Curtis Dahlgren
Trickle-down-the-leg Political Correctness (I forget the word for it)
By Curtis Dahlgren
November 29, 2017

"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid follow the truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error as long as reason is left free to combat it." – Thomas Jefferson (on U. of Virginia; Dec. 27, 1820)

"If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to." – Ronald Reagan

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." – Edmund Burke (town hall meeting, 1784)

FROM THE UNIVERSITY TO THE NURSERY SCHOOL, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS ALL THE RAGE. "Sifting and winnowing for the truth" went out the window in about 1970. But conservative Democrats and Independents are as sick of this stuff as the hardiest Tea Party-goer.

Speaking of "rage," Wisconsin politics is still in an uproar. It's all over but the pouting. "You can't reason anybody out of something people didn't reason themselves into!", someone said. Rage runs on adrenaline, not reason.

When you say disinformation, you've said it all, Wisconsin! Lies, damned lies, statistics, and campaign slogans: Upper-middle class teachers pointing their fingers at lower-middle class taxpayers and chanting "SHAME" for trying to hold the line on their property taxes (how many of us will be driven into foreclosure by the school taxes?) – taxes that benefit teachers making $10,000 a month including bennies – and administrators making $150,000 a year! Like even some garbage collectors in Madison. You don't have to go to college to make good money, y'know.

To add insult to injury to farce, the educrats aren't even close to doing a "great" job teaching our kids. If they really were, they wouldn't have to spend so much on TV and radio ads telling us how great our schools are. But you don't have to know how to read to be able to parrot the progressive party line. My nomination for column-of-the-month goes to Chuck Norris for his March 7th piece, "U.S. public schools: Progressive indoctrination camps." Excerpted headlines in the news this week::

- "NEA and UN advocate mandatory classes to free students from 'religion'"

- "Dept. of Ed mandatory Arabic classes create firestorm"

- "State University defines Christians as 'oppressors'"

- "Principal orders Ten Commandments yanked from school lockers"

- "No opting out of pro-gay school propaganda"

- "Judge cites home-schoolers for violating UN mandate; Police question parents and confiscate their curriculum"

YES – the behavior of the Wisconsin teachers and other unions during recent weeks has done more to promote the home-schooling sector than anything else. Public schools won't have to worry about "large class sizes" if they keep driving away their "clients." Between private schools, charter schools, and abortion, schools are being closed across the country for lack of students.

This country not only has a "surplus" of NBA players in the college "farm system," the USA has a surplus of colleges and universities! My neighbor has a high school senior in the family and they are heating their home with junk mail begging for an application to schools of Higher Learning. With the dumbing down of public schools and the aborting of 50-some million babies, they are now desperate for qualified college freshman. I'm 75, but I got an on-line invitation to apply to a college a while back. I'm tempted to apply to go back to school just for grins. In 1970 I had a professor attack my religion on the first day of class.

P.S. There are lots of other significant headlines out there this week:

- "Crude oil rising; diesel fuel at $4.00 a gallon"**

- "Wholesale food rises 4% in February" [another six months of this and we may be able to solve the 'obesity' problem].

- "EPA forcing Electricity producers to lower mercury emissions"

- "Energy Dept. outlaws non-mercury light bulbs" [know what happens when a tornado hits a house full of mercury bulbs? Serious pollution!]

- "Hundreds of Muslims gunned down in Egypt by other Muslims (ISIS)"

PPS:** This is an adaptation of a column I wrote in 2011. There are about 700 columns in my archives, BTW.

MORE TO COME. But I've been told that if I think I'm helping people, I'm wasting my time. To "renew America" means to get a new lease on life. Can it be done? A lot of people say NO! But that reminds me of a joke:

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Answer: To prove to the raccoon that it
can be done.

But I'm just recording the events that are current to my Age. I don't know what the nickname for this Age will be, but it won't be the Copper Age, because mining is now verboten.

Charles Manson once said, "Being crazy used to
mean something, but now EVERYONE'S CRAZY." Some people are blaming him for inspiring the John Birch Society and all those "right wing" groups.

Funny – I thought he was a lefty who hated rich people.

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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