HSLDA, Thomas Schmidt: Vote!

I am a homeschooler. I refuse to give my pliable children to tax-sucking centralized automatons who process kids for a living, to be molded by humanism and social-Marxism into a member in good standing of the unholy civic religion. I’m also a Christian. I believe education is the ministry of the family, not the state. So, naturally, I’m interested in like-minded organizations like the HSLDA that can help me stay aware of and fight our enemies on this front.

Yet, I’m occasionally taken back at some of the politicizing by the HSLDA. To clarify, it’s not their politicizing I object to, but the type of politicizing they sometimes employ. Good political advice in today’s climate is a welcome relief; the wrong counsel is like gravel in your teeth.  Take for example their support of the wicked U.S. Military. They help homeschoolers prepare for service as government killers, and they even have a special military fund program for the soldier boy tax mooches to get even more free money as they police the world, spread democracy with bombs, and flaunt U.S. exceptionalism. However, it’s not the HSLDA’s military worship I’m protesting today, but a different form of their Statism: the idol of voting. Hear staff attorney Thomas Schmidt:

Election Day 2012 is nearly upon us, and once again we are entrenched in a cultural battle where our pro-family and pro-homeschooling values are being challenged from all sides. But this is not a losing battle! At every level of government, godly men and women have answered the call to defend the freedoms we hold so dear. Their willingness to stand for what is right will carry us far, but to win the day, more is required. We need to have our voice heard, and the primary way to do that is to vote!

Voting is one of the most valuable rights we have as American citizens. It is what makes us a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. When we cast a vote for a candidate, we are saying that we approve of the way this person will represent our interests and beliefs in whatever office they are running for. If we choose not to vote, we are choosing not to take our rightful place as one of the governors of our country. Due to the importance of this, it is crucial that voters are well educated to the policy positions of the candidates for whom they are voting.

The Home School Legal Defense Association has partnered with Advance America to provide you with non-partisan voter guides. These are designed to be distributed to churches, neighborhoods, homeschool groups, and other similar organizations. By taking time to educate voters you will have a direct impact on the outcome of November’s election. (emphasis in original)

While maintaining our composure, let’s take this paragraph by paragraph. Just how is voting for a tyrannical group to continue its rule over us “having our voices heard”? Is it a victory to approve of a process that formalizes and guarantees the looting of one group (you!) for the benefit of another? Apparently, the collective voice that Schimdt wants heard is: “We want you – the Institute of Coercion – to continue to rule over us in wickedness!” How will voting ever win the day when our nation continues – as it has for over a century – to slip into more moral decay, as its citizens continue to lose more basic liberties? If there were historical precedent for believing that incrementalism works, maybe Schmidt would have my ears. But there is not. Voting, for as long as we can recall, has meant approval of State theft of familial property and freedom at gun point, and the redistribution of such to those who did not earn it.  Next paragraph, please.

Is voting one of the most valuable rights we have as citizens? Not with today’s system in which the candidates are always unqualified. Here in Indiana, Richard Mourdock is running for the U.S. Senate and his pledge to support the parents’ right to homeschool has earned him the endorsement of the HSLDA. Yet, he favors the wicked, murderous, unChristian, unjust, and unconstitutional war in Iraq. He also favored extending the Patriot Act, and is a Russia fear monger. How is this guy qualified to represent anyone who believes in Constitutional liberty? Didn’t Schmidt just proclaim that voting for a person is to say “that we approve of the way this person will represent our interests and beliefs…”? That’s exactly why I can’t vote for Mourdock and those like him. Let’s save the bold sentence in the second paragraph for now, and move on.

The purpose of Schmidt’s email is to provide voting guides for Christians to study in order to select the right candidate this November. HSLDA wants us to be aware of the candidates for whom we are voting. Yet, I just mentioned three reasons why Mourdock is unqualified as a U.S. Senator, and yet he has the HSLDA’s endorsement. The point here is to be aware that the paradigm you’re getting in HSLDA’s endorsements and likely the voting guide (I ordered 10 of them for free) is not necessarily yours or that which is espoused by Scripture. It’s the status quo position of popular organizations, who will never – and I mean, EVER –  risk calling down the evils of the U.S. military and other sacred Federal cows. For crying out loud, the HSLSA in the past has endorsed a woman to violate her divine calling and and natural vocation (Titus 2)! Yet another sacred cow that is clearly denounced by a biblical ethic.

There’s nothing too alarming in the third paragraph, but  please notice that an educated voter is never, strictly speaking, a “non-partisan” voter. While some may despise the Republican and Democrat parties equally (as do I), voting guides never offer an entirely neutral position. I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that when my voting guides arrive in the mail, I’ll discover that the authors don’t decry candidates that support our imperial military or other abominations like the income tax, the Federal Reserve, Homeland Security, etc.

Let’s now comment on this dandy of a line: “If we choose not to vote, we are choosing not to take our rightful place as one of the governors of our country.” Actually, there’s a good case to be made that not voting is a vote for liberty. What this learned HSLDA lawyer is not saying is that your vote as a voter counts (or else he’d say that not voting sends a message, too), but that  your (necessary) vote counts. Translation:  If provided with two godless candidates, you must choose the lesser of two evils. (Who cares if the lesser evil is still a choice for evil?)

In a nut sell, to vote is to support the system that enslaves and flogs you. Perhaps producing a guide on Agorism is a better way.

Let’s close with a non-Christian. George Carlin answered Schmidt, the HSLDA, and other “conservatives” long ago when he said:

I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created. – George Carlin

For more profound refutations of the sacred “Vote!” cow, see Gary D. Barnett’s pieces:  1 and  2.



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