We Got Socialized Medicine Because of Socialized Education

“One of the most useful tools in the quest for power is the educational system.” ((Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction: Christian Faith and Its Confrontation with American Society (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, [1983] 1993), 209.))

Post-election recriminations are coming in at a fevered pace. Some Republicans say the GOP needs to enlarge its tent. This means being more like Democrats. It’s a prescription for political disaster. Rush Limbaugh understands that there is no political solution. I agree. He says education is the key to long-term social, moral, cultural, and political change. Again, I agree.

Here’s what he said on yesterday’s show:

“I really think that we’ve gotta adopt a very, very long game if we’re going to recapture the country, and we have to do what the left did. And I don’t know how yet. But we are going to have to recapture the public education of this country, because that, folks, is where decent, honorable, really good, normal people like Mitt Romney end up being thought of as despicable human beings. It is through 30 or more years of public education run totally by liberals and the way they have characterized their opponents. I see it every day.

If we are opposed to socialized medicine, socialized welfare, and socialized retirement, then why do we think the remedy is found in socialized education?

Public education is government education. It’s paid for with other people’s money. One of the reasons so many people are in favor of government healthcare is because they have been conditioned to accept government retirement (Social Security), medical reimbursement (Medicare), and government education. We’ve had Socialism for decades. Americans are used to it. What’s one more government program? Now there’s talk about nationalizing “the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 401k plans,” the National Seniors Council reports:

“A representative of the liberal Pension Rights Center, Rebecca Davis, testified that the government needs to get involved because 401k plans and IRAs are unfair to poor people. She demanded the Obama administration set up a ‘government-sponsored program administered by the PBGC (the governments’ Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation).’ She proclaimed that even ‘private annuities are problematic.’”

More than 90 percent of children are in government schools. Why are we surprised after at least 12 years of government education that they believe government is the source of all that’s good in the world?

We have the freedom (at least at this point in time) to educate our children outside the control of government. Will it cost more money and time? Yes. We can pay now or we can pay later. Can you imagine what would happen if 50 percent of the people who voted for Mitt Romney took their children out of public schools and chose home education, some form of private education, or church sponsored schools? The Left would be crippled.

By the time we “recapture the public education of this country” it will be too late. Well intentioned people have been trying to save public schools for decades. The schools have only gotten worse teaching a worldview that is counter to everything we believe. Once again it’s the “gift” idea. People believe that government education is “free,” or at least discounted.

I know that there are some good teachers and a few good schools when compared to most other schools. That’s not the point. The curriculum and system of funding are mandated by government.

If you want a free country, you have to abandon “free” education.”

“The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”