Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Jeff Jacoby, in an interesting piece against public education, starts off by quoting from the '92 platform of the Democratic Party:
Freedom of education, being an essential of civil and religious liberty ... must not be interfered with under any pretext whatever.... We are opposed to state interference with parental rights and rights of conscience in the education of children as an infringement of the fundamental ... doctrine that the largest individual liberty consistent with the rights of others insures the highest type of American citizenship and the best government.As you've probably guessed by now, that would be the 1892 Democratic platform. Later, Jacoby adds the following:
Wondrous to relate, the platform also warned that "the tendency to centralize all power at the federal capital has become a menace," blasted barriers to free trade as "robbery of the great majority of the American people for the benefit of the few," and pledged "relentless opposition to the Republican policy of profligate expenditure."The rest of the Jacoby article is worth reading, too, although it would have been a far better case for the end of public education had it also dealt with the gross violation of property rights used to fund this travesty. But I suspect that this is because Jacoby is more concerned with the fact that non-Christian values are being transmitted through public education than he is with individual rights in general.
But give the man credit. Unlike most religious conservatives, there is no call for the religious right to commandeer this huge state propaganda mill for the purpose of bringing government-enforced prayer back to the public schools.
Heck. It's nice to see a conservative advocating small government for a change!