We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Is John trying to snag Gelernter as a contributor to his site? Who would not? We have been Gelernter fans since his first book. A quote:
...more surprising than his political super-buoyancy is the resurrection of big-government, 1930s-style economic thinking in the Democratic party long after it was taken out with the trash along with Jimmy Carter, and once more (for good measure) after Gingrich smashed Clinton in the ’94 midterms. The failure of central planning and state-managed economies is one of the big themes of the 20th century. But Obama’s handlers have yet to tell him.
His biggest asset is being black. People feel virtuous when they vote for him, or support him, or at least don’t trash him. We all like to feel virtuous...
He has a winning smile, too. And
While conservatives worry about debt and taxes and huge problems abroad, the left is busy pulling the whole country out from under them. While conservatives fiddle around on the roof, robbers are rifling the house and stealing the children. Conservatives might consider climbing down and having a look. Obama is only the first of a new breed.
I wonder, too, how well the "steal the children" campaign is really going. It's always depressing how college-aged kids vote (I remember myself at that age, too), but I see signs that new generations are as adept at judging the failed policies of their elders as ever. Even countries behind the Iron Curtain finally came out, and most of them figured out what needed to be done.
Each new generation is capable of learning the difference between a compassionate society and being a leech.
Look at the schools (not just the colleges). What passes for education these days is plain pathetic. The classrooms enough are telling - not just the teacher, but the meta-educator, classroom monitor, and another that floats between the classes. Not sure about other schools, but its in my Son's past kindergarten class. Good to have adults, but we need 4-5 people teaching kindergarten?
Plus, what my daughter brought home for homework was a travesty - learning Algebra, and only having to do 6 problems on a tear-out sheet. She never brought home the book ("they're kept in class, we get one when we go in, and put back when we leave"), so as to see what she is learning, and how to help. Tests can be retaken, if she 'thinks' the grade is too low, averaged with the weaker test.
She was also roughed up by several boys at the end of the school year - when the wife and I went to school, we were told its Zero Tolerance, and ALL would be held to that standard, since all were involved - no victim, no perps, all would be held accountable. Furious doens't even begin to describe my ire. Needless to say, I've begun to teach her streetwise skills to survive in this jungle.