As we continue the discussion from the last post, I noticed a draft from Feb 5 in our blog background area (where so many of my ideas go to die!) It caught my eye because I had slugged it as: What is Conservative Homeschooling? That’s what we were just trying to flesh out this morning!
So without editing to update or complete, here’s that five-week-old draft:
One year ago, before the candidates for each major party were known, Dana at Principled Discovery provoked quite a discussion by asking whether or not conservative homeschoolers were acting like, well, true conservatives. Do they put their politics where their mouths are?
Hard to say, because apparently we don’t even know what we’re talking about. 🙂
Does it lean more libertarian or theocratic, about the Christian god of holy men and mothers defining all things for all people, for every American including homosexuals, pacifists, Democrats, public schoolers and secular humanists?
Do you experience the conservative homeschooling meme as principled belief in personal freedom and limited government, fueling politics meant to secure and protect equal opportunities for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, for all kinds of Americans as autonomous individuals? Or do you see conservative homeschooling as centered on religious rules and authority trumping secular authority, politics meant to impose fundamentalist social controls that supplant individual freedom (despite “libertarian” arguments and rhetoric)?
Here’s one of my comments from last year’s debate:
“They are not all that unified and they struggle to keep their base together. I think the one thing the Democratic Party has the advantage in is the fact that “God” isn’t so tied up with it.”
Oh yes, I agree with this!
We were Goldwater Republicans in my family, so I’ve had no party for decades, and now almost by surprise I find myself in a new disaffected majority — moderates not much interested in labels or even in “winning” over our fellow Americans, as much as in solving problems for us all. It seems to me both party’s extremes fighting for control and sabotaging each other along with all possible solutions, is the biggest problem we now face. (Which in my view explains why Obama and McCain are attracting so much support.)
Funny that Goldwater was painted by Democrats as so extreme in his time, when today he’d likely sound much too moderate even for many self-proclaimed “conservatives”. More than 25 years ago (1981?) he said:
“There is no more powerful ally one can claim in debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent.”
Some other um, refreshingly candid? — Goldwater quotes can be found in his political obituary coverage by the Washington Post, May 1998.