Excuse me? Is this legal arm of our United States Government really taking the position that we don’t have the right to determine how we educate our own children? Fundamental rights are those that we get as a result of being alive – you know, like life and liberty – and are bestowed by God, not government. If ever there was a fundamental right, it is the right to raise our children the way we want without interference from government, absent abuse of course. That right was not given to us by government, and it cannot be taken away by government. We are a self-governing nation, i.e. the ultimate power in our Republic rests with the people. When it is the legal position of our federal government that parents have no fundamental right to educate their own children, then it is up to the people to rise up and put government back in its place. To do any less, is to assure future tyranny. Anyone who has attended school knows that if you don’t deal with a bully at the first incident, they will grow bolder and meaner and make your life even more miserable. James Madison said as much when he opined, “It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties.” We are way past the first “experiment” and are almost at the point of no return when it comes to our fundamental rights. We, the people, have allowed this to happen due to our ignorance and complacency about what it takes to preserve freedom.
That brings us back to the news item. What prompted this news flash was the political asylum case of a German family that fled to the United States because they were prohibited, like most families in that country, to home school their children. They were initially granted political asylum. But then our own government appealed the decision based primarily on the notion that this family was not denied any fundamental right, and therefore did not deserve political asylum. If they are forced to return to Germany, they face fines, jail, and loss of custody of their children. This, despite Germany having signed human rights treaties that guarantee parents the right to educate their children apart from government schools. Apparently, this nation is reverting to the World War II Nazi view that children belong first to the state before they belong to their parents. Hitler outlawed homeschooling in 1938.
In America, however, there should be no excuse for any government agency to act this way, nor take the position that the government has priority over parents when it comes to their children. Yet, in arguing this case before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, that is exactly the position our government has taken. This flies in the face of decades of American jurisprudence saying otherwise. This should be no surprise to followers of the Obama administration, as they are Marxist in philosophy to the core. In their view, the state is God, no matter what the Constitution says. This is a lawless administration and they do what they want, and defy anyone to stop them. Some states aren’t much better, as there have been numerous instances where they’ve have abused and persecuted home school parents as if the state did in fact own the children. With the federal government now formally taking this same position, the abuse of homeschoolers is likely to get worse unless the government is put in its place.
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child was one attempt to circumvent parental rights that is still looming out there like the proverbial 800 pound gorilla. This treaty was signed by Bill Clinton, but has never been ratified by the Senate, although it keeps coming up for a vote every few years. Obama has called our failure to ratify this treaty “embarrassing” and promised to revisit it. It has been opposed by every conservative family organization, and supported by those who view the government as the ultimate authority. That should tell you everything you need to know about it. It will effectively end parental rights to raise our children as we see fit in every area of their life, not just education. All it would take is 67 Senate votes to ratify this evil treaty and our fundamental right to raise our children as we desire would be gone. So with the United Nations, and now the federal government arrayed against American families, we have the fight of our lives ahead of us. It is a fight we cannot afford to lose.