Education and Government

Education is important to every issue.  One can’t expect to make the right decisions if nothing is known about a situation.  That idea is fairly clear when looking at issues of complexity and strangeness.  The water gets a little more muddy when the issue is closer to home.

It is hard to argue about what to do in the middle east if one isn’t familiar with the history, politics, and culture of the region.  An appreciation of geopolitics, the ambition of rising powers, and strategic interest are also important considerations when dealing with that region.

How does this idea transfer to issues of a more domestic nature.  Seldom are the basic ideals of our founding considered when solutions for our problems are sought.  That’s not surprising when you consider the American education system sees less and less value in teaching the basic tenants of our great society.  It’s not that we don’t have government and civics classes in our schools, we do, but they seem less effective than they need to be.

Of course that seems to be the trend for our schools.  Less effective than they need to be.  I am not going to pretend to have the magic bullet for education.  It is important to take stock.  For 30 years we have poured money into education to solve our education short comings.  It is time to realize more money doesn’t mean smarter kids. 

It is important to realize when you are headed in the wrong direction so you can adjust your course.  The importance is magnified because much of this country doesn’ t understand the governments constitutionally limited role, or free Americans responsibility.  If we fail to control our government our government will control us.

We tell them how to educate our kids, or they will tell us.  We tell them who will govern, or they will tell us.  We tell them how to conduct foreign policy or they will tell us.

When we all get caught up in our daily lives, and don’t understand all the subtleties of an issue we can’t know what it takes to solve an issue in our interest.  If we don’t understand the issues we can’t know which candidate to support.  If we don’t take the time to understand the issues or how the candidates stand we elect the wrong people. 

Knowledge is power, but knowledge without focus is like trying to scoop the last of the cheerios out of the bowl.  While you are chasing one around a couple more fall off the spoon.

Just as a person must live according to core beliefs, and companies stategize in conjunction with their mission statement, a country must anchor itself to it’s founding principles.  When a nation looses sight of their founding principles as a guiding light, it becomes a rudderless ship.  The nation will drift along without a true course until someone comes along to guide the ship in a direction of their choosing.

We must decide if we want to be a free nation governed by ourselves, or if we’d just asoon (sic) not bother with that mess and let someone else take care of it.  If we were correctly educated about our government and civic responsibility we would all understand it is our duty to get involved.

I’m not saying everyone needs to be an activist.  Everyone however should investigate the candidates and the issues before they vote.  Everyone should consider how the candidates and issues impact our children’s future, and mesh with our ideals as a nation.

The media and political parties should help in this matter, but they are pursuing their own agenda, and it doesn’t seem anchored in freedom.

Vote Scott Wise

Congress ’08

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About votescottwise

I love Columbia City. I was born here, spent most of my life in and around Columbia City, and chose to make our community home after college. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to take advantage of what this country and our community have. I am running for Mayor of Columbia City in 2011.
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