America is in the middle of a BIG CHANGE.
Change is inevitable, and we ultimately have to accept it. The hard thing, though, is that change is never smooth, gradual and comfortable. It comes in fits and starts, and is often jarring if not downright scary. We are in one of those scary times.
Even though we have to accept change, we don’t have to like it. And there is a lot of stuff going on that I don’t like.
I don’t like the fact that our economy used to be more fairly balanced, but now there is a huge and growing chasm between the “haves” and “have nots”. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. Unrest and violence are not out of the question. Why?
America was once a “melting pot” of people from different backgrounds and abilities who all shared common values and felt a part of something bigger than themselves. Now we have splintered into a balkanized bunch of minorities. And I will point the finger directly at “progressive” political leadership over the last decade or so. The “divide and conquer” strategy used by liberals has worked brilliantly. Democrats have taught everybody to identify with a subgroup and then established victim-hood status for each, promising to save them from everybody else in exchange for votes.
It starts in our schools and colleges, where students from one or more of the victim-groups of poor, non-white or immigrant, non-Christian, gay/trans, single mothers, etc. are vaulted to hero status. Self-esteem is guaranteed to them all without regard to merit. Those born in America with white skin are assumed to be bigots and racists, normal heterosexuals are assumed to be narrow-minded homophobes, and hard-working achievers are assumed to have only succeeded at the expense of others. The “privileged” must sheepishly walk on broken glass in penance and apology to the “victims.”
Worst of all, our education system that once drove students to seek excellence now allows (perhaps encourages) minority students to feed a culture that values being “bad-ass” over being academic. Schools fail to enforce discipline, tolerate or endorse illicit sex and drugs, and openly assail capitalism, patriotism, family values, and Christian religion. Graduation rates plummet as growing numbers of kids would rather avoid learning anything to meet the approval of their peers than work for an educational foundation promising a successful future. Many schools numbly accept poor classroom performance out of fear of being labeled racist. As a result nobody flunks and standards sink to the lowest common denominator. Speaking of common, where is the “rigor” we were promised with the roll-out of Common Core? Employers are frantic at the dearth of trainable graduates.
You may be thinking, “Yeah, but my school is great.” Everybody says that. Look at a couple of textbooks. Sit in on an assembly. K-12 is scary enough. College has become a place for children to abscess and rot.
There will always be a few high achievers, and they will have an ever-easier path to the top as more “victims” fall into the abyss of low expectations. And the Democrats salivate waiting for them at the bottom of the hill with free stuff in one hand and a ballot in the other. The few at the top will be richly rewarded and the masses at the bottom will fight for crumbs from their government. The culture war has only just started, and I can’t envision a happy outcome if we don’t shift our direction.
Bitching about change is easy. Minimizing the damage is hard. Change doesn’t have to be for the worse. We just can’t give in to political correctness, laziness and demagoguery.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through