Why Our Kids Never Went To Pubic School–Part Three

However, one year, we reached a point where there was no more help with tuitions available–anywhere. So, at that point, we had to make a decision as to where we would go from there. For us it was not all that difficult. The government school was never an option, and so we started checking into home schooling programs. When the church we were attending heard that, some of them went through the roof!  They were willing to tolerate us with out kids in  a Christian school, even though they would have rather had them in a public school, but when we decided to home school them, we had moved beyond the pale. That was just too much!

 

Joseph Goebbels (Hitler’s propaganda minister) was an amateur when compared to what we have today here in the good ‘ol uSSA. — jtl, 419

by Al Benson Jr. via revisedhistory

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

As I previously noted, it was not until we moved to Indiana that I grasped why most evangelical folks would not object to nor protest what went on in government schools.

In Indiana we found and attended an evangelical Presbyterian church because it was the only Reformed church we could find in the immediate area. We found a Christian school for our son to enter. Our daughter would not be ready for school for another year yet. Our son had previously been in a Baptist school in West Virginia. The new school in Indiana wasn’t everything we could have hoped for but it was still better than a government school. At least we felt that way–many of the folks in the church we attended were not quite sure of that. Just about all the families that attended this church had their kids in government schools, which they were quite satisfied with. And they thought our kids would be much better off in a government school than in a Christian school. I hope, at this point, no one tries to tell me the Christian faith in this country hasn’t been tampered with.

I think many of the people in our church in Indiana probably felt we were a little weird and as I talked to some of them I found that many, if not most, of their political convictions were not mine–and mine would never be theirs. I had seen too much to take their Pollyanna approach. I had a basic distrust of government. They thought I should love government.

After the time we had spent in West Virginia there was no way under Heaven our kids would go to a government school. They disagreed. They thought government schools were just great. They talked about how the local government schools had great sports and music programs and how our kids would benefit from all that. Although I didn’t say it out loud, my first thought at those sentiments was “I’m going to sell my kid’s souls for a good music program???” When I tried to tell them some of what I had seen in West Virginia it was simply beyond their ability to grasp. They couldn’t, or wouldn’t, believe the government education system would ever do what I described to them. Surely I must have been mistaken, or misunderstood what was being done down there.

They simply could not grasp the idea of little old ladies with broken shoulders and their arms in slings because the local and county law enforcement had hit them with billy clubs while they were breaking up textbook protest meetings. That simply was beyond their ken.

I recall one court hearing I attended, where the local gendarmes had arrested several protesters and one of them was one of the major protest leaders. His “crime” had been to talk to one of the police officers, asking them, please to not do what they were doing to these people. When the officer who had arrested him took the stand he could not even tell anyone what he had arrested the preacher for. He was asked several times by a lawyer that had been brought in to help the protesters and he remained mute–no reply. Justice in West Virginia! But the folks in our Indiana church didn’t want to hear any of this. The government school system would  never do what I said went on in West Virginia–end of conversation! So ours was most definitely the minority opinion in our church, but then, I guess that didn’t surprise me all that much. Mine has been the minority opinion most of the places I have been in my life.

But the education question never totally went away, and at one point, we even got them to agree to listen to the headmaster of our Christian school one Sunday evening after prayer service. At that time, the headmaster of the Christian school our kids went to was from Southern Indiana and he described himself as a “Jeffersonian Democrat.” He and I had many viewpoints in common, educationally and otherwise. Although the church folks listened to what he had to say that Sunday evening about Christian education, they didn’t really buy it, and you could tell from the comments that followed. If we wanted to do it, well, we were a bit odd anyway so it was “probably okay” but they weren’t having any. The following year he left the school and went back to Southern Indiana, for some pressing reason, I don’t just recall why at this point. The headmaster that replaced him was less satisfactory. He was a nice guy, but he didn’t know upside down from inside out and seemed to think he had it all figured out. He had a long way to go.

Awhile after that, due to circumstances I will not go into here, we switched schools and our kids ended up in a school run by a Nazarene church in a nearby town. Now these folks were doctrinally far away from us, but again, the school headmaster there had learned to think outside the box and he had read some of the same material by R. J. Rushdoony and others that I had read, so whatever doctrinal differences we might have had, we shared the same worldview when it came to Christian education.

In each of these Christian school situations we had needed help with tuition. My wife and I both worked, but we didn’t make lots of money–no fat checks coming in from George Soros or the Rockefellers every month, and it wasn’t easy. It was a sacrifice for us even with help.

Yet, how many evangelicals did we run into in Indiana that “just couldn’t afford a Christian education” for their kids?  They had two cars in the garage and a television screen in the living room that covered half of one wall, but a Christian education for their kids was simply “unaffordable.”  I said to my wife on several occasions “We are probably the poorest family in the church and yet we can, with help, manage it. Why can’t some of them?” Actually, it was a matter of priorities. For most evangelical Christians in this country Christian education is just not a real big priority.

However, one year, we reached a point where there was no more help with tuitions available–anywhere. So, at that point, we had to make a decision as to where we would go from there. For us it was not all that difficult. The government school was never an option, and so we started checking into home schooling programs. When the church we were attending heard that, some of them went through the roof!  They were willing to tolerate us with out kids in  a Christian school, even though they would have rather had them in a public school, but when we decided to home school them, we had moved beyond the pale. That was just too much!

To be continued.

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Little by little the crowd is beginning to catch on.

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Fish and Farmer Threatened by Injunction

So here we have it. People don’t have rights but fish do. — jtl, 419
via NorthernAg.net(July 5, 2017) A new temporary injunction halting the construction of a Fish Bypass Channel on the Yellowstone River has come at a critical time for Pallid Sturgeon and farmers.  The diversion dam on the Yellowstone River north of Glendive has provided water to irrigators for 108 years, making a lush and productive valley in eastern Montana.  The injunction was handed down this week from the 9th District Court in Great Falls. The injunction comes from a hearing on June 19th to consider new motions from the Defenders of Wildlife that sought a new injunction on the construction project. The group claims that the federal government failed in their environmental study for the bypass and that the operation of the dam itself is illegal.

The Army Corp or Engineers has spent years working to develop the proposed Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage, including the approval of an Environmental Impact Statement that determined that the proposed ByPass Channel was the best alternative for fish populations and for agriculture.

