A short drive from the Georgetown University campus where President Obama excoriated wealthy parents who send their children to private schools on Tuesday, his education secretary proposed creating similar schools for children – paid for by the taxpayer of course.
“One idea that I threw out … is the idea of public boarding schools,” Arne Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va.
“That’s a little bit of a different idea — a controversial idea — but the question is, do we have some children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home?
“There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful,” he said.
Never mind that cynics will already point out that every state in America as a department of child services intended specifically to take care of children without parents. (Not to mention the already too-large juvenile justice systems.)
Never mind that what he’s proposing is the literal take over of the parental role by a government determined to achieve the fascist ideal of state-raised children.
Never mind that it’s as one Twitter user put it, another move by the “Obama regime” (and the Democrats who enabled it) to supplant the role of a family structure they’ve done their best to destroy.
A Republican Congress won’t allow it, and please God a rational Supreme Court could stop it.
There’s something even more remarkable here.
Dunclan’s remarks only took about eight minutes (the entirety is available here) but as a testament to liberal idiocy, it’s rare to have it boiled down so conveniently.
He bemoans the death of the nuclear family.
He spouts minutes of nonsense about how the “gang-bangers” he sits down with back in Chicago tell him in all sincerity that kids only deal drugs because summer jobs are so lacking. Winter drug dealing is an adults-only affair, apparently, and everyone knows every kid born without a father to support him will jump at the chance for a “chump change” minimum wage job over a lucrative career.
Seriously, even Duncan and his cheering liberal audience can’t believe this. No sane person can, and its clearly not important that it’s true. It’s been said so many times, in so many ways, since Lyndon Johnson and the curse of his Democrat “War on Poverty” majority that it literally has to be true.
Worst of all was his ending, which has also been spewed at so many liberal education conferences that the libs could repeat it in unison, like concert fans singing along with their favorite song.
Adults have only two seriously responsibilities, he said. To listen to young people and deliver what they ask for.
“I’m convinced our young people have the answers,” he said.
No, that’s not at all what adults are supposed to do. It’s an abdication of responsibility not even the lowest brute in the jungle, blessed only with God-given instinct rather than a rational mind, would be capable of.
The results would be — and are — the continuous self-destruction that American cities have seen since the 1960s, most recently in Baltimore, in Ferguson, and whatever liberal stronghold that shows up next on the news in the long hot summer that’s coming.
And Duncan’s audience gave him a standing ovation.
For an idea that even Duncan acknowledged would be controversial, this one generated relatively little social media blowback, but the opposition was clear.
Here’s a sample.
— Stealth_Patriot (@Stealth_Patriot) May 13, 2015
That used to be called “parenting.”
Newt Gingrich called them orphanages (and got huge grief for it), Tom Bradley “urban kibbutzes.’ The idea is back http://t.co/rM2noutRfn
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) May 13, 2015
OMG!–>>Arne Duncan, “We need boarding schools; certain kids we need 24/7!” Really? I think NOT!! http://t.co/imCNaz9iOJ
— bossy bobsgirl1 (@raniecep) May 13, 2015
And here’s the most disturbing take of all. It would be interesting to hear the liberal answer — if there were one.
— SolarDrivenClimate (@GrizzlyGovFan) May 13, 2015
Yes, it does.
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