Betsy DeVos’ confirmation was a defeat, but the greater battle for America’s future continues

Fighting Donald Trump’s agenda is a war, and there will be both victories and defeats

Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos (image credit: Slate)

Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos (image credit: Slate)

Today the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. She’s one of the least qualified people who has ever been nominated to the position, and she demonstrated such during her confirmation hearing. And for those of us who reject vouchers for private religious schools, who support children with special needs, who want to keep guns out of schools, and who support teaching our children critical thinking skills, this was undoubtedly a loss. And a painful loss at that.

But as with any conflict, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

As painful as the DeVos confirmation is, it’s only a skirmish in the greater war. The greater battle is stopping DeVos from implementing Donald’s education agenda. Defeating DeVos would only have delayed the greater and might have resulted in a worse nominee (DeVos’ incompetence will make her an easier opponent – someone with her views but with education experience could have been much worse). With her confirmation, the greater battle is now joined.

We can lose one skirmish and still win the battle. And we can win one skirmish (like the temporary injunction against Donald’s immigration/travel ban that may be overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals later today) and yet still lose the battle. We cannot let our defeats demoralize us into inaction any more than we can permit our victories to lull us into a false sense of security. Both lose sight of the larger war – defeating Donald’s unAmerican agenda. And that war is something we cannot – we will not – lose.

So if you need to shed some tears for our future, our children, by all means do so. So many of my family and friends are in education that I may yet do that myself. But then dry your eyes and get a good night’s sleep, for tomorrow the battle for our children’s education and the future of America that they represent is truly joined.

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