The Thirteenth Amendment to United States Constitution states, “Neither slavery nor Involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime, shall exist within the United States.”
 
Recently presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a speech at the University of Colorado. He spoke of some of his plans as president relative to the tax-supported school system, usually referred to as “public schools,” explaining he would, “set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year.”
 
The incentive for school officials to make the program compulsory will be attaching strings to federal education dollars. And when that is done, school officials will be forced to enforce the involuntary child work program in the school system.
 
I wonder how many parents know about these plans for their children. How many supporting and planning on voting for Obama know he plans on an involuntary servitude program for their child?
 
Almost everyday there is something in the news about the horrors of what goes on in the schools—teachers beating up students, students fighting and brutalizing one another, some even being killed, then putting videos of some of the happenings on the internet.
 
Just this week there was a story in the news about a young boy hanging himself in 2004 and legal wrangling as to whether or not the parents had a right to sue over his death. A teacher had given him a belt to hold up his pants and he used the belt to hang himself. This is just one of the horror stories of innocent children in the current system.
 
Tax-supported schools don’t educate, they indoctrinate. I can’t recall the name of the communist leader years ago who said, “Give me a child until he’s eight years old and I will make a communist out of him.” Billions are spent on the socialist system and things go from bad to worse. In many cases Johnny still can’t read. All communism is, is a brand name of socialism.
 
In New Orleans, after the disaster of Katrina, all the schools were destroyed and a different system replaced the old schools called “charter schools.” Public schools were replaced by “private schools.” They are called private schools, yet are still funded by tax-payer monies. This idea was the brain child of the noted economist Milton Freidman, a man who was able before he passed at age 94 to help implement around the world his policies of political and market changes known as “Shock and Awe.” We first began hearing the term when Iraq was invaded.
 
Basically, shock and awe is a strategy of changing the make-up of a particular situation, politically, socially and in the marketplace during the wake of a catastrophic event, a natural disaster or a man-made disaster. Some have referred to it as “disaster capitalism,” a situation designed to place a larger stranglehold on individual freedom and free trade and capitalism as we know it. From reports regarding the parents’ view of this different system in New Orleans, they are not happy campers over the results.

The results of the tax-supported school system have been disastrous in so many ways. It’s talked about, complained about, and written about from so many angles. Disenchanted parents listen to solutions from those in charge, ranging from having better teachers, more money, larger buildings, integration, surveillance cameras, school guards, summer classes, sports programs, lunch programs, better text-books, bigger libraries, computer programs, dance classes, vaccinations. Yet still the children are indoctrinated and not educated.
 
Isn’t it time we ask why? There must be an answer. Dr. Phil says, “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.” Isn’t it possible the reason things go from bad to worse is because we have refused to acknowledge the root cause of the problem?
 
I recall a story the Bourbon Street Preacher, Bob Harrington, told years ago. A lady called him quite disturbed and upset about reading revelations, bemoaning the fact she simply could not understand it. Preacher Harrington said, “Get back to Matthew. Get back to Matthew!”  In other words, he was trying to convey to her that in order to understand the results at the ending one must understand the beginning.
 
And so it must be that to understand the disastrous results of the present school system, we need to understand what happened in the beginning, what is happening now, and what the proposals are for the future. It ought to be the front page news story that if elected, Obama’s goal is to implement an “involuntary servitude program in the school system that will require children give service of 50 hours a year.”
 
The great writer and philosopher Frederic Bastiat stated it much better than I can, describing “legal plunder,” i.e.  thievery, which is what the system was started with and based upon today. Quite simply he writes,

“See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives to the other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay. No legal plunder; this is the Principle of justice, peace, order, stability and logic.”

Ask yourself the question, why should you be forced to pay for the schooling of another’s children? Then, why should another be forced to pay for the schooling of your child? How does one know how much schooling another’s child needs, wants, desires, or requires?
 
As a nation founded upon the moral principles of individual freedom and personal property rights, when did things change to be acceptable to take from one to give to another?
 
If thievery, which is what legal plunder is, is immoral, how can one expect to have morality in a system of schooling based upon this legal plunder? It is the basic premise of one’s right to keep that which belongs to him or her which is violated to fund the current system, and prevents it from ever improving or being anything other that what it is we read about and experience on an ongoing basis. It will only get worse and will not change until the foundation wrong is addressed.
 
Most of us never heard of this, “Shock and Awe” military doctrine until the invasion of Iraq, which was perpetrated to “control the adversary’s will, perceptions and understanding and literally make an adversary impotent to act or react.”

We watched and saw it all on television played out before our eyes. It all came from the teachings of Friedman and put in motion by Rumsfeld. And it was these same tactics and strategies implemented after the residents of New Orleans were reeling from the disaster of Katrina when the charter schools were started there.
 
Well, one might say, we do not have charter schools in my area. I point this out to show what might be the next step in your area. However, what has happened and is happening in the system of schooling today is a clear, resounding clarion call for parents of innocent children to stop and take note of how and what it all thrives on.
 
This is the next generation and whether or not we have children in the system or not, we are all affected by it. I reiterate, “This is the PRINCIPLE of justice, peace, order and logic.”
 
Let Freedom Ring!
 
JUST ME,
AC

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