We all have our priorities when it comes to things like politics. For example in Hubbard you can get in a debate about National Politics. You can get in an argument about State and Local Politics. And, you can easily get into a fist fight when it comes to the Local School Board Election.
Why? Because small towns are really into the well being of their children. Outsiders really shouldn't mess with them.
In general, Hubbard Folks say “it just makes sense” to take care of four things when it comes to their kids:
1. Protection: Interestingly, this starts with the unborn. The Andersen’s all have large families, and believe that if life doesn’t start at conception, then it certainly does in the first 90 days of a pregnancy. They told me, “they know, because they have seen the pictures”. The folks feel strongly about protecting all children including the unborn.
2. The Family: Aunt Tris just became a Great, Great, Great Aunt (count em that is three). She is a former 4th grade school teacher and the niece of Hall of Fame Baseball Star, Tris Speaker. She has observed generations of children and has personal case studies. These studies prove children "turn out better" when they have both a real Mother and a real Father, who stay together in a family. Hubbard folks strongly support anything that strengthens the family and oppose anything that weakens the family.
3. Education: When I grew up in Hubbard there was a labor union. The members of the labor union consisted of teachers, parents, and the local town’s people. In other words, the only non-union members were-- we the students, and we did the labor. This union’s sole purpose was to ban together to educate and prepare us for the things we would face in this world. The co-operation was air tight. If I was disciplined at school, that discipline was doubled when I got home. The next day all the store keepers heard about it and didn’t hesitate to call it to my attention.
Contrast that with today’s two political parties involvement with public education. One supports the teacher’s union in public schools, at the student and tax payers expense. While the other party works to opt out of the public system by using things like Vouchers. Why do we adults “politicalize” our educational system to the detriment of our children?
4. Inheritance of their Parent's National Debt: The Conservatives at the Hubbard City Café were furious when President George Bush’s administration ran huge deficits for eight years. He was assisted by a Republican Congress (6 years), and then a Democratic Congress (2 years). They were so mad some even decided to vote for Obama and an even larger Democratic Congress in 2008.
Now they are in disbelief that in just one year the deficit will add as much to our children’s debt as it took the Bush Administration seven years to create. Folks in Hubbard like to “pay as you go and even put a little away for the kids”. As Butch Jackson says, “this shit ain’t right”.
Speaking of making sense:
“Horse sense is the thing that a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” W.C. Fields
Think about it.