Homeschooling is now a viable option for parents who are religiously motivated or just fed up with the government school systems that have been increasingly federalized and as a result, increasingly non-performers. It was not always so. In the 1960's, you could be arrested in most states for attempting to homeschool. A few brave souls pushed back and started that revolution. Among them were Christian homeschoolers and especially the Rev. R.J. Rushdoony.
Fast-forward to the present and the privately organized group, Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) routinely battles the socialists who try to terrorize parents that elect to educate their children at home. More often than not, HSLDA wins these battles. The homeschooling movement is self-organizing, internet-savvy, and highly motivated just like Ron Paul's supporters. In some instances, these two groups overlap. It is quite natural.
It seems as though Mike Farris, the founder of HSLDA, and some of the "leaders" of the movement are coalescing behind the Presidential campaign of former Baptist Minister and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee. I want to sincerely ask Mike Farris and all homeschoolers to stop and think before jumping on the Huckabee bandwagon.
First of all, read the statement of faith posted by Ron Paul on his campaign website. Compare this with the page on Mike Huckabee's website. Did you see anything missing from Huckabee's page? Because Huckabee doesn't define what his faith is in, is it possible that his faith is in government? Look at all of the things that he wants to do with government (i.e. your money) because of his undefined "faith." Ron Paul freely confesses his faith but doesn't wave it around as a political rallying flag.
The second issue is homeschooling itself. Ron Paul would do away entirely with the federal bureaucracy that uses you tax dollars to hire swarms of education agents that harass home educators with a religious fervor. Come to think of it maybe I have just had a revelation. What homeschool organization would most likely suffer if its raison d’être were suddenly abolished? They shouldn't worry. It will take at least a generation to root out the educational socialists from the state and local levels. I looked on Huckabee's website for a statement on homeschooling and all that I found was this. The last statement in that link should be all that homeschoolers need to know about Huckabee:
As President, I will use my broad and deep expertise in education policy to lift up our children and America’s economic future.
In short, Mike Huckabee will retain the Department of Education and its attendant funding that is used to harass homeschoolers. To be fair, he might make life difficult for these bureaucrats. Ron Paul would eliminate them from federal service, never to harass anyone ever again while hiding behind a federal badge. Mike Huckabee plans to spend the money that the IRS steals from you to give scholarships to illegal aliens. (How many more will this inspire to hop the fence?) Ron Paul will eliminate the IRS and its immoral tax. Eliminating the benefits (including free public education for their children) will do far more than building a fence to discourage Mexicans from wading across the Rio Grande.
If Mike Huckabee wants to head an organization that takes people's money to do God's work, why didn't he remain a Baptist Minister? The tithe is voluntary. The income tax is not (try not paying and see how many ninja-wannabe federal warriors descend on you to encourage compliance).
December 18, 2007