Image: The Conroe Rotary Club, in violation of the International Bylaws of Rotary International, along with Curtis Null, Conroe ISD Superintendent, who has said Texas law prohibits him from “advocating” for or against the $807 million Conroe ISD bond, are both openly advocating for the $807 million Conroe ISD bond. When the “establishment” promotes a cause, the law, organization bylaws, and ethics never get in the way.
Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
I want so badly to be accepted, but I have failed…
I’m in an uneducated ruffian. Unlike Conroe Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Null, I don’t have a Ph.D. in Professional Leadership. Unlike Dr. Null, I don’t make a salary of $330,000 a year from tax dollars.
I’m not accepted. Oh, I want acceptance so badly.
I want to be a member of the Conroe Rotary Club and be welcomed there.
I want to be a member of the Facilities Planning Committee of the Conroe Independent School District.
I want to be important.
I want the President of the school board to tell me that I’ve done “exemplarary [sic] work.”
But they didn’t appoint me to the Facilities Planning Committee. I’m not a member of the Conroe Rotary Club. They didn’t tell me that I was going to need to be a part of the political action committee that the Conroe Independent School District set up to endorse whatever bond it was that the administrators told the Facilities Planning Committee to endorse. They didn’t ask me. They didn’t appoint me.
Now I see that, since Dr. Null is openly advocating for the school bond, he gets to speak as the invited guest of the Conroe Rotary Club. That’s a violation of Texas law for Null to do that. It’s a violation of the Bylaws of Rotary International. According to The Rotarian, the international magazine of Rotary International, Rotary International requires only that clubs not endorse candidates or take sides on public issues. See “The body politic,” The Rotarian, April, 2016.
About a year ago, the programs director for Conroe Rotary told me that he wanted me to come and speak and set a specific date for me to do that. I would speak about how to use The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, as a source for all news: local, state, national, and international. But then the Club President Leland Dushkin found out about it and canceled the program, because he doesn’t like me or the anti-government-spending viewpoint of The Golden Hammer. (Dushkin works for Weaver & Tidwell, the accounting firm which has taken $60,000 several different years to put a cover letter on the Montgomery County Auditor’s work without providing any meaningful review.)
Just recently, I’ve asked to speak to the Conroe Rotary about the $807 million CISD bond proposal, because I’m Chairman of a group, Children’s Hope, that opposes the bond. Conroe Rotary has indicated that they won’t let me speak, because only Null, who is advocating “WHY it [the Bond issue] is needed” will be the speaker.
Why won’t they accept me? I’m starting to think that the reason they won’t accept me is because I’m daring to use my mind.
When I go to Chamber of Commerce luncheons and hear people speak, I actually evaluate and analyze what they’re saying. I don’t just blindly accept it. To them, that means that I don’t support our community. You see the way that you have “to show support for our community” is by agreeing that we should take our collective money and spend it on the programs that they want.
It is not our place to question their high judgment. It is not our place to ask questions.
We are supposed to accept that because someone takes government tax dollars to pay for their personal life, or, because they happen to garner more votes than someone else in an election, they have gained wisdom, which we, as regular citizens, will never have. Fundamentally, that is precisely what the $807 million dollar bond proposal is all about. It’s about accepting the elitist “establishment’s” reality and not questioning it. It’s about shutting up.
And that’s why I realize that I’ll never live within the political establishment of this community. I’m always going to be an outsider. I do the one thing that the establishment never wants me to do: use my mind. That’s the ultimate crime. That’s why our school districts in public education are so vociferously teaching our children to avoid thinking. They encourage our children to think collectively and not individually. What they’re really doing there is teaching our children not to think at all.
Instead of learning how to read, how to write, how to perform mathematics and understand it, they have turned our educational institutions into vocational schools where analytical thinking is the lowest priority, because it’s something upon which they actually frown.
That’s what the bond election is all about. Will the citizens reject groupthink? Or will they demand that schools revert to their original priority to educate rather than building real estate, political, and bureaucratic empires?