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The Directorate of Indoctrination

Government Education: Dumbing Down Liberty

By Mark Alexander · May 19, 2011

Leftist Academic Apparatchiks

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” –George Washington from his Farewell Address, 1796

It’s the end of the school year, so Barack Hussein Obama is including commencement speech whistle stops on his 2012 campaign itinerary.

In Memphis, where Obama delivered one such speech to budding sycophants at Booker T. Washington high school, he asserted, “My administration has been working hard to make sure that we … encourage the kind of change that’s led not by Washington, DC, but by teachers and principals and parents…” (Notice the order in which he lists the agents of change: “teachers and principals and parents.”)

Of course, “the kind of change” led by socialist unions in government schools across the nation is already in lock step with what “Washington, DC” dictates. They’re both bent upon churning out legions of useful idiots necessary to ensure incremental implementation of Democratic Socialism. Of incremental implementation, Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev once said, “We can’t expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have communism.”

I must note here that there are thousands of outstanding teachers who do not subscribe to Leftist efforts to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” via student indoctrination, partisan and sectarian curricula, and a liberal worldview. However, I must also note that, unfortunately, these brave souls are the rare exception to what was once the rule.

Prior to latter-20th century, outstanding teachers dominated public schools.

Historically, establishment of most private and public academic institutions for the young was, first and foremost, for the purpose of reading the Bible. Indeed, most Christian denominations established schools, colleges and universities to train clergy.

The nation’s oldest academic institution, Harvard University, was established in 1636 and named for Puritan minister John Harvard. A 1643 college brochure identified Harvard’s purpose: “To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate Ministry to the Churches.” Harvard alumnus John Adams (class of 1755) wrote in 1776, “It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe.” In his Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, Adams wrote, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”

Yale, the nation’s third oldest academic institution, was established in 1701 by royal charter “wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences [and] through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State.” Yale alumnus Noah Webster (class of 1778), wrote in the forward of his 1828 Webster’s American Dictionary, “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. … No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

Princeton was founded by “New Light” Presbyterians of the Great Awakening for the purpose of training their ministers. Jonathan Dickinson, a Presbyterian minister and leader of the Great Awakening of the 1730s, was the school’s co-founder and first president. Princeton alumnus James Madison (class of 1771) observed, “The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.”

Virginia’s College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, was Anglican. Baptists founded Rhode Island College, now Brown University, in 1764. Congregationalists established Dartmouth College in 1769 to extend Christianity to native populations.

Founder Benjamin Rush wrote, “[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”

But teaching reliance upon Essential Liberty as “endowed by our Creator,” in support of Rule of Law as affirmed by “the Law of Nature and nature’s God” and as outlined in our Declaration of Independence, is in direct opposition to those who would advocate for tyrannical rule of men.

Benjamin Franklin asserted, “A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

The importance of government education as a tool for denying Rule of Law has been advocated by generations of tyrants. In order to achieve totalitarianism, they must undertake to expel God from the academy.

Karl Marx wrote, “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.” His student Vladimir Ilyich Lenin concurred, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” As Josef Stalin understood, “Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”

Leftists also understand that the earlier socialist indoctrination is applied, the greater its force, and the greater the likelihood it will stick.

Obama promised in his inaugural speech that he would “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” It was a promise that he’d previously fleshed out in “The Audacity of Hope,” the second of his self-congratulatory autobiographies: “It’s time to redesign our schools – not just for the sake of working parents, but also to help prepare our children for a more competitive world. Countless studies confirm the educational benefits of strong preschool programs, which is why even families which have a parent at home often seek them out.”

Likewise, its sunrise-to-sunset year-round application could provide further assurance of successful indoctrination. “The same goes for longer school days, summer school, and after school programs,” writes Obama.

To that end, according to the Communist Party Education Workers Congress, “We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists. … We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children’s nurseries and schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists.”

Of course, the Left’s indoctrination agenda has been subject to exposure since its inception.

Benjamin Disraeli, the conservative 19th-century British prime minister, noted, “Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.” His contemporary, John Stuart Mill, warned, “A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.”

The great 18th-century philosopher Edmund Burke observed, “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” Indeed, that delusion is dependent on erasing the knowledge of the past, as 20th-century philosopher George Santayana concluded in The Life of Reason: “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “If a nation expects to be ignorant – and free – in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Caveat emptor, my fellow Patriots! The ultimate objective of Leftist Apparatchiks in the Democrats' dumbed-down Directorate of Indoctrination is to disenfranchise Liberty.

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47 Comments

WOB said:

Love you guys ... love your writings. However, I MUST take umbrage over your "Socialism Poster!!" Having our President pictured with the 2 worst mass murderers in world history is an inexplicable insult, both to President Obama and to all Americans! I understand your point/message about his socialistic leanings ... but the vehicle you've chosen to use is beyond the pale. I suggest you "deep six" the poster immediately!

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM

The Editor replied:

This image in intended to invoke reaction, including objection, as it then affords the opportunity to state its purpose: Democratic Socialism, like Nationalist Socialism, is nothing more than Marxist Socialism repackaged. Likewise, it seeks a centrally planned economy directed by a single-party state that controls economic production by way of regulation and income redistribution. As uncomfortable as this notion might be, these three types of Socialism have something else in common -- they all lead to tyranny.

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA said:

Just when one feels actions taken by patriots has stymied this administration, another head to the hydra pops up and our work must be renewed. There is no rest for the weary.How long and how much vigilance must we expend to undo what has been done in just two and a half years?

