Pete Hegseth has a book out, Battle for the American Mind, which among other promotions and revelations has taken on the chore (however “Johnny-come-lately”) of denigrating the general process of education in this country.

First, and foremost I would say, hooray for Mr, Hegseth. And to his efforts, I say, good hunting, Sir.  And when you finally tree this coon, Sir, you better have brought more than just a couple of coon dogs because that tree is going to be loaded with more critters of the coon persuasion than you are going to believe. And as any coon hunter knows, however cute and cuddly coons may appear, like most wild animals they will attack when cornered. A single cornered coon can bite scratch and claw in grizzly bear fashion to the tune of placing a hunter into the first-on-the-scene ambulance.

These so-called educators with their unions are not just poor teachers. They are bad people. Sick people at best. NO? Who else but a sick, diseased personality would advocate “drag queens” for children’s edification? And this is just one of a multitude of stupid and astonishing narratives of history or science flowing through the sewers of schools as well as the media, which considers itself an arm and a light of erudition. Anyone sending a child out to be mentored by a public teacher or most private teachers is knowingly or unknowingly guilty of child abuse. The “media’ speaks for itself—and of course, badly (including the Republican favorite Fox).

Those people whom you are attacking, primarily the NEA and AFT, not to mention the illiterate media are by their very pseudo-educated mindsets not only wild animals but often highbrow hydrophobic. They don’t care about anything apart from their victory over the minds of those to whom God gave talent(s). They will lie despite a fact and make up facts when they know none.

Mr. Hegseth seems genuinely excited about his pursuit, and again, good luck. I hope included in his realization is that the people “in charge,” which includes the mostly mentally blunted media, are completely self-absorbed by certain personalities and their historical hoodwinking and mishandling of primary sources—such as the nonsense of “Juneteenth,” etc. As is typical I just observed (6-20-22) the pseudo-historical blathering of his own Fox News associates on Fox and Friends on that ill-defined and ahistorical subject.

Mr. Hegseth’s background is Yankee. Mine is Southron. The difference is in the basic structure of a mindset that understands education is that which comes from the soul of the home and family: Southern. And not from some so-called “founding documents,” formulated by selected “founding” fathers: Yankee.

The Declaration of Independence was just such a statement. Independence and sovereignty are rooted in the home and family.  It was not some European-socialist-styled national document that foolishly simply “forgot” to free the slaves in its forming of some magic “nation.”

If you truly look backward at the corrupted scholarship of education you will need to look honestly into its darkest corruption of history. You will take an honest look at the historical quote now enshrined in Bartlett’s Quotations and throughout the land: “Four Score and Seven Years Ago…” This indeed is where the republic was lost and national education began. No? Take the time and look at what an uneducated journalist like H.L. Mencken had to say about it.

Perhaps, you will then realize that you have treed the varmint(s).

Hope it works for you, Mr. Hegseth. But if your undertaking is honest you are going to be attacked by a tree full of them mean and scrappy coon critters.

So, Mr. Hegseth, as I say, you better get you a fine pack of coon dogs for the chore. If you want suggestions, having grown up there, some feisty Mississippi coon dogs are excellent company for a hunter. And they fight back.

We got some pretty feisty ones here in Texas, too. If your associate, Brian Kilmeade really knew the character of Sam Houston, he would have known that.

But, again, good luck.


Paul H. Yarbrough

I was born and reared in Mississippi, lived in both Louisiana and Texas (past 40 years). My wonderful wife of 43 years who recently passed away was from Louisiana. I have spent most of my business career in the oil business. I took up writing as a hobby 7 or 8 years ago and love to write about the South. I have just finished a third novel. I also believe in the South and its true beliefs.

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  • leslie says:

    Mr. Yarbrough, would you share an email address? Would like to correspond. Thanks, love your writing.

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