Weekly Update:

A Publication of the Michigan Militia Corps

Volume 3, Issue 26

September 5, 1996

News From "Our" Legislature

The Republican leadership, on the first day back in session, has put HR 3308 on the schedule for a floor vote this Thursday. To make matters even worse this bill has been put on what is known as "fast track."

HR 3308 is the bill that will turn our military over to the United Nations AND United Nations leadership whenever the President says that it is in the national interest (whatever that means in these days and times).

Our American service men and women will have no say about who they serve or serve under. This is a direct violation of the Constitution. To "fast track" a bill means that the leadership has decided that this bill CANNOT be amended. It must be voted up or down as is. This method of putting a bill through is usually an indication that there is a skunk in the wood pile. This is how we were blessed with GATT. Urge your Congressmen to vote NO on fast track and to vote no on HR 3308. Tell them to support legislation being presented by Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth in the form she proposes.

To contract your Congressman, toll free call: 1-800-962-3524

This information provided by Kentuckiens for the Right to Bear Arms, phone/fax: 502-242-8497

Don't Let Schools Control Your Child's Life

By Clara Plichak, Republican State Committee, District 10

I believe the role that schools have now taken on should be addressed.

Every birth that takes place is now being reported to your local school district. Under this year's enactment of Goals 2000, Educate America Act, funded by the accompanying Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA), public schools have now taken on a teaching role in the home during pre-school years for "at risk" children.

Who are children "at risk?" The definition is elusive but one might consider dysfunctional families as qualifying targets, such as, single parent homes, low income, divorced parents, disabled parents, traumatized families, etc, but the words, "all children" are found too often in the legislation to be a mistake!

Parents, do not volunteer your family or homes for these programs. You may be sorry and once you're in their maze, you may find yourselves unable to get out. In the Goals 2000 legislation the first goal is "By the year 2000, all children in America 2000 start school ready to learn." To this end, the state is now establishing early intervention programs (newborn to kindergarten), intrusive in nature, allegedly to assure every child is made ready to learn.

These pre-schoolers, rather than becoming unique family members - in terms of ethics, culture, religious beliefs, etc., will become what the State designs." Programs such as Communities First, Healthy Families, Smart Start and Parents as Teachers are voluntary, but beware, while they seem benevolent the State's intention may not be!

It is generally accepted that the child is molded by the age of 7. Sometimes overtures are made to moms while in the hospital after childbirth when they are the most vulnerable. Gifts or services are offered to the unsuspecting parent. State "certified parent educators" visit the homes not only to teach parents "parenting skills" (an arrogant idea at best), they record in their computer file all the circumstances of that home.

Observations are made on how the mother treats the children and how the home functions, in minute detail. Spanking a child, for example, is likely to be taboo. Interestingly the Detroit Free Press Sunday magazine section ran a national survey in the spring asking readers if they believe spanking children was appropriate.

Several Sundays later the result was printed: 87% of respondents believe spanking is an appropriate tool for correcting childish behavior.

Parents who do not comply with advice given by the "public school certified parent educator" could face severe consequences, a charge of child abuse can be leveled which leads to ultimate removal of the children from the home. Parents should know that child abuse social workers are protected by law, given immunity from prosecution by those who would contest their actions. This is no exaggeration.

Outcome Based Education (OBE), now mandated by the State, is transforming education into something quite different. Our elected officials, including our governor, ran on platforms attacking OBE and espousing family values and local control. Without reading federal and State mandates in their entirety, our politicians are unable to see the whole picture, and the same goes for the uninformed news media which, due to lack of time, are giving one-sided information to the general public.

Change agents (people who come into our communities and without our knowledge or consent, work to effect a change in our attitudes, values, and beliefs) are usually the ones who are in positions of releasing information to the press. Superintendents, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and teachers are brought in to fill positions normally filled by deserving people within the school district and familiar with the area; however, because of glowing resumes and outstanding credentials, strangers get the positions once held by friends and families. Gradually the system hires more and more newcomers with the same philosophy for change.

Consider the "crime and violence" issue that was played out in the media over the past year. The government is using the same strategy for education. First, create a problem. Second, generate opposition to the problem through fear, panic, and hysteria. And third, offer a solution to the "problem" created in the first and second steps of the strategy.

The public has been psychologically conditioned (as it was in "escalating crime and violence") to believe a high proportion of families are "at risk" to the degree that government intervention is required. Figures do not lie, but liars figure as the saying goes.

The following are statistics published by the Children's Defense Fund (COF) which are radically misleading compared to the more credible figures from the 1990 census which claims 63.6 million children in the U.S.

