FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, ©2015, President, NARLO
The greatest gift we can give to our children is not just our undying love and reasonable discipline, but what we teach them and how we oversee what others are teaching them. If you are not interested in how your children are being manipulated, molded and indoctrinated by the public education system at the behest of government, unions and special interest groups, you are not interested in your children’s long-term well-being and future.
There are three major influences on your children’s public education: the unions that control the teachers, the colleges that teach the teachers and those individuals and entities that control the curriculum and the textbooks from which your children will learn. Although most teachers are basically devoted to teaching their students, they are still controlled by the unions and most unions are hopelessly corrupt. The teachers are also a product of what they are taught in teaching colleges. Both the teaching colleges and the individuals and entities that control the curriculum and the textbooks are equally corrupt because they are fundamentally controlled by a single, distorted and flawed ideology that has become embedded in every one of our institutions. This ideology is tantamount to a cult-like religion where the ideology is an absolute (like Islam), at the exclusion of all other ideologies, ideas and concepts. That is not only corrupt; it is collusion among government, unions and colleges. Obama’s brand of socialism and national and international radical environmentalism are examples of cult-like ideologies.
In a previous article we wrote:
“Several years ago and based on knowledge, experience and observations, we developed a theory about mental processes, biases and deep-seated beliefs of the general population. We called this theory, the “Little Black Box” theory. This theory applies across the board to almost everything we believe in and everything we do in our lives. It is inescapable and what is in the “Little Black Box” determines, to a large margin, how our lives will turn out. It determines our thoughts, religious beliefs, sexual proclivities, our fears, our strengths, our weaknesses, our successes or failures and even our political persuasions. The content of the “Little Black Box” and thus a person’s point of reference, begins to fill up at a very early age and the person is not aware, nor do they have any control of what is going into it, because it is determined by their early environment, along with a dash of their biological parent’s genetics.”
“People behave in direct proportion to the content of the “Little Black Box,” and in most cases they are not aware that they are behaving in this manner. To them it is perfectly normal. In fact, what is in the “Little Black Box” defines who they are early on in their lives. Changes to the content of the “Little Black Box” rarely occur throughout a person’s lifetime. When they do occur, it is almost always the result of some revelation, a violent act or accident, overpowering new information, (true or false) or an epiphany.”
Your children, as they progress in age, are filling up their “Little Black Boxes” at an alarming rate. What they learn in public education will have a profound effect on the rest of their lives. It would seem that a parent’s primary duty and obligation is to make sure that what goes into their “Little Black Boxes” is essentially fundamental truths on which their children can rely in their adult lives. That is not happening in America’s public school system today. Just the opposite is true.
The corruption of unions is easy. Unions are driven strictly by money and how to preserve or increase the money coming in to their own coffers or to the teachers’ paychecks. Political power is the means to that end. Their cozy relationship with government in negotiating teacher contracts, especially Democrat politicians, is a self-fulfilling prophecy of government run amok, corruption and collusion. K-12 public education is mandated by law and public education requires teachers to teach. Unions represent those teachers, and with the threat of strike, the unions can cut just about any deal they want with government. It’s that simple.
In 2013 the cost per student in the U.S. was $12,608, and bloated union contracts are responsible for a good portion of that cost. Unfortunately, in spite of the vast sums of taxpayer money being spent on public education per student, the U.S. ranks 13th in the developed countries of the world. That is appalling.
So how do you fight this cozy and corrupt relationship that unions have with government? First, the people must elect tough politicians, like Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, to conduct the negotiations from the side of government because government represents the taxpayer. Second, the average citizen must take up the sword of freedom and expose the corruption in teachers’ unions and government ….. that is, if they truly care about their children and their bank accounts.
However, the systemic and embedded corruption in public education resulting from an institutionalized ideology is much more problematic. The same dilemma can be applied to the peaceful Muslim vs. the radical Muslim problem. How do you convince the radical Muslim who gets his kicks out of brutality, murder and mayhem to become a peaceful Muslim? Although the problems are similar, the solutions are totally different.
America has the most powerful, well-trained and well-equipped military on the planet. Our power to destroy or defeat an enemy militarily is unmatched. But with all this military might, that same military is powerless against an embedded and institutionalized ideology, whether that ideology is abroad (Islam), or right here at home. The Romans learned this the hard way when they were confronted by the ideology of Christianity. First, Christianity was little more than wispy smoke that smoldered in the far reaches of the empire. But then it became a raging fire that burned its way across all of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean and beyond. There is nothing more powerful than an idea that becomes a mindset in the general population. Sadly, a powerful but flawed ideology has become a mindset in the general population of America, and if that ideology is not defeated, America has no future as a free nation.
