I get to have a three-fer in this blog posting. A confession of sorts, a howl and protest, and a warning of what's to come. Might as well start with the confession and get it over. In my younger, far more naive and dumber years, I became an er, ummm, ahhhh ... crap, I can't quite get it out. Hey, here's an idea, I'll grab some "negative soap" to wash it out then I can type the rest.
Damn, there's still a little there to remind me I have to come fully clean on this: Okay, I sold soap for a big, and I mean Trump sized yuuuuge soap company and distribution empire based in western Michigan. Did I let the cat out of the bag with wet soapy water flowing over it yet? Or was that a soggy box of SA8? Yes, before englightened ideas finally took hold, I was an -a-a-a-amway dis---tri-butor.
Phew, finally crapped it out. Still alive. And my wife and I have been alive for the past sixteen years since we haven't been ever so motivatingly trying to push ... not the soap ... hell no, but the idea of being independently self employed. Being my own boss, doing the real American thing, becoming my own rugged individualist. Geesh, had enough? If not and you're not careful enough to let whatever Donald Trump's selection for Ed Secretary, Betsy DeVos settle in the space between your ears long enough to do some serious damage to your reasoning capacities, don't say you weren't warned in sufficient time before you decide what course of action to take before the brainwashing begins.
When it comes to public education, or anything to do with education at all, even the gov't's considerable influence within private colleges and universities, it'd be unfair and untruthful to say there hasn't been any ideological hanky-panky going on during the Cold War and recent years. Both liberals and conservatives have done their homework and tried their best to influence what our kids would learn or not learn and shape future generational kinds of thinking for years to come. Some folks are better at it than others, but not always for the most honest reasons. I'm referring to not just your basic conservatives who want to keep public schools doing what they best do, give our kids the best teaching in the most important, if albeit sometimes terribly boring, basic skills in readin', writin' righmetic, and gym classes. Not so with the DeVos and van Andel families who created Amway and from where Betsy comes from. Talk about a family affair. And don't get me going about the all so wholesome pro-family environment Amway's top earnin' n' sellin' n' motivatin' distributors. Oh, it's so well packaged as the All American business promoting family values, stability, you name it.
Yeah, you name it folks. One sad divorce, affair after another. No, none of that stuff affected us, but it was just too wholesome, too good, too syrupy All American schmaltz to promote and share enough in New England to build a successful business. Kind of hard to get around that Sunbelt sling o' bull, especially with all the Bible-belting stuff on the side as if to say, "if you're a good Christian and follow the Bible all the way, material success is bound to come your way." And I can't help wondering how many people lost their basic faith in Christianity, much less any other faith, due to all the bogus pressures that came down from the phonies on high with all their "you've gotta trust us, it's gotten us this far by following the system," and all that bull.
Take my word for it, and I'll admit I was a lousy distributor. Just when I was beginning to see signs that the company was jettisonning itself from its more extremist minded distributors, I started getting calls on the distributor wide telephone messaging system, Amvox, which was turning into a fundraising machine for Susan Myrick, a distributor who was running for Congress in '94. But I was getting these in Massaschusetts and she even came up to the north to plug, or flog her rightist views in the Bay State which I thought was strange for a woman from Charlotte, NC. Okay, it's a free country, but ... there weren't any Democrats getting a plug. Hmmm, what about this I began to wonder. Then one day a message came from my own "upline" to gin up support for a little known Republican running for Congress against a long time favorite, John Olver, (D-Amherst) who succeeded in a special election to the seat held by the late longtime serving Rep. Sylvio Conte (R, really in name only but a true human Republican). Damn, that was it. Everything just sank. All that positive vibe, poof. No SA8 or all the other stuff could wipe this negativity out of my system.
Now the same guy who gave us Trump University is ready to foist Betsy DeVos on our education system. This must be The Donald's revenge for running his so-called "university" like a one car funeral cortege from hell's junkyard of other bad ideas when it comes to education. What's to come, rah rah Americana? Doesn't that motivate you folks? Just thinking about the prospects motivated me to write this warning post. This time folks, DO check over what kinds of homework assignments your kids are bringing home, especially when it comes to civics and basic business economics (in the higher grades.) If there's any rightist junk in any of those books she'll be recomminding straight off some righty tighty author's keyboard ... get on the phone and start making a royal pain out of yourself. Your kids might go "sheeesh, there they go again" during the next four to eight years, but they'll thank you for the rest of their lives and that of your grandkids if you succeed in doing whatever it takes to get this woman out of our schools and as far away from even private education as you can. Privatization, more charter schools, more union busting. That's her idea of what makes for a "good all American plan for America's schools." Like a teacher warning about the price of procrastination when it comes to getting the homework done on time, it's never too early to get the jump on Betsy DeVos and her boss.
Homework reading assignment reading for parents: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-betsy-devos-education_us_5835dbc1e4b01ba68ac3ec1e