It is a fundamental right, particularly when the difference between a life of despair, poverty and hardship relies upon one’s access to education. And please, friends on the Right, don’t confuse motivation with access as you regularly do. If someone has the motivation to pursue education and learning, those are the people who the nation needs in its public and private institutions. These are the architects of America’s dreams. Access, reasonable access to education, like housing IS a fundamental human right, just like access to proper healthcare, clean water and healthy food.
Absolute needs such as not having access to housing, clean water and a decent diet are essential to true freedom. Righties, stop listening to the paid propagandists for the oligarchs who are securing prime control and access of essentials to life for themselves and to maintain power over the rest of us. How much time and energy is truly lost when working folks and families are consumed about essentials for basic human existence-the basis for assigning rights-and what might they accomplish? When you are poor, not being weighted under the spectre of a healthcare calamity is extraordinarily liberating.
Did the founding fathers, here on the eve of our nation’s birthday not Declare certain “truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness?”
That Declaration was the founding element amid a war of independence and the establishment of a nation unified 11 long and bloody years later under the United States Constitution. Life and Liberty are empty terms without the supposition that opportunity are imbued and inseparable characteristics of both. Happiness is the consequence of satisfaction of the reasonable security for both Life and Liberty. They are all, together, one in the same; part and parcel to one another. Without one none of the others can or should stand.
It is undeniable that education was and is considered fundamental to the opportunity and pursuit of true Liberty. The decision to end that mandate at high school is simply arbitrary, not something that is set by biology or the physical laws of the universe, nor even the ideological assumptions of economics. It is the decisions of men, not gods. Schools and access to education are the seeds of our nation’s legacy, not the training camps for the nation’s wealthy business owners. Are we building citizens or programming drones? Are we building a future or maintaining the issue that pursue us in the present?
The answer to that is fundamental to the future and security and continuance of our nation. It should indict immediately the un-democratic, anti-liberty motivations of those who would demean that notion!
Recently a friend from Michigan who is undertaking a run for the senate posed a question regarding the crisis growing with regards to the affordability . Chris Wahmhoff has, for a number of years, been a selfless and stalwart environmental and community activist in Michigan, standing with Occupy and then the Michigan Coalition against Tar Sands as a champion for the people. I offered this idea on one way of maintaining this basic right, securing the posterity of our nation and refocusing the promise and intent the constitution to where it begins-the People:
“I am for a constitutional amendment that mandates college in public 4 year institutions can never exceed what a full-time minimum wage worker brings home in one year, and that Masters and PhDs can never exceed 30% and 40% above that basic cost, respectively, that same amount. Private institutions may charge more but will receive no public funds or subsidies if they exceed 45% above what it costs to attend a public institution. If colleges want or need to charge more the nation will be required to raise the minimum wage to maintain pace.”
Simple, doable, equitable and maintains a bracket insulating the nation from institutionalized poverty. More than that, it becomes a banner that reminds us all that the American Dream is what we build together and maintain for one another. Ask yourself, what the martyrs of this nation’s wars, its independence and struggle for civil rights sacrifice and accomplish? What did they sacrifice for?
Happy birthday, America…if you will.
WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com