Today was the first day of the homeschool convention here in Phoenix. The exciting thing this year is that I get to go to seminars instead of working in a booth. I’ve been in the Konos booth for 6 or 7 years now, but they aren’t doing conventions any more. Sad but true.
(Photo from www.focusonlinecommunities.com)
Anyway, the first session was power packed: State Senator John Huppenthal, Governor Jan Brewer (of immigration fame), Senator John McCain (the 5th Arizonian to not win the presidency), and my personal favorite, Michael Farris. Those who aren’t submerged in the homeschool world might not recognize that last one. He is an attorney with the Home School Legal Defence Alliance (or Association… or another A….). He’s also a dad of ten kids. Yes, you read that right. TEN. My hat’s off to him for that point alone. He’s a lawyer with a great sense of humor who entertained and enlightened us this morning. But it gets better.
(Disclaimer: I might not have all the details totally accurate, but please get the gist of this.) The UN has a new-ish treaty that they are trying to get all the UN countries to sign called the Rights of the Child. It is pretty well a sure thing that our president would sign this document before his term is up. (Notice I didn’t say termS.) Up front it sounds all nice and fair for children, but it is not. It would not only undermine the autonomy of the USA but also the authority of the family. I learned all this today at the homeschool convention… amidst several thousand like-minded individuals who don’t take kindly to governments telling us what to do with our children.
Mr. Farris has written Senate Resolution 519 (Here is the text, in case you’re interested: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-sr519/text ) Mainly it states that the primary safeguard for the well-being and protection of children is the family, and that the primary safeguards for the legal rights of children in the United States are the Constitutions of the United States and the several States (plus WAY more).
I did not realize that if this resolution has 34 co-sponsors in the Senate, this treaty could never be voted on by President Obama. I just assumed that he would vote according to his socialist beliefs and we would suffer the consequences… again. But 34 senators can say, “We will not support this” and it freezes the vote. This is also why the Founding Fathers, who would be shocked and dismayed at the state of the union, put a clause in the Constitution to separate the USA from other countries. Brilliant. For such a time as this.
The AZ senators are already co-sponsors, among (I think) 27 others. So I can’t do any calling to senatorial offices. But if you live outside of Arizona and don’t want President Obama giving away your right to parent your child according to your beliefs, please find out if your senators are co-sponsors of Sen. Res. 519…. and encourage them to be sponsors! Be American and contact your representatives!
Ok, My Sister’s Jar will be back to fluff and nonsense, and vacation pictures, and drivel tomorrow.
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