We Don’t Need No Educayshun

We’ve always had the goofy left, at least as far back as the 19th Century anyway. But until recently nobody was ever dumb enough to give them any real power.

For the most part they aren’t bad or evil, they’re just stupid. That wouldn’t be so bad except they are convinced that they are smarter than everyone else. They also have a quasi-religious belief in their own moral superiority and righteousness. That is a really bad combination.

Of course, these idiot children aren’t children. These are young adults who can serve in the military, get married, buy firearms, drink alcohol, etc. They are at the beginning years of adult life, but they are entirely unprepared for adult life. It’s fashionable to blame Yale and other elite institutions for this sorry state of affairs, but, while the colleges certainly do their share of damage, the truth is that these children are maladjusted buffoons when they show up in New Haven. Yale doesn’t make them into hysterical ninnies — their families do.

There is a certain strain of upper-middle-class American culture that cultivates an excess of self-importance that grows cancerous when it isn’t counteracted by a deep understanding that the world is full of things that are much more important than you are: God, country, the rest of the human race. That American striver culture has many invaluable aspects — it is the culture that produces the high-achieving students who go to Yale and other elite institutions — but in the absence of transcendent values it turns everybody into a miniature Donald Trump. If your concerns in life are limited to personal economic advancement and status whoring, then everything — literally — is about you. That’s when you see things like Lena Dunham’s dopey political advertisements, which reduce citizenship to another shallow channel of self-satisfaction: Never mind patriotism, never mind history, never mind anything else — what does your vote say about you? How do it make you feel?

I understand why the idiot children at Yale are so sensitive. Really, I do. I sometimes list in my mind all of the poor, suffering people who get a raw deal in this life, and Yale students are always right at the top, with the Bangladeshi orphans and women traded by sex traffickers in Vietnam. Yale isn’t a safe space, Congo isn’t a safe space — it all makes sense, as long as you don’t expect it to make sense.

Nobody sets out to be evil. As horrible as their crimes are, guys like Charles Manson are limited in scope. All the great mass murderers in history like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot – they all saw themselves as patriots who were going to make the world a better place. The German people didn’t plan to start a world war that would devastate Europe and leave over 60 million people dead.

But that’s what they did.

Maybe we are victims of our own success. Today’s children are the most sheltered special snowflakes in human history. There are no dragons left for them to slay. Death is an abstraction, not an everyday part of life.

Victor Davis Hanson:

Simply put, too many urban Americans have lots of time on their hands—and in this regard, the deterioration in race relations is largely a city phenomenon. The rural dweller looks at the nocturnal marching and chanting of Black Lives Matter and wonders, “Do the protesters have to be up at 5 AM to get things going?” Nothing is stranger than watching or listening to elite urban white journalists and academics confessing their white privilege to fellow black elites and equally privileged intellectuals—while both groups seem oblivious to class distinctions or to rural white poverty. Does a Cornel West or Chris Rock go to Appalachia or Bakersfield to lecture the white mechanic on why he has it made because of his white skin?

The cursus honorum of the elite that runs the country in politics, finance, journalism, and academia is urban to the core—degrees from brand-name universities, internships at well-connected agencies, residence in New York or Washington, power marriages. The power résumé does not include mechanical apprenticeships, work on ships or oil rigs, knowledge of firearms, or farm, logging, or mining labor—jobs now regulated and overseen by those with little experience of them.


Another symptom of the urban-rural disconnect is trivialization. Given the existential problems facing California—clogged freeways, failing schools, millions of illegal aliens, idled acreage, obscene prices for houses, sky-high power and fuel costs—among the least of worries for the state legislature should be banning plastic bags or mandating gender-neutral school restrooms. Such distractions are possible only because necessities such as food and fuel are plentiful, and their acquisition has become boring to the urbanite in a way that a transgendered march in San Francisco is not. Or is the problem that urban man has no answers for the existential challenges, so he finds psychological refuge for his impotence in obsessing over the trivial?


The Founders and early observers of American democracy, from J. Hector St. John Crèvecoeur and Thomas Jefferson to Alexis de Tocqueville, reflected a classical symbiosis, in which even urban thinkers praised the benefits of life in rural areas, where most Americans then lived. The Founders were pragmatics who also owned farms or at least knew the soil, not romantics who dreamed about a rural paradise that they had never experienced. Jefferson famously wrote of the preponderance of rural life in early America: “I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.” Jefferson meant that reservoirs of farmers were essential to self-government. As long as Americans were not dependent European peasants or Russian land barons or the shiftless masses of a Paris or Saint Petersburg, there would be enough self-reliant agrarians to check the passions of the fickle urban mob.

