Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
Jingleheimer Schmidt Pitney Jr. at the Corner:
The text of the president’s speech to schoolchildren is largely inoffensive. But it contains at least one political gaffe. If you quit school, he tells the kids, “You’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.” Among Americans between ages 65 and 74, 20.7 percent quit before finishing high school. For those 75 and older, the figure is 27.4 percent. The latter group includes some who quit in order to enlist in the armed forces after Pearl Harbor. And yet the president seems to be calling them unpatriotic.
At first we thought this was yet another example of high school debaters taking over the conservative movement. But then we realized: the cynical intellectuals at NRO are all highly educated. In saying it’s okay to drop out, they’re really trying to eliminate their competition. After all, somebody has to clean their drains.