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Monday, April 8, 2013

A Letter from HandyGramps to Homeschooling Families (& all Families, for that Matter)

Here I am sharing a letter written by my dad, HandyGramps, to homeschooling parents & others interested in the plight of the German homeschooling family facing deportation from the United States.

April 8, 2013

To Home-Schooling Parents (and Others to Whom This May Well Matter),

No doubt most of you have by now heard of the plight of the Romeike family – Uwe & Hannelore and their six children.  They came to the United States from Germany where home-schooling is illegal and were given asylum in Tennessee.  The reason they left is that they felt that the curriculum in German schools was counter to their faith and civic values, and that any attempt at home-schooling would result in fines, imprisonment, and even loss of custody of their children.  Now, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is trying to deport them to Germany, claiming that their rights were not violated by German law.  To help the Romeike family to remain here to home-school as they see fit, consider signing a petition to the White House – if you have not already done so.  Now, I ask you to consider the serious implications of Holder’s intent.

If the courts grant Holder’s request, that would mean that the courts support his fundamental belief in the intrusion of government in the education of our children.  As a member of the massive Obama political machine, Holder is by all definitions a socialist.  That means simply and matter-of-factly that along with the president and the other liberals in the administration, he wants full power over our rights, asserting that such power should belong to the government.  In short, to them, the government knows best how we should conduct all aspects of our lives.  This is evident in practically every aspect of the current administration – Obamacare, over 50 “czars” who are accountable to no one but Obama, the bailouts, the stimuluses, the excessive number of executive orders that bypass Congress, and particularly in Obama’s repeated bashing of the Constitution of the United States as an obsolete relic of an earlier age.  If this is allowed to continue it would mean the ultimate destruction of our basic two-party system, a system wisely crafted by our Founding Fathers to ensure that citizens’ rights – including the right to home-school – are fully protected by a minimal government.

Add to that the administration’s attempts to silence the conservative news media under the so-called “Fairness Doctrine”, a bold and arrogant violation of the 1st Amendment, and the current attempts at re-interpreting the 2nd Amendment regarding gun rights.  It’s all about power, not governance.

There has already been talk in Washington and in some states about banning home-schooling.  Considering the political bent of the Obama administration, that means nothing more than their intent to fully indoctrinate our children with a liberal mindset by controlling the curriculum (vis-à-vis Germany).  The “politically correct” changes in our schools have already begun the process.  History has been watered down, depriving our children of a full understanding of how our great nation was shaped.  No longer are our children taught how the Church has formed a great part of history (for good and bad at times, in all honesty).  God and patriotism have been removed from the classroom because someone might be offended (never mind that WE are offended by not being allowed to pray or to say the Pledge of Allegiance).  The right to fail has been taken away “because it damages our self-esteem” (we learn so much from our failures – that is such a basic part of our education).  Our children are told what they can and cannot eat.  The list goes on.

It does not matter whether you are a Democrat, Independent, or a Republican.  All of us are going to be adversely affected by a decision to deport the Romeike family, because it will set the stage for ever more intrusion of this administration into our lives, beginning with the potential demise of home-schooling and the political indoctrination of our children.

This, my friends, is my opinion.  If you choose to agree with it, great.  If not, well, I’ve had my say.  I can only hope and pray that the future will brighten so that our children can live in a country in which the freedom on which it was founded is upheld by a just and compassionate – and smaller – government, a government so well-designed by those who struggled and gave their lives over 200 years ago to free themselves from the tyranny of their former rulers.

With great regard and a plea for sanity, I remain…

Sincerely yours,

Father, grandfather, American patriot