I’ve spent way too much attention on politics over the last two weeks. It’s time to scale back and concentrate on things that are more immediately important.
But there are a couple of points I’d like to toss into the mix concerning the recent back-to-back week-long infomercials.
First, almost all the politicians and talking heads appearing on my screen seem to think that every problem has a true or false answer. Possibly multiple choice.
I understand that political conventions are not the place for discussing policy nuances, but when does that conversation start. There wasn’t much of it during the two year primary process either.
And then there were the many speech writers and talking heads who make loud calls to improve K12 education and to make it possible for everyone to go to college.
However, far too many speakers also went on to denigrate those who had already earned their education. Get a good education but don’t expect us to use any of that knowledge.
We can’t accept the word of so-called experts. They’re nothing but over-educated intellectuals. Research, experimentation, experience – all of that stuff doesn’t matter.
Instead, policy will set by polls and feelings. If a majority of Americans believe something is true, it must be true. If the decider’s gut feels it’s right then that’s what we should do.
That attitude was largely on display at the Republican meeting.
But too many representatives from both parties also offered loud calls to “fix” No Child Left Behind, as if a minor tune up for that mess of a law would bring us “world class” schools.
Unfortunately, politicians on both sides of the aisle believe that solutions to our problems, including education, come in the form of a multiple choice test.