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Take this sport and shove it

At Breitbart:

Is it “fair” that illegal immigrants and foreign exchange students are allowed to play high school football on Friday nights and to participate in extra curricular activities at public schools, while many of their peers, who are legal US citizens but who happen to be homeschooled, are being denied “equal” access to the same opportunities in their local communities?
  
In Virginia last week, seven Democrats and a lone Republican, perhaps unaware or unmoved by such a discrepancy, made the point moot and rejected the so called “Tebow Bill” that sought to “level the playing field”...
 
...After [Ken] Tilley [Executive Director of the Virginia High School League (VHSL) and a fierce opponent of the bill] put forth several reasons for the opposition such as “participation is a privilege not a right” and “equity and fairness,” [Laura] Ingraham...highlighted how exemptions seemingly are being made for every group except homeschoolers and the country’s big push for inclusiveness doesn't include tax paying parents that choose to homeschool. At one point, Ingraham asked Tilley if undocumented immigrants have to have parents residing in the attendance zones to compete and the response given was “We don’t address that point.” 
 
...“professionals” love to lecture about the notions of “fairness,” of “equal access,” and of “a commitment to united excellence” in education, yet circle the wagons year after year to deny 14 and 15 year old homeschoolers the opportunity to tryout for the high school basketball or debate team. What exactly are these “professionals” dedicated to? Do they seek to promote a safe and healthy environment to educate and develop every child, or only those students who attend “their” public schools?
 
...Tilley said “By playing by a different set of rules it's inequitable and unfair to public school students.” He added "the parents of homeschooled students have voluntarily chosen not to participate in the free public school system in order to educate their children at home. That's fine, but in making that choice they have also chosen to forgo the privileges incidental to public education. One of which is the opportunity to play athletics."
 
Tilley’s notion of “choice” further invalidates his argument. Most likely, illegal immigrants parents did not give their children a choice to stay behind when the decision was made to ignore our nation’s rules and enter the country illegally. American’s, nevertheless, are compassionate and even the most fervent advocates for stricter immigration laws, can both appreciate and understand that a child should not be punished for his parents actions.
 
Why then do “Tebow Bill” opponents believe it’s “fair” and “equitable” to punish teenage homeschoolers because their law-abiding tax-paying parents made a different choice on how to educate best their children?...
 
...Currently, the “Tebow bill” stipulates that only home-schoolers who meet specific eligibility, disciplinary, and residency criteria can be eligible to try out for high school extracurricular activities or sports. For example, to comply with academic requisites, homeschoolers must provide standardized test scores or undergo an annual review by the school system....
So in NYS, a "Tebow bill" wouldn't present any particular problems for homeschooled high schoolers who wanted to try out for public school teams since NYS homeschool regs in effect for the last quarter-century already require standardized test scores every year.
 
That said...I appreciate Laura Ingraham's support.  And for decades, I've paid property taxes for public schools, sent children and stepchildren to both public schools and parochial schools, and had both my oldest daughter and youngest daughter—the one who's never attended any school but our home school—turn out to be pretty decent athletes. I'm sympathetic to homeschoolers who don't have the financial resources or flexibility to be able to support as much participation in individual or team sports for their kids as they would like.
 
But you know what? There are always quid pro quos.  Beware any offers by the govenment schools to allow your student to participate in anything.  You will be giving up some of your parental rights.  So remember why you chose to homeschool in the first place.
 
Caveat parentis.
      

Santayana's revenge

Those who misquote Jorge Augustin Nicolas de Santayana y Borras are condemned to paraphrase him.

What George Santayana actually wrote was, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

No doubt in view of the fact that the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, once again the story about how the young Bill Ayers & Company in the Weather Underground had no problem with the idea of murdering millions of recalcitrant Americans in order to birth their brave new world is being reiterated:

Mark Levin has his own ideas about all that ammo-buying by the government, but as far as Ayers is concerned, I think he long ago figured out that he didn't need to murder millions of Americans nor did he have to lock up the survivors in re-education camps...all he had to do is help ensure that public education in the US was entirely—lock, stock, and barrel—in the hands of his fellow Marxists. The public schools would be his "re-education camps."

Think about it...how much American history—never mind world history—do you or your family members actually know?  Now be honest. Would you recognize that history is being repeated if you saw it happening in front of your eyes?

Take a look at this collection of political cartoons from the Great Depression era (and the collection is from 2009, so it's been around awhile itself).  Here's a sample:

That one's from 1931.  There's nothing new under the sun, is there?

Check out the rest of the cartoons here and here.

Since a picture really is worth a thousand words, I'd suggest passing these along to the low-information voters you know.  Just be aware that 1) they will likely be suspicious of the messenger and so not especially receptive to the message, and 2) they will be reluctant to admit that they've been hoodwinked by the left and so will be unwilling to change course.

But we must persist.

At the very least, educate yourself and if you have school-age children at home, homeschool—while you still can.
 

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