Investigating Journalist Jon Rappoport
December 31, 2010
If your family suddenly watched a stranger enter the house with a manual of new rules describing how a family should be run, everyone would notice.
Well, for at least a century, the federal government has been expanding its power and control over the lives of citizens.
With each quantum leap, stories and reasons and excuses have been invented to justify this fungal growth.
Only a brain-dead observer would fail to recognize that federal government has vastly exceeded its constitutional limits.
In other words, not only the shape, but also the KIND of federal power has been altered. What was once a republic has become a federal monarchy in many respects.
There is a potential check on this illegal expansion, and it should come from our educational system. Students should learn about the principles on which various types of government are based. What distinguishes socialism, Communism, fascism, corporate statism, monarchy, a republic, etc.?
This is basic political science 101.
But you would be hard pressed to find schools in America where this information is taught and discussed and debated openly.
You see, knowledge about First Principles has a funny way of blowing away all the cover stories and lies and excuses and reasons and baloney.
First Principles are where the rubber meets the road.
What was invisible becomes obvious. The stealth paint on the ship of state is scraped off, and the truth appears.
This is how a future generation is armed against a secret revolution that has been taking place.
So...if you don't want this knowledge to come out in the open, you don't teach it in schools. You don't devote time to it. You ignore it. You turn out politically dumb students.
You keep them in the dark.
You make them so dumb they don't even know what First Principles are. They don't know there are basic ideas that separate one kind of government from another. They don't have the tools to recognize differences.
You make it politically incorrect to analyze basic forms of governments. You claim this analysis would be INTOLERANT of how “different people organize their societies.”
You say there is no such thing as American education.
And after ten or 20 consecutive generations of students are kept in the dark, very few people can understand the basis of the American Republic.
To me, this is what the home-school movement in America should be all about. This is why you pull kids out of public schools and teach them at the kitchen table.
But did you know that in some counties, the government will supply home schoolers with standard text books at no charge to the parents?
This is a sick joke.
“Okay, so you don't want us to indoctrinate your kids. Fine. Here are the books we use to do that. You can have them. Now, you can teach them the same rubbish we teach them.”
The parents are now working for the government.
At no charge.
Since the beginning of the American Republic, there has been a strong strain of anti-intellectualism in this society. It has been assumed that, if people simply take their freedom into their own hands and act on it, everything will be well.
How has that worked out?
Like it or not, there is a philosophy behind freedom, and if you don't understand it and transmit it to your children, it withers on the tree. It crumbles as the fungus of government spreads.
This uncomfortable fact should be the basis of the home-school movement. It should fire the minds of parents as they sit at the kitchen table with their children.
In the early days of home schooling, parents asserted their right to educate their kids at home, and they faced heavy opposition at all levels of government. Eventually, they won a great victory. But that freedom—the right to home school—was only step one. It wasn't the whole revolution.
In exactly the same way, separating from the British Crown was only the first step in the American Revolution. There was a greater purpose.
That purpose has been defaulted on. Over the years, the First Principles of the American philosophy of freedom have been drained away by a specious educational system.
It was always an error to assume that government schools would keep the unique American philosophy alive.
Is it now a mistake to believe that home schools will restore this philosophy?
That question can only be answered by parents who choose to educate their own children. One way or another, they will answer the question every day.
On January 6th, 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Charles Yancey: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Remedying that ignorance involves learning about what freedom is, how it was created in America, in the late 18th century, how the pillars were built and embodied in the Constitution, and how those pillars were eroded by other philosophies and forms of government.
You can run, but you can't hide.
When I was 16, our history teacher got sick and missed a few weeks of school. The substitute was a maverick. He told us he was going to teach us about Communism. He elucidated its First Principles: elimination of private property; a dictatorship of the Proletariat; the withering away of the State. He punched gaping holes in those ideas and let in the light. He exposed this stealth operation. He compared Marxism with American Republicanism. He showed us how logic could be twisted to persuade docile minds.
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At first, I thought he was a weirdo. I'd never met anyone like this man. But gradually, I came to respect him. I realized he was passing a torch to us. He was showing us we had minds of our own.
That was a little scary. But it was bracing, like a blast of fresh air coming in the windows.
Fifty-six years later, I still remember him.
A descendant of Jefferson, Madison, and Paine.
A hero, striding into the classroom.
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Jon Rappoport has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize early in his career, Jon has published articles on medical fraud, politics, alternative health, and sports in LA Weekly, CBS Healthwatch, Spin, Stern, and other magazines and newspapers in the US and Europe.
He is the is author of several books, including The Secret Behind Secret Societies and The Magic Agent (a novel).
Jon is the author of a new course for home schoolers, LOGIC AND ANALYSIS.
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