The tortured logic of Rick Martinez

Whacked by the irony stick:

We support Catholic education, including the school at our parish, even though we do not have school-age children.

To be clear, I don't dislike public schools or their board members, administrators or teachers. But I don't trust their priorities. Time and again, they put their ideology and interests ahead of individual student needs.

Those words were not snipped and placed together out of context, that's the sequence in which they were written. I'm surprised the dead-tree version of the paper didn't spontaneously combust from the laughable logical conflict.

Of course little Ricky doesn't see the conflict because, like so many other moral absolutists, he doesn't consider the Christian religion an ideology; it's the Truth, and everything else is just a (potentially dangerous) distraction.

While you and I look at children as the future, supporters of the education-industrial complex seem to view them a revenue stream.

Since you opened the door by misappropriating President Eisenhower's words, let's take a look at what he really said:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

A much more relevant analogy to this speech is the power and influence Art Pope now wields over the North Carolina General Assembly. And make no mistake, it will be disastrous.