The opinion piece in the Laconia Daily Sun today by E. Scott Cracraft , caught my attention,in particular the phrase he used to describe what he believes may be a cause of other countries students being ahead of ours: a spirit of anti-intellectualism."
When I read his piece, I realized that one could use conservative in place of liberal ( and vice versa) and the meaning remains the same. Mr. Cracraft is an educator and naturally he is defending educators, which is the primary purpose of his article . Dig a little deeper, and it is also a story about intolerance. Today, it seems to be okay to go beyond insults and name calling and seek to have opinions you don't agree with banned from publication. Even seeking to have people removed from their jobs. I wholeheartedly agree with the writer, that calling people " unpatriotic" or " un-American" simply because their views are diametrically opposite of yours is wrong and un-American. .
Let me borrow a bit from Hollywood. In the film, The American President, POTUS played by Michael Douglas makes a statement at a press conference in response to a Senator running against him for President: "America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, 'You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours."
We've lost our way in this great experiment of democracy, and as we remember tomorrow our Veterans from too many wars and conflicts, we need to get back on track and remember what it is we are really fighting for and what many gave their lives for.
One last point. Please don't submit comments on this post that seek to blame Obama, Bush, Republican, Democrats, Tea Party, etc, etc... Comment constructively and not just quoting talking points from whatever your preferred news source may be.