Not Another Boring Textbook
Not Another Boring Textbook: A Teenagers’ Guide to Their Inner Conservative is written to high school students.
From the first chapter:
Have you ever felt used? It is a disgusting feeling, whether it was by a friend who just wanted to hang out with you because you had a car, or by a classmate who talks to you just to look good, but then abandons you when the person he or she has a crush on walks in the room?
Getting used hurts. But it is better to realize when that’s the case, so you can prevent people from using you in the future.
Here’s the truth, then: You are being used every day by an entire class of people in this country. It is a political class; they are a loosely confederated bunch that we will refer to herein as, “liberals.”
Young people are invariably wooed by liberal groups and the political parties affiliated with them. Yet, fundamentally, young people are conservative. They understand basic ideas such as individual liberty and rules of fair play. They don’t discriminate the way liberals tend to, and they know that hard work should have some correlation to success.
Not Another Boring Textbook is a former high school teacher’s attempt to cut through the liberal indoctrination program and reveal why our nation’s youth is conservative, and why it is in its interest to remain so.
In the 1950s, Kroc visited a small hamburger restaurant in San Bernardino, California, which had bought some ice cream mixers that he had been selling. The restaurant intrigued him, and he bought the rights to open new restaurants using the same name all throughout the country.
He opened his first McDonald’s in Illinois in 1955. He risked a lot of money and put great care into his business, which grew rapidly. Before long Ray Kroc had made McDonald’s into an international food empire. He pioneered the use of the restaurant franchise and developed business methods and models, including drive-through service, that have resulted in one of the most profitable enterprises in history.
McDonald’s has given job opportunities to millions of people all over the world, training them in efficiency and customer service. Thousands of people have owned individual McDonald’s restaurants to earn a living and provide for their families.
Kroc, of course, made millions, and his wife inherited billions. Joan Kroc donated most of it toward the end of her life to such charities as hospitals, animal shelters, and the Salvation Army. She helped establish the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, and helped flood victims in Minnesota. After her death, her estate donated $200 million to non-profit public radio stations.
Of course McDonald’s actively supports its own charity, Ronald McDonald House, which helps kids in need all over the world.
About the same time that Kroc was opening his first McDonald’s franchises in the Midwest, a man named Ernesto Guevara was building his own reputation in Cuba. In 1956, Fidel Castro and a band of communists set out to overthrow the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista. Guevara, known by his comrades as “Che,” joined the rebels and by 1959 they had successfully overthrown the Cuban government.
Che was a doctor by trade, but established himself within the revolution as one of its most ruthless warriors. He was known for executing accused traitors without a trial. He spoke of his “unbending hatred of the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine.” After the takeover of Cuba, Che was put in charge of the prison where enemies of the revolution served their sentences. In the six months that followed, some 200 political prisoners were executed on orders from Guevara.
Che was a brutal killer, bent on imposing his will of a socialist way of life all over the world. In Cuba, the revolution that he helped to win has resulted in poverty and isolation for millions. For decades, the people he said he was trying to help have suffered under a totalitarian police state.
After Cuba, he went to Africa, then to Bolivia to foment violent revolutions. In Bolivia, he was captured and executed.
Since his death, Che Guevara has become a favorite symbol of the left and of liberalism’s goals. Liberals have elevated him to hero-status.
Instead of praising Ray Kroc and the innovative empire he built, liberals attack men like him and McDonald’s as profiteers and ruthless capitalists who prey on the young and poor. Meanwhile, they promote the popular image of Che Guevara as a hero of the masses, when in reality he was a two-bit killer, who caused untold suffering.
The two men are different in so many ways. Liberals want you to think that Che is cool while Ray is lame. But Ray Kroc benefitted humanity more in a single day than Guevara could have ever hoped to do in his lifetime.
Liberals hope that you never hear that part of the history.