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“Homeschooling is not only a great academic program, it is the finest example of American liberty. The essence of liberty is to believe what you want and to teach that to your children.” – Michael Farris
If you teach your children at home, you enjoy a degree of freedom that many families throughout the world can only dream of without facing consequences. A recent example of this is the homeschooling Romeike family from Germany who, after being pressured by the German government to put their children in public schools, fled to America seeking asylum. Unfortunately, they now face the possibility of being sent back to Germany because, according to Eric Holder, homeschooling is not protected under religious freedom. This should be cause for homeschoolers to be concerned.
Sadly, this event and the steady stream of other items we see and hear in the news recently (hastily created gun control measures, forced compliance of Obamacare mandates despite legitimate religious objections, the suppression of our first amendment rights in the name of so-called “hate speech” and more) seem to indicate that the freedoms that we enjoy in America are quickly eroding. Why is this the case? Books can and have been written exploring the reasons for this, but I believe much of this is happening simply because we allow it.
Let’s face it, we take our freedoms for granted. We have become lazy and complacent. We have lost passion for why our nation was founded. We have also forgotten our nation’s history and we certainly do not have a strong level of appreciation (if we even give it a passing thought) for the extent of the sacrifices made by our forebears. If America is to remain free, this ignorance and apathy must end. Fortunately, ignorance can be replaced with knowledge and complacency can be turned to action. These changes must start with you and with me. Don’t rely on others to carry the torch. Our public education system has failed us and the mainstream media is no help. In fact, I believe both are intentionally maintaining the ignorance, encouraging the apathy and fomenting disdain for our nation’s history. This must end.
Thankfully, freedom loving folks across the internet are writing and producing great resources to help end the ignorance and further the cause of liberty. The video below is a great example of this. In the span of 20 minutes, the viewer is given a powerful overview of the many sacrifices our nation’s forefathers endured so that we might have the freedoms we currently enjoy. It speaks for itself. I encourage you to take the time to view and ponder it. Once you’ve done that - share it.
Our country’s citizens – and especially our nation’s youth – need to be reminded (or perhaps taught for the first time!) about the true nature of freedom and the price men and women have paid for that freedom. With God’s help, “we the people” may yet turn the tide. Spread the word. Pray for your nation. Encourage others to do the same.
RELATED QUOTES TO PONDER:
“If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.” Jeremiah 18:7-9 (ESV)
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it. – John Adams
Below is the C-SPAN video coverage of Ron Paul’s recent farewell speech to Congress. Whether you agree with Dr. Paul’s ideas or not, you must give him credit for remaining steadfast and devoted to his convictions throughout his political career. We need more leaders like him in our nation. We post his address here to honor him and his principled commitment to American liberty.
For a nationally known politician to build a career based on his never having attained political power, never wanting to attain political power, and never having anybody suggest that he was going to attain political power, is one of the great anomalies in the history of American politics. His career deserves a brief mention in the textbooks for the reasons I have just outlined. Who ever heard of a politician who received widespread publicity precisely because he never had any political power? This is a unique case. – Dr. Gary North
Read more at The Tea Party Economist: Ron Paul’s Farewell Address: An Anomaly in American History
As homeschoolers, it is important to note what Dr. Paul said about the importance of homeschooling and its importance to future of this nation:
Expect the rapidly expanding homeschooling movement to play a significant role in the revolutionary reforms needed to build a free society with Constitutional protections. We cannot expect a Federal government controlled school system to provide the intellectual ammunition to combat the dangerous growth of government that threatens our liberties. – Dr. Ron Paul
A full transcript of Ron Paul’s farewell address to Congress can be found at the Washington Examiner.