Our Constitution, even in its idiosyncrasies, reflected these concerns. In presidential elections, the Electoral College trumped the popular vote that could be heavily weighted to urban interests. Legislative appointment rather than direct election of each state’s two senators would likewise protect the political voices of rural states and counties from being overwhelmed by more numerous urban citizens, whose daily lives were not commensurately predicated on tradition, custom, and a balanced view of nature and progress. States could even establish property qualifications for voting, on the premise that the autonomous agrarian was grounded and sober in a way that the mass of the urban populace was not.

From Hesiod’s Works and Days to Virgil’s Georgics, the connection between farming and morality was always emphasized as a check on urban decadence and corruption. What was gained by the city’s great universities, monumental edifices, churches, and pageantry was often lost through the baleful effects of being cut off from nature and defining success through intangibles such as transient goods, status, and material luxuries. Physical and mental balance, practicality, a sense of the tragic rather than the therapeutic—all these were birthed by rural life and yet proved essential to the survival of a nation that would inevitably become more mannered, sophisticated, and urban. Jefferson idealized an American as a tough citizen who couldn’t be fooled by sophisticated demagogues, given his own steady hand guiding the plow or digging irrigation ditches. Rural folks didn’t romanticize the city, but rather, like characters in Horace’s Satires or the content rustic mouse of Aesop’s Fables, saw it as a necessary evil. Yet urbanites, though cut off from nature, dependent on government for their sustenance, and embedded within the politics and trends of the day, idealized the farm and pasture—if certainly from a safe distance.

To quote Han Solo, “I got a bad feeling about this.”

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76 Responses to We Don’t Need No Educayshun

  1. Myiq2xu says:

  2. Dora says:

    An anomaly? Hey, maybe it’s grain. Hee Hee.

    Thermal Scans Of Egypt’s Great Pyramid Reveal ‘Impressive’ Anomaly

    “We have several hypothesis but no conclusion for the moment.”


  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Some conservatives have more controversially pointed to the constant drumbeat of racial polarization, summed up best by the sloganeering of “white privilege.” Academics and activists like Elizabeth Warren, Ward Churchill, Rachel Dolezal, and Shaun King, who all successfully invented and profited from minority identities, are emblematic of the trend that being white is now less advantageous in careerist terms than is minority status. Eric Holder’s children will be more likely to be admitted to Stanford than a straight-A, high-test-score white male from an impoverished family in Great Falls, on the argument that racial and gender identity renders class irrelevant.


    Whites who really do enjoy privilege, whether defined by income, capital, tony Ivy League degrees, or family connections and influence, are the worst purveyors of ridicule of the white working class. The elite media despised Sarah Palin for her gaffes, while it ignored Washington insider Joe Biden’s fantasies about FDR delivering a TV address as president in 1929. When Cornel West, or Eric Holder, or Melissa Harris-Perry, or Van Jones starts in on cable news whining about white privilege, whom are they addressing? The unemployed welder in South Carolina? The tractor driver outside Merced? The out-of-work coal miner in the Appalachians? Or is it all rather in-house scapegoating between black and white elites of the same class over the allotment of academic, media, and government privilege?


    In the last ten years I have frequently heard working-class whites use terms such as “stupid white people” or “wealthy white people” — a ridiculed class that defends its privilege and perks by loudly proclaiming ideologies whose consequences it has the money and power to navigate around, whether it be illegal immigration, affirmative action, or inner-city crime. A careerist middle-class product like Ta-Nehisi Coates has created an entire lucrative industry based on racial disparagement, having cultivated a love–hate relationship with fawning white urban elites rather than interacting with working-class rural whites. It is ironic that Coates would likely be treated more as an individual if he were working at a lumber mill in rural Georgia with poor whites, whereas he is regarded as a totem by condescending and guilt-plagued Ivy League grandees.

    The white working class is not blameless. Drug use, illegitimacy, alcoholism, and violence are choices, not preordained fates. But what drives this endangered class to fury is the constant refrain on television, in Hollywood, on campus, and in politics and government — in our culture at large — of those who are privileged and who hope to maintain and expand that privilege in our racially polarized society by damning white people who are not privileged. The subtext of illegal immigration, government expansion, and political activism is now race and gender, not class. A poor white kid of 18 who came of age in the era of diversity set-asides, not Jim Crow, can expect to gain no edge in hiring and admissions owing to his race or gender. But he will find himself a target for racist allegations by those who seek either profit or penance.

