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I love this poem, but it scares the heck out of me too!  However, I think with so many of our freedoms being torn away, and the government gaining so much power, it is quite fitting now.

Whenever I think about tyranny and oppression, this comes to mind.  When I think about how close we are to falling into that, I think of this.  It’s pretty profound.  Don’t know what something is in the poem, look it up.  You’ve got to have a grasp on some history to understand it well.

 

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

by Rudyard Kipling

 

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.” 

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

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I’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time, and I’d really like to talk about Obamacare and some of my thoughts on it.

Let me start by saying that I don’t believe our freedoms have ever been under the attack they are now.  The nanny state has gone into full swing and has become a tyrannical monster!  Think about it.  Remember the Amish farm that was selling milk that the government shut down?  How about a couple days ago when a farmer was forced to close down his roadside ice cream stand because the government said so?  And, I can think of several little lemonade stands children have had to close down because the government said.  And, did you hear that bake sales are now banned in Massachusetts?  A few days ago, a Utah high school was fined $15,000 for selling a soda during lunch.  Because we certainly can’t have people choosing for themselves what they will drink.  A few months ago, we saw stories coming out of North Carolina about how children who had healthy lunches packed from home had their lunches taken and replaced with a school lunch because a government inspector decided the healthy lunches from home were not up to state standards, but chicken nuggets were.  And, remember when the City of San Francisco banned Happy Meals at McDonald’s because of the toys in them?  Because apparently we can’t trust parents to make the correct decisions about feeding their children.

So much for Father Knows Best.  The government knows best right??  What’s the phrase?  We’re from the government and we’re here to help.

Now, these are just a few examples; there are so many more.

So the question is, why is the government getting involved in what we eat?  Why does the government feel the need to tell people what they can and cannot eat?  Ahhh…good questions.

The answer is simple.  The government thinks you and I are too stupid to make the choices they think are correct.  Yeah, if McDonald’s sells me a toy, I’m totally going to buy a Happy Meal.  I was going to go home and eat salad and mixed vegetables, but that Happy Meal toy pushed me over the edge.  I just couldn’t resist.  WHAT?!?!

This is ridiculous.  All of it.

BUT….it’s not just about our collective stupidity.  It’s about money.  Yeah, that’s right.  It’s about money.

See, here’s how this works.  Under Obamacare, the government will pay for everyone’s health care.  Now, if someone has unhealthy eating habits, they are likely to be unhealthier than those that eat healthy foods.  And, if they are unhealthy, that means more money the government has to pay for their healthcare (yes, suddenly they are caring about what they are spending).  So, if they intervene and save you from your stupid self, they won’t have to pay as much in the long run for your health care.

But, it’s not just the food that’s an issue.  Did you know that a little while back, the government changed their recommendations on how often women should have a mammogram?  The recommendation went from being once a year to once every two years, and in some cases every five or ten years.  Holy cow, that sure seems to go against all the conventional wisdom we’ve been told.  So, why change it?  To save money on the tests.

How about vaccines?  Now, I’m not against vaccines, not at all.  But, I am against being forced to get them.  I do believe people should have the right to choose whether or not they want any or all of them.  However, in some states, little girls are required to get a vaccine that is supposed to prevent certain types of the HPV virus, which can lead to cervical cancer.  The problem is, it’s only those forms of the virus that are passed solely trough sexual activity. So, now we have to have our 10 and 11 year old girls being vaccinated against an STD?  But, the nanny knows best, right?

There certainly are many more examples, but in the interest of time and interest, I’ll stop there.

So, what does this have to do with homeschooling??  Stick with me, here.

Here’s the thing.  When the government starts dictating to you what you can and can’t eat, what medical tests you can and can’t have, what medications you can and can’t have, what doctors you can and can’t see, they’ve already gone into the most personal parts of your life.  When the government takes over your medical care- the very thing you depend on for your health and well being- they’ve crossed a line on a very intimate level.  When the government is mandating your life and death decisions, everything else looks like small potatoes.  Telling students they can’t drink soda suddenly doesn’t seem like that big of a deal when they are telling your grandma that she can’t have her medication because she’s too old.  Perspective.

Or, rather, it’s the Overton Window.  The Overton Window is basically the theory that the government (or whatever power) can alter people’s sense of normalcy by slowly changing what is acceptable.  The example I like to use is with gas prices.  Remember way back when, when gas hit $2.00 a gallon, and everyone was outraged?  But, we were told there was nothing to be done.  It would only be temporary.  And, finally, at least it wasn’t $3.00 or $4.00 a gallon.  At least we weren’t in Europe, where it was much higher.  So, people started just accepting the prices.  And what happened??  They stayed there for a while, then started climbing again.  And we heard the same answers, the same talking points.  And it’s still going.  Up, up, up!  And we still here the same rhetoric.  Boy, I’d sure love $2.00 gasoline now!  See, how that works, over a matter of just a few years, our view of what is normal has shifted.  That’s what the Overton Window is.  The views of normal are slowly shifted until we accept what we initially thought was unacceptable.

That’s likely how it will be with Obamacare.  Start now, by regulating soda in school or kids’ lunches.  We all think it’s awful now, but just give it time.  How complacent we are likely to become to those things, once the government starts telling us what medications we are allowed to have.  Our views will forever be changed.

Ok, back to homeschooling.

As I said earlier, under Obamacare, the government is going to be involved in your intimate daily life, and it’s all under the guise of doing what is best for the mindless citizenry.  So, if the government can mandate your life and death decisions, what will stop them from regulating other aspects of life, too??  Nothing.

If the government already thinks we are too stupid to make our own food and medical choices, don’t you think that they will soon think we are too stupid to educate our own children??  Plus, they aren’t going to want to have children being taught anything contrary to what the governmental powers that be deem good and acceptable.

When the government becomes involved in the intimate details of a person’s life, when and where to they stop??

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