In 2015, the LYIP tried to build the fish bypass at the urging of wildlife biologists suggesting in 2010 that by the year 2018 wild Pallid Sturgeon would be too old to reproduce naturally to recover the wild population of sturgeon.   In September of 2015 a judge placed an injunction on the project construction at the request of the Defenders of Wildlife. That injunction was lifted in April of 2017. Brower said that after the Defenders of Wildlife asked for a new injunction in June, that now the construction is halted on the only possible fish passage solution that could be built in time to save the wild Pallid Sturgeon population before they become too old to repopulate naturally. And, the funding for the project could be canceled.

Aaron Hall, Rockies and Plains Representative for Defenders of Wildlife, said in a statement on the Defenders of Wildlife Website that, “the ruling gives pallid sturgeon a chance at a future in the Yellowstone River. By granting the injunction, the court now has time to review the legality of this destructive project. We must stop this flawed dam-building plan that could doom the pallid sturgeon in its best remaining stronghold and replace it with a common-sense solution: a pumping system to provide irrigation water to neighboring farms and a free-flowing Yellowstone River to provide secure habitat for the fish.”

The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project is greatly disappointed that after years of cooperative work and study with all interested parties it has come to another injunction. LYIP said in a statement that, “we are saddened that once again the self-named “Defenders of Wildlife “have stopped the construction of the only possible fish passage solution that could have been built in time to save the wild Pallid Sturgeon population before they became too old to reproduce and recover the Wild Pallid Sturgeon population.” LYIP also added that, “we are still assessing this ruling but see no immediate impact to our ability to continue providing irrigation water to the Lower Yellowstone Valley.”

James Brower the manager of the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project spoke to Northern Ag Network and shared their frustrations. He said that, “anyone that has seen the existing conditions and then shown the plans for the new fish bypass knows that this will be a great improvement over the congressionally authorized diversion weir that is out here.”

Currently, LYIP is still assessing the 30-page injunction. At this time, there is no immediate impact on the LYIP’s ability to provide irrigation water to farmers in the lower Yellowstone Valley this year and hopefully next year. James Brower adds that, “what is being irreparably harmed is the endangered species that we have worked for 20 years to find a viable solution to pass the fish without jeopardizing the five communities in this valley.” In addition, Brower says that, “the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology have proved that the drinking wells for the cities of Sidney, Savage and Fairview are recharged by the irrigation project and irrigation itself” adding that “if anything affects our ability to irrigate it affects our drinking wells.”

There may be a bright side for the fish, farmers and rural citizens that are impacted by the injunction. James Brower said that the judge that issued the injunction may be trying to do the right thing by ordering the immediate scheduling of briefings and everything necessary for summary judgment. This way the judge can rule on the entire case as soon as possible.

What is at risk currently is the $57 Million dollars in funding from the Army Corps of Engineers to build the fish bypass. If the funding goes away or if the judge caused another delay in construction, the Army Corps would end the project. If the project is ended, not only is the Pallid Sturgeon’s future jeopardized but it will impact the rural citizens of Montana and North Dakota.

The LYPI is urging everyone to contact your elected officials in Washington to D.C. and tell them to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to continue to support the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project fish bypass project. With the Judge hopefully issuing Summary Judgement soon, there is hope that both the Fish and the Farmer can be saved.

Northern Ag Network 2017

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Part Two–Why our kids never went to public school

“You can’t read that in a public meeting!” To which the quick-thinking mom replied “If I can’t read this in a public meeting then why is it required reading in my daughter’s eighth grade class?” Excellent question! No answer was forthcoming.

That probably had never dawned on the dim bulb that asked the question. — jtl, 419

 

by Al Benson Jr. via revisedhistory

Regarding the situation in Kanawha County, West Virginia from 1974-76, I have several observations that were clinchers for my wife and I as to why our kids would never cross the threshold of a government school building.

While in West Virginia, my brother and I attended quite a few school board meetings  for Kanawha County, which were held in Charleston. Any time we were able to go, the school board meetings always ended up being “standing room only” affairs. If you wanted a seat you got there early. People, once the textbook protest started, showed up for school board meetings because they felt it was a chance to express their frustration at what the school system was trying for force on their kids. Little did they realize at the time, to paraphrase a saying used during the global warming scam, “the agenda is already settled.” And some of the school board members that spoke at these meetings were, shall we say,  slightly less than candid.  You always got straight, honest answers from Alice Moore. From some of the others it was a toss-up.

There was one meeting I recall, where one of the board members got caught in an untruth, and was called on it right during the meeting. He just laughed it off and continued on with whatever charade he was trying to peddle. At another meeting,  one of the parents attempted to read a passage out of her daughter’s 8th grade literature book. She hadn’t gotten very far into it when the moderator informed her that “You can’t read that in a public meeting!” To which the quick-thinking mom replied “If I can’t read this in a public meeting then why is it required reading in my daughter’s eighth grade class?” Excellent question! No answer was forthcoming. It seems the content of the book  was so profane it could not be read in a public meeting but apparently it was not too profane to be read in an eighth grade literature class. Does that give you just a slight idea of where the government school system was (and still is)?

As an aside–I noted how full the school board meetings always seemed to be. In the town I live in now, when I was in better health, I used to go to the town council meetings regularly. Usually there was hardly anyone there. The only time anyone ever showed up was when citizenship awards were handed out to kids in the local government schools–and after that was done, parents and kids all departed, not bothering to stay for the rest of the meeting. I often wondered if it was just apathy or what. I reflected on that a bit–until a particular issue came up in town a couple or three years ago, which involved a referendum the townfolk had to vote on. The referendum passed–but only by 11 votes, which, to me reflected a basically split town. After that event I started looking at non-attendance at council meetings from a different perspective. It came to me why no one hardly ever went to town council meetings. Those who were satisfied with the status quo in town didn’t need to be bothered going. They were going to get what they wanted anyway. Those who were not had realized that no one was going to listen to them anyway. They had already been to meetings to express their feelings and the town council, from the mayor on down, didn’t seem to want to hear it–so why bother.  As in Kanawha County, West Virginia–“the agenda was already settled.” This all exhibited one thing to me.  Beyond a certain point, many just get fed up with trying. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are happy–and the discontent over not being heard will break out somewhere, at some time, just like it did in Kanawha County, West Virginia when it became entirely clear that the school board already had an agenda they were going to pursue and they were not about to let the parents’ wishes get in their way. After all, all the parents did was to furnish the kids for the government school’s noble experiments in humanism and pay for it all! Why should anyone have to have any regard for what they wanted?