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:59 AM

CDR DAL said:

If only the people would heed the warning!

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Ken M said:

Question: Other than Barack Hussein Obama, does anyone know of any other obscure state senators who have had 2 autobiographies published? Maybe it's just me but this really seems strange. Don't most people wait to be famous first and then write "An" autobiography?

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Roy Taylor said:

And then the "Free" Masons got involved. And it started downhill. You know!!! The New World Order.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Alton Womack in Central Florida said:

Correct VA Patriot, but if we could only crack into the background of the annointed one and expose him, all of this other crap he has generatted would come tumbling down. But it won't happen. NO GUTS, it's called in Congress by "Job Preservation." Don't rock the boat even if it is a rotten and leaky one. And I am sure the little Lord is beaming with pride over the treasonous indoctrination going on in our schools, especially the elementary schools in Tucson. I guess America just hasn't seen enough of this jerk yet and as we approach campaign time, it is more not about Obama, but the constituency who put this "Post Turtle," where he is. Just in case you wonder what a Post Turtle is; no one knows why he is there, who put him there, nor he doesn't know what to do, now that he is there.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Tig Dupre said:

I often cite the warnings of the Communist Manifesto, first published in 1848 by Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels. The "Ten Planks" of the Communist movement state:"The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible.Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionizing the mode of production.These measures will, of course, be different in different countries.Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. "They've told us what they want to do. And they're doing it, right under our noses."It is incredible how as soon as a people become subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and willingly that one is led to say that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement."--Estienne de la Boetie (1530-1563)

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM

ALFRED E. NEUMAN said:

ANYONE WHO THINKS FOR ONE MOMENT THIS NATION WILL EVER BE THE SAME: GOD FEARING, FREEDOM LOVING, LIBERTY LOVING,COUNTRY ONCE CALLED THE "GREATEST COUNTRY TO HAVE EVER GRACED THIS EARTH", ARE IN FOR THE SHOCK OF THEIR LIVES. THE POLITICIANS SINCE WOODROW WILSON HAVE WORKED WITHOUT LETUP TO TURN THIS COUNTRY INTO ANOTHER FAILED COMMUNIST STATE.THE MULATTO FRAUD NOW IN THE WHITEHOUSE, AND SOON TO RECEIVE HIS SECOND TERM WILL ALL BUT INSURE THE CONSTITUTION, AND BILL OF RIGHTS WILL BE SHREDDED INTO OBLIVION, AND HE ALONG WITH FIDEL WILL BE "PRESIDENT FOR LIFE"!

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM

David Templeton said:

Regarding the article discussing the possibility (Certainty, I hope) that Obama's pick for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Liberal law professor Goodwin Liu may be rejected: There is one Republican senator on whom Obama can always rely and that's his sycophant from Indiana, Senator Richard Lugar. I, for one, as a Hoosier from the state that has perpetrated Lugar onto our nation, will be working with all possible gusto to rid the Senate of Lugar and get a true conservative seated in his place.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Alton Womack in Central Florida said:

WOB, the poster is not that far of a stretch. You do remember Obama's Pal, Bill Ayers who the Prez claimed he really didn't know him that well. Well you do recall Ayers tried to blow up the Pentagon and the difference between being a failure and a success of being a mass murderer was a minor glitch. Ayers also admitted, he was sorry he didn't do more. Great people Obama hangs around with and has in his immediate circle. At the very least Obama is a radical sympathizer.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Mike McCormack said:

Excellent! Now our wise leader wants to indoctrinate (further) the young people of the Middle East. What's worse is that he plans to use OUR money to do it. Great piece Mark! Wake up America!

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Conservative Teacher said:

The overarching trend in education is Constructivism which developed from the work of Lev Vygotsky a Marxist for Lenin's brain trust. I have been teaching for 23 years. As a grad student prior to beginning my career, I came across Vygotsky in my research of constructivism. His biography really gave me pause. In the course of my 23 years constructivism has increasingly become the pervading paradigm in education. It is the foundation of the Reading/Writing Process advocated by Don Graves from the University of New Hampshire-my alma mater-which was all the rage back in the late 80s and 90s. In Denver Public Schools the mandated math curriculum is constructivist in nature and the results are abysmal. The result for me is that “teaching is a subversive activity” now-to ironically reference the 1969 book. It is going to get worse, DPS is presently piloting a teacher evaluation methodology that is going codify constructivism as the only pedagogy that is acceptable in a Denver classroom. I hope that articles like yours will bring out what is an extremely disturbing trend in the American education and the tide can be turned.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Barbara Miller said:

Mother of 8 and teacher, I almost cried reading this article on "education". It's all true, Mark, every single sentence you wrote...I now only substitute because I'm not trusted to teach the doctrine of the state. They kill a love of learning and then replace it with indoctrination and too many parents don't seem to notice or care. God help us. Keep preachin' it Mark, some are listening and waking up.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Scott said:

"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already .... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.'" ~ Adolf Hitler, Community Organizer

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Matthew said:

Thank you, Mr. Alexander, for recognizing those of us in academia who are still holding on and fighting the 'good fight'. We are few, but an important, vocal touch-point against 'run-away' government education. It's refreshing to be acknowledged in an environment where we are usually lumped in with the leftist-socialist-communists (take your pick). Thanks, again.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 1:10 PM