• 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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