I noticed something else in West Virginia (this event was a pivotal point in our lives) about the book protest. It was the fundamentalist Christians that seemed to be the most concerned about the raunchy stuff in the proposed textbooks. Folks in liberal (socialist) churches  seemed, in the main, to have no problem with the secular humanist content of the books. Folks in most of the evangelical churches basically just sat the protest out. I’m not sure what they believed about the books, but whatever it was, it didn’t reach them enough to get them mad enough to go out and try to do anything about them. To me, that was a sad situation, but it was not the last time I was to see such a situation.

I am not a fundamentalist Christian (and I don’t say that to knock them by any means). I am a Presbyterian Calvinist, yet I saw major problems with these books, and with the concept of a government-run education system that sought to undermine the values Christian parents taught their children. In that instance, the fundamentalists and I were on the same page.  Again, I reflected on all this and wondered why the evangelicals just sat this protest out, given the stakes involved regarding their children. It wasn’t until we left West Virginia and moved to Indiana and attended an evangelical Presbyterian church there that I got my answer.

To be continued.

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A President’s War on the Media

Treason is levying war upon the individual, free and independent states.  That of course is exactly what Lincoln was doing – levying war upon the states of the South.  He chose to redefine treason to mean instead any criticism of himself and his policies.  That was the basis of the mass arrest of hundreds of newspaper editors and owners, and thousands of other Northern citizens suspected of being critics of government policy.
IMHO, Thomas DiLorenzo is the world’s foremost authority on Dishonest Abe and his unnecessary War of Yankee Aggression. For starters check out his book,  The Real Lincoln: A Ne…

After CNN was forced to retract yet another fake news story about “Russian collusion” it did what all Leftists do when caught in a lie:  It played “victim.”  It did so by claiming that President Trump’s calling out of the fake story, which CNN now admits was a fake, was an attack on freedom of speech in America.  So, according to CNN, publishing fake “news” is free speech, while pointing out the truth is an attack on free speech.

To hammer home the point that it, CNN, is the nation’s protector of free speech, the network attempted to taunt the president on the Fourth of July by tweeting an inscription that is chiseled into a wall at the “Newseum” in Washington, D.C.  They apparently thought that this would be a death blow to the president, for the quote was from the god of the state, Abe Lincoln.  “Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe,” Abe supposedly said.  Yes, just let them “know” that Vladimir Putin personally hypnotized Donald Trump, turning him into a Manchurian candidate, and then rigged all the election machinery in the United States to assure his election.  They will then be “safe” to know that Hillary Clinton is their real president.

Unfortunately for CNN, the Lincoln quote is more fake news because the quote itself is a fake, as proven by several researchers and reported by The Federalist Web site.  How telling –and appropriate — that CNN and the “Newseum” invoke this fake Lincoln quote as their motto.  Lincoln was a tyrant and a dictator with regard to the media, shutting down over 300 opposition newspapers in the North during the War to Prevent Southern Independence and imprisoning their editors and owners without due process.  No other president has ever come close to being as big an enemy of freedom of the press.

As historian Dean Sprague wrote in Freedom Under Lincoln, in a chapter entitled “The Policy of Repression,” the “first step” in Lincoln’s “program against the anti-war newspapers” in the Northern states “had to start with the muzzling of the New York press” (p. 142).  The New York papers “dominated much of the nation,” meaning that many other newspapers followed their lead in reporting the news and editorializing on it.  The Journal of Commerce was the most influential of the New York newspapers, and it published a list of over 100 other Northern newspapers that had editorialized against the war in early 1861.

Most newspapers at the time were delivered by mail, so the Lincoln administration ordered the Postal Service to cease delivering the opposition newspapers.  Eventually, they began arresting (without due process, since Habeas Corpus had been illegally suspended) editors who persisted in selling their papers.  The editor of the New York Freeman’s Journal, James McMasters, was especially heroic in his defense of his paper and of free speech.  Consequently, Secretary of State William Seward (from New York) orderd federal marshals to “arrest [McMasters] and send him to Fort Lafayette.”  Fort Lafayette in New York Harbor was at the time used as a gulag where political critics of the Lincoln administration were rounded up and imprisoned.

Such repression taught many of the other papers a lesson:  criticize the Lincoln administration and you, too, will be dragged off to Fort Lafayette.  Consequently, the New York newspapers “had been silenced by the end of September 1861,” writes Sprague (p. 149).  But then there were other newspapers elsewhere in New York state, from Long Island to the Canadian border, that commenced criticism of the Lincoln regime.  They soon received the same treatment from Seward, Lincoln’s media henchman, and were silenced.  Then “the mania for arrests [of opposition newspaper editors] soon spread outside New York State.  Pennsylvania suffered greatly” (p. 151).

Another book that describes Lincoln’s 1861 “summer of rage” against free speech in the Northern states is Lincoln’s Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President’s Mission to Destroy the Press, by historians Jeffrey Manber and Neil Dahlstrom.  During that summer, “Republicans around Lincoln systematically shut down all dissenting voices.  Editors and writers of antiwar newspapers were subjected to myriad punishments.  Some were tarred and feathered, some were thrown into federal prisons and held without trial for months at a time.  Others were forced to change their opinions and publish only glowing praise of the government actions” (p 2).

This enabled the state to fabricate a fake history that eliminates “a forgotten generation of editors, writers, and publishers” who dared to express “their anger that the Constitution was being trampled” by Lincoln.  These men were outraged at “Lincoln’s willingness to shut down any loyal opposition” (emphasis added).  At the same time, pro-Lincoln newspapers were subsidized with tax revenues to cement into place the fake history of the war that was being fabricated by Lincoln and the Republican Party.

Lincoln believed that he had the “right” to redefine the Constitution in whatever way he personally preferred, the formal amendment process be damned.  Treason” is defined by Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution as “only” levying war upon the United States, or giving aid and comfort to their enemies.  The word “their” is all important here, for it means “United States” is in the plural, i.e., the individual states being united to form a confederacy. Treason is levying war upon the individual, free and independent states.  That of course is exactly what Lincoln was doing – levying war upon the states of the South.  He chose to redefine treason to mean instead any criticism of himself and his policies.  That was the basis of the mass arrest of hundreds of newspaper editors and owners, and thousands of other Northern citizens suspected of being critics of government policy.

