A Hotly Congested Primary
I want substantive dialogue; I really do. Unfortunately, with a nearly uncountable number of Democrats now running for president, I don’t think we’re going to get that anytime soon. 10-minute policy polemics don’t garner clicks and no one cares what a junior Senator from whatever state has to say. So instead, we’re getting Kirsten Gillibrand’s arm workout and Beto O’Rourke’s dentist visit—mad grabs for media attention. I’d much prefer a substantive debate among politicians who propose unique solutions to our country’s problems; in the meantime, I’ll grab some popcorn and let social media run the blooper reels for me.
Trump’s Innocent but Still Hated, I Guess
German’s have a rich vocabulary of nihilistic words that are unfortunately lacking in our poor English language. Chief among them is ‘schadenfreude.’ For those unfamiliar with it, this word identifies that twisted little feeling we all get from another’s misfortune—laughing when another falls, etc. As many Democrats throw fits over Trump’s exoneration, I wonder what they really want: a patriotic president free from corruption or just to watch the world burn?
Incentives are a powerful thing. If I promise my students a piece of candy to the winner of any class competition, they go mad. Our current education system has some poor incentives. College is over-prioritized, pumping out thousands of students with nonsense degrees; standardized tests scores place students on an arbitrary bell curve rather than hold teachers and schools accountable; extra-curricular classes like gym, art, and music receive less importance with every passing year. These realities create a school culture that prioritizes rote memorization over meaningful learning and holistic development of individuals, which in turn incentivizes college admissions and high test scores over everything else. It’s unfortunate that some have the privilege to game the system; if we focus too much on the admissions process and not the state of our schools, then a much larger problem will be missed.
The Kids Are Not Alright for Voting
Recently, Nancy Pelosi said she’s for lowering the voting age to sixteen, and Democrats tried and failed to pass a bill to do just that. I teach high schoolers. These kids can do some incredible things. I had a student break down the co-dependent nature of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship without prompting. High schoolers, though, also too often forget deodorant and make out in crowded hallways. More importantly, they are growing in the knowledge but still have only a beginning understanding of our politics and the implications of various policies. I love my students but I don’t want them to vote.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.