Language and Ideology

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, future failed presidential candidatpolls_piyush_bobby_jindal_5520_1234_answer_1_xlargee, is on my television screen talking about his “plans” for education.  He says that children and families should be able to escape from failing schools.

Escape.  Not that we should provide assistance for struggling public schools and help them to meet their educational mission for all children.  No, instead, we should leave, exit, flee. Proverbial rats and proverbial ships.

This is the language of abandonment and individualism rather than progress and solidarity.  It is highly instructive about the mindset of conservative politicians and their view of the world.