All of this is why it is totally appropriate that the words of Lincoln, of all people, are literally engraved in a wall at the Fake News “Newseum” in Washington, D.C.

The Best of Thomas DiLorenzo

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Why Our Kids Never Went To Public School

Anybody that would send a child to one of those child prisons (aka Mandatory Government Propaganda Camps) is guilty or child abuse. — jtl, 419

by Al Benson Jr. via revisedhistory.com

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

In the main filing cabinet in my office I have three bulging folders of material collected over the years from the early 1970s until now. These three folders contain all manner of material I have collected or people have sent me about the ongoing aberrations that take place in what all thinking people realize is our government school system. It’s not a “public” school system; it’s a government school system. This material comes from all over the country. Some of this stuff would really singe your eyeballs, and if you are like me, you can’t read more than a little of it at a time without getting really ticked off. What some government school systems do to our kids is nothing short of criminal.

I have come to the conclusion, after over forty years of keeping tabs on this kind of thing, that these aberrations are what government education in this country is really all about. When I say that I am not indicting everyone who has ever taught in a government school. We have a niece in Illinois that teaches in one. She’d much rather teach in a Christian school, but she can’t find one in her area that pays a living wage so she does what she has to to survive.

I will make one observation here and then move on. For several decades now we have had “sex education” in government schools in this country. Many have wondered where this idea came from. I know one source. In reading up on cultural Marxism for a speech I have to give later this month, I found that, way back in the early 1900s, a Hungarian Communist named Georg Lukacs was looking for one possible way to help tear down Western civilization. According to author and lecturer William Lind, Lukacs found it. Lind stated: “That same year, when he became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Bolshevik Bela Kun government in Hungary, one of Lukac’s first acts was to introduce sex education into Hungary’s public schools. He knew that if he could destroy the West’s traditional sexual morals, he would have taken a giant step toward destroying Western culture itself”. It would be interesting for some honest researcher who had the time to go back and trace what Lukacs did and follow the thread down to America’s government schools today.

When I started collecting all this info on government education I was also just beginning to learn about what was really going on in this country and in the world. My wife and I had a two-year old son and we wondered, with all that we were learning, how we were going to be able to educate him in such a way as to avoid all the perversity   we were reading about that seemed to permeate government education. Later on our daughter came along, which magnified our concerns.

The learning process wasn’t over, however, by a long shot. There was much more to come. Some if it is still coming. The learning process never stops. And one is not always enchanted with the things he learns about.

In September of 1974, we took a short trip to Oklahoma, close to the area I had briefly lived in during the late 1960s. I have never forgotten what happened after we got home from that trip because it changed our lives. It was a Sunday evening and my wife was cooking supper in the kitchen. I was sitting at the kitchen table (we’ve never been fancy enough folks to have a dining room) reading the Chicago Sun Times for September 29, 1974. An article on page 5 really caught my eye. To this day I have kept a copy of it. The title of it was Battle of the books in fundamentalist lion’s den. It went into a situation that, up to that point, I had not even been aware of–the Textbook Protest going on in Kanawha County, West Virginia. I read the article, then reread it, and said to my wife “the way this article trashes these book protesters, they must be doing something right.” They were, but you couldn’t expect the “news” media ever to admit that. Forty three years later most of them still don’t admit it. The media painted the book protesters as racist rednecks who didn’t have enough good sense to appreciate what the virtuous government school system was doing for their kids. The problem for the government school system was that the parents were beginning to realize what the government school system was trying to do to their kids and not for them and they definitely didn’t appreciate it. I’ve seen some of the stuff out of some of those books and I would not have wanted our kids to be subjected to it. So I felt the parents were right to resist, which, I suppose, makes me a redneck too.

With the help of the one honest, dedicated lady on the school board, Alice Moore, the parents were starting to find out just where the government school system they had always just blindly trusted their kids to planned to take those kids. They were not thrilled! In fact, the government education system in Kanawha County was so far out of sync with parental values (as it was in all the rest of the country also) that the parents picketed the government schools when school started in the Fall of 1974. Most kids stayed home. The local “news” media tried to sit on all this as long as they could, to confine it to the local area, but something like this can only be kept quiet for so long and the word got out. Had they had the Internet back then it would have happened much quicker.

Through the Summer and Fall of 1974 there followed a series of marches and rallies and some of the activity over the protest spilled over into 1975. In September of  1975 our family and my brother’s family moved to Kanawha County. By this time we had learned enough about the government school system to realize that you were never going to reform it and get it back to what many folks fondly called “the good old days.” If you couldn’t reform it, the next best option was to secede from it, which is still the most viable option. One good thing that came out of that protest was the formation of several new Christian schools in Kanawha County, and while, eventually, most kids wound up back in government schools, not all did.

As I continued to research and read, I eventually got books by Samuel Blumenfeld and R. J. Rushdoony, both of whom had studied and researched far more than I ever could. From what I read in their books, I began to realize, as I learned the history of government schools in this country, that they had a bad beginning–literally from day one! The government school system in this country was the febrile brainchild of Unitarians and socialists right from the start, And, if that was the beginning, then what, pray tell, could you “reform” it back to? There never were any “good old days” for the government school system. There were only days when the Leftist radicalism was less apparent than it is now. The government school system started with the basic premise of undercutting the influence that church schools had been having on the education of children in the North. In the South it had never really taken hold as it had in the North, where it became mandated as a required institution–compulsory public education–right out of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto.

I can see, as I go along, that this article is going to take more than one part, so I will wind up the first installment here except to note, regarding the Textbook Protest in West Virginia, for those who would like to read a little more in depth on it, I would recommend a book you can still get on Amazon, written by a former public school teacher, Karl Priest. It is called Protester Voices–The 1974 Textbook Tea Party. If you want to know what really happened there, I would recommend this book, because, even today, there are precious few media outlets that, when writing about this, will give you the real truth. Karl’s book will give you the real truth and you need to know the real truth.

To be continued.

