A New Generation

As a nation, we don’t ask much of our citizens. We provide them with educational opportunities, and then we ask them to be productive and resourceful. We ask our people to obey the law. We ask our citizens to be civic minded: help their neighbors, vote for upright politicians, be tolerant of truth, justice, and the American way.

Sadly, for America, our education system has been a massive disappointment. Our children are graduating from high school dull-eyed, angry, and knowing less than they did at the beginning of first grade. Neither can most of our graduates perform advanced mathematics, or read, or write a coherent paragraph. They don’t know beans about our form of government. They have no idea who Ronald Reagan was, and only a vague notion about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison —other than, perhaps, that they owned slaves.

Actually, this should be no surprise. Our children today are precisely where leftist educators intended them to be from the beginning of the socialist advance nearly 100 years ago. We cannot expect our people to exercise their intelligence, or a sophisticated understanding of challenging issues when most of our children are as dumb as rocks. Amazingly, some of our founding fathers even suggested that citizenship was too great a responsibility to put into the hands of non-property owning citizens. The idea was that if you were too stupid, or too lazy to make something of yourself, then you had no business voting for politicians, issues you don’t understand, or participating in the complexion of local, state, and national government.

I think these men understood human nature; I think they were right. And I think they were right to choose for us a federal republic, rather than democracy. Most high school graduates remain confused about even this.

In November 2008, Dr. Hanson wrote a great essay entitled, “Failure is not an option.” He wrote, “We all remember the advice about failure we received from our parents and teachers. ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’ ‘Learn from your mistakes.’ ‘Failure breeds success.’ The common theme was that some sort of failure in life is inevitable. It is a wake-up call for reflection —and should prompt needed change. Our character is not just built from success, but during setbacks as well.”

With the greatest deference to Dr. Hanson, I had to laugh because failure is most assuredly an option. It has always been an option —but just not one that we older Americans chose for our nation, our families, or ourselves. Given the number of under-educated citizens who vote these days, the number of pea-brains that have bought-in to the Sustainability Scam, and utter dunces who think that it is the role of government to make failure impossible, failure is not only possible, it may even be likely —or worse, inevitable.

Failure is with us every day, and plenty enough of it to go around. Does anyone remember a GOP promise to make government smaller? I suppose the fact that we’re still waiting suggests GOP failure. In contrast, Democrats didn’t fail to deliver their promise of bigger government, more intrusive government, and government that is more expensive.

Dr. Hanson suggested that we must learn from our mistakes; have we?

After the 2008 election, Hot Air’s Mary Katharine Ham participated in a Heritage Foundation forum, the focus of which was the question about attracting younger voters to the conservative camp. The discussion suggested the adoption of video applications (“aps”), and text messaging ala Barack Obama. This does seem to me a perfect strategy for Democrats; they have reduced their entire leftist message to 140 letters or a bumper sticker … but I’m not at all certain how it is possible to discuss, in a meaningful way, anything as complex as the federal budget through a series of “tweets.”

Nevertheless, as I listened to this conversation, I suddenly understood that these people were discussing almost everyone in the United States below my age bracket. Today’s conservative leaders are people who tweet for a living! Modern leaders have finally accepted the truth about leftist education models. Our people are far too stupid to understand anything beyond 140 letters, including RT and #. And while conservatives today may fondly recall Ronald Reagan, they seem not to remember that he was a man who spoke to us in a substantive way. No one is doing that today.

I wish the new generation luck, of course. The new leadership will have to deal with people who are the product of liberal education, who do not know the fundamentals of American government, and true to form, don’t really care. As an aside, I believe the new generation of voter is the product of a leftist conspiracy geared toward making the American people dumber, and while conspiracy theories do cause eyebrows to rise, I can find no other explanation for why our extraordinarily expensive school systems only produce the world’s most doltish people.

As the new generations of political leader learn how to communicate with the people in clever, if not shocking ways, wrap themselves in attractive packaging, and learn how to entertain vast crowds in small sound bites, I hope someone will do something profound with America’s education system. With all our wisdom coming to us through Twitter, why do we even need one?


  1. As much as I hate to be a pessimist, it seems to me that the results of the November, 6 Election portend no recognition of or desire to fix this very REAL problem; at least by the majority!

  2. As you can tell, I ‘Liked’ your article. And I really do like what you’ve written. However, I am unable to pretend that I do not find a major flaw in your discourse…


  3. Even though I use Twitter to promote my blog, as well as others I enjoy reading, I have never really understood its appeal. I suppose I am just too long-winded. 140 characters are nowhere near enough for me to explain my positions.

    Our society has changed drastically in my 50 years on this earth. For the most part, the generation that is growing up around me has no clue about what America really stands for, or the sacrifices that were made for its future. Sadly, many politicians have figured that out and play to that weakness in their campaigns. That’s why no real and substantive discussion of the issues takes place.

    Really, we shouldn’t be surprised to see things turning out the way they are. What do we expect, with the education system we have and the willingness of politicians to use it to their advantage?

  4. Some “educators” today are having students write their research papers and other essays by composing Tweets. Supposedly, composing Tweets teaches students how to write concisely.

    Goodbye to proving a thesis statement.

    Goodbye to a line of reasoning.

    Goodbye to citing sources.

    Goodbye to writing paragraphs with sentence structure (other than fragments).

    Goodbye to using standard English.

    Absurdity abounds!

  5. Amazingly, some of our founding fathers even suggested that citizenship was too great a responsibility to put into the hands of non-property owning citizens.

    Property owners, who pay taxes up the ying-yang, are more aware of the fact that there is indeed no free ride!

  6. “Possibly of interest.”

    I’ve already been kicked off.

  7. “Property owners, who pay taxes up the ying-yang, are more aware of the fact that there is indeed no free ride!”

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! AOW, I’m glad that you said it. I probably couldn’t get away with it!

    1. Jon,
      For whatever reason, I can get away with saying quite a few things that others cannot. :)

  8. AOW,

    “Possibly of interest”

    A late and very wise friend of mine said:

    “The acquisiton of uncommon knowledge inhibits the application of common sense”

    I think that this, somewhat, comports with your link.


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