Debating can be a very frustrating and unproductive activity. If our objective is to change the mind of a partisan, most likely we will not get anywhere. Why? We can try to get into the head of the person we are debating, but we don’t actually know what they are thinking. All we can do is examine their arguments.
When Conservatives debate Liberal Democrats, how do the debates tend to go? Well, I can only point to my own experience. Whenever I say almost anything about politics, some Liberal Democrat will almost inevitably take the time to tell me how awful Trump is. Is there really any appropriate way to respond to that? Well, I suppose I could get frothing mad about some Democrat and say awful things about that Democrat. Any Conservative think Nancy Pelosi is a great Speaker of the House? No, but what would be the point?
Therefore, I am not inclined to spend much effort trying to defend Trump. Instead, I just point out that his detractors no longer have any credibility. Impeachment flopped. Then I point to what Liberal Democrats say they believe. Here is an example. Liberal Democrats believe in government-run schools. In How modern education has destroyed the next generation’s soul: Students are taught self-esteem and sexual promiscuity more effectively than science and civics (washingtontimes.com), Everett Piper explains the problem with government-run schools by ending his article with this quote.
“All your life long you are slowly turning … either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, and rage … Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.” — C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity”
When we educate our children, we have the sacred duty of helping our children become heavenly creatures. If, instead, we turn our children over to politicians and bureaucrats, people no one with any good sense trusts, what excuse can we offer? None! Still, Liberal Democrat politicians want us to believe they should educate our children.
Why don’t we ever stop to think how absurd it is to put politicians in charge of our children? As Cal Thomas observes in America’s Expiration Date: Eric Metaxas with Cal Thomas (christianoutlook.com), for Christians handing their children over to the government is akin to letting the enemy educate our children. It would be just as dumb to let the Chinese train our soldiers.
Want a simple comparison? A straightforward example of our insanity. Consider how Milton Friedman described our options for spending money.
There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income. — Fox News interview (May 2004) (from here (en.wikiquote.org))
If we can be so easily convinced that we should rely upon politicians to wisely spend somebody else’s money on someone else, then we should not be surprised we can be convinced we should trust politicians instead of parents with the education “other people’s children”. Still, it is a crying shame.
Are politicians that dumb? Where do politicians send their own children? How Many Politicians Send their Kids to Public Schools? (publicschoolreview.com) uses old data, but I doubt things have changed much.