    Of course, to even talk about these things is proof we are racists.

    • lyn says:

      Everyone is a racist. It’s time to move on.

    • alice223 says:

      “…a ridiculed class that defends its privilege and perks by loudly proclaiming ideologies whose consequences it has the money and power to navigate around…”

      That’s very well-put.

      • votermom says:

        “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” – Anatole France

    • lildoggy4u says:

      So happy to hear somebody talking about rural America. Its a big difference than what we keep hearing about from those crybabies sitting in Universities from metropolitan America. However, things are rapidly changing in these safe villages and rural areas too as they are being stomped on by an influx of immigration. http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/11/tennessee-muslim-city-of-oak-ridge-employee-kept-wife-virtual-prisoner-under-sharia-law
      My home town is reeling over this and while we may be considered backwoods by many. This city, in the middle of nowhere is the place that developed the atomic bomb, is full of scientists and their kids who chose to stay after the gov’t pulled out. They are used to people from all over the world. People from many backgrounds and hardly prejudice against anyone. But this has gone way over the top.

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    Admission to college should be based on objective criteria like grades and SAT scores. Colorblind, gender blind, blind to everything but who is the most qualified. No legacies or athletic admissions.

    Let the chips fall where they may. If using nothing but academic criteria results in a student body that is mostly Asian and female then so be it.

    • lyn says:

      Damn straight!

    • 49erDweet says:

      That’s just RAYCIST!

    • Jadzia says:

      I like our system of basing it on passing the bac (the maman of all standardized tests, it is a test of what you actually learned in high school: basically, it’s an exit exam). Grades are not really objective criteria in practice–if college start saying okay, we’re just using a rubric of SAT + GPA, I think you’re just going to end up with massive grade inflation lickety-split. (Even more than it exists already, that is.) The SAT “achievement” tests are reasonably academic (at least they used to be), maybe it’s time to start making the use of those a little bit more widespread.

      • Jadzia says:

        A little bit more about how our system does it. So you have to pass the bac to get into university, but if you do that, the university is essentially open admissions. (With the exception of the top 10 or so schools, which have an additional academic competition for admission–again, it’s testing-based; my favorite “side job” here is 3 hours a week working with super-motivated kids who are preparing for those competitions.)

        Of course, we flunk a significant number of students out at every stage of each degree program. It’s a tough sell doing that when you’re charging little Johnny $25,000 per year and he thinks of himself as a customer instead of as a student.

        Maybe I should get BAAACK TO WORRRRRK. I have to give a speech about the Magna Carta day after tomorrow and it is Not Going Well.

  5. Myiq2xu says:

    • Venus says:

      I actually got in a fight with a FB “friend” over this today — he wrote a status update mocking anyone who has so little going on in their lives that they have time to be upset over a cup. I simply responded that “No one actually cares about the cup. It’s a non-story ginned up by the media to stir up outrage.” I thought that was an innocuous comment, but boy howdy was I wrong — he made it his sad little mission to PROVE me wrong. I ended it with “Whatever helps you sleep at night. You’re right — average, every day Christians are very, very upset about the cup and were before the media flooded the zone with stories pointing out that the traditionally non-Christmasy Starbucks cup is even more non-Christmasy than usual. Hope that helps. You’ve spent an awful lot of time on something you claim others are stupid for caring about. I’m not wasting any more of mine. Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.”

      • Jadzia says:

        What? That doesn’t even make any sense!

        For what it’s worth, my one and only fundamentalist Christian friend works at SB, and she has been ridiculing this whole non-story ever since it came out. (Apparently she is tired of getting asked about it 50 times a day when she’s at work.) She’s the only FB friend who I probably WON’T unfollow before the next election.

  6. Dora says:

    “Afrikan Black Coalition seeks to ‘overthrow the Constitution,’ ‘stop white people’”


  7. helenk3 says:

    In my working career, I have run into other than white getting promoted above their abilities because the were other than white. I also have had other than white co workers who were good at their jobs. They were just as annoyed as I was when someone was promoted above their ability.
    How many other than white were given college admission due to affirmative action whether or not they could keep up with the lessons? This has been going on for almost 40 years now. I remember when the fad was ebonics and I was talking to some of my co workers about it. I said I was the first in my family to graduate high school. And my kids and grandkids could speak english. Was ebonics needed because of bad schools or no ability to learn?
    I am sick of hearing the BS. I was taught when I was young that racism is stupid. It is stupid coming from either side.

    before backtrack and his bitter knitters ideas we were getting alone with one another. It was not perfect but it was a lot better than it is now. Guess this in one of the changes he promised. , be careful of what you wish

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    Non-apology apology:

    • Underwhelmed says:

      The fact that she did it in the first place and that it was aces says all you need to know about her.