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14 Facts That Prove That America’s Absolutely Pathetic System Of Public Education Deserves An ‘F’ Grade

This is what happens when we put federal bureaucrats in charge of education.
Indeed, education is much too important to trust to government. — jtl, 419
By Michael Snyder, via The Economic Collapse

One thing that almost everyone can agree upon is that our system of public education is broken.  We spend far more money on public education than anyone else in the world, and yet the results are depressing to say the least.  Considering how much we are putting into education, we should be producing the best students on the entire planet, but it just isn’t happening.  Personally, I attended public schools from kindergarten all the way up through law school, and the quality of education that I received was extremely poor.  Even on the collegiate level, most of the courses were so “dumbed down” that even the family dog could have passed them.  And of course millions of other people all over the country would say the same sorts of things about their own educations.  Many refer to what is happening to our society as “the dumbing down of America”, and if we don’t get things fixed the United States is on course to become a second class nation.If you believe that I am exaggerating, I would like you to consider the following numbers.  The following are 14 facts that prove that America’s absolutely pathetic system of education deserves an “F” grade…

#1 Somewhere around 50 million students attend public schools in America today.

#2 Education is the most expensive item in 41 different state budgets.

#3 The latest PISA tests show that U.S. students are below average compared to the rest of the industrialized world…

One of the biggest cross-national tests is the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which every three years measures reading ability, math and science literacy and other key skills among 15-year-olds in dozens of developed and developing countries. The most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.

#4 A report from the Educational Testing Service found that American Millennials are way behind Millennials in most other industrialized nations…

Half of American Millennials score below the minimum standard of literacy proficiency. Only two countries scored worse by that measure: Italy (60 percent) and Spain (59 percent). The results were even worse for numeracy, with almost two-thirds of American Millennials failing to meet the minimum standard for understanding and working with numbers. That placed U.S. Millennials dead last for numeracy among the study’s 22 developed countries.

#5 According to one very disturbing study, fewer than half of all high school graduates “are able to proficiently read or complete math problems”.

#6 According to U.S. News & World Report, “inflation-adjusted spending per student in American public schools has increased by 663 percent.”

#7 In 2015, the percentage of students in our public schools coming from low income homes crossed the 50 percent mark.  That was the first time that had happened in at least 50 years.

#8 One study found that a whopping 76 percent of all high school graduates “were not adequately prepared academically for first-year college courses.”

#9 The following are five numbers which show how far the quality of college education has fallen in the United States…

-“After two years in college, 45% of students showed no significant gains in learning; after four years, 36% showed little change.”

-“Students also spent 50% less time studying compared with students a few decades ago.”

-“35% of students report spending five or fewer hours per week studying alone.”

-“50% said they never took a class in a typical semester where they wrote more than 20 pages.”

-“32% never took a course in a typical semester where they read more than 40 pages per week.”

#10 Just 36 percent of all full-time college students receive a bachelor’s degree within four years, and just 77 percent of all full-time college students have earned a bachelor’s degree by the end of six years.

#11 One survey found that nearly 10 percent of our college graduates believe that Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court…

#12 Another survey found that 29 percent of all U.S. adults cannot name the Vice-President.

#13 And yet another survey found that only 43 percent of all U.S. high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between the years of 1850 and 1900.

#14 Perhaps worst of all, 75 percent of our young adults cannot find Israel on a map of the Middle East.

This is what happens when we put federal bureaucrats in charge of education.

All over the country there are calls to abolish the Department of Education.  For example, the following was published on CNBC

The DOE currently employs 5,000 government workers and has an annual budget of $73 billion, yet according to the CATO Institute, it has not affected student outcomes in any demonstrable way over its 40-year history . It has successfully created a system that requires educators to teach reams of “politically-correct” content and focus on scoring well on standardized tests. It has created an atmosphere of testing in our schools, putting intense pressure on teachers and students to “ace the test” rather than mastering the material. This promotes a culture of teaching to the test and score tampering.

Unfortunately, abolishing the Department of Education is not going to be easy, because there is a tremendous amount of money at stake.  And whenever there is a tremendous amount of money at stake, there are going to be very powerful interests that are determined to keep things just the way that they are…

The major stakeholders in K-12 public education are at an impasse. Teachers’ Unions are primarily concerned with self-preservation, maintaining extravagant perks for union administrators and exerting disproportionate political influence. A handful of publishing houses sell us $8 billion worth of warmed- over text books every year. Testing companies collectively spent tens of millions lobbying in states and on Capitol Hill from 2009 to 2014. These politically powerful, entrenched special interests are heavily invested in maintaining the failing status quo.

But even though there is going to be a lot of resistance, I am going to try to abolish the Department of Education anyway.  I believe that full control over education should be returned to the state and local levels, but that is just the beginning.

Ultimately, we need to rebuild our system of education from the ground up.  Instead of politically-correct indoctrination centers that endlessly pump progressive propaganda into impressionable young minds, we need to transform our public schools into institutions that focus on the essentials.  We need a renewed emphasis on reading, writing, math and the skills that will enable our young people to function successfully once they get out into the real world.

At one time America’s system of education was the best in the world, and we can get there again.  But of course the left is going to fight against the changes that need to be made every step of the way.

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A Liberal’s Cry of Despair

The rise of the American welfare state, which began with the American public school system, has been at the heart of this breakdown. The state has attempted to replace the family, the church, and other institutions that have provided welfare for their members

Between the pubic (not a typo) school system and the Mainstream Media (including the entertainment industry) George Orwell was an optimist. — jtl, 419

By Gary North via LewRockwell.com

For three decades, E. D. Hirsch, Jr. has been one of the foremost defenders of the American public schools. He has also been a critic of the content of American education. None of criticism has gained any traction in the schools.

I did a search on Google for “E. D. Hirsch” and “public schools.” I got a lot of hits, as you can see here.

He has few critics. He also has no supporters with any power inside the schools. At age 89, he still has nothing to show for his time in redesigning the public school curriculum.

Hirsch wrote a best-selling book that appeared in 1987: Cultural Literacy. It presented the basics of what an educated American needs to know early in life — no later than college. The public schools were supposed to teach this, he said. They didn’t. The book was utopian then. It is a faded memory today. The public schools do not impart such knowledge. They haven’t since the end of World War II.

He has finally come to his senses. He is in despair. It a recent article, he offers a lament. It is, in fact, a funeral oration of a corpse. It appeared in a digital publication: Democracy. Democracy has been the religion of secular humanism for two centuries. His article is titled “A Sense of Belonging.” The article shows what he sees as the world we have lost.

It is the world that Hirsch and his liberal peers have lost. It is the world that some of us have been criticizing for half a century and which generations of Catholic resisters criticized ever since they got off the ships from Ireland in the 1840’s. Massachusetts was the last state to abandon tax-supported churches. That was in 1833. In 1837, the state created a replacement church, the department of education. The man who ran it was a liberal Unitarian lawyer, Horace Mann. Catholic immigrants a decade later recognized the Boston public schools for what they were: Unitarian training centers. In poverty, they started Catholic private schools. Not until the 1970’s did the bishops pull back in their support of independent schools.

