RON HART: Ill will hunting

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 04:22 PM.

Matt Damon, the most outspoken celebrity supporter of public schools and teachers' unions, is moving to Los Angeles. What makes this notable is that he has sought out and enrolled his four children in private schools.

Damon told The Guardian, which broke the Edward Snowden/NSA story (apparently American journalism has been outsourced overseas), “Sending our kids in my family to private school was a big, big deal. And it was a giant family discussion. But it was a circular conversation, really, because ultimately we don’t have a choice.”

Actually, he has money and can send his kids to school anywhere, so he does have a choice. Damon wants to deny the rest of America school choice by opposing the voucher system.

Like most who can, including me, we seek out the best schools for our kids. Mine attended public schools for grades K-5; then, when their public middle school was found lacking, we sought out the best possible academic private school. Not knowing what to look for, I just knew the 100-yard dash school record started with 11.

Celebrities live by a different set of rules and inhabit a world of their own self-righteous delusions. This makes them perfect liberals. They fly Gulfstream G-5 jets that get 1.3 mpg 3,000 miles from NY to LA (roundtrip fuel cost about $25,000). They magnanimously do this so they can accept an environmental awareness award. Then they imply Americans are selfish for driving our 16 mpg SUVs to work each day.

In my award-awaiting column "Why Liberals are Liberals," I pointed out the fundamental reason actors are liberals: they have an innate guilt about the source of their fortune. They feel their money is unearned, accompanied by the knowledge they have not accomplished anything tangible.

Actors have to be liked. Being a liberal comes across as nicer at cocktail parties, since liberals are for everything and against nothing. By their own yardsticks, they are heroes.



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