Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Civil Rights Issue of the 21st Century

It's not equal rights. It's not entitlements. It's not any of the things the Democratic party tries to tell us it is. Condi Rice hit the nail on the head - the Civil Rights issue of the day is equal educational opportunities for minorities.

It's nice to think that adding millions of jobs will solve our problems. But if a student gets a lousy education because their zip code is a slum, what kind of job could he get? Flipping burgers? Cashiering at 7-11?

What America needs is to provide families with school choice. It creates competition among schools, and competition always makes things better - because those that do not get better will disappear.

For years the Republican party has fought tooth and nail for school choice. But in EVERY instance, their efforts were blocked by the Democrats. While the Democrats like to say they are the party of the minorities, the real truth, as we all know, is that they are the party of unions. Union money gets Democrats elected. And the Teacher's Union does not want school choice.

Bear in mind, the job of the unions is to protects its members. And the members of the Teacher's Union are - TEACHERS. Not the students. The unions don't give a damn about the students as long as the teachers get great benefits, and protection from being fired, no matter how bad they may be.

The Democrats fight school choice because if they don't, the union bucks stop flowing. Simple.

If America is to provide all students, regardless of their zip code or ethnic heritage, with equal opportunity for a good education, that will only happen if we elect Republicans - they are not in bed with the unions.

Jeb Bush did it in Florida, and Florida now ranks 4th in academic performance among minorities. It had been last place before Bush became Governor. And Christi is working on education in NJ, and several other Republican governors across the country.

Contrary to what the Democrats tell folks, it was Republicans who pushed for, and passed, the Civil Rights act. And it is Republicans who are pushing for school choice so minorities and the poor can have the same opportunities as everyone else. And when the day comes that Republicans get the chance to make school choice the law of the land, you can bet your butt that Democrats will take credit for that, too.


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