THE QUEST FOR COMMUNITY

Hirsch begins with comments on a recent book, Tribe.

In one of its chapters, Tribe interprets the psychology of veterans who falsely claim post-traumatic stress disorder. Men and women who served in the military with patriotism and loyalty, and who would never cheat the fellow members of their military units, are willing to cheat their fellow citizens in civilian life by lying about their medical conditions. Veterans are feeling alienated and isolated in contemporary America. They prefer their anxiety-filled wartime experiences among close-connected comrades to their current meaning-deprived existences.This paradox is explained, Junger argues, by the loss in modern America of a basic psychological fulfillment—a feeling of group solidarity and a sense of belonging.

Back in 1953, conservative sociologist Robert Nisbet wrote a book on the origins of European totalitarianism. It was titled The Quest for Community. He attributed the rise of totalitarianism to a similar loss of a sense of community that took place in Western Europe in the first half of the 20th century. He attributed this to the ideology of statism, which defines human existence in terms of citizenship rather that the traditional associations that had built Western civilization: family, churches, charitable societies, social clubs, and brotherhoods — what he called intermediary institutions. He traced this back to Rousseau’s concept of the general will, which is exclusively The Quest for Communit… Robert Nisbet Best Price: $6.24 Buy New $10.99 political. He traced it back to the French Revolution, in which people referred to each other as “citizen.” He ultimately traced it back to Plato.

It is impossible to read Plato’s polemical writings without feeling the clear honest devotion to the individual as well as the state. The problem for Plato, as it was to be the problem for Russo 2000 years later, was that of discovering the conditions within which the absolute freedom of the individual could be combined with the absolute justice of the State.Plato’s solution of the problem was radical. It was nothing less than the extermination of all forms of social and spiritual loyalty which would, by their mere existence, constitute distractive influences upon individuals and divisive allegiances within the total community of the State itself. “The zeal of the state had come upon Plato, “[Ernest] Barker has written, “and had to come as a fire to consume whatever was not of the State. A fire will not stop and exceptions, and these exceptions to the organic unity of the State he could not brook.” (ISI edition, pp. 106-7).

This same Platonic illusion of the primary sovereignty of the state has captivated political American liberals ever since the mid-19th century. The public school system was always their primary engine of recruitment, indoctrination, and training. Hirsch laments the loss of the sense of community but is his article shows, he is defining community as the state. This has been the curse of post-Darwin liberalism ever since the rise of the progressive movement in the United States at the end of the 19th century. The most forthright statement of this religion of humanism was written by the man who is accurately described as the father of American central economic planning, Lester Frank Ward, in his crucial two-volume work, Dynamic Sociology (1883). I have discussed Ward in Appendix A of my book, Sovereignty and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Genesis. You may download it here.

The loss of a sense of belonging has been a culture-wide phenomenon in in Western civilization ever since the end of World War II. So, this is nothing new. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam wrote a best-selling book on this, Bowling Alone (2000). An even better book is Charles Murray’s Coming Apart (2012). Bowling Alone: The Col… Robert D. Putnam Best Price: $1.28 Buy New $5.58

The rise of the American welfare state, which began with the American public school system, has been at the heart of this breakdown. The state has attempted to replace the family, the church, and other institutions that have provided welfare for their members. The phrase “womb to tomb” is accurate. Advocates of the modern democratic welfare state are adamant that the state should be the primary agency of welfare in society, and their main complaint is that it is not yet the only source of welfare in society.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE MELTING POT?

Hirsch sees that the public schools have failed in indoctrinating the nation’s young.

The image of America as a melting pot is now almost universally rejected as an outdated conception. It’s said that a better metaphor is that of a mosaic. That’s indeed a more fitting image than melting pot for our variegated nation. But mosaics are highly unified works of art, put together with glue and grout. In the United States, those binding elements are our national language and its public culture, including laws, loyalties, and shared sentiments, that make the language intelligible. If the sense of national unity now seems to be threatened, it is not just because of globalization, economic change, and new technologies—the usual explanations. Another causal factor needs to be adduced.Over the past six decades, changes in the early grades of schooling have contributed to the decline of communal sentiment. Under the banner of “Teach the child not the subject!” and with a stress on skills rather than content, the decline in shared, school-imparted knowledge has caused reading comprehension scores of high school students to decline. Between the 1960s and 1980s, scores dropped half a standard deviation and Coming Apart: The Stat… Charles Murray Best Price: $5.94 Buy New $8.15 have never come back. In addition, school neglect of factual knowledge, including American history and its civic principles, joined with a general de-emphasis of “rote learning” and “mere fact,” induced a decline in widely shared factual knowledge among Americans. This not only weakened their ability to read and communicate; it has left them with weaker patriotic sentiments, and with a diminished feeling that they are in the same boat with Americans of other races, ethnicities, and political outlooks.

No other institution has replaced the schools in this function.

Conservatives did not do this. For the most part, conservatives opposed this development. They wanted American history to be taught in the schools, not social studies. This destruction of the indoctrinating factors in education was designed and implemented by the ideological peers of Hirsch.

The conservatives have naïvely believed that if they could be put in charge of the schools, and especially the universities that train teachers, they could improve the public schools. They have believed that it is their responsibility to capture the public school system. Their strategy has been based on this principle: capture, not replace. This strategy has been a colossal failure. It has not worked in any school district in the United States. It has not come close to working. It was wrongheaded from the beginning. It acknowledged this principle: the state has a legitimate role of educating children. This was from the beginning of the American public schools an attempt to undermine the authority of parents. A handful of conservatives opposed this, but their objections were drowned out by conservative activists who believe as strongly in the state as a legitimate institution for shaping students’ ideas as the liberals do.

The good news is this: the liberals’ chickens have come home to roost. It turns out that the control over public education has backfired.

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The Endless War Against People

they overlook one disturbing truth: what people fear took place centuries ago. America was “taken over” by powerful interests who used the machinery of the state to reduce all of us to their violent control; that we might be the resources for the accomplishment of their purposes.

