by Christopher Paslay
When I disagreed with Ms. Ravitch on her blog about our POTUS, she surprisingly resorted to name-calling.
For those who don’t know Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education at New York University and prestigious historian of education, allow me to give some background information. She’s the Founder and President of the Network for Public Education (NPE), author of 11 highly acclaimed books and editor of 14 others, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including New York Magazine and the Washington Post. According to her website:
From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards.
From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. From 1995 until 2005, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy. Before entering government service, she was Adjunct Professor of History and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
(For a full biographical sketch of her numerous awards and achievements, check out her biography here.)
And she called me a MAGA-nut.
Why? Because I challenged a post on her education website headlined, “Listen to Giuliani to Learn What Trump is Thinking.” The post, which has nothing to do with education (she too has gotten sucked into the muck of American politics) analyzes remarks made by Rudy Giuliani during recent television appearances. She quotes several paragraphs from the Washington Post, but basically, her thesis is that “there’s a great value to Giuliani’s appearances. They tell us what the president is thinking about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into the Russia scandal — and what he’s afraid of.”
The conclusion Ravitch draws is that because Giuliani mentions “collusion not being a crime,” the inference we can draw is that there was collusion between Trump and Russia. (To read her entire post click here.)
After reading the post my reaction was this: when it comes to “Russian election meddling,” why does everyone always focus on the who, and not the what? The what at the center of it all, of course, are Julian Assange’s Wikileaks—the nearly 50,000 leaked documents that showed that the Democratic National Committee, including Hillary Clinton and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, rigged their party’s primary in favor of Clinton and against Bernie Sanders.
The leaked emails also showed that Clinton’s campaign colluded with CNN political commentator Donna Brazile, who amazingly went on to become interim DNC Chair when Wasserman Schultz was forced to step down. This is a point I’ve made multiple times lately, including in an article I recently wrote for the American Thinker titled, “The Who and the What of Russian Election Meddling.”
So I posted my comment, which was basically an abridged version of the American Thinker piece. About 10 minutes later, Diane Ravitch responded with the following: I get comments like this one from time to time, and I usually delete them because this is not the place for pro-Trump rantings. But every once in a while, it is necessary to pay attention to a MAGA-nut.
That’s how the compassionate and tolerant Left handles a discussion when someone disagrees with them: they call names. For the record, I didn’t personally attack Ravitch or her followers. I simply asked the question: Why do we continuously harp on the who of the so-called “election meddling,” and not look at the what at the center of it all?
After the Ravitch comment came a lengthy response from a guy named Lloyd Lofthouse, who began his rebuttal with the following: I have one word for another obvious sockpuppet troll. “Idiot.”
So there you have it. Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education at New York University and prestigious historian of education, responds by calling me a “nut,” and a member of her blog community calls me an “idiot.” Do you see the irony here? This is the exact behavior I’m talking about when it comes to the treatment of supporters of President Trump. The American Left has become so emboldened by the continuous smear operation on our POTUS—in the classroom, in the entertainment industry, and in the establishment media—that they forget their own rules of civility. Granted, Trump has an abrasive style and is an easy target, but there’s still no excuse for the way he’s been maligned and purposely misrepresented, and there’s definitely no excuse for the way Americans are labeled “nuts” or “kooks” and often intimidated into silence in regards to the support of our POTUS.
Ms. Ravitch, as a well-respected historian and professor of education, you should know better.