I was never into politics. I do vote though, despite the fact I don't believe things are as they seem and especially not as they are portrayed in mainstream media. I've been reviewing all this baby gear, delicious food, fun stuff... But when something's brewing in the White House that directly concerns my child and me as a parent, I tune in.
The first time I heard about the Parental Rights Amendment, I brushed it aside in a way because I had no time to delve into the specifics, I read the simple overview - I agreed with it and signed the petition that will go to Congress. Only later I realized the implications of not passing this Amendment and doing nothing in face of the coming ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (I'll refer to it as CRC from here on). It will only be a matter of time because Obama is for it (nothing against Obama himself, we all know he does not make the decisions on his own).
Some thoughts on CRC: First of all, I did not know what the CRC is and what that would mean if it was ratified. At first glance it seems like a very positive piece of legislation, or whatever you want to call it. It does have positive aspects like the right to adequate standard of living, protection from all forms of violence, and family reunification. What bothers me though is that many of the articles indirectly imply a complete shift of raising children from the hands of parents into the hands of the government. This smells (actually reeks) like something completely unconstitutional. As a matter of fact, sort of stinks like socialism.
Take for example article nine of CRC. It states that children have the right to live with their parents unless it is bad for them. So who decides what is bad for the children? The government? I am not referring to cases of child abuse here, this is entirely different. What if the government decides that it is bad for the child to live with his/her parents because they happen to be religious? Do you see what I am getting at? Now it is completely in the hands of the government to decide whether your child can live with you or not, even if the basis for it would be something irrelevant like disagreeing with government policies or having different beliefs that you do not compromise on. This is just one of many questionable articles of the CRC.
I don't want the government to decide when (possibly at the age of 4?!) and how to teach sex education to my children, I can handle it, thanks. Neither do I want the government monitoring every decision I make as a parent by appointing their own 'guardian' to my children at birth. I do not want the privacy of my child violated by making his/her medical records available to all teachers, physicians, and social workers without my consent. All of the above scenarios are real in countries that have ratified the CRC.
Why I think the Parental Rights Amendment is A Better Option: The Parental Rights Amendment in my opinion is the only measure at this time that can be taken to prevent the CRC unconstitutional infringement on the rights of parents nationwide. I find it baffling that supporters of the CRC refer to Parental Rights Amendment supporters as 'political organizations' when in fact most supporters are just educators and parents like you and I. CRC supporters also do not cite any sources on their website unlike the Parental Rights website where specific examples and sources are cited for every claim they make.
I don't know, I might be wrong, but I believe most Americans would not want international law governing them. Shouldn't the United States, each State individually in particular, have the authority to make their own laws concerning children? I see how this could benefit countries where children are truly opressed, persecuted for their beliefs, or do not have adequate means to survive. The questions is, who benefits from imposing the CRC on American families?
The Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution would 'set in stone' that it is the parents, not the government, that decide on the education of their children. It would ensure that 'the best interest of the child' is not in reality the best interest of the government. Children are the future of this country, of course the government will grasp at any chance of forming them to be abiding, productive citizens who do not question the role of big government. As George Washington once said "Government is not reason, nor eloquence. It is force. And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master." So true!
These quotes resound with the reason we need the Parental Rights Amendment:
"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."
-- Robert H. Jackson
"Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be."
-- James Baldwin
"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."
-- John Quincy Adams
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
-- Benjamin Franklin
'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world - as far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it."
-- George Washington
It is unfortunate though that most parents have no clue about this and it is highly likely that the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child will be ratified in the very near future. My family imigrated to this country for freedom, but little by little it is turning into something that resembles the Soviet Union we left behind. It was during that reign that millions of people - human rights activists, those who disagreed with the government, religious leaders, land owners, poets, writers, intellectuals, peasants, were sent to Gulag camps. Most of them perished and many were there without trial.
It has been a very long time since either major political party represented the people. The Parental Rights Amendment supporters are neither Democrats nor Republicans, they are simply Americans. At the same time nothing is black and white anymore and it is really hard to see past all the various pieces of legislation to know what things are in reality.
Although the best move to counteract the CRC would be to simply uphold the Constitution, in which by the way the ability to regulate the rights of parents is not an enumerated power granted to the federal government, it is now too late to do that. The U.N CRC has been signed and is on its way to be ratified. Now the only option is the Parental Rights Amendment.
Well, I am no lawyer, so if you are and you can clear things up for me even more please post your comments! I know many people will disagree with my views - but I am interested in what you have to say :)