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‘4 in 10 Embrace Socialism’–Really?

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They wish!

*Sigh*  I guess I’ll do some nooze. Don’t wanna, but it’s part of my job.

In a somewhat misleading headline, Gallup reports that “4 in 10 Americans Embrace Some Form of Socialism” (https://news.gallup.com/poll/257639/four-americans-embrace-form-socialism.aspx). Obviously they haven’t been paying much attention to what’s going on in Venezuela.

According to Gallup, 43% think socialism would be “a good thing” for America, while 51% say it would be a bad thing. Among Democrats (surprise, surprise), 57% “view socialism positively” in a 2018 poll. In 1942, 25% of respondents said they thought socialism was good. Given that we were at war at the time with the National Socialists of Germany, that seems a rather odd response.

Digging a little deeper into this poll, we find that the definition of socialism, at least in many people’s minds, has changed. Only 17% of the people in the poll associated socialism with “government control over the means of production.”

What? But socialism is “government control over the means of production.” Looks like our schools and colleges have done their work only too well, producing 83% ignorance of what socialism is. Heck, it’s easy to have a positive view of something when you jolly well don’t know what it is.

In the same poll, respondents decisively preferred the free market over government control in all categories except for “protecting consumers’ privacy online” and “environmental protection.” Well, duh! It would be nice if we could actually trust somebody to protect the environment. Around here the government lets developers pave over every square foot of the environment that they haven’t paved already. Gotta make room for all those nail salons.

I wonder how the Democrats’ 70% tax rate, open borders, and live birth abortion would poll.


‘The Fantasy of Public Education’ (2013)

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I feel more secure already!

I’m a fantasy writer. It’s my job to make up weird stuff. I wouldn’t dream of standing in front of a full classroom and saying the stuff I make up is real.

But no such scruples inhibit our public school teachers’ unions. For instance:

https://leeduigon.com/2013/04/15/the-fantasy-of-public-education/

So the teacher has the kids write down, “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”

LOL. As if a tyrannical government has ever made anybody more secure! Do you think the people in Venezuela feel more secure than we do? Would you rather live in China? Lots of security there! Just don’t you dare step out of line.

Once upon a time, a “teacher” who engaged in such an exercise would be fired as quick as boiled asparagus. The community wouldn’t stand for such lessons.

But we have let them take away the community’s authority over the schools. Now Far Left Crazy owns the schools.


My Newswithviews Column, May 2 (‘They Call It U.S. History’)

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“Yes, master! America is bad…”

It’s not a conspiracy theory when you’ve seen it with your own eyes, and heard it with your own ears.

They Call It ‘U.S. History’

The Far Left crazies who own the public “education” establishment hate America, our America, and want to “change” it beyond recognition. And we’re not only letting them do it–we’re paying for it!


Here’s What Our Schools Call ‘U.S. History’

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Your school tax dollars at work–used against you, and against your country.

By the People is a new U.S. History textbook, published by Pearson Education, to be used next year by Advanced Placement students in public high schools nationwide. It describes our elected president, Donald Trump, as “mentally ill” and “racist” (https://www.wnd.com/2019/04/u-s-history-textbook-portrays-trump-as-mentally-ill-racist/). And those of us who voted for him aren’t very nice people, either.

Y’see, explains the textbook, us Trump voters are bad people ’cause we have too much “anger.” Gee willikers, why in the world should we be “angry”? Why, we should be thanking them for revealing to us that the president that we elected is a nut and a racist! We should thank them for showing us what creeps we are. How could that possibly make us angry?

If we had been nice people we would’ve elected Hillary. [Reaches for barf bag.]

And they make us pay for this! Taxes galore. They make us pay to be insulted and lied to. And we let them do it! That’s the part that I don’t understand: we let them do it.

When are normal people going to understand that the Far Left crazies who own our public education system despise them, hold them in extreme contempt, and operate the schools that we pay for as a means of turning our children against us? And against everything we value.

We are “educating” ourselves to death; and when we all wake up in Venezuela North someday, we’ll know whose fault it is.

Our own. For not stopping this while we had the chance.


When They Banned the Bible

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Here’s another thing I remember, from back when we were citizens: from back before the government learned how to say “Just shut up and pay your taxes.”

In 1962-63 the U.S. Supreme Court suddenly discovered that reading the Bible in a public place–notably a public school–was somehow against the Constitution. Amazing, the things that can dawn on judges after a couple hundred years.

When I went to grade school and middle school, we had a reading from the Bible, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance to start our day. No one complained. The Bible readings were from the Old Testament, for Christians and Jews.

In high school the Bible reading came over the P.A. system, read each morning by my Aunt Millie, who was then the school secretary. But then, in my sophomore year, it had to stop. The Supreme Court said it had to stop. Why? Because of “separation of church and state” or something, which is not in the Constitution and never posed a problem for anyone until a few atheists started complaining in the early 1960s. The Bible readings had to be replaced by “inspirational readings” from strictly secular sources. Frankly, I never find that inspiring.

