I never want people to assume that just because I have questions about colleges and universities, I oppose education. It’s just that the current system makes no sense. For one thing, the cost of a college education has increased by 1,200% over the past three decades. That is twice the rate at which the cost of health care has soared. But at least until Obama tossed the monkey wrench known as the Affordable Care Act into the works, health care just kept getting better. Is there anyone who would suggest that’s been true about education, which has come to be better known as indoctrination?
That is why I keep suggesting that universities be turned into parks, and that higher education be turned over to trade schools, where not only carpentry, plumbing and auto mechanics are taught, but medicine, law and architecture.
The lie that’s usually brought forth by the status quo crowd is that students need all those pricey undergrad classes in order to be well-rounded. But the fact is that it’s only the bank accounts of professors, administrators and football coaches, that have become fatter and the endowments that are bloated to the breaking point.
Republicans have become somewhat accustomed to being called racists whenever they object to affirmative action, increased welfare or to any of Obama’s unconstitutional edicts. At the same time, they are labeled racists if they merely call for photo I.D.s at polling places.
The obvious fact is that it’s liberals who are the true bigots. They’re the ones who keep insisting that even 50 years after the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment that blacks can’t be expected to compete in schools or in the workplace. It is also liberals who lump the members of all minorities together, whereas conservatives have no trouble at all making the distinction between the bottom feeders who keep electing the likes of Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, Charles Rangel and Sheila Jackson Lee and people like Dr. Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, Condoleezza Rice and Clarence Thomas.
For most Americans, the tragedy of slavery is two-fold. One, the enslavement of blacks left an indelible stain on the nation. Two, the endless guilt has left tens of millions of black Americans with a sense of victimhood and entitlement that has resulted in the economic enslavement of hundreds of millions of white people.
As I see it, the only good that can possibly come from the swapping of five Islamic terrorists for one Army deserter is that even some Democrats are getting fed up with Obama’s arrogance and lack of patriotism and commonsense. It can only make it easier for Republicans in 2014 to take back the Senate and send Harry (“I’m glad we got rid of those terrorists”) Reid out to pasture.
The reason that’s so important is that it may be the only way to prevent Barack Obama from replacing one of the elderly justices on the Supreme Court with another Sonia Sotomayor or Elena Kagan, thus reversing the 5-4 majority that conservatives currently have.
Too many Republicans seem to lose sight of the fact that the Supreme Court is the legacy that presidents leave behind so that they can continue screwing the country decades after they’ve left the White House. That is why I find it so vexing when Republicans stay home during presidential elections for no better reason than that their personal favorite didn’t garner the nomination. I mean, how stupid and irresponsible did someone have to be in 2012 to allow Obama to win a second term simply because Rick Santorum, Rand Paul or Newt Gingrich, wasn’t on the ticket?
At this time, my biggest problem with the Court is that Americans who merely wish to protect the letter and the spirit of the Constitution lack the standing to bring a case before the Supremes. Unless an individual can prove that he personally – and not just the nation at large – has been harmed by a law or by a president who sees no reason to abide by the specific limitations on his authority, he’s powerless to state his case, even if he or she is a member of Congress.
The midterm elections, though, are only a prelude to the all-important presidential election two years down the road. Possibly I’m being too optimistic, but it seems to me that if the Democrats can’t come up with a better candidate than Hillary (“What difference does it make?”) Clinton to succeed Barack (“America leaves no deserters behind, no matter the price”) Obama, it’s time for the Party to file bankruptcy.
©2014 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.