I don’t recognize this place. Am I in Augustus’ Rome? I see a clearly delineated Patrician class (politicians, leaders of industry, the “press”) and a clearly delineated Plebian class (all the “unwashed” worker bees) anxiously awaiting their treats delivered through the generosity of the Patricians!
Have I lost you? If so, I’m not surprised. The planned demise of the true classical education occurred in the beginning of your “industrial age”. It was then that the so called captains of industry, men like Whitney, Astor, Carnegie, and Rockefeller, determined that their goals would be better served by a more docile work force – one less open to questioning and more willing to take “direction”. Read a short excerpt from Rockefeller’s General Education Board mission statement, of 1906:
“In our dreams…people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions [intellectual and character education] fade from our minds and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk.”
From its inception, your education system was designed to stifle individual thought; the very character that forged our country – Rugged Individualism! People thinking and doing on their own! The belief that with grit, work, determination and the help of God, a man can do anything!
That’s no good! They needed worker bees – bees that will sit at a station and replicate the same task over and over and be satisfied doing it! We can’t have people running willy-nilly, trying to build their own fortunes, regardless of how small, – attempting to feed, house and protect their families ON THEIR OWN! They must need us and be willing to subjugate themselves to us because WE KNOW BETTER THAN THEY WHAT THEY REALLY NEED!
Do you know that when we started our great nation, our Articles of Confederation (so named by Dr. Franklin and our governing guide from our collective declaration of our independence up to the inauguration of General Washington in 1789, a period of almost 14 years) gave NO power to the Congress to tax!
What has happened? It is simple; for decades and decades you have abdicated your responsibilities!
- Your responsibility to choose your leaders. Do you vote and if you do, how much effort do you put into learning the TRUE stance and motivations of the candidates or the issues.
- Your personal responsibility to feed cloth, shelter and TEACH your children. (“I need to find a good job – with benefits!” What about your own wits, ingenuity, and effort to EARN your way? Children are gifts from God, not chattels.)
- Who educates your children- the State?
- Who protects you from evil people – the State, alone?
- Who provides for you in your time of need – the State?
Do you know how many of our Signers, who because of their patriotism, died or ended in abject poverty or do you think of them as a “bunch of rich white guys”? How utterly untruthful and utterly disgusting!
Liberty without responsibility is nonexistent! It is a charade projected to surfs by their lords! “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” My friend, Mr. Henry, said that.
What are your chains and slavery? Complacency, Abdication, Procrastination; they will lead to the incessant creep of the overpowering Central Government, like an ominous, death inflicting fog, seeping over our Country!
“[Administration] covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting; such a power does not destroy but it prevents existence. It does not tyrannize but it compresses, extinguishes and stupefies a people till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals of which government is the shepherd.”
Alexis de Tocqueville. Democracy in America