Am I the only one who sees the flurry of activity amongst our nation’s discontent as a bit of a portent? A harbinger, if you will? I’ve run in a variety of circles for some time now. There’s the homeschooling circle. There’s the animal breeders circle. There’s the church circle. There’s the sustainable agriculture circle. There’s the local craftsmanship circle. There’s the pro-life circle. There’s the libertarian circle. There’s the hunting circle. There’s the homesteading circle, which connects to some of the prior circles in a variety of ways. (There will likely be a few who read all of that and go, “Oh! Oh! Redneck!” If you wish to label me as such, go right ahead. Quite frankly, I don’t care what you label me anymore.)
For me, there has always been an interconnectedness between these. A level of symbiosis, if you will. But I’ve never seen things migrate the way I have lately. For example, I am seeing posts from the homeschooling circle that point out Obama’s stance on education:
However, Obama’s push for national education standards could eliminate our freedom to decide our own course in life and easily make a standard like Texas the norm from sea to shining sea.
So a student who does not fit the state’s defined path from the day they are born until they begin their career may be considered a dropout; to Obama, this is just not an option because the country needs and values every American.
And just where does this leave homeschooling? Obama said,
“It is our responsibility as lawmakers and educators to make this system work. But it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in it.”
Go ahead and call my children dropouts or question our patriotism President Obama but our children will never participate in this socialist scheme of state indoctrination and dependency.
More than a diploma, this country still needs Americans who understand and value freedom.
– Obama says “no” to dropping out (SpunkyHomeschool)
I go from reading about threats against our liberty in the area of homeschooling, to the already in action problems of the CPSIA, which threatens to put thrift stores, libraries, homeschool curriculum companies, the motorbike industry, purveyors of homemade goods, and basically anyone, anywhere, who wishes to sell an item designed for those twelve and under, into the sewer. Baby out with the bathwater, Congress. I’ve seen posts over on Etsy, and I’ve seen concerns on personal blogs:
The CPSIA went into effect today and I pulled all my pre 1985 childrens’ books from Amazon because it is now illegal to sell children’s books (defined as books intended primarily for the use of children 12 and under) published before 1985 unless you pay for very expensive lead testing of each book. I used to sell pretty steadily at Amazon- about enough to break even=)
Then disaster hit and I spent two year years down and out or reeling, and I let it go. About three or so months ago I slowly started to claw my way back out of that hole and one of the things I did was start to relist at Amazon (I still have hundreds of unlisted books), and that was pretty much a waste of time, as most of my products are now illegal. I am pretty sick about that. I am pretty frustrated with how uninformed most people are about it- they think it actually keeps children safe and have no idea what it really does. It is a felony to sell a 1979 copy of Miss Suzy, that lovely picture book. It is a felony to sell hundreds and thousands of excellent, well written, rich literature for children and I can’t believe that is happening in my country.
In an online forum somebody went to a thrift shop and found them throwing out all pre-1985 books for children, and they wouldn’t let her have them because of product liability issues. This makes me sick to my stomach.
– “Taking a break” (The Common Room)
The folks over at Buy Handmade also have plenty of information on how the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is affecting our citizens. Then again, we should just trust the government that it knows what it’s doing with CPSIA, right?
We hear this accusation in one form or other all the time, and it’s generally the Consumer ‘advocacy’ groups explaining to the public or Congress on our behalf just what sort of poor, pitied, confused, bemused, and baffled idiots we are. But if you’ll notice, they never, ever, bother to offer anything substantive. It should be the work of a few seconds to actually document the misinformation and offer specifical, factual, counterpoints. But they don’t, for obvious reasons.
– A Silly, Bubbleheaded, Mommy Blog Roundup for a CPSIA Weekend (The Common Room)
So, where did I first hear about CPSIA? At TNFarmgirl, a blog that I follow because of its useful homesteading comments, when she mentioned it in her post, “Like children’s books? Better get them while you can!” But it’s not like it has anyone outraged, right?
