Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Ashcroft pushes new gun policy: Attorney General reinterprets the Constitution

The “classic” view of the Second Amendment as an individual right was memorably provided by Mr. Justice Story (1842):

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them. And yet, though this truth would seem so clear, and the importance of a well regulated militia would seem so undeniable, it cannot be disguised, that among the American people there is a growing indifference to any system of militia discipline . . . There is certainly no small danger, that indifference may lead to disgust, and disgust to contempt; and thus gradually undermine all the protection intended by this clause of our national bill of rights."

More recently, Mr. Justice Scalia wrote (in A Matter of Interpretation, 1997):

“...[W]e value the right to bear arms less than did the Founders (who thought the right to self-defense to be absolutely fundamental), and there will be few tears shed if and when the Second Amendment is held to guarantee nothing more than the state National Guard. But this just shows the Founders were right when they feared that some (in their view misguided) future generation might wish to abandon liberties that they considered essential, and so sought to protect those liberties in a Bill of Rights. We elimination of the right to bear arms; but let us not pretend that these are not the reductions of rights.”

Wednesday, July 04, 2001

Parents needing "oversight" by a government agency. A concept beyond frightening. The status of a child's education has nothing to do with it.
Right you are. This is what's behind the PR push in AZ:
B-67. Home Schooling. "The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state requirements. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.[italics mine] The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools."
See, it's all about power and control, and making sure the parents don't have any. As far as testing goes for public-schooled children, here's another "resolution" adopted by the NEA:
B-55. Standardized Testing of Students. "The Association opposes the use of standardized tests when:
1)Used as the criterion for the reduction or withholding of any educational funding
2)Results are used to compare students, teachers, programs, schools, communities, and states."
The NEA doesn't want to be held accountable, but thinks itself perfectly capable of setting the standards for home-schooling parents...


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