An Urgent Plea to Wisconsin Parents
By James Ostrowski
The fiscal crisis in Wisconsin is a great opportunity to roll back the state. I donâ€™t mean rolling back the Wisconsin state budget. While that may be an admirable goal, itâ€™s not likely to happen. We may see a Reaganesque reduction in the rate of increase, but flat-out reductions in the size of government, put into effect by the government itself, are rare in Western democratic countries. Rather, these governments tend to grow over time unless disturbed by an outside force.
Thatâ€™s what I am talking aboutâ€”an outside force called direct citizen action. Unlike democratic action, which rarely if ever leads to smaller government, direct citizen action has the potential to actually shrink the state and expand liberty.
The Wisconsin protesters have unwittingly exposed the critical target in the fight for liberty and against big government in America: the K-12 government school. The protesters have closed many of these schools so they could plead for greed at the state capitol. This presents the perfect opportunity for parents to do what deep in their hearts they know is the right thing to do for their children: pull them out of these day-time propaganda prisons. â€œIf not now, when?â€ Seize this opportunity for it may not come again.
In the past few days, the curtain has been pulled back to reveal the true nature of many of the teachers to whom you entrust your precious offspring each morning. In the face of a fiscal crisis in Wisconsin, they are unwilling to give an inch and take reductions in their lavish pay and benefits. Instead, they have responded by abandoning the schools, choosing greed over education. Worse yet, they are calling in sick instead of calling in greedy. That way, they get paid and avoid the risk of termination. However, that behavior may constitute fraud! Fraud is a false statement made to induce someone to part with their money. So, many of your childrenâ€™s teachers are apparently willing to commit criminal fraud to avoid teaching your children so they can lobby for the maintenance of their tax-supported greedy lifestyles in a country where millions of those who pay their salaries are themselves flat-broke.
In all seriousness, knowing what you know now, how could you in good conscience send your kids back to these dens of iniquity?
What is your alternative? At this point in the school year, homeschooling is your best option. While homeschooling is not easy, you only need to homeschool for the last third of the school year. You will then have the summer to figure out your options for next fall. That would also give private schools in Wisconsin a chance to expand their capacity to handle the expected increase in enrollment caused by this crisis.
The complete case against government schools is set forth in my book, Government Schools Are Bad for Your Kids: What You Need to Know. Itâ€™s a practical manual containing the case against the schools in a nutshell along with some practical suggestions for going private.
The point I make in chapter 9 is critical. Government schools are not only bad for your kids but for the nation as a whole. The K-12 government school is the very foundation of big government in America. The schools were designed to lay the groundwork for big government in America and they have succeeded!
Sun Tzu wrote: â€œWhat is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemyâ€™s strategy.â€ In war if you lack a strategy, your failure in that regard is immediately apparent. In politics, however, the lack of a strategy is barely noticed in all the chaos but the result is the same as in war: you lose. One critical factor in strategy is to attack the opponent at its weakest point. Thatâ€™s the beauty of this strategy. Government schools are at the same time, the foundation of statism in America and its weakest link. What is that link? Your decision, which cannot be lawfully compelled, to send your children to government school.
If you consider yourself part of the Liberty Movement, stop shooting yourself and your children in the foot! Pull your kids out now. I call on Wisconsin parents to lead the way for the rest of America.
Who else to repair to at this point but Shakespeare?
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218â€“224