. Americans have been raised and taught to be ignorant of the heritage of liberty for which their ancestors fought and died. And until we somehow find a way to reverse that ignorance in a critical mass of The People, we will continue to fall prey to the long progressive assault on those liberties.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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      • Sheesh, maybe you haven’t been paying attention because you’re overseas, but the kids aren’t the parents’ children, they’re the system’s children. The public school administrators and teachers, along with the state and federal departments of education, will decide what’s in the childrens’ best interests. So long as they behave themselves, the parents will be allowed to see “their” children when they aren’t in school, but they have no say over educational or other matters.

        That’s not as much of an exaggeration as I’d prefer. A couple years ago, when my youngest was in public school kindergarten, the principal was not going to allow my wife and her to go on vacation to China. The school district set breaks throughout the school year and parents were to make their vacation plans around that schedule. That’s almost a direct quote from the worthless bitch principal. Keep in mind that this was kindergarten, not the month before a dissertation defense, and that my daughter was able to read and do some arithmetic before she started the school year, and that kindergarten is not even mandatory in NY. So they went off on vacation anyway, despite the principal’s screeching. And then we pulled the kid from the public school system. Because we’re paying school taxes as well as tuition, we’re constantly broke, but we think it’s worth it.

        Oh, and back to a directly educational topic, the kindergarten teacher required the kids to read a book every week from such and such selection. They were ridiculously babyish for my kid; as noted, she was reading chapter books by herself before she started kindergarten. I’ve been raising her to be a sarcastic little shit, just like her brothers, so, with a bit of coaching, she went along with the required reading and gave her book reports in a fashion which did not greatly please the teacher… and continued to read The Magic Treehouse books during breaks.

  1. Just like every city’s main shopping and business districts are exactly cookie cutter replicas of each other, international educational systems are cookie cutter replicas of each other now. It’s Montessori this and Touchy-Feely That and Projects on the Environment and Mother Gaia the Other.

    Yes, I know exactly what you’re talking about even though I’m on the other side of the World. Are we really naïve enough to think that the March Through the Institutions is just an American thing? These people don’t operate with a sense of borders. Borders are so passé, so 19th century. They’re Post-Moderners. Gaia Sans Frontieres. They work their magic wherever they see Freedom flourishing. So I’ve watched Hong Kong fundamentally transformed since The Handover by both the One Worlders and the Commies. But perhaps I make a distinction without a difference. If it’s not dumbing down education then it’s forcing changes that make Hong Kong just another Chinese city, one amongst several dozen, erasing Western influences little by little.

    Individualism and Liberty are under attack in more than just America.

    • It’s a Christian school, though not Catholic. Not sure of the denomination, but probably doesn’t matter. I’m not terribly happy* about, for instance, using biblical myth-based textbooks to practice reading, but it’s probably not doing any long-term harm. Overall the 3-Rs education is better than the public school**; the reason we chose this school is that before kindergarten, Selene was better at reading and simple arithmetic and such than her same-age friends. By the end of kindergarten, she was behind all those who went to the private schools.

      * Understatement alert
      ** Damning with faint praise alert

  2. btw How did you find a private school not affected by PC BS and The New Methods?

    In most cities, you don’t. Nashville, for instance.

    It becomes a matter of degree. I paid for private school for my boys. I didn’t do it because it was a great school, or even a good one. I did it because the public schools in Nashville were not fit for anyone to send their children.

    The private school I used had PC stuff in modest amounts. The faculty was far more feminized than it should have been. Not too surprising because the head of school was a woman (since replaced for incompetence, thank goodness). Outside sports, boys were not accommodated much. Only about 2/3 of the teachers were competent (compared to perhaps 1/4 in Nashville Metro).

    But it was the best available anywhere within an hour’s drive. In fact, it was less than a mile as the crow flies from our house. The leftist indoctrination was half-hearted, and even resisted by some teachers.

    One bad thing about many private schools, including the one I used, is the snotty attitude among the rich kids. My sons found most of their classmates not worth any significant friendship. The school I used was probably least bad in Nashville – some of the longtime private schools in the rich neighborhoods are shot through with the smug arrogance of kids who never had to work for anything, and feel entitled to anything they desire.

    You pays your money and you takes your chances. Public school in just about any big city is child abuse. Some rural and prosperous suburban public schools are still decent. Home schooling is an option for some who have the time, but let’s face it – there are a whole lot of parents out there who simply don’t know enough to home school past the first few elementary grades.

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