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United States of America – or is it?

Published 11:50am Thursday, April 18, 2013

By Tim Thomas, Guest columnist

Are we still in the United States of America? Have you asked yourself that question lately?

Our founding fathers established the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to restrict government from encroaching on our individual freedoms and centralizing power. What’s happened to us?

We see more and more infringement of our individual rights and liberties every day.

There was a time when your families had property that they had homesteaded or purchased that belonged to them, to be passed down within the family as they saw fit. Today no one really owns their property; they rent it from the government by way of taxes, whether it’s property tax or an inheritance tax.

Look around the country at how many families have lost land that had been in the family for generations because of the high inheritance taxes levied by the government. Do we have representatives that are really looking out for our individual rights? I don’t think so.

The American Revolution was fought because our forefathers wanted to get away from being overtaxed and told what we can and can’t do by a king in a faraway land. Would you consider Washington D.C. a faraway land? I would.

Over the past 100 plus years we as a people have gone to sleep and allowed our government to become another king. Not by way of war but by silent encroachment on our individual rights and freedoms. We have allowed this under the guise of ‘our government knows what’s best for us and can take care of us.’

Are you kidding me? Take a look at any government program – none are within budget, and most are nothing more than a money pit.

Let’s take a closer look at the Department of Education. What has this department really accomplished? It has now become another bloated government bureaucracy, and the education of our children is no longer the priority.

Has the education (indoctrination as I like to call it) of our children become nothing more than a way to get money from the Federal Government with the various programs such as No Child Left Behind?

Our children are no longer taught the rich history (some good, some not so good) of our country and how it was founded but are being taught how it’s somehow racist to believe in the teachings of the Bible.

We no longer have teachers that are teaching reading, writing and arithmetic as the foundation of our children’s education. For the most part they don’t want to be called teachers anymore – they are educators.

Why is that? Is it because they are no longer allowed to teach the basics but are now required (by no small part of the federal government) to educate our children? Not in the traditional sense of teaching of the afore mentioned areas, but they are educating our children in select social and cultural studies chosen by our government.

We don’t need educators; we need teachers. I send my children to school to be taught how to read, how to write and how to do arithmetic, and that’s what I expect from the public education system. It’s our responsibility as parents to instill in our children the rest of life’s teachings based on our principles and our religious beliefs (or nonbelief in some cases).

God is being driven from our schools by these educators so as not to offend other religions. Even in Alabama, we have children in schools that were not allowed to use the word Easter for fear that it might offend someone.

What have we come to? This is a freedom guaranteed to us by the Constitution. The first Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Our government under the Department of Education is therefore prohibiting the free exercise of our beliefs at the local level. Locally we need to stop this encroachment. Our government has in effect encroached on our responsibility and obligation to our children in this area.

This is not a responsibility of our government.

A Department of Education at the federal level was a mistake when it was established, and it’s time that it’s abolished and the education of our children is put back in the hands of us (we the people).

Jedediah Morse stated in Charleston, Massachusetts, April 25, 1799: “Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.”

Thomas is a guest columnist for The Outlook.

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