So What Has Your Government Been Doing Lately?
I have heard it said that once you bring the name of Hitler into an argument that you have lost the argument. The notion is that his regime was so horrible and so extreme, that one could never make an accurate comparison. I am sorry, but I disagree with that theory. I do believe that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Hitler's government serves us well as an example of how not to do things. Bad repressive government is always bad repressive government, no matter who is at the helm.
Coming from a family comprised of some Holocaust survivors, I have heard repeatedly in my life what warning signs to look for and how easily people can be propagandized, as well as how easily government can be taken over and people can be suppressed.
being said, some of the laws coming out of Congress and our States
are getting pretty scary. Some have evolved over the course of many
administrations, some come as a result of legislators who are really
clueless, and others come from a purposeful agenda. Sometimes that
agenda may come from corporate America, as evidenced by heavy campaign
financing and lobbying of their interests. I am not talking about
any kind of conspiracy to enslave us all, but perhaps it is time for
our legislators to re-read our Constitution and stop relying on the
judiciary to tell them when something is wrong, unethical, or unconstitutional.
Unfortunately, people are asleep enough and busy dealing with their
own problems that they don't have time to see what's going on, or
even check up on the people they voted for, if they voted at all.
examining education and its relation to healthcare, we ought to be
very mindful of the path we are traveling in this country. As we speak,
legislatures around the country are considering legislation
On top of this, the federal government is exercising the power of the purse to mandate how education should be run overall.
take a look at some examples based on a paper describing the Third
not seeing "middle of the night legislation" inserted to
protect pharmaceutical companies and institutions from lawsuits for
autism," etc? Parents are being forced to medicate their kids
in some cases, and then they can't turn around and do anything when
the drugs damage their child.
not seeing states like Illinois instituting Social/Emotional Learning
Standards for the purpose of having children be "school ready"?
Who decides these Social/Emotional Learning Standards? What studies
are they based on? Is anyone interested in the conflict of interest
and questionable ethics of these studies, some of which were funded
by pharmaceutical companies?
Does the program/mandate of Child Find fit this description? The inter-agency networking of government entities per the New Freedom Commission, and No Child Left Behind legislation offers up some very unsavory comparisons here. Schools are implementing screening tools like Wested, and TeenScreen and a host of other programs to identify kids with problems.. even if they don't really have one. And no one seems to take notice that these programs were funded in part by the pharmaceutical industry in order to get more customers and sell more medication. Additionally, databases are being set up to keep track of information. Parents are being coerced into putting their children into treatment. Some lose custody and their children become wards of the state.
"Public health officials, responsible for enforcing the institutionalization of children with disabilities, persuaded dubious parents with promises that their children would receive the most advanced and expert therapy on open wards (Heiniansberg and Schmidt, 1993). Parents who refused to put their children into institutions were accused by these same officials of neglecting and depriving their children of needed treatment. Persistent refusal often resulted in threats; parents were told that if they did not institutionalize their children they would lose their guardianship rights (Burleigh, 1994). Single mothers who refused to part with their children found themselves assigned to contractual labor, which in the end, forced them to surrender their children (Freidlander, 1994)."
Parental rights and guardianship have been removed from many parents by the courts in this country for similar charges. IDEA legislation allows the school districts and State departments of Children and Family Services to coerce parents into treating children, despite clauses regarding parental consent. In this country a parent does not necessarily have the last word, and they are usually dragged through court in "due process hearings" with little financial resources behind them to sustain them through relentless charges. Of course school districts and state agencies have enormous financial resources, your tax dollar, at their disposal to pay for ongoing legal fees. Parents will most likely succumb to school and DCF demands and hope for the best for their child. Unfortunately that doesn't always happen and children end up drugged, institutionalized, or both. We are constantly reminded that the "experts" know best.
the Nazis schools were a primary target for control and their administration
One cannot ignore No Child Left Behind and the pervasiveness of federal mandates on state and local schools. We may say that we still have states rights in this country, but what state is willing to give up the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Title 1 money and not institute the federal mandates? There is no freedom here for states as long as they are being coerced and bribed to put federal mandates in place. Now states are so sucked into the flow of money that they cannot give it up even if they wanted to without an extreme cut in their operations. They have become slaves to the federal government.
schools that included classes for children with learning problems
were closed, parent-teacher associations were made powerless, corporal
punishment was reintroduced and progressive teaching methods were
discouraged. Early childhood and kindergarten systems were also brought
under government control and church and privately sponsored kindergartens
were banned. The Froebel Association which pioneered early childhood
education in Germany was forced to disband (Tietze, Rossback and Ufemann,
1989). It was a common sight to see three year olds marching and waving
flags in a military parade. "