The magnitude of mental confusion in which this society exists–actually, considered normal and permanent by historians endowed with a sense of humor–overwhelms us on occasion. In August, three months before the election, a Gallup poll found that Walter Mondale and his ultra-liberal Democratic Party are believed by the majority of Americans to be better suited “to improve the qualityof public education” than President Reagan and his conservative Republicans. Nothing short of despair will invade the mind of an American who can remember the rapid downfall and disintegration of the American public education that began in the mid-60’s with the wild experimentation by liberal doctrinaires and psychological charlatans who took over the NEA–their storm troopers’ organization. It was then when education had abandoned its goal of forming character through knowledge and became the distributor of ideological cliches about the transformation of society and the destruction of antiquated pride in what America was, is, and should be. A narrow-minded, if not nasty, vision of an unmoored value-free individualism had been declared the civic ideal. Twenty years later, the big city schools all over the country have been transformed into enclaves of random but lethal crime, where bathrooms became places of sex and mugging. Playgrounds turned into stock exchanges for drugs. It was all the vision and the creation of liberal Democrats theoretically fortified by the liberal intellectual establishment, fiercely protected by the liberal Supreme Court, and by the liberal bureaucracy in D.C. entrenched there by Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter. And now, in 1984, the American public still thinks that those who have smashed to pieces the old, precious timepiece should be more trusted with fixing it than those who have discovered the damage and the loss.
November 1984April 21, 2022By The Archive
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