#60 – A Few Good Men?

George W Bush challenged the public school system to “leave no child behind.” What was the intended message? The statement seems to indicate that every child must be gathered and brought onboard. The question is, onboard what? I’ve always loved John Madden’s adage, “It doesn’t matter that the horses are blind, just load up the wagons.” Maybe Woody Guthrie’s description was closer to what Bush had in mind, “this train is bound for glory, don’t carry nothing but the righteous and the holy”.

Well, the righteous and holy have extended formal education from youth to the “adulthood” of their 20’s and now pushing into their 30’s. John Taylor Gatto claims that this is one of the public school’s top priorities. He believes that by expanding the school years adulthood is delayed. Why is this a priority? Children are more dependent and require protection.

Gatto goes on to state that, “maturity has by now been banished from nearly every aspect of our lives.” He claims that easy divorce, easy credit, easy entertainment, and easy answers have contributed to “a nation of children, happily to surrender our judgment and our wills to political extortions and commercial blandishments that would insult actual adults.”

Authority is smart, calculative, and predatory, they realize that compliance is the key to power and survival. So they offer us a deal, their protection in exchange for compliance. H.L. Mencken wrote that public school “is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”

Compliance vetting is a responsibility that they delegated to the public school system. In school, the non-compliant are medicated, ostracized, humiliated, and disciplined into submission. Those uncompromising individuals are eventually faced with the dilemma; comply or be kicked out of the club. Based on family financial limitations and social acceptance they usually get on board the train bound for glory.

The educational Marxists have perfected a system that has standardized behavior and thought. More importantly, they have mastered a standardized reaction to defiance and dissent. The group-think, cancel culture of diverse and different opinions nurtured in the public schools has graduated into society. Lenin could only dream of a system capable of producing such a compliant society awaiting instruction from a corrupt media to announce the latest statue, person, group, organization, or policy to hate.

The COVID-19 hysteria is an assessment of the public school’s system of compliance and ridicule of defiance. We surrender freedoms for protection; we comply with the authoritative experts; we will listen to the medical geniuses.  For what? The biggest social, economic, and political crisis of the last century.

Society has become an extension of high school. Combining an inability for critical thought with addiction for social, group-think acceptance we get a system where the coolness of self quarantines and style of wearing masks elevate you to hero/popular status. These actions are dutifully performed with a deluded spirit of protecting others.

Stepping stones are emerging in a pond of fear leading us to the Isle of Subjugation. We listen to the sirens sing, “we are in this together,” ignoring the implied, whether you like it or not. George W. Bush described it best by saying, “you’re either with us or against us.” This is what COVID has become, not a battle against a virus but a battle to silence the non-vetted voice of dissent.

Colonel Jessup (Jack Nicholson) explains this attitude in “A Few Good Men” “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to the man that rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom [safety] that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just say thank you and went on your way.”

Thank You to all the mask-wearing, self-quarantining heroes that are providing me with a blanket of protection as my wealth diminishes daily. The heroes’ response to the pleas  for intelligent dialog is reflected in Colonel Jessup’s dismissive conclusion, “I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.”

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