“In addressing criticism of the Common Core national education standards, a panelist at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, said critics were a ‘tiny minority’ who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because ‘the children belong to all of us:'”
Reville continued, “Again, the argument about where it came from I think privileges certain sort of fringe voices about federalism and states’ rights, and things of that nature, when really what we’re doing at the national level here now, state by state, is what a lot of our states thought made sense individually.”
“Why should some towns and cities and states have no standards or low standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move [to different states in their educational lives]?”
Because yeah, there’s nothing at all chilling about that quote when it’s made on a panel hosted by a man who throws around Jim Jones analogies.
Melissa Harris-Perry and the rest of MSNBC, call your office. As Rich Lowry wrote last year in response to that infamous moment — a carefully crafted MSNBC commercial that as the above quote from Reville highlights, revealed much about how the left thinks:
This impulse toward the state as über-parent is based on a profound fallacy and a profound truth. The fallacy is that anyone can care about someone else’s children as much as his own. The former Texas Republican senator Phil Gramm liked to illustrate the hollowness of professions to the contrary with a story. He told a woman, “My educational policies are based on the fact that I care more about my children than you do.” She said, “No, you don’t.” Gramm replied, “Okay: What are their names?”
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Although perhaps Sarah Palin had the best response, which applies to both chilling quotes:
Dear MSNBC, if our kids belong to you, do your kids belong to us too? If so, can we take them hunting after church in our big pickup truck?
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) April 9, 2013
But if ever there was a need to diversify education standards and remove the corrosive influence of the leftwing state, the time is now — and I know somebody who has more than a few ideas on just that topic.