Thursday, January 13, 2005

Are the left monsters?

Douglas Kern at Tech Central seems to think so. His article (amusingly) points out that with lower birth rates than conservatives, lefties will die out without a way to replace their ideology. He then makes Bride of Frankenstein/Dracula analogies (immigration/brainwashing) for how lefties can reproduce.

The problem I have with Kern's premise is that he is against sending kids to "elite" lefty institutions to be schooled.

"every year, conservative families spend outrageous sums in order to send their smartest, most capable children to elite colleges, wherein radical leftists brainwash them into newly-minted blue-staters"

Ahhhh! The evil radical leftists with their horrible mind-bending abilities! Kern looks forward to the days that red-staters can send their kids to internet universities, community colleges and trade schools, and receive an education that is just as respected as a degree from a current 4-year college. Shouldn't college be a place where you are challenged? Why would he advocate sending your kid to a school that simply validates what you've been taught your whole lives? If "elites" ideas are so bad, why do the red-staters children succumb to them so easily? Brainwashing works on weak minds.

While the article is interesting, I think Kern's solution of further segregating people with different values is very bad for America.

The other quote I really hated was this stereotypical right-winger pap-

"...and in the red states generally - greatly outpace the reproduction rates of our over-educated latte-sipping superiors"

This "elites" and "over-educated" bullshit just drives me insane. The O'reillys and Hannitys of the right wing have actually decided to make being educated sound like an insult. What the fuck is wrong with their values if learning is something to be mocked? "Over-educated"?!? There's no such thing!


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