Teacher, Teach Me
By: Patti Bankson
… to lie, and commit fraud. If thatâ€™s what we want our children to learn, then teachers protesting in WI are the kind we all want. Making things worse, some teachers brought students to protest with them, even though clearly, from what they chanted, the students had no idea what was going on. They might have, at least, been taught that before they were recruited.
How did they lie? â€œIâ€™m sick. I canâ€™t come to work todayâ€… or tomorrow, or until… well, it might be awhile. But, not to worry. Iâ€™ll bring a note from a doctor. Of course, it wasnâ€™t going to be that teacherâ€™s personal doctor, but, hey! What difference does that make? After all, as one teacher told a reporter when asked why they werenâ€™t in their classrooms doing what theyâ€™re paid to do, teach: Weâ€™re teaching them a bigger lesson, weâ€™re teaching them how a democracy works. Well, this is what needs to be said to that teacher, and others who may agree with her: Before you can teach your students about our government, you really should know what youâ€™re talking about, like… our government is NOT A DEMOCRACY!
David Barton, a student of our history and our government, and the owner of many of our original documents, says this at his web site, WallBuilders.com: â€œWe have grown accustomed to hearing that we are a democracy; such was never the intent. The form of government entrusted to us by our Founders was a republic, not a democracy. Our Founders had an opportunity to establish a democracy in America and chose not to. In fact, the Founders made clear that we were not, and were never to become, a democracy: â€˜Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.â€™ James Madison
Complicit in this mess are the 14 WI Democrat senators who took the cowardâ€™s way out when it came to doing their job. Plainly, the bill the teachers were protesting, and those senators didnâ€™t want to vote on, was not to their liking. Understood! However, in our REPUBLIC, thatâ€™s not how it works. The way it works is the citizens VOTE to have people represent them in government… If those representatives believe the citizens they represent donâ€™t like a law being presented, they should have the courage and character to Show Up!, and say â€œYeaâ€ or â€œNayâ€, and let the chips fall where they may. Thatâ€™s their job. Just as a teacherâ€™s job is to be in the classroom, teaching. While theyâ€™re at it, both groups should be happy to even have a job, unlike many whose tax dollars pay their salaries, and provide their benefits.
You win some, you lose some. They should get over it, and get on with it.
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