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Friday, July 29, 2005

RE: Final Word

"Final Word"

Yeah. Right.

"It continues to amaze me that the same group of people who insist that all these unwanted children be born in the first place would then turn around and deny them assistance once they come into the world."

Specious argument. First, you are projecting that because I assert that it is not the state's function to meddle in their parent's business that it is somehow denying them assistance. Assistance to do what? Become socialists? In the case of government-run schools, it could probably be argued that keeping the state's nose out of their business actually does constitute assisting them. Besides, who died and elected you God? How is it that you suddenly know better than their parents what is good for them? Maybe they don't want to be assisted. How is it that you have some cosmic authority to force this assistance down their throats?

Furthermore, what you suggest is precisely the cause of the failure of government-run schools. Because you bleeding-hearts have decided that you know better than any of the rest of us what is good for us, those kids who are dedicated to learning something lose out because you are forcing the ambivalent parents of budding psychopaths to herd said recalcitrants into a government-owned classroom. You create the problem and then refuse to solve it or let anyone else solve it. Nice.

"I happen to believe that all parents don't know what is best for their child, or even care."

So what? Does the phrase, "mind your own business" mean anything to you? And don't even bother with some hyperbolic tantrum about child abuse. That's not what we're talking about and you know it.

By the way, that is elitist.

"If a parent doesn't value education, then how will their child ever learn to value it without outside influence?"

Wait, let me get my universal law book out. Nope, nothing there that says everyone must value education. That's more of that confused, elitist liberal foolishness I was telling you about. Just because Behethland and all her leftist buddies think it is a must for all of us to value education doesn't make it a universal truth and doesn't give you the right to force it down our gullets. In any case, history is rife with people who came to value education without the help of your socialist indoctrination centers, thank you very much.

"But the opportunity for an education should always be there, for everyone."

So what does that have to do with government-run schools? This is another specious argument. You are trying to argue that without forcing kids into the government school grist mill, there is no opportunity for education. Not only is that illogical, it is just plain false.


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