It’s better to best is all I’m saying, and not that he’s wrong at all. He’s one door away. Better to best. These things take time, the greatest changes always do, and in politics more than most things.
To narrow it down to a single door, “What could be simpler?” you say. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick narrows the problem of school shootings down to a single door but I say he is not going far enough.
If it were up to me, I’d take away that door. Dan Patrick’s last remaining door to the schoolhouse. And the windows. And any vents leading inside. I’d turn Texas schools into enormous, opaque cubes with no means of ingress or egress.
I’d paint them black but for the golden letters S C H O O L across their fronts. Or, maybe, E S C U E L A, just so that future generations can read it, if they can read at all, which, if you think about it, probably they won’t. The word “escuela” is more pleasing than “school” at any rate, from an aesthetic point of view, I feel. These are details which can be ironed out on the way, as Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick gets braver.
The money to be saved here’s staggering, surely you can see that, and you’re welcome. No shooters in the schools and no teachers, no books, and no free school lunches as well. The expenses to the taxpayer just melt away.
Then, maybe in a generation, maybe the kids being born just now, right here tonight – I don’t know, I don’t mean right here, there’s no one being born in my room – but maybe the kids go and see these big black boxes dotting the Texas landscape and they start asking questions. Maybe we try education again in twenty years.
You can see the difference a door makes.