The New York Times


The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignoranceThomas Jefferson

In a previous entry regarding the Washington Monument in the West Village in NYC, I said that we all owe Washington an apology, for letting things slide so gleefully towards the despotic, religious, venal and altogether ignorant cadre the American populace keeps voting into office. We sure as heck owe Jefferson an apology too considering the bedwetters like Rand Paul are actually considered serious, and the barkings of the many about duh constitutions and why it means I gets my freedoms and you don’t.

Why is science banned from the classroom? Why is critical thinking specifically targeted in Texas? How are corporations people? Ignorance is bliss ladies and gentleman, and the sheep are more easily shorn.

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.