What Should Really be Blamed?


We see time and again, over and over and over, aberrant behavior. People are beaten, people are robbed, people are denied their rights and equal protection under the law, poverty, hopelessness, and so on.

Do these things have a common cause? Yes, actually, they do. That cause is almost always a nearly nonexistent education.

Invariably Democrats and Progressives come up with a handy excuse that poverty is as the real cause. But what causes the poverty? Could it be that the poverty is caused by the lack of a job? And why can’t uneducated people find jobs?

Well how about this as an answer? If you apply for a job but you cannot read or write, what are the odds that someone will hire you?  A lack of education can’t be overcome by protests, or legislation. A lack of education cannot be replaced by a screaming desire to succeed. Regardless of how strong your desire is, a lack of knowledge trumps desire every single time.

This lack of education hurts the person who never got the education badly, but it hurts people that have jobs just as much. Those who are working have to pay their own bills have to get up every morning and go into a job they may not like and they like it a lot less when they know I use chunk of what they earn will be taken away from them and given to those who decided oh I don’t need to go to school I don’t need to do homework I don’t have to read the assignment. It hurts them and it makes them angry.

Sadly no one seems to encourage the uneducated “recent grads” to recognize they will not get jobs, they will either live on welfare and public assistance or they will find themselves incarcerated in substandard city, state or federal “subsidized housing”. And that subsidized housing invariably has bars and guards and is generally speaking unpleasant. No one seems to explain to these recent grads that they can correct the lack of education. No one ever seems to tell these kids that it won’t be easy to make up the education they missed. Yes it can be done, but it takes work. I know this personally.

When I was a sophomore in college I suddenly found myself working for the government. It wasn’t a government job wearing a suit and tie in Washington DC. No, I had to wear a funny looking green suit, carry a rifle, and have people much shorter than I am spend two years shooting at me. I tried to put the best face I could on this little delay in my education by claiming that I won the McNamara Fellowship for study abroad. But when my “fellowship” was over I had to go back to school. I took any job I could find and then spent four nights a week for seven years to finish my bachelor’s degree work then my Master’s degree. Was that easy? Was it “party time”? Of course not.

And trying to do the same thing, even if your goal isn’t a Master’s degree but just a GED, it still won’t be easy for anyone. Unless mom and dad have enough financial strength to pay the way through whatever study you’re doing, you’re going to have to work. You’re going to have to work days. And you’re going to have to study nights. And for those of you taking notes, I’m sure you immediately noticed that there isn’t a lot of party time squeezed into that schedule.

Since the unemployment rate for young black males is three times the national average, the easy explanation that they get for their problems (from Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan or even Barack Hussein Obama) is that the problem of unemployment is racial discrimination and it’s all “whitey’s fault”.  This can be seen to be a bald-faced lie by simply pointing out to the boys and girls who didn’t get an education that if they have a neighbor down the street who has a PhD in chemistry or physics or computer programming, they might want you asked this educated person if they had a hard time getting a top-notch job because of the color of their skin.

No employer cares more about an employee’s skin color more than they care about the content of their brain. The employers of this country are much more worried about how much do you know about the job than what color is the package that contains the knowledge that the employer needs.

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About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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One Response to What Should Really be Blamed?

  1. Pete Morin says:

    Education is the one, most important, area the Progressives and Marxists understand will best affect their chances to gain political power. Individuals who get a sub standard education are more likely to gravitate to public housing, public assistance, welfare and any other such named program the Liberal/Progressive/Marxists can create to keep people dependent on government for their daily sustinence.
    This is especially true concerning minorities, particularly African Americans. By keeping the gravy train running, the Liberal/Progressive/Marxists can invariably count on these people’s votes and thus strengthening their hold on power. Liberal/Progressive/Mardxists are not stupid. They know the country will ultimately collapse from the weight of an all powerful Leviathan state, but they will simply redirect the cause of our demise to the rapacious capitalist system. The stupid, uneducated masses will swallow this swill willingly and a totalitarian dictatorship will be the final result.
    Good luck America. Nice knowin’ ya!

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