Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Out of the tragedy of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings has come a hashtag (#NeverAgain) and renewed calls for gun control. However, it has also created potential leaders in members of the student body. On the pro-gun control side, students David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Emma Gonzalez have been treated to media interviews, town hall meetings, and other high profile events where their voices have been amplified.

Then, on the pro-Second Amendment side, there’s Kyle Kashuv. He’s visited the White House, spoken to numbers members of Congress, and engaged people of all stripes on Twitter.

But this week’s edition of the Leftist Lexicon isn’t about gun control; it’s about public education. The same school produced Hogg, Kasky, Gonzalez, and Kashuv, but they have radically different viewpoints, and it may be because of the current state of public education.

public education

What the Left thinks it means – a system that teaches children the fundamentals necessary to become informed citizens

What it really means – a Leftist indoctrination factory where the fundamentals are barely taught

By way of full disclosure, I am a public school graduate, as are the members of my family. However, even back when I was roaming the hallways of my high school wondering why cute girls thought I was a nerd (maybe cause, well, I was one), I noticed standards were slipping a bit. Sure, I had some of the same teachers my older brothers did, but it was still noticeable.

Seeing some of the high school students today, I’m pretty sure standards have slipped more than a con artist who makes a living filing bodily injury claims. And it’s not because the students today are lacking access to technology or Internet coverage. You’d be hard-pressed to find a student without a smartphone attached to their bodies in some fashion, and they use hashtags, emojis, and other online forms of communication better than they can speak or write their native language.

Some would say the teachers are to blame, and to some extent, they’ve earned it. Outside of your parents and family, teachers represent most of the adults kids get to know. That’s a pretty big responsibility. You are shaping the minds of young people who will lead this country in the future.

And many of the people with that responsibility seem to think it’s vital to indoctrinate the next generation. After all, we don’t want them growing up thinking government isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, right? Now, imagine year after year of being told the Left is right and the Right is wrong. By the time students graduate high school today, they may have been exposed to somewhere in the neighborhood of 13-14 years of Leftist propaganda. And that indoctrination will continue into college where you’re more likely to find a unicorn that farts rainbows than you are a conservative teacher in a prominent position.

A large part of this has to do with teachers unions. Like with most other labor unions, teachers unions tend to be Leftist politically, which means it becomes another way for Leftists to launder federal tax dollars (i.e. our money) through public education, which go right back to the politicians who gave them the money in the first place. Combine that with the number of tenure jockeys out there who lost the passion to teach a long time ago, how schools are desperate enough to hire any teacher who can breathe, and how it practically takes an act of God to get a teacher fired and you have yourself a situation that screams “perfect job for a Leftist.”

Of course, if you’re a Leftist parent, you see nothing wrong with this. But for some of us who would like to get a fast food order filled right the third time, let alone the first, it’s not ideal. That’s why homeschooling, private schools, and school vouchers have gotten so popular in the past couple of decades. And this is why public school advocates and teachers unions like the National Education Association have been working so hard to derail the exodus away from their gravy train. Fewer public school students means less money going to public schools and less power in the political realm.

Look at how the Left has demonized Betsy DeVos, the current Secretary of Education. They say she bought her way into the position (more than likely true), hasn’t set foot in a public school so she isn’t qualified to be Secretary of Education (actually, that sounds more like a selling point than a point of criticism), and she wants to promote homeschooling over public schooling (again, more of a selling point). Having seen DeVos in action, you can make an argument that she isn’t the best person for the job, but to say she’s the spawn of Satan for wanting to improve public education is a bit much. For all we know, she might only be a second cousin to Satan.

Just kidding, Secretary DeVos.

With public education, anyone wanting to make a difference or to improve the overall quality is fighting an uphill battle, one that discourages more people than encourages them. But all is not lost. It is possible to educate a child caught in the public school system, but it takes work. If you can’t afford to send your child to a public school or to homeschool, you need to be  attentive to what your children are learning and show an active interest in it. If you see something you’re not comfortable with what your child is learning, ask questions and balance the lessons with information you’re more comfortable with. Don’t forget education isn’t about spouting what a teacher says; it’s about exposing your children to multiple sources of information so they can learn and grow. An educated student is the bane of public education because he or she will have the tools to make up his or her mind on his or her own. (If I say his or her one more time in this piece, I get a free sandwich. And there it is!)

Not every public school teacher is horrible, but enough are that we need to take a serious look at the public school system to make sure we are getting the best results we with the money being spent. Although I may not agree with the David Hoggs of the world, the fact he is speaking up is admirable and shows his teachers did a good job. The same can be said of the Kyle Kashuvs of the world. If we had more students like these and fewer students who can name more Kardashians than Supreme Court Justices, the world might wind up a better place.

Of course, you realize this means we’re doomed.

 

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

It’s been a while since Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced he would be resigning from the Senate in the light of multiple allegations of sexual assault. At this point, Cher’s farewell tour might wind up being shorter than Franken’s. Of course, Franken’s supporters are upset to see him leave because they feel he didn’t get a chance to address the allegations against him. In legal and Constitutional terms, this is called due process, and as you might expect, the Left sees it a little differently than the rest of us do.

due process

What the Left thinks it means – the steps necessary to obtain a fair and just ruling

What it really means – the steps necessary to obtain a fair and just ruling regardless of who is being accused

Although the Left and the rest of us see due process similarly, there is a vital difference: the Left demands due process for their side, but not for anyone else. I know this is shocking to think about, but Leftists are hypocrites in this area, among many others.

Remember the University of Virginia date rape case? I’m sure Rolling Stone does, considering they paid out for their bad reporting. But the Left used the case as proof of a rape culture on American campuses well before the first allegations were researched. In that particular situation, the narrative was more important than the facts, and they ran with it.

