You wouldn’t know it from how the current ruling class treats dissent, but once upon a time, there was no greater crime in America than “questioning someone’s patriotism.” The accusation that conservatives had been making a habit of this at all was severely overblown, but the other side of the coin is that, as much as Democrats hate to hear it, there is indeed reason to doubt the Left’s love of the United States.
The latest example:
Up in Massachusetts at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School they even had a special assembly moment to honor the six graduating seniors who’d voluntarily signed up to serve their country.
The audience gave them a cheering, whistling standing ovation. But not Marybeth Verani. One of the school’s teachers.
Verani refused to applaud. Instead she waved an “End War” sign. And sat down. Apparently not the only New England school teachers moving against the U.S. military.
According to students, “Verani has long made her anti-military views well-known in class.” WBZ-TV’s report interviews incredulous students:
Student & Marine Corps recruit Ashley Jacob: “Now it’s like hard to see them as a role model if they’re not supporting their students.”
Student Jill MacDonald: “I just can’t picture anyone not clapping ‘cause they’re going to defend our country for us.”
The most outrage Principal Ken Jenkins can muster is admitting that “a classroom is a better environment for that kind of dialogue”—it figures. Verani herself says:
I’m showing them in a democracy how to exercise dissent […] it was to show another point of view.
You know, like the Wesboro Baptist Church. They’re just offering another point of view; what’s the big deal? The big deal, obviously, is the venue. That the differences between a graduation ceremony and a political forum are lost on this education professional alone is enough to raise serious questions about her basic competence—or, it would be if it were sincere. The more likely scenario is that this is merely a ruse; whenever leftists are held accountable for controversial conduct, they fall back on some non-controversial value, like freedom of speech.
It was not against them, at a personal level. It was to show another point of view.
I’ll give you that much, Ms. Verani: it wasn’t about them. It was about you. Your arrogance. Your ego. Your political agenda. Your sense of entitlement.
You have so little regard for the accomplishments, the courage, or the feelings of your students and their families that you saw no problem interrupting their day—a deeply personal occasion they should have been able to treasure untarnished the rest of their lives—with your political agenda. You could not set aside partisanship even for the handful of hours it took to honor your students, in an assembly that was simply about the character, discipline, and sacrifice it takes to protect freedom—not about the Afghanistan War, not about the Iraq War, not about any particular mission those students may be sent on in the future.
You thought American soldiers understood the freedom of speech so little, they needed you to demonstrate it for them.
Given her shameful conduct in a patriotic, non-partisan assembly, one cringes wondering what goes on in her classroom. In a sane country, the decision would already have been made that Marybeth Verani would never set foot in an American classroom again. But if recent memory and the propagandistic state of modern public education is anything to go by, that won’t be the case (the principal says they’re “reviewing [their] options”). We can be sure the fallout won’t shame the education establishment or their cronies out of scamming the taxpayers, either.
But it should. The honor of what should be revered as a noble profession lies in shambles, and will remain so until good teachers decide education as a whole should once again deserve the admiration its apologists demand.