My words to another poster on the AJC blog, “Get Schooled,” on December 8, 2016:
I do not want America to rule the world. I want America to lead the way, with moral authority, to build partnerships in which responsibility for the world’s people and the world’s literal survival depend. President Obama understood this, as did his protege Hillary Clinton.
Now, under Trump, I feel as if we are all afloat on a “ship of fools” led by the master magician who has no moral authority because he alone, through those in America who are unaware, wants to rule the world. We are in a much more dangerous world with Donald Trump at the helm, as I see it.
Btw, you may want to improve public schools, but you do not do so with compassion nor with wisdom. The real problem is the disenfranchisement in the communities and poverty, as a result. However, you would rather focus on discipline and attendance instead of even acknowledging, much less addressing, the root problem which I just named. If our politicians in power had real compassion for disenfranchised people, as well as wisdom, they would be addressing their neighborhoods instead of turning their schools into vehicles for profit.
And this, which I posted on the AJC’s “Get Schooled” on December 13, 2016:
Today’s populace, parents and children, lack insight and wisdom because they, like Donald Trump, live mentally in a 10-second-concentration world. Internalizing history is a thing of the past. Reading for depth of understanding has become a thing of the past. When the people in states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania choose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton as the person who will bring jobs back to their once middle class status, they have been bamboozled into voting for the wrong candidate because they lack historical understanding as well as wisdom, which comes from reading material that requires concentration for, perhaps, 800 pages.
Those of the 1% of wealth in this nation have changed the trajectory of America from middle class to a plutocracy by design for over 40 years, and that powerful plutocracy is not, now, about to work “for the people.” They work for themselves, alone, where wealth and power are everything. That includes Donald Trump. The people of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were not versed in historical facts, and they could not read character well when they chose Trump over Clinton. In other words, they were not truly literate. Uneducated Americans will not be able to sustain their republic. (Jefferson, B. Franklin)
Reading for depth must never become a thing of the past or human beings will become less than they are capable of becoming and will become servants of the wealthy manipulators of their lives.
Read this concession speech by Hillary Clinton, delivered in November of this year, to understand what intellectual depth entails: