Thursday, June 23, 2011

I'm Endorsing John Adams to Replace Arne Duncan

If Nixon was tanned, rested, and ready in 1988, think how rested Adams is.  Plus, he could answer most of those framers' intent questions.  His support of the Alien and Sedition Acts does give me pause, but President Obama's 2008 campaign gave me false hope about ending the Patriot Act.  Look how well that turned out.  Besides, the Secretary of Education probably doesn't have that much to do with national security.  I do want him to remind the President "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" but that's about it.

Adams's Education Platform

"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves."
(Original Source: The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations, Volume 9, by John Adams, Little, Brown, 1854, pg 540  Link)

"It has ever been my hobby-horse to see rising in America an empire of liberty, and a prospect of two or three hundred millions of freemen, without one noble or one king among them. You say it is impossible. If I should agree with you in this, I would still say, let us try the experiment, and preserve our equality as long as we can. A better system of education for the common people might preserve them long from such artificial inequalities as are prejudicial to society, by confounding the natural distinctions of right and wrong, virtue and vice." (Original Source: letter to Count Sarsfield, February 3, 1786 Link)

Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates... to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them. (Original Source:  Thoughts on Government, 1776 Link)

It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives. (Original Source: Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756 Link)

Laws for the liberal education of the youth, especially of the lower class of the people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant. (Original Source:  Thoughts on Government, 1776 Link)

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