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The Iraq War: The Voice of a Home-schooled Child

A recent ruling by an arrogant California Appeals Court Judge criminalized home-schooling. This abhorrent ruling makes criminals of caring parents who simply want the best educational choices for their children. And it makes outlaws of their children. What a travesty of justice. Justice H. Walter Croskey ruled about two weeks ago that parents do not have a constitutional right to home-school their own children. He said that the proper education of our children is reserved only for teachers certified by the state. Yet national test scores for home-schooled children have proven again and again to be 30+ points higher than public school children (taught by “state certified teachers�).

So exactly whose best interests is Justice Croskey looking out for? It sure isn't the best interests of the children of California. They'd obviously (based on test scores) be better off being taught at home, rather than forced by the threat of imprisonment to learn in government-run children's propaganda camps.
My educated guess is that it is public school teachers unions that Justice Croskey is looking out for. The children don't even enter into the picture. Unless of course it's brainwashing and propaganda we're discussing. Croskey's quote as to why students need to be taught in government-run public schools by government certified teachers is a frightening mixture of Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro and George Orwell.

Here is the quote direct from the mouth of Justice Croskey (or is it Trotsky?):

“A primary purpose of the educational system is to train (doesn't he mean brainwash) school children in good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the state and nation as a means of protecting the public welfare.� So government actually now admits publicly that its goal is to brainwash our children with their version of the truth; their version of fairness; their version of right and wrong; their version of citizenship; their version of patriotism; and their version of loyalty. Loyalty to what? To anything government blindly teaches them to be loyal to? Are any thoughts by our children considered to be “out of the mainstream� to be punished, banished, banned, intimidated, or deleted out of their brains? Is this the definition of freedom or choice? Is this the kind of education envisioned by our Founding Fathers? Obviously not- because they were (gasp) home- schooled. Doesn't this sound more like the Soviet educational system being resurrected in 21st century America? Shocking. Frightening. Orwellian.

Ironically, Justice Croskey's offensive ruling comes at a time when parents are demanding more parental choice, freedom and competition for public schools. A recent poll in my home state of Nevada proves that parents are crying out for education reform. Nevada parents were asked if they could afford it, would they send their children to public schools? 90% said if they could afford it, they'd choose alternative forms of education such as private school, parochial school, charter schools or home schooling. Yes, I said ninety percent. Liberal government bureaucrats and teachers union leaders must have been worried sick about those poll results. Perhaps enough to send Justice Croskey out to damage the competition?

No wonder public school advocates are worried sick: home schooling works. To illustrate the remarkable talent, creativity and intelligence of home-school children, I offer exhibit A: my 15-year-old daughter Dakota Root. She is beautiful; well mannered; treats adults with respect; a straight A+ student; scores in the 99th percentile of every national test she takes; devours as many as a dozen books a week (because she wants to- not because she has to); and is a national fencing champion (scoring a Bronze medal in her class in the Fencing Nationals in Miami last July). Below I have decided to reprint for your enjoyment an email about her opinions of the Iraq war, which she sent to my wife Debra earlier today.
Read it and realize these are the opinions of a 15 year old. She is amazing, extraordinary, and quite simply breathtaking in her scope of knowledge, facts, figures, historical dates and places, and the ability to put it all together to argue (and win) any debate about any topic. She can out-talk and out-debate her dad any day of the year. Home schooling is at the base of all this talent, ability, intelligence and creativity.

First let's examine a recent New York Times article that reported on the education level of typical American teenagers- which rates somewhere between poorly educated, sub-standard and brain dead. The NY Times reported that fewer than 50% of American teenagers know when the Civil War was fought; 25% are unaware that Adolph Hitler was Germany's leader in World War II; and that same brilliant 25% believe that Columbus sailed the ocean blue around 1750. These are the students taught by “state certified� teachers. All I can say is: God save America from public schools, public school teacher unions and Justice Croskey.

