By R.C. Murray
April 6, 2008
“For in much wisdom is grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” Ecclesiastes 1:18
Sometimes I wish I didn’t know what I know about our pathetic public school system, corrupt political system and apostate churches. Sometimes I wish I was as dumb as some of my fellow Americans.
If I didn’t know what I know about government schools, I could go through life foolishly believing little boys and girls go to school to learn to read and write, add and subtract – instead of getting brainwashed with anti-American multiculturalism, where cheating is institutionalized via group learning and learning disability and learning style labels, where their vocabularies are limited by elitist-derived, whole language word lists and a general lack of reading instruction and where using calculators and computers and acquiring other technical skills are considered far more important than learning how to learn – how to think.
If I didn’t know what I know about politics and politicians, I could be a good citizen this November and blindly vote for a president, senator, congressman, governor, etc., foolishly believing he or she loves America as much as I do, enough to support and defend the Constitution and defy the ACLU, CFR, NEA, world bankers and all the other unelected elitists who’ve been controlling our government for 150 years.
If I didn’t know what I know about the Bible, I could believe the pseudo-scholars who’ve led nearly all mainstream denominations into apostasy. I could foolishly have fellowship with those who claim they believe in the same Lord but who hate this country for the sins of our great-great-grandfathers and whose Jesus is more like the Koran’s Jesus than the Bible’s Jesus.
I’m not more enlightened than some dumb Americans. I’m certainly not smarter than anyone else. I’m not smart at all. The kind of dumb Americans I’m talking about are those who choose to be dumb on purpose, to be willingly ignorant – to be stupid. Sometimes, I wish I could be that kind of dumb. My problem is that when I learn something important, I can’t forget it or pretend I don’t know it.
I’m not talking about trivial facts like who lost the Super Bowl in ‘72 or how many husbands a particular actress has had. I’m talking about real knowledge, academic and biblical knowledge. This real knowledge becomes embedded in my brain. Pretending I don’t have such knowledge would be like forgetting the location of typewriter keys, riding a bicycle or the sweet smell of my wife’s pillow. As surely as there are undeniable natural laws given to us at the time of Creation – like the laws of gravity, thermodynamics or diminishing return – there are moral laws that cannot be broken without consequences. Because I know America has violated God’s moral law regarding education, government and especially worship, I wish sometimes I could play dumb and not think about the wrath to come.
It’s been nearly three years since I resigned from teaching English in a public high school; I’ve written scores of articles and sent 1000 letters and messages about the atrocities taking place every day in government school-concentration camps where 50 million minds are starving for real knowledge. On March 9, 2007, I started a web site, www.voicefromthepews.com, to expose public school corruption then six weeks later followed up with Legally STUPiD: Why Johnny doesn’t have to read, a project I started while I was still teaching. Six months after releasing the book, I started writing for www.NewsWithViews.com.
With book excerpts, articles, reviews and links to related web sites and other voices, my web site got off to a good start then public school supporters discovered it and started leaving obscene comments on my guestbook. I had to delete that page, but I allowed email messages to continue because folks across the country are always sharing their concern for kids. Nearly all will tell me they didn’t realize how bad the situation is in “other schools” while defending their local school as not being one of the “bad schools.” I also get angry messages like the one “Jackie” recently sent me:
My daughter is scandalized! She got the 2nd highest score in the class on a recent test. Not bad you say? Consider this... The highest score was achieved by the dumbest student in the class. How did this happen? Well, the teacher helps the dumbest students with his/her tests. So, actually we have the teacher competing directly with my [9-year old] daughter on tests….My daughter earned 99%. Dummy got 100%!
Well over 1000 people have written me, telling me how much they like my web site and the “sound” of my book [Some folks just love the title.], but only a fraction have gotten a copy. Reviewers say it’s “meaty” and filled with valuable information, which is not something you should to tell our non-reading public. I suppose some folks are waiting for the movie version. Perhaps the best “review” though came from a reader. She felt like she was having a conversation with me over a cup of coffee. Good conversation and coffee is better than a movie anyway.
Leaders of national “Christian” organizations that advocate homeschooling and Christian education in general have told me privately they really like my book, but because I say some things in Chapters Nine, Eleven and Twelve that might offend some of their financial supporters and political allies, they will not publically endorse it. I’m welcome to attend their conventions or donate money to our mutual cause though. A book about public schools by a former public school teacher has tremendous value, they say, but they’re not ready to risk a political backlash.