COF: Every 26 seconds a child runs away from home.

FACT: Less than 2% run away.

COF: Every 64 seconds a teenager has a baby.

FACT: Only 0.7% of teenagers have babies.

CDF: Every 14 hours a child younger than 5 is murdered.

FACT: Only 0.003% of the 18.3 million under 5 are murdered.

CDF: Every 7 minutes a child is arrested for drug offenses.

FACT: Only 0.1% are arrested for drugs.

Parents in Michigan, please voice your concerns about the preschool intervention programs. Contact your legislators and ask for the repeal of Public Acts 25, 335, 339, and HB 5126. Get involved. Let's keep the family unit whole and free in accordance with our Constitutional "Right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Johnson's Book Advocates Sodomy

(AFA)- The school board in Cappaqua, New York, responded to a parental backlash by removing the sexually explicit book, What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS, by Earvin "Magic" Johnson, from the AIDS "education" curriculum.

Parents were appalled by statements in the book which advocated sodomy as a legitimate form of sexual contact which would prevent pregnancy and preserve virginity, and also discussed using Saran Wrap as a prophylactic for oral sex.

Johnson shocked the nation in 1991 with his admission that he'd contracted the AIDS virus.

The Unreported News, May 19, 1996

Brass Roots Pro-Gun Annual Rally, Sunday, Sept 8, 1996

For information call 1-800-555-GUNS (recorded message). Brass Roots is a pro-gun organization based on the east side of the state, working to preserve our second amendment rights and make sure that politicians who renege on their progun campaign promises don't get re-elected.

If YOU don't stand up for your rights, WHO WILL?!

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand.....

"Those who profess to savor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it be a struggle.

Power concedes nothing without a demand... it never did.. and never will. Find out just what the people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

-----Frederick Douglas, 1857

Political Bugs

From the Internet, a list of "virus concepts" so you know what (or who) ails you and your computer.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton virus: Files disappear, only to reappear mysteriously a year later in another directory.

The Bob Dole virus: Could be virulent, but it's been around too long to be much of a threat.

The Colin Powell virus: Makes its presence known, but it doesn't do anything. Secretly, you wish it would.

The Ross Perot virus: Activates every component in your system, just before the whole thing quits.

The Congressional virus: The computer locks up, and the screen splits in half with the same message appearing on each side of the screen. The message says that the blame for the gridlock is caused by the other side.

The Washington Times, Aug 11, 1996

Three Great Rights Are One

"It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right to property. Property, per se, has no rights; but the individual has three great rights, equally sacred from interference: The right to his life, the right to his liberty and the right to his property. The three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes his life worth living. To give him his liberty but to take from him his property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave."

supreme Court of the United States

January 21, 1921, in an address to the New York State Bar Association.

Teach Your Child Well, and Get Locked Up

Cheryl Anne Battles apparently is a very dangerous woman.

State prosecutors in Maryland want to send Mrs. Banles and her kind a message: Crime does not pay.

You can't blame the state prosecutors. Like most Americans, they are tired of crime. They are tired of the revolving-door judicial system. They are tired of seeing all their hard work go to waste.

And so, understandably, they have raised the bar on the criminal element in their midst. They have made it their mission to lock up all the crooks, creeps, and crazies in their little corner of the world.

They have gone after Cereal Mom.

It would be nice to report that Cereal Mom robs banks as a hobby or sells drugs from her home in Arnold, Maryland, or runs guns across the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

But Cereal Mom is not charged with these acts. No, Cereal Mom's case is not even about a traffic violation.

It is about a mother who does not think much of the school system in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. It is about a mother who has been home-schooling her daughter; 7-year old Emily McCann, the past two years. It is about a mother who, basically has told county school officials to butt out whenever they have asked to monitor her teaching methods and her daughter's learning progress.

The case sits before U.S District Judge James T. Dryden. A ruling is expected in several weeks. Cereal Mom could receive a 10-day jail sentence and $50 fine if convicted.

Hopefully, you feel safer knowing Cereal Mom is being held accountable for her subversive actions against the state of Maryland. Prosecutor Andrew Jezic argues that public educators, by law, have every right to check the progress of children being taught at home.

You don't want a bunch of dummies coming out of the home-schooling movement. You are going to have enough dummies, as it is, coming out of the public school system.

How many dummies can a high-tech society assimilate? They can't all end up working at the White House.

So state prosecutors are merely trying to uphold the law, even if it is a reach when applied to the home-schooling environment - not to mention intrusive.