If you are happy, rattle your chains. — jtl, 419

By Butler Shaffer via LewRockwell.com

War is like a big machine that no one really knows how to
run and when it gets out of control it ends up destroying
the things you thought you were fighting for, and a lot
of other things you kinda forgot you had.
– Anonymous

When I discuss with others the idea of living in a peaceful, stateless world, I am most frequently asked: “but what about national defense? What if the Chinese, or North Korean, or an aggressive Islamic state, wanted to invade America, destroy our way of life, and enslave us to their regime? How might we defend ourselves from those who want to use force to take us over?”

While such questions reflect legitimate concerns, they overlook one disturbing truth: what people fear took place centuries ago. America was “taken over” by powerful interests who used the machinery of the state to reduce all of us to their violent control; that we might be the resources for the accomplishment of their purposes. That one of the most popular Broadway shows is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, reflects just how thoroughly most of us have internalized the grasping purposes of the so-called “Founding Fathers.” Should anyone put together a show on the life and thinking of Sam Adams, please let me know!

The problems we encounter through the politicization of society arise from confusions concerning the benefits of organizing ourselves with others. Because we are social beings who could not survive without the help of others – who would have cared for you immediately following your birth? – we have become lazy in distinguishing the organizational forms available for our benefit. We humans have long known of the advantages derived from a division of labor. Beyond living at a subsistence level, in which we consume all of our production just to survive, we are able to generate surpluses that we can exchange with others to increase our well-being. It is this reality that underlies the economic means by which we organize with others. Society Against the St… Pierre Clastres Best Price: $6.11 Buy New $14.44

The economic means are an expression of the private property principle: owners decide for themselves how – and if at all – they choose to share or exchange their respective claims to what is theirs. They require no superintending authorities to impose rules and other costs upon their transactions. One of the most familiar examples of this marketplace behavior is found in “farmers’ markets” that exist in almost every community, as well as in roadside stands where farmers offer their produce for sale to passing motorists. What is noteworthy in these, and other marketplace transactions, is that the parties internalize all of the costs of getting their produce to the market. The farmer prepared the ground, planted the seeds, watered and protected the crops from predators, kept out weeds, harvested and cleaned the crops, and then transported them to the market. All of such costs were borne by the farmer in the expectation that the prices he or she realized from customer purchases will exceed the total costs invested to make his or her farming a profitable undertaking so as to continue the processes.

But there are others who see that energies driven by self-interested men and women using spontaneously-ordered organizations, can be corrupted by those who can use coercion for their benefit. There is nothing new in this, although our so-called “primitive” ancestors were too sophisticated to trust power in the hands of tribal leaders. Those interested in pursuing this topic might want to read the late French anthropologist, Pierre Clastres’ book Society Against the State. It was our more recent ancestors who concocted the street-gang looting-party known as the state. In selling this institutionalized violence to its victims with the pretense that the arrangement was the product of a contract, the state actually arose through conquest.

In order to bamboozle their intended prey, political schemers must fabricate threats which they, alone, are capable of overcoming. The threats may be of domestic origin: murderers, rapists, burglars, or people who use the wrong pronoun in speaking of others. Some threats are genuine, for which an intended victim must always rely on his or her methods of protection. Whether a threat is genuine depends upon A Libertarian Critique… Butler Shaffer Buy New $5.50 whether a property trespass is visited upon an owner. But who pays attention to the property principle any more, right?

Other threats may be hatched from foreign sources. Persons from outside one’s territory make for easy targeting, as they often have different cultures, languages, religions, economic interests, racial features, and other distinctions that can easily be exploited by politicians and their media propagandizers and turned into the “greatest threat since Hitler.” Like unseen hobgoblins with which children like to scare one another in the night, invisibility heightens fears. The scene of Jacob Marley dragging his chains up the stairs in the movie A Christmas Carol, was nowhere as terrifying to me as the same event only imagined on radio, in Lionel Barrymore’s annual Christmas Eve broadcast of that story.

Warmongers in the Establishment-owned media have been twisting every conceivable event into a renewal of the Cold War contrived conflict that posed Russia as the “greatest threat since Hitler” to take over the world. That show ran for some four decades, with Boobus Americanus eagerly buying up tickets when it went on the road to such places as Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, Lebanon, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, even Grenada which, like the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, was hypothecated, yet again, into the “greatest threat since Hitler.”

Most of my childhood years were spent during World War II, when the government had some degree of honesty in having the war conducted by “The War Department.” When the post-war years were spent fashioning the state into a “perpetual war for perpetual peace,” the war-making machinery was renamed “The Defense Department.” “Cynical” souls inclined to regard the war system as yet another lucrative racket run by and for members of the military-industrial complex, will be countered by the lyrics from the musical Li’l Abner: “what’s good for General Bullmoose is good for the U.S.A.” The Wizards of Ozymand… Butler Shaffer, Butler… Best Price: $20.79 Buy New $20.00

Being social creatures, it is our nature to organize with others for our mutual benefit. Franz Oppenheimer suggested the “economic means” and the “political means” as two mutually-exclusive ways of accomplishing such beneficial ends. The peaceful, creative, and autonomous actions that serve our individual interests, are expressions of the economic means. But is it possible for us to cooperate with one another in order to protect ourselves from acts of trespass, theft, and other forms of victimization, by using only the economic means?

Those who have given focused attention to this question can attest to the reality that only individuals – be they armed, clever, or free to contract for protective services – can accomplish such ends. We have been conditioned to believe that the political means (i.e., the use of vertically-organized systems of violence), are necessary to provide for such security. Thomas Hobbes’ 17th century views are invoked on behalf of the political structuring of society. Without the state, Hobbes observed, mankind would live in “continual fear, and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” I wonder whether, four centuries later, Hobbes would have the intellectual honesty to acknowledge that the apocalyptic conditions he foresaw in a “state of nature,” were more descriptive of the nature of the state he so admired?

I am not so innocent as to believe there are no greedy, power-hungry thugs menacing us. Indeed, as I have stated, we are already victimized by such creatures. Domestic despots are able to maintain their power only by convincing the rest of us that they can protect us from the feared threats which they concoct for our consumption! To carve out some foreign menace is much easier, as the identity of the alleged adversary is often wrapped in cloudy dimensions with shifting leadership (e.g., the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS). The more the foe is hidden in darkness, the more effective its role as a bogeyman. The prospect that the enemy-of-the-month might have spies or other operatives secreted away in America – perhaps going so far as to interfere with and corrupt the sacred electoral process – helps to bring the fear-ridden into a tighter herd. Over the years, I have heard otherwise intelligent people contend that the lack of evidence for many of these “threats,” Calculated Chaos: Inst… Butler D. Shaffer, But… Best Price: $5.19 Buy New $41.94 shows just how sinister and deeply-embedded the menace is!

