Last week, I was attending a college graduation party held by a business associate for his daughter at an upscale Tampa, Florida, restaurant. The woman was newly graduated from Mount Holyoke College, and in an impromptu speech/ toast, she delivered two of the most astounding revelations I have heard in quite some time. Revelation number one was something like: "It'll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants, and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale just to buy bombers". And the second: "Of all the courses I took at Mount Holyoke, I will always remember Professor Sandy Lawrence, and her....Whiteness: The Other Side of Racism class". And on and on she blabbed about how she was going to enter business with a duty to see that more minorities are advanced over racist whites. All this blabber when she herself, just out of college, was heading a department in a business owned by her white father, who gave her this job, maybe at the expense of not hiring some minority. This nonsense was enough to turn the wonderful Brunello di Montalcino, 1999, I was drinking into vinegar. Such a waste (the daughter not the wine. Even bad wine produces good vinegar). But all this mindless blabber brought to my mind a quote from Martin H. Fischer, German-American physician: Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throats.
All this talk about the value of a college education got me thinking about something Michel Eyquem de Montaigne wrote: "I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly". On this subject I concur with old Michel. This obsession, from our Federal Government, to insure that everyone graduating from high school is entitled to a government sponsored college education is the root of all our current social and economic problems. Now when I say, sponsored, this includes not only government paid, through Federally backed student loans, but government using the self serving degrees issued by these institutions of higher education as the "ticket" for employment. It is "one hand washing the other". We have a need, at most, for 10% of our population to attend advanced educational classes. The government on the other hand thinks that 99% participation in advanced education is the way to insure that the U.S. has the most intelligent workforce on earth. Regardless, or more appropriately, oblivious, of the fact that the majority of jobs available in this nation today are jobs that require job training of a year or less. But it seems that the educated elite have to have some form of testing to prove that their brain is more powerful than that of the perceived "peasants". Bringing me to my point: "If the educated elitist are so smart, why don't they see that to have a workforce, of 99% college graduates, is to have only 1% of the available workforce trained or willing to do the manual labor that is required to keep our living standard in place? And if there is only 1% of the workforce willing to do manual labor, then we will have to "import" workers from all over the world to do the work that Americans don't want to do." Think that this just might create a problem bigger than the current Mexican immigrant problem? The math doesn't lie. This "Nation of Blind Sheep" is heading for a disastrous, and historic, fall. And I think it would be better if all rational persons, rather than fight, and attempt to stop this fall to Socialism that this Obama "regime" has pushed us toward, just change their voting registration to Democrat. Yes, Democrat! Let this country be 100% Democrat! Then maybe the infighting will "spawn" several new parties, and finally do away with this neutered, ineffective, Republican party we have today.
Lord Howard Hurts