Voters in New York’s First congressional district are getting a taste of what teachers have experienced over the last decade.
Instead of the students being graded on their tests on objective criteria, teachers have had to deal with the “helicopter parent” explaining why little Johnny should not be graded on his incompetent performance on tests, but should be praised on his A plus attitude.
Based on objective criteria, George Demos’ career at the Securities and Exchange Commission was a disaster. Three SEC Inspectors General filed a report indicating the guy should get the bum’s rush out of the SEC for failing to protect the identity of an SEC whistleblower.
Had Demos disclosed his political activities in 2004 he would have been fired from the SEC Enforcement Division two years into his seven year tenure for a Hatch Act violation. His failure to disclose those political activities opened him to the possibility of extortion during the rest of his tenure.
Undertaking the role of the helicopter parent in support of George Demos is Rudy Giuliani., the apex of a political consulting industry into which Demos has thrown millions of dollars. Part of the role of the helicopter parent is to voice a dismissal of the role of objective criteria. Giuliani accomplishes this by stating on video “don’t believe the lies”.
Much like a helicopter parent indifferent to the video of little Johnny bullying all of the other kids on the playground, Giuliani does not deign to talk about the evidence, only deride the ludicrous concept that anyone would question his judgment.
Am I alone in remembering a time when we graduated voters who cared about objective standards and measuring candidates on accomplishment? A time when parochial school Sister Leonard Marie knocked out my brother’s front tooth and my Special Forces veteran father advised him that he deserved it?
Giuliani and Mukasey would have had to fire Demos if he had worked for them in the federal government and he violated the Hatch Act, as he did in 2004. During this campaign, I have often wondered if Sister Leonard Marie is around somewhere to knock some sense into the players in these political campaigns.
My brother got over losing the tooth. He never forgot the lesson.
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