Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cranley Discovers Use For Founders

I reprint Sean Cranley's letter to the Journal Times here in its entirety as it merits a few points for discussion:

Citizens, Burlington schools are under Tea Party assault with four TPs challenging incumbents John Anderson and Susan Kessler in the Feb. 21 board primary.
TPs are “taxpayers,” money-focused victims. “Citizens” pay dues for a civilized society. Public education provided by people of goodwill who built this country facilitated our success. They would have one requirement: Pass it on.
John Adams: “Laws for the liberal education of the youth, especially of the lower class of the people, are so extremely wise and useful, that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.”
Thomas Jefferson: “I have indeed two great measures at heart, without which no republic can maintain itself in strength: 1. That of general education, to enable every man to judge for himself what will secure or endanger his freedom. 2. To divide every county into hundreds, of such size that all the children of each will be within reach of a central school in it.”
James Madison: “The liberal appropriations made by the Legislature of Kentucky for a general system of Education cannot be too much applauded. A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
Citizens, vote Tuesday for rational balance, not the extremist selfishness of the TP taxpayers.
Sean Cranley


Note that if you run for office with an agenda that differs from Sean's, it is now an assault. Is anyone actually fooled by such a nonsense argument? Sean makes no actual claims or arguments about their agenda. They are simply dismissed because of an alleged association with the Tea Party. Weak Sean, very weak.

Let's use Sean's playbook. Why would anyone be persuaded by the ranting of slave-owning, slave-raping, old, white, one percenters? Sean apparently yearns for the good old days on the plantation and the joys of raping slaves. Talk about extreme selfishness!

Even mimicking Sean's methods leaves a bad taste in my mouth, so I will take on his apparent argument. Everybody from the founders quoted to parties on either side of our present political divide recognize the importance of education for all children who desire an education. To suggest otherwise is simply dishonest. Certainly there are huge differences of opinion as to the best means to ensure an educated populace. My guess is that the founders quoted where not championing an increasingly federalized education system, overtly hostile towards Christianity, and run by unionized government employees. If Sean really thinks our founders would applaud our current public education system, well, he is even more deluded than I thought he was.

9 comments:

GearHead said...

"TPs are “taxpayers,” money-focused victims. “Citizens” pay dues for a civilized society. Public education provided by people of goodwill who built this country facilitated our success. They would have one requirement: Pass it on."

Wow. Each paragraph is a farce, but let's take a closer look at above one today: What is wrong with having a taxpayer or two speak for the citizens? Nothing, of course. It is more restoration of our rights, as Denis so aptly put the previous post.

No, citizens don't pay dues, unless they are forced to by unions. Sean confuses union activity with taxation. Not suprising, since he thinks union employees have rights to ever-increasing tax revenue. The rest of us want accountability and results.

Public education is increasing being provided by people of ill will, beginning at the top, which includes the administration, which is supposedly overseen by the board of education. All of whom are lead around by the nose because of the teachers union. It is for this reason anything being "passed on" isn't good enough. For the money we pay, double and triple the rest of the world, we end up with half the results. When do the children count? Only after the the adults looking out for themselves get tossed. Let's begin with the guilty board members.

Real Debate said...

How did they print that trash on top of the column instead of the brilliant letter beneath it?

Sean Cranley said...

Of course the 250 word limited version pales in comparison the original published in the Burlington Standard Press which documents the TP agenda and can also be viewed here: http://burlingtonareaprogressives.com/

Maybe Gearheaded will get that I'm not refering to union dues at all if he (or it, I shouldn't presume a GH's gender) gets a more detailed explanation.

If Denis really thinks our founders would not recognize that our current public education system is far better than what was available in their day (and faces far more demands in a modern world), well, he is even more deluded than I thought he was.

But then "Let's use Sean's playbook. Why would anyone be persuaded by the ranting of slave-owning, slave-raping, old, white, one percenters? Sean apparently yearns for the good old days on the plantation and the joys of raping slaves. Talk about extreme selfishness!" is one of the dumbest things you've ever typed down Denis!

By the way, I'm all for getting the federal government out of the education business completely! And as for religions in schools, let's have morning prayers/meditations everyday, with one caveat, I get to write the prayers! You folks wouldn't object to that would you?

BradK said...

Sean,

You said: "By the way, I'm all for getting the federal government out of the education business completely!"

I'm curious as to your position? (Or did I miss the intended sarcasm?)

B

Downtown Brown said...

I think I was agreeing with Sean on the issue of fully withdrawing the Federal Govt. from Public education. Expand Voucher, Choice and Charter schools. Schools that choose to offer prayers can do so as far as I'm concerned. If Sean want's to start a Madrassa Voucher school with some secular prayer at days break and repeated obedience to "SchAla". Let the market work and we'll see how well school attracts customers. On the other hand the rush to Voucher schools is barely able to keep up with demand here in Racine! Thank Scott Walker, and Van Wanggaard!

Anonymous said...

Sean is winning. Oh yeah, you get to voice your dissent - but who has control over your property?

I learned this from an old friend -
OWNERSHIP IS NOTHING.

CONTROL IS EVERYTHING.

Ideally you want to eliminate property tax, get allodial title, and fund government through consumption taxes.

Another way is to end the union control of Wisconsin by ending the public unions and taking control of the positions that have the taxing authority.

The public employees would like to thank you for managing a business which they control, and take the first cut from - if they don't get theirs - well, they'll take it from you.

Self-imposed slavery. It's a stroke of genius. But hey - you can bitch and complain all you want... HAHAHA!

You'll never go anywhere with this blog - and that's where they want to keep you.

Denis Navratil said...

Perhaps your pessimism about the prospects of my blog and the social change advocated herein is warranted anon. But it is certainly preferable to enduring the "slavery" with my mouth shut. And who knows, perhaps I can frame some arguments that will catch on some day.

Sean Cranley said...

GEEZ I thought Brownie (secular madrasa!?) had gone off his rocker until I read Ano's comments. SHEESH! whaddaloon!

Brad, yeah I don't see the need for the federal government to be involved in education, it's a state and local issue. Wisconsin had good public before the U.S. Dept of education existed and we have good schools afterward. Mississippi had crappy school before and they still do. No Child Left Behind was a disaster and the programs under the Obama administration aren't much better.

Anonymous said...

"No Child Left Behind was a disaster and the programs under the Obama administration aren't much better." They are better? Obviously. Obama can screw up, but never as bad as Bush. He's just too smart.