January 15, 2014 10:11:54 AM
The problem in Washington
Wow! Mississippi ranks 51st among 50 states in education. I guess it's a good thing they didn't include our territories and possessions or we'd really be at the bottom of that pile.
Ever since April 1865 Mississippi has been looked down on by the rest of the U.S., including our neighbors, and perhaps that was somewhat deserved. Carpetbaggers raped and violated the Deep South every way they could, and haven't stopped yet. The federal government has grown more and more powerful since Lee surrendered to Grant, and it seems like nobody notices or cares.
Education in the entire USA has gone downhill since Jimmy Carter established the Department of Education, a cabinet-level position, in 1979. While the idea may have been good, the results are terrible. It's time to abolish that agency and return the business of educating students where it belongs: to the individual states. They can best determine what works for their youth, not some face-less bureaucrat in Washington.
Every time the federal government gets involved (illegally, but nobody dares speak up) in states' affairs, the results are catastrophic. If our Founding Fathers could see what the federal government has become, they would have written the Constitution much more stringently, even more severely restricting the powers and growth of the central government and better enumerated the powers reserved to the States and to the people.
Several states are in the process of convening a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution. They have that right and power, and there's nothing the president, Supreme Court, or Congress can do about it but obey. King Obama and the lords in the Senate and House of Representatives might not like it, but that's just too bad.
Please, for the love of God and country, let's make the federal government obey the Constitution, and let's take the task of educating students back. The states that do best at educating will prosper, and the others will have to copy and follow suit or lose out. People will vote with their feet.
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