    • Jadzia says:

      Cheese and crackers, that nutjob was a JOURNALISM PROFESSOR? I was disgusted enough when I thought she was a student.

      • leslie says:

        She is not a professor and she has a courtesy appointment that I would bet will not save her to teach anywhere (except maybe Yale or Harvard Law).
        Hope everything’s well, Jadzia.

        • Jadzia says:

          Thanks for the correction! Even having worked at an American university, I still don’t really understand the whole concept of a courtesy appointment. (At UO, it seemed to mostly be for high-ranking administrators–they’d be hired to administrate and would receive some academic cred via a “courtesy appointment” in some department that never would have hired them for a real academic job.)

      • Myiq2xu says:

        She wasn’t part of the journalism school at Mizzou (which is highly rated) but she taught some classes in mass media. Her CV is a joke.

        The courtesy appointment she quit/was fired from was serving on the J-school grad committees.

  9. Myiq2xu says:

    • jeffhas says:

      It’s all so hilarious as the oppressed guard their REI tents in their Patagonia down vests from behind their designer glasses, hoodies and beanies…. As their Pandora/Brighton/Tiffany bracelet dangles in the sunlight.

      These are not real people with depth…
      These are the Jordache generals – one after another just an empty-shell resembling a serious person. They are so cliché as to require that accent above the ‘e’ that I had to find on my keyboard.

      They are fools…. And they will conduct themselves like fools until real life stops them in their tracks.

      The only problem I see, is if society has reached a tipping point and found a way to employ or support fools like this as though they are the norm… And our future.

      What a catastrophe if that has happened…. I guess this means I need to learn foolbonics, the language of fools…. And then act a fool and speak a fool so I can succeed somehow for my family in this foolishness.

      ‘I have a bad feeling about this’ indeed.

  10. jennifer lyn says:

    I remember Reverend Wright’s evil and fateful words almost 9 years ago about the chickens coming home to roost and he was 100% correct. The era of Obama will end with complete and total devastation of pretty much everything. I will never forget when he threw his hat in the ring I remember thinking to myself this is crazy he is a nothing and belongs to a racist, sexist and dangerous cult. As a Jew I was horrified, as a woman I was angry, as an American I was scared. 9 years later I am even more horrified, angry and scared that Rev. Wright was correct. The chickens are here and they are running the government, voting and they are large and in charge. Truth is irrelevant, insanity is considered the norm, and no one is doing the right thing. NO ONE. We have reached the pre-Hitler stage in Germany when everyone is cowering scared to say a word because the penalty is death–at least political and/or business death. Anyone with the ability to speak to more than 1000 people — other than Ted Cruz and Donald Trump — is pretending the emperor has clothes. All I can say is that I remember Elie Wiesel’s words in his quintessential book on what happens when you allow the Devil to reign — there is no one to stand up for you if you do not stand up first. I come here a lot just to know that there are some people who see what I see and are equally outraged and scared. The sad thing is there is not a darn thing we can do about any of this. I pray that Ted and Trump will win but I know I am probably a dreamer. If they don’t it will be very bad in America for whites, Christians, Jews, smart people and pretty much everyone except whomever the chickens deem ‘racial minorities’ and super dumb people (i.e. the majority of America). And the latter group will suffer they just won’t understand the full picture or why. Thanks for making this a fairly safe haven for us non chickens.

  11. mcnorman says:

    I love the video clip. But I must state that I do find it racist…there are no persons of high melanin content in this video. snark

  12. votermom says:

    Are we watching the debate?
    Eeep! What’s Kasicko doing on stage?

    • Myiq2xu says:

      If you want to put up that Amazon link then go ahead. Post it on the front page.

      • votermom says:

        Yay! Here it is:

        If anyone want to do their amazon shopping through my new blog, you can use the search bar at the bottom under the Ads where it says “Search Amazon”. I think if you click any of the other amazon links too and then buy some other thing, it might work as a referral too.
        If I don’t make at least one sale in 6 months I think they cancel my affiliate account.
        So pretty please (makes big doleful puppy eyes)
        blog link http://bookhorde.blogspot.com/

        I also stuck it on the Votermom link on the blogroll (under Friends)

        Thanks Klown!

