Why I Want A Divorce From Lakota: The abusive spouse of government run education

It’s not like Lakota won by a large margin in the election of 2013.  With the narrow margin of just a few hundred votes out of 26,000 cast, the begging needy levy supporters of Lakota earned through government force the legal ability to steal more money from the pockets of property owners.  Leading up to the election Lakota had spent over $100,000 to create reports they used for their campaign, Delphi Technique community conversations by Jeffery Stec, and funneled money through PTA groups to fund a fourth levy attempt.  They captured the media having virtually everyone in town eating out of their hand.  CLICK HERE FOR AN EXAMPLE, AND BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.  Scott Sloan and Bill Cunningham from 700 WLW helped Lakota with a ridiculous argument about property values, which we will deal with in greater detail in the coming days.  Rick Jones, the Butler County Sheriff came out in favor of the levy, and all the television news outlets carried the story framed exactly as Lakota framed it, “the school hadn’t passed a levy since 2005.”  Reporters didn’t consider if the money was needed at Lakota, they didn’t explore the graphs shown by No Lakota Levy as to why; they simply formed their reports based on the press releases given by Lakota.

Cunningham and Jones are both either married or directly employed by government so their defense of Lakota’s government employees wasn’t unforeseen.  But Scott Sloan had shifted his view of support for No Lakota Levy from before in an obvious attempt to give his wife some business as a Realtor.  Sloan wouldn’t be the first guy to form his political beliefs around peace in the bedroom, based on the last interview I did with him back in 2012, its obvious something along those lines is going on, even though he would probably never admit it.  He called me a sexist several times after our interview and certainly turned on me when he knew damn well that what was going on was a hit piece by Lakota.  Sloan played along willingly.   I didn’t understand what happened between Scott and me until I spoke to Doc Thompson about the inner politics of Clear Channel, and learned things about Scott personally.  I left it alone and we pretty much parted ways after that—which is what Lakota was after anyway.  Part of the rush to place this latest levy attempt on the ballot was to have the election during an off-year election, where there were no congressional or presidential races.  The ballot was primarily all regional issues, which typically have a low voter turnout.  The media ignored the multiple sex scandals at Lakota over the last couple of weeks and the many other negatives which were covered only at Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom.  Everything was slanted toward Lakota and they still only won the election by a few hundred votes.  It was hardly a landslide victory provoking a pompous celebration lap on their behalf.  Lakota’s victory was executed with deceit, manipulation, and elements of terrorism performed to use the mob of democracy to steal more money from the entire community.  Listen to Scott Sloan the day before the election:

When Sloan asked me nearly two years ago why I was churning up the “angry vote” I couldn’t answer it at the time because I couldn’t give away our strategy.  But now it doesn’t matter, the reason was to keep voters focused on the upcoming Lakota strategy to hold an election in an off-season attempt.  At the time it was a summer 2012 attempt, but the school wanted to make a deal to let everything cool off so they could rebuild their image, so we let them.

Letting Lakota off the ropes had more value than putting the community through another levy request, so I agreed.  I avoided telling stories about specific employees like the high school chemistry teacher who had a student texting his mother at home to help with his in-class assignment because the teacher was too busy playing Minecraft on the school computer.  I avoided those kinds of stories so not to further embarrass Lakota as part of our agreement.  Once they announced the levy, that deal was off.  In 2013 Lakota came out in their new campaign with a strategy of kindness and avoided the mud slinging because they knew their numbers would show up on Election Day with poor voter turn-out from the other side, and they didn’t want the enraged voters into showing up against them.  For the No Levy side, voter turn out was always the challenge, and the best way to get it was to get people motivated up off the couch and vote when the only issue in front of them was a school levy and a  few trustees.  Most people feel that elections do not represent them, so they don’t participate—much to everyone’s peril.

When I first started all this levy business I didn’t hate public education or the system of government schools.  I didn’t like it, I didn’t think it was effective, and I wanted to see competitive options, but I didn’t despise the people involved.  When I went to school board meetings, I sort of liked the people involved.  But the more I learned about the levy passage process, the angrier I became.  I’m not an angry person by nature.  I like to live well and leave others to live as they see fit.  I don’t impose myself on others, and I don’t expect them to impose upon me.  But the more I learned about public education the more I learned that the whole system was a terrible scam against innocent people, so it wasn’t hard to get angry.  What started as a bit of political theater in the beginning turned out for me to be very real resulting in the present day where the very word public education disgusts me.

