Greetings! We interrupt this week’s previously scheduled thoughts on the school year to bring you a rant. This rant has been brought to you by the conservative wing of the Republican Party which appears to be suffering from a collective delusional paranoia. I’ll have to check with my sister on the specific diagnosis, but a break with reality has obviously occurred – either that, or they’re just mean.
In case you enjoyed a media free weekend, here’s a brief recap on the latest controversy. Today, President Obama will brainwash thousands of schoolchildren with a diabolically masterminded scheme in which he subliminally imprints upon their impressionable young minds the virtues of – GASP! – education, hard work, and personal responsibility. That’s right, folks. Obviously, the man has gone too far. He actually wants children to learn. Well, we can’t have that! An educated populace – can you imagine? Picture it, a world in which children are active and curious participants in their educational experiences, a world in which the next generation becomes a horde of informed, critical thinkers.
Well, gee, I wonder why Conservatives are scared. Why on earth would they not want children to grow up with the ability to think critically, to choose their own paths and ideas, to not be lemmings? Oh, right. It’s much harder to base a society on close-minded intolerance when the society is lemming-free. So, instead, I have an idea. Let’s clamp down as hard as possible; let’s break out the terror words; let’s appeal to the primal fears of the most vulnerable in society.
Let’s tell the working and middle classes that a focus on environmental preservation will cost them their jobs. Let’s tell the elderly (who, by the way, are participants in a National Health Care program) that Health Care Reform will result in their premature euthanasia. Let’s tell parents that the president is trying to go behind their backs to foist his socialist agenda on their children with a super secret speech that will be delivered nationally and that has been posted in advance on the White House web site. Oh, yes, and in case you missed it, let’s call the president a socialist while we’re at it. But, if one of his advisers had the temerity to make disparaging remarks about the Republican Party before he held his position, well, we’d better run that guy out of town on a rail.
Come on, people! Americans are smarter than this. I hope so, anyway. If our country falls for this propaganda, then we are doomed. No one can prevent a future of resource depletion, environmental disaster, poverty, violence and despair. Personally, I think better of humanity. Maybe I’m naïve, but I think that humans are capable of overcoming lemming-hood. I’ll leave you with a quote that my high school U.S. history teacher (obviously a diabolical socialist plant) posted in our classroom (Thanks, Mr. Guerra!). Sadly, I don’t know the source, so the quote will have to be unattributed.
“That knowledge is better than ignorance, that the mind that is informed becomes the mind that understands, that the mind that understands becomes the heart that cares about beauty and goodness and about human beings.”