And while mowing, I thought about my voting habits as a college age fellow. I did my civic duty by voting for blacks and women whom I had been taught were just as capable and were underrepresented and oppressed. I was the kind of guy who knew nothing and voted anyway -- the kind of guy who should not vote at all.
I thought about all those intro classes -- Intro to Sociology, to Psychology, to Philosophy, to Film Studies -- and how they gave me just enough indoctrination to make me think I knew something, but not enough breadth, exposure, or real debate to really make informed judgments. Tom remembers me wearing an X on my head, for Pete's sake.
Wasn't it Stalin who said control the schools and use them to mold young people's minds? A mere generation since I espoused all the liberal talking points and voted for Clinton, have we lost the fight? Does Obama win, not on merit but because we've all been taught it's the right thing to do? That his merit is that he's not the rich white guy, and that's enough?
I believed back then that the European white man was the problem, and anything else was a better solution. Later, I grew up and decided that was no way to pick a President, or congressman, or state auditor, or anything else, but I feel today like I am now in a minority that will only get smaller, which bothers me not because I think I am so right but because I think I used to be so wrong, and because everyone who was schooled after me has received the same indoctrination yet lacks my benefit of years.