Dr. Sandridge, it brings much delight (and dread) to my mind to see your running diary of the election. With Dr. Carson being considered for Secretary of Education and his thoughts on use of DoE worries me, Socrates and Plato crossed my mind. Carson claimed:
“I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do,” Carson explained. “It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”
In this vein, would not this begin the descent of democracy? This sounds like the beginning of the re-establishment of the Patriotic “guidelines” pushed through and upon schools during every wartime the US has ever experienced. No critical examinations of legislature, politicians, or leadership. No negative speech or work about public policies or services (while wholly true and evidenced-based). I mean just going by his generalization, would the collegiate critique of Veteran maltreatment at the VA or discriminatory actions stemming from presidential executive orders, or even protests by college students on their campuses, with educator support be deemed “extreme political bias”?
If the US is a democracy, then the executive branch must accept that critique of the democratic process and manipulations of it is necessary and part of the very nature of democracy itself. A society of citizens who do not question their governing bodies is a stagnate one, one destined to never thrive or even be politically powerful. The fact that it currently seems that anyone who questions or disagrees with the rapidly forming Trump Administration, is automatically deemed an Enemy of the State. And immediately, Socrates’ “leader questions” came to mind:
What is your understanding of justice? If you are wise, how do you know you are wise? If you are a leader of the state, where precisely are you leading the state? If you are in a position of authority, what are your credentials for that authority?
I motion for a D.C.-area book club discussing Leadership in the Ancient World and cross-comparisons of the new Administration. More than ever, I am pained by the lost of the classist in today’s society.