Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 133 through Page 136

Page 133: The government should have no say over whether a parent may or may not home school their children. The government does not own the children of this country. Their parents are their rightful guardians. It is ridiculous that some families must pay the government to teach their children things that parents morally and philosophically disagree with. Parents should not have to break through mountains of red tape just to educate their own children as they see fit. A presidential initiative was put forth in 2004 called the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. It required mental health testing for all of America’s youth. Grants have been used to create pilot programs locally. Beyond being an egregious breach of civil liberties, it as an obvious scheme to benefit pharmaceutical companies.

Quote: “It is bad enough that some parents find themselves forced to pay for an education they not only will not use for their children, but whose content they deeply oppose from a philosophical or religious point of view.”

Page 134: There was a 300 percent increase in the use of psychotropic by children from 1991 through 1995. There was another 500 percent increase from 1995 to 2002. There is no telling what type of long term impact the use of such drugs will have on young, developing brains. Some parents have been threatened with child abuse charges for not medicating their kids with anti-depressants. It would be even more difficult to refuse such medical treatments if they were made mandatory by the federal government. The government has no right whatsoever to interfere in the medical treatment that a parent decides upon for their child. It is essential to nip these programs in the bud, while they are still being debated, to make sure that they never become a reality.

Quote: “What kind of free people would turn their children’s most intimate health matters over to government strangers?”

Page 135: It is notable that the media hardly even mentioned this program. There was time in America when parents would have been outraged that the president would have the gall to try to force mental health screening on their children. This particular program gives us very good insight into just how these programs can come to be foisted upon us. It shows how special interests can influence the government to impose programs on us in the name of looking out for the common good. The constitution was written so that the people can keep the government in check, not the other way around.

Quote (George Washington): “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

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