And what do I follow that I first heard about via the homesteading circle? Why, NAIS, of course! Oh, but what is NAIS? Well, it’s the National Animal Identification System. To provide food security, see. Of course, there will be side effects. But consumers won’t mind paying higher meat prices because of fees seen for producers. They also won’t mind higher prices for vegetables that use manure as fertilizer that comes from those producers. Small farm owners won’t mind being put out of business because they don’t have the time or money to deal with red tape. Pet owners won’t mind having to register their family horse or pet llama, which aren’t part of our food chain in the first place. Parents of children involved in 4-H and FFA won’t mind having to register their premises as a farm. County fairs won’t mind the immense strain on their already tight budgets. Homesteaders won’t mind having to register every one of their livestock with the government. And of course, the giants in AgriBusiness won’t mind paying what is to them mere pocket change, and gaining monopoly of the syste– oh, wait. That’s a real benefit for them. Guess I shouldn’t have included it in the list. Yeah, we’re all in love with NAIS. Just ask my boyfriend about when I spotted the NAIS booth at the NY Farm Show this past weekend…
Of course, there’s also the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing & Record of Sale Act, which I received information on via a contact in the “goats” circle, as it were. But none of us are up in arms (no pun intended) over the idea that it would be illegal to own a firearm unless it’s registered, and you’ve been fingerprinted. And you show them your driver’s license. Oh, and you give them your Social Security number. Don’t forget the physical and mental evaluation that you are subject to at any time of their choosing. Oh, and you have to keep your gun locked up and inaccessible to anyone under the age of eighteen.
What made me realize that people are starting to look beyond the “alarming issues” in their own “realms” and are beginning to see that the government is closing in on an increasing number of fronts was a variety of comments I read via a Yahoogroup I receive e-mail from, called “ORABS” which stands for “Our Rights As Breeders”, if I recall correctly. One of them mentioned the “Atlanta Tea Party” and before I knew it there were several replies from people who normally follow the “animals rights” tirades put out there by the H$U$ and the A$SPCA, stating that people in a variety of groups are now disgruntled, to put it in slightly nicer terms than he did.
I’d been following the “New American Tea Parties” myself via the political blogs I read (Google’s RSS Reader is a wonderful thing, folks), and that’s when it hit me – we’re on the path for a collision. Seclusion makes us think it’s just a small group. They won’t hear our voices. But things are happening. People are gathering. They’re stopping, opening their eyes, and seeing that it’s not just their pet issue that’s under attack. It’s everywhere. And something has to be done.
Pair all of that with what I commented on here about the idea of having RFID chips in our driver’s licenses that can be read by a scanner if someone decides to just stroll through a gathering, and the appointing of a Chair of the National Intelligence Council who believes “that the Chinese government’s brutal massacre of protesters in Tiananmen Square was a ‘not an example of rash action,’ but a ‘monument to overly cautious behavior’? ”
Yep. He also states. “I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government…”
Throw it all in the pot, stir it around for a few months, and there you have it. A well-brewed storm.
I think we’re going to be seeing some change soon. And it’s not the sort of change the President was talking about in his campaign.
This is Hannah Elise, Redneck Conspiracy Theorist and Harbinger of Doom, signing out.
Edited to add:
I was reviewing the “Blog Stats” here on WordPress and realized that I suddenly had a surplus of visitors. This made me curious. Turns out, they’re coming from New American Tea Parties. Say what? Apparently, when I linked their “About” page, it produced a trackback. Who knew? I don’t know a whole lot about such how “pings” and “trackbacks” work. But, since I’m getting the traffic… I’d love to to hear your ideas on how we can become better organized.
The issues are out there. So many of us are affected. How do we set aside our differences, agree to disagree on the finer points, and let the government know that we’re displeased? Not just about mortgages and bailouts, but about the variety of ways they are encroaching upon our freedoms? Is it possible to do without falling to pieces over our differences?
I welcome your thoughts.