Monthly Archives: October 2013

The 28th Amendment

So, there’s a 28th Amendment post going around on Facebook. I haven’t seen it (because I frequently go on Facebook friend purging rampages and delete all the people I’m never going to see again so I have less than 200 friends), but apparently people post a picture of 28th Amendment and then write captions like “I guess we’re ignoring this one.”

The kicker is that there is no 28th Amendment (duh).

This is what the fake 28th Amendment says:

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.

Oh, god.

I’m not sure if we should blame mass hysteria or our subpar education system for this (it could be a little bit of both), but the whole thing is somewhat appalling.

That amendment is so stupid it makes my head hurt. It actually makes my head hurt. The ass hat(s) who came up with this however long ago for whatever reason (Snopes as more details about the history, if you’re interested) couldn’t even write it well.¬†I get what it’s trying to say and I get why people would be vulnerable to believing this is real right now, but goddammit, every time I think about its existence, I cringe down to the very bottom of my soul.

In theory, the internet could make us more intelligent and informed because we have ridiculously easy access to a plethora of information, ideas, opinions, etc.¬†However, I really think it’s having the opposite effect.

Maybe I’m being too harsh though. I don’t know. Maybe it’s good that people seem to care right now, even if they’re misinformed. Caring is probably the first step. But maybe the “whatever” attitude is also a shitty one to have because accepting mediocrity and becoming totally complacent obviously won’t help solve any problems.

Regardless, God bless America. I will sink with this ship until the end.

I probably sound like an overeducated asshole right now. And that’s because I am an overeducated asshole. But I might be one of those overeducated assholes who feels compelled to change my career intentions for the third time since graduating from college and take the pay cut and become a social studies teacher.

The last time I had this inclination was August when I donated to that Reddit teacher exchange thing where people buy supplies for teachers who don’t have the budget to get everything they need. One elementary teacher was like “My classroom budget for the whole year is $90 and my kids are too poor to buy crayons with the frequency they need them” and a middle school math teacher just wanted a huge supply of graph paper and so on and so on.

I just think it’s shitty that in this super rich country, we can’t give teachers enough money to buy the crayons and graph paper that their kids need.

Not only do teachers not make a lot of money for the hours they put into this shit, but they also spend a lot of their money on stuff that their kids need. That’s fucking horseshit.

And this is about to become a rant about the whole state of education right now, so I’ll nip it in the bud because that’s pretty off topic and everyone has already heard me rant about this over and over so it’s basically beating a dead horse at this point anyway.

TL;DR… People are ridiculous, but it’s not entirely their fault. I’m disgruntled about everything as per usual. The end.