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Op Ed: Libertarians Will Kill Off Education, Cancel ALL HelpHenry Clay Ruark for Salem-News,com
Our situation is unique, as it is in every other locale and latitude for education nationally --and unavoidably: The 21st Century is already here.
(SEASIDE, Ore.) - American education is built from the foundation of tax-return on private property and personal income.
Libertarians will kill that basic source of support among their first actions --even before they cancel and negate Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Republican obstructionism, attack on concept of unionism, continuing absolute demand for tax-cuts, and constant emphasis on “efficiency in education” with no effective measures for complexities of learning-and teaching --all promise threatening years-ahead for ALL education.
In Oregon, we still wait to learn who will “command the heights” of state supervision for our educational system for the next four formative years, while Oregon and all Oregonians return to relative non-recession, if not to proper and prosperour life for ourselves and our learners in every level for kindergarten to grad school.
True Libertarian political principle demands that extremely limited governance refrain from “taking a person’s wealth by penalty of the law beyond the very lowest amount needed to run civilization” as ethical evil. That foundation-guide for libertarian-directed action in Oregon can be confidently expected no matter who becomes our Superontendent of Education for those years.
Past political declarations remain revealing vs the actions-taken in recent years by those sooth/sayers who actually spend what monies can be manipulated. Protection of property rights, control of criminal activities, prevention of slavery, and minimum military security form the spectrum of what this outmoded, outdated and utterly outre radicalization of the true concept of liberty is said to offer.
Some few Americans, seeking solace and any kind of relief from frightening frustration --forced by their erroneous perception of supposed governance futilities-- seem willing to accept some-such perverted/distorted political format libelously labeled “libertarianism”.
Just to make sure of that spurious appeal, the basic concept is now wrapped in “Darwinian selection of the free market as determined by the profit motive.”
That’s the political operation now deluding the mostly-decent but deceived Tea Party-participants, massively misinformed by those who purposely propagandize via political pandering for their own malign private-gain purposes.
Some in both “regular” parties are driven by those carefully-delivered “white envelopes” --or other paperbased reward-formats. Others maunder and mis-state meaningless and misguiding messages --but net-effect and affect remains the same: Death to decently-apportioned funds for all education --since it is top-line/topic in all budgeting.
Most Tea Party proponents have no conception of how their lives will be practically pressured, probably massively-molded into descending patterns of even more frustrating “government intervention” -- their largest, longest-lived bete noir (read: budget beast.)
This time it will come by sadly-missing essential actions shaping, strengthening and protecting their current life-style. When foundation force-of-economics provided by government is snatched away by political pretension, then that is surely “intervention/reversed”, even if in pursuit of presumptously-proposed “principle”. Examples: + Income, estate taxes eliminated; property taxes, probably. Bare-minimum/ONLY for executive, legislative, courts; minimum-military for defense-only.
And surely: NO “stimulus:programs; job-search/training programs; FDIC bank-deposit insurance; OR Wall Street bailouts, bank takeovers or bailouts.
Does this foreordained Oregon/national future seem too far-fetched to believe ? If so, you are massively UN-informed, MIS-informed OR the victim of viscious decades-long prepatory propaganda...over the past FIFTY YEARS, starting in or before the rousing, rowdy Sixties, set into more-rapid and rapacious motion in the Reagan-era Eighties ---and long the ongoing political-dreamstate of a destructive small segment in our nation.
To them the education system has always been the prime attack-point since it represents a heavy --usually the largest or close to that level-- funding final-demand in every state. In Oregon what we need is communication. Solid, sensible, sensitive, rational/reasonable reiteration and radical recommitment among all proponents --and many participants-- in every level and format of our Oregon educational sysem is surely and inevitably --sometimes painfully, too-- now demanded.
Local school boards, by natural progresssion of power and productivity among local residents, need to know and understand in depth and detail what and why education for their 21st Century differs in design and thus depth, detail, direction, determination of those impacted and many other ways from what we grew up with in our own generation. Legislators need to learn--and some/few also to grow-enough to LEARN !-- not only the design, direction and detail of massive social change now demanded but also HOW the same formative factors affect impacts on finding --to keep that massive major legislative result really reasonable while remaking a remarkably sensitive system.
Teachers, too --and their union leaders-- must participate and, indeed, lead the long line of learners working to weld the chain of design/development/and then-do steps now demanded. Will we Oregonians be up to this test? There’s no way to ‘standardize” this one!
Our situation is unique, as it is in every other locale and latitude for education nationally --and unavoidably: The 21st Century is already here. BUT we’ve met many challenges before, and both history and our self-reliance --stronger in Oregon than in many states now ravaged remorselessly beyond what we’ve suffered-- can stand us in good stead. John Dewey, worldfamed educational leader as well as philosopher and sociologist, put it properly: “Conversation is the heart of democracy”, he insisted. We should learn-and-grow together --and dialog re education and its future in Oregon is the topic today, and tomorrow...and for many more days to come.
Reader’s Note: Libertarian descriptive content liberally (!) adapted from: Libertarian America: What the Ayn-Rand-Paulian Wing of the Tea Party Really Wants the USA to Become, by Gregory Paul. I’ll guarantee that Gregory is no relation to Sen. Ron Paul nor to just-elected Sen. Rand Paul. Link for this estimable, detailed, descriptive dissertation is www.opednews.com/articles/Libertarian. Go “see with ow eyes” what I left out from its superb long list of probable Libertarian impacts.
At 21, Henry Clay Ruark was Aroostook Editor for the Bangor, Maine DAILY NEWS, covering the upper 1/4 of the state. In the ‘40s, he was Staff Correspondent, then New England Wires Editor at United Press-Boston; later Editor for the Burlington, Vermont 3-daily group owned by Wm. Loeb, later notorious at Manchester, New Hampshire UNION LEADER for attacks on Democratic Presidential candidates.
Hank returned to Oregon to complete M. Ed. degree at OSU, went on to Indiana University for Ed.D. (abd) and special other course-work; was selected as first Information Director for NAVA in Washington, D.C.; helped write sections of NDEA, first Act to supply math, science, foreign language consultants to state depts. of education; joined Oregon Dept. of Education, where he served as NDEA administrator/Learning Media Consultant for ten years.
He joined Dr. Amo DeBernardis at PCC, helping establish, extend programs, facilities, Oregon/national public relations; moved to Chicago as Editor/Publisher of oldest educational-AV journal, reformed as AV GUIDE Magazine; then established and operated Learning Media Associates as general communications consultant group. Due to wife’s illness, he returned to Oregon in 1981, semi-retired, and has continued writing intermittently ever since, joining S-N in 2004. His Op Eds now total over 560 written since then.
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