Now ladies and gentleman, I give you the polar opposite of bored, unhappy, unmotivated public school students- my 15-year-old home-schooled daughter Dakota Root. This is her response- unedited or changed in any way- to an email supporting the Iraq War (as forwarded to her by one of our pro-Bush relatives in the Midwest):

Mom,
That e-mail may have had some valid points, but they were obscured by the many facts it failed to report. Just because the magnitude of the Iraqi quagmire is on a different scale than Vietnam does not make it "a success.� The imploding economy, plummeting stock market, rampant joblessness, skyrocketing oil prices, future decades of billion dollar occupation in Iraq, and horrifying national deficit contradict the statement that "our commander-in-chief is doing a great job.�

Also, I think that the soldiers who have been fighting in Iraq since 2003 (meaning that our soldiers have been fighting for over 5 years, which is longer than the U.S. was in Europe fighting the Nazis!!!) know more about their supposed "high morale" than your family all cozy and comfortable in the Midwest.

The next time someone wants to compare WWII to the war in Iraq, maybe they should buy a history book and think about this comparison:

Germany had a population of over 70 million united people, the largest mobilized army in Europe, the most advanced military weapons, including tanks, submarines, and machine guns. They also were led by an aggressive and brutal dictator who murdered 6 million Jews; and caused the bloodiest conflict the world has ever known. Adolph Hitler repeatedly ignored warnings and sanctions from Britain, France, and the US by invading and occupying Czech, Poland, Danzig, France, Greece, and other countries before the U.S. did anything.

On the other hand, Iraq was a country of 26 million divided and continuously rebellious people, with a weak army (that already had a history of losses) and virtually no modernized weapons.

Finally, its ridiculous to imply that the military disasters (Vietnam and Korea) we were involved in, in the past, excuse smaller disasters in the present. We are supposed to learn from our mistakes, not repeat them on a smaller scale later on!!
Dakota

Spoken like a true Libertarian! Yes folks, that's my 15-year-old daughter. She wrote that email in 10 minutes off the top of her head. I will admit that when my wife first suggested home schooling for our daughter Dakota, I too was skeptical. After all these years, I can now report that it has been the smartest choice we've ever made. Dakota can out-talk, out- think and out-debate most every college student and adult that I know.

The reason is two fold. First, because she has been educated amongst adults her entire life. Secondly, because she has tasted freedom- she has been free to learn subjects of her choosing, at her own chosen pace. The result is a young lady mature far beyond her years. Her life is not about the silly things typical teenagers devote their lives to- dating, shopping, gossiping, sleeping, drinking, smoking, drugs, watching American Idol, etc. She is a mature young woman whose life is dedicated to achievement, success and the acquisition of knowledge (not the kind defined by “state certified� teachers, but rather defined by her free-thinking mind).

In addition to being a fencing champion (who practices hours per day, 5 days a week) aiming for a college scholarship and a future Olympic appearance, Dakota is also a black belt in karate. Her college choices are narrowed to Harvard, Stanford, Columbia (my alma mater), Duke, Yale, Princeton, Penn and Brown. She is quite an exceptional and hopeful example of the future of our great country. She makes her old man very proud. And I'll bet she can run rings around close-minded bigots like Justice Croskey (who criminalized home schooling without ever meeting a diverse cross section of home-schooled students). I suggest unleashing Dakota Root on the United States Supreme Court (that's where this case will undoubtedly end up). I guarantee soon thereafter that home-schooling will be the law of the land!


Wayne Allyn Root is a Libertarian Presidential candidate. For more about Wayne and his bold stands on important political issues, go to: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

BARACK OBAMA – THROW GRANDMA UNDER THE BUS!

Barack Obama yesterday delivered a crucial speech to try to explain why he spent 20 years sitting in the church pews listening to racist rants from his radical black preacher. I believe Obama did a poor job of explaining his lack of judgement- but in the process he did something much worse. He violated a code of privacy and ethics. Worse, the person he violated was his own Grandmother. But hey, when you're running for President- anything goes.