The state law and school regulations, like so much legislation, are in place because of an idealistic belief in the power of all-knowing institutions to help shape and direct the masses. This idealism eventually runs counter to common sense, as the welfare racket demonstrates, but it makes so many feel good about what they're doing.

The prosecutor imagines the worst if the judge dismisses the charges against Cereal Mom. He sees an unchecked environment in which parents could keep their children at home and say, "Hey, school board, trust me." If you think about it, however, most school boards are no better. They say, "Trust us." They say this as they hand out high school diplomas to a growing number of youths who struggle with elementary grade assignments.

Not surprisingly, Cereal Mom's daughter is said to be learning the three Rs at an impressive rate.

Isn't this something? Cereal Mom has been deemed a threat to the state of Maryland.

Judge Oryden is probably wondering what he did wrong to land this case, the first to test the state's compulsory-education law.

He can see it now: Cereal Mom being handcuffed and led away to jail as state prosecutors exchange high-fives with county school officials.

You can be certain he doesn't want to see that video clip on the 11 o'clock news.

The Washington Times; Aug 4, 1996

School Choice?

Candidate Dole has made American parents an offer: "A vote for me," he said, "is a vote for a $1,500 government education voucher good at public, private or parochial school."

Under Bob Dole's plan, the federal government would put up $2.5 billion, to be matched by as many as 15 states, to fund a four-year pilot program covering tuition costs for up to 4 million students.

The morning of this July 3, Mr. Clinton's education secretary, Richard Riley, called a press conference to announce the president's new initiative on education. What was it? A manual on truancy.

Mr. Clinton has mostly ignored the current public school crisis, preferring instead to concentrate on college costs. But what good will college do if the first 12 years of school left the teen-ager unable to read, write, think or understand the basic elements of America's constitutional republic?

Someday, Americans, regardless of race, creed or credit limit, are going to stand up and demand: "Give us real school choice, not an echo."

Maybe even this November.

The Washington times, Aug 4, 1996

A Tax Cut for the DC Elite

The GOP, which cannot get a presidential campaign under way against the scandal-ridden Clintons, is resorting to pandering. In deference to gender quota advocates, the Party has backed off its support of the popular California Civil Rights Initiative and abandoned its own legislative bills that would terminate quota privileges. It has backpedaled from its anti-abortion stance. In the dumbest move of all, GOP leaders (with the exception of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer) are advocating special federal income tax breaks for District of Columbia residents.

For millions of Americans, Washington has become a symbol of arrogant government pursuing its own selfish interests. Only the GOP could choose the time when movie audiences across the land are cheering the destruction of the White House in the film "Independence Day" to advocate a 15 percent maximum federal tax rate for District residents.

The bill, known as the "lobbyist and lawyer enrichment act," would drop the top tax rate on Washington's six and seven-figure incomes from 40 percent to 15 percent. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Leader Trent Loft and even Sen. Connie Mack, have joined the push to tax Washington's multi-millionaires at half the tax rate applied to America's middle class.

The District of Columbia has been losing residents for years because of its high crime rate and the unabashed plundering of city finances by its politicians. However, a 15 percent top federal tax rate would cause every upper income person in the country to claim Washington, DC as a legal residence whether or not they spent much time there. The price of real estate would skyrocket as money flowed in to establish residence. A low federal tax rate is worth comparatively little to poor inner-city residents, who would be pushed out as Washington became a city of multi-millionaires.

Why should a city gain tax privileges by running its affairs into the ground with incompetence and theft?

Nothing shows more clearly that Republicans have become part of the problem than their support for this proposal. They are inured to Washington's practice of responding to the public's loss of confidence and affection by walking itself off, like the Russian czar, from the people.

From this "us-them" mentality it is only a short step to privileged income tax status. After all, Washington controls the power. Why should it forgo the privileges that rulers bestow upon themselves?

One reason is the Constitution's requirement that laws be equally applied. Our Founding Fathers were particularly worried that states or regions would gang up and place the tax burden on out-voted interests. The Constitution (Article 1 Section 8, clause i) explicitly requires that all taxes "shall be uniform throughout the U.S."

But, of course, a privileged walled-off elite has nothing to fear from a mere Constitution. Even the justices sworn to enforce it will be tempted by the low tax rate.

Americans have reason to be thoroughly alarmed. Their cherished equality before the law is being jettisoned by leaders of both parties. First it was legal privileges based on race, gender and handicapped status, and now it is tax privileges based on residence in the capital city. No amount of rhetoric about civil rights, enterprise zones, and compassion for poor blacks can justify privilege before the law.

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