by Shorty Dawkins
Daphne Lee recently gave a powerful, impassioned speech concerning the NDAA. In her speech, she said, “I’m just a Mom.” Really, Daphne? Just a Mom? Might I remind you that if it weren’t for you, your children wouldn’t be alive today. You, as a Mom, are the life-giver, and the nurturer of those you give life to. Yes, your husband, the Father of your children, has a share in that life-giving and nurturing, but you are the life-giver. You carried that child in your womb for 9 months, and you endured the pains of labor. As result of your efforts, your child was born. Together, you and your husband will nurture, care for and love that child. Will you stop loving that child? No. A parent’s love, particularly a Mother’s love, is never conditional. You and your child will have times of anger, frustration, fear and discord, but the love you have for that child will never end.
Daphne is a Mom, not just a Mom. Which brings me to speak of why she might have called herself “Just a Mom”. In our so-called “modern” Society, we have been molded/indoctrinated to believe in “experts”. Expert testimony in trials. Experts explaining the news. Experts who formulate the “schooling” for our children. Society today tends to believe if someone has an “educational degree” attached to their names, then that person is an “expert”. We are constantly told the “experts”, the Phds, and the “Think Tank” researchers and thinkers know what is best for us; for Society. It is the Phd that matters, or the membership in the prestigious think tank. If you are a plumber, a carpenter, a secretary, a bookkeeper, a clerk at a Department Store, a Mom, or a myriad of other occupations, you are considered to be unknowledgeable in anything but your chosen field of endeavor. When you speak at public events, such as at Town Meetings, or City Council meetings, you are given the impression that your voice is being tolerated, but not heard, for you are not an “expert”.
Jobs today, for simple managerial positions, require degrees, regardless of the situation. We have become a nation enthralled with the idea of higher education as an end-all and be-all in, and of, itself. “Education”, of course at “approved institutions”, is the panacea for all problems. It is the end that justifies ….. justifies what? And what is the “education” that those degrees signify? Merely that the student has completed the course of study/indoctrination, that other degreed “experts” have decided is the correct one.
Do not think I oppose education. No, I have been on a lifelong journey to educate myself. I am proud to say that I have not a single degree to my name. My education has been wide-ranging. I have not limited myself to a specific course of study, merely to obtain that degree that others consider important.
This belief in “experts” is promulgated by those who manipulate us into a stratified society of the haves and have-nots. A carpenter is a lowly individual;, a mere craftsman, in the minds of the Elitists, who manipulate Society. His worth is far less than someone with a fancy degree. Yet, who builds the house the man with the degree lives in? Who fixes his plumbing problems. Rarely does a person with a Phd paint his own house. It is beneath their abilities.
Do we need brilliant individuals? Of course, but Benjamin Franklin had very little schooling. Thomas Jefferson had little. Abe Lincoln was self-taught. It is not what school a person graduated from, nor what degree they may have obtained, but the actual quality of what they learned that matters, however, or wherever, they learned it.
Is Daphne Lee just a Mom? Judging by her speech, I would say she is an intelligent, caring person. She is, in my opinion, more intelligent and more caring than a good many members of Congress. She recognizes the inherent dangers of the NDAA to our Bill of Rights. Those members of Congress who voted for it are either too stupid to see the dangers, or are so uncaring of the Bill of Rights that they passed it. No doubt they were told it was important; to someone.
I am a writer, not just a writer. I was a carpenter for many years, not just a carpenter. I have been a life-long seeker of truth and knowledge. No man, or woman, is better than me because they have a degree. Neither am I better than them. We are all individuals, and as such, we are free to speak our minds. No one should be treated with condescension because they lack a degree, or choose to be a stay at home Mom. A plumber, a trash collector, a janitor, or whatever occupation, serves Society in their own chosen path. The Elite like to condescend to “listen” to the voice of the people, but they do not hear the words. They have another agenda.
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