What he actually did was throw his own white grandmother under the bus- in order to explain away his shortcomings. I'll bet Grandma is proud this morning. Her own grandson served her up for public humiliation and scorn as a racist by publicly disclosing private conversations he had with her years ago. He served Grandpa up as a scapegoat to explain away the hate and venom towards white America coming from his preacher. But I thought bleeding heart liberals believe “two wrongs don't make a right?�

Obama threw Grandma under the bus to save his own Presidential ambitions. How loving. How loyal. How classy. Worse, Obama is trying to compare what a person says in private to her own grandson…to his preacher's public racist rants made to a congregation of thousands, and perhaps a television audience of hundreds of thousands more. What an absurd comparison. Is anyone buying? I sure hope not.

Actually, the worst part of all is that we'll never know if Obama's Grandmother said anything truly racist or offensive. After all, we weren't there. Maybe she never said a thing wrong- maybe Obama, as a mixed-race child going through identity crisis, only took the comments as racist. Maybe what she said is perfectly acceptable to most Americans. Maybe the problem is his attitude towards race. Maybe he's just overly sensitive. But no matter- Grandma is now road-kill. She was sacrificed at the alter of political expediency. Someone had to be sacrificed- why not someone that loved you, trusted you, and sacrificed for you? No wonder people think politicians are vicious. No wonder people think politicians would eat their own to achieve victory. They're right.

Time to compare Obama's confessions about his Grandma with mine. Just like Obama, I grew up living in the same home with my Grandparents. Just like Obama, my Grandmother was like a second mother to me. Just like Obama, my Grandmother sacrificed everything and anything for me. Just like Obama, I grew up a blue-collar kid with nothing- but was saved when my Grandparents paid for me to attend private school in my last 2 years of high school. My Grandparents' sacrifice saved my life- they rescued me from a violent, dangerous, drug-infested public school in Mt Vernon, New York (on the Bronx borderline). You know, those same urban public schools that Barack never attended(he attended rich private prep schools in Hawaii). Those same public schools that are failing miserably across the country- yet Barack wants to raise your taxes and spend billions more to force your children to attend.

But I digress. Back to my Grandmother Meta Reis- the most wonderful Grandma any boy has ever had. She may have said some things privately that I disagreed with, or that I found offensive. But you'll never know about them. Because I would never violate her privacy. I'm not the kind to rat out granny. I love her too much to criticize her and expose her memory to public scorn and humiliation. I cherish my memories of my Grandmother. I wouldn't share a word that she ever said in private…with millions of strangers. I would never throw my Grandma under the bus.

The irony is my Grandmother is long dead (she died in 1993). And I still would do nothing to harm her reputation. Barack's Grandmother is still alive. How terrible. Did she hear that speech? What did she think? She was lucky enough to raise a Grandson that might someday be President- and he used his soapbox in front of tens of millions to hold his living Grandmother up to public ridicule as a racist? All because he wasn't man enough to finally end his relationship with a racist white-hating, America-hating, Farrakhan-loving demagogue. How sad. So is this the infamous “change� that Barack stands for? Sounds like the “politics of old� to me- make an excuse, find a scapegoat. But using your private conversations with your own Grandma as the scapegoat- well that is a new low, even for a politician. Just think about this for awhile- if a politician would sell out his own Grandma, think what he'll do to you.

Wayne Allyn Root is a Libertarian Presidential candidate. For more about Wayne and his bold stands on important political issues, go to: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

Eliot Spitzer: More Proof of The Need for Smaller and More Limited Government. You Want THESE People to Control Your Life?

Friends and voters ask me all the time why I chose to leave the GOP. The answer was that I finally came to realize that the 2-party system is not about the American people anymore. The people have been forgotten. The 2-party system is only about politicians acquiring power. The American people don't matter anymore (to the politicians). The constitution doesn't matter (to the politicians). Both Republicans and Democrats want only one thing: the power to control your life! My goal is very different- I don't want the power. I want to be elected as President of the United States to return the power back to you- the American people.

