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Why We Homeschool – Again

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Yes, I bring this up again. It seems to be a recurring topic (here and here), I know, but it keeps coming up, so I wanted to share some more thoughts. This post was inspired after reading another post – here: I agree with this post entirely, so there are quite a few similarities between the two posts, and yes some of it is directly copied, sorry; I guess my government school education didn’t stress enough not to plagiarize. 🙂
Homeschooling is not the “mainstream” or “normal” way of doing things, but not much of what we do here at the Baldwin homestead is “normal” or “mainstream”. It’s also a lot more difficult “doing it ourself”, than passing it off to the State. So why do it the weird, hard way? Here goes:

Why Education by the State is not an option for us.
Our family’s goal is to base our lives on God’s word. We’re not always very consistent, and are thankful for God’s mercy and grace. We don’t know everything and all too often get things wrong, but we are learning and He is allowing us to grow thru our mistakes. My purpose here is to try to share what we believe and why.

First off – these are what we use as our ground rules for this discussion:
1) God’s Word, both the Old and New Testaments, is our standard by which we live. Human logic and practicality do not trump God’s Word, ever.
2) Real knowledge apart from God’s Word does not exist. (Proverbs 1:7, 2:5-6, Col. 2:3, Psalm 111:10, Psalm 53:1)
3) Christians should train their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4)
4) God has given parents the responsibility to educate their own children. (Deut. 6:4-9)
5) Education is not neutral. (Luke 11:23)

Here are some reasons that our family has chosen not to allow our children to be educated by the State.
The State school system violates the eighth commandment. (you know – “thou shalt not steal”) The State-sponsored “edu-mah-catation” system is based on theft. Yes, that’s right – theft. The government takes (steals) money from our family (and yours) and uses it for the education of other family’s children. The state did not earn that money, our family did. The state did not ask for it as a voluntary donation; if we don’t pay up, men with guns show up to take it by force. That’s not only theft, but one of the basic ideas of socialism – taking from the producer by force to “share” with the masses “for the common good”. The state is also using force, or threats of force to steal money in support of things that many people are morally/religiously against. Roman Catholic parents must pay for prescription birth control to be passed out to 11 year old girls, Christians are forced to pay to have their children indoctrinated with GLBT and Pro-“choice” (pro-death) propaganda.
Nationalized education is unlawful. The national involvement in the state school system is illegal. Yes, illegal. The US Constitution limits the power of the federal government. Our founding fathers knew that the natural tendency would be for the central government to grab more and more power and so, in an attempt to preserve our liberty, the Constitution spells out (enumerates) the powers that are given to the federal government (article I, section 8) and then to make things clear the tenth amendment says:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Read the Constitution. Our federal government was not given authority over education, therefore according to the tenth amendment that power is reserved for the States or the people.
State schools are Godless. Several Supreme court decisions and continued federal involvement and regulation in the government schools have led to a system where God, the Bible and Christianity are marginalized at best, and viewed with disdain and contempt at worst. In the government schools teachers are forbidden by law to pray (Engel v. Vitale) or read the Bible (Abington School District v. Schemmp) in class. They may not directly teach the students about how God’s word applies to every facet of education. (Read this story for one example of how teachers can get into trouble for telling students about God’s truth and love.) Since our goal is that our children would love the Lord their God with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their might, and that they would examine everything in light of God’s Word, it does not make sense for us to choose to have them “educated” (brainwashed), for 30+ hours a week, in an institution that, by law, excludes God and His word.
God gave the responsibility for training children to the parents, not the state. If parents would stop shirking their responsibility to educate their children, even though it is difficult, even though it’s “weird”, we would not have the problems that we see all around us today.

Until next time…..

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Health Care and the Fallacy of Positive Rights

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Before government can guarantee provision of a specific good or service to any one individual, thus creating a so-called “positive right,” it must first take by force the means of producing that very good or service from someone else.
Health care is no different. Whether by forcibly appropriating and redistributing the money to purchase care for those who lack it, or by arbitrarily devaluing the time and effort of those who provide it, once a government mandate supplants voluntary exchange, coercion must be used to exercise that “right” to health care.
But how can taking what belongs to another person (their money, time, or effort) through legislative force be a right? Is that not the very essence of slavery?
The truth is that the only rights actually guaranteed to Americans by the Constitution are those that protect freedom of action.

They are “negative rights,” which do exactly the opposite of their positive counterparts. Rather than initiate and rely on the use of force to produce a specific reward or outcome, negative rights allow individuals to act or not act in the absence of coercion, so long as they do not hinder the freedom of others to do the same.
For instance, it is the right of people in this country to vocalize unpopular opinions, associate with unpopular people, practice unpopular religions, and even carry unpopular weapons. Thanks to our negative rights the government cannot, without due process, take the life, liberty, or property of any American.
But nowhere in the Constitution does it say that, in order to exercise their rights, each citizen must at birth be given a microphone, a bible, or a gun.
That was no accident. For more than two hundred years, the freedom and responsibility to determine one’s own future has been the foundation of America’s unparalleled success. But the critical role played by our negative rights has become less and less clearly understood over time.
Many of this country’s most celebrated leaders have manipulated that ignorance, redefining rights as unearned rewards for politically favored groups; payoffs thinly veiled in the pious rhetoric of social justice.
FDR himself was among the worst. The abject failure of the New Deal notwithstanding, FDR proposed to codify his authoritarian progressive agenda in a constitutional amendment, known as the “Economic Bill of Rights.”
It reads like a list that could just as easily have flowed from the pen of Karl Marx:

The right to a useful and remunerative job…
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition…
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care…
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.

Besides being, as any citizen of the former Soviet Union can attest, economically disastrous and utterly impossible to define or achieve, the biggest problem with FDR’s list was that it sought to make America into a nation of serfs.
The logic is inescapable. Once something has been deemed a right by those in government, the ability of every person who produces or consumes that good or service to engage in voluntary transactions with the fruit of their own labor is stolen. Their labor is then owned and administered by agents of the collective.
Again, I ask: Is that not the very essence of slavery?
There is no doubt that freedom entails risk
, and America has not always lived up to the promise of her founding. But when certain people or groups pervert the notion of rights, harnessing the power of government to take by force what they desire but have not earned, then negative freedom becomes a positive tyranny.
Let us hope that more Americans, before it is too late, learn how to tell the difference.

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Constitution??? Irrelevant. Just ask James Clyburn.

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Judge Andrew Napolitano, November 6, 2009 : “When I recently asked Congressman James Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the House, to tell me “Where in the Constitution the federal government is authorized to regulate everyone’s health care–, he replied that most of what Congress does is not authorized by the Constitution, but they do it anyway. There you have it. Congress recognizes no limits on its power. It doesn’t care about the Constitution, it doesn’t care about your inalienable rights, it doesn’t care about the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights, it doesn’t even read the laws it writes.”

Until next time.

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