Thursday, March 02, 2006

Abuse of Power

As a Government/Economics teacher, I take great pride in doing my best to be as non-partisan as possible about what I teach. I give both sides of an argument and let the students make informed decisions. In my mind, I have plenty of forums to discuss my political views. This blog is one of them. I also talk politics with my colleagues, all of which are college educated and informed about the events of the world. However, my classroom is not my soapbox.
Colorado teacher Jay Bennish seems to have other plans for his Social Science classes. Apparently this guy has been going Amy Goodman on his classes, as reported by the Denver Post:

In the 20-minute recording, made on an MP3 player, teacher Jay Bennish described capitalism as a system "at odds with human rights." He also said there were "eerie similarities" between what Bush said during his Jan. 28 State of the Union address and "things that Adolf Hitler used to say."

The United States was "probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth," Bennish also said on the tape.


The recording was created by a student who felt that Bennish was going over the line.

Ya think? You can listen to the 20 minute lecture at KOA 850's website, if you can stomach the fact that he is making this speech to teenagers. Notice the end, where he has the balls to say that he isn't really giving an opinion, just a different view of events.

Even if we were to ignore the fact that he abused his position as an educator to throw his politics in people's faces, he should be fired by his department for not know what the hell he is talking about. Here's a short list for those that can't stand to listen to the snivelling little weasel:

"Capitalism is a system that is at odds with humanity, caring and compassion."
-Except that capitalism has provided more opportunity and democratic freedoms than any other system in human history. People that are not seeking wants and needs don't get violent, hence the idea that free trade is a deterrent to war. Does that mean that everyone's wants and needs are satisfied in capitalism? Of course not. The system is far from perfect, but it is the best their is at current.

"In our economic system, profit is the main motive."
-Wrong, self-interest is the main motive, and yes, their is a difference. Remember, nobody is demanding that you buy anything. You make the voluntary exchange to acquire the goods and services you want, to meet your self-interest. All the other person is doing is meeting your need at a price that you agree on. Want to pay less for gas? Stop buying it. Don't think that you will make a difference? You're right, because most people are still willing to accept the benefit of the current gas prices. Profit makes people start a business, but your demand is what drives the system.

"The United States is the single most violent country in the world."
-Please. Explain that to all those that flee real oppression to emigrate to the U.S.

"Bush said in his speech that America was blessed by God to dominate the world."
-I'm guessing that he was talking about the State of the Union, and I don't remember anything like this. In fact, U.S. presidents have been very gracious in making sure they mention important allies and world powers in speeches to appease global interests.

"Sounds like something Adolf Hitler would say, our way is right and everyone else is backwards".
-No, actually Hitler would say "Let's create a plan that will exterminate the Muslims of the world. Let's begin by killing all American-Muslims." Then he would arrest Bennish and put a gun to his head, killing him dead. Hmmmmmm, doesn't look like the U.S. government is anything like Nazi Germany to me. What an idiot. And he's saying this to kids.

"I think America and Mexico will go to war again."
-You think so? I think the U.S. and Canada personally. Coors has never been the same since Molson bought them out, and damn I'm bitter. Besides the obvious military consequences of that dumb ass statement, the economic analogy of a Mexican invasion of the U.S. is basically every Mexican putting a gun in their own mouths. It's like saying the U.S. should invade China. Uh, sure. And what part of "global economy" don't you understand?

There's plenty more about Cuba, the CIA, ancient Israel, and a whole lot regarding the horrors of the Bush administration.

I think that you get the point. This idiotic has already developed his political paradigm on the world. His job is to help the kids develop theirs, not to push an agenda.
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