After the election I couldn’t help but think of Lakota as a typical relationship that begins between a man and a woman–or a man and a man if you’re an Obama supporter—that starts with nice dinners and genuine joy and ends in a violent divorce where both parties hate each other and can’t wait to be legally separated.  Lakota like a typical jealous spouse demands that nobody else be in our children’s life—they have a government guaranteed monopoly of our attention as there isn’t any other choice.  Property owners must through government coercion support the public school planted in their community whether they want to or not.  They do not have a choice and behave in the same way as the spouse who questions their partners as to everywhere they’ve been and everyone they’ve spoken to.  When it becomes obvious that the relationship is corrosive to a healthy dialogue, the guilt driving spouse then tells their partner “we must stay together for our children” using their kids as a bargaining chip to maintain the monopoly status of an unhealthy marriage.  Lakota is in an unhealthy marriage with roughly 50% of the community, and they were only able to keep the unity together through manipulation, lies, and open extortion.  Like a spouse that knows their partner wants a divorce Lakota was kind during this campaign so to hopefully appease the tempers and keep the discussion of community divorce off the table.

Sheriff Jones, Bill Cunningham, Scott Sloan, Michael Clark, and dozens of other reporters covering the Lakota levy behaved like intrusive family members who were seeking to keep a family marriage together by ignoring the complaints of the abused spouse and taking the side of the school.  But the day after the election, all that really occurred was that Lakota managed to entangle more money out of those who want a divorce and kept the tax payers coming back home to maintain the illusion of harmony one more day.  Lakota only was able to maintain this illusion of a marriage by playing every trick of coercion known, taking away all options and hoping that enough people voted in favor of keeping a marriage together.  What they did was the same as tying up a spouse bound and gagged to a dinner table against their will then sitting across from them declaring how much they are loved.  The tied up spouse having no other option must sit there and listen, and they are obligated by law to continue paying Lakota more money, even though all they want is to be free of the coercion, the dysfunction, and the imposition of a government school.

I love every day of my life.  I care deeply about a number of people in my life—so many in fact that I often do not have time for everyone.  But I hate Lakota, and I want a divorce from them forever.  I can’t stand them.  I think they are an unhealthy entity that I want no relationship with, and I can’t stand that I am forced to pay them my hard earned money for causes I do not support.  I dread my interaction with them the way one might dread having to speak to a person they know they want to end a relationship with.  Once it’s over in their mind—it’s over, and for me, and Lakota……..it’s over.  I am not proud that I attended there as a kid.  I am not proud that my children attended there.  I don’t give a damn about their stupid sports scores, their band awards, or their buildings.  I hate virtually everything about them the way I’d hate an attractive spouse who looks good from a distance until they open their mouth, because now I have gotten to know them—and have determined that I want them out of my life.

The day after the election they are patting themselves on the back and breathing a sigh of relief because they have the No Voters chained up in their bedroom and the door and windows are locked up tight.  They own us through the chains of marriage arranged through politics as match makers of spouses who have no business being in the same room, let alone in a relationship.  The tears the levy supporters shed at BW3’s once the votes were counted are equivalent to the spouse in denial of the condition of their marriage knows that they have their marriage partner safely in chains once again, but yet they also fear what might happen if they forget to lock the door, or leave the chains too loose.

Immediately I could feel the shackles of Lakota reaching into my pocket to steal away roughly $40 dollars a month the way a pick pocket might rob an innocent on a lonely sidewalk.  Being in a forced marriage the looter Lakota can steal my money while I am chained to them, because government has placed us together.  The relationship is good for Lakota, because they need me.  The relationship is bad for me, because Lakota sucks as a spouse.  They don’t have my values, they don’t have my passion, and they don’t have my love of life.  Lakota can steal my money because labor unions in bed with politicians gave the school that right against my will.  But Lakota can’t make me love them no matter how many chains and games they wish to play.  The right to hate them is the one freedom I truly have, and I will feel that way till the marriage is ended and I am successfully divorced from them forever.

If I am forced into a relationship with Lakota, make note that I will be a royal pain in the ass.  When they give themselves raises next year, I will be there two and three years down the road to show on graphs what Lakota has done.  I will be there to point out every lie told even ten years from now, and I will name the names of the advocates, and I will make their life a royal hell.  I will not move from the community under any circumstances and I have a long memory, and I have a worse temper than any collection of levy advocates, and I will be there with each mistake, lie, and deception they make to chronicle my case for divorce, and eventual freedom from Lakota and the money they seek to steal from me and many others for their own cause.  Because the only real freedom we have in these arrangements is the right to hate the advocates, and to that extent, I reserve that right with glorious indignation, and the inner joy of a rebellion that only an abused spouse understands.  What Lakota won in the election of 2013 was not for children, or the community—but for their own façade of maintaining a forced marriage with those who despise them, and wanted freedom from the theft of money that can only be obtained in a legal union.  And they did it with only 214 votes–less than 1% of the vote.  For Lakota, they are breathing a sigh of relief because it gives them the illusion of a sustained marriage.  But they better beware of the unlocked doors, and loose chains, because the minute they let their guard down, they will find themselves single and very lonely.

Rich Hoffman