We can’t possibly have an education crisis in this country. Everyone’s so smart. Young and old, rich and poor, liberal and conservative, you name it – everyone thinks they know what’s wrong with the country, and how to fix it. And why have a conversation, a dialogue, when you know that you’re right?
We must have been putting civics pills in the drinking water, because everyone thinks they know what this country stands for, how we’ve drifted from our values, and the way to return to our roots. And the more fragmented we become, the more everyone is certain that their view is the correct one, that their group is the right one, and that everyone else is wrong.
There’s only one problem: everyone can’t be right. So since we can’t all prevail, the only achievable goal is to prevent others from succeeding. Instead of building a consensus and a country, we are now fragmenting into smaller and smaller minorities, each with the power to block and to disrupt. Everyone has the power to impose their will by stopping and preventing others from achieving their goals.
Labels have replaced ideas, and shouting has replaced thinking. Minorities have the power to prevent, and we have become a nation of noise.
In the past, we feared the tyranny of a small minority who could impose their will on a much larger majority. Now, a large number of minorities can paralyze the majority. This is tyranny upside down.
This is tyranny from within. This is tyranny from ourselves in the name of our own values. This is the tyranny of the minorities.
Welcome to our future.