Government, Virtue, and Education

We institute government, the Declaration says, to secure our unalienable rights; among them is the pursuit of happiness. Elaborating upon this straightforward idea, the Preamble to the Constitution informs us that our government is to “establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty”

So government has a role, a duty to ‘promote the general welfare.’ While there is certainly an element of ambiguity to the term, it cannot be far from the duty of our lawmakers to seek the betterment, the continual improvement of the civil society upon which all republics depend.

To this end, our national government is charged with promoting personal and public virtue. This isn’t to say the Framers envisioned morality police of any sort. In fact, at the federal convention they specifically rejected an enumeration of national sumptuary laws.

But the necessity of virtue in a republic was regarded as a precondition for happiness. Pennsylvania delegate James Wilson to the 1787 federal convention: “The cultivation and improvement of the human mind is the most noble object of government.” Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource to be relied upon for . . . promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man.” From the Northwest Ordinance passed by the Confederation congress in 1787 a few months before completion of the Constitution: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

It was precisely to facilitate the wise selection of representatives that Thomas Jefferson again and again emphasized the importance of educating the people and of fostering a way of life conducive to the development of a virtuous citizenry. The government envisioned by the statesmen of the American Revolution would have, as its highest end, the education of an enlightened body of citizens. A people covetous of liberty would keep free government.

Unfortunately, this all-important duty of government lasted little longer than the age of John Dewey. The Left understands that just as the easiest way to topple a building over time is to undermine its foundation, the slow, continuing corruption of American civil society is certain to one day collapse the republic. To undermine society, soil the education of the young. In his enormously destructive An Economic Interpretation of the United States Constitution (1913), the historian Charles Beard questioned the Framers’ intentions, and left the reader wondering if the federal convention of 1787 was nothing more than a collection of self-serving, evil capitalists. Beard’s book inaugurated an academic open hunting season on our founding principles.

Subsequent Leftists conquered K-12 teachers unions, and the dues from these unions were so successful in electing Democrats, they were rewarded with an agency of their own, the loathsome Department of Education.

Rather than uplift students, rather than inculcate the fundamental values of the Declaration and Constitution, modern education works toward the degradation of mind and spirit. Heather has Two Mommies, moral relativism, math and reading fads, Common Core, ridicule and prohibition of Christianity, all illustrate an appeal to the worst of our nature.

This devastation to the foundation of the American republic did not rise up from the people. There has never been a movement to “Make my kid stupid and raise my school taxes to pay for it.” Parents do not wish ill for their children. They do not ask school boards to inculcate their students with hatred for America. These educational horrors were incrementally forced on an unwilling public over the last hundred years.

No society works to destroy itself. When given the opportunity, the American people reject Leftist nostrums.

We can continue to pretend that the electoral process, which has given us Leftist dominance of all major institutions, can somehow magically sweep away the corruption of our children’s education. On the other hand, we can finally shout “enough is enough,” and put our masters in Washington DC on notice.

Reform can only emerge from the bottom up, the sovereign, We The People. If this republic is to be saved, it can only occur if we demand it, and the vehicle to save our once free republic is Article V.

Article V now.

Rodney Dodsworth

Dumb Camp

Here we go again. It’s the time of year when we have to muster the energy to pretend to be happy when a friend tells us their child is headed off to college.

It’s a sad perennial ritual in which a sometimes unique and interesting young person departs and an overconfident, woke and melodramatic clone returns, just months later.

They preen in the glow of their nonconformity, trumpet their individualism and relish in their distinctive worldview, too intoxicated by their self-perceived uniqueness to notice that they are exact facsimiles of millions of other mass-produced units coming off the factory floor.

In short, they are monotonous.

Way too many kids go to college. We’re not talking about the people with their ducks in a row. Trade schools, nursing schools, the fields of engineering and medicine are generally home to kids who are in it to win it.

We’re talking about the millions of utterly clueless college students who are only in school because mom and dad value credentials over everything else and though Junior may be a mindless dolt by all outward appearances, his diploma speaks to some hidden value somewhere.

For example.

Over the last month at Albion College in Michigan, racist graffiti has been found on campus. There were references to the Ku Klux Klan and pentagrams and other little nasty scribblings.

The college wasn’t having it. They enlisted the FBI and pledged to throw the book at the racist once they got their hands on him:

“We stand together with our Black students, alumni, faculty, staff and broader community members in condemning the recent acts of racism on campus. Hatred and injustice have no place at Albion, and will not be tolerated. We are currently investigating who is responsible for the racist graffiti in our residential buildings and we will seek criminal charges against those involved.”

Albion College President Mathew Johnson knew what was behind these vile attacks. “As institutions have moved to diversity and inclusion and embraced an anti-racism approach, people act out,” he said.

(Photo by Trisha McCauley @TrishaWWMT)

The brave students mobilized.

The student body spent last week boycotting classes and making a list of demands including transparency from the school and a day off for “wellness,” so they “can process everything that has been happening on campus,” according to a CBS news station. All in the name of racial justice.

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HAPPENING NOW: Albion College students are hosting a campus boycott. Some students say they don’t feel safe on campus over recent racial incidents. @wwmtnews

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In jumped the NAACP.

“We want the Black students, and all students on campus to know that our NAACP branch will not tolerate this example of racially motivated hatred,” stated Albion NAACP President Robert Dunklin in a press release.

Then, a breakthrough!

Using video footage and good old fashioned sleuthing, authorities caught the white supremacist responsible for the hateful graffiti.

Wednesday night a statement was posted to Twitter:

“Earlier today, we identified the individual responsible for the racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in Mitchell Towers. The student, who was acting alone, acknowledged their responsibility for these incidents.

·They have been immediately removed from campus and placed on temporary suspension while we conduct a full investigation as part of our student judicial process.”

Sounds great. Was this racist wearing a MAGA hat? Did he belong to Steven Crowder’s Mug Club?

“But we know the acts of racism that have occurred this week are not about one particular person or one particular incident.”

Oh so this white supremacist is part of a network of racists.

“We know that there is a significant history of racial pain and trauma on campus and we are taking action to repair our community.”

Seems a little overwrought. Why not just prosecute this jerk?

“We will change and heal together as a community, because we are committed to doing the work.”

Who has to change? Why does everyone, not just the white supremacist vandal, need to do any work?

“Right now, we encourage all members of our community to listen, respond and care for one another, and lean on the faculty, staff, and community members who have been gathering today to make sure we are supporting you. We have your back.”

Good talk, team! Anything we are leaving out that might be pertinent to this racist incident that has rocked the campus, the community and the state, and made ripples around the country in these racially-charged times?

Anything?

Yes.

One tiny thing.

This from the Michigan Live news site:

Albion College and the Albion Department of Public Safety say a student is responsible for racist graffiti found in a dorm last weekend.

Albion police brought the 21-year-old Black male in for questioning on April 6, according to Chief Scott Kipp.

Yes. It was a hoax.

There are many, many such hoaxes perpetrated around the country and lots of them happen on college campuses.

You’ve probably heard or seen one version or another of this saying and it is absolutely true: “The demand for racism in the US is greater than the supply.”

But here’s the real punchline.

Even after the hoax was discovered, students continued to boycott classes and make demands of the administration and insist on getting their wellness day off. Somehow, they were still victims of a racist attack even though it never happened.

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“Silence is violence!”

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