The Politics of Degradation
We see it so often from people who don’t like it when you challenge their ideas and plans. Instead of considering the criticism, they attack the person who has the audacity to question them. Instead of listening and understanding, they try to muzzle opposition by calling them names and changing the focus of the argument. Take our Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan for instance. When challenged on Common Core, instead of explaining the value of this major change to how our children are educated, he made the statement that he “found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”
Never mind that there are so many inaccuracies in the platform that it changes our very history. Never mind that it promotes Islam, disregarding the Constitution and the first amendment that declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” I guess that since the Department of Education is not Congress, he thinks that this gives them the right to teach our children their preferred religion. What they totally ignore is that nothing in the Constitution gives the Department of Education the right to decide what our children learn. That is a State right that is being ignored and states are being given money to ignore their responsibility.
But back to the point of this post! We have become a immoral society when we rule by bullying and degradation. When we use the power of the office to stifle objection and push policies that are not proper upon a people that does not want them. Our government and many of our leaders push laws to prevent bullying and protect the little people. And yet with almost the very next breath do the very thing that they are claiming to protect us from.
When you call people who oppose you names such as racist, or ignorant, or claim that they don’t like women or any other minority, you stifle debate irregardless of the validity of the argument. A society that does not accept challenge and stifles debate is a country that is not free. When you lose that freedom by the very loss, you become a slave to the state. If they are the ones who have to approve of what you say, what you think, what you teach and what you preach, you are not free, and the opposite of freedom is slavery.
When the Israeli’s were in the wilderness with Moses, some of the want to go back to Egypt, even knowing that they were going back to slavery. The reason was that they didn’t like the hardship and discomfort. They longed for an easier life and they thought that being a slave was easier that being free. After all being a slave most often meant having your needs provided for without the responsibility of making the hard decisions and work for themselves.
We are at the point in American society that almost half of the country is willing to accept slavery in order to keep from making the hard decisions for themselves. They are willing to listen to those who are throwing out terms like racists and bully without bothering to check the validity of the term and whether it really applies to one that it is being used upon. The terms are thrown out there so broadly that they are used to condemn a whole section of people irregardless of reality or truth.
People that would not accept you bullying them, readily accept the bullying and degrading of others. They shrug it off because that is just politics and it is the opposition. They seem to think that anything that prevents them from being challenged is quite alright because they are right and there is no debate allowed.
What is next? Usually when a country gets to the point that no challenge is allowed, the next step is to rid society of those who do challenge authority. Is that where we are headed? We only have to look at the examples in our Bibles to understand what can happen to a country and a society that forgets who God is and who no longer apply the laws that He gave in their dealings with the people of that country.
Arne Duncan is the Secretary of Education, he does not work for himself, and regardless of what he thinks, he does not really work for the President either. Although the President appointed him and the Senate approved him, ultimately he works for the people of this country. If we as his employers allow him and others like him to stifle debate by degrading those who would question him, we are the losers. Whether you agree with Common Core or not, at the very least you should entertain objections to it and investigate those objections. Not doing so means that what you are promoting is less of a plan and more of an agenda.
We must stop allowing people to claim, every time there is disagreement with a proposal that affects the future of the country, that those who bring objections are racist, stupid, and haters. Any plan or program worth having is worth debating. Any problem that can survive debate is a program than has qualities that benefit. Any plan can benefit from objections and often those objections can lead to a better plan.
Can a Secretary of Education who spends his time degrading a portion of society without actually listening to objections, really be considered to be an intelligent and measured individual? Is this really the type of person that should decide what is acceptable to teach our children? Is this what we want them to learn? Do we want them to stop debate by calling the other person names? If not we need to make it clear that the behavior of the Secretary of Education is not acceptable. He is responsible to education and what he is teaching is immoral and damaging to our children’s future and welfare.
This is not just a Christian value, this is a value for all who love their children and want them to have the best. If the product offered is the best, it should be able to stand up to debate. If it is not then it should be changed and challenge should never be stifled.
This entry was posted on November 18, 2013 by loopyloo305. It was filed under America, government, laws, Life, people, Politics, United States and was tagged with Arne Duncan, Bible, Bullying, common core, Common Core State Standards Initiative, Moses, slavery, United States Secretary of Education.