It is no wonder that the electorate is becoming more and more cynical. Not one of the "Contract With America" bullet points has been honored save the one that kicked single mothers off the dole and out to minimum wage jobs, leaving the street to educate their kids. Market economics now means socializing cost and guaranteeing profits. Free trade now means poor third world farmers have to compete with subsidized cotton, rice and sugar from the US. Right to life now means a right to run someone else's life.
The latest Newspeak 2.0 laws proposed are a batch loosely labeled "Academic Freedom Guarantee". The result of these state laws is to allow students to opt out of ideas or courses that don't agree with their personal opinions. The upshot is that public K-12 students may opt out of any mention of evolution, the central process in biology. Also the idea that the Earth is more than ten thousand years old is forbidden. Hiring a science teacher, and then forbidding the teaching of science is not only stupid, but it is evil. Pi is three in the bible, so there goes math. Western culture is Science. Unique among the great world civilizations, the process of science illuminates our path. Certainly we have a lot of superstitious baggage left over from the dark ages, but we aren't burning witches anymore, are we?