What We Learned from the White House Meeting with the Press over Trump’s Health: Our education system is a total failure in need of major reforms

Rush Limbaugh was on to something when he made his observations of the media uproar over President Trump’s medical exam—which was the most open that any president had ever offered. At 71 years old, Trump is a healthy guy and that seemed to destroy any last hopes that this media culture had of getting rid of his administration over the next seven years. As if Obama, the chain smoker who had to sneak out of the White House to get a Five Guys hamburger—because his wife wouldn’t let him otherwise—were the standard—Trump at an even older age showed a medical examination that many 30 years olds couldn’t have passed, and the president was proud enough of the report to let his doctor take questions for roughly an hour and let the media make jokes of themselves. It was really a pathetic display that has far-reaching implications into the quality of our overall culture. Limbaugh was right in his first hour of a show played on January 17, 2018—the deeper concern is that the reporters asking these questions represent the best of their fields, they are the top reporting prospects from the various media outlets—the brightest that our colleges have produced, and given their line of questions and the nature of their delivery—we are in real trouble as a society. They behaved with a great lack of intelligence and sophistication.

I can’t help but think back to when I was in studio at 700 WLW with Scott Sloan, over eight years ago as of this writing talking about the outrageous salaries of the Lakota school system and how that mismanagement of resources was causing dangerous property tax increases. After the show aired came a parade of levy supporters who called the station to complain about my appearance, mostly women who worked in real estate that were using the school system for easy sales transactions. They declared we were all products of the public education system and we owed it to the next generation to keep everything intact to pay back what we had been given. Well, that was a separate problem that I became more involved in as time went on. At that particular time the philosophical issue was the cost of public education, not the quality of it. However, after a few years of this debate, the quality was something I spoke about more and more until finally everyone was so far apart on agreement that we were ready to kill each other over it. But the fact remained, the public education system that we were working so hard to find money for, and charging property owners with enormous tax bills wasn’t doing a good job with our next generations and now things were terrible. We have an entire generation of grownups—who were kids at the time—who don’t know or understand the basics of life—they are pampered, spoiled, brats.

I was fortunate in a lot of ways, I was one of the last kids in my generation to have a mom who stayed home in the traditional sense to raise me and my siblings. We had a very traditional home and a mother who worked a lot harder than most to make life good for us. We had a father who worked in the traditional way as well, he was an executive who brought home the resources for us all to live a decent middle-class life—which to me always seemed like a put down, but it was a good life compared to the rest of the world. My dad grew up on a farm so he had a very strong work ethic which he taught to me. His parents operated a farm their entire lives and were so dedicated to it that they only left the state of Ohio one time in their 80 plus years of life, and that was to take a family vacation to Virginia Beach. On my mom’s side her parents were traditionalists who came up north from Appalachia looking for work in the Fairfield General Motors plant called Fisher Body. He worked third shift and very hard. She was a housewife and very dedicated to her family. They had a farm too and when they weren’t making money at the “shop” they worked hard on that farm. So I was fortunate to be surrounded by people who worked very hard and it rubbed off on me.

But I hated school. From the first moment I attended kindergarten I felt I knew more than my teachers—and this was more than just me being a rebellious kid. It came from me having a good family that provided me with lots of resources to learn from and I was too far ahead of my classmates who didn’t have such stable families. School was boring and unimaginative for me. I saw it as an uninteresting daycare and my parents believed that the system of education was more important than what they could do themselves, so I had to endure it. Back then we didn’t know what we do now, it was common to trust that the authorities knew more than the rest of us—so there was trust. This was at a time before there was a Department of Education and all these Marxist fantasies that were later revealed during the Reagan years for which was the whole purpose of creating the Department of Education in 1979 to begin with. My perspective allowed me to watch the destruction unfold year by year without the psychological attachment of really caring about my school experience. I hated it, so there wasn’t any emotion about what I was able to witness. If I had enjoyed it, I might have found reasons to ignore what my eyes and mind told me about the experience. But since I had a hate for it, it was easy to see the parasites which worked behind public education to destroy our society from within.
I went to college because everyone told me I had to, and I hated that too for all the same reasons. I had hoped that college would be different—more intellectual, but it was just more liberal propaganda. Not the kind of things I learned on the farms of my grandparents and in my traditional home. The whole process seemed more concerned about creating Democratic voters. I remember a particular fight my brother and I had when he went to college, he was five years younger than me. We of course grew up pro-gun. Back in those days we could shoot guns out our back door so he had a lot of exposure as did I. But in his first year of college he had become noticeably anti-gun which caused a major rift in our relationship. Its taken him nearly 20 years to start to untangle some of what he learned in those years, and I suspect it will take 20 more to completely wash it away—but the bottom line is this, our education system has not been about learning, its been all about programming us as a society into a liberal aimed philosophy–and that is counter to everything it should have been.

I’ve warned about it for many, many years. People used to think that my objections were due to some hatred of authority figures or a lack of scholastic aptitude. Nothing could have been further from the truth. I read more and have went further in my own education than most people do in their entire lifetimes. My favorite books tend to be those written prior to the 1980 as a point of note, because everything after has a little bit of social taint as the publication houses in New York became activists for the progressive trends of our times—and I trust them a lot less than I do when editors at those publication houses were people in the prime of their careers after the World War II generation. The quality of people intellectually has declined a lot over the last forty years and now we are seeing it really on full display during the Trump administration.
The clash between Trump and these kids in the media basically come down to this, the president is an old school guy from America’s good past, before the destruction of our people took place intellectually. He is one of the last of his kind—and he is trying to inspire a return to that type of America that existed before the creation of the Department of Education—people like my parents and grandparents, because back in those days they weren’t that uncommon. People had good, functional educations and they were smart enough to vote, and read the newspaper to keep up on things. They were the kinds of families we see and love in Christmas time televisions shows like A Christmas Story. We might make fun of the grumpy dad who is a little out of touch with the rest of the family while mom took care of all the little details, but it worked in America and we still yearn for that kind of stability in our lives. What we have now is what those reporters reflected, broken families, broken lives, false belief systems, negative outlooks about life. They are a mess and there is no way our society will last with people like them in charge of it. Globalists love it, they want an end to America so of course they are anti-Trump. But people like me, who were fortunate enough to be cognizant of the whole process along the way to be able to speak about it confidently even though it has gone against the stream of social concern—we’ve identified the issue correctly and now at least can point to history and demand a second look with hindsight being 20/20.

We must reform our education system, now. We cannot allow another generation of people to have their minds destroyed to populate our culture. It’s probably already too late, the evidence can be seen in the reporters of that White House briefing. Those are the best that our culture has produced, so imagine what the average people are like out there? I have kids in this age group and let me tell you this—its not looking good. Not good at all. We better change things quick, or there will be no return.

Rich Hoffman
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