You must kill the radical Muslim, but to change the hearts and minds of those who believe in the flawed ideology that now rules all of our American institutions, it requires constant and repeated education and re-programming over decades, if not generations. It is not a problem that can be fixed in a single election cycle. It took over 100 years to get where we are today.
This flawed ideology that has infiltrated all of our institutions and is teaching your children contains elements of social justice, multi-culturalism, political correctness, irrational compassion and radical environmentalism.
Social justice is based on the rationale that every man should be equal in outcomes, not equal in opportunity, and “equal” is defined and implemented by government, either by force of law or force of arms. That rationale is in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
Multi-culturalism has never worked because a nation’s survival and continued success is based on a single language and assimilation to its morality, laws and ingrained culture. Just ask Europe about multi-culturalism. It is tearing at the very heart of the European nations and their cultures with the influx of immigrants from the Middle East that do not assimilate, nor do they intend to.
Multi-culturalism will eventually consume America, if the people let it. The white and black cultures are not melding as hoped and the divide grows, fueled by charges of white racism and white privilege from the left ….. for votes. The massive influx of the brown-skinned socialist cultures from south of our border have not and will not assimilate into the American culture of one language, self-reliance and the unalienable right of individual freedom. The ideology that promotes and enables government dependency, unchecked immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens is the same ideology used to teach your children in public schools.
Political correctness is based on the rationale that no person or group of persons should suffer insults or be offended. That, of course, is impossible and robs people of learning how to deal with the differences in people and in cultures. Political correctness is also a deadly policy and gets people killed because it precludes determining the origins of a particular threat to life, liberty and property and rooting it out.
Irrational compassion is based on the philosophy that any suffering by any one or more persons, regardless of circumstances, requires assistance from government, whether the government can afford it or not. It is also a political strategy, primarily by the left, to buy votes. It is this policy of irrational compassion that has essentially led America into virtual bankruptcy, the ever-weakening core of its people from dependency and the destruction of individual freedom and our constitution.
We have written volumes about radical environmentalism. Once again, radical environmentalism is a policy implemented by the ruling class and built on human guilt for having the audacity to harm the planet just by living. Your children are being taught that Americans are the worst offenders of environmental degradation and they must pay the price for their transgressions. But it is not about protecting the environment, ladies and gentlemen; it is however, about control.
This is what is being taught to your children in public schools, merged in with math, English and history. It is all about control of the masses through social and environmental propaganda. The federal government hijacked Common Core State Standards (Common Core) to implement its social agenda. (See: “Common Core Standards – Suspicions Confirmed“) Now, Obama wants to make a college education free …. once again to buy the votes from the millennials. Since nothing is free, guess who gets to pay?
Schools are no longer objective arenas of learning. They have become political classrooms to promote a political agenda. That political agenda is Progressivism, which is pure socialism by any other name. Promoting a political agenda isn’t learning; it is indoctrination. Hitler would be proud of what the federal government, the unions and teaching colleges have done to education in America as compared to what he did with Hitler’s Youth. Your children are being schooled in the art of mob mentality, loyalty to the collective and strict compliance to government rule. They are not being schooled in individual thought, how to solve problems with inductive and deductive reasoning and the fundamentals of liberty where individual, unalienable rights are natural rights, not government-legislated or approved rights.
Ladies and gentlemen, you may not be able to change government racketeering or the corruption in the American judicial system right away, but you sure can change how your children are being taught at the local level, that is, if you really care about what is being spoon-fed into your children’s “Little Black Boxes.”
Trust in government and most of our institutions has all but evaporated. People now just endure the corruption in our institutions but they don’t do anything about it. Consequently, the corruption grows more and more every day. It is our intent through processes that we will reveal at a later date to combat that corruption by exposing and disclosing it at the county level all across America and communicating that information to a national audience, with the goal of restoring trust and integrity in our institutions. With a relatively small group of dedicated individuals, it can be done.
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NOTE: The foregoing article represents the opinion of the author and is not necessarily shared by the owners, employees, representatives, or agents of the publisher.
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America,” is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org/), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached for comment at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.