One might remember back into the late 1950’s when the “Cold War” was really beginning to get up a head of steam. Everyone lived in fear of the “bomb” and the destruction of the world. The USSR and the USA were squared-off in a battle of wills as to who would gain the minds and hearts of the people in strategic points throughout the world. The USSR had already laid claim to a vast area of Europe including a portion of Germany. Communism was the order of the day and people lived in oppression as well as poverty. Nikita Khrushchev was the appointed leader of the Russian people at the time. In one of his public tirades, he beat his shoe on the podium at the United Nations and declared that the USSR would bury the USA and never fire a shot.
“So what does that have to do with education?” The answer might be, “Nothing and Everything!” Nothing in the sense that threats offered up by world leaders are not necessarily educational and everything in the sense that if that singular statement revealed much about the strategy which those of the Communist-Mindset were likely to employ in winning the hearts and minds of those in other nations and even in the good ol’ USA. It was not a matter of military might but one of patience and will…a game in which inches eventually became feet and feet became miles over time.
“If one is to dilute and sway the thinking of a people like the ones who make up America, then they will have to work hard. No commie is going to change my mind or my country!” That might have been a typical mindset of that day and time. Even while those comments were being made, the worker bees of the communist movement were already out gathering honey and pollinating the flora. Their element had been here for a while…brought home to our shores by our own intelligence arms of World War II and given jobs in various positions of the federal government as a reward for their service. In the late 40’s and early 50’s, Senator Joe McCarthy attempted to expose these factions and route them from our government. His efforts were fruitless in the end due in great part to the progressive methods employed to dissuade the public of McCarthy’s credibility.
As McCarthy pushed to expose the communists within our government, labels were assigned to him; labels which eventually began to erode his public support and paint him a greater problem than the potential existence of communists in our midst. McCarty was called “crazy”, “rabid”, “a drunk”, a "bully” and was laughed at for seeing a commie behind every tree. Eventually he became the joke that no one in Washington wanted to be associated with in their public dealings. The communist faction had won yet another battle in the game of inches.
Soon McCarthy was just a forgotten drunk and the Progressives could continue their ways, like termites, slowly eating into our society. The Civil Rights movement of the early 60’s provided a backdrop of conflict in which class warfare could be bred and grown. Organizations were springing up right and left which could be easily penetrated and manipulated. The goal was to drive up the friction based on the existing issues; to drive wedges into the society, open wounds and yes, even shed some blood where the opportunity might arise. Both sides of the street got played in this collision of society; both sides driven to the brink of violence and setting up a basis for future conflict that may never be resolved. How Utopian for the Progressive Movement.
Vietnam could not have come along at a better time. College campuses were in disarray with student organizations opposed to the war and the government conducting it. Finally, a cause the Progressives could latch onto which made the establishment out to be the bad guy for society. The government was evil; a mechanism which bred oppression and shed the blood of youth for straw-man causes all in the interest of the wealthy. These were young minds filled with a sense of intelligence from life experiences they never had. College professors with progressive leanings fanned the flames of radicalism and out of the long years of conflict arose organizations and a generation of individuals who would not only embrace the progressive culture and philosophy but spread it in every way possible…even with violence and threats to destroy America with every means possible. Even as Vietnam passed in time this radicalism stayed alive and continued its education eventually turning up at the professors’ podium in our college classrooms of the future and continuing to spew their socialist poison upon the youth of America.
Much like a certificate of deposit eventually matures and pays off with interest, so goes this wave of radicalism in American culture. Education became a federal entity in the days of Johnson’s Great Society, justified on the backs of providing an “equal” and “equitable” education for all. Over time, the educational process was dragged out of the hands of local residents and school boards and handed over to government types and teacher unions. The foundation of the education system began to shift from one of math and science to one of social consciousness. No longer was it as important to add two and two to get four as it was to be aware of the ugliness of the American people and of all the bad things Americans have done to others. The Progressives finally held the reins which would bring Khrushchev’s prediction to reality.
Today our country is populated with a multitude of higher education facilities rich in the progressive culture. These are institutions in which a student can obtain a major in History and never take a course in the history of America. In fact, the bulk of the courses they will be exposed to center around a history of oppression in America in terms of race and/or gender…a perfect setting to inject the poison which kills our society into a young mind.
Obama was said to have been a lecturer on “Constitutional Law”. How absurd! This man despises the Constitution and everything that it stands for in this nation. He has described it as an “outdated document” meaning that it has no value in the American society of today. He has indicated that it is an “encumbrance” to the desires and goals of his administration. This is a man who claims to be a “Magna Cum Laude” honor graduate of Harvard Law School in the study of law and he holds such regard for the centerpiece document of this nation’s founding? Far worse, he sits at the helm of this great nation influencing our future and heralding greater and greater progressive influence over our children and their education. A man just coincidentally surrounded by radicals, progressives, socialists, and devout communist.
One does not have to dwell very long on the ideas of charter schools or home-schooling to realize why those on the left are so against these concepts and demand that all children be schooled in the public domain. This is not about tax dollars or head count, but more a case of mind-control and a slow deliberate brainwashing of our future generations. These are children who will never hear God’s name in the Pledge of Allegiance; who will never gain a concept of the struggles endured in creating this great nation, and who will complete their secondary and higher education with a continual influence to say that all about America is bad…bad for its people and bad for the world in general. This is what we pay our hard-earned tax dollars for…to sell out our children and our country.
Next time you hear a politician beating the drum for more money for education; more control at the federal level to insure equality and fairness in education, stop and think about all this and ask yourself how we got to where we are today. Our efforts and our dollars should be going toward regaining control of our schools at the local level and investing the best interest of the parent and the child into the education process so that each child can appreciate this nation in which they live and know how it came to past. Forget about equality; forget about fairness; concentrate on truth and heritage so that we can once and for all rid our society of the stain of socialist progressivism.
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