But let us imagine that some other nation does, indeed, desire to attack and subdue America, and that our country has no state apparatus with which to respond. Suppose that the Chinese government sent shiploads of soldiers to Los Angeles, or San Francisco, with orders to “take over” the American people. Where would these troops begin? Not having the advantages Hitler enjoyed in being able to get centralized authorities to “surrender” the populace to him, how would the Chinese government go about subduing over three-hundred million independent people to its will? Furthermore, what would be the states of mind of both the American resident and the Chinese soldier who both knew that a government was not present to “protect” the residents?  What would be the state of mind of the Chinese government?  Might it have been the same as that of the German government, in WWII, which knew of the practice, in Switzerland, of a universally-armed population?

We recite political catechisms about how “we” created the state through an imagined “social contract;” and that, like parties to economic transactions, we can amend, modify, or terminate the contractual relationship whenever we so choose. But the hostility with which state officials react to efforts to secede from political arrangements illustrates the fraudulent nature of the arrangement. In order to carry out the illusion that “we” control the system, the Establishment owners permit us to play with nonessential issues that never challenge the core of their authority over our lives. We can tinker with the details of how the state presumes to rule us: tax rates, the liberty to smoke marijuana, the 55 mph speed limit, or the required use of seat-belts. We engage in energized debates on these and other superficial topics and, should we get a court or legislature to agree with us on some point we pretend that we have advanced the cause of liberty. We are like dogs who have learned to carry their leashes in their mouths, convinced that we are leading our masters on the walk!

As we celebrate our ersatz sense of independence with a multitude of John Wayne films and documentaries about the increased militarization of the American government, we continue to chant our mantras about being “the freest people on earth.” We will find evidence for such a claim in a city council ordinance in Mud Flats, Kansas, allowing people to smoke cigarettes and cigars within their homes. We ignore the inconsistency of believing that our liberty is to be found in asking the state for a longer leg-chain. In the words of Ezra Pound, “A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.”

One request most of us are afraid to make of ourselves as well as the state is that of freeing us from the deadly, destructive and submissive nature of the “national defense” racket. In order to reinforce the illusion that “we” control the state, we will be allowed to play around at the edges of state power. “We” will not, however, be permitted to question the sacred center of statism, which is found in its legal monopoly on the use of violence over us. In Randolph Bourne’s famous words, “war is the health of the state.” We need to learn from Oppenheimer that the only way to advance human well-being is through the economic means of organizing with others; and never to resort to the political means.

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DMV Lady Flips Out after Fees Are Called Extortion!

 Old Gavin really knows how to frustrate petty tyrants. Great fun to watch. — jtl, 419

Only goverment can treat customers this way and stay in business; because their business runs at the point of gun.

In a way this video is a test to see who is awake and who is not. The slaves will watch this video and blame me despite my calm behavior and reasonable requests. To them our duty is always blind complacence. The awake will understand the words coming out of my mouth and see that their local courthouse is a den of criminal activity; the largest enclave on crime, abuse, trafficking and robbery in your community.

In Washington the people passed a law that said we were not to be charged more than $30 for the tags that should not exist in the first place. Our goverment even ignored that command and Laurie helps enforce that violation. She’s been here for years and she’s passive aggressive nice, so long as you don’t question her.

Her hostility was immediate, she knew me. But when I casually mentioned that I was being extorted she lost it. People that rob others for a living should always be reminded of the nature of the business they are in. The real problem was not that,, it was that Laurie hates me. He buddies in this building have illegal detained, illegally searched and even assaulted me for asking questions. I’ll add a few of those videos below. It’s not that I cause problems that is the problem, its I stand up to problems.

I will be accused of being rude, disruptive or talking to the wrong person. All of these things are so clearly false to anyone who has seen the video that I won’t not even make a defense for that. We have to speak to the foot solder of tyranny. We have to remind them who they have become. More importantly we have to make conversations that show people that it’s OK to speak up themselves.

I was charged 13 fees. I was told about 4 of them. They are intentionally withholding these charges from their victims.

We the people passed a law that tags could not be more than $30. So the cronies of Washington State did this.

In any business asking for money you have the right to see an itemized list of your charges, not to have them halfway rattled on in grumpy tones by the angry lady at the counter. There is a real need for me to review every item as they often add extra fees and even fees that you have have to opt out in. The final item list reveals why they were hiding it. By saying their computer has no way to show the list, they prevent customer from knowing the fees until AFTER payment.

Some will say I failed because I pay the fees and licensing at all. They claim that driving is a right. That part is correct. But choosing that hill to die on makes it so we cannot effectively defend those in greatest peril. Thing is I’m not fighting for myself and my wallet. I understand and agree with the sentiment of refusing permits and have refused many myself. Just weigh the scales. Imagine if the hero’s who recused families from the blade of the guillotine or who sneaked victims of the Holocaust out of Germany has been focusing entirely on refusing to carry papers. It was not that they supported such tyranny, but they had bigger battles.

The vehicle permit is lawless; but it’s battle that should have occurred 50 years ago. Today we have even worse tyranny’s that take priority. We have people dying and being locked in concentration camps. The ability to travel thru occupied America to those in need without giving tyrants easy means to arrest and impound us is more important. I often see the battle over drivers licenses become battle of ego and self for those fighting it, rather than a battle over the freedom of those be hauled away beside us. A man can fight only few battles at once, he must choose carefully.

I did not go into the courthouse for a video. The arrogant people that work there created this story because they believe they are above you. So I went outside and recorded my thoughts to share why it’s important that we all stand up and use our voice on the little things. Setup, conflict created by tyrants, resolution created by us.

What if John Adams and General Washington had listened to those who said that if he did not like the British rule he should leave the colonies? Only we can make the abuse of goverment shameful, only we can show people it’s OK to stand up, only we can show principle and boldness but our example.

The place of change is not in lawless courts or at politicians desks but in the heart and looking in the eyes of enforcers and collectors. Only when the minions of tyranny are ashamed, when it’s not worth the burden anymore, only then will they refuse to bear it up and let it crumble into liberty.

Gavin Seim

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