While we ponder uninspiring Presidential candidates and learn that 69% of millennials express a willingness to vote for a “socialist,” we find our local Republican Party has gone soft on the one institution that perhaps bears more of the responsibility than any of the others, government schools.
Why did our local Republican Party, which opposes so many bond measures, go “neutral” on Grossmont Union High School District’s Measure BB?
Could it be that that one of the most conservative school boards in the county has a prominent member on the San Diego County Republican Central Committee? (For another uninspiring GUHSD vote see Common Core, Agenda Item XI. c. here).
How does a declining GOP intend to regain influence and ‘Make America Great Again’ while funding an institution that undermines its values?
Is it rational for Republicans to send their kids to Caesar for twelve years and have an expectation they not turn out Roman?
How does placing more debt on the backs of East County families, who are already among the most highly taxed in the nation, promote Republican ideals?
If it’s unjust to force families to purchase products (i.e. healthcare) why is it moral to do so with education?
If we agree government shouldn’t be running our Sunday schools why do we grant them authority to run our schools Monday through Friday?
What are San Diego conservatives conserving?
It’s not realistic for the GOP to think it can win at the ballot box every four years while millions of their children attend government schools that have more in common with North Korea than Silicon Valley.
Ideas have consequences. I don’t think Government schools can be reformed and if you ask me for a proper conservative position I’d recommend they be abolished as they are neither Constitutional, Biblical, moral nor economical. There’s a reason we’re having problems holding on to our guns and income.
The Republican Party should be demanding free markets in education, not going silent on GUHSD’s request for another 128M of debt on the backs of over taxed East County families.
This Republican is voting “No” on Measure BB.
“—if liberty is not maintained with regard to education, there is no use trying to maintain it in any other sphere. If you give the bureaucrats the children, you might just as well give them everything else…” – J Gresham Machen, founder of Westminster Theologicial before a Joint Committee of Congress in 1926 to testify in opposition to a federal Department of Education.
Eric Andersen is a member of the Central Committee of the San Diego County Republican Party and current Chair and Co-Founder of the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego County. He is a Co-Founder of im2moro.com, former Rock Church Citizen of the Year and former Caucus Chair for the 71st Assembly District.