Some 400 years before the Christian era, Plato wrote The Republic, a book college students still read. In it, Plato recounts the teachings of the philosopher Socrates. Those who read it carefully will discover that the Greeks of Plato’s time faced many of the same challenges Americans face today.
Careful readers with an awareness of politics will also see that some of Socrates’ ideas are in full currency around the world. Socrates advocated training children from a very early age according to whatever skill or talent they might exhibit. The People’s Republic of China has been doing this for the last 60 years. Doing so has helped them produce world-class athletes, musicians and scientists.
In American educational circles, many ideas seem to have come from Socrates, who said, “We would not have our guardians grow up amid images of moral deformity . . . until they silently gather a festering mass of corruption in their own soul.”(Here enters the chorus singing the list of books banned from public schools.) These guardians are being educated to be rulers of society.
Socrates decides which myths he will allow children to hear. Only those stories which are “true” are permissible. Then, because the world simply does not conform to his truth, Socrates invents a few stories to convince rulers to do their appointed duties. Their work, it seems, is thankless, especially if they are virtuous and just rulers, so Socrates promises an afterlife, where the scales get balanced.
There is a great deal of truth in all of this, and a little bit of prophecy.
A huge segment of American society has confused ignorance with innocence. So they can “protect” the moral fiber of their children, they forbid the teaching of real science, unless it is qualified in such a way that the children may choose to ignore what they are taught if it offends their sensibilities. In this world of absolutes, there is no room for approaching the truth. One either tells their truth or chances being labeled a liar.
When this segment of society was tiny, it was not a problem. Then came the establishment of places like Liberty University, which takes pride in preparing its graduates to be the movers and shakers of society. These “universities” teach things like young earth creationism (Young Earth) and debate and do it well. Their graduates are convinced that it is their mission to rule society. Eight in ten of their law school graduates pass the Virginia bar exam on the first attempt (Liberty University). Armed with promises of an afterlife of rewards, their plan is to convert the United States of America into a “Christian Nation.”
Aided by talk show hosts who profess to be Christians while advancing every kind of misinformation (Obama is a commie Muslim foreigner), this radical segment of society has set its sights on nothing less than controlling the federal government and purging the nation of the kind of rational thought that questions not only its methods, but its motives. As in Socrates’ ideal state, leaders are permitted to lie for “the good of the citizens.” Ask anyone from this group, and they will tell you unequivocally that their plan is for the good of the nation. For a quick look into the kind of state the radical Christian right will create, pick any country under Islamic law. Aside from the religion, not much differs. Not coincidentally, Plato’s republic was not a democracy, either.
The next step in the plan is to take over the U.S. Congress in November. Among other goals, the radical right hopes to trash health care reform, ease or remove environmental and consumer protections, and abolish social security. Of course this is their God-given mission.
Yours is to help get the vote out to stop them.