Sacrificial Lambs

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"Excuse
me … pardon me … excuse me," mutters the lone black sheep
as he wades through a huge flock of docile sheep heading in the
opposite direction. That cartoon, drawn and published by a forgotten
artist years ago, captures both the disposition and the plight of
most parents who choose to homeschool. We take justified pride in
our independence, our refusal to be carried with the conformist
tide — and our determination to cultivate similar traits in our
children.

Most
of all, we are determined to protect our children from the omnivorous
state.

Thus
it was hugely disappointing to read that the Republican Party has
successfully co-opted much of the homeschool movement ("Homeschoolers
hit campaign trail
," WorldNetDaily, September 14). Particularly
galling was the smug comment offered by Republican campaign official
Jim Terry: "By far, the best grass-roots workers in the nation
are homeschoolers. They will give you 100 percent, 10 to 12 hours
a day."

Mr.
Terry runs an affiliate of the Republican Party called STOMP. This
seems an appropriate name in light of everything the Bush administration
is doing to erect the Total State — the kind that Orwell summarized
in the image of a "boot stamping on a human face — forever."

It
defies understanding that parents so proudly skeptical of the government
school system could dutifully throw their support, money, and volunteer
labor into an effort to re-elect a president whose foreign policy
all but ensures a return to conscription. If the "global democratic
revolution" Bush and his handlers pursue continues unabated,
the homeschoolers stuffing envelopes for GOP financial appeals today
will be filling bodybags tomorrow.

Bills
intended to restore the draft are pending before both houses of
Congress. HR 163, introduced by New York Congressman Charles Rangel
in January 2003, decrees: "It is the obligation of every citizen
of the United States, and every other person residing in the United
States [heads up, illegal aliens], who is between the ages of 18
and 26 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in
this Act…." Those who object to military service on religious
grounds would be required to serve in a civilian capacity "that,
as determined by the President, promotes the national defense, including
… homeland security."

The
Bush administration's "No Child Left Behind Act" includes
a provision preparing for a new draft by requiring schools to collect
contact information for every student on behalf of the Selective
Service System. And it's a foregone conclusion that an administration
determined to leave no child alone will devise some way to gather
homeschoolers in its nets.

Once
conscription is re-instated in the service of the Glorious Global
Democratic Revolution, no deferments will be permitted. Secretary
of State Colin Powell, who actually faced hostile fire in Vietnam,
told Fox News on September 12 that while he doesn't foresee a return
to the draft, he believes that all Americans should be "equally
liable" should conscription be restored.

Appropriately,
Powell's statement offers a very close paraphrase of the Communist
Manifesto's plank describing the "equal liability of all to
labor." Whether they are clad in BDUs and sent overseas to
slaughter foreigners, or used as informants for the emerging surveillance
state, or simply assigned to what Lenin called a "great army
of free labor," the new conscripts would be the property of
the almighty State, to dispose of as the State sees fit.

Isn't
this precisely the sort of thing homeschool parents are trying to
avoid? Why, then, are so many of them enlisting — along with their
children — in an effort to re-elect a president who combines Wilson's
megalomania, FDR's contempt for the Constitution, and Lincoln's
deluded sense of sanctity — with his own proprietary brand of dull-witted
arrogance?

Many
Christian homeschoolers regard George W. Bush as an adjunct member
of the Holy Trinity — or at least, as Gov. George Pataki put it,
"one of those men God and fate somehow lead to the fore in
times of challenge.” His chief accomplishments as president have
been to abet an unprecedented orgy of deficit spending, kill tens
of thousands of innocent people, and alienate hundreds of millions
of people abroad. He knows nothing about freedom and cares about
it even less. Before succeeding in the family business — politics
— Bush displayed a skill set inadequate to any task more ambitious
than managing a Taco Bell.

But
because that little man is swaddled in the trappings of unprecedented
political power, and has uttered a few public comments friendly
to the Faith, millions of Christians — including homeschoolers —
fall into a swoon, forget the Bible's repeated and explicit admonitions
not to place their trust in man, and treat those who criticize him
as heretics, infidels, or traitors.

Sane
people always express horrified disbelief when confronted with the
spectacle of parents who sacrifice their children. Old Testament
descriptions of pagan parents feeding their children to Molech are
indelibly horrifying. The mind recoils from the image of parents
in Jim Jones' Marxist suicide cult force-feeding poisoned kool-aid
to their children.

Then
there are the American parents happy to allow their children to
kill and die on behalf of the State.

Jesus
commanded His disciples to "feed my sheep"; this didn't
mean that they were to be fed into the maw of the war machine. Belonging
to the Good Shepherd often means being the solitary black sheep
struggling against the conformist flock. Most homeschool parents
know this. Why, then, are they perversely determined to offer their
children as sacrificial lambs on the altar of the total state?

September
17, 2004

Korrin
Grigg [send her mail]
is a homeschooling mother of four in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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