Over recent years, it dawned on me that there is very little difference between the politicians and elected officials of the 2 major parties. They are willing to do anything, say anything, bribe anyone, condemn and prosecute anyone- even innocent people or victimless crimes- to achieve their power. The best example of this in recent times has to be New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer is one of those power-hungry, moral-crusading, hypocritical politicians willing to prosecute anyone, humiliate anyone, or destroy anyone to garner headlines, boost his ego and fulfill his grand ambitions. Like most politicians, he relishes power and the opportunity to prove that he has it- and the rest of us don't. And because he has that power, he thinks he can play by a different set of rules than you or me.

Spitzer- before becoming Governor (as Attorney General of New York) made a habit of garnering headlines by busting "dangerous" criminals such as Wall Street executives accused of minor misconduct or conflicts of interest; credit card companies and payment processors that accepted money on behalf of online poker enthusiasts; and prostitution rings. Spitzer railed against the evils of prostitution in press conferences as he vowed to throw the book at prostitutes and anyone dirty enough to be involved in such a despicable business. So guess who just alledgedly got caught in a criminal scandal involving prostitution? None other than New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. The same guy who garnered headlines by prosecuting minor victimless crimes like online poker and prostitution. That Elliott Spitzer.

The same guy who went after minor misconduct on Wall Street with such gusto and glee- that he treated Wall Street executives like murderers (before they were even proven guilty of minor misconduct). The same guy who went after financial companies that merely allowed consumers to wire money to online poker sites- and demanded millions of dollars from those financial companies as "legal extortion" to stop further prosecution.

Yes, that same over-zealous bully has allegedly been involved with an illegal prostitution ring. Wait, it gets better. It is rumored that he was caught on tape by a federal wiretap. Ironically, it's my educated guess that Spitzer is one of those politicians that enthusiastically supports warrantless wiretaps. Perhaps we should force him to take the infamous "perp walk" in handcuffs in front of TV cameras. Perhaps we should ruin his life over a private decision involving a victimless crime- just as he's chosen to ruin so many others without an afterthought. If the humiliation of a public "perp walk" (with TV news cameras rolling) was good enough for Wall Street executives accused of minor misconduct, why not our good Governor Spitzer?

Libertarians like me can only laugh and shake our heads at the hypocrisy. Afterall, here we have a "holier than thou" ethics crusader- a man named by Time Magazine as "Crusader of the Year."
Yet he may be guilty of criminal activity himself- with the same victimless crimes he has blown out of proportion to garner headlines again and again. But of course powerful Democrat and Republican politicians like Eliot Spitzer think they're above the law. They think they can get away with making the same private choices for which they'd throw the book (and the entire justice system) at us for doing.

What is the moral of this moral-less story? Never trust government. Never trust politicians or government bureaucrats. Never trust moral crusaders. Never let others define morality for you. Because the people doing the crusading and defining and prosecuting often have an agenda, an out of control ego, and an outsized sense of entitlement. They certainly do not have your best interests in mind. Ambitious and vicious politicians like Elliott Spitzer only have Elliott Spitzer on their minds. And they would not think twice about prosecuting you for the exact same minor misconduct, or conflict of interest, or private choices that they make all the time.

The lesson we should all learn from the demise of Eliot Spitzer is that it's time to take America and our government back from the 2 major parties- who have forgotten that they work at the behest of the taxpayers. It's time to vote for a third party candidate who wants to give the power back to you- the people. Our wise Founding Fathers wrote about power of the people, by the people, for the people. Not power for only the morally-corrupt, power-hungry, ego-driven, hypocritical politicians and government bureaucrats.

It's time to vote Libertarian to stop the hypocrisy, the double standards, and the over-zealous prosecutions that have nothing to do with morality, but everything to do with publicity. Eliot Spitzer should not have to resign for his own personal choice of pleasure, but he most certainly should be forced to resign for his hypocrisy, arrogance, power-hungry sense of entitlement, and most importantly, for the damage he's done to the lives of others by prosecuting victimless crimes- the same ones he now stands accused of. It's time to turn the tables. It's time to take the power back- just as our Founding Fathers envisioned. It's time to throw the bums out. We should start with Eliot Spitzer. But unfortunately he's only a small start.


Wayne Allyn Root is a Libertarian Presidential candidate. For more about Wayne and his bold stands on important political issues, go to: www.WayneROOT.com