Fueling the Nanny State

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 12:16 pm by Neal

Despite the media focus on Super Tuesday, it looks like a Nanny State/Libtopia day around here. We previously wrote on how government indoctrination has produced generations of Nanny Statists. Stanley Kurtz elaborates on this huge problem:

Here’s how Mark’s correspondent describes one of the factors threatening to “sink conservativism for at least a couple of decades:”

…years of liberals running their own private indoctrination camps through the American education system have finally taken their toll and are churning out reliably liberal kids who will inevitably come of age. Not enough of them are conservatives and not enough of them will be mugged by reality to convert to conservatism.

This guy is onto something, and it’s a problem conservatives have largely ignored, although it bears on our very existence. For all the grousing about liberal bias in education, conservatives have done virtually nothing substantive to combat it. And there are plenty of things we might have done, without in any way infringing on academic freedom. Unfortunately, the Bush administration has intentionally avoided fighting the education battles that earlier administrations pursued under the leadership of Bill Bennett and Lynn Cheney. Leading a public campaign against the bias and foibles of the American education system could have put a far larger question mark behind the taken-for-granted leftism students find at school. …

The NEA and the higher education lobby are massive, and far more influential on the Hill than most people realize. Yet when it comes to higher education, for example, there are simply no conservative lobbying organizations to counter them. Conservatives rarely even show up for most legislative battles over education, and when they do, they are vastly outspent and outgunned.

Kurtz is right that conservatives have dropped the ball on fighting the entrenched liberal bias in our public education system. The result is generations of indoctrinated kids who are fueling the engine of big government, Nanny-statism. We are reaping what we have sown.

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