Thursday, July 05, 2007

Jefferson on the West Bend School Referendum.

Hi folks,

When you hear the Electric-Koolaid Taxcutters telling us we don't need to guarantee the education of the next generation, remember Mr Jefferson.
"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." -- Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820

If, under the influence of this Kool-aid, we stop funding adequate education for our children -- and our neighbors' children -- we condemn this country to second-class economic status and to the worst kind of governance: government by a stupid mob.

Shoot, some days I think we're almost there now.

Next time you're behind some idiot on the highway remember this: they're allowed to vote. The same idiot drinking coffee, talking on his cell phone, and reading the paper while navigating rush hour traffic -- the same idiot who hasn't figured out turn signals yet -- that guy is allowed to vote for president.

Can you hear Mr. Jefferson now?



Anonymous said...

What's it like being smarter than everyone else and being such a font of wisdom?

Mpeterson said...

lol. I'm hardly smarter than anyone. I've just read a bit of history and philosophy. Anyone else could do the same. You could if you wanted to.

--but wait, seriously: you think we *shouldn't* invest in our children's education? And not just for their good, but for the good of the United States?

Anonymous said...

The amount of this refendum is rediculous! You are probably a big "YES" vote since you have kids that will be using the new schools. If you didn't you wouldn't be making your embarrasing quotes!!! you idiot!

Mpeterson said...

My dear neighbor,

The fact that you can't spell 'ridiculous' suggests we haven't spent enough money on education -- but maybe it's just that your certainty got the best of you.

No, I'm not in favor of this vote because I have children in the system. I don't. I'm in favor of this referendum because it's financially conservative and because I'm one of those old-fashioned conservatives who believe we have obligations to our neighbors, and to our neighbors' children, to make sure those kids are prepared, educationally, to face off against the rest of the world. These days that means a few hundred million Chinese and Indian professionals who are better educated than we are and, worse, are optimistic about their future.

An "idiot," by the way, was a word originally reserved for people who failed to meet their social responsibilities -- who thought they were more important than their neighbors.

Maybe you don't think you have any responsibilities as an American? Don't worry, the rest of us have you covered.