Most voters in Southwest Missouri are Republicans, and should vote Libertarian
because Libertarians make better Republicans than Republican
Politicians. When our current Congressman was first elected in 1996, the Republican
Party Platform repeated the promises made when Ronald Reagan
campaigned for President:
As a first step in reforming government, we support elimination
of the Departments of Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Education,
and Energy, and the elimination, defunding or privatization of agencies
which are obsolete, redundant, of limited value, or too regional in
focus. Examples of agencies we seek to defund or to privatize are the
National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the
Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Legal
Libertarians would actually keep
the promises made by Ronald Reagan in the 1980's and Republicans in
1996: abolish the Federal Department of Education. Instead, the Bush
Administration, led by the Majority
Whip in Congress, has worked to increase
federal spending and control of local education. Not abolish, INCREASE
federal control and spending.
Federal education spending is up 36 percent since Bush
took office. In fact, federal education funding is increasing faster than
states can spend it. In 2004, states returned $66 million in unused
federal education dollars to Washington. At the beginning of 2005, the
states held over $6 billion in unspent federal funds that were
appropriated to them between FY2000 and FY2003. Lack of money is not the
problem. Increased funding has no led to increased achievement. Over the
past three decades, per-pupil education spending has doubled, but test
scores have remained stagnant. (Heritage
There are many reasons why conservatives in Southwest
Missouri should be horrified at these broken promises.
A generation of government-run schools produces a generation of voters
who vote for more government. The "public schools" under
Presidents Johnson and Nixon produced the politicians and bureaucrats of the
Bush-Clinton era -- and those who voted for them.
Every honest American, regardless of religion, should demand the
separation of school and state. Every politician who takes an
oath to "support the Constitution" should get the federal
government out of education, because the Constitution gives the federal
government no power over the intensely personal and local act of educating
Bureaucrats do not educate children as
well as parents. Schools do better the more they resemble a family and
the less they resemble a government institution.
But most important, government should get out of education because
education is inescapably religious.
America's "Organic Law" on Public
If most politicians ignore the irreplaceable role played by families in
education, they seem hell-bent on ignoring the most fundamental purpose of
schools in the eyes of America's Founding Fathers: to teach religion
The Federal Government has done everything it can to remove religion and
morality from schools.
Politicians take an oath which the U.S. Supreme Court has said indicates
an affirmation of America's "organic law."
One part of America's Organic Law makes a stunning declaration about the
purpose of education. In his concurring opinion in Engel
v. Vitale, 370 US 421 at 443, the case which removed voluntary
prayer from public schools, Justice Douglas admitted:
- Religion was once deemed to be a
function of the public school system. The
Northwest Ordinance, which antedated the First Amendment,
provided in Article III that
- Religion, morality, and
being necessary to good government and the happiness of
schools and the means of education shall forever be
George Washington reminded the nation in his Farewell
Address (one of the most important and influential [at one time]
addresses in the history of the United States):
Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to
political prosperity, Religion, and Morality are indispensable
supports.—In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism,
who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these
firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. —The mere Politician,
equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.—A
volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public
felicity.—Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for
reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths,
which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And
let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be
maintained without religion.—Whatever may be conceded to the influence
of refined education on minds of peculiar structure—reason and
experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in
exclusion of religious principle.—
Those who try to keep religion and morality separated from education
violate their oath of office. Not a single person who signed the
Constitution believed that education could or should be "secular";
none of them believed that public schools should not teach "religion,
morality and knowledge." Nor should we.
Because education is intensely personal and inescapably value-laden, and
because parents should have authority to choose the education their children
will receive, government coercion is inappropriate. Atheists should not be
taxed to provide Christian education, and Christians should not be taxed to
provide secular education.
Most social problems can be traced to graduates of government schools who
lack honesty, morality, virtue, integrity, and personal responsibility, and
are tempted to engage in theft or fraud because they lack the income
potential that comes from being able to read, write, calculate and
competently discharge their assignments. America's Founding Fathers
recognized the connection between ignorance and tyranny. Why don't we?
Capitalism and Education
Education is no more a governmental function than selling groceries.
The grocery store you go to each week is a miracle of capitalism.
Billions of people in this world would be in awe at your grocery store.
Aisle after aisle of clean, conveniently packaged items, all of the highest
quality in the world, at the lowest prices in the world. The credit for
this miracle goes to "greedy businessmen" and capitalists, not the
Why should we not have education provided by "greedy
businessmen" as well? Parents would then have the choice of a
wonderfully helpful selection of educational systems, with a variety which
can help all the various and unique needs of individual children, with an
appropriate emphasis on music, math or sports, as parents see fit, not as
some government bureaucrat, responding to special interests, sees fit.
Children would experience the highest quality education in the world, at the
lowest prices -- far lower than inferior government-monopoly education costs
- Any parent who deprives a child of food is subject to criminal
- Any parent who deprives a child of education is also subject to
Surely it is worse to starve a child to death than to neglect a
child's education, yet we trust parents to get their kids fed! Nobody
suggests that because the neighbor next door feeds her kids too many Hostess™
Twinkies®, that parental rights to feed
children should be abolished, all grocery stores should be federalized, and
government grocery stores should only sell one brand of food, which should
be placed into consumers' shopping carts in appropriate amounts by
government-credentialed "nutritionists." But that's how the
government runs education. And your current Congressman has voted for more
government control of education.
