Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Question authority

It's nice once in awhile to come across a well-written opinion piece making perfect sense. Like Reason Magazine's Jesse Walker sharing a few thoughts about Mr. Obama not being our nation's guidance counselor, as well as other cogent points, like this one.

Children shouldn't be taught that the president—any president—is a beloved paternal figure with a grand plan for everyone. (From the original lesson plan: "Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?") Children should be taught the truth: that presidents are polarizing figures who are constantly dogged by controversy. That Americans don't always agree about proper public policy, and sometimes they disagree enough to do something as drastic as keeping their kids home from school. That politics is about conflict, not listening in unison while a friendly face on a TV screen dispenses instructions.

I also liked the link out to McLuhan and the phrase, "the medium is the message," something I've been rolling around in my head of late.

It puts some of the political craziness of the past week into some kind of manageable context. Maybe that's why the magazine he writes for and manages is named Reason.


Anonymous said...

Obama is a socialist and wants to ruin America. He wants to indoctrinate our children and wants to take over healthcare. He needs to be stopped and people like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh know this even if other people like you don’t.

Delfina said...

The Anonymous commenter is so discouragingly misinformed that I don't think he's even worth replying to.

The sad thing is that he/she represents so much of America. Why should Obama bother to do the right thing, even if he were inclined to, when almost none of his constituents are even asking him to?

More than ever, I think the problem is the American public, whether it's because they are misled or choose to be willfully wrong.

Spartacus said...

It is an illusion that "the people" have something to say in the matter of government. Stop asking the tyrants to let you be free by participating in their illusion.

You are free. So be free. Why waste your energy in your rants about what this pimp does and that pimp says?

Your chit chat is so tiresome. Good grief, give up the ghost and end this blog.

Jim said...

@ Delfina

Like you, I'm concerned about the institutionalized ignorance of a good part of the U.S. citizenry, willful, or not.

Obviously, there are a multitude of factors that contribute to that ignorance, but it will continue to plague the U.S. and affect our politics.

@ Spartacus

Interesting choice of monikers that you choose to hide behind.

If my blogging (my "chit chat" as you characterize it) is so painful and "tiresome" for you to read, and causes you consternation, then why don't you tune out?

I'm curious what you are involved in to make your little corner of the universe a bit better?

I don't intend to end this blog, as it is a place where I enjoy coming to and working through thoughts and ideas that I have, and continuing to develop my craft.

Writing helps me process. Further, while I don't have huge numbers, I do have some loyal regulars and enough traffic that for me, it continues to be a worthwhile and fruitful exercise.

I enjoy writing first and foremost for myself, which allows me to stay passionate enough about blogging to continue here at Words Matter.

Lastly, I'm not sure why you feel the need to anonymously "shit down my throat" regarding this blog. Do some work on your own issues, as I continue to do on mine.