From Bojidar Marinov
My thesis in this article is simple: When it comes to analyzing Ted Cruz’s proposal for Federal policies that would supposedly “eliminate the discrimination against homeschoolers,” HSLDA is the most unreliable authority to speak on the issue, and therefore the worst place to turn to for a professional, unbiased opinion.
I agree with Joel McDurmon that Cruz’s legislation proposal is dangerous, and given the history of Federal policies so far, deliberately harmful to homeschooling. But that’s not my point here; for the sake of the argument, I can give Ted Cruz the benefit of the doubt, that may be he hasn’t thought through his proposal to its logical end.
But what is clear to me, logically, is that no matter where one turns to for getting an opinion on this issue, it shouldn’t be HSLDA.
Because HSLDA has a money motive in such legislation, and stands to eventually profit from it.
HSLDA has carved a niche on the market for itself: legal representation of homeschooling on federal level. The emphasis here is on federal, that is, centralized. Local representation—and local solutions—have not been to the liking of HSLDA’s lawyers. (See, for example, the multiple cases where Michael Farris actively opposed local and state solutions by local organizations, here.) Michael Farris’s strange love for the Fourteenth Amendment over the original Bill of Rights and the Tenth Amendment also speaks of his preferred mode of centralized legislative and legal action rather than local and state action, as is the traditional American spirit. Lobbyist circles within the Washington DC Beltway is where HSLDA operates at ease; those same circles where problems are resolved by knowing the right person, or pushing the right relational buttons within groups of political king-makers.
Therefore, if we follow the money, HSLDA can only exist and prosper if there is a constant source of trouble for homeschoolers at federal level…
A bit too far-fetched?
Not at all. This has been the staple tactics of Republican politics for the last 40 years: Always leave major problems unresolved in order to keep them as talking points for the next election cycle. Think about it: for the last 40 years, we have had 20 years of Republican Presidents and 24 years of Republican majorities in Congress and the Senate. And how many of the major legislative issues in the Republican platform have been resolved? What Republican Congress has used its authority to reverse Roe v. Wade? To shut down the Department of Education? To shut down the IRS? To audit the Federal Reserve? To stop government spending? To limit federal debt? To curb welfare? To protect and enforce the Second Amendment?
OK, let’s read that again:
“Think about it: for the last 40 years, we have had 20 years of Republican Presidents and 24 years of Republican majorities in Congress and the Senate. And how many of the major legislative issues in the Republican platform have been resolved? What Republican Congress has used its authority to reverse Roe v. Wade? To shut down the Department of Education? To shut down the IRS? To audit the Federal Reserve? To stop government spending? To limit federal debt? To curb welfare? To protect and enforce the Second Amendment?”
This would be a great time for American Christians to finally wake up, don’t you think?
While the socialist side of the legislative spectrum continues scoring point after point—whether it is Obamacare, or EPA regulations, or the shameless appropriation of resources by the criminal syndicate BLM for the profit of politically protected companies, or the unlimited growth of government debt, or federal regulations and restrictions on gun ownership—the supposedly “conservative” majorities in Congress and the Senate are only reacting verbally to it but they never do anything about it. Why? Well, obviously, if those problems are solved quickly—as they can and should—what would a Republican politician use for his next election campaign as a manipulative slogan?
And HSLDA has been endorsing one such Republican politician after another, even when experience tells us that they won’t do anything to solve those problems. And Michael Farris spoke against the only Republican politician who has a proven history of actually doing something to solve these problems: Ron Paul.
It’s nice to get some serious Christian political analysis, that isn’t just more cheerleading for the latest Republican Saviour of the Republic.
Lesson learned: national politics is bone-deep corrupt, especially on the Republican side of the aisle. Things aren’t looking too good on the State side of the table, either.
All actual gains for Christians must be extracted on the local, country, and city level.
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