Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Teach The Children Well

Think about the current financial crisis--we set up a house of cards based on a politically correct line of thought that said nearly everyone should qualify for a home loan no matter how traditionally credit unworthy they were, so the low end was lowered and people got their homes. Wall Street, being the capitalists they are, figured out creative ways to make it work by spreading the risk while Main Street opportunists flipped and Washington politicians nodded and whistled while patting each other on the back.

Now, while some of the puppetmasters are busy using their golden parachute to lower their handicaps, the public is left to clean up the massive train wreck between fantasy and reality. Should anyone be surprised? Well no, not if they've been paying to reality.

In California, home of fabled State Bill 777 (allowing school kids to visit the opposite sex's restroom if they believe themselves to be trapped in the wrong gender) an elementary school is in the midst of using children to argue over the meaning of Thanksgiving:
For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won't be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.

Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child's depiction of the traditional (if not wholly accurate) tale of two factions setting aside their differences to give thanks over a shared meal? Or a cartoonish stereotype that would never be allowed of other racial, ethnic or religious groups?
"It's demeaning," Michelle Raheja, the mother of a kindergartner at Condit Elementary School, wrote to her daughter's teacher.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Columbus Day, the War on Terror, evils of free market capitalism, and questioning whether the Founding Fathers were Christian--all part of a war on American traditions, just as O'Reilly likes to howl about all the time. But he's right. It's real.

The sad thing is that no matter what happens with the costumes in California the fun has been taken out of it for a bunch of 5 year olds and their perspective of the holiday might never be the same, if nothing else from watching their parents bicker. It's no wonder the main antagonist in this case is a college professor, herself in charge of molding the minds of students of her own. Ward Churchill, Bill Ayers, Sami al-Arian, the Professors for 9/11 Truth, -- too many of these damn professors are trying to destroy America. Just ask them.

On January 20th a new crew will be sworn in, the leader having once been a college professor himself. There is a move to 'change' America and it ain't just about war and taxes, it's about changing a traditional mindset, of which parents might be the last line of defense.

2 comments:

Mustang said...

There is a move to 'change' America and it ain't just about war and taxes, it's about changing a traditional mindset, of which parents might be the last line of defense.

In this case, we may as well kiss our traditions goodbye; we're doomed to change for its own sake.

Blech.

A.C. McCloud said...

Liberal thinkers will brand anyone broaching this subject an O'Reilly-esque reactionary reacting over nothing. Then they will proceed to explain why all our traditions are wrong and why traditionalists must be sent out to pasture in favor of, as you say, change.

Blech, indeed.