Virtue In The MIrror

We have a local elementary school that is going through a massive remodeling and expansion (the justification of which is based on outright lies from the school board) which includes combining classes into a semi-open classroom format. Eventually they plan to extend the openness across all of the grades.

This year has seen that first step with grades 1 and 2 being together as well as grades 3 and 4.

It’s already showing problems.

Which brings me to the great part of the story: Adele (not her real name).

Adele was a huge supporter of the bond issue and the increased spending on the school where her 2 children go. Living in Woodbrook, very near the school itself, she proudly proclaimed her support for all of the initiatives, letting those of us who pointed out problems with the plan that she had deeper feelings than we. And her moral view is more clear, her values higher, and her general nobility superior. This is NOT an exaggeration, by the way.

So now that the new plans have been partially implemented for the last 2 months? Adele is strongly considering home schooling her kids. She’s very concerned with the unruliness of the classrooms and what her kids are actually (not) learning. She doesn’t share this with the community as a whole, just quietly with individuals she knows.

But those of us who predicted accurately are moral inferiors.

Still.

Religion of Government

Quite awhile ago someone for whom I cared a great deal remarked that she thought conservatives were simply greedy, selfish people. All their arguments about government’s limits were just cover for their real feelings, which were ugly.

So I asked her if she really believed that I went from a decent, caring person to a selfish, mean-spirited one in three months by reading a few economics history books? Did she really believe that my character was altered by reading? In three months?

She had no answer, but she didn’t refute her previous claim.

We no longer speak.

Over the years I’ve gone from a doctrinaire socialist to a middling libertarian based, I like to think, on a willingness to concede when I (and my heroes) were wrong. I actually want to get it right; not feel like my gang won something over the “opposing team.” Picking foolish statements or slip-ups, or quoting the idiots on the other side may let you feel superior, but it just doesn’t make you so.

I remember years ago Bernie Sanders was lecturing us Vermonters on how the Soviets had “good quality healthcare.” He actually knew the truth but spouted his crap anyway. But does citing Bernie’s lies or idiocy checkmate arguments by social democrats? No, of course not. It’s the record of predictions and outcomes of their general policies that will or will not do that.

We’ll all read lots of smug, sneering comments and tiny quotes from opposition folks (sometimes taken out of context) to prove the superiority of the writer’s views. And they will be as meaningful and legitimate as…well, Bernie’s BS.

Resentment Abounds

Our local Gander Mountain is going out of business. As you would expect, they are having a “Going Out of Business” sale…nothing surprising there. But I was surprised to learn that they needed a permit to have their going out of business sale. The local government requires a specific permit from the lords of bureaucracy to…go out of business.

A friend of mine who knows the ins and outs of such regs went on a rant about Gander, specifically declaring that they can only get 3 month long permits, and they aren’t allowed to “co-mingle” goods to be sold. And by God if they don’t follow the lords’ rules, they’ll pay a price.

I guess having to kill your business and go bankrupt isn’t punishment enough for bureaucrats.

So I asked him what harm to the public the permits were preventing, to which he remarked, “They might continue the sale for several months, even add new stock to sell.”

Wow. How terrible. They would continue to pay taxes, provide employment, pay their rent, and sell products that people want. What an outrage.

And there you have it folks–attitude is everything in today’s world. The sheer hatred that many of our people have for business and producers will override any semblance of intellect and objectivity.