        • Myiq2xu says:

          I’m not seeing any “Search Amazon” but I have ad blocker. Can you put a button here?

          • votermom says:

            Oh, hm. I’m not sure. I bet adblocker does block it.
            I would have to list crayfisher.wordpress.com as a site on my amazon account.
            There are two possible issues – one I don’t think wordpress.com allows it (which is why I opened that one in blogger) and the other issue is I am not sure it’s amazon thinks it’s ok for me list someone else’s site. I will look into it.
            Thanks for the offer, Klown!

        • DeniseVB says:

          Cool beans! I just ordered two books through your link. Trump’s and Kilmeade’s. I used the widget that Trump was featured then added the other one to my order.

          I, alone, can keep you in business for the 6-month rule, I order stuff every month. 😉

          Just giving you a head’s up, I think how it works, you’ll get a notice of what was ordered but not my personal information. Don’t you get a little stipend from your link sales? I hope so!!!! I much rather support my favorite blogger and bloggettes with my adiction to Amazon than making donations 🙂

      • votermom says:

        I might do a post on conservative writers I’ve come across in the goodreads group – will try to work on that tomorrow.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      There is no “I” in “we”

  13. Myiq2xu says:

    This is why I don’t do politics on FB:

    My son’s friend posted this link: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/the-new-intolerance-of-student-activism-at-yale/414810/

    I replied with this link: http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/09/meet-the-privileged-yale-student-who-shrieked-at-her-professor/

    He replied: “Nothing but a hit piece on that student from an extremely biased website. Very ad hominem and misses the issue entirely.”

    Normally I would have flamed this chump to a smoking cinder, but since this was a RL friend of my son’s I just bit my tongue and tasted bile. Serenity now.

    Serenity now.

    • votermom says:

      I keep hitting “hide this post” when I come across stupid leftyism on FB. So calming not to see the stupidity.

    • mcnorman says:

      Funny, they never seem to be able to be objective when looking in the mirror.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Other than the Ace hidden group, I try to avoid politics on FB. I get into too much trouble. Also turned off my tags to avoid even the like minds’ including me in meme shares with stuff like “Hillary’s a C**t” sorta stuff.

  14. 1539days says:

    This is about decadence.

    So many people now have privileges that they didn’t have even a couple of generations ago. They don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. They don’t have to worry about keeping up good grades to keep a scholarship. They don’t even have to worry about getting a job so much, because their parents and academia are safety nets for the unskilled.

    People need to have a struggle. For those who have money (and nearly every loudmouth “activist” does) the perceived injustices of society is the only thing they can think of to worry about. The right likes to make everyone think the American Dream is getting closer all the time. The left wants every to think it’s getting further away.

  15. smile says:

    I am watching the debate online. Fox biz made the debate available online to everyone. It is quite a good debate, I am enjoying it. The moderators are doing an excellent job, and abiding by set rules of timing and such, similar to debates prior to the general election. Maria B. is so pretty, by the way.

  16. Venus says:

    Besides the fact that he only makes sense about 1/2 the time, Kasich is WAY too fucking twitchy for me.

    • votermom says:

      He keeps butting in and hogging all the time!

    • leslie says:

      Thank you! I thought I was alone in my reactions to Kasich. I fell asleep during one of his interruptions. I think tha was to defend against his ongoing blather. I also brushed my teeth during another.
      Fiorina continues to know more about nearly everything and expresses herself so well.
      Rubio is too glib and rehearsed for me.
      I’m still a Cruz/Fiorina person.

      • NewOrleans says:

        When Megyn Kelly – of all people – plays a clip of Carly at the debate trying to be a smartass saying ‘I didn’t meet Putin in a Green Room, I met him at a meeting’ and then immediately plays a recent clip of her on Jimmy Fallon saying she met Putin in a Green Room, you know her time is up. She had her chance and she blew it.

    • smile says:

      Yeah. Too argumentative too with the moderators. Keeps trying to plug in that one has to have been a governor in order to be a president – I don’t think that plug in will work this election season as people are fed up with politicians. I would like to ask him, how come Lincoln was such a great president without ever having any executive experience, and that too at one of the worst times in US history.

  17. smile says:

    It seems like Trump and Carson did not get to speak as much, but Ryan, Bush, Kasich and Fiorina spoke more. Will be interesting to see the time tally per candidate later on.

  18. votermom says:

    Happy Veterans’ Day!

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