Respect for elders and the liberal left
When I was in grade school in the 50’s the average class size was between 35 and 40 students. Most of the teachers after the 4th grade were ex-military officers fresh out of the Korean War. They commanded respect. They came to class in business suits and ties. We did not even know their first names let alone call them anything but MR. Mrs. Miss. Or Sir or MAM! I do remember one boy in the class asked my 5th grade teacher what his first name was.
He got a strong rebuke, and this explanation “I have graduated from college with a BA in History. It took me 4 years of my life to do that. I have the right to be addressed as Mister. You will address me as mister. You do not need to know my first name until you have received your degree”. From that moment on I wanted a college degree.
Many of The teachers today want to be addressed by their first names. I personally find this offensive. It diminishes them and me. How can adults in society be so indifferent to their social responsibility to teach respect for others. They don’t respect themselves and the effort it took to get them too where they are as the leaders and the moral guides they report to be.
What could be the reason the left thinks it is a good idea to do away with respect. Why? If you do this you put one’s self at the same level as those you are trying to elevate. Now you are trying to push them up rather than trying to lift them up. Lifting requires greater effort on the part of both parties. You have to want to be a good college student. You can’t or should not be pushed into it. I was 24 before I was ready for college it took 8 years to get my degree while working fulltime as a police officer. I wanted it!
Why are there so many cases these days of teachers having inappropriate relations with students? I don’t think the teachers that want to be on a first name bases with their students are trying to lift anyone up. They are trying to get down with the kids if you know what I mean. Now maybe not all of them have this goal in mind, but those that don’t are giving aid and comfort to the one’s that do. Liberalism is constantly excusing bad behavior, redefining words, and belittling those that differ from there doctrine of can’t we all just get along.
A civil society is not a go along to get along society. It is one that sets standards and adheres to those standards. I don’t completely disagree with liberals because society sometimes forgets the golden rule when they set standards. Injustices must be fought against with all the vigor we can muster. The trouble comes when for political advantage we fail to recognize that the war has been won.
A case in point is this phony race war,the liberals keep waging. It’s over, get over it. Stop stirring up phony race wars and get on with correcting the real problem of enforced poverty. If an oppressed minority wants to get out of poverty they must stop voting for people who depend on their vote to stay in office. Make both parties compete. Don’t give it to them by default make them earn it. Don’t listen to race baiting politicians. Kick them in the nuts and tell them it’s about jobs and education. Demand policies that foster home, family and work opportunities. Money and upward mobility will follow the family that stays together and works hard. Demand things like charter schools. Police your street, stand up and demand the respect you are entitled to. Tell the criminal element in your midst to straighten up or ship out. It’s not the color of one’s skin that makes you right or wrong it is your actions and what comes out of your mouth.
Those of us that grew up poor and got out of it, know this fact. To break the cycle poverty you must opt out of the poor cycle. Leave everything behind that seeks to keep you in the cycle. This may mean that you lose your best friend. Never mind that you can come and get them later, if they are worth it, and show them the way. We are NEVER! going to get even with the people that hurt us and ground our faces in the dirt. That’s GOD’S job anyway. Our job as Christians is to fight the good fight.
See you on the other side.
S. Henry Knocker theknockerblog.com