In a recent interview, Ann Romney was asked which issue she cared most about. This was her answer.

“AR: I’ve been a First Lady of the State. I have seen what happens to people’s lives if they don’t get a proper education. And we know the answers to that. The charter schools have provided the answers. The teachers’ unions are preventing those things from happening, from bringing real change to our educational system. We need to throw out the system.”

We may safely assume that Mrs. Romney is expressing the views of her husband, the candidate.

This is the line of thought:

1. Charter schools–privately managed, deregulated schools–are the answer to the problems of American education.

2. Teachers’ unions are an obstacle to the privatization that the Romneys favor.

3. “We need to throw out” the American system of public education, the system that has evolved since the 1820s and is embedded in every state constitution.

Make no mistake: this is not a conservative policy, it is radical and extremist.

Will any major journalist notice the far-right extremism of the Romney campaign? If Michelle Obama had said anything so outrageous, it would be reported on front pages across America.

Has any member of the large Romney family ever attended an American public school?