Rodgers and Hammerstein told us that children “have got to be carefully taught” to grow up into racists. But in recent years, too many of them have also been carefully taught to hate America and think that socialism – a system that inevitably results in oppression, poverty, misery and death – is just peachy. They’ve had it spoon-fed into their virgin brains that the Founding Fathers were murderers who enslaved people, but Che Guevara was a revolutionary hero. And the First Amendment should be jettisoned because it protects speech they disagree with (well, duh!)
Now, the depressing result: students at elite universities, having been raised in a cocoon of comfort and privilege provided by America that not even kings of bygone times could have imagined, now claim that they refuse to stand for the National Anthem because they don’t believe “America offers anything worth being proud of.”
Well, to be honest, there are some American college students I’m not feeling too proud of these days.
This demonstrates the cavernous gap between teaching students to think and teaching them what to think. If nothing else, let this sound the death knell for the idea that America is governed by the “best and the brightest” when we fill Washington almost solely with political office holders, bureaucrats and judges who have elite/Ivy League degrees.
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