Hail The YouTube Generation!


What a marvel YouTube is. Where else can you watch:

  • Antoine Dodson reminding us all to “run and tell ‘dat, homeboy!” (the seminal moment brought to us by Auto-Tune®, in my humble opinion)?
  • President Ronald Reagan exhorting Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”?
  • Video of Pink Floyd concerts (my preferred work-and-ignore-the-dog soundtrack)?

As is the case with the latter example, not everything available on Youtube is noteworthy in a good way. For every episode of the Personal Liberty Digest’s™ “The Great Eight” (shameless, I know), there are shrieking lunatics like President Barack Obama’s “former” pastor Jeremiah Wright. And, once in a while, a moment that might otherwise be lost gains exposure thanks to our friends at YouTube.

Let’s also offer our gratitude to Hunter Rogers. Rogers is a regular kid living a regular life — at least, he was. Then, he ran into an intellectual roadblock: a teachers’ union thug posing as an educator. Last week, he rescued one of those “teachable moments.” In a nearly 10-minute exchange recorded by Rogers, a liberal named Tanya Dixon-Neely turned what might have been an opportunity to explore the intricacies of the National political discourse into a babbling Obama supporter’s insane tirade. While Dixon-Neely’s bizarre descent into deranged Obama-fandom in a classroom is disturbing enough, the fact that she is Rogers’ social studies teacher makes it worse.

During the course of what presumably should have been instruction on something that has at least a moderate basis in reality, Dixon-Neely slightly overreacted to Rogers’ effort to draw a parallel between the ridiculous fable of Mitt Romney allegedly bullying someone five decades ago to the equally ridiculous — but far more substantiated (Obama admits it in his rather premature memoir Dreams from My Father) — tale of Obama bullying a girl when he was knee-high to a community activist.

At one point, Dixon-Neely shouts: “As a teacher, I’m not supposed to allow you to disrespect the President of the United States…” She then bolsters her fallacious argument with further flimflam: “Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things about (President George W.) Bush?” The fact that no such arrests were made is as lost on Dixon-Neely as the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which appears to have been crowded out of the curriculum by the major talking points from the North Carolina Association of Educators, an adjunct of the largest union in the country: the National Education Association.

The real coup de grâce arrives during this back-and-forth:

Dixon-Neely: “…didn’t I tell you that we would not be degrading, talking about degrading things…”

Rogers: “Well if you’re going to trash Romney…”

Dixon-Neely: “No, because there’s no comparison. He’s running for President, Obama is the President.”

I suppose we can allow Dixon-Neely a pass for her civic faux pas; she’s only a teachers’ union flunky. Given liberal predilections toward hysteria, perhaps we should give her a pass on the rest of the nonsense that erupted from her piehole.

But we can certainly worry about our Nation’s future in the hands of such accomplished academics as Dixon-Neely and her union accomplices. According to Rogers, he recorded Dixon-Neely’s outburst after repeated politically charged bullying. Like many of the subjects of videos on YouTube, Dixon-Neely — just another unhinged liberal who goes ballistic at any criticism of her beloved icon — is fairly unremarkable. But she’s emblematic of a much larger cancer growing within the cradles of academe. Unable to wash away the bitter taste of Obama’s colossal incompetence, liberals are trying to change the recipe before it’s baked.

But there is good news. Like virtually every other assault the Democratic Party has launched, their efforts to murder knowledge in its cradle is failing. As the recording proves, Rogers is probably better qualified to teach social studies at North Rowan High School than Dixon-Neely. Given the fact that Dixon-Neely’s outburst earned her only a paid suspension, Rogers is probably better qualified to teach than pretty much everyone at the Rowan-Salisbury School System. Best of all, YouTube has shone the light of truth into the dark recesses of liberalism’s twisted core.

In the immortal words of Antoine Dodson: “Run and tell ‘dat, homeboy!”

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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