Here are a few other things I remember about high school, 1963-67, which were different.

No girl had an out-of-wedlock baby.

No school shootings… anywhere. Ever.

No assaults on teachers.

No drug overdoses. No suicides.

No need for guards or special police at any school. No metal detectors.

How was this not better? How are we the better for banning God’s word and replacing it with inducements to try every sexual aberration ever imagined in a fallen world?

But that was when we were citizens. Not subjects.


Back When We Were Citizens

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I remember back in the 1960s, when I was still in public school, and they first tried to add “sex education” to the curriculum.

Practically the whole town turned out for the school board meeting, to tell the board, in no uncertain terms, “Thou shalt not!” And so they didn’t, because they would’ve all been voted out of office if they had.

My friend Jimmy’s father, Mr. K., was particularly persuasive. They didn’t like to see him coming. So they refrained from innovations to the curriculum–because they had a wholesome fear of how the community would react. Because back then, see, we still had a community.

What’s changed?

For one thing, the state took away virtually all the power that the local school boards had to determine how education was conducted in their district. So if the voters rejected the school budget, the state commissioner had the power to nullify their vote. Eventually people stopped voting down school budgets, because it was futile. And meanwhile, the board had to tailor the curriculum to conform to whatever the state wanted.

I’m sure this happened in other states besides New Jersey.

Local control of school districts protected us from the kind of endless mischief now perpetrated daily by the state and federal governments. We could get it back, if there were ever the political will to abolish the federal Dept. of Education and get the federal government out of education altogether. We would also have to abolish the office of state commissioner of education, abolish state departments of education, and repeal Common Core–including all the “rewrites” which are only Common Core hiding behind a less controversial name.

All of that would be tremendously difficult to accomplish, going up against rich, powerful, entrenched opposition from the government and teachers’ unions.

Much better to pull Christian children, and others, out of public education and give them a Christian education, either at home or in a Christian school.

And there’s a wonderful upside to that.

Kill public education, and liberalism dies.


‘So, Kiddies, You Get Drunk and Have Sex…’ (2015)

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Sometimes it just paralyzes the mind, to think that our government–that we pay for, that’s supposed to represent us–gets up to wicked mischief like this.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/11/06/so-kiddies-you-get-drunk-and-have-sex/

This “lesson” was for eighth graders, 13-year-olds. It was perpetrated by the government, under the guise of Common Core–the federal government’s scheme for to micromanaging every public school classroom in America.

Why don’t we hear much about Common Core anymore?

Mostly because Common Core got real unpopular–so the states that had it stopped using the name and “rewrote” a lot of it. So a lot of states still have it. The Trump administration isn’t pushing it, but hasn’t been able to get rid of it entirely, either.

If we ever elect another Democrat president, Common Core will come roaring back in all its awfulness.


‘The Postmodern War on Truth: 1992’ (2016)

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Already by 1992, Michael Crichton warned us that the line between fact and fiction was getting rather blurry.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/05/04/the-postmodern-war-on-truth-1992/

It’s been done on purpose, by wicked and ungodly people, many of whom are not quite sane. The poison brewed in our colleges and universities always seeps out into the rest of our society, tainting it, then maiming it.

“Educating” ourselves to death… but I guess it depends on what “is” is.


The Mystery of the Rotary Phone

These two 17-year-olds are smart enough to be engineering students: but can they figure out how to use a rotary phone?

We’re not making fun of them. They’ve never seen, let alone used, one of these before. And yet it wasn’t so long ago that a rotary phone was found in every American household.

This is how knowledge gets lost. And it can happen quickly.

All right, rotary phones are obsolete, we don’t need them anymore, few people still have one. The rotary phone has been replaced by more advanced technology. But much more important knowledge can get lost, without being replaced: a knowledge of history, for instance, or a grasp of civics. Thanks to our laughably inadequate “education” system, knowledge of history and civics is all but extinct. That’s why there are millions of young people who literally do not know that the law of the land, the Constitution, limits what the government is allowed to do.

We don’t need the rotary phone anymore, but we still need history and civics. And we’re quickly losing that knowledge.

We could wind up paying a very heavy penalty for that.


‘Encountering Sheer Loopiness’ (2016)

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Good grief! I thought it was bad in 2016?

https://leeduigon.com/2016/05/26/encountering-sheer-craziness/

The Left grows more irrational by the day. I don’t know how to talk to these people anymore. There’s  no common ground. Just this weird look in their eyes when they start talking about universal free stuff and “no more categories anymore.”

And thanks to our public schools and colleges, there are more of these wackos every day.

If we lose our republic and our civilization, no one will be more to blame than our “education” establishment.

Educating ourselves to death…


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