At the Whining School, millions of people are taught to whine and complain about how miserable their lives are as a result of the government. The complaining is meant to do nothing more than expiate the misery. The Whining School teaches non-constructive criticism and generally seems to provide an excuse to grumble and cry about everything in this world which oppresses, hinders, and blocks.
It is a school which teaches victimization as a value. When we are victims, we need take no responsibility, and we cry out for others (whoever they may be) to rescue us from our horrible plight.
On the other side, however, is the Watchdog School. The Watchdogs are there to ensure that government is not overstepping its bounds. It points out abuses and misuses of power. The Watchdog School teaches that vigilance in matters of public policy is very important. It is based on the premise that public institutions belong, after all, to the public and that the public has a right to respond – congratulating successes and pointing out shortcomings. Continue reading