Give parents full choice over their children's education, just like they
have full choice over their children's diet, and watch capitalists help
parents give their children the highest test scores in the world.*
Not to mention honesty, morality, and Christian character -- which is
what a majority of parents want for their children.
* Unless those parents are themselves victims of prior government
education; see Consumer Protection, and FDA.
This is why education is such an important issue. Parents want their
children to be successful, fully-functioning adults. Government appears to
want people to remain in a state of childlike dependence. Victims of
government schools are easily misled by salesmen who were never taught
Christian virtues in government schools, are are now willing to sell poison
at a profit.
We trust businesses to provide our food, clothing, and shelter. We can
trust businesses to provide education.
See also Kevin Craig's position on these issues:
After federal intervention in education is eliminated, we should work for
the complete abolition of government interference in education at state and
local levels. Kevin Craig supports the
separation of school and state.
A Libertarian Position on Education:
The Issue: Government schools lead to the indoctrination of
children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Compulsory
education laws… spawn prison-like schools with many of the problems
associated with prisons…
The Principle: Education, like any other service, is best provided by
the free market, achieving greater quality and efficiency with more
diversity of choice.
Solutions: We advocate the complete separation of education and
State. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools
and colleges should be ended. We call for the repeal of the guarantees of
tax-funded, government-provided education, which are found in most state
constitutions. We condemn compulsory education laws…and we call for an
immediate repeal of such laws. Until government involvement in education is
ended, we support elimination, within the governmental school system, of
forced busing and corporal punishment. We further support immediate
reduction of tax support for schools, and removal of the burden of school
taxes from those not responsible for the education of children.
Transitional Action: As an interim measure to encourage the growth of
private schools and variety in education, including home schooling, we
support tax credits for tuition and other expenditures related to an
individual's education. We likewise favor tax credits for child care and
oppose nationalization of the child-care industry. We oppose denial of
tax-exempt status to schools because of those schools' private policies on
hiring, admissions and student deportment. We support the repeal of all
taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or
From the National
Libertarian Party Platform.
Federal Education is an attack on the Family.
Predators vs. Well-Meaning Reformers, Harry Browne, August 15, 2001
Did We Lose America?, Harry Browne, January 31, 2002
for Gore?, Harry Browne, November 4, 2000
Do Libertarians Want?, Harry Browne, October 25, 2000
101- character education in schools
The Theory of Education in the
United States by Albert Jay Nock | [The Page-Barbour
Lectures for 1931 at the University
Discover the Reality of the Gay Agenda in Public Schools
for Religious Expression in Public Schools (Nov 5, 1999)
Religion Seriously in Public Schools (May 26, 1999)
for Christian Child Care (May 1, 1999)
Quiz: 20 Questions Parents Should Ask about Their Children's School
(Mar 4, 1999)
Public Schools Teach Character? (Feb 16, 1999)
Choice in Education (Sep 2, 1998)
a New Course (Jul 30, 1998)
the PTA Still Support Parents? (May 18, 1998)
in the Sacred Story (May 15, 1998)
in Public Schools (Feb 25, 1998)
Schooling (Feb 25, 1998)
Schools (Feb 25, 1998)
Controversy: Selected Books, Curriculum and Organizations (Feb 25,
Books and Organizations Addressing Public Education (Feb 25, 1998)
Rights in Public Education (Jan 1, 1998)
Bush promised that his No Child Left Behind Act would permit children
to transfer out of dangerous public schools. But states defined
"persistently dangerous" schools to insure that almost no
children can escape violence. A Colorado school with a thousand students
could have more than 150 homicides in a single year and still not be
classified as dangerous.
—James Bovard, "Bush's
Top Ten Farces"
Federal Control of Education is Unconstitutional.
Congressmen must take an oath to "support the Constitution."
America's Constitution has as one of its most basic features the concept of
"delegated authority." The Federal
Government has no power to do anything unless "We the People"
delegated that power to the Federal Government in the Constitution. For
example, America's Founding Fathers gave the Federal Government no power to
regulate the sale and distribution of alcohol, so when Prohibitionists
wanted the Federal Government to ban alcohol in the early 20th century, they
had to amend the U.S. Constitution to give the feds that power.
Amending the Constitution is a significant obstacle to increasing government
power. (When Prohibition was found to be a tragic and costly failure, the
18th Amendment was repealed.)
The Constitution gives the Federal Government no power to tell your local
school what to teach or not to teach. The Constitution gives the Federal
Government no power to take money from Christians to teach evolution, or to
take money from atheists to teach religion and morality. The Constitution
has never been amended to give the Federal Government power over your
children's education. Therefore Congressmen who voted for Bush's "No
Child Left Behind" Act violated their oath of office.
Kevin Craig would "push
the button" and eliminate all federal control of education, abolish
the Federal Department of Education, and cut all government spending on
education. If elected, of course, this would not happen. But perhaps 434
other representatives need to hear a voice that suggests that the 110th
- identify and list all federal education programs;
- abolish all programs and agencies (including the Department of
Education) not provided for by the Constitution;
- return education to the state, local, and family level;
devolve responsibility for special education to the
eliminate federal regulations
that waste resources and pit parents against teachers, and
refuse to turn the Individuals
with Disabilities in Education Act into an entitlement for state