Teacher’s Rant: Violence and the US

No, not mine. The left wing teacher who told his class that Bush kind of sort of equals Hitler. The one where he says capitalism leaves the bottom line at money and so that is more important to capitalists than safety or human rights. The one where he says China should bomb North Carolina because we grow tobacco there, since we drop chemicals on coca farms in Colombia. It’s an interesting rant.

You can read a transcription at Michelle Malkin.

I read about it first at Spunky Homeschool where she points out the teacher’s subject of record is geography. Well, maybe his students know where North Carolina and China are. (I have lots of students who probably don’t, but I teach English.)

Basically, you’re looking at a man who is using his place as a high school teacher as a soap box. He’s teaching against us.

I mentioned in the comments of File it Under that I thought there was a smidgen of truth in some of the things he said. And there is. If there weren’t, he’d be a clear and total wacko. But there is a smidgen.

For instance, he said that democracies are violent. He said that the US is the most violent nation in the world.

We are the US. We are currently fighting a war in two countries that are not our own. I believe that there were legitimate reasons for us to fight there. But we are definitely violent.

I believe that his implicit premise is flawed, however. The implication of saying that democracies are violent, when he is stating that we are bad, is that violence is bad.

Who is probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth?!

Unidentified brainwashed student interjects: We are.

The United States of America! And we’re a democracy. Quote-unquote.

Who has the most weapons of mass destruction in the world? The United States.

Who’s continuing to develop new weapons of mass destruction as we speak?! The United States.

But he apparently doesn’t realize that there is a point and a purpose to violence sometimes. (My college students, many of them, missed the same point in the spanking papers I wrote about earlier.) If you and I take guns and shoot him, who wins? We do. The violent people. Sometimes violence is necessary to keep people safe. Wouldn’t you want the police to be violent and shoot a hostage taker, rather than let the hostage taker be violent and kill the hostages? I would.

I think the Mudville Gazette says it best, with their motto. (And I quoted it in class last night, too.) “Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

Thank God for men and women who stand ready to do violence on our behalf.

I do wonder sometimes at our having weapons of mass destruction. But I also trust our system more than I trust our bureacrats and I believe that the people of the world are safe from our WMDs, as long as they don’t attack us or ours with theirs. That may make me naive. I am certain many would think me so.

But I am all for deterrence through intimidation. It’s a lot less violent than, say, violence.

I have other points to fisk, but I’m going out to party tonight with my hubby for my bday. So come back tomorrow for Teacher’s Rant: Farmers and Chemical Weapons. Also, wait for it, Teacher’s Rant: Bush and Hitler. You might be surprised by what I say.