It’s important to remember we are in charge and, as V would say, our government should be afraid of us. Snowden has clarified that things are backward.
If you read the post linked above without also clicking through and reading the link it contains, you are missing out. I only have the vaguest memory that there was ever a scandal regarding something called INSLAW, so I looked it up and found it fascinating. Especially given that it involved case management software that was so early, and made me think of software with which I’ve been involved, but used for nefarious purposes, and used/adapted heavily for making connections every which way between people, not just documents or legal cases.
It seems like we’re on a precipice, windmilling our arms, trying to maintain balance, but we’re failing… and perhaps we’ve been closer to the edge for longer than we could preceive.
HSLDA weighs in. They do fantastic work, notwithstanding the excess religious overtones of the organization. That’s a heavy source of homeschoolers and they did a lot of heavy lifting to ensure it is legal everywhere and easy in many states, so hats off, even though religion would not be among my reasons for homeschooling. If I could afford to do it.
There is no power the state doesn’t have if it has a power over your children that supersedes your own.
Let me put it still another way:
If you do not have the right to teach and raise your own children on your own terms, then you don’t have the right to free speech, religion, association, or privacy, and you are not protected from unreasonable government intrusion into your personal life.
I’ve read my share of Heinlein and however one wishes to arrange their life and relationships is fine by me, and should not be a government matter. If that means the court should “recognize the right to plural marriage,” well, that’s on the right track.
When I was a kid, I was horrified by the idea of living in the Soviet Union, or somewhere like it, where I perceived that you could be locked up on a whim, for doing something that shouldn’t be illegal, or for no reason at all. As an adult, I am horrified that the United States has an absurd incarceration rate, overuses SWAT, has overzealous (not to mention any) enforcement of victimless crime, and that the use of punishment after your punishment for “sex offenders” is not only done, but to popular acclaim. I am not alone.