The backlash they fear involves my putting the dots together where most would prefer things stay blurred. Public schools are failing to teach kids to read and write because they’re not supposed to teach kids to read and write. Someone wants to control knowledge, all knowledge – academic and biblical knowledge. I didn’t stop at explaining what’s going on in public schools; I explain why things are being done that way, and I point a finger at the myriad of culprits responsible. These culprits don’t have to conspire to control knowledge or our minds; some even seem to come from opposite ends of the political, philosophical and theological spectrum. Nonetheless, they all work for the same fellah. George Orwell called him Big Brother. The Bible has several names for him. Most folks know him as Satan.
When I started writing for NewsWithViews, I thought I finally had a forum through which I could tell the world about public miseducation. Information in each of my NWVs articles came directly from Legally STUPiD. Each time one of my articles was released, my web site would get 500 or more hits, and I’d receive over 100 email messages, all in a day. Some of those messages told me I was wasting my time. One fellah recently told me my articles and the articles by other NWVs writers are merely written to each other. Our target audience is those Americans who know there’s something terribly wrong with America, and we’re looking for others who already believe the same way. He said I was preaching to the choir. I thought about it for several weeks. In fact, I started to title this article, “Choir Sermon #10.” He’s right.
The folks who need to know what Sam Blumenfeld, Charlotte Iserbyt, Betty Freauf, Lynn Stuter, Bev Eakman, Steven Yates, Joel Turtel and even RC Murray have to say about public schools will not read our warnings. We cannot expect to reach those who need to know the extent of functional illiteracy in this country by writing articles, essays or books. These folks are the victims of the government’s schools. THEY DON’T READ! And those who most need to read the wisdom of Chuck Baldwin, Devvy Kidd, Dennis Cuddy, Alan Stang, Andrew Wallace, Marsha West, Constance Cumby or Eugene Narrett will never do so because their minds are too dulled by sound bites, text messages and mindless entertainment.
Former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass once said he envied his fellow, uneducated slaves who, in their mental darkness, failed to realize the chains on their minds were far worse than the ones restricting them physically. His mistress had taught him to read and write when he was a young boy – that is, until the master of the house found out. He forbade her to teach his slaves anymore. Education and slavery are incompatible.
I’m no prophet though I empathize with the weeping prophet Jeremiah. He preached and preached to the people of Judah, warning them to repent. Judgment was coming but Jeremiah couldn’t stop it because the people wouldn’t listen. Their religious and political leaders knew God’s Word, but they didn’t know God. The people knew their leaders were corrupt, but they didn’t turn to the Lord for divine help as their fathers had learned to do during the time of the judges. But as they did then, they did what seemed right in their own eyes, not knowing nor caring to know God.
What about America? The Demwits are choosing between a racist-socialist and a feminist-socialist. The Repugnants’ have chosen a Demwit incognito. Gas and food prices are rising like the flood waters in the Midwest, babies are still being slaughtered each day in the name of choice, Christians are told we can no longer home school our own children and our 1st Amendment right to publically proclaim what the Bible says about sodomites is now considered hate speech, 20 million non-Americans are here illegally and our leaders want to keep them here, we’re not safe in our own homes and this administration wants the Supreme Court to judicially amend the 2nd Amendment to allow for more gun control, and my dumb, fellow Americans believe the best way to fix these problems is to put more anti-Christian socialists in office! My nation is dying, and I’m helpless to do anything about it.
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The ‘70’s gave us a series of B-movies about a formerly conscientious objector-pacifist, tough guy Charles Bronson, who turns vigilante after his wife is beaten to death and his daughter raped by a couple of street thugs. Death Wish expressed the anger many Americans were feeling about rising crime rates in the face of ever-increasing restrictions on our right to bear arms, restrictions that prevent us from defending ourselves against street thugs and those unelected elitists still vying for complete control of our lives. Rather than believe some of those crazy conspiracy theories out there are indeed factual, some Americans have turned inward, swallowed their anger and chosen to be dumb about who controls what they know, if they know anything at all. Sometimes I wish I could be dumb like that then I remember something I know:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 5:12
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