In testimony before a Senate committee Thursday, Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan admitted he doesn’t know what the word “tautology” means. This is a bit peculiar for the guy at the top of the education industry, who we would expect to be conversant with his native language. But it’s hardly disabling. English is a very large language, and language instruction in recent decades has been very small.
What’s more troubling is that, on the available evidence from a school near you, our Arne, and his legions of edu-bureaucrats, almost certainly doesn’t know what education means either. And as he is education minister for the most left-wing president in our history, he either doesn’t know or has no sympathy for the verity that education in America is a state and local responsibility. At least it was when we were still a republic, rather than the Dr. Moreau hybrid the political class has caused us to morph into.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?