Setting the facts straight

Dear Editor,

This letter is being written in response to the letter “Flip the Fifth,” by Mallory Roman, of Durham, published in the April 5, 2018 edition. This is not meant to be a personal attack on Ms. Roman, but rather is meant to correct some of the misstatements of fact within her letter as well as to briefly offer my take on the same issue.

I do not know Ms. Roman personally, and she may well be a very bright and intelligent lady. However, IF she, like myself, is a product of the public education system that she praises, then her letter demonstrates much of what is wrong with the public school system today.

To start off, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx did not “vote for” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Congresswoman Foxx is a member of the House of Representatives. Only the Senate votes for or against the confirmation of the President’s nominees for cabinet positions. Therefore, while Congresswoman Foxx supported Ms. DeVos’s nomination, she could not possibly have “voted for” her confirmation, and thus her “vote” could not possibly have been “the difference” between Ms. DeVos being confirmed or rejected.

Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution provides, in part, that the President “…shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law:…”

It seems that the majority of Americans are unaware of this clause of the Constitution, and of many other clauses of the Constitution, because it is not taught effectively in public school classrooms anymore. Many teachers are unaware of what is in the Constitution because the left-wing professors at colleges and universities who trained them to be teachers have very little to no respect for the Constitution.

This ignorance of, and lack of respect for, America’s most important founding document has had an effect on too many young people today. Just take a look at all of these students and other

young people trying to exploit the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, to advocate for blatant infringements upon our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. If that does not convince you, take a look at multiple polls, from organizations such as Gallup and the Pew Research Center, that show that a high number (up to forty percent) of people from younger generations believe that government should be allowed to limit certain speech that could be deemed “offensive” to other people, thus infringing on the First Amendment rights of We the People.

The lack of basic civic knowledge by so many in the population, particularly among the younger generation, is alarming and needs to be solved if America is going to continue to prosper as a constitutional republic (we are NOT a democracy, despite what so many people seem to believe). The public school system has had its chance to instill an adequate education, including the appropriate knowledge of civics and America’s founding documents into its pupils. However, it has failed so miserably, and we are seeing the results of it in our young people today.

Ironically, the ones that will be helped most by charter schools are the ones whom public education is failing the most, those stuck in poorer school districts that do not have the adequate funds to properly educate their children. Additionally, if you do not want to enroll your child in a public or charter school, there is always homeschooling. Homeschooled youth tend to be among the brightest in our society today, and their test scores show it. They also tend to be far more knowledgeable about civics, including our Constitution, than their public school-educated peers.

I am not a resident of Stokes County. However, I know and interact with enough people in Stokes County on a regular basis to read the Stokes News weekly. I am, however, a resident of North Carolina’s fifth congressional district, and I do not appreciate people from places outside of the district telling me how I should vote, particularly when they are so poorly informed about basic facts.

I respect Ms. Roman’s First Amendment rights to vigorously disagree with my viewpoints and my analysis. I respect her rights to her own viewpoints. However, if she insists on telling people from a congressional district she does not live in how to vote, I would certainly appreciate it if she was at least well enough informed to base her advice on correct facts and information and not on hearsay, assumptions, or talking points from left-wing organizations or the Democratic National Committee.

Thank you.


Alex de la Torre

Pfafftown, NC