Frank Antenori shot the head off a rattlesnake at his back door last summer — a deadeye pistol blast from 20 feet. No college professor taught him that. The U.S. Army trained him, as a marksman and a medic, on the “two-way rifle range” of Afghanistan and Iraq. Useful skills. Smart return on taxpayers’ investment. Not like the waste he sees at too many colleges and universities, where he says liberal professors teach “ridiculous” classes and indoctrinate students “who hang out and protest all day long and cry on our dime.” “Why does a kid go to a major university these days?” said Antenori, 51, a former Green Beret who served in the Arizona state legislature. “A lot of Republicans would say they go there to get brainwashed and learn how to become activists and basically go out in the world and cause trouble.”
Yep, “A lot of Republicans” would agree with Antenori, who seems to be arguing that higher education is a waste of taxpayer money. After all, every dollar spent on edumication is a dollar our military can’t use to teach enlistees how to kill the enemy, right?
It would be easy to ridicule Frank Antenori and the legions who think like him, but his attitude is typical of many Republicans these days. The dumbing down of America is a very real thing. What Antenori and his fellow Republicans don’t understand is that their antipathy towards education isn’t going to Make America Great Again. In an increasingly competitive global economy, ignorance isn’t going to help America keep up with the rest of the world. Quite the opposite, in fact.
In July, a Pew Research Center study found that 58 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents believe colleges and universities have a negative effect “on the way things are going in the country,” up from 37 percent two years ago. Among Democrats, by contrast, 72 percent said they have a positive impact.
A Gallup poll in August found that a third of Republicans had confidence in universities, which they viewed as too liberal or political. Other studies show that overwhelming numbers of white working-class men do not believe a college degree is worth the cost.
Ignorance is the new patriotism. Critical thinking only leads to things like Liberalism, homosexuality, and questioning authority. What America needs are people who will do what they’re told, think what they’re told to think, and hate whom they’re told to hate.
Teach kids to think and the next thing you know they’ll be questioning the existence of God….
The sad thing is that the same folks who deride a college education as overexposure to wooly-headed Liberal propaganda are the same ones who’ll be complaining when things don’t work and they can’t fix them. Teaching young people to think critically is not condemning to a life of libertinism, free love, and Liberal groupthink. It’s giving them the tools necessary to help move America forward and remain competitive.
We can’t compete with the rest of the world if Johnny can’t keep up because he only has a high school education, though that seems to be exactly what a majority of Republicans seem to believe. That explains why so many red states are slashing financial support for higher education. Why would Republican fund colleges and universities when all they do is crank out angry, America-hating Liberals and feminazis?
Stupid is the new smart. Ignorance is cool. Blind, slavish obedience and devotion to Fox News Channel will Make America Great Again. Welcome to our new reality. How’s that for some “American Carnage,” eh??
Nice work, America.