This came to a head again when Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos changed Title IX regulations to allow for more due process with college date rape investigations. The Left were angrier than Rosie O’Donnell on any day ending in a Y during the Trump Administration. How dare DeVos make it harder for the accused to be disregarded! How dare she try to make the investigation process fair for everyone involved instead of just the victim! Women are to be believed because they simply don’t lie about sexual assault!

Then came Al Franken. All of the sudden, the Left cared about the process and making sure the allegations were valid. Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact Franken is a proud Leftist in a position of power, would it? Nahhhhhhh!

The thing about the Franken situation is he wasn’t denied due process. He chose not to go to court to address the matter and instead tried to weasel out of it by asking for an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. (Senate Ethics? Isn’t that a paradox?) The Senate Ethics Committee is not known for dishing out tough punishments for ethics violations. In recent history, there have been a number of violations brought before them, and only one has resulted in any significant form of punishment (that is, if you consider a light slap on the wrist to be significant).

If the Left were truly concerned about due process, they would have demanded Franken face his accusers in court. Very few did. The majority of them decided the Senate Ethics Committee was the end all and be all of due process when it’s not even close to it.

Due process is vital for two reasons. First, it gives both sides equal footing to make their cases. Second, it allows for an appropriate punishment or lack of punishment depending on what is found. As shocking as this may sound, the Senate Judiciary Committee doesn’t act in the same way as a court of law and has completely different standards. As such, it’s more of a diversion or perversion of due process for Franken to accept that route in lieu of having a day in court.

And it certainly doesn’t make it easier for the Left to demand due process be ignored on college campuses.

Look, if you want due process, you have to want it for everyone across the board, not just for the people you agree with. That ensures everyone has a chance to get it.

Think of it this way. What if Ted Cruz accused you of violently beating an elderly nun in a Whole Foods in Austin? Due process gives you the chance to refute those allegations with a jury of your peers. Partisan due process gives Cruz the chance to railroad you to jail without so much as a peep out of you.

Or if you prefer, talk to Rolling Stone about the importance of due process.

 

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

Sometimes the only people more hated than Donald Trump are the people in his Cabinet. One such target for derision has been Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education, who some on the Left say bought her Cabinet post and will be disastrous for public education. Yeah, like the current system is running like a well-oiled machine.

Recently, Secretary DeVos announced she would be revisiting Title IX regulations as they pertain to rapes and sexual assaults on college campuses. Seems the current system pretty much throws due process out the nearest sorority house window and defaults to believing the victim. Now, DeVos wants to change that so the accused gets at least a chance at equal footing under the law, and you’d think you gave the Left a full-fat mocha latte made with full GMO non-organic coffee beans with steamed whole milk instead of soy milk. And you forgot the whipped topping and sprinkles!

This week’s Leftist Lexicon is going to go back to the hallowed halls of academia and look at Title IX a little more closely.

Title IX

What the Left thinks it means – federal guidelines prohibiting women from discrimination on college campuses

What it really means – a good idea used for bad purposes

Let’s be honest here. Outside of Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and Planned Parenthood, there are only a handful of people who believe women should be mistreated in any way, shape, or form. Title IX was set up as a means to give women another level of protection from the brutish and often unsympathetic college administrations out there who didn’t have women’s interests, let alone their best interests, in mind.

Then, a little thing called mission creep happened. Basically, mission creep is when a good idea gets used to promote other ideas unrelated to the purpose of the original idea. A great example of this is Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD. MADD was originally created to combat drunk driving, but since its founding, the organization has taken a zero-tolerance approach to drinking anything harder than water that hasn’t gone through a water softener. The woman who started MADD lamented this and had to quit the organization she started because it had gotten too strident for her tastes. Plus, their summer pool parties were a bit of a drag because the only way to have fun around the kind of militant anti-alcohol types is to drink to excess.

Mission creep has also made Title IX into a logistical nightmare, and you can thank the Obama Education Department for Civil Rights for helping that process along. In 2011, they sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to colleges and universities pushing them (i.e. voluntelling them) to enforce Title IX laws as they pertained to sexual assault and harassment. As you might imagine, this made an already touchy subject worse. Who could have seen that coming (I mean, aside from anyone who has spent any time waiting in a DMV line)?

With new mandates…I mean suggestions in place, colleges and universities began their own personal Star Chambers where the accused were guilty until proven guilty by a jury of their superiors with a vested interest in keeping things on the down low, and the victims, real or alleged, were given the benefit of the doubt more often than Hillary Clinton with the DNC. No way this process could be corrupted, right?

Well, that’s what we were lead to believe until false rape allegations started coming to light. Through these incidents, people outside the ivy-covered walls got to see how screwed up the process has been under Title IX. For whatever good Title IX has done, it’s being used as a sexist weapon against college-aged men who may not have the faculties to fight back…provided, of course, the college lets them fight back. In some cases, they aren’t, to their detriment.

But, hey, at least rape victims get a voice, right?

Let’s be frank here. (Or if you don’t want to be Frank, you can be Steve or Lola. Your choice.) Rape is a serious crime and with good reason. Those who are accused of it are permanently tainted by society and public opinion. And it’s because of the seriousness of the crime that we need to be careful and ensure both the accuser and the accused have the same opportunities to present their cases. That’s what Secretary DeVos is trying to do here. She’s not siding with rapists. She’s not stripping rape victims of their rights. She’s ensuring due process gets its due in a situation where it’s needed the most.

Let’s also not throw away the entirety of Title IX just because some people are abusing its protections. A measured approach is what’s needed to ensure everyone is kept equal in the eyes of the law and the college and university administrations. Leave the kangaroo courts to Australia.