You know, being a teacher is a difficult job.
The pay is substandard, the hours long, and the stress levels sky high. However, it also carries great rewards by allowing the instructor to gain access to the minds of the future and help shape the coming generation of Americans. With such a responsibility in hand, it is no wonder we are kept to a high level of accountability.
We are expected to adhere to moral and ethical codes. We are expected to conduct ourselves in a professional manner. We are also under great scrutiny, particularly in regards to communication with the students.
As an instructor in the state of Florida, I am bound to the use of a school district email account to conduct all school related communications with students and parents. I am to only call the parents regarding their student’s progress and am never to meet outside of school grounds. These are all logical, and perfectly acceptable limits placed upon me.
For me to deviate from them would be a terrible scandal and most likely would lead to my dismissal. With this heavy oversight on teachers around the country, isn’t it incredible that the same government for which I work for gives such leniency to the highest echelon of its employees? Why are teachers held to a greater accountability than politicians and statesman?
Well I am here to answer that question to the best of my ability. I suppose the first answer is that these individuals ARE the government itself. They compromise the foundation for the government institution to exist. Why would we give such authority to a small group of people? Well in theory they are supposed to be limits and checks on their behavior. There are entire paragraphs of the constitution, a small document so a paragraph is a significant portion, dedicated to the good behavior and limitations on said officials.
But, there is no means of enforcement. The answer to that dilemma is the electoral process. If a person has broken the law or behaved in an immoral/unethical way, he/she would be exposed to the voting public who would make the decision on whether or not to dismiss them. But in this day and age of politicized media pundits, misinformation, partisan rhetoric, and insider immunity, nothing happens. They continue to be elected, and reelected, and hell even promoted after breeching the public’s trust in their behavior.
Imagine the unmitigated gall of our politicians and image for a second that we, John Q Public, would dare to pull such a stunt.
Let’s start with one that hits close to home for me. Imagine I, a teacher, behaved in a manner similar to Hilary Clinton regarding my emails with students. Image I established a private email account and even safeguarded the server from private oversight of a company by installing it in my house with the sole purpose of communicating with students. Even if all I emailed were test results, when found out I would be fired on the spot, my benefits eliminated, and my rear-end dragged before news agencies and reporters in a wave “Possible Pedophile Hysteria”.
Now take it a step further, I used the email site to communicate on a personal level with a student, like Hilary conducted top-secret information regarding assets on the ground. I would be arrested, I would be railroaded through the courts, my family shunned, my life in personal jeopardy, my mug shot on every newspaper in America, and my inevitably long prison term a long yet most likely eventful affair.
I am just a teacher in a small corner of the country, but the public is more apt to hold me accountable than the Secretary of State, one of the most powerful and influential people not just in the US, but in the world. Why am I held more accountable?
Another great example is Charlie Rangel, the illustrious Representative from New York, who owes decades of back taxes to the federal government and has used his position for personal gain (admittedly though that’s a chronic problem in the Halls of Federal Government).
Imagine you, my good reader, owed money to the IRS, even a small amount. How many letters would arrive at your house? How many phone calls would you receive at home, at work, hell at your mistress’s house (they know!)? How long could avoid them before they started garnishing your wages? How long before they decide enough is enough, and you’re carted off to jail?
What has been created and reinforced by this new low-information/low-morality American public is a new aristocracy.
The Democrats speak truth when they say there are two America’s. There is the America of the citizens, who are held accountable for their actions, shamed in public, and punished by a Justice System run by crooks.
Then there is the America of the politician. They are above the law because, hell, they make the law. When they get in trouble, where the media will crucify an immoral teacher or a big-money tax cheat, they play defense. They make excuses or they appeal to attitude of “oh come on, as if this is news?” dismissiveness.
They get reelected because they have the backing of lobbyists who pay to destroy their detractors, they live lavish lifestyles of grand fortune off your tax money (and then demand more, hmmm?), and they use their position to screw the American people.
The voters go along with it, particular on the Democrat side, because they are completely dependent on the government. The government uses our money to bribe us into keep them in power and then keeps us in a place of complacency and apathy, the perfect population for a corrupt cartel of people to remain in power.