Today’s quote – “Is there some ongoing contest for Republican politician who can say the stupidest thing?” category

A nation that raises its children in government schools cannot expect its people to stand for the principles of freedom.    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

A true flower of enlightenment, the Senator.   Scouth Carolinans must thank God daily that he’s their rep in the Senate rather than some other type of “American” (hah!) with really bad ideas about public schooling, like these pinko elitist non-patriots, for instance…

 

 From the beginning, American statesmen had insisted upon the necessity of education to a republic.  George Washington, in his Farewell Address, urged the people to promote “institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge.”  To the degree that the form of government gave force to public opinion, Washington argued, “it is essential that public opinion should bge enlightened.”  The aging Jefferson warned in 1816: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”   The young Lincoln, making his first appeal to a constituency, told the voters of Sanagamon County in 1832 that education was “the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” (from Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, Richard Hofstadter, p. 299-230)

Those must be someone else’s books in that photo.  The question is, why did he have his photo taken with them?

h/t The Democratic Strategist

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