How would you feel about government employees coming into your home to teach you how best to rear your children?
Sound like the plot of a futuristic novel? Unfortunately, it's not.
That's exactly what H.R. 3200, the national health care bill currently under consideration by Congress and being pushed by the president, provides for.
The bill offers funding to states to send government officials into private homes to teach moms and dads how to rear children according to state-approved criteria developed by “experts” and covering every imaginable aspect of parenting.
Home visits by state officials are, among other things, supposed to promote “activities designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their children.” (H. R. 3200, page 844)
Government clearly considers itself the primary educator of children and parents as potential full-time helpers – with the right training.
The Heritage Foundation points out that “Lawmakers have essentially inserted the “Education Begins at Home Act” – which was introduced in 2008 and again this year… – into the health care bill under the home visitation section.”
While the home visitation program of H.R. 3200 is voluntary, it still poses a great danger to the cause of independent education. The ultimate goal of the bill is for states to reach “as many families with young children (under the age of school entry) and families expecting children as practicable…” (page 842), but the most vulnerable would be targeted first – low income families, non-English-speaking families, those who could most easily be convinced that they are merely junior partners with the state in the education of their children and that their role is only to ensure “school readiness,” as instructed by the state (page 848).
Once trapped in a system of government “help” and surveillance (required under the bill in order to monitor the effectiveness of the program), it would be very hard for families to break free, both psychologically and literally.
“The Education Begins at Home Act” included among its first targets not only the families mentioned above, but also military families. Other families who could easily find themselves targeted as “at risk” include homeschoolers who choose a lower income lifestyle so mom can stay home, parents of special needs children, and families with a large number of children.
Obviously, some legislators (and, no doubt, some special interests goading them on) are bent on robbing the American people of one of the most basic and important foundations of liberty – the right to bring up our children free of government interference.
Without the liberty to rear and educate our children as we see fit, free of state pressure and control, all other liberties are at risk. The state has myriad ways of eating away at our freedom. Exploiting the most vulnerable of society and working up from there is one way.
Here's what some of the groups monitoring H.R. 3200 have to say about it:
What you can do
It is not our purpose here to address the entire 1000+ page health care bill, but we do feel it is our responsibility to point out parts of the bill that we consider threatening to the right of parents to control the education of their children.
We urge you to consider the provisions and implications of H.R. 3200. A society educated by its government soon has rulers, not representatives. Our children are counting on us to make wise decisions about the future in which they will have to live.
You can read more about the bill at the web sites quoted above. The entire bill can be read here.
Congress is in recess for the month of August. This is a good time to contact them at their home offices, though their Washington offices are still operating and will take your opinions, too. You can find contact information here.
Our children — all children — are depending on us.
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